Erect Clitoris


Image Caption : Female Pelvis Showing Erect Clitoris : As a woman becomes sexually excited, her sex organs prepare for intercourse through changes in the circulatory and nervous systems. The pulse quickens, arteries dilate and blood engorges the erectile tissue of the clitoris. The role of the nervous system in sexual arousal is both conscious and unconscious. Although much of arousal begins in the brain and is communicated to the genital area, the biological conversation is two-way; sexual desire fuels genital arousal and genital arousal fuels desire.

Clitoris

An erectile structure homologous with the penis, situated beneath the anterior labial commissure, partially hidden between the anterior ends of the labia minora.

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EXTERNAL GENITALIA

The external genitalia are the accessory structures of the female reproductive system that are external to the vagina. They are also referred to as the vulva or pudendum. The external genitalia include the labia majora, mons pubis, labia minora, clitoris, and glands within the vestibule.

The clitoris is an erectile organ, similar to the male penis, that responds to sexual stimulation. Posterior to the clitoris, the urethra, vagina, paraurethral glands and greater vestibular glands open into the vestibule.

Illustration of female genetalia

Illustration of the organs of the female reproductive system

National Cancer Institute / NIH


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