clit hood

Rejecting VCH Piercing

I received this message from a woman seeking help with her VCH piercing.

Hi Elayne I am in urgent need of some help!!! I had a vertical hood piercing done in Australia back in November 2009. I haven't had any problems with it until about 3 wks ago when it sometimes became tender to touch. It's not tender all the time. mainly in the morning after getting out of bed. So i just put it down to abit of twisting or pulling during the night. It was only tender for about 2 weeks then nothing for the last week.

Then this morning i noticed that there seems to be a piece of skin missing on my hood so that i can now see straight through to the barbell (which is a straight 12 gauge bar). There is no discharge or smell and it is not sore to touch at all. I have contacted the piercer who performed the VCH and they seem disinterested in my problem but i am quite worried about it as it doesn't seem normal to me. I did go to a well known, qualified piercer who has her masters degree in piercing. I have attached some photos for you to have a look at and any suggestions you might have on what is happening and what i should do would be greatly appreciated. Cheers

Rejecting VCH Piercing

My response:

Atlanta Piercing Visit is Coming Right Up February 11-13, 2011

I'm super excited for this weekend. I'll be piercing in Atlanta for the first time in quite a few years. I've got lots of appointments lined up, mostly for female genital piercings including VCH and triangle piercings, but also for nipples, and some male genital piercings, including an apadravya, pubic piercing, frenum piercings, and dydoe piercings.

In going through my messages, I got more emails from women who have received botched genital piercings. One woman got a VCH that was so far off to the side, I suggested she consider a matching one on the other side of her hood, and she'd have a perfect set of Princess Diana piercings. I can't even imagine how a piercer accidentally gets a midline piercing so far off to one side? Was he piercing with his eyes shut? No wonder people are willing to travel from other states (and even other countries!) to get pierced by me!

Anyway, I just want to encourage everyone who wants to get pierced to do their homework and select a qualified piercer who has the necessary training and skill to accomplish the job safely, accurately, and quickly. So how can you be sure? By being an educated consumer! How do you get to be an educated consumer? One way is by reading The Piercing Bible. You'll learn everything you need to know to evaluate piercers, select quality jewelry, make good choices for placement on your body, and for aftercare during healing.

 

 

VCH Piercing Complications

I received this message from a piercee:


I got a vch done about a month ago and last night I noticed a red blood bubble kinda of on the top by the ball could this be a keloid forming? It's bleeding and gets stuck to my underwear it's kind of like tissue idk what it is really I was just wondering if you could help me out pls as in what to do...thanks D.

Hi D.,
It is hard to evaluate without seeing it, but that doesn't sound like a keloid. It sounds more like it might be a granuloma. What did your piercer say?

Feel free to send some clear, close-up photos so I can evaluate your piercing.

Here's part of what it says in my book, The Piercing Bible, about granulomas:

An unattractive, scary-looking growth can form at one or both openings of your
piercing due to irritation. If it is dark red and resembles raw hamburger, you probably
have a granuloma. It may not be as sore as it looks, but it might bleed easily or drain
clear fluid. Navels are more prone to granulomas than most other body piercings. They
are not always indicative of a need to give up on your piercing (though your doctor is
apt to tell you otherwise); some piercings heal successfully following a bout or two with
such growths. You must determine whether your irritation is from jewelry that is of
poor quality or improperly sized or shaped, or perhaps from other external forces. That
factor must be adjusted if you are to have any chance of healing.

Sometimes performing four to six saline soaks daily will result in an improvement of
bumps, irritation, or troubled healing. See chapter 16, “Trouble and Troubleshooting,” 
for more details on granulomas and other types of healing problems.

On page 206 you can find more information about dealing with this problem.

Do you know if you're wearing internally threaded jewelry? (See attached image.)

A Hood Surface Piercing From New Zealand

Here's an exchange I had with a woman in New Zealand:

She wrote:

I know you are unlikely to travel to New Zealand so I went ahead and had a vch piercing performed locally. I thought I had asked the piercer all the right questions but I suspect he has got it wrong. I couldn't find anyone at all who uses a receiving tube but found someone who doesn't use clamps. Thought I was doing the right thing. At the moment I have a 12g ring with captive ball. It has healed well but there is now skin and flesh behind the ring. What should I do? I have a friend who is prepared to redo it for me - what are the risks? She has a copy of your book :) E


Hi E.,

Before doing anything else, I'd suggest you get her to lend you the book so that you can become well educated.

I'm not sure what you mean by "there is skin and flesh behind the ring"--can you send a clear, close-up photo or two so I can evaluate your current placement. What makes you think it is placed incorrectly?

