This website does not condone any form of Female Genital Mutilation—specifically those procedures that involve partial or total removal of external female genitalia for non-medical reasons. Sadly, many societal and religious beliefs condone these procedures, wrongly so, and violate the rights of children (including infants) and women. No physicians on this website perform Female Genital Mutilation.
Clitoral Unhooding, also referred to as Hoodectomy, is a minor feminine genital surgical procedure to remove excess Prepuce tissue—the surrounding “hood” that sheaths the clitoral node on three sides. Normally, the Prepuce is anatomically designed to offer the clitoris a degree of protection against undue abrasion—or over stimulation—and naturally retracts during sexual intercourse, thereby leaving the highly innervated surface of the clitoral node—what is commonly referred to as the exterior G-spot—or Glans, to be more exposed . . . resulting in female sexual orgasms. Sometimes however, women with small clitoral nodes or those that have excess Prepuce tissue—both common conditions—find that they can’t achieve orgasm, or have a harder time reaching climax, because the clitoris is literally covered, or restricted by too much skin tissue, thus greatly lessening tactile sensation, and/or even eliminating it entirely.
In another closely related condition—and as was reported by researchers at the Boston University School of Medicine—roughly 25% of all women treated for sexual dysfunction suffered from what was medically termed Clitoral Phimosis, a condition whereby the Prepuce tissue is so closely aligned with the clitoral node, there is not enough tissue flexibility to allow the clitoris to naturally move beyond the surrounding skin and protrude, permitting needed stimulation to achieve climax. This condition, also addressed through Hoodectomy, involves the surgical retraction and/or excising of tissue surrounding the Clitoris.
Sometimes referred to as female clitoral circumcision, the Clitoral Unhooding procedure is somewhat analogous to penile circumcision in men, although male penile circumcision is still primarily performed from a perspective of genital hygiene. In women, however, Hoodectomy is done more commonly to allow women to experience heightened arousal, by reducing the tissue that forms the hood (Prepuce) covering the clitoris . . . almost always resulting in greater, faster orgasms. To some extent it has been suspected that excessive Prepuce tissue can also result in some hygiene-related issues as well for women, giving sanctuary to increased bacterial counts, and sometimes resulting in what are commonly termed “yeast” or vaginal infections from the close proximity to the vaginal canal.
Also, it is important to note that Clitoral Unhooding (Hoodectomy) is sometimes mistakenly referred to as Clitoridectomy—another surgical procedure to completely remove the clitoral node—a repulsive societal/cultural procedure and insalubrious form of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). CLITORAL UNHOODING IS NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH THIS COMMONLY MISTAKEN PROCEDURE AND IS NOT A FORM OF FGM.
Because of the innervation of the clitoris, (neuron cell density), there are gynecologists that aren't comfortable performing the Clitoral Unhooding procedure. Many times this is due to a lack of surgical experience. Some also object to it on societal grounds—in a parallel implication that a woman’s sexual enjoyment, in or out of a relationship, is somehow considered taboo. But, there are a growing number of well-respected cosmetic gynecological surgeons and plastic surgeons with urology training that understand the need, and will perform this delicate operation with the proper training and experience needed to do an outstanding job. Many of these excellent surgeons are listed on this web site. Most important, when it comes to selecting a surgeon to do your Hoodectomy, experience is the key.
The reason? The clitoral node has many more nerve endings than the surrounding tissue areas—thus if not done correctly, Clitoral Unhooding can result in heightened sensation of the node by normal movements, in some cases creating considerable discomfort. However, for surgeons who perform the procedure regularly, Clitoral Unhooding can result in an increased stimulus of the clitoral node and the majority of patients who have reported on their Clitoral Unhooding procedure, most have commented favorably, saying they’ve had increased sexual climaxes (orgasms). Surgeons who do Hoodectomy usually have a method of determining the extent of sensitivity of the clitoris before proceeding by testing the area with cold and warm swabs. Patients SHOULD ONLY have this procedure performed by a surgeon who has extensive experience in this area and has performed many Clitoral Unhoodings.
Dr. Michael Goodman, Davis, California (530) 753-2787. Dr. Goodman has practiced Gynecology, Pelvic Support and Vagino-Vulvar Aesthetic Surgery, Perimenopausal Medicine, Health Enhancement, Sexology and Bone Densiometry in Northern CA since 1972; he has been in Davis, CA, since 2000. He is an experienced pelvic and labial surgeon and is Board Certified in Gynecology, an elected member of the Society of Reproductive Surgeons and is accredited as an Advanced Laparoscopic Surgeon by the Accreditation Council on Gynecologic Endoscopy. He is a trained and Accredited Clinical Bone Densiometrist and is the only Certified Menopausal Practitioner and Clinician in his area of Northern California.
Dr. Uma Penmetsa, Rochester, New York (585) 473-2846. Dr. Penmetsa is proud to offer women a broad choice of options for many gynecological problems that in the past would have required a major hospitalization. We believe that a positive self image is essential for a women's overall well being. In addition to encouraging a healthy eating habits and regular exercise we offer many services to contribute to a women's self esteem such as massage and incontinence diagnosis and treatment among others.
Dr. Bernard Stern, Miami, Florida (954) 483-7929. Dr. Stern has over 25 years of private practice experience and is one of the select few with advanced training and expertise in the fine art of cosmetic surgery of the female genitalia and now limits his practice exclusively to these procedures.
This site will explain how female genital surgery and Hoodectomy can enhance a woman’s sexual gratification and boost their self-esteem. It will also examine the most common social implications of female genital surgery and review these issues in a contemporary, open environment.
In the inner pages, you’ll see a detailed description of the Clitoral Unhooding procedure, recovery time, who is the best candidate, and what risks are involved. Find out about the costs, what is included in the procedure, financing options, and how to facilitate travel arrangements. You’ll also be able to review our before & after photo galleries and read patient testimonials and detailed Case Studies on post operative patients who’ve had the procedure performed. You will also find a list of the most important questions to ask any potential surgeon, so that you may determine if you are a case most suited to a surgical cure . . . regularly, or one that he performs only once or twice a month. You can also find out about clinical studies on patient satisfaction, after having a feminine genital refinement surgery performed.
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