To the male penis the clitoris contains more nerve

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to the male penis, the clitoris contains more nerve endings in its pea-shaped glands than are found in the entire head or glands of the penis. In its unaroused state, the clitoris is retracted under the clitoral hood. However, during sexual arousal and tumescence, the clitoris becomes stiff and erect causing the clitoral hood to pull back. The clitoris is primarily an internal structure with only a small area, the clitoral glans, being visible. The internal part of the clitoris is shaped like an inverted V, forming two legs that extend from the clitoral glands along both sides of the labia. These legs are called the clitoral crura (singular, crus). The crura are made up of spongy tissue that will engorge with blood during sexual arousal. Mons pubis Labia minora Opening for ----- Bartholin's glands (a) Superficial structures of external genitalia i" 11,.... ..i --"L_ ___ Pubic symph ysis r . 7.'" ------ Body of clitoris ,---- ----- Crus of clitoris +------ Bulb of the vestibule �---- Bartholin's gland (c) Deep structures of external genitalia Bartholin's glands (b) Closeup of clitoris, Skene's glands, and Bartholin's glands (d) Scan of internal structures of clitoris
ANSWERS to Sexual Anatomy Facts and Myths (p. 97) 1. False: Men and women have the same hormones; only the relative levels differ. Furthermore, hormone levels differ from one man to another and from one woman to another. 2. True: The anus has an erotic capacity for both men and women. As the genitals and anus share a lot of the same musculature and nerve endings, the anus can provide as much pleasure and arousal as other parts of the body. In addition, sexual orientation has no bearing on erotic capacity of the anus. 3. False: The vagina is the birth canal and the pathway to the cervix, uterus, and fallopian tubes. The collective term for the external female genitals is the "vulva:' 4. True: The clitoris is the only organ in the human body with the sole function of giving sexual pleasure. 5. True: The ovaries and testes are formed from the same embryonic tissue. All embryos have the same genital and reproductive structures before sexual differentiation begins. 6. False: Solid scientific evidence has consistently shown that there is no relationship between a man's penis size and sexual desire or response for either men or women. Most partners state that it is not the size but how one engages in sexual behavior that is important. 7. True and False: While the penis does not have any kind of skeletal structure or bone that can be broken, the penis can experience damage to its tissue if it is hit hard enough or bent in such a way as to cause damage to its internal structure. 8. False: The reality is that there is much controversy over the existence of the G-spot. What we know about female orgasms is that the clitoris is the primary mode of orgasmic experience for women. The question of whether vaginal orgasms exist independently of clitoral stimulation is quite controversial.

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