female piercing

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.

Successful Piercing Visit at Prix in West Hollywood, CA

I just got back from a fantastic two-week trip to Southern California. I hung out with my family and had the wonderful experience of meeting my brand new grand-neice while there. She's totally gorgeous! And we celebrated the birthdays of my dad and my sister. I had a blast!

My husband and I also debuted his new adult toy line (gorgeous and functional handmade glass art pieces) at an adult novelty show in Pasadena. If you're interested, you can see them here.

And, of course, I did three days of piercing at Prix in West Hollywood. My clients were fantastic and it was way too much fun to be considered "work." The staff there was terrific and I look forward to working with them again soon. Here's a few messages I have already received from clients I pierced there:

Question: VCH Piercing Secretions


I received this message from a woman who was concerned about her new VCH piercing:

I got my VHC piercing done 4 days ago. I made sure and went with a APP here in Madison Wisconsin. I just want to make sure he did a good job. I'm new to this and i've been reading your articles and have been gaining some knowledge. I'm just a little worry because i have been having some pain, which is minor. Today i realize some yellowesh stain on my panties. Is this normal? I been cleaning the piercing twice a day with an Antimicrobial Lotion Soap i bought in that same shop. If you can please respond to me and let me know your opinion it will be very helpful. Thank you for your time.(:  P.VCH Piercing By APP Piercer

VCH Piercing Concerns

I received a message from a woman who was concerned about her VCH Piercing:

Hi Elayne, VCH with short jewelry

While I was traveling, I recently went to a studio you recommended. The piercer you suggested wasn't at the shop when I went in, but it was the last day I was in in town, so I let one of his co-workers do it.

The piercer used a 14-gauge, 7/16-inch curved barbell.  I know it is probably fine, but I'm a little concerned about the placement.  The inferior ball is retreating far up the hood, and I have to tug for a bit at the tissue to see it.  I'm worried that the ball might become pulled into the wound if I leave it there for the 6 weeks needed to heal--it's a tight fit.  Did the piercer go too far up the hood, or use a barbell that's too short?  Or is it ok for now? A.


My reply:

Follow ALL Aftercare Instructions for Genital Piercings

I just got a message from a woman I pierced a few weeks ago. She was given written and verbal instructions warning her to avoid sharing bodily fluids during the entire healing period. This is a reminder to everyone to FOLLOW ALL OF THE AFTERCARE GUIDELINES FOR THE ENTIRE MINIMUM INITIAL HEALING TIME! For the piercing she got, a VCH, I suggested 4-6 weeks as the minimum initial healing time:


Hey Elayne,

On 2/17, I had a VCH piercing done by you in Philly.  The piercing was healing really well and I thought it was healed too soon.  I always kept it clean with Provon, but never over-cleaned.  The piercing never came into contact with dirty hands and I always used paper tissue to dry.  Though, two weeks after I got the piercing, I had unprotected ORAL sex and the piercing may have been slightly abused.  I also didn't clean it immediately.  Unfortunately, then after it became sore and it swelled.  I began doing warm salt water soaks & it helped subdue the swelling.  Though it hasn't gotten any better and now I'm worried because there is a yellowish discharge coming from the piercing site.  It's very uncomfortable, but I've been dealing with it because I know it's my fault!  AND I love the piercing.  I really don't want to take it out.  Please HELP! K.


Hi K.,

Well, I won't lecture you as I can see that it was a self-punishing experience. You probably need to visit your doctor; you may need antibiotic treatment or some other kind or medication, depending on your diagnosis.

How often are you able to do the saline soaks? You may want to try a few extra each day as that may help with drainage.

Please keep me posted.

Amazing VCH Piercing Results

I love to hear from people who are really enjoying their piercings. This wonderful message was posted in my Guestbook:

I got a VCH piercing from Elayne on her recent trip to Philly.  The staff at Infinite were wonderful, and Elayne was totally professional.  She explained each step of the process before doing it so there were no surprises and I was ready for it.  I had a brief moment of OOO as the piercing occurred, but afterward, walking 10 blocks back to the train, no discomfort.  I have had no problems with it, it has healed cleanly and quickly and with no discomfort since.  I firmly believe this is because of the care Elayne takes with doing the piercing and placing it correctly. 

Not only does it look adorable, but I had to write and say how AMAZING it works!  I finally had the opportunity to bring my guy in for a test drive a few weeks after it was done so it was well on the way to complete healing.  I knew what I had read about how the piercing enhances the experience, which was why I wanted to try this one.  All I can say is that the placement was so perfect, the experience was beyond my expectations.

I have no idea if my guy enjoyed himself, but judging from the grin on his face as he watched me, I know he loved seeing how this piercing made everything infinitely better for me.

I already have two friends lined up to get the same thing when Elayne comes back to Philly. 

Thank you Elayne! 

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