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Clit Literature; Learning The Truth Behind An Anatomical Wonder

by Jekaterina Gussarova August 04, 2022 4 min read

Clit Literature; Learning The Truth Behind An Anatomical Wonder

Clit Literature; Learning The Truth Behind An Anatomical Wonder

What comes to your mind on hearing the term, clit? Yes, stimulation and pleasure. It’s a treasured part of the female body when it comes to sex life. But, do you know its anatomy? Let’s find out.

The female genitalia is structured with the clitoris that’s key to stimulation and pleasure. For numerous ladies, this part is internally located- may not be seen, however, it composes a small nub towards the outside called the glans clitoris. This part contains multiple nerves responsible for high sensitivity during sexual stimulation. Such tissues include the erectile tissue that enhances erection. Most documents and textbooks inadequately describe the clit’s anatomy including the still misunderstood shape of the clitoris. Even historically, a lot has been disregarded. Please keep reading to learn more from this discussion.

What’s the clit?

In your words, how can you define a clit? Well, the clitoris, common as, clit is an erectile feature in females just like the penis in males. This implies it forms from similar embryo structures, and thus contains various related properties. We can say the clit is an erectile organ similar to the penis except for being internally positioned. There's no other known function apart from being an area for erotic stimulation.

Location

The external clit is in the labia, above the vagina and urethra, located between the legs. It’s enclosed in some hood originating from the labia minora.

The clit anatomy

With only a tiny part visible externally, the clitoris is an extremely complex part. Lets us become clit literate and the following are some of its associates:

The prepuce: Also called the clitoris hood. It’s really not a part of the clit, but belongs to the labia minora. Its function is to cover the glans clitoris.

Glans clitoris: Found above the vulva. It’s the only seen part from outside. It consists of multiple and highly sensitive nerves for sexual sensation. Furthermore, it lacks any erectile properties.

Corpora: This can be described as the clit’s body. It has a relatively short size with two corpora that are erectile tissue and vascular cylinders.

Root: This is the central source of all nerves from the clit’s erectile bodies. It’s a highly sensitive part.

Crura: Some books call it the clit’s legs. It extends around five to nine centimeters towards the pelvis. It covers the urethra and vagina and is filled with erectile tissues.

Bulbs: Located between the vaginal wall surface and crura, alongside the labia minora. It’s filled with a supply of erectile tissues, and when aroused, their size could double. Usually, it measures about three to four centimeters when flaccid, and reaches seven when erect.

Of the above-mentioned structures, erectile tissues are mainly located at the crura, body, and bulbs. The clit's body is encased by a sheath of connective tissue, CT called tunica albuginea. In this region, the controller of erectile function is blood circulation, which is enhanced by multiple blood vessels. Additionally, various nerves help improve the clit's function. They include the cavernous, dorsal clitoris nerve, and some portions of the pudendal nerve. That’s why when stimulated, the clitoris aids in physical arousal.

Anatomical differences

There may be differences in certain situations. For instance, intersex conditions can possibly feature some changes in the clitoris structure. A good illustration is the congenital adrenal hyperplasia that could result in an enlarged clit. In some serious conditions, it may appear like a penis. This might imply that the urethral opening was relocated to an area near the clit.

Various surgical corrections have been applied in the past, but due to many complaints from intersex people and their families, it raised a debate. Even surgeries done to alter the clit at childhood or infancy, potentially bridge a lifetime negative influence on a person's sexual function. For this reason, it's recommended that such surgeries be postponed until one grows up to decide what they wish for concerning the same. Some exempted circumstances, including those differences likely causing difficulties in urination, can be a must and is mostly in urgent need for surgery.

Function

Primarily, the clit is a mediator of sexual stimulation and pleasure. It centers pleasurable sensation when someone is sexually aroused. Its stimulation can possibly impact on blood circulation to other reproductive parts, hence composes both objective and subjective arousal elements. But, the clitoral anatomy role in sexual function and orgasm is still debated. Studies conclude that most females achieve orgasm through clitoral stimulation. How variations in clit anatomy influence stimulation and sex function are yet to be understood.

Clitoris conditions

The clit’s health or structure can get affected by a few conditions. They include:

Metastatic cancer- If experienced by another area, it can result in lesions on the clit. Such conditions include cervical, endometrial, and breast cancer.

Clitoromegaly- this is clit enlargement, hence an increase in size. In infancy, it's basically an intersex condition sign that can stay untreated. In growing children, this condition is caused by neurofibromatosis, which can be surgically treated.

Clitoral adhesions- Occurs when the clitoral hood gets intact with the glans preventing retraction. These adhesions have various degrees ranging from mild to severe. Worse conditions can lead to extreme clitoral pain.

Lichen sclerosis- This is an autoimmune disorder affecting the skin around the genitals. In some instances, the condition can become more severe to the extent of forming a scar tissue on the clit, thus temper with its role.

Clinical tests

Rare occasions require medical testing on the clit. Suppose it’s an increase in size, then a biopsy can be applied to find out the main cause of the enlargement. Other cases may require imaging, especially for individuals with metastatic cancer. Exceptional conditions, such as clitoromegaly in infants are often looked at to determine the problem. It could involve genetic and blood tests to check hormonal levels.

The bottom line

Historically, there’s a lot of information missed in discussions involving the clit anatomy. Comprehensive details about it are either lacking or mispresented. That’s why scientists have much to cover on the clit’s erectile function and its connection with other pelvic structures. Furthermore, we shouldn’t forget that every individual is unique in preference and sensitivity when talking of glans clitoris arousal. It’s why experiments should be carried out with different techniques and pressure levels to get what’s the most suitable.

Jekaterina Gussarova
Jekaterina Gussarova


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