Clitoridectomy or clitorectomy is the surgical removal, reduction, or partial removal of the clitoris.It is rarely used as a therapeutic medical procedure, such as when cancer has developed in or spread to the clitoris. It is often performed on intersex newborns. Commonly, non-medical removal of the clitoris is performed during female genital mutilation (FGM).
Your clitoris is covered up by a hood of tissue technically known as the prepuce. The clitoral hood serves to protect the clitoris from being constantly rubbed. Constant friction could lead to over-stimulation, desensitization and even pain. It also helps to keep the area moist and completes the appearance of normal female genitalia.
The clitoral hood serves an important function. However, sometimes it can be too large or lengthy, or not retract during intimacy. This may be caused by genetics, trauma or childbirth. Some women believe that masturbation techniques may be a cause as well, but it should be noted that it isn’t.
You’ve found that your prepuce is causing problems relating to your appearance and comfort. Its length and how it protrudes from your body can make you look like you have a penis. You dislike the overall appearance of your vulva so much that you feel embarrassed to show it or have sexual relations. You also find that you experience severe discomfort, because it’s constantly rubbed and irritated.
A clitoral hood reduction is a procedure that reduces the length and size of your clitoral hood. It is described in the journal, Seminars in Plastic Surgery. The procedure decreases the amount your clitoral hood protrudes to make it less prominent.