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To Shave or Not to Shave? A Series of Periclitoral Masses Associated With Depilatory Techniques and a Review of the Literature

Stenson, Amy L., MD, MSc; Leclair, Catherine, MD

Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease: October 2018 - Volume 22 - Issue 4 - p 412–414
doi: 10.1097/LGT.0000000000000420
Case Series

Periclitoral masses are uncommon disorders in gynecology often leading to pain and distress. With the popularity of female genital hair grooming and depilation, the vulva has been exposed to new insults including contact dermatitis and folliculitis. The unique anatomy of the protective covering of the clitoral hood may subject hair fragments to trapping, inflammation, irritation, and in some cases abscess formation.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Program in Vulvar Health, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR

Reprint requests to: Amy L. Stenson, MD, MPH, Oregon Health and Science University, 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd, Portland, OR 97239-3098. E-mail:

The authors have declared they have no conflicts of interest.

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