Question: VCH Piercing Secretions


I received this message from a woman who was concerned about her new VCH piercing:

I got my VHC piercing done 4 days ago. I made sure and went with a APP here in Madison Wisconsin. I just want to make sure he did a good job. I'm new to this and i've been reading your articles and have been gaining some knowledge. I'm just a little worry because i have been having some pain, which is minor. Today i realize some yellowesh stain on my panties. Is this normal? I been cleaning the piercing twice a day with an Antimicrobial Lotion Soap i bought in that same shop. If you can please respond to me and let me know your opinion it will be very helpful. Thank you for your time.(:  P.VCH Piercing By APP Piercer

Hi P.,

Your piercing looks great! The piercer did a good job. Some discharge from a new piercing is perfectly normal. Here's a brief section from my book, The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing, about the piercing you can expect from your piercing:

Normal Piercing Secretions

During stage one, as a response to the injury just hours after piercing, an inflammatory serous exudate (red and white blood cells, blood proteins, and other components) fills the wound to help with clotting, prevent infection, and begin the repair process.

During much of the healing course, it is normal to experience “crusties,” a non-medical term used to describe the dried discharge of serous exudates (lymph, dead cells, and interstitial fluid [liquid from between cells]) that comes from a healing piercing. A small amount of clear or straw-colored fluid seeps from the channel, dries, and forms a bit of crust on your jewelry and the tissue around the openings of your piercing. Never pick at it with dirty fingers!

This secretion is distinguished from pus, which is a yellowish-white, thick, often foul-smelling fluid. It is made up primarily of white blood cells, bacteria, and dead cells. Pus is secreted in response to inflammation or infection. You may see a small amount early in the initial stage due to inflammation; after that, this is not a normal piercing secretion. Compounds produced by certain microbes cause it to have a yellowish, grayish, or greenish appearance. Colored pus is indicative of infection.

Sebum is a substance from your oil glands that collects in healed piercing chan- nels. It is a naturally occurring product of the body, containing fat, keratin (a fibrous protein), and cellular material.3 The purpose of sebum is to protect your skin and hair, keep it moisturized, and to inhibit the growth of microorganisms on the skin. People sometimes mistake it for pus, but it is more solid and cheeselike and has a distinctive rotten odor that reflects the dead cellular debris it contains.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

Sincerely,
Elayne

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Hi, I got my VCH done a couple of days ago and I have been keeping up with cleaning it and using the H2Ocean aftercare three times a day. I know that bleeding can be normal however, as I was cleaning it this evening I noticed there is a blood clot like substance coming out of one end of my piercing. I can not tell if it is a blood clot or it is skin or something gushing out. I tried to wipe it off but it seems like it is connected to the inside. I am very concerned and need help ASAP! 

Thank You

I got my vch piercing over a month ago now I have a thick lotion textured white discharge with little to no smell coming from the area...  does this mean my piercing is infected or what???

Just got my VCH piercing 3 days ago. I've been keeping it clean mostly with just plain water but also about 4 times a day with saline, just pouring it over, no q-tips. I kind of feel like mostly just leaving it alone is best. I tend to be sensitive to any soaps or anything other then water down there.

I'd really appreciate any thoughts on the 'normal' aftercare vs the "LITHA" (leave it the hell alone) school of thought. 

Also, it feels weird when I pee - like my urethra is swollen. I assume this is normal since I'm likely just generally swollen in that area...?

hi had my vch piercing yesterday and today it is pretty swollen and feels very high up on my hood like before it even properly starts to be a hood- is this normal?? 

Hi I am interested in getting a vch piercing and after doing much research online, came to the conclusion that i need to be sure i find an experienced and very knowledgeable piercer.  With that being said, i live in the milwaukee area and was wondering if anyone could refer me to someone in the area, i am also willing to travel to madison if need be. thanks so much in advance!

Hi I am interested in getting a vch piercing and after doing much research online, came to the conclusion that i need to be sure i find an experienced and very knowledgeable piercer.  With that being said, i live in the milwaukee area and was wondering if anyone could refer me to someone in the area, i am also willing to travel to madison if need be. thanks so much in advance!

i've had my vch now 4 4months however i'm still having problems getting it back in after cleaning &sex is that normal? &now i cant get it back n at all

Hi E,

I just got a VCH and am a little concerned after reading your site. My piercer did it free hand with a needle, told me it should be fine in 10 days and to clean the area with baby wipes before and after urinating. Its been four days and it doesnt hurt but today I began secreting a ton of very thick off white mucus material. Is this normal? I looked at the pictures you have up and mine looks correct, is there any way to visually know if the piercing is spot on depth-wise? Thanks so much I'm definitatly new to this!

 

~Rachel 

I got my VCH peircing 4 1/2 months ago. I had had no problems with until until these last couple days. I have the shot so I do not menstrate, yet my peircing is swollen, tender, and has slight pus discharge. Is there any way to treat it? Or do I have to take it out, because I have tried and cannot get it by myself.

It sounds as though you are experiencing some irritation or you may have developed an infection. You may want to consult a doctor. Bactroban gel has been shown to be excellent for localized bacterial infections in piercings. You may want to share that information. with your doctor.

Saline soaks would be a great idea, too. You can find loads of information about them by clicking on "Saline Soaks" from the dropdown menu under the PIERCING navigation at the top of the page.