The Anatomy Of An ****** . . . Or What Freud Did To Paroxism

It's fascinating that so little is known by most people about the true anatomy of the clitoris. And did you know that it was Freud (Sigmund not Clement) who realised that paroxisms, the treatment doled out by Victorian doctors to women suffering 'the vapours' was actually a sexual ******?

I’m going to do my best to stay serious and scientific here but well, this is a post about the clitoris so it may not last. This particular part of the female anatomy has been something the general public has given a lot of thought to but as it turns out, science has mostly ignored. Turns out, we only really discovered the clitoris in 2009. Women the world over may disagree but we now know there’s a whole lot more than meets the eye when it comes to the clitoris and the results are rather stimulating.

According to the official blog of the Museum of Sex in New York City, there is an internal clitoris. Yup, you heard that right. Internal. As you may or may not know, the clitoris has only one purpose; pleasure. It is not required for reproduction. It doesn’t have a urethra running through it like the penis, and thus does not urinate. Sadly, it is precisely because the clitoris has no function apart from female pleasure that science has neglected to study it as intricately as the penis.”

If I asked someone to point to my clitoris they’d (hopefully) point to a tiny spot at the top of my vulva just under the “hood.” But that’s only the tip of the iceberg, as it were.

Well hello there! Nice to meet you, clitoris! And here I thought I knew you so well…

The scientific name for the external “little button” or “bulb” is glans. Not to be confused with glands, glans simply refers to a small circular mass. This little structure contains approximately 8,000 sensory nerve fibers; more than anywhere else in the human body and nearly twice the amount found on the head of a penis! From reading her work, it’s clear that Marie Bonaparte mistakenly thought that the clitoris was completely comprised of the glans; and because it is super sensitive and all anyone can see of the organ, her confusion is mirrored by most women today. The fact is, though, that most of the clitoris is subterranean, consisting of two corpora cavernosa (corpus cavernosum when referring to the structure as a whole), two crura (crus when referring to the structure as a whole), and the clitoral vestibules or bulbs.

The glans is connected to the body or shaft of the internal clitoris, which is made up of two corpora cavernosa. When erect, the corpora cavernosa encompass the vagina on either side, as if they were wrapping around it giving it a big hug!

The corpus cavernosum also extends further, bifurcating again to form the two crura. These two legs extend up to 9cm, pointing toward the thighs when at rest, and stretching back toward the spine when erect. To picture them at rest, imagine the crura as a wishbone, coming together at the body of the clitoris where they attach to the pubic symphysis.

Near each of the crura on either side of the vaginal opening are the clitoral vestibules. These are internally under the labia majora. When they become engorged with blood they actually cuff the vaginal opening causing the vulva to expand outward. Get these puppies excited, and you’ve got a hungrier, tighter-feeling vaginal opening in which to explore!

Words like “subterranean” and “cavernosa” just make me think the clitoris is destined for further exploration. By science. Hey, look! It’s an erect, internal clitoris!

So what does this mean for you, a person with a clitoris? And you, person who likes someone with a clitoris? Just because a good chunk of it is inside the body doesn’t mean it’s useless. Many women can bring themselves to ****** without ever inserting anything inside of themselves. They are causing their internal clitoris to become erect and likely stimulating their glans, bulbs, and crura by rubbing themselves on the outside. The corpus cavernousum is the additional erectile tissue encompassing the vagina, and greatly erogenous when stimulated internally.

Why are many of us just learning about this for the first time? The sad fact is it wasn’t until the 1990’s that researchers began using MRI to study the internal structure of the clitoris. By then, the intricate details of the penis were already well known. It was Urologist Helen O’Connell of the Royal Melbourne Hospital who set out to better understand the microscopic nerve supply to the clitoris using MRI, something that had already been done for men with regard to their sexual function in the 70s. In 1998 she published her findings, informing the medical world of the true scope and size of the clitoris. Yet ironically in that same year, men in America began popping Viagra to cure erectile dysfunction. Sadly, many textbooks, medical guides and yes, the internet, still do not include this information or particular viewpoints of the female anatomy.

