Does a Clitoral Hood Reduction Increase Sensation of the Clitoris?

I want to know if a clitoral hood reduction makes sex better by improving sensation of the clitoris? is a reduction or removal better for this?

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Clitoral Hood Reduction, Hoodectomy, Can Increase Sensitivity

Thank you for your question. Yes a clitoral hood reduction, also called a clitoral hoodectomy can increase clitoral sensitivity.

The clitoral hood is very delicate tissue so I use a laser to perform clitoral hoodectomy. The laser causes less bleeding and there is much less trauma to this delicate tissue than with traditional scalpel and clamping.

I agree with other answers that if there is no problem with clitoral sensitivity, a hoodectomy should not be done.

Clitoral hood reduction

Excess labial tissue around the clitoris (the clitoral prepuce or the clitoral hood) can cover the clitoris, making it more difficult to achieve clitoral stimulation. When this is the case, a labiaplasty with clitoral hood reduction can be done to remove this excess skin, improving stimulation. You can read more about this surgery, costs and technique at the link below. 

George Shashoua, MD
Austin Urogynecologist
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Clitoral sensation

Hello, clitoral hood reduction can increase sensitivity by exposing the clitoris more to the surface. Some patients have a  clitoris that is buried far in and not easily exposed to the surface, this can prevent sensation. The hood reduction surgery can remove some of this excess skin in the area to improve that. However it is important to have some clitoral hood left to cover the clitoris over top. Thanks.

Rikesh T. Parikh, MD
Bellevue Plastic Surgeon
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Clitoral hood reduction linked to increased sensation?

A clitoral hood reduction should not expose the clitoris and therefore should not be a procedure performed with the attention to enhance sensitivity.
It is true that some of our patients feel increased sensation post a clitoral hood reduction but again that is not the purpose of a clitoral hood reduction.

Best of luck!

David Ghozland, MD
Santa Monica OB/GYN
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Sensation after clitoral hood reduciton

The head (glans) of the clitoris should not be exposed by the clitoral hood reduction as it may be too sensitive.  However if excess tissue/skin makes for difficult clitoral stimulation, then reduction of the clitoral hood may bring about a nice improvement.  Best wishes. 

Francisco Canales, MD
Santa Rosa Plastic Surgeon
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Clitoral hood reduction and intimacy

Clitoral hood reduction can exposure more of the clitoris during intimacy and may improve sensitivity.  The procedure is also done for functional reasons for proper hygiene.
Thank you,

Dr. Karamanoukian

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Clitoral Hood Reduction & Clitoral Sensation

Clitoral hood reduction is usually done to remove excess skin along the sides of the clitoral hood. It is done for aesthetic reasons and is usually done in conjunction with labiaplasty (labia minora reduction) when both areas demonstrate excess tissue. The procedure is not intended to expose the sensitive head of the clitoris (the glans) in the manner of a male circumcision. Exposing the glans does not improve sensation unless disease or deformity of the clitoral hood is causing pain or sensory problems.

Marco A. Pelosi III, MD
Jersey City OB/GYN
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Clitoral Hood Reduction and Sexual Sensation


The patients I recommend clitoral hood reduction to are those with excess skin that completely covers the clitoris. They frequently report diminished sensation unless the skin is retracted out of the way. If they report that sexual sensation is fine (even if they have excess skin) then the reduction is unnecessary and can make them over sensitive. It is thus a very patient specific operation. Please be aware that even if you are experiencing diminished sensation, clitoral hood modification may not help (you can end up no different or hyper sensitive). This is because the subjective experience of sex is so different for each person. It is an easy operation to perform under local anesthesia. I hope this helps.


Daniel A. Medalie, MD

Daniel A. Medalie, MD
Beachwood Plastic Surgeon
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Clitoral Hoodectomy Benefits

Although there is no guarantee, women frequently do seek clitoral hood reduction (Hoodectomy) to improve exposure of the clitoris and hence better stimulation during sexual activity. By removing some of the excess &/or redundant skin concealing the clitoris, it becomes more readily exposed to sexual stimulation and hence a heightened sexual experience/orgasm is possible.  The key is seek consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon or gynecologist who performs this procedure regularly (>2-3 x/month) so that just the right amount of tissue is removed and just the right amount remains such that the clitoris is not constantly exposed and rubbing on clothing, etc...  Best of luck...RAS

Ryan Stanton, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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It does not increase sensation per se but it can make it easier for your partner to get to the clitoris.Sometimes gals have problems getting stimulation to a covered up "fun spot." 


Best Regards,


John Di Saia MD

John P. Di Saia, MD
Orange Plastic Surgeon
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