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Scientists Find There Are 10,281 Nerve Endings In The Clitoris

When it comes to sexual pleasure, there’s one spot on the female anatomy that tends to get the most attention: the clitoris. Yet despite the clitoris's association with orgasms and female pleasure, not much is known about the organ, Kaitlin Reilly reported for Yahoo Life.

Photo Insert: There are actually a lot more nerve fibers packed into the tiny sexual organ than initially believed.

For years, the clitoris was said to have 8,000 nerve endings — stated as fact in the 1976 book The Clitoris by Thomas Lowry and Thea Lowry, who cited a study on bovines.

A new study led by the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) presented at an Oct. 27 conference hosted by the Sexual Medicine Society of North America and the International Society for Sexual Medicine showed there are actually a lot more nerve fibers packed into the tiny sexual organ.

The number is a whopping 10,281. By comparison, the palm of one’s hand has 17,000 nerve endings — in a much, much larger area. Yet this study on the clitoris provides more than just a fun fact — it also can have major implications for sexual health.

Activist Jessica Pin, who lost sensation in her clitoris after a labiaplasty and has been outspoken since about the lack of knowledge of female genitalia in medicine, penned a Medium article in 2018 suggesting that the bovine study should not be used as a source for human beings.

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Dr. Maria Uloko, one of the study’s authors and an assistant professor of urology at University of California at San Diego and a urologist who specializes in the treatment of female sexual dysfunction, says that the inspiration for the study came from frustrations she was feeling with the lack of knowledge about the clitoris.

In fact, the full anatomy of the clitoris, regarded as the only part of the female sex organ that doesn’t age, was only known in 2005.

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