Female Pelvis Showing Clitoris


Three-dimensional visualization reconstructed from scanned human data; lateral cross-section of a woman's pelvic region. The clitoris sits just below the symphysis pubis, while the uterus and vaginal canal frame the right side of the image; the labia minora are located directly below, and the fat pad of the mons pubis is to the top left. In this image the clitoris is in a relaxed state. The clitoris is a female sexual organ comprised of erectile tissue which fills will blood upon arousal. It is homologous to the penis, and is similarly composed of corpus cavernosum, but functions solely to induce sexual pleasure. And, also unlike the penis, it contains no venous plexus to suspend the blood within, allowing it to distend and relax with ease to allow for multiple orgasms. The clitoris contains 8,000 nerve endings-twice as many as the penis and the most of any external structure in the body including fingers, lips and tongue.



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