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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That’s a lot of information, but the bottom line is this: try new things and don’t be afraid to experiment! Different speeds and pressures provide a variety of experiences. We also asked participants about speed and pressure.
Here’s what we learned about the most enjoyable speeds:
33% prefer a build-up from a slow to a fast speed
24% prefer the speeds to alternate
23% prefer a medium speed
10% prefer a fast speed
9% prefer a slow speed
As for the most commonly reported amounts of pressure, we found that:
39% prefer a mixture of different amounts of pressure
33% prefer medium pressure
17% prefer firm pressure
12% prefer light pressure
Use this data to inform your explorations. We all get stuck in sexual ruts from time to time. We find something that works for us and stick with it, because well, it works. But just because there’s one type of stimulation that works for you doesn’t mean that’s the only one. Keep exploring and experimenting!
Whether you’re experimenting with a partner or during solo play, adding adult toys into the mix can spice things up even more. If you’re looking for powerful clitoral stimulation, Baci is your new best friend. Baci is our premium clitoral massager that uses airflow technology to mimic a human tongue and mouth. Baci delivers two types of clitoral stimulation simultaneously. Microrobotics create the sensation of lips and tongue stroking and sucking while a unique full-coverage design and smooth ridges provide rhythmic thrumming everywhere you need it. The pressure builds gradually towards an epic orgasmic release.
The hands-free Osé 2, designed to feel like human fingers, mouth, and tongue, is also a delicious choice. While Osé 2 is most well known for helping people experience blended orgasms, it can also be used to stimulate the clitoris alone.
There are a few ways to do this. You can bend the flexible G-spot massager out of the way while keeping the clitoral stimulator in place. Additionally, it’s possible to turn off the G-spot stimulation and only use the clitoral stimulation settings. Adult toys such as Osé 2 can help you discover more about your body and your preferences, enhancing your own experience and making it easier to articulate them to a partner.
It might take a bit to find exactly what you enjoy, but when you find something that feels great, keep going! Your body will reward you.
Benefits of Orgasms
These powerful orgasms not only feel fantastic, they actually have some health benefits. Quite a few hormones are released during an orgasm, including oxytocin, dopamine, and endorphins.
Oxytocin and endorphins, which help lower cortisol levels, are natural stress relievers. This reduction in stress can help you sleep better and reduce inflammation in the skin, making for a clearer appearance. Dopamine and endorphins, two of the “happy hormones” are natural mood boosters and help you relax.
You might also experience pain relief due to the increased levels of endorphins in your system; endorphins are a natural pain reliever.
While orgasms are great, the act of masturbation alone is also great for your health. Pleasure is a journey, not an end destination, and regardless of whether you climax your body and mind will reward you with increased body image and so much more for simply taking time to pleasure yourself. Learn more about the benefits of masturbation here.
Now that we’ve covered the how and why of clitoral orgasms, you might be wondering what they actually feel like.
La Petite Mort
Orgasms are sometimes called “The Little Death.” Technically this refers to the period immediately following an orgasm, when your body is recovering from the physiologically demanding event it just experienced.
Clitoral orgasms are characterized by rapid contraction and release of the uterine and vaginal muscles and can last anywhere from 10-30 seconds. These contractions can happen as rapidly as one per second. During orgasm, your heart rate increases as does your blood pressure, which is why your skin may flush.
Many women report clitoral orgasms being fairly localized to the pelvic region and any referred sensations (sensations that are felt elsewhere than the originating source), to be on the surface of the skin. Heightened sensitivity of the entire body and “aftershocks” are also common immediately following a clitoral orgasm.
Learn more about the other types of orgasms—including anal, nippled and more—here.
Giving some extra attention to the clitoris, which developed solely to deliver pleasure, is a gamechanger. While clitoral orgasms are the most commonly reported type of orgasm, there are others! You can learn more about the other types of orgasms, such as the Blended and G-spot orgasms, by reading our health guide.