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What is a Clitoral Hood Reduction, Hoodectomy?

A hood reduction (clitoral hood reduction, hoodectomy, prepuce reduction) is for women who have thickened skin (prepuce tissue) over the clitoris. This can reduce sexual pleasure by interfering with stimulation and decreasing sensitivity. Some women have found that by decreasing or removing the clitoral hood, sexual pleasure is increased.

What Causes the Need for a Hood Reduction, Hoodectomy?

anatomy of vulva with clitoral hoodThe clitoral hood is a fold of skin that surrounds and protects the clitoral glans. Women may develop a thickened clitoral hood as a result of a hormonal issue, ingesting steroids or genetics. Women with excess prepuce tissue sometimes find it difficult to reach climax or can’t achieve orgasm at all because the clitoris is restricted or covered by too much prepuce tissue.

Who Should Perform a Clitoral Hood Reduction?

While this is a very safe outpatient procedure, many gynecologists will not and should not perform a clitoral hood reduction because of their lack of experience. Dr. Hailparn has the proper training and extensive experience with hood reduction surgery and many times performs a hoodectomy in conjunction with a labiaplasty  (view labiaplasty with hoodecomy before and after pictures).

If you have any questions about clitoral hood reduction surgery, you can book a consult by clicking the green tab on the left or call us at the Cosmetic Gynecology Center of San Antonio.

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