Circumcision of the clitoris

The clitoris is located in the anterior portion of the vulva and is a sensitive structure, richly innervated with a role in producing and maintaining sexual arousal. At rest, the clitoris is not normally visible, being located in a "sleeve" of skin that protects it from external stimulation. During sex it becomes erect and becomes evident at the vulva.

Sometimes this integumentary sheath is very prominent, with a significant skin excess in the area. This extra tissue prevents clitoral erection and the woman can not reach orgasm. By excision of excess skin a possible cause of frigidity can be treated.

The operation consists in the excision of a portion of the skin surrounding the clitoris so that it is more easily accessible during sex. The surgery is similar, at least in theory, with circumcision for men. Local tissue plasty should be planned so not to cause strictures or painful retractile scars.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the healing process last after the circumcision of the clitoris?

Healing lasts about 7 to 10 days, during which time the area must be cared for with extreme attention. Sexual stimulation during the healing period is forbidden because it can be painful and it can damage the local sutures.

How soon after the clitoris circumcision surgery can I resumed my sex life?

Sexual activity can be resumed after about 3 or 4 weeks, interval which provides sufficient time for wound closure and appropriate healing of the operated area.

Is the circumcision of the clitoris a painful surgery?

The surgery is not painful because it is conducted under local (epidural) anesthesia or general anesthesia (on request). Common painkillers are enough to counteract the postoperative discomfort.

What about the preoperative preparations for the circumcision of the clitoris?

Before the surgery a series of blood tests have to be done in order to exclude the possibility of blood clotting problems. The vulvar area is extremely well vascularized and bleeding can be very heavy. With at least 2 weeks before the surgery it is necessary to stop taking any drugs, except those prescribed by your surgeon. Starting a few days before surgery you will have to keep your vaginal hygiene with warm water and antiseptic vaginal soap, then insert into the vagina an ovule with Betadine.
The last meal will be the evening before the day of surgery, meal consisting of easier to digest foods. After that it is forbidden to eat, drink water or chew gum. The stomach should be empty of secretions and food in the event that it is decided that the operation will be done under general anesthesia.

What does the postoperative care consist of in the case of the circumcision of the clitoris?

Due to the postoperative bleeding risk you will need to stay in the clinic under medical surveillance for 24 hours. Adter this you will prescribed a series of antibiotics, analgesics, anti-inflammatory and vaginal ovules with betadine. Antiseptic powders are welcome and should be applied after each wash with soap and water. It is preferable to use special soaps for this area because they are not as aggressive and help healing. Betadine soap is also very useful. Dressings are not mandatory if you stay in the house. Underwear is not mandatory in the house. If you go out of the house you need to use an external pad and underpants that are not very tight. Do not wear tight pants for at least 3 to 4 weeks after the surgery. Cycling is not recommended, neither sitting for more than half an hour without a break, for a period of at least 4 weeks after the surgery. Massaging the operated area is prohibited for at least 4 weeks.

What are the possible complications of the clitoris circumcision surgery?

Unwanted bleeding may occur so it is better to stay under medical surveillance for 24 hours after the surgery. Wound infection or loosening may occur if the postoperative care instructions for the operated area are not followed. Subsequently disorders of the healing process may occur - not likely in this area.

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