Dear Dr. Kate,
Why does it hurt to stimulate my clitoris and what can I do about it?
– Mrs. C
Dear Mrs. C.,
The clitoris is the biggest concentration of nerve endings in the body. And like teenagers at an emo concert, they can be extremely sensitive. Many women canâ€™t bear direct touch to the clitoris â€“ like looking directly at the sun, it causes more pain than pleasure. Try touching your clitoris through the clitoral hoodâ€”approach it from the sideâ€”or even through your underwear. Experiment with gentle touch as well, and youâ€™ll figure out how much pressure is perfect to make you feel great.
– Dr. Kate
Dr. Kate is an OB/GYN at one of the largest teaching hospitals in New York City. She also lectures nationally on womenâ€™s health issues and conducts research on reproductive health. She generously shares her medical wisdom withÂ EM & LO readers every few weeks. Check out more of her advice and ask her a question at Gynotalk.com.