2. CLI­TORAL

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - SEX REPORT -

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.

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