Q: What causes the clitoris to shrink?

You asked. Dr. Barb answered.The primary reason for loss of the genitals, which includes the clitoris and also the labia minora and majora too, is the loss of estrogen. Levels of this hormone decline with menopause, whether it occurs naturally or because of surgery or other medical treatment. It’s estimated through clinical scanning and imaging that women lose up 80 percent of the volume of the genitals in menopause over time.

Stimulation helps somewhat to maintain the blood supply that’s a contributing factor so the “use it or lose it” phenomenon comes into play here as well as in vaginal comfort. But the primary factor is hormonal. Localized estrogen can also be helpful to maintaining the health of genital tissues.

This is another aspect of menopause that doesn’t get a lot of attention, so it’s not surprising that you’ve been surprised!


Avril Freeman
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3 Responses

Dr Barb
Dr Barb

May 10, 2019

Stacy, rest assured, women and their parts come in many shapes and sizes, and few people are actually symmetrical even in their youth. Believe me, your health care provider has seen more variety that you can even imagine. Please don’t be embarrassed, and definitely don’t let embarrassment get in the way of caring for your health!

Stacy
Stacy

May 10, 2019

I’m 65 now and the last three years has taken my girlie parts away. My clitoris and labia minora have disappeared up into my labia majora. In fact, one side of my labia minora is almost only half the size of its mate. Embarrassing! Do nurse practitioners and doctors look at this and think it’s weird,? I’m embarrassed to get a pap smear.

Joyce
Joyce

April 13, 2019

I am very grateful because I was very surprised why is happening to me at the age of 59.

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