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 can’t bear direct touch to the clitoris – like looking directly at the sun, it causes more pain than pleasure. Try touching your clitoris through the clitoral hood—approach it from the side—or even through your underwear. Experiment with gentle touch as well, and you’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 women’s health issues and conducts research on reproductive health. She generously shares her medical wisdom with EM & LO readers every few weeks. Check out more of her advice and ask her a question at Gynotalk.com.