To shave or not to shave? A series of periclitoral masses associated with depilatory techniques and a Review of the Literature

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)412-414
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Lower Genital Tract Disease
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2018



  • genital depilatory practices
  • periclitoral mass
  • pilonidal sinus
  • shaving
  • surgical excision

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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