Alas it wasn’t until as recently as 2009 that French researchers Dr. Odile Buisson and Dr. Pierre Foldès gave the medical world it’s first complete 3-D sonography of the stimulated clitoris. And they did this work for three years without any proper funding. Thanks to them, we now understand how the erectile tissue of the clitoris engorges and surrounds the vagina – a complete breakthrough that explains how what we once considered to be a vaginal ****** is actually an internal clitoral ******.
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69 Responses May 31, 2013

This was very educational, and I suspect it may help me to become a better lover; my partners thank you.

I love reading your posts. Please add me.

Fascinating, to say the least. Could have been an alternative for Alice in Bed - that character is ever so Freud even though it's by Susan Sontag.

*grins . . . how erudite!

I love this description! I'm copying it to a file for further study!

Thanks so much for sharing!


My pleasure!

Yes, it is quite interesting and there was a remarkable film made on Yung and a girl whose hysteria was approached by S&M games - and this was in real psychiatric sessions (the Freudian Anna case as well)

Unbelievable, or totally believable, depending on your perspective.

Absolutely amazing research... I have a newly found appreciation for my "little friend" or should I correct that and say "big friend"

Claudia - thank you for explaining this to the "uneducated masses"
I happen to have knowledge of this anatomical structures and its functions - also verified by much self analysis and experimentation *giggle*

For those who wish to advance to level two and beyond in clitorial knowledge I can recommend this site:

It represents something of a state of the art in contemporary clitorial knowledge and the site is continually upgraded with new facts as well as very pedagogical graphics - among which the turning & twisting, 3D model of the clitorial, bent Y-shape form is excellently displayed.
I think the primary target group for this new information, of course are all us women who never were informed "in depth"
However, it is also up to the men to acquire knowledge and practice in a nice spiral of continuous learning in the hetero-sexual relationship. The golden value of this information as the basis for wonderful experimentation and research within the lesbian relationship is evident of course *smiles*

My two cents....

Ciao from Tonia

Sorry, people - you need to copy and paste all of that link into the URL of your web browser. The link is not active by clicking it.


Additional information: I haven't been visiting the Clitoris site for quite some time and I now noticed that it doesn't seem to incorporate the 3D, movable model of the entire clitoris and how it is integrated in its surroundings anymore.
You have to access that 3D model via this link instead:

Happy learning! ;-)

Thanks, Tonia. I have been stunned by how much atrtention this has attracted. I originally wrote the piece as a reply to a question from a man and just decided to refine it a bit

I might add to this subject that I - affer realizimg the beauty of our infernal clitorial organ - the three dimensional, curved Y shape - took this image to a Swedish jewellery artist as an input for creating an infensly feminine object to be worn as a necklace piece. I have seen one of the prototypes of thiis piece of art that is in its birth process and it is quite lovely. More than lovely - it is magical and mystic and attratcs the attention of anybody seeing it in my cleavage. I know what some of you will say now - display it in a more neutral surrounding, right! Lol
Ok - done that, been there but I cannt resist the feeling of that 3D tripod structure tickeling my cleavage and I certain of that this object is the primery attention magnet. Because people have often asked me about its origin and other information. I have no worries about explaining the whole context and - of course - women are very attracted to this shape - even not knowing what the original source of inspiration is.

Gosh! This sounds amazing!

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Very Interesting.. coming from a man who only wishes to increase his knowledge of this area

WOW !! Thank you for sharing this. I had no idea.

its really good information, for both, will do practical next time in great detail.:-)

Very interesting I am going to look
at it even more closely later on!!!

Tee hee . . . hope your partner appreciates your new-found interest

That's amazing...
I can sympathise with Dr Buisson and foldes.. as I to have been looking into the vagina and researching the clitoris for many years my findings have been orgasmic but completely unfunded... but I do love my work.
thanks thanus

Very interesting. Now that we know the anatomical issue, how about free advice on how to use that knowledge to make our mates happier.

So, it appears to be longer and structured much more like the male penis than we were previously taught? So, mother nature used the same basic design for both sexes but modified each for their respective purposes?

That is absolutely correct - at a certain stage in our mothers wombs, we all were uni-genders...

So is the famous G spot part of the clitoral landscape?

