Mechanism of erection of clitoris
This mechanism is similar to that of the penis and is dependent on the ability of the spongy tissues (corpora cavernosa) to become engorged with blood, usually arterial blood. This is caused by the contraction of the ischiocavernosus which assists the closure of the drainage pathway of the arteries. Also, it is believed there is a concomitant venoconstriction which helps to keep blood within the spongy tissues of the clitoris. This mechanism is released after the arousal has passed so that the organ becomes flaccid again.
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Creator: Oluwole Ogunranti