Let’s get Cliterate
Here’s what we know: a whopping *93% of people with vaginas enjoy clitoral stimulation during sex. In fact, it is the most preferred type of erotic stimulation by far. (*Female Sexual Pleasure Study, Attitudes and Usage, June 2019).
In short, if you have a clitoris, or you plan to have sex with someone who has a clitoris, make sure to give it some well-deserved attention.
Get Literate About Your Clit
Just 10 years ago we finally had access to a 3-D image of the entire clitoris. Commonly thought of as just the tiny, hooded glans, (aka “the button”), the clitoris is actually much larger than that. The majority of the structure is internal, made up of the body, the crura, and the bulbs. The body is the internal continuation of the glans. The crura extend from the body to the left and right, wrapping around the vaginal opening. The bulbs extend from the front of the crura, wrapping around the front of the vaginal canal.
They connect at the front of the vaginal canal and are all part of the Clitero Urethral Vaginal Complex aka the G-spot. (You can learn more about G-spot orgasms here.)
The clitoris is the most innervated organ in the human body with more than 8,000 nerve endings bundled into a 10-centimeter large anatomical wonder. It is made up of erectile tissue and becomes enlarged when aroused. Some people liken it to the female equivalent of a penis, but that is incorrect. The clitoris is much more complex than that.
In a study in 2005, the American Urological Association stated “Clitoral pharmacology and histology appear to parallel those of penile tissue, although the clinical impact is vastly different.''
So, you’ve got this powerhouse of pleasure between your legs—you might as well put it to good use! Getting familiar with your own anatomy will benefit you and your sexual partners. The more you understand and articulate what you enjoy, the more fun everyone will have.
First and foremost, we can’t stress enough the importance of using a good lube. Always, friends: lube, lube, lube it up. Even during solo play, adding some extra moisture to your most sensitive areas is going to give you a better experience. It can eliminate potentially painful friction and enhance sensations. Go ahead and squeeze some on.
Next, start slow. The clitoris is mainly made up of erectile tissue, which means it takes a little time to become fully aroused. This is why foreplay is necessary! You can even try stroking around the clitoris a bit before directly stimulating it; this often helps build arousal.
We surveyed more than 1,000 women about the specific kind of stimulation they like on their clitoris, and here’s what they had to say:
61% prefer a sucking motion or oral sex
58% prefer pulsing or vibrating
54% prefer an up-and-down stroking motion on top of the glans
50% prefer circle or oval strokes around the glans
45% prefer a side to side motion
41% prefer strokes in wide circles or ovals
32% prefer pushing in one spot
26% prefer flicking or thrusting
21% prefer tapping
13% prefer pinching
12% prefer a diagonal motion
12% prefer biting
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