Health

Swollen Clit during Pregrancy

The clit is arguably the most sensitive part of our anatomy. Estimates put the number of nerve endings in the clit at over 8,000; compared to the 4,000 in the penis.

Located at the top of the vulva, the clit is the area of arousal for women.

This area often becomes swollen or increases in size when stimulated during sexual intercourse. If stimulated enough, women tend to achieve orgasm.

There are so many other causes of a swollen clit during pregnancy.

Since the amount of blood flowing to the organ determines how engorged the clit becomes, certain external factors may precipitate an increase in the size of the clit.

These  factors include:

Trauma

If the clit receives a sudden blow or scratch, its sensitivity becomes heightened, with more blood flow. This increase in blood supply causes swelling of the clit.

Clothing

Tight-fitting clothes, around the pelvis, may put undue pressure on the clitoris. This, in turn, may cause the clit to become swollen.

Infection

Bacterial or yeast infection, brought about by sexual intercourse or infected personal clothing like underwear can also bring about swelling of the clit. Especially when the individual scratches the itch/irritation to get relief.

During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a unique time in the life of every woman.

There are many changes—emotional, psychological and physical, that occur while carrying a life inside us.

The most visible changes that occur in pregnant women is an increase in the size of many parts of the body.

For starters, you may feel that your bra is clinging on a bit too tight.

Or your clothes have shrunk by a size or two.

For other ladies, there may be a noticeable accumulation of fluids in the ankle regions, leaving them with swollen feet/legs.

The clit also undergoes changes during pregnancy.

The weight of the fetus bears down on the pelvic region. T

his pressure increases the flow of blood, hence making the clit become engorged.

A generalized dilatation of small blood vessels supplying genital areas account for this phenomenon.

In addition to the swelling, the following  changes characterize the clitoris during a pregnancy:

A change in color

Due to a rise in hormonal levels as well as increased blood flow, the clitoris may change color and become darker.

Other parts of the female anatomy susceptible to color changes (become darker) include the areola and the outer labia of the vagina.

Increase in sensitivity

An increased blood flow to the nether regions could lead to one of two possibilities- soreness/pain due to hypersensitivity or increased pleasure from sexual activity.

The appearance of visible veins

It is not uncommon for pregnant women to develop varicose veins, increased blood flow as well as growing fetus precipitate vulvar varicose veins.

These veins have a good chance of appearing on the clitoris as well.

A  swollen clit during pregnancy should not be a cause for alarm as it is the body’s way of responding to the changes going on internally.

However, if the swelling brings about abnormal bouts of pain/itchiness, then you would do well to seek the opinion of a medical professional.

 

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