Clitoral Hood Reduction

What is Clitoral Hood Reduction?

The clitoris may be covered by excess skin, which can cause bunching in tight clothing and reduced sexual pleasure. A Clitoral Hood Reduction (CHR) reduces this skin surrounding the clitoris.


Why Choose Clitoral Hood Reduction?

The clitoris sits above the vaginal opening and below the pubic bone. When aroused, the glans fills with blood and swells. The sole function of the clitoris is to increase sexual pleasure in women. With over 8,000 nerve endings, it is the most sensitive spot in your body.

The clitoral hood refers to the skin covering the clitoris. A Clitoral Hood Reduction is an elective surgery for women who experience decreased sexual pleasure due to excess skin over the clitoris. Talk to your gynecologic surgeon if you feel a Clitoral Hood Reduction may benefit you.

Clitoral Hood Reduction and Labiaplasty

A Clitoral Hood Reduction may also be combined with a labiaplasty. When the labia are reduced in size, the clitoral hood may appear or feel larger- especially in clothing such as swimsuits and leggings. By combining the two procedures, the overall results can be enhanced. Your gynecologic surgeon can work with you to determine if combining these procedures would be beneficial.

Performing a Clitoral Hood Reduction

Clitoral Hood Reduction is performed in the office as an outpatient procedure. Your gynecologic surgeon will use local anesthesia for the procedure which lasts approximately 30-60 minutes. Unnecessary skin is excised and the hood is reduced, leaving the clitoris more accessible. It is not recommended to remove the entire clitoral hood due to the sensitive nature of the clitoris.

Recovering from Clitoral Hood Reduction

About half an hour following surgery, your gynecologic surgeon will release you to go home. You should plan on having someone else drive you home. You will likely be on full bedrest for 3-5 days.  After which time, you may return to desk work and light activities.  Exercising and intercourse can be resumed after 6-8 weeks.  Speak to your gynecologic surgeon if you have any questions or concerns.


Before & After Photos

Before & After