What Is Clitoris Enlargement?

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The term “clitoris enlargement” typically refers to a form of intentional female body modification that is designed to extend the length and width of the clitoris. The term can also be applied to a genetic abnormality known as a macroclitoris, which causes baby girls to be born with large protrusions or swellings on or around the clitoral region. Women who intentionally try to enlarge this part of their body are usually trying to increase their sexual pleasure; the clitoris is one of the most sensitive and excitable parts of the female body. Some women use pumps to try to enlarge the space themselves, or they may also undergo hormone therapy to encourage growth. In some cases enlargement can also be a result of steroid abuse, and it isn’t always intentional in these cases.


A pump is usually the simplest method for women to achieve clitoris enlargement, sometimes also known as clitoromegaly. These devices are widely available to purchase online or in some adult-oriented shops and can be used at home. Results of using one of these devices can vary based on individual anatomy, the frequency and rigor of use, and existing clitoris size.

They work by putting pressure on the tissues surrounding the clitoris, which can cause swelling and enlargement — at least in the short term. In most cases the results are just temporary, and there are some risks of damaging the nerve endings in the sensitive surrounding tissue. To avoid this side effect, women trying clitoris enlargement with one of these pumps should only do so according to recommended guidelines and be careful not to use the tool too aggressively.

Hormone Therapy

Regular testosterone supplements are another means of clitoris enlargement, and usually take the form of oral or injectable supplements as concentrated topical creams. Testosterone is a sex hormone that is most commonly produced by males, but usually exists in trace amounts in females, too. Women who boost their levels intentionally through supplementation often see a swelling of their genital regions, but may also experience things like a deepened voice and thicker, more apparent body hair. A lot depends on the individual and the strength of the supplements.

It’s sometimes possible to buy testosterone cream in pharmacies, but these aren’t always suitable for use on the female sex organs. Only some types of testosterone creams are prescribed by gynecologists and women’s health specialists, usually only after the substances pass required lab tests for safety and effectiveness. In most cases it’s best for women to err on the side of safety and only boost their hormone levels under the guidance of a qualified healthcare provider.

As a Result of Steroid Use

Drugs in the steroid category can also sometimes cause enlargement as a side effect of muscle building and other endurance-related functions. The results of steroid use can be quite different from one woman to the next, depending on the existing amounts of natural testosterone in the body. Women with low levels of this hormone often report decreased sex drive and may seek testosterone supplements as a solution. Growth of the clitoris is a frequent side effect, as are increased blood flow to the entire genital region and heightened sensitivity.

Genetic Abnormalities

When enlargement occurs naturally at birth, it can range from minor, or barely noticeable, to very pronounced. This usually happens as a result of a genetic abnormality called “ambiguous genitalia.” In more serious cases, clitoral reduction surgery is considered a necessary measure to create a “normal” female genital appearance. Later, hormone therapy at puberty may also be recommended if too much natural testosterone is present.

Risks and Side Effects

Though there can be benefits to an enlarged clitoris, there are also a number of risks and downsides. This part of the body is very sensitive and is dense in nerve endings. Procedures that require consistent pressure or force can damage the nerves, which can actually reduce sensation — even if the surface area is technically larger. There are also risks that come with taking hormone supplements, particularly if they aren’t dosed properly. Women who are concerned about the size of their clitoris or who want to explore enlargement options are usually best served by talking to a professional before taking things into their own hands.


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Post 20

I have been a widow for a year and desperately miss the closeness of my husband. Solo sex is the only way I can relieve my frustrations and I am learning so many new things on surfing the net.

Now that I am in my sixties my clitoris is harder to get to orgasm so the chance of a clitoral pump and urethral sounding sounds exciting. I'm not sure that I would take the plunge and pay for sex, as I doubt that another male would even come in third to my one and only mate and lover.

Post 19

I love to see my friend's clitoris which is so much larger than mine.

When aroused she has a clitoris that is just like a small circumcised penis and stands apart from her labia by about 2.5 inches. It is not too sensitive and can be rubbed to orgasm fairly quickly but she insists that her real orgasm is from her cervix and she is not fully satisfied unless she has an orgasm inside following penetration.

Some other friends only ever experience clitoral orgasms.

Is this unusual, or are some women bi-orgasmic?

Post 18

SkittisH - Look up "penis envy." It's not about a man envying the penis of another man, it's about the supposed desire of women to be endowed with a penis. It's Freudian. In my opinion, he was wrong but the term "penis envy" comes from Freud.

Post 17

I have a friend who started pumping with a clitoral vacuum pump and also was prescribed a compounded testosterone cream of 5 percent about five months ago. She is in her mid twenties and I can say that her clitoris was very small before she began. She was frustrated that she couldn't reach orgasm easily and it was very difficult to have an orgasm at all.

Now it is five months later and her clitoris has grown to nearly three inches erect and the girth is about the same as my little finger. She gets frequent erections and has multiple orgasms now. She has even been able to ejaculate (squirt) for the first time in her life. She has outgrown

the original tube and is now working with a larger clitoral tube. To say she is happy is an understatement. She has had no negative side effects with the testosterone cream. I have heard that with pellets and injections the problems of hair growth and voice lowering can happen.
Post 16

As for my experience, you don't need any stuff to make your peanut to become enlarged or even to become more sensitive. The best thing to do is having a conversation with your sex partner on how to be more focused on clitoral massage by finger or by tongue that will arouse the whole electric power all over your body and that will likewise trigger the enlargement of your clitoris.