I believe so

OMG finally some useful information and I adore your writing style, thank you so much, required reading for sure.

Thank you; I really appreciate your comments

This is one of those that make you sit back and go Hummmmm. I didn't know the scientific side of it I just paid attention to what stimulated my partner, and it always seemed a little different for each person.

Gr8 article!!! Trying it on my wife tonight.... On my way back home from two week business trip and really looking forward to a good love making session....
Love your profile pick! 😘

Go for it! Tell me if your wife appreciates it (or better still, ask her to tell me!)

that was a fun read, entertaining and educational. can we be friends??

It certainly adds to - while explaining - women's eternal mystery! (Fortunately, I've ALWAYS given my GFs and other lovers vibrators - unless they've already amassed their own substantial collection.)

Can't it just be called a C**t instead - lot simpler.

thank you for sharing - It is a shame that we send humans to moon find things while we still do not know the woman we loves visible body parts. (I meant we means the humans).

how much society/religion try to avoid us look into our bodies instead of live in other parts.

there is lot written about outer yoni pleasures in tantra and many other practices.

I NEEDED this information many years ago. IF I had known about this sensitive spot, I was never told about it by any Girlfriend, Fiance or Wife, I might have been able to marry my first Fiance or saved my two marriages, The first I knew about it I was in my forties and had wasted my life by then. My second marriage was already "dead".

A little more medical terminology than I care to digest, however very informative. I myself am a big fan of 68, (I'll do you and you can owe me one). I prefer going down on a woman and continue until she is satisfied. That could be 5 minutes or 5 hours, depending on our surroundings and time available.

On a side note, I bet the women who were involved with the various studies had no problem getting to work on time!

As an amateur gynecologist I would like to believe that I discovered this in the 70' But seriously there is a whole host of differences between the male and female bodies that science is just beginning to find out now. Did you know that it was only recently learned that a womans knee is constructed differently than a mans?

It's an evolutionary adaptation to allow better contact with men's balls . . .


That's a pretty cool (and informative) post. Thanks for sharing.

Loved ur story please add

Wow my young brain even thought these *************
found out about the clitoris comprehensively WAYYYY before that.
Excellent read from excellent cee, I applaud your intelligence.

This is interesting . I had not heard this before. Whatever the exact anatomy the practical point is that gentle stimulation of this area produces often much more intense ******* than penetrative sex.

Full of wisdom, as always :)

Excellent, I read story the found an image showing the parts you mentioned

You will now find even more images if you explore the links I posted recently - happy learning, sis! ;-)

i love love your pictures ,but i want ***** pics pls

Then look elsewhere. I don't do 'gyno'

hey pls dont be mad i was just politely asking you

Thanks. I will say that any man who truely and patiently explored his female partner in that area knew it was more than just that one little bulb. Now I know I wasn't crazy. Nor were my partners.

hey you did educate me today now i know better .

Thank you. As a lifelong student of female sexual pleasure and resultant beneficiary, your post is a treasure trove of information. Now I gave an inexplicable urge to smoke a cigarette

tee hee!

Love your writings, and if that is you in the profile pic, love your face.
"The brain is a wonderful thing, if you have one." Can't remember who said that, but I like it.

Totally agree . . . and yes, it is me in my profile pic. If you want to add me you can see more of my photos (but i really hope you\'ll read more of my stories)

interesting write up...thanks!

I came back to read this again. It's such an easy, clear explanation of a very important subject. Again I thank you for the post.
I feel well prepared for a cocktail party this evening. I intend to regale women with my knowledge of their lovely love buttons. I think it'll make me quite popular.

Be warned; it would turn me right off if a man tried to chat me up with an anatomy lecture! Women's minds don't work that way, Babe.


Very interesting explaining treatise about clitoris and I must admit it excited me (I imagined that at this writing, you probably ***********, tell me if not ;-)).
All your texts are outstanding inspirative, by my opinion the best here on EP...
I am a so called diaper lover and I am horny if wear diapers, peeing in them and ************ in them. Now I have my diaper totally wet and in minutes I will ********* again thinking about you and your lovely body...

