When it comes to female genitalia, it’s important to know that there is no “right” way for it to look. However, some women naturally have a clitoral hood that appears large and more redundant. The excess tissue can diminish sensation during sex and/or irritate the clitoris. For these reasons, as well as cosmetic reasons, clitoral hood reduction is an option to consider. The procedure can be done in combination with labiaplasty (reduction of the labia) or other forms of vaginal rejuvenation.
Where is the Clitoral Hood, and what does it do?
The clitoral hood, as the name suggests, is a hood-like flap of skin covering the shaft of the clitoris. Being that the clitoris has thousands of nerve endings, it’s very sensitive, and the function of the hood is to protect the clitoris from friction and discomfort. The excessive tissue can also interfere with sex.
Clitoral Hood Reduction Procedure
Clitoral hood reduction is usually done under local anesthesia. This is an outpatient procedure and takes anywhere from an hour to a few hours to complete, depending on whether surgery on other parts of the vulva or vagina is done at the same time. During the procedure, your surgeon will cut away excess skin around the clitoris to expose more of the glans, or head of the clitoris. The incision(s) are made so that any resulting scar is hidden. Absorb able stitches will be used to close up the area that has been cut.
Recovery from CHR
Recovery time varies based on whether or not any other procedures were performed alongside the clitoral hood. In general, patients should expect to take a few days off from regular activity to recover. In addition, necessary to patients should wait about four to six weeks before resuming sexual activity.
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