Genital Piercing

Vertical Frenum Ladder

I received a message from a piercer seeking advice about male genital piercings:

A client came in a few days ago and asked me if it was possible to do a vertical frenum ladder instead of a traditional one. I wasn't too sure so I told him I would research and find out for sure before I would attempt it. I know this is one thing you are very well known for and your answer would be the one I would go by. Also if any of the healing or after care is any different than a traditional frenum ladder or other possible complications please let me know all you can. Thank you so much!!
-Jenny

My reply:

Hi Jenny,

One of the important considerations is whether the tissue is pliable in the area he'd like to have pierced. You may want to start with just one piercing, rather than a ladder, to see how he heals. Also, the success of this would depend, to some extent, on his size differential between flaccid and erect states. On frenums that go in the usual direction, they can rest somewhat bunched up and close together without it causing any trauma. Then, when the piercee is erect, there is more space between the jewelry.

Healed Wonderfully

I just got this great message from a satisfied customer:


Not sure if you remember me but you did my VCH in Texas. I flew down from NY on a business trip and when I heard you where there at the same time I could not pass on the opportunity to have you pierce me. The point of this email is to tell you that I LOVE my VCH you did and amazing job. I did as you instructed and it healed wonderfully. Thank you so much I really appreciate the work you did. I would go to you when ever you are around to get pierced by you. Again thank you. Have a great day.

My reply:

Hi Sigourney,

Triangle Piercing Question

I received a message from a concerned piercee who had recently received a triangle piercing:

I was wondering if you could give me some urgent advice. :(

I have had my triangle a week, it has slightly moved/torn forward about 2mm, but I was told to expect this.

But I am more worried about the fact I can see slightly red/shiny bumps coming up around both piercing holes. I am worried that this is scar tissue and that it won't go away? It's been exactly a week now since I've got it done and I am happy with it but I'm afraid if I leave this in that I'll have lumps of scar tissue which will develop and not go away.

My outer labias do cover the jewelry a bit when my legs are closed and I'm afraid this is what will continue the problem. I have only been using sea salt water soaks on my piercing. I am pretty sure that the CBB is titanium as I went to a well respected studio with a well known piercer.

Do I take out the jewelry now before the problem develops?

Thank you,

S.

Triangle piercing, more forward than usual

My reply:

Prince Albert Stretching

I received this message today:

Can you tell me the grade of steel I want to purchase for  changing  my PA?  Can you also recommend a site where I can get  good quality jewlery?


Also, I just went from a 4 to a 2.  It is unusual for there to be a little bleeding.  It was very little for a very short period of time.

Eric

My reply:

Any of the materials sold here at Body Circle Designs are excellent: http://www.bodycircle.com/

Happy Customer

I first received an email from this client in October of 2008. She was seeking a referral to a local piercer to get a horizontal clitoral hood piercing. But after speaking to me, she decided to wait until I visited California. I finally did her HCH piercing in the Spring of 20099, and now she wrote me again in April of 2010:

Hi Elayne,
Just wanted to tell you that it has been almost a year now since I came to Long Beach to have my piercing done by you and I'm loving it. It healed with no problems, I'm getting ready to experiment with new jewelry now.

My main reason for this e-mail is to tell you that I am thoroughly enjoying my piercing and I thank youso much, I feel very lucky to have had you for my piercer.
You're an angel.

Love ya,
A

My response:


Hi A.,

I'm so glad to hear that you had an uneventful healing period and that you're enjoying your piercing! I really appreciate you letting me know. It is much more common that people take the time to write a a letter when they have a complaint rather than a compliment, so thanks very much for taking the time to share your positive feedback. Enjoy!

Elayne

Going Gyno--Gone

I got this message today:

My wife loved her HCH. Although she took it out to visit the Gynocologist. She then forgot to put it back in and subsequently grew shut in about 5 days. My question is-- can she get it done again? Will it have to be in a different spot above or below the original to avoid the scar tissue? Does she now get a VCH instead? Thanks for any and all suggestions.

Thanks,
Randy

Hi Randy,

How long did she have the HCH? Sometimes a piercer can use a tool called an insertion taper to reinsert jewelry, even when you cannot get it back in yourself. The smallest taper available (usually 18 gauge) should be attempted first. If the channel is open, it may not go back up right away to the gauge that she was wearing previously. But it can be stretched back up over time.

This is a brief passage from The Piercing Bible:

Will It Close?
Depending on the size, age, and location of a healed piercing, along with the course of stretching, if any, it may not seal up completely. Most holes contract fairly rapidly and can continue to shrink over time. Over the ensuing weeks, the area will stabilize and the channel is apt to remain in whatever state it has achieved within a month or two— smaller, or fully closed.

If it really needs to be repierced, everything will depend on whether there is significant scar tissue or not. If not, then it can likely go back in the same spot. She will need to be evaluated by a comptetent piercer.

Piercer Referrals in California

I received this message through The Piercing Bible website

Hi Elayne,

First off I want to thank you for the wealth of information on your site and in The Piercing Bible. I have been researching female genital piercings for the last few months and have found a lot of conflicting and often just plain wrong information. Your site and book answered a lot of my questions and impressed upon me the importance of finding a piercer who knows what they're doing.

Secondly, I was wondering if you still evaluate peoples' photographs to see if they're suited to a particular piercing.  I would love a triangle piercing, but I'm not 100% sure if I can get one, obviously.  I intend to get a consultation once I find an experienced piercer, but if you're able to take a look at some photos and let me know if it would be a waste of time or not, it would help me out immensely.  If you're able to do this, I can send you some pictures.

Thanks for your time,
Jennifer

HI Jennifer,

Certainly. Just follow the instructions at the bottom of this page:
http://piercingbible.com/female-genital-piercings#Photos

I'd be happy to take a look and let you know whether you appear to be suited to a triangle.

Sincerely,
Elayne

Elayne Angel, Author
The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing
Medical Liaison, Association of Professional Piercers

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