If you think yours is improperly placed, that would be a reason to redo it. But if your friend is not a trained professional piercer, I HIGHLY advise against having her pierce you--even if she has a copy of my book (it is not a "how-to-pierce" book!).
Elayne

Dear Elayne,

Question About a Bleeding VCH Piercing

I received this message through the contact page:

I got a VCH piercing 3 days ago by a very well known/good place. I was just wondering, mine is bruised pretty bad and semi swollen and it doesnt really hurt. My biggest concern is that it is bleeding alot. The hole where the jewelry comes out of has this blood looking tissue stuff (skin??) coming out of the hole. My piercing is bleeding alot but this stuff doesnt come off of my skin, its like tissue inside the hole where it is pierced. I have been cleaning it with sea salt solutions. Is this normal? I'm worried.  thank you, K.

Hi K.,

It is hard to evaluate you without seeing you (or at least a photo). Feel free to send a few clear, close-up images to elayneangel @ piercingbible.com and I'll be happy to take a look.

Any piercing can bleed, bruise, and/or swell during the initial phase, though most of the VCH piercings I do don't seem to suffer from that during the aftermath very often.

Yes, Yet ANOTHER Surface VCH Piercing

Another Surface VCHI got yet another email about a surface VCH piercing:

Hey Elayne,
  I'm sure you hear this often but your site is great, very informative...I had never stopped to think twice about genital piercing beyond the usual 'eek, not there' but after learning on your site (don't even remember what took me there in the first place) that it didn't have to be the actual clit itself pierced I was all for it. Unfortunately, I was so excited I went to the nearest female (husbands requirement) body piercer and had it done. Seemed fine at first but soon noticed it was more shallow of a piercing than I believe is correct (pic attached) and I am pretty sure I have plenty more hood that could have went into, not to mention it doesn't rest against the clit and there seems to be way too much barbell exposed (I think it just a standard barbell and that's the usual for this piercing right?) Oh and I'm not positive but it seems as if it is migrating though my husband says he doesn't notice..

I had noticed you will be in TX soon and would love to go there so you could fix this...as well as do both nipples (hoping will increase their sensitivity, breastfed 2 babies and my daughter was a lil monster about it!!) and repierce my navel too. Too bad for me I can't afford to spend that much on travel and piercings when I have a family and bills to pay. I was curious if you ever had plans to come to Kansas? 

Surface VCH Piercing (with photo)

I received this message from a reader:

 

Dear Elayne,

I'm a huge fan of your work and book! THe Piercing Bible has helped me decide to get a VCH because of all the benefits it described.

Sadly, I made a poor judgement call when I got it done yesterday. I did not go to my usual piercer, as it was quite expensive at his shop and I didn't want to wait to get it done. Instead, I opted for a shop where a friend of mine got his PA done and he assured me that they did a good job. He has had no problems with his PA.

After the procedure, I went to my boyfriend's house and went to the bathroom with a mirror to admire my new piercing. I was slightly horrified to find out that the bottom bead on the barbell does not rest under my hood, but slightly above it and the bead does not touch my clitoris at all. What should I do? I would really appreciate a reply, as I have no idea if I will recieve any stimulation with this piercing because of where the barbell is.

Thank you so much for your time,
A.


Hi A.,

Sorry to hear about your botched piercing. It is unfortunately VERY common.

If you're not happy with the placement, the jewelry should be removed as soon as possible to let it heal up so the area is minimally affected if you decide to get the piercing done properly. If the jewelry is not touching your clitoris (the way a properly placed VCH does) then you cannot expect to receive any additional stimulation from it.

You may wish to discuss this with the piercer and see if you could get your money back. Make sure to take a photo of the misplaced piercing if you plan to take it out before you approach the studio.

Good luck,

Fantastic Feedback

I just got this message from a gal I pierced when I was in New Orleans:


Hi Elayne,

How are you?  I'm happy to report that the vertical hood and triangle piercings i got over this summer in NO are healing very well !  Thank you so much you are awesome!  Will you be coming to NY / east coast any time soon ?!?  I'd like to get some more piercings but I won't let any one other than you pierce me!  I waited almost 2 years for the ones you did and it was well worth the wait !  Thanks again.  Hope all is well!

G.

My reply:

Hi G.,

I'm so thrilled to hear that you're happy with your piercings. You just missed me in Philadelphia in August. I was booked solid for 4 days, so I'll definitely be coming back again--probably in the Spring. I can't deal with the cold of the Eastern winter (or even the fall...).

If you would like to be notified when I make travel plans, please sign up for my newsletter in the box on the left lower portion of the page: http://piercingbible.com It is an "opt-in" list, so I can't add you myself. My next piercing visit will be in Dallas. Information is here: http://piercingbible.com/event/2010/11/elayne-angel-piercing-dallas-tx-n...

Looking forward to seeing you and piercing you again! Thanks for your loyalty.

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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