The Human Clitoris: A Mystery until 2009
There was an article that was recently released on io9.com and it literally had me doing a double take. Yes, I glanced at the story excerpt and went on to explore a couple different articles. It wasn’t until my brain registered what the article was saying that I had to click the back button a few times.
Humans have been studying our anatomy and sexual behaviors for centuries. This isn’t new. In fact, I’m willing to bet that you’ve studied your own anatomy multiple times as well as the anatomy of someone else’s. Since the beginning of time, I would imagine, curiosity of the parts of both genders have been a mystery to be discovered. But even after all this time, through the age of free love & self-exploration, our study of the female anatomy has ultimately fallen short. One of the key parts in female orgasms have been completely neglected, at least it was until 2009. For that, I say, “We’re sorry, Clitoris.”
How is it possible that we’ve ignored this part of the female body for so long? Thankfully, there are people paving the path to a better understanding of the female body. It wasn’t until 2009 that French researchers (Dr. Odile Buisson and Dr. Pierre Foldès) provided the world with the first 3-D sonogram of a stimulated clitoris. This work was done for 3 years without proper funding and it’s something we should all be thankful for. Because of these researchers, we now understand how the erectile tissue of an aroused clitoris will surround the vagina. This breakthrough explains how a vaginal orgasm is actually an internal clitoral orgasm.
The scientific name for the external “little button” or “bulb” is glans. Not to be confused with glands, glans simply refers to a small circular mass. This little structure contains approximately 8,000 sensory nerve fibers; more than anywhere else in the human body and nearly twice the amount found on the head of a penis! From reading her work, it’s clear that Marie Bonepart mistakenly thought that the clitoris was completely comprised of the glans; and because it is super sensitive and all anyone can see of the organ, her confusion is mirrored by most women today. The fact is, though, that most of the clitoris is subterranean, consisting of two corpora cavernosa (corpus cavernosum when referring to the structure as a whole), two crura (crus when referring to the structure as a whole), and the clitoral vestibules or bulbs.
The glans is connected to the body or shaft of the internal clitoris, which is made up of two corpora cavernosa. When erect, the corpora cavernosa encompass the vagina on either side, as if they were wrapping around it giving it a big hug!
The corpus cavernosum also extends further, bifurcating again to form the two crura. These two legs extend up to 9cm, pointing toward the thighs when at rest, and stretching back toward the spine when erect. To picture them at rest, imagine the crura as a wishbone, coming together at the body of the clitoris where they attach to the pubic symphysis.
Near each of the crura on either side of the vaginal opening are the clitoral vestibules. These are internally under the labia majora. When they become engorged with blood they actually cuff the vaginal opening causing the vulva to expand outward. Get these puppies excited, and you’ve got a hungrier, tighter-feeling vaginal opening in which to explore!
So what does all this mean? I’d like to think of it as a professional stripper working the pole. The dancer (the clit) is the one who wraps herself around the pole (the vagina), and during this intimate act they become one. The end result being a satisfactory set and everyone involved being aroused. Maybe it’s not the best metaphor, but it will do for now.
Who says hugs are bad? Have you gotten one, or two, maybe 3 today? 😉
To read the original articles in depth, click on the links.