Clitoral Hood and Orgasm – What You Need To Know

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What Is The Clitoral Hood, And Does It Affect My Orgasms?

There is more to the clitoral hood and orgasm than you might think, given its small surface area. Did you know the clitoral hood is the skin pierced during a clitoral piercing? Its function is akin to the foreskin of the penis. 

Let’s dive into the mysteries of this critical portion of the female anatomy.

What Is The Clitoral Hood?

The glans clitoris is a fold of skin covering it encloses a pea-sized part of the clitoris above your urethra. The clitoral hood is a skin fold that shields the clitoris’s 8,000 nerve endings from injury, pain, and too much stimulation. It might vary in size and shape, so don’t be concerned if yours doesn’t appear “perfect”. Every woman is different!

What Does the Clitoral Hood Do?

The clitoris has many nerve endings, which provide clitoris owners with a great deal of pleasure, may also cause discomfort from too much pressure or too harsh a touch. Fortunately, the clitoral hood puts an additional layer between the clitoris and the source of stimulation, making touching enjoyable rather than painful.

It also prevents your nerves from becoming inflamed throughout the day by something as simple as tight-fitting clothing or underwear. The hood is small for some, while it conceals the clitoris for others. 

How does the hood affect orgasm?

When aroused, your clitoris swells with blood and grows larger (similar to a penis), which pulls the hood aside with the hood’s natural lubrication called sebum.

If you have a small clitoral hood, you might not notice it during sex, or you might feel extra-sensitive when your clitoris is directly stroked – everyone is different!

6 Facts About The Clitoris

A surprising number of women do not know much about their most intense pleasure region. Unlike the more visible penis, the clitoris is generally hidden under skin folds. It’s a bit of a mystery. 

Until recently, science and sex education did not go out of the way to comprehend this tiny organ. According to research, the clitoris was even deleted in an early version of Gray’s Anatomy, the gold standard medical textbook. No scientist cared to make a 3D depiction of what an aroused clitoris looks like until 2009 when French researchers added it.

Here are six facts about the clitoris:

1. The clitoris has a higher sensitivity than the penis

According to the Museum of Sex, the little organ includes roughly 8,000 sensory nerve fibers, which is near twice the quantity found in the head of the penis. “The clitoral glans have more nerve endings than any other place on the human body,” Millheiser says. That’s why direct pressure on the clitoris might seem overly forceful, even painful in certain situations, rather than enjoyable. “Women will tell you that direct stimulation is quite unpleasant,” she explains. Stimulating the hood of the clitoris (the skin covering it) may be more effective for arousal, especially beginning foreplay.

2. It’s longer than you think

The clitoris may appear to be a little knob, but it has more beneath the surface, much like an iceberg. According to Millheiser, it’s 11 cm long on average (over 4 inches), so you can’t see most of it. “What you see is the clitoral glans, but there is another 10 cm that surrounds the vagina,” she explains to SELF. “It splits into ‘legs,’ somewhat like a wishbone.” Ultrasound research published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine reveals that the G-spot is part of the clitoris.

Photo courtesy of the Museum of Sex

3. It should not stick out

“If women find that their clitoris is protruding out from beneath the clitoral hood in its resting condition, or if they’ve noted a recent rise in size in a non-aroused state, it might be a symptom of a cyst or benign lump, or it could be a sign of too much testosterone,” Millheiser notes. “Your doctor should look at that.”

4. It will not necessarily remain the same size throughout your life

Because of the decline in the sex chemicals estrogen and testosterone as women approach and enter menopause, some vulvovaginal atrophy is expected. As a result, the clitoris shrinks. Unfortunately, this makes climaxing more complex or takes longer. When you do, orgasms are frequently not as intense.

5. It isn’t always in the same place for all women

And where it is positioned is important. According to a 2014 research published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, the further the clitoris is from the vaginal entrance, the more difficult it is for a woman to experience orgasm. The researchers discovered that women whose clitoris was 5 to 6 millimeters (2-2.5 inched) distant from the vaginal entrance reported more it was challenging to experience orgasm. This may explain why some women do not have orgasms and help their partners understand their bodies better.

6. When you’re aroused, it becomes more noticeable

Blood rushes to the clitoris when you’re turned on, causing it to expand. The clitoris is tugged up into the clitoral hood around 30 to 15 seconds before a woman experiences an orgasm. Simultaneously, the top of the vagina swells and widens. There’s a ballooning effect of the upper one-third of the vagina, most likely to provide more space for a penis.

What If Mine Is Really Big?

A “normal” size does not exist. However, here’s a comparison for determining how your clitoral hood relates to the broader public: Think of your clitoris like the head of a person dressed in a hoodie. Some people wear their sweatshirt hood below their heads, while others wear it slightly higher, and yet others wear it around their head.

The above scenario is known as a “hooded clitoris,” and it is nothing to be concerned about. You’re not strange or unusual, and you’re still capable of having fantastic sex.

Is Clitoral Hood Reduction Surgery the Right Step For You? 

Patients with excess skin can experience several benefits from clitoral hood reduction. This is a highly personal decision and you should weigh the benefits and the costs:

  • Improved clitoral stimulation, stronger and more frequent orgasms
  • Greater overall comfort during sex
  • Improved appearance of the clitoral area
  • Increased self-confidence

What’s Next

Are you considering having clitoral hood reduction surgery? You most certainly have questions regarding this intimate surgery, the cost, downtime, and recovery. 

Dr. Sue Kafali offers a complimentary consultation to discuss the clitoral hood and orgasm and if you would benefit from a reduction. To schedule a consultation, call 312-809-9983 or send us a message here