clitoral hood

the clitoral hood and it’s unbelievable effect on orgasm

I was twenty-one when I finally understood what the fuss about the clitoris cum clitoral hood was about. It didn’t mean I was not having sex yet but that was when I first took my time to discover what lay in between my thighs and hence began my love story for everything in between.  Of course, I knew I had a clitoris but that flap covering my clit got me curious. What does it do? Does it have a name? Is it the same as the clitoris?

It has a name and it is called the clitoral hood

What is a clitoral hood?

This is the flap of skin located above your labia. This flap is called the clitoral hood, a fold of skin that surrounds and protects your glans clitoris and is located above your labia. Just like everything about the vulva, they come in  all shapes, sizes and colors. There is no normal clitoral hood.

What is the job of the clitoris?

The clitoris contains 8000 nerve endings, that is a whole lot of sensitivity left unattended and brushing up against your skin. Believe me, you wouldn’t want that. The clitoral hood protects your sensitive tissue from excess stimulation  and external irritants. So the hood adds an extra layer between the clitoris and your finger/toy/penis so that stimulation feels pleasurable and not painful.

I think we should start appreciating the clitoral hood more

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How to locate the clitoral hood

The glans clitoris sits inside your labia majora (outer lips) and labia minora (inner lips). The clitoral hood rests at the very top of your inner lips.

To find it

  1. Get a hand mirror and get naked from waist down
  2. Sit on a chair or the end of your bed and open your legs, put your foot up on the chair or bed.
  3. Hold the mirror between your legs and angle it so you can see your vulva
  4. Look at the very top of your slit and you’ll see a flap of skin that is connected to your inner lips.
  5. Viola; the clitoral hood.
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Your clitoral hood and your sex life

How does your clitoral hood affect your sex life?

When you get aroused, your glans clitoris swells with blood and increases in size and making it easier to find. This usually pushes the hood aside with the help of a natural lubricant produced by the hood called sebum. This lube helps your hood move smoothly over the glans and shaft of the clitoris.

Women with smaller clitoral hood may not even notice the hood at all during sex. Some may feel extra sensitive when the clitoris is directly stimulated even slightly. Know your body first

However, a hood with more or thicker tissue may affect sensations felt during stimulation. In this case the hood doesn’t move quite easily which means you might not feel enough stimulation to orgasm while the hood is down.  This doesn’t mean you cannot achieve pleasure, it only means that you would need extra pressure against your clitoris and clitoral hood to achieve orgasm.  For some women drawing the hood back to expose the clitoris works best for them.  Just listen to your body.

Tips for clitoral hood stimulation

Most times your  body can speak different languages at once, so we came up with some tips to help you achieve orgasm if you have a hooded clitoris despite the size and shape.

  1. Lube it up

There is nothing wrong with you if you use lube. Solo or with a partner, lube is always a great idea. Even if you feel you are wet enough lubes can always enhance that pleasure for your clitoris.

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2. Explore with your fingers

Your fingers and your palm can bring you heightened pleasure than you could ever imagine. A simple tip like rubbing your clitoris over the hood;  then rubbing it indirectly by using one hand to hold   back your hood and expose your glans.

The more you experiment, the more it’s easier to find what works for you.

3. Use a sex toy

If you feel that you don’t get enough action as you would like then opt for a sex toy.  Toys like suction toys, vibrators and wand massagers are good options to gear up your pleasure.

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4. Focus on positions for clitoral stimulation and not penetration

It’s no news that most women find it difficult achieving pleasure through penetration alone. So find positions where you can apply sufficient pressure to arouse your clitoris and increase sensation. Positions that allow you use your fingers to pull back the clitoral hood or use toys for direct stimulation.

Manually experimenting with different positions can help remedy that. Applying more pressure when you stimulate the clitoris over your hood can reignite your pleasure. Sex positions such as the missionary, doggy style, reverse scoop and cowgirl positions work well for clitoral stimulation.

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