With 8 000 nerve endings in this small nub – more than what exists in the whole of the penis – 70% of women reach orgasm through stimulation of the external clitoral shaft. This orgasm tends to be powerful but relatively brief and localised. The body of the clitoris is made of two legs, which are 11cm long and run down either side of the vagina, under the labia. But it’s only the external part of the clitoris that is stimulated during clitoral orgasm. How: There are myriad ways to reach this peak. Just take it slowly – going too fast may feel uncomfortable. ‘Have patience,’ says psychosexual therapist Mike Lousada. ‘One way to intensify to 10 minutes stroking the full length of the vulva, building energy, before stroking around the clitoris, not directly on it, with the third seven o’clock – can be especially effective.’
Researchers behind Omgyes.com, a women’s sex-tips website that has received support from member and actor Emma Watson, interviewed 2 000 women on how they best achieved orgasm, initially focusing on clitoral climax. They discovered that 81% of women could reach a great climax through orbiting – using a continuous, circular motion because ‘the clitoris has a network of nerves that go far and wide under the skin, and that the hot spots can be in different places at different stages of arousal. For most women, pleasure builds when those spots to keep covering the territory, even as the spots change.’
Good positions include the woman on top and the coital alignment technique, a missionary variant in which the giving partner slides ‘up’ the receiving partner’s body and, instead of pumping, grinds their pubis into hers.