What is Clitoromegaly?

Clitoromegaly is a condition in which the clitoris is bigger in size than usual. Clitoris is the part of female external genital system. Naturally clitoris is of various sizes in different women. But in clitoromegaly, the size of clitoris is abnormally large. There may be many reasons behind clitoromegaly, some of them are as follows; (1)It may occur during puberty. (2)Due to an atypical hormonal shift. (3)Sometimes it is present by birth and develops during fetal development in pregnancy. (4)The reason behind in born clitoromegaly may be DSD.


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Clitoromegaly is not a pathological condition but it indicates abnormality in hormones (if occurs later in life). Patient should consult a doctor if she needs any treatment. Clitoris is the homologue to penis. During fetal development, the genital organ of females develop in to clitoris and in males it develops in to penis. In case of clitoromegaly, during development of female genitals, fetus is more exposed to musculinizing hormones. And due to this, the size of clitoris become enlarged leading to clitoromegaly.


Clitoris is the part of external genitals of women. It is visible part of the external genitals in women. It can be easily seen outside the body. But in some cases, it is not visible outside the body and remains inside because of it's small size. Clitoris may also become enlarged due to administration of anabolic steroids i.e. testosterone. Clitoromegaly has a range of its appearance i.e. it may range from a clitoromegaly in women (abnormally large clitoris) to a proper normal male external genital appearance. When we discuss about the anatomy of clitoris, the usual size of clitoris by width is 3 to 4 mm and by length is 4 to 5 mm. While in case of clitoromegaly, the size increases i.e. 35mm ( product of crosswise width and lenthwise).

Clitoromegaly is a medical condition in which the size of clitoris is abnormally large than usual. As the name indicates, clitoro means clitoris and megaly means increase in size. Clitoris is the main part of the external female genitalia. It can be seen easily from outside the body. Basically clitoris is the homologue of penis in men. During fetal development, the external genital parts either develop in to a penis or clitoris. In clitomegaly, the size of clitoris is abnormally large. It more looks like swollen clitoris. There may be many reasons behind it. It may be acquired later in life or develop during pregnancy.
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