Loss of labia minora tissue and phimosis of the clitoral hood
also are often present in patients with untreated lichen sclerosus.
Physical examination by our institution's Child Protection Team revealed clitoral hood
swelling with subepithelial hemorrhages, a blood blister on the right labia minora, a fissure and subepithelial hemorrhages on the posterior fourchette, and a thin depigmented figure-of-eight lesion around the vulva and anus.
They discovered that the skin under the clitoral hood
contains "bundles" of nerves that may increase sensitivity and the potential for pleasure, as has been found in the human clitoris.
For example, in one interview a woman used the term "labia" when discussing the clitoral hood
. Confusion about language describing female sex organs created limitations in data collection.
In Malaysia, the most prevalent form of FGM among Muslims is Type I, where midwives or doctors remove the clitoral hood
, usually when the girls are still infants or children.
FGM or 'khatna' is a process involving the removal of skin from the clitoral hood
of women of at an age between six and 12.
reduction (hoodoplasty) is performed with labia minoraplasty, but not always.
The clitoris is actually the clitoral "head" tucked beneath (or peeking out of) the clitoral hood
. The hood is there to protect the sensitive head from irritation and unwanted stimulation.
After 5 years old, her mother confirmed that her clitoral hood
removal of the clitoral hood
in female FGM/FGC, even though so-called
The vulva, which encompasses the labia, clitoris, clitoral hood
and vaginal opening, is also commonly, maddeningly, and inaccurately mislabelled as the vagina, which--anatomically speaking--encompasses only the canal that leads from the cervix to the external opening between the labia minora.
In some cases, like mine, a "pinch of skin" from the clitoral hood
is cut away, leaving no lasting physical trauma.