Unlike the penis , the male homologue equivalent to the clitoris, it usually does not contain the distal portion or opening of the urethra and is therefore not used for urination. The clitoris also usually lacks a reproductive function. While few animals urinate through the clitoris or use it reproductively, the spotted hyena , which has an especially large clitoris, urinates, mates, and gives birth via the organ. Some other mammals, such as lemurs and spider monkeys , also have a large clitoris. The clitoris is the human female's most sensitive erogenous zone and generally the primary anatomical source of human female sexual pleasure.
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For the longest time I thought my oversized clitoris was wrong, abnormal and gross. The only organ in my body whose sole purpose was sexual pleasure was the thing bringing me the most displeasure. When I was a preteen, part of me thought I might be intersex. All I saw was tiny, almost nonexistent and neatly tucked clits that looked nothing like mine. I spent most of my formative years avoiding sexual encounters because I was afraid guys would be disgusted by my clit. Outside of porn and very disappointing sex ed, nobody had taught me that vulvas come in all shapes, sizes, textures and hues. None of my girlfriends were walking around proudly bantering about how big their clit was the way my male friends did about their dicks.
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There is no standard size for a clitoris, but it usually grows with sexual arousal. When a person is not aroused, a hormonal imbalance or another medical condition can cause enlargement of the clitoris. The clitoris is a female sexual organ. It is located just above the urethra, where urine is released from the body. The medical community refers to an enlarged clitoris as clitoromegaly or macroclitoris.