Amanda

By Amanda

LifeBuzz Staff

11 Clitoris Facts That You’ll Be Thinking About Next Time You Have Sex.

For some reason, educators and health professionals talk at great length about the vagina -- but everyone seems to start blushing and whispering when the clitoris is brought up. Yes, that's right, we said it: The clitoris, the wonderful part of the female body that brings her to orgasm. It's shrouded in mystery (and for some, hard to find) but it holds plenty of interesting secrets that you're going to want to familiarize yourself with.

Below, we've put together some amazing facts about the clitoris that you've probably never heard before, including how long a clitoral orgasm can actually last (longer than you'd think) and why only part of it is visible outside of the body. We won't spoil all of the answers for you, but we will tell you this: There's a reason the word "clitoris" comes from the Greek word for "key." Read the facts below, and there will be plenty more doors to open in your future.

The clitoris is only partially visible to the naked eye.

The clitoris is actually close to four inches, but three-fourths of it is hidden from view -- think of it as the female version of a non-erect penis.

The clitoris is only partially visible to the naked eye.

Here's why only part of it is visible.

Besides the clitoris being made up the clitoral head, the hood and the clitoral shaft, it is also composed of the urethral sponge, erectile tissue, glands, vestibular bulbs and the clitoral legs. It seems wild that the clitoris is so complicated, especially when you consider that only the clitoral head and the hood are located outside the body.

The clitoris is essential to most women's orgasms.

50% - 75% of women need to have their clitoris touched and stimulated to achieve orgasm. Most women are unable to have an orgasm through intercourse alone.

The clitoris is essential to most women's orgasms.

Clitorises start off all the same.

All babies have the exact same genital tissue when they are conceived. At about 12 weeks, each baby’s genitalia begin to differentiate into a penis or labia. As you can see, the parts we share at the beginning are pretty similar.

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