Elayne Angel

Vertical Clitoral Hood (VCH) Piercing too Shallow? (With Photos)

I receieved a message from a woman who got a VCH piercing but she was concerned about the placement:

VCH Piercing, appears somewhat shallowHi Elayne,
I just got my vch pierced two weeks ago...I'm afraid its too shallow and I can see the bar a little thru the skin. The piercer did use a receiving tube and said she used as much skin as possible ..and even performed the q tip test. In your opinion,  should I take it out or is it ok.

If it is shallow do I have to take it out or is this something that I can manage? Will it migrate easier like it is?

Thanks, S.


My reply:

From this view it looks rather shallow/close to the edge of your hood. But if it is placed at the apex (deepest point underneath) then it wouldn't necessarily be able to be done much further from the edge. Then there's the question of whether you were actually a suitable candidate to begin with.

Nostril Piercing Placement Concern (With Photo)

I received a message from a woman who had a nostril piercing problem:

Nostril Piercing

I have been having difficulty accepting the placement of my nose piercing lately. When I first got it pierced back in march it was placed perfectly and I was completely happy with it. About a month ago I woke up with no piercing and a tiny bump covering my piercing hole. I just used another nose stud to push through the bump to save the piercing, and although it worked I think I "re-pierced" it tiny bit off from the original opening of the hole. Now to me my piercing sits back a little too much and also tilts back a little. I just would really appreciate your opinion on whether I should take out the piercing and let it close to get it re-pierced again by a professional. Thanks so much!

My reply:

If you hate it every time you look at it, then that would be a reason to take it out. If you go back and forth sometimes feeling fine about it, then it might be best just to let it stay.

Vertical Clitoral Hood (VCH) Piercing and Jewelry--Ring vs. Bar (with Photos)

I received a message from a woman who wanted to know if her VCH was correctly placed, along with some photos:
A Vertical Clitoral Hood (VCH) Piercing with Ring

For comfort and ease of healing, I would have suggested you wear a bar rather than a ring. You are built with what I call a "hill" meaning your hood sticks out beyond your outer labia. This is as opposed to the build I refer to as a "valley" wherein the hood is recessed, and lower than the outer labia.

So that means your ring protrudes quite a distance from your body. This can impact healing through excess trauma, which can cause discomfort, pain, delayed healing, scar tissue, and/or migration.

You may have some swelling, which can make it hard to say for sure, but it looks as though it might be a little off toward the right side of your hood. I'd give it a few weeks to be sure after swelling comes down.

A Vertical Clitoral Hood (VCH) Piercing with RingThe part I can't see in these images is the most important part: where the ring comes through underneath. Due to tenderness, you may need to wait a few days or longer before getting a peek from the underside.

Deep Vertical Clitoral Hood (VCH) Piercing (with Photos)

I received a message from a piercee in Italy who was concerned about her piercing:

I'm Italian and I've just ordered your book because by exploring your website I've understood that maybe you're one of the best piercers in the world. Deep VCH piercing

Last week I got my first genital piercing, a "Nefertiti", but it is so short that it really looks like a VCH. Now I wear a 14 gauge curved bar (1.18’’ long) and after the healing time I really wanted to do a Triangle piercing, but I’ve contacted two different experts(both Italian professional piercers) and one of them thinks that I’ve a proper shape, whereas the other one says that it would be dangerous for me to make such a piercing.

My vaginal shape seems an apricot, but the upper side of my hood comes a little bit out from the outer labias. If you want I can send you a photo of it so that you can judge if you think I’ve the right shape to do this piercing or not and you can say how do you think my Nefertiti is made.

I’m really concerned about it and I hope you will help me!

Many thanks, R.

My reply:

You appear to be somewhat small built for a triangle piercing. I need to see the other photos as shown and explained on this page: http://piercingbible.com/female-genital-piercings#Photo to properly evaluate you for a triangle.

Plastic Retainers to Keep Hood and Labia Piercings Open During Surgery

I received a message from the husband of a client I performed multiple genital piercings on:


Dear Elayne,

How are you doing? Hope all is well.

We have a quick question, Sharon unfortunately needs a knee replacement & will be the hospital for 3 days. We need remove her VCH  & the outer labias that you did (both are 10 gauge). They might be out at least 2 days before I could put them back in. We read your book & you suggest retainers, where should we go to in NYC or what can I do myself. I could get fishing line but I not sure it comes in 10 gauge & how to close the ends so it does fall out for the 2 days.

Again so sorry to bother you,

Thanks again, H.

Multiple Female Genital Piercings

Sorry to hear about S's knee surgery. I hope all goes well.

You can order inexpensive 10 gauge retainers here. That is a reliable website that is respected in the community.

I'm not sure where you could buy them locally, though. You'd have to call around.

Let me know if you have any questions and please send her my wishes for a successful procedure and a speedy recovery!

Thank you,

Elayne

Vertical Clitoral Hood (VCH) Female Genital Piercing Not Centered (With Photos)

I received a message from a woman who got a VCH piercing. Fortunately, it wasn't a surface VCH, and it didn't accidentally pierce through her clitoris (VCH placement problems I've seen numerous times). However, it wasn't centered, and she wanted my opinion about that. She wrote:

Septum Piercing Placement Concern (With Photos)

I received a message from a woman who got her septum pierced and she was not happy with the placement:


septum piercing (not properly placed)My question is quite similar to another that I saw on your blog who also got a wrongly placed septum.

I went to a known and recommended piercer on Wednesday, but she placed the septum incorrectly.
The piercing has been placed in the thick cartilage above the 'sweet spot'.

So it's very high up my nose and not aesthetically pleasing.

My question now is: do I immediately take out the piercing? Can that damage the cartilage (I read somewhere that it can splinter if you take it out)?

It still hurts. Also cause the piercer readjusted the needle after poking it. Which means I have a small second wound under the piercing.

I'd love to get it repierced in the right place, I can find my 'sweet spot' very easily, so I'm sure there's enough room. How long should I wait to get it redone?

I'm really disappointed about this experience. I hope you can give me some advice, 'cause I'm a bit lost now.

Thank you!

My reply:


Sorry to hear about your piercing. If you're not happy with the placement (and I understand why you're not), then you should take out the jewelry ASAP. Don't worry about "splintering the cartilage"--that sounds like an urban myth to me.

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Botched Vertical Clitoral Hood (VCH) Piercing (With Photos)

So, here it is, the botched genital piercing of the day by Mystic Piercing In Crofton, Maryland. The unlucky woman who received it wrote to me:

A Vertical Clitoral Hood (VCH) Surface Piercing with RingHey I see it's probably a centimeter too high from the hood apex (that is if I understood the location properly) I'm just wondering if it looks ok... And safely done. It's 2 day old so It is still a hoop rather than the bars I've seen on your site. Thank you very much for letting me know, of course my best friend and my fiancé Dont know how it is supposed to be, I hope to hear from you soon! Thanks,

My reply:

No, sorry, you have a hood surface piercing, not a VCH piercing. What you're referring to as the "apex" is actually the edge of your hood. The apex is up underneath your hood, at the deepest natrual part of the little "one-ended tunnel."

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