body piercing

Reinserting Jewelry After Removal

I received a message from a woman who needed advice about her hood piercing:

I removed my HCH piercing when I was pregnant with my 3 year old. I couldn't get the piercing in after I had the baby.  About a month ago my husband and I decided to try again.  We used his cock piercing ring which was a bigger gauge with a bigger ball because we were unable to place the ball on my ring.  Within 3 days I could barely walk due to the piercing.  I am not sure if the gauge was too big on his ring for my piercing or we didn't clean everything properly.  I am healed now and I want to put the piercing in again.  What is the proper way to clean the ring and what is the best size? Or is there a trick to those pesky closing balls?
Thanks in advance for your help!
M.

Hi M.,
Inserting an even larger size after a piercing has been out is a recipe for problems. So is inserting jewelry that has not been sterilized in an autoclave.
Is there a reason you don't want to get help from a professional piercer? We have tools called insertion tapers that allow us to gently insert jewelry. There is a bit of a trick to getting the balls in, and most piercers are very adept at it!

This is a brief introduction to insertion tapers from my book:

Bad News About Over-Stretched Prince Albert Piercing

I received this message from a piercee who was experiencing problems with his Prince Albert piercing:

Hi Elayne,

Finally I found someone who might have an answer. I got a PA about 3 years ago now. All went well and I was able to size up to an 8mm / 0 gauge after about 2 1/2 years. I wore the 8mm 24/7 for about 3 months when I noticed there was only about 5mm of skin between the piercing and the urethra.

I've taken the ring out completely now to see if the hole will close down a bit but its still much the same size. I dont want to wear a smaller ring in case the skin breaks thru completley. Any ideas? Should I leave it out for longer? It's been out for 8 months now. Would I be right in thinking that a smaller ring, although not heavy, would prevent any kind of healing?
Thanks S.

Great VCH Piercing Experience

I just ran into a great review of a VCH piercing I did in West Hollywood, CA. It was posted here on Yelp under the wonderful studio where I guest pierced in July, 2011: Prix Body Adornment.

Here's what it said:

Trauma from Sex: Prince Abert

I received a message from a man who has had his Prince Albert piercing for years, and it suddenly started bleeding, but the reason was not hard to figure out:

Hi,  

I have had PA for many years with no issues and much enjoyment and pleasure  Recently started anew relationship in whichthe sex is really rough. This morning I noticed a slight blood discharge  from the piercing.  I'm concerned and am curious of what is going on and what should be done.

Vertical Clitoral Hood Piercing (VCH) Disaster Averted

I got a message from a woman who nearly ended up with a severely embedded piece of jewelry in her clitoral hood:

So I just got my VCH done about a week ago. It doesn't hurt, there's barely any swelling, and there's no discoloration. It's a barbell and in all of the pictures I've seen, you can always see both ends of the barbel. You can only see the top of mine and the barbel itself sticks out about 1/8 of an inch. I was looking in the mirror and searching for the bottom part (with clean hands) and couldn't find it! I can see the bottom ball of the barbel under my skin but I can't actually see the metal. Is this normal? If so, am I ever going to be able to change it?

Go see your piercer immediately for an evaluation! You may have had jewelry put in that was too short and it may be embedding. Even if it is not embedding, you need a longer bar if you are unable to find the bottom ball easily.

You were right! Thank you so much. I went to the place I got it pierced and a different piercer looked at it. She was blown away by the un-professionalism of the previous piercer. I got a longer bar after much discomfort but It's so much better now. Thank you

Problem with Horizontal Clitoral Hood (HCH) Piercing

Below is an exchange with a woman who wanted input on her HCH piercing.

After I saw the image I commented:

Yeah, that looks mighty angry. Are you confident that the jewelry is high quality? Was the piercer able to insert and close the ring without using any tools?

What product are you using to clean? Are you following the instructions as explained here? http://piercingbible.com/piercing-care

What is your recipe for the salt water, and are you rinsing it well when you're done?

If yes to all of the above, then I think you should consider a visit to the doctor.

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