Gender & Identity,Sex, Relationships & Love

The Clitoris: Dope Facts You Should Know

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On Jul 21, 2022

Oh we do love the clit. The clitoris is an erogenous zone located in the vulva. It is one of the most sensitive erogenous zones due to its high concentration of nerve endings. Here at HOLAA! we are big fans of the work the Goddess did on it, so we shall be throwing out some facts to help you know the wonderful clit better:

1. The clit is way bigger than you think. The size of the tissue underneath what you can see with the naked eye (we are only being served about a quarter of it) can be around four inches. Researchers using MRI machines approximate the volume of a non-aroused clitoris is  about 1.5 to 5.5mm. When someone with a clitoris is turned on, the clitoris roughly doubles in size, increasing pressure on the nerve-dense area at the anterior vaginal wall.  

Basically it gets super jacked when the body is ready to rock and roll (how helpful is that?). The glans alone (the bit your vulva is serving up for you to see) averages 2.4 to 4.4 mm wide and 3.7 to 6.5 mm long.

2. The clit does it’s thing like a penis. When a baby is conceived, whatever sex, initially their genital tissue is exactly the same. It only begins to change into a penis or clitoris and labia after around 12 weeks. Meaning that the clit and penis are both made of some of the same stuff  i.e. erectile tissue, a foreskin (which we know as the clitoral hood), glans, and even a small shaft.

3. The clit has 8000 nerve endings. The vaginal tunnel itself doesn’t have as much sensation, but the reason the clitoris is so sensitive is due to its eight THOUSAND nerve endings.

One more time. Eight. Thousand. Nerve. Endings. That’s double the amount of nerve endings in the penis (just saying). This thing is built for pleasure people, do not deny it the change to do its job. 

4. The clitoris never ages and keeps growing. Just like a sexy vampire or some other mythical being the clitoris just keeps on being eternal. Even past puberty it keeps on growing. Aside from it growing with age, there is no physical difference between a 30 or 70-year-old clitoris.  It is a case of clit don’t crack. Are we saying that it’s immortal? Maybe. 

5. The clit was “officially” discovered in the 1500s. We cannot with history sometimes. It really is just white men running around pointing at things that already exist. BUT apparently the anatomist Mateo Renaldo Colombo, an Italian professor, claimed to have “discovered” the clitoris, ‘cause … men.  He called it “amor Veneris, vel dulcedo” – “the love or sweetness of Venus.” Had he actually asked someone with a clit they would have been able to tell him about it sooner. One small mercy is he didn’t name it after himself.

6. The clit is the only human organ designed purely for pleasure. This fact is often thrown about but it cannot be emphasised enough. The clit is there purely for you to have a good time. So dammit, have a good time.  Also let’s state facts, it is not designed to give you an orgasm through penetration alone. It’s funny how the most “acceptable” kind of sexual penetration (i.e. penis in vagina sex) is the one where the clitoris is usually not stimulated at all. Which is the ultimate scam. Although the shape of the penis is exactly and as equally banana-shaped as the vagina, clit orgasms only tend to work if the person with the vagina is penetrated from behind. Or if the clitoris is stimulated directly. So get to licking and stroking. 

7. Clit orgasms release a lot of oxytocin. In womb and vagina-having people, hormone levels widely fluctuate to enable them to fall pregnant. To prevent hormones from causing negative side effects, the body contains a “reset-button”: … a.k.a. the clitoris. During a clitoral orgasm, a lot of oxytocin is released. While sexual arousal also slightly increases oxytocin release, only a real orgasm makes a substantial difference, and, the better the orgasm is, the more oxytocin is secreted.

There you have it folx, stroke the clit ‘cause … science.

8. The clit enlarges around ovulation. There is some preliminary research suggesting the volume of the clitoris may change throughout the cycle. One small study found clitoral size increased by about a fifth in the days before, during and after ovulation and decreased premenstrually. However, research needs to look into this more, and it’s still unclear if and how these changes might affect how good sex feels and sensation. But getting horny around your period is a real thing. 

9. There is a flower that looks exactly like the clitoris. The Goddess in all Her glory had to honour the clit and thus created Clitoria ternatea, commonly known as Asian pigeonwings. It’s a small blue plant that’s often used for medicinal purposes. In Ayurveda, an ancient system of Indian medicine, Clitoria ternatea is used as a treatment in female reproductive disorders.

Now you know all the things about the clitoris go forth and take good care of it, any way that you like.


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