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Scroll down the page to discover the different layers of the Cliterate model. Click on the labels to reveal further information about each anatomical element.


The Model uncovered

Further cliterature

  • Erectile tissue is present in body, crura and bulbs of the clitoris but not in the glans. 

    The body of the clitoris is surrounded  by ligaments. When engorged with blood, the clitoris body and glans do not lift up like a penis. ​

  • The stimulation of nerves (via the psychogenic or reflex pathway) causes a surge of blood flow to the clitoris. This engorgement of blood causes the clitoris to expand (a bit like a balloon).​

    Psychogenic pathway: Engorgement that is directed from the brain, i.e. you see, smell, hear something that stimulates a sexual response​.

    Reflex arc pathway: Engorgement that happens when you are touched in the genital area. The response is not under voluntary control and is not linked to consent or enjoyment. (Sexual non-concordance).​

  • Did you know? During sexual arousal there is an increase in blood flow and this increased pressure is thought to course seepage of moisture (lubrication) within the walls of the vagina. (Note lubrication does not equal consent, it’s the body automatic reaction to being touched). ​

  • Did you know? 

    • The urethra varies in length from person to person. 

    • Urinating after intercourse helps prevents urinary tract infections.

  • Did you know? In people with vulvas, the pelvic bone is generally wider and shallower which is thought to be an adaption to facilitate childbirth.

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