Ah, the clitoris. The pleasure center of the female body that’s long been a mystery to both men and women. Many of us think we know everything there is to know about our reproductive systems, but that may not be true. It turns out health class might not have told you all you need to know about the clit. For example, did you know that the clitoris is actually very similar to the penis? That’s right. Emily Morse, relationship and sex expert, explained to Women’s Health, “Obviously they are constructed differently but, like the penis, the clitoris has a glans, a foreskin — aka the clitoral hood — and even a shaft. Plus, it swells when it’s aroused.” And it’s not just a magical “button” that makes women aroused. It’s actually a much more complicated organ than that (and not a button at all). Find out more about the intricacies of the clitoris below!
What Is The Clitoris?
Every woman knows that the clitoris exists somewhere down there, but many women don’t exactly know what it is or what it does. The University of California, Santa Barbara explains, “The clitoris is a female sexual organ located at the top part of the vulva, or external female genitalia.” The clitoris is made of two parts: the glans and the shaft. The glans is the visible part of the clitoris, which is partially or fully covered by the clitoral hood.
1. The Clitoris Is Bigger Than You Think
Many people think the clitoris is a pearl-sized “button” located at the top of the vulva, but that’s not accurate. The clitoris is actually much larger. Dr. Emily Nagoski told Cosmopolitan that the clitoris actually extends deep into the body and looks somewhat like a wishbone. The shaft, which extends into two crura, are actually multiple inches long, explains the University of California, Santa Barbara.