Swollen Clit: How to Ease It Effectively? (Plus 5 Little-Known Causes)

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A swollen clit is definitely not something you want to announce to the world. Located at the top of the vulva, a clit is the area of arousal for women. This sensitive area often becomes swollen when stimulated, causing the women to orgasm if stimulated enough.

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However, a swollen clit can happen for a variety of reasons.

First, we’ll discuss a few reasons why an enlarged clitorious may happen in general, and then we’ll talk about the clit during pregnancy and what you can expect.

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Causes for a swollen client

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There are numerous reasons why a clit may become swollen:

  1. Trauma: A sensitive area, the clit is in the genital area and is sensitive as a result. One wrong touch or a slight scratch can cause the clit to become swollen due to the heightened sensitivity in the region. Rough sexual activity or even a scratch from a fingernail during masturbation can cause enough trauma to make the clit swollen.
  2. Hair: It’s normal for hair to form around the genital area. A woman will naturally have hair, but hair splinters can cause issues. While uncommon, a small piece of hair can splinter into the clit and will need to be removed with tweezers. This is a very tedious process, so make sure to use a magnifying glass and the utmost care.
  3. Clothing: Friction from clothing that is too tight can cause swelling. You may also use a detergent that you’re sensitive to or may be wearing a material that you have a slight allergy too. In this case, try to rinse the material in plain water and air dry to see if the swelling persists.
  4. Infection: Infections, whether fungal or bacterial, can cause swelling. This may be accompanied by redness and itching and may require the assistance of a medical professional. It’s recommended to wait a few days to see if the symptoms subside.
  5. Cysts: Small cysts can form on the clit. Known as Bartholomew’s cyst, these cysts cause blockage in the area and slows the production of the body’s natural lubrication. This can cause the clit to become dry and swollen. The best course of action is to seek medical attention to remedy the problem.

The clit is naturally sensitive. If you have a sore clitoris, especially after intercourse, or clitoris pain, it’s likely that it will go away in a few days. It’s recommended to not engage in intercourse at this time to allow the swelling to subside and healing to take place.

If you’re experiencing an itchy clitoris, this can be caused by infection, hair or clothing. A topical ointment can help reduce the itchy sensation. When the healing process takes place, women will normally feel itchy in the area and time will stop the itchiness from recurring.

Not a major concern, a swollen clit should be seen by a doctor when the symptoms don’t subside after a day or two.

3 Products to help ease a swollen clit – updated January, 2016

1. Mama Bottom Balm

If pregnancy (or post-pregnancy) is the cause of your swelling, Mama Bottom Balm may just do the trick. This herbal balm is designed to ease discomfort caused by swelling and bruising in the vaginal area. It can also provide relief for other uncomfortable conditions, like hemorrhoids and perineal tears.

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Mama Bottom Balm is formulated with natural ingredients, like witch hazel, St. John’s wort, calendula and yarrow, so you don’t have to worry about toxic ingredients.

2. Monistat 7

For yeast infections, over the counter antifungal creams, like Monistat, can help clear the infection and reduce swelling.

This specially formulated cream can soothe irritation, itching and swelling in the vaginal area (which includes the clit). Monistat is often recommended by doctors, and you should see your physician before trying this cream just to make sure that it is a yeast infection that is causing your swelling.

3. WaterWorks Natural Vagina Cleansing System

If you suffer from recurring infections that keep leading to more swelling, the WaterWorks Natural Vagina Cleaning System may help keep these infections at bay.

This specially designed cleaning system is gentle, and helps prevent odor and bacteria. It’s discreet, easy to use and cleared by the FDA. Many OB/Gyn physicians recommend this product to women who experience repeat vaginal infections.

The great thing about this cleaning system is that, unlike with douching, it does not upset the vagina’s sensitive ecosystem.

A swollen clit is nothing to be ashamed of, and is sometimes caused by a harmless condition. However, it’s important to see your doctor (whether you’re pregnant or not) to ensure that there are no serious underlying medical issues causing the swelling. Your doctor will be able to recommend a treatment that will clear the swelling and let you get back to your normal life.