Post 15

My friend has been using testosterone cream and a vacuum pump for three months. She pumps once or twice a day and directly applies the cream to her clitoris twice a day. Her growth has been very noticeable and she gets clitoral erections all the time. Her orgasms are much more frequent and the enjoyment of having a visible erection makes her happy.

Her clitoris in over three months is now close to 2 1/2 inches in length and as big in circumference as my index finger. She is now able to have multiple orgasms and is able to squirt for the first time in her life.

Post 14

A pump will temporarily enlarge your clitoris, but if you want permanent enlargement testosterone will give you the best results. But you may also see more body and facial hair, voice change, increased sex drive, etc.

Just remember, while most of the other side effects will reverse after you stop taking the testosterone, your clitoral growth will be permanent. It may shrink a bit, but to nowhere near its previous size. The amount of growth will vary. Usually the younger you are, the more growth you'll get. However, that isn't always the case. I've been taking oral testosterone for almost 18 months and I also use testosterone cream rubbed directly onto my clitoris, and the amount of growth has been exceptional. When erect it's just under 3".

If you're going to go the testosterone route, be very careful and be aware of other possible side effects besides clitoral growth.

Post 13

I have always admired a friend's clitoris, which is considerably larger than mine. When aroused, her clitoris extends some one and a half inches beyond her inner labia and looks just like a circumcised penis. The glans is keretonised and not too sensitive to touch and she is able to bring herself to orgasm at will by rubbing the head and extending the shaft.

I believe that this is the result of regular masturbation in her teens. Her inner lips are like butterfly wings and are a pretty pink color.

I can't wait to have a similar experience with my own small clitoris. Can you please help me to achieve this?

Post 7

I own a clitoral pump and absolutely love it.

Post 6

It's not hard to use a clit pump safely in the same way as it's not hard to do penis enlargement Exercise carefully and safely. All the information is on the web free for the taking. Do your research!

As for clit reduction. Please, no!

Post 4

@SkittisH - Not only is there the possibility of damaging your nerve endings, but imagine how uncomfortable this is! Many women can't even handle the discomfort from a breast pump during the nursing age of their babies, and I can imagine that most would find the idea of a pump used for clitoris enlargement or vagina enlargement to be just plain strange.

I know I find the idea of a clitoris pump to be strange. If I ever was presented with the chance to use one, I would be too squeamish to try it,e ven if I did have some strange belief that my clitoris was too small and that I needed to help it along in getting to

a more acceptable size.

While I don't personally have any trouble with this, I don't think wanting a larger clitoris is that strange of a desire, especially if yours is small. Though you hear more about male doubts, concerns and vanity regarding the appearance of their genitals, many women are just as self-conscious.

In addition to taking supplements, putting on creams, and apparently using scary pump-style devices, women have the options of getting cosmetic plastic surgery on the genitals to enlarge the clitoris and also to reduce the inner lips and plump up the outer ones. To some people, this stuff is really important.

Post 3

@aishia - You're absolutely right -- steroids and hormone replacement therapy that do things like enlarge the clitoris are in fact making a woman more manly than she was before.

One of my good friends for several years is female to male transgendered. He has taken hormone replacement therapy to get a lower, manly voice, be able to grow facial hair, and stop having menstrual periods. I was curious how this transformation could happen, so I looked it up, and your talk of hormones determining gender is right on the ball, too.

Of course, hormones are supposed to determine gender when you are an embryo; the hormones that determine whether you are male or female help determine how your bone

structure will be, and other telling factors in whether you were originally born male or female, regardless of what gender you end up becoming.

Back to the topic at hand -- the clitoris. Part of hormone therapy for female to male transgendered individuals involves making the genitals look as male as possible. This is done partly with surgery, but primarily with hormone treatments that enlarge the clitoris quite a bit, making it a similar shape to a penis.

Since blood flows to the clitoris during sex, creating a sort of clitoral erection, transgendered female to male people can feel more male by having functional male-type genitalia.

Post 2

The information in the article about how steroids that cause typical manly traits, such as increased body hair, lower voice and facial hair growth, reminds me of this research I've been reading on how gender is produced by hormones.

The reproductive systems of men and women have very similar builds -- whether they produce eggs or sperm, and whether the "base" build an embryo has develops into a boy or a girl is determined by hormones.

Think about it -- the male testes and penis can be compared to female ovaries and clitoris. In fact, if you take steroids and your clitoris grows in size, the male hormones at work are doing exactly this -- changing the clitoris to be closer to the build of a penis.

This is why taking steroids that otherwise give you "manly" attributes also increase clitoris size -- because believe it or not, a larger clitoris is closer to a manly build on a hormonal level.

Post 1

And here I thought the pump enlarger thing was only ever used for enlargement of the penis. While men get penis envy, I've never heard of women ever getting clitoris envy, so I'm a bit bemused as to why a woman would attempt this.

The article says that many women think a larger clitoris will result in stronger sexual sensations, but if you ask me, female sexual stimulation isn't just about the clitoris. Vaginal stimulation can also be used to achieve an orgasm -- some women are so sensitive that even kissing can have the same effect.

The phrase "bigger isn't always better" should definitely apply to something like this -- is it really worth it to you to possibly damage the nerve endings around your genitals to have a larger clitoris? It isn't to me!

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