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As humans, we are all different in many ways: shape, height, traits, character, and so on. As such, our genital areas are not excluded, and do differ from person to person. This includes the clitoris. A large, protruding clitoris is medically referred to as clitromegaly.

In the same way penises can differ in length and width; it is quite normal for the clitoris to differ in shape and length. The good news is that even if it is or looks a bit abnormal or different from most, this does not mean something is wrong. In fact, most cases regarding the clitoris are not usually serious ones.

Remember, the clitoris has no urethral functions and is solely useful to induce and facilitate sexual pleasure. There is no need to be shamed or to want to hide it. Some women would even be willing to trade places with you. However, if you are annoyed by its size, and are very concerned, and self-conscious about your clitoral area, speak to your gynecologist who will assess the situation and will be able to decide with you on the best course of action and ease your mind.

Since the research and information on the clitoris is very sparse, if and when a problem present, it can be overwhelming and isolating for the individual with the condition. To this end, and to understand more about the clitoris, the following is important to know:

  • An Irritated Clitoris: It is not uncommon for the clitoris to become extremely sore, tender, red, and painful especially after very frequent and much vigorous oral, sexual stimulation. This condition could also last for several days to even a week or longer, depending on the extent. A more prolonged irritation however, could signal something else, at which time you must see a doctor.
  • Vigorous and Frequent Masturbation: While the act can also irritate the clitoral area depending on the frequency and stimulants used, it should not have a major or debilitating effect on the clitoris, nor should it change its size.
  • STDS: A sexually transmitted disease or infection, such as an untreated yeast infection, accompanied with constant itching and scratching will also cause the clitoris to become swollen and remain swollen if left untreated.

The condition of clitromegaly, usually presents as an external protrusion that can be seen and could be a prolapse of the bladder or a urethral prolapse. However, unless you are experiencing baldness, a change in your voice (husky or coarse), or you have been diagnosed with testosterone producing tumors in the ovary, the chances of your condition being clitromegaly is rather slim.

Additionally, with a bladder prolapse, you will usually sense and feel bulgy, as if something is pushing out from your vagina. This is exacerbated if you cough, sneeze, lift heavy objects and strain, and you will most likely also experience back pain. If you are not experiencing any of the above, and you are just concerned about your protruding clitoris that causes you to lose your confidence and self-esteem and affects you mentally, socially, sexually and otherwise, then have a serious talk with our gynecologist who will conduct a thorough examination to rule out the conditions mentioned above, and discuss further cosmetic options.

For most part and in many women, the clitoris is usually hidden. It responds to intense sexual stimulation. However, regardless of size, and there is a considerable variation among women, the stimulation should be a similar response. The variance in the clitoris is evident in the extent and how much the clitoris protrudes from its 'hood' and how much is covered by it. So in other words, this could range from completely covered and hardly visible to a major visibility due to a protruding clitoris.

Many women with protruding clitoris have reported experiences of more intense vaginal and clitoral orgasms and find they can also differentiate the two sources of sensations. This would give credibility to the fact that instead of a protruding clitoris be considered 'abnormal' and debilitating, it may also enhance the sexual experience. Also, in the same way most or many men prefer women with large breasts, there are many who prefer flat-chested to very small- breasted women.

It is normal for women and girls to vary in the size of their clitorises. The best news is that enlarged or not, it does not and should not interfere in sexual functioning or pleasure. Especially if all the possibilities mentioned earlier have been ruled out and a gynecologist have confirmed there are no signs of cliteromegaly or any other pathological conditions involved. Your mind should be hopefully more at ease at this point.

However, if you are still concerned and just would prefer to have a smaller clitoris, your doctor can discuss cosmetic and surgical options available to you, such as surgery to reduce the sides of the clitoral hood, eliminate the protrusion and remove some of the excess skin around the hood. This surgery known as clitoropexy can be performed at the same time with a reduction of the labia minora or it can be performed alone.

It is considered a very safe surgery, which in essence, shortens the clitoral hood, reducing or eliminating the protrusion, and the best part of this surgery is that no nerve injury or sensation changes are usually experienced. In the meantime, try to AVOID listening to stories about over the counter or online creams that profess to enlarge or reduce your clitoris. Your doctor is competent and trained to know what is best for you. Therefore, and as always-play it safe. Take no chances with your health, but do take care.

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