genital piercing

All About the Q-Tip Test for Vertical Clitoral Hood (VCH) Piercings

I received two photos from a woman who requested an appointment to receive a Vertical Clitoral Hood (VCH) piercing from me during one of my guest piercing visits.

She sent me two photos, including one of the q-tip test:

questionable q-tip testHood tissue

Ampallang (Iron Cross) Piercing

Below is my exchange with a piercee who received an iron cross (apadravya + ampallang) piercing:

I recently got an ampallang piercing to complete a magic cross. I think the placement is good and that the piecer did a good job. But I would like that to be evaluated.

Iron Cross
Also, I have an ileostomy. Though the bag is very clean, it can bump up against the side of the piercing. I have been salt soaking 4 times a day (every time I empty my bag) and washing with antibacterial gel soap twice a day. The piercing, now about a week old, has stopped bleeding.  I kept this routine up for about a month on my apadravya which had the same problem and healed perfectly. I cleared this routine with a doctor before each piercing. My question is does an ampallang have a longer, shorter or the same healing time as an apadravya. My apadravya bled for a week. But the ampallang only bled for a few hour.

I can send pictures if that would help you evaluate things. Thanks, M.

My reply:

Dear M.,
If the ampallang passes through your urethra, then it would be expected to take about the same amount of time to heal as the apadravya. If your ampallang does not pass through your urethra, then it could be expected to take longer to heal than the apadravya. They are both subject to bleeding when new, but the apadravya is apt to bleed more than the ampallang, so all of that sounds normal.

You just need to watch for trauma from the jewelry hitting the bag, as impact can delay healing and cause problems like excess scar tissue formation.

I hope you heal well and enjoy!

Elayne

Question about VCH Jewelry and an MRI

Hi Elayne,
 
You did a VCH piercing for me on December 30, 2004 and, per my notes, it's a J-curve (JC 5085) 14 gauge, 1/2", 6 mm bezel cup with two teal gem stones.
 
I received a message froma woman I pierced who was concerned about taking her jewelry out for an MRI:

I'm having an MRI of my knee on Sunday and they want the piercing removed - which, needless to say, I'd rather not do.
 
I had a brain MRI done about two years ago, with piercing in place, without a problem.
 
The radiology tech suggested I hold a magnet to the piercing to see if it reacted - it did not, so I think I'm fine.
 
I think you said the metal was titanium - but not sure, and wanted to check with you before undergoing the knee MRI since it is "closer" to the genital region than my brain ...
 
BTW, I LOVED your book and only wish I had read it before coming to see you as I would have been much better informed and prepared - and therefore a better/easier client for you !!
 
Any thoughts/suggestions/feedback re: MRI would be greatly appreciated.
 
Let me know if/when you're planning to be in the Los Angeles area again, I would love to see you and likely get another piercing ... K.
 

My response:

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

Prince Albert Piercing Complication-Paraphimosis - Updated

I received an urgent message for help today from a young man who had received a Prince Albert piercing a few days prior. He wrote:


Hi my name is D., I am writing to you because my girlfriend received a VCH from you and highly recommends you. I just received a Prince Albert piercing on Friday March 19, 2011. I stopped bleeding the next day but, yesterday I noticed that I was extremely swollen on my foreskin. It hurts a bit. Not really sure what I should do because the person I went to is currently on vacation. Can you give me any tips on how to make the swelling go down?

Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to read my email.

I asked him to send photos, which he did.

Paraphimosis--Swollen ForeskinParaphimosis--Swollen Foreskin and Prince Albert

Upon seeing the pictures, I advised him to head to the Emergency Room immediately. I recognized the condition called paraphimosis--swelling of the foreskin.In his case it was caused by the foresking being retracted for too long. Sometimes the fluid build-up needs to be drained before the foreskin can be replaced.

About his visit to the ER, he said:

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.

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