Putting the technical part aside ... I knew that clitoris plays the most important part when making a girl go crazy :D

I embarrassed to say I knew some of it before i read it hear...
Thank you very much-very informative!

Why embarrassed? I think everyone should know all of this

I feel pretty stupid that I know this stuff,but never had sex.
Sounds like a horny geek...
But do you think everybody should know this,I mean-sure it's good,why not? But there are much better things to learn.I think gaining computer skills is the top of my list...

In general, I agree. My point is more that I think it telling that until recently this was unknown to medical science. On a purely personal point,it makes a lot of sense of the things I feel when I have sex or when I ********** and I think it May do the same for other women.

May I ask you something is every one in your family that smart? I am not trying to be a smart *** I am just wondering .. thanks honey....

I seemed to get more than my fair share of the smart genes, I think. My brother is a successful banker but if I'm honest, no, he doesn't have the sort of mind I have. I have always felt like my thoughts happen twice as fast as his. I just seem to pick things up very easily the first time I hear them. I guess it was when I was in High School I realised I was a bit different to my friends because they would spend hours studying whilst I would write an assignment in half an hour. It has its down side though; I have always found it hard to form true friendships and I do tend to scare people away. It's 'intelligent woman syndrome'. Just like I thought I had frightened you off.

No your not going to scare me away because I under you now it was a little hard at first but when you said I made you sad that hurt my heart and I felt so bad I wanted to come to you and hug you and tell you I was so sorry.. Us southern girl have a big heart,, Love you..

There is nothing sexier than a smart woman. She knows how and when to be sexy and can stimulate my mind and body. Dumb blondes often just lay there.

What a great technical explanation of the structure of the clitoris. Now that we know so much about it we can appreciate the extent of the pleasure nerve network. This entire system brings such intense pleasure, Wow what a blessing it is. I love to play to ****** often, its nice to know about all those happy nerve endings, inside and outside as well! I'm going to take full advantage of this info! Thanks for sharing!

ps: I think there is also a direct pathway from my nipples to this system.

I strongly agree regarding the nipple - clitoris connection when I'm in the right mood, pplaying with my nipples make my outer labia swell up and my **** glans poking out and eventually starting to twitch as I reach ******(s)
Happy to share this!

Excellent piece, very well researched and very useful. Thank you

So pleased you enjoyed it

'...and they did this work for three years without proper funding...'

Surely a case of knowledge being its own reward :-)

But until the embryo is 12 week old the membrane is exactly the same then it developes into either a clitoris or a penis, thus we develop either male of female. You do not mention the clitoris continually grows, thus the reports that women after the menopause have hotter sex because the cannot become pregnant. Is more to do with the length rather than the worry of pregnancy.
As previous lets spend time on practical resherch rather than theoretical, it's a lot more fun.

I think your developmental biology is a bit off there, Hon. References?

Good explanation for knowledge.

As always I enjoy reading your articles and stories. Thanks for all the information.

My pleasure

Claudia -- excellent article! Thank you for perhaps the best explanation of the subject I've ever read.

I'm pleased you liked it, Babe

So enlightening, however visual aids would have been so helpful. :)

mmmm now i have something else to think about when i exlpore that hard button..mmm

I remember reading about this study some time ago and found it informative at the time. We still have a great deal to learn about the female sexual anatomy, any additional information we can learn will further enhance the female sexual experience.

Claudia, thank you very much for this and explaining where everything is. What I would like to know is how can I stimulate each part of the clitoris, so that maximum stimulation is achieved. If the "tip of the iceberg" can be stimulated via tongue, then how can the underlying parts be stimulated? Is it able to be stimulated via the vagina, or outside it? I notice that when women bring pleasure to themselves, they rarely enter the vagina deeply, and they are mainly on the outside of the vagina. Does it help to surround and try to get to the base of the "iceberg" with finger in order to simulate ******* off a mans penis as the tongue massages the tip? Being a man, I can't really test these things alone.
Thanks again for your insight,

I'm pleased you enjoyed my post, Ed

What a fantastic and insightful article. I learnt something today that I feel I should have already known but didn't. It does explain a lot of what goes on down there when engaged in sex and why we have different techniques that work better than others. I'm impressed and will follow your post with interest. Thank you.

