Medical textbooks are full of anatomical pictures of the penis, but the clitoris barely rates a mention. Many medical professionals are uncomfortable even talking about it. Professor Caroline de Costa is awaiting feedback. Several months ago the editor of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology requested an editorial from a world-renowned Melbourne urologist to address what she saw as a lack of research and, more concerningly, a persistent lack of knowledge about an essential part of the female reproductive system. She suspects her colleagues, used though they are to dispassionate discussion of female genitalia, may be too embarrassed to write in. The editorial was about the clitoris, an organ whose sole function is the female orgasm.
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Later, when asked by Hera and Zeus to settle an argument over which sex has the most pleasure in intercourse Hera thought men; Zeus said women , Tiresias replied, Women. Definitely women. For this impertinence, Hera struck him blind. Tiresias may have been just poking some fun at the almighty gods. Or he may have had a better understanding than most of that nerve-rich female pleasure center: the clitoris.
The sole function of the clitoris is female orgasm. Is that why it’s ignored by medical science?
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After all, getting busy with your own bod can help you chuck unwanted inhibitions. Throw out any taboos or guilt surrounding masturbation right now. Pleasuring yourself has health benefits that go beyond the body — it can help untangle shame that affects confidence with yourself, partnered sex, or in a relationship. You may notice that stimulating in round patterns feels better than up and down, or that you enjoy stimulation using your inner labia over your clitoris rather than direct clitoral stimulation. A little teasing yourself can also amp up the pleasure and save on hand cramps.