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Does the clitoris get bigger and does size really matter for women’s pleasure?

The clitoris lies at the junction of the labia minora (the inner lips of the vulva), just above the urethra. It is made up of four main parts: the glans, body, two crura and two bulbs

The most vital part of a women’s sexual anatomy, the clitoris, still remains a bit of an enigma.

The clitoral complex, which has a shape of a boomerang, extends under the skin and includes parts that are known as the body, crura, bulb and root.

The visible, external part of the clitoris, which is called the glans, contains thousands of nerves packed densely together in a small area, and is the centre of sexual sensation.

There is no standard size for a clitoris, however, as most know, it usually grows with sexual arousal and having a smaller clitoris may make it more difficult to get sexual pleasure.

Facts about the clitoris
The clitoris contains 8,000 nerve endings (Image: GETTY)

This clitoris is a wishbone-shaped structure that extends anywhere from seven to 13 centimetres into a women’s body.

Interestingly, the clitoris is the same size as the average erect penis at about 5.1 inches, according to Cosmopolitan.

But does it get bigger as we age?

When aroused, the blood flow to your genitals increases.

The clitoris and labia will swell as pleasure builds up.

Once an orgasm happens, the size of the clitoris will decrease.

The clitoris starts to grow during puberty and when puberty is over, it will have grown 1.8 times larger than it was before puberty.

By the time a woman reaches 32, her clit will be four times the size it was when she began puberty. When she reaches menopause, it will be seven times bigger than it was when she was born.

Size matters

Facts about the clitoris
The clitoris contains 8000 nerve endings and is vital for sexual pleasure (Image: Reddit)

One study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that in women who have problems orgasming, their clitoris is smaller and located farther from the vagina.

Researchers used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to scan the pelvic area of 30 women who were on average 32 years old.

Ten of these women had reported rarely or never achieving orgasms despite trying.

The other 20 reported having normal orgasmic experience during sex.

Researchers then compared the two groups of women and found that the direct distance between the clitoris and the vagina was five to six millimetres longer on average in the group of women with orgasm problems.

These women also had a smaller clitoris on average.

The study concluded that the size and location of the clitoris may be important in women’s sexual function.

Another study looked to further judge how vital the clitoris is for sexual pleasure.

In the research, 1,055 women aged between 18 and 94 answered questions for an internet-based survey related to sex.

Around 18.4% of women reported that intercourse alone was sufficient for orgasm, 36.6% reported clitoral stimulation was necessary for orgasm during intercourse, and an additional 36% indicated that, while clitoral stimulation was not needed, their orgasms feel better if their clitoris is stimulated during intercourse.

The women also reported a wide set of preferences for clitoris such as touch, location, pressure, shape, and pattern.

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