The Clitoris, Revealed

“It’s practically a little penis under that hood,” a 50-something-year-old writer who calls herself “jujuridl” describes the clitoris in “Female Anatomy 101,” an informative blog post on MiddlesexMD. Take a look at this diagram of the complete structure of the clitoris, showing what goes on under the hood, literally.

Those of us in touch with our clitoris — literally and figuratively — know that the sensation isn’t just in the little nub that’s visible (the glans) — the whole surrounding area is sensitive and sensational. That’s because the clitoris and its thousands of nerve endings extend far and wide beneath the surface.

The clitoris is the only part of the human body that has no function other than giving pleasure. Women who have lost sensitivity due to aging and hormonal changes might experiment with self-touch, partner-touch, and/or vibrator-touch using pressure all around the visible part of the clitoris, not just directly on the glans. As you see from the diagram, there’s quite an area to explore!

 MiddlesexMD was created by for women over 40 by Dr. Barb DePree, M.D., a women’s health provider and a menopause care specialist. Many of us are significantly over 40 and way past menopause, but DePree’s information is plenty relevant to us — and to those who love us.

In fact, is there someone in your life who might understand better how to touch you by seeing this blog post?