The Clitoris – in a few words
The Glans Clitoris is more or less visible. Sitting beneath a hood (prepuce) formed by the junction of the inner labia, she is attached to the pubic bone by a ligament and surrounded by a capsule of fibro elastic tissue. The Glans itself is not erectile but responds to the erectile bodies to which she is attached. She holds numerous sensory receptors which respond to and pass on vibrations.
Connected to the Glans Clitoris is the Body (or Shaft) of the Clitoris
It can be felt beneath the tissue and sometimes when pulling back the hood, it is partly visible. The Body of the Clitoris consists of erectile connective tissue and just like the Glans, it is surrounded by a capsule of fibro elastic tissue. It is said to be shaped like a pyramid and about as big as the phalanx of a thumb.
Extending from the Body of the Clitoris are the Arms and Bulbs of the Clitoris:
Clitoris Arms or Legs or Twin Crura or Roots
Two arms extend the Clitoris far into the body reaching all the way to the muscle endings along the inside of the thighs. They consist of erectile tissue and like the Glans and Body of the Clitoris they are encased by a capsule of fibro elastic tissue. They are approximately 9 cm long - and apparently no two pairs are ever the same.
Bulbs of the Clitoris
Extending from the Body of the Clitoris are two Bulbs. Lying behind the Labia they fill the space between Body and Arms of the Clitoris, reaching deep into the body and down towards the pelvic floor. They each pass by the urethra on one side, thus surrounding the urethra on three sides. Both Bulbs consist of erectile tissue and – other than the Glans, Body and Arms of the Clitoris – they are embedded in highly sensitive, delicate skin. They are about 2-7 cm long – and who knows how big they get when aroused!
Nerves, bloodstreams, lymphs, glands...
There is still a lot to be explored. What is known is that the Clitoris has a far greater concentration of nerves than for example the tips of our fingers. However, a detailed mapping of the clitoral nerves has yet to be carried out.
Erectile SpongesA New View of a Woman's Body
(Feminist Health Press, L.A. 1991) also defines the Urethral Sponge as part of the Clitoris. This sponge surrounds the urethra from the urethral opening reaching deep into the body. Like the other erectile tissues it fills with blood when sexually aroused. It can be felt when inserting two fingers into the vagina and pressing up towards the pubic bone. Another sponge is near the perineum – it can be felt when the two fingers press down towards the anus.
It would be little surprise if it turned out that the clitoris is even more complex!
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