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The Reproductive Function of the Clitoris

A recent review published in Clinical Anatomy highlights evidence that the female clitoris is important for reproduction.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 12:01 am EST
"The often repeated mantra, that the sole function of clitoris is to induce sexual pleasure, is now obsolete"

A recent review published in Clinical Anatomy highlights evidence that the female clitoris is important for reproduction.

The review notes that stimulating the clitoris activates the brain to cause a combination of changes in the female reproductive tract that creates its readiness to receive and process sperm to achieve possible fertilisation of the egg. These include enhancement of vaginal blood flow, an increase in vaginal lubrication, an increase in vaginal oxygen and temperature, and most importantly a change in the position of the cervix, the entrance to the uterus. This change brings the cervix away from the semen pool and prevents semen from traveling into the uterus too rapidly, thus allowing sperm time to become mobile and activated to fertilise the egg.

Therefore, the clitoris has both procreative (reproductive) and recreative (pleasure) functions. Removal of the clitoris—which is performed in some countries and cultures—creates not only a sexual disability but also a possible reproductive disability.

“The often repeated mantra, that the sole function of clitoris is to induce sexual pleasure, is now obsolete,” said the review’s author, Roy Levin, MSc, PhD. “The concept changes a major sexual belief, and the physiological evidence is now obvious.”

Additional Information

Link to Study: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ca.23498

About Journal 

Clinical Anatomy is the Official Journal of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists and the British Association of Clinical Anatomists. The goal of Clinical Anatomy is to provide a medium for the exchange of current information between anatomists and clinicians. This journal embraces anatomy in all its aspects as applied to medical practice. Furthermore, the journal assists physicians and other health care providers in keeping abreast of new methodologies for patient management and informs educators of new developments in clinical anatomy and teaching techniques. Clinical Anatomy publishes original and review articles of scientific, clinical, and educational interest. Papers covering the application of anatomic principles to the solution of clinical problems and/or the application of clinical observations to expand anatomic knowledge are welcomed.

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