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External Sexual Anatomy In Women
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Women's Sexual Anatomy
This description of women's
sexual anatomy is divided into three parts.
External Female Sexual
Organs - are described on the page below. Other pages include:
Internal Sexual Anatomy
The External Female Sexual Organs
The name that covers all the external
female sexual organs (also known as the genitals) - i.e. the parts you can
see - is the vulva.
The different parts of the vulva are:
the large, outer lips called the labia majora; they join at the top at the
mons pubis, a soft mound that is covered with hair after puberty; the
smaller, inner lips called the labia minora that are usually found within
the labia majora; the clitoris, which is located at the point where the
inner lips join; and the vestibule, the almond-shaped area within the
labia minora where the urine passageway and the opening to the vagina
The labia majora, the outer lips, are
the outermost part of a woman's genitals, and they vary in size and shape
from woman to woman. After puberty they are usually covered with hair.
During sexual excitation, the labia
majora swell and flatten out, exposing the vaginal opening. This is caused
by extra blood swelling the vessels.
The labia of women who have had a child show the response a
little more strongly than the labia of women who have not. After menopause
the labia majora thin out and lose most of the fat that gave them shape
and prominence; they no longer swell and then flatten out as they used to.
The mons pubis (the "pubic
mound"), also called the mons veneris (the "mound of Venus"), is the
deposit of fatty tissue over the pubic, bone. It becomes covered with hair
The labia minora, the inner
folds of tissue, are not as thick as the labia majora, but they are more
sensitive and can give sensual pleasure when they are fondled, kissed or touched. When a woman reaches a certain
level of sexual excitement, her labia minora change color.
This color change is called the sex
skin change. The labia of women who have not been pregnant and
had a child become a glistening bright red; in women who have sex after
having a child, the change is to a deep red wine color.
At the same time as the color
change happens, the labia minora become larger because of the increased blood
flow that is a natural result of sexual stimulation. When there is no more
stimulation, both the large outer and the smaller inner lips return to
their usual size and shape within a short period of time.
The external genitals of women often
used to be referred to as the pudenda, which is Latin for "thing to be
ashamed of." This is part of the legacy of embarrassment, fear, disgust
and detachment about their bodies that women have to come to terms with.
It is no wonder that women have had
such a difficult time accepting their bodies in our culture, and in many
others around the world, as being competent and important in themselves,
and not just in the service of others.
The clitoris, which you can
find where the labia minora or inner lips meet, has a single function - to
give pleasure to its owner. The innumerable nerve endings in the clitoris
and the area immediately around it mean that it is very sensitive to
direct or indirect contact.
The clitoris consists of a head or
rounded area, called the glans, and a longer part, called the shaft or
The body of the clitoris is usually
covered by the tissue of the inner lips, which make a hood to protect it.
In its normal state, when it is not stimulated, it can vary in size from
an eighth to half an inch long.
You can see the natural variation in
size. When it is stimulated, it fills with an extra flow of blood and
increases in size: both the shaft and the glans enlarge - the glans can
double in diameter.
As stimulation continues and orgasm
approaches, the clitoris retracts and moves under its hood. It moves out
again when the stimulation stops. After orgasm the clitoris returns to its
normal size within about ten minutes.
When a woman is unable to orgasm the
extra blood that has flowed into the clitoris in response to her
stimulation may remain there, keeping the clitoris enlarged for perhaps
several hours. Many women find this uncomfortable. Orgasm leads to a
dispersal of the extra blood.
Q: "Can the clitoris get
damaged from too much stimulation?"
A: "No. The clitoris will not
be damaged by intercourse or by hand or mouth contact, directly on the
clitoris or indirectly on the clitoral area. If your clitoris is
over-stimulated it will begin to get sore and you will automatically want
stimulation to stop. Take that cue, as you take cues from other parts of
your body, and your clitoris won't get hurt. For information about how to give a woman an orgasm,
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pleasuring a woman sexually.
If it does get irritated -
and this rarely happens - the irritation may not be related at all to
contact. If the irritation continues, get medical help. Such irritation
can induce a yeast infection - and as all women and men with yeast
infection know, Candida
albicans on the genitals is not fun."
Q: "What happens to the
clitoris during sexual intercourse?"
