Much unloved in anatomy textbooks, the clitoris has just revealed an unexpected secret.
The clitoris continues to surprise the scientific community. It must be said that the organ has long suffered from the omerta of the medical profession: Theorized for the first time in the 16th century, it will be necessary to reach 2016 to discover the first 3D ultrasound of the organ in its entirety.
At the time, this “discovery” redistributes the cards around female pleasure, notably removing Freudian theories about the existence of two orgasms, one clitoral (external) and the other vaginal. Not enough to move public opinion, but we’ll have to wait a year later, in 2017, to see first anatomically correct representation of the clitoris in a textbook.
Since then, education around this still little-known body has come a long way, thanks in particular to certain sex education accounts available on social networks, which make it possible to compensate for the lack of government initiative on the subject. However, the organ continues to surprise, and this is a startling new discovery that has just been made by a group of scientists from Oregon Health & Science University.
10,000 nerve endings
While the number of nerve endings in the clitoris was until now estimated at 8,000, the researchers who conducted this study now claim that the body would actually have more than 10,000. Thanks to samples taken from volunteer patients who had needed a phalloplasty involving a reorganization of the clitoral tissue, the study of the latter’s dorsal nerve showed that his innervation was actually much higher than we thought.
This is of course only an estimate, made on an incomplete sample of the clitoris. However, the number is impressive. Especially because if some conflicting studies start to appear, it has long been believed that the organ was dedicated solely to pleasure.
Let us also remember that the study of sexuality is in its infancy. The last study that has quantified the number of nerve endings in the clitoris at 8,000 had actually been the subject of a single study regarding the analysis of the clitoris of cows and dates from the 1970s, reported the site of Gizmodo. Presented a few days ago at a scientific conference organized by the Sexual Medicine Society of North America and the International Society for Sexual Medicine, this new discovery therefore marks a further steps in the understanding of the human bodyand sexual health.