A fleshy mound of tissue that sits on top of the pubic bone. (AKA mons veneris.) The mons is made up of fat and is covered by pubic hair unless a woman shaves. It provides cushioning during intercourse and it contains sebaceous glands that secrete pheromones. Both men and women have a mons pubis, but it is usually much more prominent in women. One reason is because the tissue that makes up the mons is sensitive to estrogen. So when a woman goes through puberty, the sudden ramp up in estrogen makes this tissue expand and turns the mons into a mound. Some mons are very prominent, others not so much. The mons pushes the upper part of the larger labia out and forms the pudendal cleft, which is the top part of what some people call “the camel toe.” The suspensory ligament of the clitoris has its base under the mons pubis. The neck of the clitoris also runs through part of the mons. This is why some women will push, pull, or make a circular motion with their fingers on their mons when they masturbate. A woman might also enjoy it if a partner pushes the mons up with his fingers when he’s giving her oral sex. This can change the angle of her clitoris and could increase the sensation. A woman might also like it when her partner rubs the mons in a circular motion or gently tugs on her pubic hair if she hasn’t shaven it all off.