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Surprising Commonalities Between A Penis & A Vagina You Didn’t Know About!

Surprising Commonalities Between A Penis & A Vagina You Didn’t Know About!

Each and every one of us is a unique being, be it our mind, behavior, experiences or even body. Just as each one of us thinks in a different way, our bodies and especially our genitals are also exclusive.

But having said that, it is also true that anatomically, there is very little difference between a penis and a vagina. The human genitals are homologous, i.e., they are virtually identical and have similar functions. This means, that even though the structure of our genetalia looks and feels different, internally, thay are all quite similar. In fact, at one stage in the earlier months of pregnancy, everyone begins their development with a Clitoris!

Shocked? We were too! Let’s see the other anatomical similarities between human genitalia-

 

We’re all the same in the womb

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Your XX or XY sex chromosomes determine whether you are born cis-male or cis-female. The sex chromosome genes are expressed during pregnancy, and the fetus grows into a cis-male, cis-female, or an intersex person. The penis and testes (cis-male), the vulva and vagina (cis-female), or a combination of the two structures (intersex); communicate these sexual distinctions.

However, within the first six weeks of a pregnancy, before the genes in these chromosomes are expressed, all budding fetuses start out as cis-female, meaning they all begin with a clitoris.

“The clitoris is the template and the penis is the mutation,” explains Cyndi Darnell, sex and relationship therapist and certified clinical sexologist.

A low level of testosterone will cause the bundle of nerves to move outside of the body and grow into a penis. Whereas, absence of testosterone will make the tissues develop into a vaulva and a vagina.

 

Different Shapes, Similar Functions

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The distinctions between a clit and a penis may seem major, given the fact that the penis is an integral part of the male reproductive system, while the clitoris acts only as a source of pleasure; the clitoris tends to be much smaller than the penis and the clitoris lacks a urethral canal — but they’re actually very similar.

“They’re simply positioned and shaped differently to accommodate their function and the placement of other internal and external organs around them,” says Anne-Hodder Ship, A.C.S., a certified sex educator

Although the penis and clitoris are distinct in terms of shape and structure, they share nerves. There are a lot of them. The clitoris (8,000+) and the head of the penis (4,000+) have higher amounts of nerve endings than any other portion of the female and male bodies.

 

Clit and Penis: Shockingly Similar

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Both the clitoris and the penis function similarly as sensory organs. In a sexual context, this means they’re both responsive to touch, stimulation, and capable of giving you a lot of orgasms.

Furthermore, both sex organs have corresponding regions. The glans clitoris, for example, is homologous to the head of the penis; and the foreskin and clitoral hood are connected in a similar way.

“In male fetuses, what starts as the outer lips are then fused to make the sack that encases the balls. While in female fetuses, the opening between the lips remains and they fill with fat,” explains Laurie Mintz, Ph.D. licensed psychologist & certified sex therapist .

In short,

Glans clitoris = head of the penis
Clitoral hood = foreskin
Outer labia = scrotum
Inner labia = skin of the penis
Shaft of the clitoris = shaft of the penis
Clitoral bulbs (vestibular bulbs) = bulb of penis
Clitoral legs (crus) = crus of penis

 

Hard-Ons are universal

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“All genitals become aroused, and arousal means blood flow. Blood flow is what creates erections in all tissue — be it clitoral or penis — and is essential to enhancing pleasure,” explains Darnell

Both penis- and clitoris-owners experience pleasure from acts like touchinglicking, sucking, and vibration. In addition to that, erectile tissue can be found in both the clitoris and the penis.

In the same way as a penis becomes erect, the clitoris becomes engorged with blood. When blood flows into the clitoris or the penis, it hardens them (aka erect).

Fact: Everyone out there is having hard-ons!

 

At the end,

One thing is certain: If young people were better educated about sex, pleasure, and the human body — and how surprisingly cool all of our anatomy is; we’d all be having a lot better sex!

And since we are clearly not as distinct as we seem, in future if anyone tries to assert their gender over you; remind them that, despite appearances, you’re basically the same. Peace!

 

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