In a new study scientists found that size of the The clitoris, a woman’s most sensitive body zone, does matter. Moreover, it can the source of orgasm problems in case it is smaller, and located farther from the vagina.
For their experiments researchers used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) that scanned the pelvic area of 30 women with the average age of 32 years. One third of the women claimed that they had rare orgasms or didn’t experienced them at all. The rest of the participants reported normal orgasmic experience during sex.
After comparing the two groups of women, it was found that the direct distance between the clitoris and the vagina was 5 to 6 millimeters longer on average in the group of women who have orgasm problems. These participants also had a smaller clitoris on average.
The results of the stydy suggest that the size and location of the woman’s main sensitive part of the body may be important in sexual function, said the researchers who thoroughly described their study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
“There’s no G spot. There’s a C spot – the clitoris,” said study researcher Dr. Susan Oakley, an OBGYN at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. “It is the source of a lot of sexual pleasure for the female.”
However, the scientists admitted that it is difficult to find out whether it is the anatomy of the clitoris that influences orgasm, or having more orgasms changes the anatomy.
“We still can’t tell whether this is the chicken or the egg,” Oakley said. “Do these women have a bigger clitoris because they have more orgasms? Or are they born with a bigger clitoris that allows them to have better function?”
Gunaecologists say that orgasm problems are common among women. Previous researches showed that between 18 and 34 percent of women have difficulty achieving orgasm.
Which is more, less than half of married ladies experience orgasm in every sexual encounter, and only about 15 percent experience multiple orgasms.
However, doctors say that there’re factors other than the anatomy of sex organs that also contribute to sexual dysfunction.
“There’s a lot of subjectivity involving female sexual pleasure. Some of it is psychosocial, some of it is anatomy and function,” Oakley explained. “We were trying to focus on anatomy.”
To control for differences in other aspects of sexual functions, the women who took part in the study filled out several questionnaires, revealed several apects of their sex life, including levels of their desire and arousal. They also completed a questionnaire about their body image.
“You may think maybe [women with orgasm problems] are self-conscious during sex, maybe they’re anxious, or uncomfortable with their body,” Oakley said. “But there was no difference between the two groups.”
The two groups, by the way, reported different postitions they use during sex. Women who experience problems with orgasm tended to prefer the missionary position, whereas women with normal orgasm patterns favored being on top of their partner, in a position that provides more contact with the clitoris during the intercourse.
“These women, not only they have that closer distance between the clitoris and the vagina, but [also] they are using it to their advantage by taking the female dominant position,” Oakley said.
“Maybe women without orgasms have a small clitoris, but if they were to try female dominant position maybe they could get closer stimulation to the clitoris and overcome the fact that it is small,” she said.