5 Similarities Between the Clitoris and the Penis?

Yep, you read that right ! There are  a few similarities between the clitoris and the penis. While on this very interesting topic, I heard that some people don’t even know the location of the clitoris. Did you catch our post of a video interview asking men to point out the clitoris in a diagrammatic representation? It was so funny. Most men weren’t sure of its  exact location. Check out  that  video on IG. Worse than that though, many women too  don’t know the location of the clitoris either!

Enough gist though,  let’s get straight into the topic . 

First Things First: What Is The Clitoris and What Is The Penis ?

For starters, the clitoris is an externally visible part of the female genitalia. Only about a quarter of the clitoris is seen outside the body, protruding above the opening of the clitoral glans. The major parts are inside the body. And the penis? Everyone knows the penis is an external part of the male genitalia. These two parts don’t look alike physically from the external view  (they could actually look alike at second glance) but they are similar in some ways. They are identical and they provide the same functions, yes sexual functions.

So How Are The Clitoris and the Penis Similar ?

1. Similarities while in the womb: In the early stage of pregnancy, the penis and the clitoris of the embryo are indistinguishable. I started with this one because first of all, I find this fact interesting, and secondly, I want us to start discussing these similarities from the start of life. If you have ever been pregnant or you know someone that has gone through pregnancy, you’d remember how you were so eager to know the biological sex of the baby, and then the doctors told you it was too early to tell. Before 6 weeks of gestation, the clitoris and the penis are so similar that you can’t tell which is which. And you can’t even tell which one will end up being a female clitoris or a male penis. Interesting, right?

2. They both have similar anatomical structures: Now fast forward to adulthood. Looking at the structures of the clitoris and penis, it is observed that the clitoris has a hood that is like the foreskin of the penis. The corpus cavernosum clitoridis (the female cavernosa) is like the male corpora cavernosa. The vestibular bulbs beneath the labia minora are like the male corpus spongiosum. The labia minora and labia majora are like the scrotum. You don’t need to bother about these anatomical names though! well, except you are a human anatomy enthusiast!

Anatomical Similarities Between the Clitoris and the Penis

3. They both grow when puberty begins: At the onset of puberty, the clitoris starts to get bigger. It can get to 1.8 times bigger by the time puberty ends. In response to hormones during puberty, the penis also begins to grow in size. It can get bigger and reach full size in the late teen years. 

4. They are both sensitive organs: This means that both the clitoris and the penis are sensitive to touch/stimulation. They both play a part in sexual arousal in that they can both be sexually stimulated.

5. They can both get erect: Yea, you know how males say they get a hard-on? Females get a hard-on too. During sexual activities, there is an increase in blood flow to both the penis and clitoris. This increased blood flow leads to the erection of both the clitoris and the penis.

Now that you have this information, what does it matter? 

Yes, this information matters. Understanding the sexual organs; the clitoris and penis plays a vital role in your sex life. There have been a lot of misconceptions and relegation of the existence of the clitoris in the past. As a male or female, being aware that the female genitalia and male genitalia are essentially the same can help to change the way you view sexual activities generally. This can even be a game-changer in your sex life, now you know you can do unto the clitoris as you do unto the penis!

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