What is it? Does every person with a vagina have one? Is it supposed to look like that? That flap is your clitoral hood, a fold of skin that surrounds and protects your glans clitoris. And just like labia, clitoral hoods come in all shapes, sizes, and colors.
Women's Orgasm Woes: Could 'C-Spot' Be the Culprit?
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The clitoris is a woman's most sensitive body zone. And as it turns out, its size matters — a new study has found that in women who have orgasm problems, the clitoris is smaller, and located farther from the vagina. Researchers used magnetic resonance imaging MRI to scan the pelvic area of 30 women who were on average 32 years old. Ten of these women had reported rarely or never achieving orgasms despite trying. Comparing the two groups of women, the researchers found that the direct distance between the clitoris and the vagina as measured by a line running straight through the body was 5 to 6 millimeters longer on average in the group of women with orgasm problems. These women also had a smaller clitoris on average. The findings suggest that the size and location of the clitoris may be important in women's sexual function, said the researchers who detailed their study Thursday Feb.
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Sexual dysfunction refers to a problem during any phase of the sexual response cycle that prevents the individual or couple from experiencing satisfaction from the sexual activity. Hormones play an important role in regulating sexual function in women. With the decrease in the hormone estrogen that is related to aging and menopause , many women experience some changes in sexual function as they age. Poor vaginal lubrication and decreased genital sensation are problems associated with changes in estrogen levels.
Management of the enlarged clitoris, because of its import for sexual function, has been and remains one of the most controversial topics in pediatric urology. Early controversy surrounding clitoroplasty resulted from many factors including an incomplete understanding of clitoral anatomy and incorrect assumptions of the role of the clitoris in sexual function. With a better understanding of anatomy and function, procedures have evolved to preserve clitoral tissue, especially with respect to the neurovascular bundles. These changes have been made in an effort to preserve clitoral sensation and preserve orgasmic potential. It is the goal of this manuscript to describe the different procedures that have been developed for the surgical management of clitoromegally, with emphasis on the risks and benefits of each.