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Clitoral hood

November 11, 2010
In female human anatomy, the clitoral hood, (also called preputium clitoridis and clitoral prepuce), is a fold of skin that surrounds and protects the clitoral glans. It develops as part of the labia minora and is homologous with the foreskin (equally called prepuce) in male genitals

This is a protective hood of skin that covers the clitoral glans. There is no standard size or shape for the hood. Some women have large clitoral hoods that completely cover the clitoral glans. Some of these can be retracted to expose the clitoral glans; others do not retract. Other women have smaller hoods that do not cover the full length of the clitoral glans, leaving the clitoral glans exposed all the time. As in the male, sticky bands of tissue called adhesions can form between the hood and the glans, these stick the hood onto the glans so the hood cannot be pulled back to expose the glans, and as in the male, strongly-scented smegma can accumulate.

Clitoral cross-section

During arousal, excess blood supplies the clitoris' erectile tissue causing it to swell and become erect.

Women with hoods covering most of the clitoris can often masturbate by stimulating the hood over the clitoral glans, an action which is homologous to masturbation in the male with a foreskin. Those with smaller, or more compact structures tend to rub the clitoral glans and hood together as one item. Oftentimes, the glans clitoris itself is too sensitive to be stimulated directly, such as in cases where the hood is retracted. This increased sensitivity due to their nature as internal structures, is also found in younger uncircumcised males, particularly before full retraction around puberty has occurred.
The clitoral hood also provides protection to the clitoral glans like foreskin on the penile glans. During sexual stimulation, the hood may also prevent the penis from coming into direct contact with the glans clitoris, which is instead stimulated indirectly often by the pressing of the individuals’ pubis.During the ancestral species evolution of most mammals and primates,the clitoris stimulation was directly created by coming into contact with the scrotum at the base of the penis and the different contractions of its corrugated dartos muscles,specially at the climax of orgasm where lubricants accumulated too. The clitoral glans, like the foreskin must be lubricated by the naturally provided sebum, found in and always present with other substances to form as smegma, for sliding and effortless gliding during sexual stimulation. If a woman’s clitoral glans isn’t lubricated the hood may not caress it during sexual stimulation, or the female may experience pain rather than pleasure, as it may feel like sandpaper is being rubbed against her clitoral glans even when the lightest touch is applied.[1]

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