How does clitoral sensitivity affect a woman’s sexual satisfaction?

How does clitoral sensitivity affect a woman’s sexual satisfaction?

Ian Kerner, PhD
Sexual Health

Sexuality counselor Dr. Ian Kerner explains how clitoral sensitivity can affect a woman's sexual satisfaction. Watch Dr. Kerner's video for tips and information on maintaining healthy relationships and a healthy sex life.

A woman's clitoris is the most sensitive organ to sexual arousal. Direct stimulation is not always necessary either for arousal or climax. It can detract from climax or pleasure if too strong or fast. Communication between sexual partners is important to achieve that 'just right' level of stimulation for maximum satisfaction. Being able to anticipate your partner's response, being respectful and focused on her will enhance your sexual experience.

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A lot of emphasis is placed on the clitoris as the key to a woman’s sexual satisfaction. And while it is true that the clitoris plays an important role in women’s sexual response, too much or too direct stimulation of the clitoral glans (or not the preferred type of stimulation) can actually interfere with a woman’s pleasure during sex or, in some cases, feel painful.

Many women find that less direct types of stimulation feel better. Rubbing the mons veneris, the labia minora or the labia majora often feels good. So does stimulation from inside the vagina, since the clitoris extends back into a woman’s body and wraps around the vagina. In fact, most of the clitoris is hidden inside of a woman’s body, and it plays an important role in how enjoyable just about any kind of sexual activity feels.

If a woman finds her clitoris is persistently sensitive, including when she is not feeling aroused, she may want to check in with her healthcare provider.

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