In a first, scientists counted the 10,000 nerve fibers in the human clitoris

The nerve that allows the human clitoris to detect pleasurable touch contains thousands more nerve fibers than once estimated – about 10,000, up from 8,000. Medical researchers discovered this by doing some something that had never been done before: they actually counted the fibres.

Previously, it was widely believed that the clitoris contained around 8,000 nerve fibers, but the origins of this number are unclear, study lead author Dr Blair Peters (opens in a new tab)assistant professor of surgery at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) School of Medicine, Live Science told Live Science.

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