Women’s pleasure zones are not as “in your face” as men’s parts are. In fact, they can be downright difficult to see without contorting into impossible positions or setting up a series of mirrors. Often times our partners know our pleasure bits better than we do. Knowing our erotic zones can open up a world of pleasure for both you and your partner.
Identifying your own pleasure zones – the Vulva, Vagina, Perineum, Anus and Erotic Nerves
The vulva encompasses all of the external genitalia including the luscious set of lips that surround the clitoris. The Vulva is made up of the:
The Labia Majora are the outer lips that are often covered in hair. These lips can vary in size from full and voluptuous to dainty and svelte. Either way, they are sensitive to touch and respond to stroking with arousal, along with having oil and sweat glands that emit sexually arousing scents.
Inside the labia majora lie a second set of thinner, more sensitive lips, the labia minora — with a concentration of nerve endings that are second only to the clitoris. These pleasure-lips can be larger than the outer lips and uneven as they run from the clitoris down to the perineum and protect the clitoris, urethra and vaginal opening.
The Mons Veneris (a.k.a.the Mound of Venus – we love this name, by the way) is the mound of tissue that lies over the pubic bone cushioning and protecting it during intercourse. It is the part that is covered by hair. In many women it is pleasant and stimulating to touch.
The clitoris is the queen of sex organs for women. It is a small ball of spongy, erectile tissue located at the top peak of the labia with the most nerve endings of any other part of the body – over 8,000. The penis has around 4,000. To learn more about Male Sexual Anatomy. While it looks small (ranging from pea-sized to olive-sized), it is, in fact, much larger than we can see. The clitoris is made up of three parts, the head (that we can see), the shaft and the legs which extend 4 inches deep inside the body. These legs are called crura and look like wish bone legs that run underneath the labia and surround the vagina (from the inside).
The size and shape of the clitoris is unique to each woman.
The Clitoral Hood
The clitoral hood is the protector of the clitoral jewel. As a woman gets more aroused, the spongy tissue of the clitoris becomes engorged with blood. As it becomes erect, it also becomes more sensitive and retracts underneath the swelling hood.
Just below the clitoris is the opening to the urethra, the entrance to the bladder, and the passage where urine passes out of the body.
The vagina is located directly below the urethra and is approx 3 – 4 inches in length, expanding when aroused by ballooning up to accommodate a penis or dildo.
New research shows that the vagina has more nerve ending than originally thought. The most nerve-endings are found in three distinct areas, all of which “feel” very different from one another because they are attached to different nerves that register in distinct parts of the brain.
The G-Spot is a dime-sized area that is approximately 1 – 2 inches inside, on the anterior side of the vagina. When pressed it stimulates sensitive, erectile tissue (urethral sponge) just behind the vaginal wall – and part of the clitoral complex. When stimulated many women report intense sensations that can be very pleasurable, along with a sensation similar to an urgency to pee.
The cervix is the opening from the vagina to the uterus. Located at the upper end of the vagina it is 1 – 3 mm in diameter. It was considered insensitive until recently when research has shown the cervix responds to pressure (through the pelvic, hypogastric and vagus nerves) and leads to a distinct orgasm that feels deep and throbbing.
The perineum is the sensitive skin between the vagina and the anus.
The anus is one area that cannot be missed. This jewel of sensation has some of the highest concentration of pleasurable nerve endings in the body, only second to the genitalia. No wonder it feels so good!
The anus is made up of a cone of muscle that has two draw-string like circular muscles. The first (most outside) muscle is under voluntary control and the second ring of muscle is not under voluntary control.
All erectile tissue is richly innervated with a colourful variety of nerves. The Hypogastric nerve is found in the cervix and uterus; the Pelvic nerve in the vagina, cervix, rectum, and urethral sponge; the Pudendal nerve in the clitoris, labia minora, and urethral sponge (as well as in men’s scrotum and penis); and the Vagus nerve (which bypasses the spinal cord) is found in the cervix, uterus, and upper vagina. All these different nerve systems are tied to different parts of the brain and elicit different types of sensations, responses, and experiences – both emotional and physical. There’s no denying that, as humans, our bodies are designed for pleasure. Embrace it!