What a great comment; thank you!

Why the heck didn't I publish a paper back in the 60's when me, my fingers, & my tongue found all this out for real ? Oh well, can't win 'em all I suppose! :-)

Well that's interesting. A woman I used to meet was able to ****** by lying me face down and simulating fu.king me. I always wondered how she was able to ****** without penetration x

You are without question my favorite EP friend.

Wow! I'm flattered!

Jimmy Buffet wrote a terrible song, but the premise is awesome. Essentially he sang about looking for a "Smart woman in a real short skirt". Everything you post is well thought out, interesting and frankly "smart". I know as a 50ish year old American professional male, I am not at the top of your list. But every time I read something you write, that song crosses my mind. There is something exciting and dangerous about a "smart woman in a real short skirt."


*Grins . . . the only thing I know by Jimmy Buffet is 'Five O'Clock Somewhere' but I've been to Margueritaville in new Orleans!

i understand the sentiment though and I enjoy playing up to it!

I heard about the history of vapours and docotrs using orgasma to treat this in past centries, but I did not know all of this about the clitoris! This is my first time ever hearing of anything about internal/external. Thanks so much for writing this story :) It's good to know this information :)

Thanks for enlightening and educating me!

I discovered what it's for thanks to a BRAVO magazine when I was 13 but figured out how to 'please it' when I was 15. Couldn't ask my mom for help! lolz

LOL; I remember being desperate to share my discovery with my BFF!

Erm, yes, I was too shy for that!

Now that I think about it, I should've told my sisters!
Later I drew naughty pictures for them, much to their amusement.

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Quite elucidating and, a few puns aside, relatively clinical. I saw a documentary on this topic a little while ago - discussing most of the topics you touched upon (no pun intended). As a scientist, I'm all for anything that helps people understand the natural world - including people. I would love to validate your story by conducting field research, but alas, I haven't had a lab assistant in quite a while. As such, I will just wait to read the findings of other researchers.

*Smiles . . . I try hard not to be clinical when I write. I believe strongly that one can be inspirational about science without dumbing down though.

In all cases, it helps to know your audience.

Yes, and I have to say that this audience has suprised me with it's enthusiasm

When I first joined EP, I was quite surprised with a lot of things I read. Since that time, however, I am not at all surprised by the "enthusiasm" some folks display.

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Great post claudia. I've read before about the "hidden depths" of the clitoris ... my own personal "research" has found that there's a lot more going on there, and it's no surprise that science has ignored it for so long after all ...

. . . If a woman had invented the mammogram it would be done differently

It made me laugh - we only discovered the clitoris in 2009..... and made me feel loads better.... I only discovered mine in 2011....
A really great and interesting piece of writing.... More like this on EP PLEASE!!!!!

So pleased you enjoyed it!

Thanks Miss. Claudia...Excellent Post.

I'm really pleased you liked it. I am surprised at the amout of attention this post has attracted.

Great lesson in the female anatomy! Thank you! An internal and external sex organ. Fascinating!

I remember in HS we referred to is as "little man in the Boat" Slang for the **** was in the in thing oral oral sex stimulating (naturally with the tongue some just preferred the fingers) the Little guy to make sensational ******'s leading to intercourse all in the most unique places many because of the hot passion chemistry of the moment...................god want more of this..........

*Giggles . . . this reads like you're writing one-handed ; -)

Could be! make typos when excited!

I know the feeling!

****Man in the Boat!!!*** I remember that too. At 15, Heee, But I hadn't seen one yet. (Sigh :-)) Crowbar

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Ma C you are such a fine writer. A joy to read. Especially on this important subject which you treat clearly, knowledgeably, and affectionately.
Another gem from your fine pen.

Now that is a learned report, and should be required reading!-

fascinating :)

most definitely it, makes my day

Thank you.

*Grins . . . I didn't freally set out to write a story; I wrote this as a reply to an email question and just ngot a little carried away! It's a subject close to my . . .

great 4 your! your the best in expressing one's self ...............more!

Any information that enhaces a man's ability to give a lady pleasure is highly useful. The point of sex, after all, is for her to enjoy it.