The size and placement of a woman's clitoris plays a bigger role in her experience of pleasure than previously thought, a new study has found, offering hope for those women who report anorgasmia – the inability to reach orgasm.
Using MRI scans to scan 30 women’s pelvic area, scientists from Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, found that women who reported the anorgasmia typically had a smaller clitoris located five to six millimetres further away from the vaginal entrance.
Conclusions suggested that having a larger clitoris located closer to the vagina could ensure a better experience of pleasure.
The average age of the women in the study was 32 years and while most reported having what scientists called a normal sexual experience, 10 women reported experiencing difficulties reaching orgasm. However, their problem may be simple to solve if they and their partners focus attention on the clitoris when it comes to pleasure.
"It is the source of a lot of sexual pleasure for the female," observed study leader Susan Oakley of the clitoris in a report by LiveScience. She also suggested that the G-Spot is a fallacy and that the C-Spot (or clitoral-spot) is where our focus should be when it comes to pleasure for women.
While the clitoris is known as a small button-like protrusion above the entrance to the vagina, this is considered just the tip of the iceberg. In actual fact, the clitoris extends deep into the pelvic floor, suggesting that stimulation of the clitoris is essential for women to experience pleasure fully.
The external area of the clitoris – including that button-like structure on the surface – is known to have thousands of tiny nerve-endings, making it highly sensitive to stimulation.
Oakley asks one important question related to the study’s findings: "Do these women have a bigger clitoris because they have more orgasms? Or are they born with a bigger clitoris that allows them to have better function?"
She postulates that there may be some logic to the idea that a larger clitoris has more nerve endings, making direct contact a surefire way of experiencing orgasm, however more research is required to establish whether or not this is fact.