Until 2009, the human clitoris was an absolute mystery
Picture a clitoris in your mind. Got it? Now, what if I told you that what you’re imagining is just the tip of a much larger, internal clitoral iceberg — that the clitoris is actually much, much larger than what this sensitive bundle of nerve endings would lead you to believe?
This is such an interesting article! I had absolutely no idea about the clitoris’ complete structure. And you can even read the scientific article if you’re want to go deeper into this subject.
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Hey there. Thanks for the question!
Hmm. By ‘clitory’, I’m going to assume you meant ‘clitoris’, which can either be pronounced “CLIT-or-is” or “cli-TOR-is”.
The clitoris, the cute little nub you see above the labia of FAAB people, is the onus of sexual pleasure for many a female-bodied person. (Clitoral stimulation is awesome, but it definitely isn’t the only way to pleasure yourself or other people!)
[A clitoris would correspond with the little pink nub in the photo above. Here’s a link to drawings of more anatomically-accurate clitorises.]
That nub you see is really only the glans, or tip, of the clitoris. If you could stretch out the entire shaft, crura (legs) and bulbs of the clitoris, it would extend to be about eight inches long! The size and shape of the clitoris, and the hood that covers it, can vary greatly from person to person. It usually changes color, size and shape during sex, so the same clitoris can also look very different at various states of arousal.
Got a clitoris and/or a partner with a clitoris? Get curious, grab a hand mirror and go investigate.
Note: Some of this post was gleaned from the fifth edition of The Guide to Getting It On! by Paul Joannides. It’s a great comprehensive sex guide for beginners and seasoned sexual beings alike. Be sure to check out the website—it’s also pretty great!
No, this doesn’t really have to do with menstruation but it’s interesting! (If you’ve got a free 20 minutes, watch the entire thing!)
I’m sure that you’re pretty aware of the many changes you partner experiences during menstruation: many people feel especially tired, achy, sexually aroused, bloated, or dehydrated (or a combination of these) during our cycles.
…but have you ever seen how your physiology changes from the inside?
A 25-year-old doula started a photo project that documented how the appearance of her cervix changed throughout the month. It’s really quite fascinating, and if you’re pretty okay with looking at a little blood and cervixes (cervices?), you should definitely take a look!
Here’s her story:
As a doula and student midwife, I used this project to help me see how a cervix might look different throughout the cycle in the absence of vaginal infections and to understand speculum exams. Each photo was taken at approx 10:00 pm every day starting the first day of my menstrual cycle. I re-used a plastic speculum (order one here) and macro function of normal digital camera (and a very talented boyfriend with a headlamp).