CLEFT of VENUS NARROWING | cleft narrowing | CHICAGO, IL

Cleft Narrowing

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The pudendal cleft is the slit between the labia majora or outer vaginal lips, usually viewed in a standing position.  It is also known as the cleft of Venus, the urogenital cleft, or the vulvar slit.

Cleft of Venus Narrowing Frequently Asked Questions

What is the pudendal cleft?

The pudendal cleft is the slit between the labia majora or outer vaginal lips, usually viewed in a standing position.  It is also known as the cleft of Venus, the urogenital cleft, or the vulvar slit.

What causes a wide pudendal cleft?

The width of this cleft can vary.  In some women, the pudendal cleft is a narrow slit with no tissue protruding.  In other women, the clitoral hood tissue or the labia minora can protrude between the aperture, causing it to appear wide.  The protrusion and widening can be caused by excess clitoral hood or labia minora tissue, deflated or thin labia majora, or a combination of those factors.

What is Cleft of Venus Narrowing?

Cleft of Venus narrowing is a procedure that is designed to narrow the pudendal cleft.

This can be accomplished by reducing the protruding tissue causing a widened cleft or making the labia majora themselves plumper.  Some of the procedures commonly performed in combination include:

What is the purpose of Cleft of Venus narrowing?

Cleft of Venus narrowing is usually done as a cosmetic procedure because some women prefer the neat and clean look of a thin slit between the labia majora while in a standing position.

Does Cleft Narrowing hurt?

Because cleft narrowing is a surgical procedure, there may be some discomfort involved.  There may also be swelling and bruising, all of which are temporary.

What is the downtime for Cleft Narrowing?

Although patients may have mild swelling or discomfort, a cleft narrowing procedure patient should be able to return to work within 2-3 days.

How much does Cleft Narrowing cost?

The cost of a cleft of Venus narrowing in Chicago with anesthesia can range between 3,000- $7,000.

What Causes Vaginal Laxity (or Vaginal Looseness)?

Vaginal laxity is a very common condition experienced by many women of all ages. The most common reasons for women who experience vaginal laxity are:

  • Trauma from giving vaginal childbirth
  • Medical conditions (asthma, chronic cough, constipation, weight gain, weight  loss)
  • Sexual trauma
  • Aging
  • Genetics

Regardless of the reason, vaginal laxity could cause sexual dysfunction, making sex less enjoyable and even decreasing self-esteem or confidence in some women.

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