Pop culture and pornography often lead us to believe that the female orgasm is something that can be achieved with penetrative sex only. Picture: Needpix
Pop culture and pornography often lead us to believe that the female orgasm is something that can be achieved with penetrative sex only. Picture: Needpix

The inner workings of the female orgasm: Part 1

By Lizzy Bliss Time of article published Jun 11, 2020

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Pop culture and pornography often lead us to believe that the female orgasm is something that  can be achieved with penetrative sex only. But research has shown that the female orgasm is  mostly achieved when combined with clitoral stimulation, or solely clitoral stimulation. 

So, let’s  dive in and look at all the factors involved and uncover the inner workings of the female orgasm.

Different types of orgasms

There are two main types of orgasms - internal (vaginal) orgasm or external (clitoral) orgasm.  Some women achieve only one kind of orgasm, and some manage both while some can’t  orgasm at all.

An internal orgasm is an orgasm that occurs from stimulation of the vagina, usually during  vaginal intercourse (more about that in the G-spot section).  External orgasms are orgasms achieved by clitoral stimulation when using either a sex toy or  your hands.

Some women have been known to reach orgasms with nipple stimulation, or when getting their  hair cut, watching a racy movie or even while sleeping. However, this is the exception rather  than the rule, but it highlights the fact that orgasms can be, in part, psychological.

The clitoris

The clitoris has three major components. But believe it or not, there is still an  ongoing  argument among medical professionals  about what makes up the entire clitoris and  what doesn’t. But for argument’s sake, we’ll go with the most recent and what we consider the  most accurate breakdown of the organ.

The Glans Clitoris - the only visible part of the organ which usually makes up a fifth or  less of the entire clitoral structure.

The Two Crura - these extend from the glans clitoris deep into the vulva tissue on both  sides.

The Two Bulbs of the Vestibule - don’t let the name fool you, there aren’t two other  sugar plums hidden in the vulva wall. The vestibule bulbs extend either side of the  vaginal orifice and can be an exceedingly erogenous zone.

This is where it gets interesting. The entire clitoris reaches an average of 7 centimetres in length  (often longer) into the vagina, and the glans make up only 4-7 millimetres of the whole, which is  why there’s even an internal and external argument, to begin with.

The scary thing is that doctors just weren’t that interested in the clitoris and until 2009, we were  entirely in the dark about the organ. The first published article on the importance of the clitoral  structures was published by urologist  Helen O’Connell  and her colleagues in 1998, which was  ignored for roughly 15 years. 

The G-Spot

The elusive G-spot was discovered” in 1950 by  Ernst Grafenberg, a German gynaecologist, but  the existence of the G-spot is still hotly debated today. From personal experience, I believe the  below to be factually correct and accurate.

The G-spot is located roughly 2-3cm (can be more like 6cm) on the upper front wall from the  vagina entrance. This is believed to be where the nerves come together from the extended  clitoris Illustrated above. 

If you feel the upper wall roughly that depth you’ll notice a “bump”  slightly dropping off left and right with movement. The area is easier to find as you get more  aroused, and blood flow increases.

This is by no means a roadmap to your G-Spot but a good starting point for further exploration.  Keep in mind that you might get a “full bladder” sensation at first, but as the blood starts to  circulate, you’ll quickly find the spot that works for you. The key is to put yourself in a relaxed  state somewhere you can go “exploring” without being disturbed. 

Get comfortable with yourself,  and the rest will follow.

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