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What to know about the clitoral hood

In female anatomy, the hood of the clitoris — or the clitoral hood — is the fold of skin that surrounds the head of the clitoris. It protects the sensitive clitoris from friction or rubbing.
The clitoral hood varies widely in appearance from person to person, and larger or smaller hoods are perfectly normal. There is no "right way" for them to look.
The article will discuss the clitoral hood, including its appearance, how to find it, and what function it plays. If a person is not happy with how their clitoral hood looks, surgery is an option. We discuss the benefits, risks, and process of surgery here.

What is the clitoral hood?

The vulva describes the whole external female genitalia. It contains the labia, the opening of the vagina, the opening of the urethra, and the clitoris.
There are two sets of labia, which are the folds of skin that run from the opening of the vagina at the back to the clitoris at the front:
  • The labia majora, or the outer lips, are fleshy and usually covered in pubic hair.
  • The labia minora, or inner lips, are inside the outer lips.
The clitoral hood is the small flap of skin at the point where the inner lips meet. The clitoral hood surrounds and protects the sensitive tip of the clitoris.

The clitoris is the main pleasure center in female sexuality and has thousands of nerve endings. Clitorises vary in size but are usually around the size of a pea. Only the tip is visible, but the shaft has two parts that extend into the body, down both sides of the vagina, by as much as 5 inches.

What does it look like?

The clitoral hood looks like a fold of skin that is connected to the inner lips at the front of the vulva.
No two clitoral hoods look the same. Some are larger, and some are smaller, and what it looks like will, to a certain extent, depend on what the labia look like.
The width the outer lips can vary from one-quarter inch to more than 2 inches, and some people will have lips that are unequal in size. The inner lips, which meet to form the outer hood, can extend down past the outer lips.

What does it do?

The clitoral hood surrounds and protects the tip of the clitoris.
The clitoris has no function in reproduction but is the main pleasure center for females during sex. It has more nerve endings than anywhere else in the body. When stimulated, it fills with blood and becomes erect.
The clitoral hood protects this sensitive gland from friction, or constant rubbing, in everyday life.

Summary

The clitoral hood is the fold of skin where the inner labia lips meet at the front of the vulva. It sits over the clitoris, protecting the sensitive gland from friction.
Some females choose to have a clitoral hood reduction operation for cosmetic reasons and, as with all surgical procedures, it carries risk. People who are considering the surgery should choose their surgeon carefully before going ahead.

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