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Frequently Asked Questions About Clitoral Unhooding (Hoodectomy)


What do the terms "Hoodectomy" and "Clitoral Unhooding" actually mean? What is the difference between both, if any?
First, it’s important to realize that both Hoodectomy (also referred to as Clitoral Circumcision) and Clitoral Unhooding mean exactly the same thing. They refer to the application of a surgical technique—a procedure—for medically removing tissue (excision) from the surrounding area of the clitoris, an area often referred to as the “hood”, also medically referred to as the Prepuce. There are some subtle differences in terminology, however, depending on the usage of the term, or phrase. Hoodectomy is what the procedure is called and commonly referred to by medical practitioners—while the phrase “Clitoral Unhooding” is a desired objective, meaning that this is the intended result. The phrase, Clitoral Unhooding is most often used by patients to describe something they wish to have surgically done . . . the end result.

How is the procedure performed?
Typically, if your surgeon is experienced in Clitoral Unhooding, they will first perform a series of tests to determine if there is an actual need for the procedure. How this is done varies, depending on the surgeon, but it usually involves a method to test for heat and cold sensitivity on the clitoris and surrounding Prepuce tissue. Once the perimeter of sensitivity is established, a topical anesthesia ointment is used to numb the immediate area, permitting further infiltration of the area with a more concentrated anesthetic, usually combined with a vascular constrictor such as epinephrine to reduce fluid loss. Once the area is numb, the clitoral node is retracted from the Prepuce (clitoral hood) allowing sufficient space for the surgical incision. Generally, a very small curved incision is made roughly 270 degrees in an arc, around the clitoral hood. In most instances the incision is approximately 1⁄4” long. Never, at any time, is the clitoris node near enough to the incision area to risk any injury to the nervous tissue, because it is retracted far enough to prevent accidental damage. At all times, since the procedure is considered a minimal one, the patient is awake. The area remains numb for approximately 60-90 minutes, which is more than enough time to finish the Hoodectomy procedure. The small incision is closed with a few sutures that dissolve in about seven days.

What are the primary reasons a woman would want to have a Clitoral Unhooding done? 
In most cases, the main reason a woman would want to have the procedure done is to help her reach orgasm in a timely manner. Despite what is sometimes heralded in the media, it is rare that a woman cites the reason for a Hoodectomy as being her mate, or husband. The second reason most cited is that the woman would seek to achieve a stronger climax. Another reason given frequently is that Hoodectomy is the potential for multiple climaxes.

What is the typical description of the type of women who is having this procedure done?
Age-wise, there is no stereotypical woman. One surgeon (Dr. Benson) reports that he’s done Clitoris Unhoodings on women in their early twenties . . . and even on some women nearing sixty. In many cases, the typical woman might also be seeing the surgeon for another problem, such as Labiaplasty. But at least half the time women are solely coming to the doctor to have a Hoodectomy done. As well, many of these patients will often tell the surgeon during the pre-operative exam that they were prompted to seek the doctor’s advice because of friends whom they often overheard speaking about heightened or pleasurable sexual encounters. It was reported by researchers at Boston University’s Women’s Sexual Health Clinic that approximately one in four women treated for sexual dysfunction actually had a problem with the Prepuce tissue (Clitoris Hood)—restricting the sensory ability of the clitoral node.

Also, there seems to be an equal number of single women and married women having the procedure done.

What are, in your view, the main objections from women about having this procedure done?
The main objection to having this procedure done is misinformation.

For a variety of societal reasons, much of the misinformation comes from special interest groups that don’t always provide unbiased, medical perspective. Many times, the reason the procedure is derided is because it is confused with another, truly harmful procedure Clitoridectomy, which is nothing more than Female Genital Mutilation. Sometimes, uninformed opinions come from those who claim it can lead to loss of sensitivity . . . comparing it to a male circumcision where it’s been documented that a man loses some sensitivity from the removal of the foreskin. This claim is not true, because part of the loss of sensitivity for a male when he loses his protective sheathing is in the tissue being removed. During a Hoodectomy, there is no loss of sensitivity because if the surgeon has the experience to not overexpose the clitoris (only a surgeon with dozens of Hoodectomies should ever be considered for a procedure) and properly lets the clitoris seat in its protective sheathing—meaning they have an aesthetic understanding of each woman’s particular anatomy—there will not be any chance of loss of sensation.

