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What Causes Clitoris Swelling

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What Causes Clitoris Swelling

Feeling the clitoris swelled and sore is something that happens to many women, but given to the high sensitivity and delicateness of this area, it can cause worry when it happens. Discomfort and swelling in the clitoris can be due to many different factors, and in this OneHowTo article we're going to list some of the most common.

Read this article to find out the causes of clitoris swelling and learn when it's advisable to consult your gynaecologist.

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The clitoris is an important female erogenous zone and during arousal this area expands its size because it fills with blood as a reaction to the situation that generates excitement.

So if you have noticed that your clitoris becomes swollen when you get excited or immediately after masturbation or sexual contact, know that this is completely normal and not a situation to generate alarm or concern.


Some types of vaginal infections may also cause clitoral swelling. In these cases we will notice that the area is swollen and sensitive for no apparent reason. Other symptoms such as itching in this area and in the vagina and sometimes a burning feeling are signs of a fungal or bacterial infection.

The best practice, if this ever occurs to you, is to visit your gynaecologist for a check up and to receive prompt treatment. If you have suffered from vaginal infections before then you can apply the same treatment you used in the past to treat it.


However, there are other reasons for clitoris swelling that are not so worrying and that you can solve by yourself at home. Some of the reasons are the following:

  • Stuck hair: Sometimes a pubic hair may get stuck by the clitoris, this may cause friction and will therefore make your clitoris swell. If this happens, try to locate the loose hair and pluck it out. To do it properly, check our article on how to get rid of ingrown pubic hairs.
  • Bartholin's cyst: Another reason for the clitoris to swell is the formation of a cyst which may block the formation of lubricant in the clitoris area. Apply lubricant to ease the pain, but visit a specialist if this condition persists.If you need more information, visit how to treat Bartholin's cyst.
  • Allergies and rubbing: Sometimes, certain items of clothing can cause allergies or irritation due to rubbing in the area. Try wearing cotton underwear and avoid very tight knickers.

One of the most frequent reasons for prolonged inflammation in the clitoris is very strong or excessive sexual contact which makes that area remain extremely sensitive and slightly swollen for longer than usual due to the blood supply and rubbing.

In such cases it is advisable to discontinue sexual activity until this discomfort disappears. Similarly, it is advisable to control the force applied during friction and penetration.


It is important to remember that the clitoris is a sensitive area and must be stimulated with care during masturbation or sex. Violent stimulation can cause swelling and discomfort in the area.

If after or during your sexual encounters you suffer, besides the typical swelling, pain in the clitoris you should visit your gynecologist for a check. If you feel your clitoris swollen and experience some discomfort you can try these remedies to reduce inflammation. Additionally, if a clitoris inflammation persists over five days or a week it is also advisable to visit a specialist.


This article is merely informative, OneHowTo does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

If you want to read similar articles to What Causes Clitoris Swelling, we recommend you visit our Family health category.

  • If you suspect you have an infection, contact a specialist as soon as possible.
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What does it mean when your clitorius is just swollen and hurts like hell? Cuz mine it's bed hurts for maybe about a week but I'm too embarrassed to ask my mom so maybe you can tell me if I should be worrying or not and how I can treat it :/
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We advise you to go to the gynecologist as soon as possible so a professional can take a look at the cause.
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i had sex with my hubby on sunday and he inserted his finger and rubbed my clitoris very hard at that time i was not having any pain.. but from the next day till today my clitoris is swollen and itching.. what will be the reason?
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As the article mentions, this hard friction may be causing the pain. Apply cold to it and if the pain doesn't disappear after two days, we advise you to visit a specialist to check on you.
Can ovulation cause sensitivity and a little swelling? I've noticed this feeling recurs and it's also accompanied by heightened arousal.
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Yes, certain women experience tender breasts during ovulation. There is no need to worry about these symptoms.
Hope this helps
I woke up and my clitoris is swollen this has never happened before so now I'm worried , does taking a warm bath take the swellen Down ?
Miss B
I really don't know what to do,this has lasted over a year and I couldn't bring myself to tell anyone about it..I noticed the swelling after sustaining an injury while I was shaving the wound has healed completely but the swelling wouldn't go down. Pls tell me what to do about it cause I don't think i want to open my body for any doctor. Thanks.
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It is highly important you go to the doctor, you may have a severe infection but the only way of knowing what is wrong for certain is to see a professional. You may have the chance to ask for a female doctor if the issue is a man doctor visiting you. You may be able to ask for a woman, especially if it's the first time you've visited a gynecologist, but you MUST go to see a doctor.
my left side of my clit are is very swollen, its been that way for 3 days and it wont go down, i tried to ice it once and it didnt work and it hurts everytime i put my legs together what can i do
OneHowTo Editor
If the swelling is persisting you should go to a gynecologist as soon as you can so you can get a proper checkup.
I'm worried, I'm not comfortable with the way my clitoris swells during or after sex. Is there something I can use to stop it?
Alba Charles
This article might be useful for you:
It's normal that your clitoris swells during sexual activity but if it produces pain and discomfort you should explain the problem to your gynaecologist. You can also try using lubricants to avoid rubbing.
I have a swollen clitoris and pain during sexual intercourse what could be the problem
All of the reasons mentioned above could be a possible cause. If the pain is constant we advise you to visit a gynaecologist so he/she can give you a solution
So my girlfriends vagina was itchy a few days after we had sex. Weve been together 3 years. She checked in the crevis above her clitoris and found these little blisters that were itchy and was red. It looked irritated. She was complaing that it felt prickly around there because i just shaved and she was on top for a while. Pretty much the whole time. Shes worried that it could be herpes even though neither of us have shown signs of it before. The blisters are very few and they are above and the left of her clit. They look like heat blisters and none didnt ooze or anything. What could this be please help
Alba Charles
Hello Wood, it seems like the best thing your girlfriend could do is visit a gynaecologist. He/she will look at the blisters and will give you a complete diagnose. Hope this helps.
Hi Wood,
Your girlfriend's best bet is to go to the gynecologist as soon as possible so he can rule out herpes or any other disease. Meanwhile she can use some Vaginal cream to ease the pain, but she should visit a specialist as soon as possible.
One side of my clitoris is itches but little discharges.
One side of my clitoris is itches but little discharges.
We advise you to visit a doctor so you can get a proper check-up.

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