clitoral piercing

VCH Piercing too Deep (with Photo)

I received a message from a woman in the Caribbean who got a VCH piercing and she felt it wasn't right:

Deep VCH piercingHoping you can help. I'm a very avid from from all the way in the Caribbean that spends a lot of time on your site. Recently (yesterday) I got a VCH done that I've been wanting forever.  However, it does not look like the pics I see on your site.  I think the ring is either too small or it was pierced to far up. Meaning the ring enters exactly at the top of my clitoral hood and  looks like its fighting to stay in.  Can I send you a pic and you let me know if I should take it out please please? I really don't want anything to go wrong in my precious nether region.
Thanks!

 

Bisected Clitoris (Following Piercing Problem)

I received a very interesting query from a woman who had her clitoris pierced many years prior and ended up with it bifurcated following an accident:

Hi Elayne,
In 94' Barb Pierce from Creative Tattoo in Ann Arbor pierced my clit and it healed very well. I had an accident a year later and it left my piercing slightly torn. I left it to heal and it began to regect. I then decided to bisect it my self with a scalpel, thinking that once the rejection started i wouldnt need to keep the halves separated for them to heal individually. I was correct. They healed and expanded a bit, became more sensitive.

So for the past 17 years I have never met another woman who has bisected her clit, so therefore I have also never heard of any woman piercing both halves. Each side is the size of a Qtip. I would like to know if you have ever seen/heard of this. I am interested in it, but I dont want to be a test pilot nor do I have a desire to have 4 clits! Lol!

I have looked online to educate myself, but found little to nothing on the bisecting or the piercing. I have spoken with piercers far and near, and No one has info. Some are willing to do the piercing, but i first need info on the piercing itself. There has to be some woman out there likeminded as I, who has bisected her clit and then pierced both halves! I need to be educated on this before I schedule this piercing. If anyone would know, I feel it would be you Elayne.
Thank you for you time and I do so look forward to your response.
Blessing, love, & light!

My reply:

Accidental Clitoris Piercing: Failed Attempt at a Vertical Clitoral Hood (VCH) Piercing

This is no joke. A woman went in for a clitoral hood piercing and ended up with an accidental piercing of her clitoral glans! This is one of the reasons I try to suggest people travel if necessary to get pierced by me or visit the piercers I refer to. We know how to place a VCH piercing safely and in the proper location. Unfortunately, many piercers haven't got a clue.

Many women end up with shallow VCH piercings or surface VCH piercings, but this is an error I've seen time and time again. PLEASE BE CAREFUL! Ask your piercer where they got specific training to perform genital piercings--not just how long they've been piercing. I know of piercers who have been doing a poor job for 10-15 years or more. A lengthy career does not guarantee competence!

Here's the message I recently received:

Hello Elayne, Accidental Clitoris Piercing (VCH attempt)
I have a quick question about a piercing that I received a week ago.  I had a VCH piercing which I believe was too shallow and migrated and so had to be removed.  I let it heal for about 6 months and then went to a different studio to have it done again.

The first time was exactly as you describe with a 'pinch' sensation and my ears were definitely a more painful piercing.  This time was one of the most painful experiences of my life, which I attributed to it being placed properly this time and having some scar tissue.

In Penthouse Magazine

Well, it was not my photo (this time), but a 3-page spread I wrote about erotic piercing, with photos of some other lovely pierced individuals. You can read a brief write up about it here on the ModBlog website. Run out and get a copy today! It talks about the Prince Albert, Frenum, and Dydoe for men, and explains the erotic possibilites for stimulation from certain iercings. It also goes into a little about VCH piercings as well.

Article on Female Genital Piercings

I found that The Piercing Bible had been quoted in this article in The Daily Cardinal, the University of Wisconsin online newspaper. I was delighted to see that a great deal of factual information was included and that the piercers  were quoted in the piece were knowledgeable and provided accurate facts. For example, this part, where I'm quoted:

Elayne Angel, the author of The Piercing Bible who estimates she has performed over 40,000 piercings, echoes this last point: “I have had more than one client confide in me that she had never had an orgasm ... until after I had performed her [piercing]!” However, every one of these experts is quick to note that the clitoris is usually not what’s pierced in a “clit piercing.” Instead, it is the clitoral hood that is bedazzled. The clitoral hood is the fold of tissue that covers the clitoris. Since the clitoris itself is so highly innervated, Ziebell cautioned, “If one false move is made, all feeling is lost forever, and I don’t want that on my conscience.” Indeed, Piercer X explained many women who come in requesting “clit piercings” are actually looking for a clitoral hood piercing: “I sometimes spend part of the time going through the names of the hills and valleys down there so I’m sure I know what [a client] wants,” he said.

The piercer mentions how frequently women requesting "clit piercings' actually want hood piercings. I've definitely found that to be the case. Also, the piercer said that he does 95% vertical clitoral hood piercings (VCH), and that is similar to the percentage I do (vs. horizontal hood piercings). I'm not sure why he or she didn't want to be named, preferring to be referred to as "Piercer X," but at least the information was sound!

Educating About Genital Piercings

I was recently contacted by an interesting woman. She's a gynecologist (among other things) and she requested my help to answer questions about body piercing for a book she's writing:

Dear Angel- I am an OB/GYN physician, artist, and author, and I am interested in getting touch with Angel to discuss clitoral piercing for a book I am writing. My book (working title: Coochie Confidential- Questions You'd Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend) is a book of Q&A about all aspects of women's health. The book will be published by St. Martin's Press in Fall 2010.  Should you be interested in answering these questions, I would be happy to credit you, quote you, and reference The Piercing Bible. One question that was submitted relates to clitoral piercing. 
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