This is a surgical procedure to reduce the prepuce (clitoral hood) in order to allow more sensitivity to the clitoral node.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Does a Clitoral Hoodectomy Remove Labia?
- How does a Clitoral Hoodectomy Enhance Stimulation?
- Will a Clitoral Hoodectomy Make Me Too Sensitive?
- How is a Clitoral Hoodectomy Performed?
Does a Clitoral Hoodectomy Remove Labia?
No. A clitoral Hoodectomy is a procedure which specifically focuses on reducing the clitoral hood (the prepuce). The hood is the skin which directly covers the clitoris to form a protective barrier. On the other hand, the labia do not cover the clitoris, they are found directly beneath. Whilst an unhooding does not involve the labia minora, some doctors do combine labiaplasty (labia reduction) with a clitoral circumcision. These procedures are performed together to enhance the vagina aesthetically and to improve functionality.
How does a Clitoral Hoodectomy Enhance Stimulation?
In order for many women to reach orgasm, they require direct stimulation of the clitoral node. Unfortunately, many women find their clitoral gland is covered completely or partially by a flap of skin called the prepuce or clitoral hood. Trying to stimulate the node through the prepuce does not offer enough stimulation to lead to climax. Having the hood removed or decreased in size allows the node to be exposed, enabling direct contact even during sexual intercourse.
Will a Clitoral Hoodectomy Make Me Too Sensitive?
If the procedure is performed correctly then you should experience enhanced sensitivity without becoming overly sensitive to stimulation. The surgeon must be careful to trim just the right amount of skin in the right area. An under excision can result in very little difference in sensation. However, due to the concentrated neuron cell density (innervation) in the clitoris, removing too much skin will make you very sensitive and is likely to lead to problems in arousal. It may also heighten sensations during normal movements, making you very uncomfortable.
Knowing where to make the excision comes from experience and can be tricky especially because each vagina is differently shaped and the area of stimulation varies. The doctor should have done enough operations to pick out similarities and differences among various types of vagina including ethnic differences, pre and post pregnancy changes and age. Tests should be performed to identify areas of sensitivity. This is why it’s important to choose a surgeon with lots of experience and one that performs clitoral Hoodectomy on a regular basis.
How is a Clitoral Hoodectomy Performed?
The surgeon may first swab test your clitoral area to determine the sensitive areas. This is done by applying warm and cold swabs. Once the tissue is assessed, the surgeon applies a topical anesthetic to the area. As soon as the anesthesia has taken effect, the surgeon applies a more concentrated anesthetic (usually by injection). This numbs and completely desensitizes the clitoral area so you won’t feel any pain during the operation.
After the area is numbed, the surgeon then pulls the clitoral node away from the hood, allowing enough room to make the incision without cutting into the node. The incision is made around the prepuce in a curved shape (since it covers the clitoral gland on three sides). The length of the incision is approximately one quarter of an inch. The excess prepuce is removed and the wound is closed with dissolvable stitches.
The procedure takes around half an hour. The anesthetic lasts for about an hour to an hour and a half, leaving sufficient time so you don’t feel any pain during the procedure. You will be given a compression bandage to alleviate discomfort and swelling.
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