Clitoral Hood Reduction/Clitoropexy

The clitoral hood or prepuce is the tissue that covers and surrounds the clitoris, the highly sensitive and arousing erectile tissue of the female.  This tissue or hood can become enlarged, often in conjunction with enlarged labia minora.  Enlargement of the clitoral hood can negatively impact sexual pleasure during lovemaking.  In addition, women with an enlarged clitoral hood may also desire an improved cosmetic appearance.

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Why clitoral hood reduction?
How do I know if clitoral hood reduction is right for me?
Clitoral Hood Reduction cost
What should I expect from the procedure?
Post-operative instructions

Why clitoral hood reduction?

The solitary function of the clitoris is to induce sexual pleasure.  As the female equivalent to a man's penis, the clitoris is covered by a hood (which is similar to a man's foreskin).  Occasionally this hood or tissue covering can be large, redundant and cause inability to achieve stimulation to the clitoris.  The redundant tissue can also be uncomfortable while wearing a bathing suit or tight fitting clothing.  

How do I know if clitoral hood reduction is right for me?

Dr. Karen Elizabeth Boyle is uniquely qualified to help women make these intimate, important decisions. Because of Dr. Boyle's training as a board certified urologist and sexual health specialist, she can guide women while they decide on this and other genital cosmetic procedures.

Clitoral Hood Reduction cost

Financial concerns are always important when considering any medical procedure.  Please read our financial information section for more information.

What should I expect from the procedure?

The procedure to reduce the clitoral hood is a simple, outpatient procedure where the hood is surgically incised and an adequate amount of tissue removed to allow for the clitoris to be stimulated easily.  Clitoropexy is the careful fixation of the clitoris when it protrudes beyond its normal anatomic location.  

Clitoral hood hypertrophy is often seen in women who also have labial hypertrophy, and reduction of the tissue covering the clitoris is usually performed at the time of labiaplasty if desired.   The nerves that supply the clitoris are not involved in these procedures, and therefore there is no decrease in sensation or orgasm experienced.

Post-operative instructions

After surgery, instructions will vary from patient to patient.  For a sense of what you can expect after your surgery, see our post-operative instructions.

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