A: "During intercourse the
penis does not contact the clitoris directly. The thrusting of the penis
in the vagina, regardless of the position used, moves the labia minora
(the inner lips), and it is this movement of the lips against the clitoris
that usually creates the feeling of pleasure.
You can, of course, have direct contact
with the clitoris during intercourse by touching it with a finger or a
vibrator, but many women find direct contact more irritating than
stimulating; a more general contact with the area is likely to produce a
more pleasurable response. This is one of those cases in which talking to
your partner about what you like can produce greater pleasure for you
Q. "When I'm making love, I
'lose' the clitoris. Am I doing something wrong?"
A: "You are not doing anything wrong.
On the contrary, you are doing something right. When a woman is sexually
excited, the clitoris normally retracts under its hood. The general
clitoral area is still very sensitive, so continue what you are doing
rather than fumble around in a vain search for the clitoris.
The fact that your partner's clitoris
has pulled back means she is excited, responding and moving toward orgasm.
Remember too that always wondering how you are doing can take the joy and
naturalness out of sex, and make you an observer rather than a partner."
Vaginal vs clitoral orgasms
Masters and Johnson and other sex
researchers and analysts have shown that the physical indicators of
orgasm are identical, regardless of the way the orgasm is produced -
whether it's by a penis in the vagina, a hand, tongue or vibrator on the
clitoral area, by breast fondling or through fantasy.
Physically, what is happening to the
woman at the point of orgasm is the same.
However, the orgasm produced through
stimulation of the G spot and by stimulation of the clitoris do not feel
the same to a woman, either physically or emotionally.
The reason seems to be that while the
outward signs of all orgasms are similar, some orgasms involve different
nerve routes to others.
In fact, the deeper stimulation of
the internal vaginal tissues of the G spot seem to produce a deeper
orgasm mediated through different nerve pathways, which some women
describe as a whole body orgasm and report as being emotionally more
Remember that the exchange of energy
between two members of a couple can be a remarkable thing when making
love, and it often has a direct impact on how quickly the man comes to
orgasm. In other words, nothing makes a man aroused and sexually excited
than making love to a woman who is very aroused.
But there is another
side to this - the loss of arousal between the partners, such as
may happen when a man has delayed ejaculation and cannot reach the point
of arousal needed to ejaculate. This is a real problem which deprives
couples of the satisfaction and pleasure of orgasm, and can even lead to
relationship break up.
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Women don't all
women reach orgasm in the same way. Many women find
that orgasm produced by direct stimulation of the clitoral area feels more
intense than orgasm resulting from a penis in the vagina. Equally, a great
many women find orgasm with a penis in the vagina to be more fulfilling
The important issue, then, is for each woman to be able to
achieve the feelings she wants and finds most satisfying - which will not
be possible when a man has a sexual
To do this she has to select the
right context and she probably has to be able to communicate with her
sex partner to indicate what she wants and to arrive at a situation
where both people may achieve the satisfaction they seek.
A woman's clitoris may become sore
(as any part of any person's body may become sore) if it is rubbed a
lot. The body is then issuing a simple cue to stop until the soreness
ceases. That cue is entirely sufficient as a guide to individual
The vestibule has two main parts, the urethra and the opening to the
vagina. The urethra is the passageway that carries urine from the bladder
out of the body. Its opening is below the clitoris and above the opening
of the vagina. Just below the urethra is the vaginal opening, which is the
beginning of the vagina itself.
The vaginal opening is not a large hole
unless it is being penetrated or a baby is being delivered, and can best
be seen in a sexually unaroused woman when both sets of labia are parted.
Next - internal genitals
Female sexuality is reputedly stronger
than male sexuality - at least in the sense that an aroused woman has a
level of sexual desire which matches and often exceeds a man's, and she
does not lose interest in sex when she has reached orgasm and ejaculated -
she can continue to enjoy one orgasm after another for quite some time,
while the man enters his refractory period and must wait until he can get
an erection before attempting to achieve orgasm again.
This can prevent the woman from gaining
much sexual pleasure, since in general she will take longer to reach
orgasm than he does. The solution to this disparity in sexual desire and
arousal is for the man to give the woman an orgasm before he enters her,
so that when he does so, she can enjoy feeling him inside her for as long
as it takes to satisfy her.
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Internal Sexual Anatomy Of