Clitoral Hood Reduction

Definition - What does Clitoral Hood Reduction mean?

A clitoral hood reduction is a surgical procedure in which the clitoral hood that covers the clitoris is reduced in size. The clitoral hood protects the sensitive clitoris, but women experience a variety of issues that may cause them to investigate the possibility of having it reduced. For some, a clitoral hood reduction offers the opportunity for greater sensitivity and fulfillment during sex, while for others, the reasons are purely aesthetic. In the latter case, the clitoral hood reduction will often be combined with a labiaplasty to allow the lips of the vagina to present a “tidier” appearance.

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The surgery is controversial, but this hasn’t stopped women from electing to have clitoral hood reduction surgery. According to a 2015 study published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, 90 percent of women were satisfied with the results of a clitoral hood reduction. Doctors warn that the surgery could result in oversensitivity and that the chance of infection, while still low, is higher relative to labiaplasty or vaginoplasty.

Clitoral hood reduction is often performed at the same time as labiaplasty since all it takes is a slight extension of the incision to include clitoral hood tissue, some of which is then removed. The incisions on the sides of the labia are usually extended upward into a V-to-Y shape.

Recovery time requires a week away from work and five to six weeks before sexual activity can resume.

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