What are the societal issues involved?
The largest so-called society issue that has surfaced is one that is intended to negatively politicize a medical procedure that provides aid and increased self-esteem to a large number of women. Many of these groups spread misinformation about the procedure, much as they did for now commonly accepted plastic surgery procedures, such as breast augmentation. Many times, these groups will try to find the one out of ten thousand procedures where something didn't go as planned, and make it seem like it’s an everyday occurrence. What they are doing is a form of intellectual dishonesty, because they know the facts show otherwise, but they have an agenda to promote their political position. The facts will show that Clitoris Unhooding provides a great benefit to those women who find they can’t achieve sexual climax.

How long does it take?
In virtually every case, Clitoris Unhooding takes less than an hour.

What are the complications from it?
Complications are few, of any. Inflammation can occur, either from a reaction to the suture material, or the separation of the tissues. Infection is usually never an issue because patients are given antibiotics a few days prior to the procedure—and a week after, which virtually eliminates any chance of this happening. If any infection does occur, it is usually treated with topical antibiotic creams and/or ointments.

How painful is it?
Most patients are able to return to normal activities within 36 hours, many in less time. In every instance, you will feel no pain during the procedure. Ice packs are provided as well.

Are patients usually willing to give their perspectives on Hoodectomy postoperatively?
Patients who’ve had this procedure generally are very pleased with the results. There are numerous examples of women who have spoken highly of the results of Clitoral Unhooding. Visit the Clitoral Hood Removal Information web site.

How many are done each year to your knowledge?
There is no reliable number that can be referred to at present. The reason is because while more and more surgeons are now performing Hoodectomy, there is not a means of tallying how many are done each year.

Does it really work to help increase stimulation?
The concept of exposing more surface area of the clitoris to enable more stimulation is correct. With a covered clitoris—due to excess tissue of the Prepuce—there is a limited amount of surface area that can be stimulated. When this excess tissue is removed, it is possible to expose more of the highly innervated surface of the clitoral node, allowing more sensation and helping the woman achieve a faster, stronger climax.

Are the results immediate?
It is advised that there be no sexual activity for several weeks, to permit the area to properly heal. The results, however, are immediate.

Who invented the procedure, and why?
The procedure dates back to Egypt, however, it is often confused with Clitoridectomy—a terrible procedure that the Ancient Egyptians performed in an attempt to remove the sensory ability of the woman, a form or Female Genital Mutilation. Clitoral Unhooding was also performed in Egypt and Rome, to do the opposite . . . to enhance the woman’s sensory abilities.

What should a patient look for when selecting a surgeon for having Hoodectomy done?
Experience is the key to assuring that you’ll get a good result. A surgeon who has performed hundreds of Clitoral Unhoodings understands the aesthetic architecture of the female genitalia and can allow for natural movement of the tissues afterward. This is an important aspect to assure that the clitoral node won’t be exposed too much, which can result in over stimulation and possibly pain. You should only consider using a surgeon who has a huge number of procedures to his credit.

How many procedures must surgeons do to consider themselves "experienced" in it?
It’s important to realize that there are fine differences between body types, depending on race, weight, anatomical proportion and other issues. ONLY an experienced surgeon that has performed a successful number of Hoodectomies can appreciate this fine detail. A surgeon doing this procedure usually gains the necessary experience after performing at least 35 procedures.

What "horror" stories can be mentioned about problems from Clitoral Unhooding?
The only serious problems being reported are those that relate to patients who’ve had the procedure done and have not followed the surgeon’s instructions concerning delaying any sexual activity until healing has occurred. Most often, the problems stem from torn sutures.



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