The female’s clitoris has been one of the most mysterious parts of the human body for all sorts of reasons, depending on who you ask.
Now a male scientist thinks he’s worked out why nature blessed ladies with an organ which appears to be dedicated to their pleasure.
Roy J. Levin of Sheffield University has published a paper entitled: ‘The Clitoris – An Appraisal of its Reproductive Function During the Fertile Years: Why Was It, and Still Is, Overlooked in Accounts of Female Sexual Arousal.’ His study suggests that the female pleasure centre serves an important reproductive function, rather than purely being there to cause ecstatic sensations.
‘The often repeated mantra, that the sole function of the clitoris is to induce sexual pleasure, is now obsolete,’ Levin said. ‘The concept changes a major sexual belief, and the physiological evidence is now obvious.’
Levin’s research indicates the clitoris ‘activates the brain’ when stimulated 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’.
The physical changes include enhanced vaginal blood flow, an increase in vaginal lubrication, an increase in vaginal oxygen a change in the position of the cervix, the entrance to the uterus.
This brings the cervix away from the ‘semen pool’ and prevents sperm zooming into the uterus too rapidly, ‘thus allowing sperm time to become mobile and activated to fertilise the egg’.
The processes are called vaginal ‘tenting’ and ‘ballooning’.
In Levin’s paper, he wrote: ‘All these genital changes taken together are of major importance in facilitating the possibility of reproductive success (and thus gene propagation) no matter how or when the clitoris is stimulated—they reveal its overlooked reproductive function.
‘Of course, also commensurate with these changes, is its activation of sexual pleasure. ‘The clitoris thus has both procreative (reproductive) and recreative (pleasure) functions of equal importance. Clitoridectomy creates not only sexual disability but also a reproductive disability.’
Do you you agree?