All About The Female Genitals and Female Sexuality
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Some normal and healthy women have a clitoris that looks very similar to a penis. (The penis and clitoris are derived from similar tissues in the embryo and exposure to increased levels of androgens in the XY embryo causes development of the male genitalia.
Any imbalance of hormones or errors in this process can cause the under-development of the penis or the over-development of the clitoris.
Surgical reduction of an over-developed clitoris is definitely not good: everyonel has the right to grow up and make his/her own decisions about what cosmetic surgery (if any) s/he wishes to have.
The true size of the clitoris is much greater than generally imagined. About seventy five per cent of the clitoris is hidden within a woman's body. Indeed, the average clitoris is approximately four inches long - like a flaccid penis.
The Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (July 1992) reveals that from measurements taken on 200 normal women during gyno exams, the average width of the clitoral glans is 3.4 mm and the range is from 2.4 to 4.4 mm (0.09 - 0.17 inches). By contrast, the average length from top to bottom of the glans was 5.1 mm (0.20 inches) and the range was from 3.7 to 6.5 mm (0.15 - 0.26 inches). This is not large!
Dr. Robert Latou Dickinson' book Atlas of Human Sex Anatomy states that "normal" clitoris width is 3 to 4 mm. (0.12 - 0.16 inches) and the length is 4 to 5 mm (0.16 - 0.20 inches). But there is much variation, and some women have much larger clitoral glans. The definition of "normal" is often arbitrary.
The clitoris increases significantly in size during puberty, and of course during adult life as well. During puberty the glans of the clitoris increases in size by 1.5 times; from 14 to 19 it increases in size by 1.8 times larger (compared to the age of 14).
At the age of menopause - around 53 the clitoris is on average almost 7 times larger than at birth, and 2.5 times the size at age 19.
The visible part of the clitoris can be up to 2.5 inches (6.3cm) long and 1 inch (2.5cm) in diameter. Obviously at this length they begin to look like a miniature penis.
Such clitorises are noticeable for their obvious erection. Using a clitoral pump often enough can cause an increase in size (and indeed is said to help sexual responsivity), as the tissues become persistently stretched and enlarged. You can find information about these on line.
Female athletes who have taken steroids to increase muscle mass seem to have this side affect, as do female to male transsexuals.
A bigger clitoris does not necessarily work better, but even if a woman wishes her sexual organs were bigger, there is no proven way of making the clitoris larger. It is true that if a woman feels good about the size of her clitoris and labia she will probably be more relaxed and sexually responsive.
But recall that our brains after our largest sexual organ! The brain plays a greater role in female sexual pleasure than the clitoris.
Long labia can be very embarrassing for a woman. As one woman observed on www.the-clitoris.com, she had always been acutely self-conscious about the size of her labia minora, 1.25 inches long, which made her feel very embarrassed and anxious. She needed constant reassurance from her husband. And and when she spoke to her doctor, the doctor just said they looked normal.
But a woman who is different from what seems to be normal may worry about it, and the facts provided on the-clitoris.com can provide reassurance. The woman mentioned above goes on to say her daughter is six and her labia seem to be developing like her mother's. She wanted to be able to tell her daughter the facts about women's genitals so she was spared the anxiety.
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