It's stimulated with exercise. Foreplay is important for a satisfying orgasm and you might be surprised to hear that the best foreplay is ... a walk. Twenty minutes of moderate exercise increases a woman's genital engorgement by 168 percent — and the effect persists for hours. So take your sweetie for a walk around the park and don't be surprised if you both feel like a romp in bed afterward. The more you exercise, the healthier your clitoris will be.
Your brain and your clitoris. But did you know that a woman's orgasms are triggered by nerves that originate in at least six different tissues? Yes, nerve impulses from the clitoris build in your brain to achieve orgasm. Different women have different active nerve pathways, and these pathways change during pregnancy, lactation and after menopause. The thinking part of the brain (the neocortex) hinders orgasm, which centers in the feeling-centered hypothalamus. As we approach orgasm, the clitoris integrates information from these inputs, plus reports from the cerebral cortex, the hypothalamus, and the peripheral nervous system. Whew! Best not to think about it.
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Susan Weed is the author of Down There: Sexual & Reproductive Health the Wise Woman Way.