Do Trans Women Have Clits?
Yes, but they might not work exactly how you think. Here are three facts about MTF clitoris (trans women’s clitorides) that you might not know.
1. The Word “Clitoris” Doesn’t Always Mean a Woman is Post-op.
When referring to their genitals, trans people use whatever terms make them the most comfortable. For trans men, this might mean using the term “chest” instead of “breasts,” or “cock” instead of “clit.”
This varies between people, and it’s always a good idea to ask what terms your partner prefers, but some trans women refer to their genitals as a clitoris whether they’ve had surgery or not. So when a trans woman mentions her clit, this doesn’t always mean she’s had surgery. If you’re confused, wait until you two know each other well (not the first date!) and then ask politely.
2. There Are Different Types of Surgically Created Clits.
Not all gender affirmation surgery is the same. The most common method of constructing an MTF clitoris from a penis is to simply relocate and sometimes reshape the penile glans, or head of the penis. Touching the clitoris feels similar to touching the head of the penis, and can be very erotic.
A less common technique uses urethral spongiform tissue as a clitoris. Touching this kind of clit more closely mimics the female sexual response, but it is less sensitive than the glans-type clitoris.
Another, the older technique doesn’t create a clitoris at all, but instead inverts the penis completely, so the head of the penis mimics a cervix. This technique is uncommon today, but some older women have vaginas created using this method.
3. Pre-op Clits Don’t Always Get Hard, and That’s Okay
When a trans woman is taking estrogen, it usually becomes more difficult for her to get and maintain an erection, and when she does, it often isn’t as hard as it was before hormone replacement therapy.
Does this mean pre-op trans women can’t penetrate? Not at all! It’s definitely possible for her to be the penetrating partner, but it means the receiving partner needs to be patient and not pressure her. She doesn’t have a lot of control over whether or not she gets an erection, and the lack of an erection does not mean a lack of arousal.
If you’re aiming for penetration, it’s best to engage in copious foreplay, especially because people with more estrogen experience a sensual and emotional component of arousal which is less common in people with more testosterone.
This doesn’t mean you should avoid her clit. Don’t! Whether pre- or post-op, the clitoris is a powerful erogenous zone. It just means you shouldn’t neglect the rest of her body and focus exclusively on her clit.
For trans women, sex is a full-body experience. Her nipples and mouth might be just as erogenous as her clit or vagina.
Most importantly, ask her what she likes. This doesn’t have to be an awkward conversation— work it into your dirty talk, and you’ll be sure to please her.