The Crura

The clitoris is not just the half-inch nub you see externally. The nub (a.k.a. the glans) is the tip of the clitoral shaft, which penetrates about an inch into your body before forking into two three-inch prongs called crura. The crura, located beneath the labia, straddle the urethra, vagina, and pubic bone. During arousal, the entire organ -- from the tip of the glans to the tip of each crura -- fills with blood and swells. During orgasm, the organ pulses and contracts. "I've found it interesting to think of the clitoris as my own built-in tuning fork," says Lucille, 34. "When struck, it vibrates perpetually on one single, perfect note. Since I've made this mental adjustment, my orgasms really sing."

THE CLITORIS DURING INTERCOURSE

by catherine yronwode

To understand this, you have to understand the way the clitoris is shaped and how it is carried in the body.

Most men -- and all too many women -- think that the clitoris is a tiny "button" or "nub" of sensitive flesh located above the vagina, at the level of the base of the woman's pubic bone. This is NOT TRUE.

The clitoris is a shaft of engorgeable tissue, built just like a small penis, with a sexually sensitive head (the glans) at its tip, just like the head of a small penis. It comes equipped with a foreskin or prepuce, just like an uncircumsized penis, and during sexual excitement, the foreskin retracts, exposing the glans of the clitoris, the little "button" most people think is the entire organ.

Unlike the shaft of the penis, which is free-hanging, the shaft of the clitoris lays vertically along the body's midline, covered and never seen, just beneath a layer of fat and skin. The shaft of the clitoris reaches down toward the vagina and then splits to each side.

To imagine this better, remember that the vaginal lips are analogous to the scrotum -- and now think of the way the shaft of the penis emerges from the scrotal area and visualize the shaft of the clitoris (covered beneath a layer of fat and skin) emerging from the top of the vaginal lips and terminating in the little glans, which pokes out of the skin. Got that? Okay. But there's more! When it reaches the body, the tiny clitoral shaft divides into two "forks" or "legs" called crura. (The penis also has two crura at its base, but they are relatively small; they serve to anchor the penis to the body..) The elongated crura of the clitoris extend downward along either side of the vaginal opening and terminate in bulbous glands, so the entire clitoris looks like an upside-down letter "Y" that has been bent forward at the top. And what most people call "the clitoris" is just that end-tip of the letter "Y" shape, the clitoral glans.

The Clitoris

The clitoris bends back (what some call the "clitoral knee," though it is not a joint) and divides into two crura, or "legs," which extend about 3 inches away from the shaft and attach to the pelvic bones. These crura are the female homologue to the male coropora cavernosa; they are erectile. They cannot be stimulated directly because they are protected by the pubic bone.

Diagrams

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From the book Clinical Anatomy Principles
Pages 562, 572, 573, 576, 577, 581.
Author: Lawrence H. Mathers, Jr. ... [et al].
Copyright 1996 by Mosby - Year Book.
ISBN 0-8016-6356-3 (hardcover) ISBN 0-8151-1749-3 (package)

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From the book Grant's Atlas Of Anatomy, Eighth Edition
By James E. Anderson, M.D.
Copyright 1983, Williams & Wilkins Company
ISBN 0-683-00211-2

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From the book Masters and Johnson on Sex and Human Loving
Authors: William M. Masters, M.D., Virginia E. Johnson, and Robert C. Kolodny, M.D.
Copyright 1982, 1985, Little, Brown and Company
ISBN: 0-316-54998-3

The clitoris is a shaft of engorgeable tissue, built just like a small penis, with a sexually sensitive head (the glans) at its tip, just like the head of a small penis. It comes equipped with a foreskin or prepuce, just like an uncircumsized penis, and during sexual excitement, the foreskin retracts, exposing the glans of the clitoris, the little "button" most people think is the entire organ.

Unlike the shaft of the penis, which is free-hanging, the shaft of the clitoris lays vertically along the body's midline, covered and never seen, just beneath a layer of fat and skin. The shaft of the clitoris reaches down toward the vagina and then splits to each side.

Stroking The side of the Crura


This point is so intensely arousing to a woman

Flick your tongue side-to-side fast in these areas. This produces an extreme state of arousal. Test both sides of the clitoral shaft and the results are very arousing. An upward stroke at "eleven o'clock" produced the usual near-orgasm ("valley orgasm") experience and the same stroke at "one o'clock" produced awareness of pleasure and a desire for your tongue to move to the other side. There is one important rule though, unless you intend to tease her, keep up your rhythm and intensity once you start bringing her close to orgasm. Nothing upsets a woman more during cunnilingus than having her partner break their rhythm, or wander off the spot, when they are on the verge of orgasm.

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