Did you know that the the clitoris has about 8,000 nerve endings? It is the most sensitive erogenous zone of women. While clitoral stimulation can be a great source of excitement and pleasure, it can also sometimes cause you pain.

The clitoris is the pleasure center of the vulva (the external parts of the female genitalia). It is located just below the point where the inner lips meet and form a small hood. Its sole purpose is to make you feel good, literally! But sometimes, unfortunately, it can fail you.

What is the clitoris?

Clitorodynia is the technical term for pain in the clitoris. These pains can be caused by a psychological or physical trauma such as an attack, an accident or an infection that has not yet healed. But it’s not always easy to determine the exact cause of clitoral pain. the IInternational Society for Sexual Medicine adds:

Not much is known about clitoral pain. It may be associated with induced vestibulodynia (pain at the vestibule or entrance to the vagina), multiple sclerosis (a skin condition), or multiple sclerosis (a disease of the central nervous system).

To temporarily relieve this pain, it is recommended to take analgesics, to use cooling or heating compresses or to do perineal rehabilitation. If the discomfort persists, it is strongly advised to consult a doctor.

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Permanent genital arousal syndrome

Simply, Permanent genital arousal syndrome is similar to continuous erection. You may not know it, but the clitoris, like the penis, can become erect with excitement. With this constant blood flow, the swelling becomes long-lasting and therefore very painful.

Unfortunately, there is no miracle cure for this syndrome, only ways to make the symptoms more bearable. Cases of this condition are rare, however.

Overall, the most important thing to remember is that as soon as a strange, uncomfortable feeling occurs in your panties, don’t wait, go see a gynecologist. Dealing with the problem as soon as possible will save you a lot of trouble.