Labiaplasty for Hood Covering Clitoris Too Much?

I think that my hood covers my clitoris too much. You have to really stretch my hood far back to expose my clitoris. I have never enjoyed sex and I am wondering if this problem could be what is affecting my sex life. Would a clitoral hood reduction or labiaplasty help me?

Doctor Answers 14

Clitoral hood reduction and orgasm.

The answer to your question is not possible to obtain here as there are a multitude of possible issues that can affect the enjoyment of sex. It is, however, possible to tell you that many patients who have had a clitoral hood reduction report having more sensation and enjoyment of their sexual experiences. This procedure should also be distinguished from a Labiaplasty although they are very often performed together.

Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Clitoral hood reduction with or without labiaplasty may help

So much is involved with enjoying sex. Mechanical stimulation of the clitoris is definitely part of it. A clitoral hood reduction may help in a few ways:

  1. It will expose more of your clitoris.
  2. Mentally you may feel more attractive and sexual.

Whether you need a Labiaplasty in addition to a clitoral hood reduction would be determined during your consultation with a plastic surgeon.

Kari L. Colen, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Clitoral hood reduction and sex or ability to achieve climax or orgasm

There are several factors that affect sexuality and the ability to achieve orgasm. Some of these involve the mechanical act of sex while others relate to hormonal status, anatomy, experience, anxiety, age, vascular supply, emotions, etc.

Although it is possible that your clitoral hood is interfering with mechanical stimulation of the clitoris and your susequent ability to achieve an orgasm, this may not be the only cause. In the event that it is the cause, a clitoral hood reduction could prove beneficial. This is different from a "hoodectomy" which I generally don't perform or recommend.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Labiaplasty may affect your sex life


A hood reduction can make your clitoris more easily available. Whether or not this will affect your sex life cannot, of course, be known for certain.

John P. Di Saia, MD
Orange Plastic Surgeon
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Too much hood skin

This is a concern several patients have presented to my office with. This can be address with a clitoral hood reduction in most cases.  Sometimes a partial hoodectomy is required to achieve the desired result.
~Dr. Poucher

Clitoral hood reduction in Los Angeles

Our office specializes in clitoral hood reduction with or without labiaplasty. The clitoral hood serves a functional role to protect the clitoris; its protuberance or excess can interfere with normal intimacy.  Our patients have improved quality of life with a clitoral hood reduction. 

Raffy Karamanoukian MD FACS

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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The Clitoral Hood and Sex

The sexual response is a complex interplay between the mind and body of both you and your partner. The best first step in figuring out how to improve the process starts with a sexual therapist and not with the scalpel. The clitoris is completely covered by the skin of the hood in almost all healthy young women so I doubt that it would be the most likely culprit.

Clitoral hooding

Thank you for your question,

Clitoral hooding can be a very difficult problem to address surgically.  Excess clitoral hooding can be removed but over exposure of the clitoris can become a big problem.  It is important to understand the risks up and beyond a simple labiaplasty, and discuss this with your plastic surgeon.  Also, is is not known whether this treatment would have any effect on your sex life.

Kunaal Jindal, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Labiaplasty and hoodectomy do not guarantee 'great sex'

excessive clitoral hood can be removed by itself or as a part of a labiaplasty.  It will expose the clitoris somewhat (but you don't want to over expose the clitoris) and that may make clitoral stimulation easier.  Does that guarantee better sex?  No.  Understand that a sexual experience is partly physical, partly emotional and surgery addresses only one part of that equation.

Martin Jugenburg, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Clitoral hood reduction can increase clitoral sensitivity

thank you for your question.  Yes a clitoral hood reduction can increase sensitivity of the clitoris.however you need to be examined by an expert in vaginal plastic surgery.

There are many factors that can decrease section of laser and you want to have a proper diagnosis before considering a surgical procedure.

Your history that retracting the clitoral hood does increase her sensitivity does suggest that clitoral hood reduction may help you.  The clitoral hood is extremely delicate tissue and because of this I uses a laser to perform a clitoral hoodectomy.the laser causes less bleeding, avoids the need to use surgical clamps, and in my experience results in a quicker healing and less scarring.

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