Clitoral glans
The clitoral glans is an external portion of the clitoris
The clitoris is a sexual organ that is present only in female mammals. In humans, the visible button-like portion is located near the anterior junction of the labia minora, above the opening of the urethra and vagina. Unlike the penis, which is homologous to the clitoris, the clitoris does not...



It is covered by the clitoral hood
Clitoral hood
In female human anatomy, the clitoral hood, , is a fold of skin that surrounds and protects the clitoral glans. It develops as part of the labia minora and is homologous with the foreskin in male genitals.-Variation:This is a protective hood of skin that covers the clitoral glans...

, which is also external and attached to the labia minora
Labia minora
The labia minora , also known as the inner labia, inner lips, or nymphae, are two flaps of skin on either side of the human vaginal opening, situated between the labia majora...

. It is attached to the frenulum clitoridis
Frenulum clitoridis
The Frenulum clitoridis is a frenulum on the under-surface of the clitoral glans, created by the two medial parts of the labia minora.-External links:...

, which is also attached to the labia minora.

The clitoral glans is attached to the clitoral body
Clitoral body
The clitoral body corpus clitoridis is an internal portion of the clitoris. It is attached to the clitoral glans, which is external. After several inches into the body, it then splits into the clitoral crura, which are also internal and are "V" shaped....

, which is internal.


The head or glans of the clitoris is roughly the size and shape of a pea
A pea is most commonly the small spherical seed or the seed-pod of the pod fruit Pisum sativum. Each pod contains several peas. Peapods are botanically a fruit, since they contain seeds developed from the ovary of a flower. However, peas are considered to be a vegetable in cooking...

, although it can be significantly larger or smaller. The clitoral glans is highly sensitive, containing as many nerve endings as the analogous organ in males, the glans penis
Glans penis
The glans penis is the sensitive bulbous structure at the distal end of the penis. The glans penis is anatomically homologous to the clitoral glans of the female...

, but concentrated in a smaller surface, thus making it particularly well-suited for sexual stimulation
Sexual stimulation
Sexual stimulation is any stimulus that leads to, enhances and maintains sexual arousal, and may lead to ejaculation and/or orgasm...

. During arousal, the glans becomes engorged with blood and sometimes protrudes outside from the clitoral hood or bulging under it.

External links

- "The Female Perineum: The Vulva"
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