Where Is The Clitoris, Exactly? Your Internal Anatomy Might Surprise You

We at Bustle love giving you tips for how to tap into your sexual potential and troubleshoot when things aren’t going your way in the bedroom. But what about finding solutions to those stressful sexual health situations that inevitably crop up when you’re getting down? Emma Kaywin, a Brooklyn-based sexual health writer and activist, is here to calm your nerves and answer your questions. This week’s topic: everything you need to know about the anatomy of the clitoris.

Q: Someone told me recently that the clit is way bigger than that little piece I can see and touch, that it actually goes way into you internally. Is that true? What does that mean for how I have sex … can I stimulate the other parts of it? And what does the whole thing look like?

A: Ah, the clitoris! Also called the love button, the bean, the black pearl, the hooded lady, the peak of Venus, the tip of the iceberg, the vulva nose, the little woman on the boat, Miss Poppy … the list goes on.

Regardless of what you name it, how much do you actually know about the clitoris? Don't worry, this isn't a test. It's a supportive learning experience. Here's what you need to know about this amazing part of your anatomy.

Where Is the Clitoris?

What most people call the clitoris is the little hooded nubbin above the opening of the vagina scientists call "the clitoral glans." The clitoral glans is the only part of the clitoris you can see, but it’s actually just the tip — in fact, approximately three quarters of the clitoris is actually inside the body.

The clitoral glans is a bundle of nerve endings — around 8,000 in fact, more than anywhere else in the body and twice the number in the head of a penis. So if you're wondering why that place feels so f());