Swollen Clit During Pregnancy

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Pregnancy has a way of causing swelling all over the body. Everything from your breasts to your feet and even your clit can become swollen at this time. Much of the reason is circulation-related where either too much or too little blood is being pumping to the clitoris. The good thing is that there is no need to worry.

Many pregnant women have had their clit swell up to 10 times its normal size.

Normally, this will occur several times during pregnancy and doesn’t pose a health risk aside from being rather uncomfortable.

Does this mean you shouldn’t visit your doctor? Absolutely, not.

Whenever you’re pregnant and swelling occurs in an unusual area, such as the clit, and doesn’t subside after hours, you want to get an expert opinion on the matter. In 99% of cases, this is simply a side effect of being pregnant and there is not much you can do to stop the swelling from happening.

The doctor may provide medication or creams in an attempt to stop the swelling and help you feel more comfortable.

Extra pressure and blood in the region causes the swelling to occur. Later on in pregnancy, it will become less prevalent. Normally, swelling of the clit is one of the first signs of pregnancy because the body is not accustomed to the extra pressure and weight in the area, so it will begin to swell.

This should only last a few hours to a day or two before it goes away.

Again, a swollen clit can reoccur multiple times and it’s not a cause for concern unless the swelling doesn’t go down or it becomes abnormally painful. There is no way to relieve the swelling aside from ice, which is rather uncomfortable. Some medications or creams may help.

If you are on any medication, this may also be the cause of the swelling, and you’ll want to contact your physician.

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  1. I wish there was a list of creams that I could use. I Could ask my doctor but I just want to save the time of taking off my pants and undies just for him to see “what the problem is”. But I’m pretty sure it’s just the amount of pressure. It sure is irritating and I really hope I get over it soon!
    I do change panties a lot everyday and keep it clean, nothing hurts. So I know it’s just my body acting weird to the pregnancy. But glad to hear that it’s normal and I’m still okay haha.

    • Totally agreed. From my experience it is horrible to ask a doctor like this.
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  2. I have an itching problem on my clit hood after mensis or before my mensis.please suggest me what should I do.my clit is also increased due to this reason.reply soon

  3. Mine is very swollen and sore, but isn’t due to intercourse. I’m guessing maybe it’s from a hair or a side effect from a new medication I started taking. It’s very painful and has been hurting for like 4 days

    • My clit has been swollen for 2 days and i feel like dying. Went to see the dr this morning, she prescribed me some antibiotics. Hope it works asap!! Honestly dead inside.

  4. I often get a hair splinter in mine. It is quite painful, the pain can even feel like you are being struck in your lower abdomen. If this is the case for anyone, sterilize tweezers and use a mirror for guidance. It can take a bit, but be very gentle. The pain usually subsides shortly after removal.

  5. I’m on holiday and yesterday I was at the park with my siblings and there friends. They were all chasing me so I climbed up high when I tried to get back down I fell straight onto a metal bar that the kids do flips on. I went back to the caravan to check my area because it was stinging like mad and it turns out I’ve cut it open and it wouldn’t stop bleeding my step mum said to leave it see how it is in the morning. It bled over night and by morning it is swollen and too sore to move. What do I do??

    • You should definitely see a doctor or even go to hospital ASAP it’s happen to me before but when I got out of the bath I slipped and fell between my legs

  6. My clit feels very funny and uncomfortable it’s been two days since I noticed it mostly after I take a shower my clots feels wierd and uncomfortable was wandering if it was an infection but it doesn’t itch or smell it just feels unusual

  7. my clit just suddenly began to itch right before I went to bed, I tried to rub it alittle to see if the itching would subside but it did not so I assumed I had gotten a yeast infection and got up to get my apple cider vinegar and the soap to see if washing would relieve it but when I looked down the hood of my clit had swollen up I still tried washing it but it burned so much and I sat a cold towel on it, I don’t feel any pain at this moment but does anyone know wat this could have been? Side note I think the swelling has gone down a little.

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