My 13 year old daughter has excess skin on her clitoral hood that keeps tearing ... Please help
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Clitoral Hood Skin Redundancy: Teenager
Thank you for your question. Clitoral hood redundancy is one reason that can result in tearing. One specialist that I would recommend seeking an evaluation is by a subspecialty-certified pediatric urologist experienced in cosmetic urologic surgery. I am a pediatric and adolescent urologist, as well as, a cosmetic urologist.
What differentiates subspecialty-certified Pediatric Urologists and most plastic surgeons and gynecologists is the vast experience in the evaluation of female and male genitalia in children of all ages. They also require Board certification in Urology and subspecialty certification in Pediatric Urology.
Best of luck.
Jeffrey S. Palmer, MD, FACS, FAAP
Excess clitoral hood skin keeps tearing on my 13 year old daughter-please help
Thank you for writing in about your concerns for your daughter. This is not a normal occurrence and should be evaluated by a pediatrician who can then make an appropriate referral if needed. As mentioned below, this can occur due to a number of reasons (infection, dermatitis), however, if the skin is getting caught on her clothes during certain activities because of its size, a surgical reduction may be necessary. Please look for a highly experienced cosmetic-plastic gynecologist if this is needed, and more than one opinion is recommended before any procedure is done. Her body is still growing and changing, and there is a risk of re-growth of tissue.
I hope this information is helpful.
Dr. Troy R. Hailparn
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If it turns out that it is large labia and hood that are being chaffed with sporting or physical activity then you'll want her to see an experienced cosmetic gynecologist to discuss reduction. She will need your consent, of course.
Best of luck.
Clitoral hood recurrent tearing
Clitoral hood excess
13 year old clitoral issues
Have her see a gynecologist who is comfortable with the exam of a 13 year old pubertal adolescent
Have the gynecologist determine if the anatomy is normal - not only the clitoral prepuce or skin, but the clitoris itself.
If the anatomy is normal, then decide on treatment to stop the tearing.
If the anatomy is not normal, then direct treatment towards the anatomic abnormality, ie. the clitoris itself, or the clitoral skin.