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OB/GYN Appointments Following Genital Piercing

I received this message from a woman I pierced:

Hi Elayne, first off I would like to say thank you again for my VCH piercing I love it! I got the piercing 2/18 and I am due to make an OBGYN appointment soon I was wondering if I have to wait until the 4-6 weeks is up or if it would be ok to make the appointment a little earlier than that? Thanks again, A.


My reply:

Hi A.,

Just so long as you're clear on the need to leave in your jewelry to preserve your piercing, and you feel confident that your practitioner follows appropriate hygienic precautions (hand washing followed by proper application of gloves), it should be fine to have your appointment any time.

Unfortunately, I frequently find that medical professionals are lax in their practices in ways that could put your healing piercing at risk. For example, I commonly see doctors and nurses who fail to wash their hands and then grab a glove from the box and/handle it by the exterior of the glove fingertips (thereby contaminating the glove). Just something to watch out for regarding your health and well being--regardless of whether you have a healing piercing!

Let me know if you have any other questions.

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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