hood piercing

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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Atlanta Piercing Visit is Coming Right Up February 11-13, 2011

I'm super excited for this weekend. I'll be piercing in Atlanta for the first time in quite a few years. I've got lots of appointments lined up, mostly for female genital piercings including VCH and triangle piercings, but also for nipples, and some male genital piercings, including an apadravya, pubic piercing, frenum piercings, and dydoe piercings.

In going through my messages, I got more emails from women who have received botched genital piercings. One woman got a VCH that was so far off to the side, I suggested she consider a matching one on the other side of her hood, and she'd have a perfect set of Princess Diana piercings. I can't even imagine how a piercer accidentally gets a midline piercing so far off to one side? Was he piercing with his eyes shut? No wonder people are willing to travel from other states (and even other countries!) to get pierced by me!

Anyway, I just want to encourage everyone who wants to get pierced to do their homework and select a qualified piercer who has the necessary training and skill to accomplish the job safely, accurately, and quickly. So how can you be sure? By being an educated consumer! How do you get to be an educated consumer? One way is by reading The Piercing Bible. You'll learn everything you need to know to evaluate piercers, select quality jewelry, make good choices for placement on your body, and for aftercare during healing.

 

 

The VCH and Triangle Piercings: "Sex Enhancement Implants"

I got this fantastic guestbook posting from a woman I pierced recently. If you'd like to leave a message in the guestbook , the form is all the way at the bottom of that page.

 

As a relative stranger to the tattoo and piercing crowd, it was so intimidating to even consider a female piercing for the pleasure benefits.  Every bit of research and referral pointed to Elayne as the absolute best piercer, so I made the appt and travelled to see her in CA.

Elayne made the whole experience comfortable and easy.  I was a good candidate for both a VCH and a triangle so I had both done.  It's been a couple weeks now and I absolutely LOVE the piercings.  The results are absolutely fabulous - truly sex enhancement implants!  My husband was a tad disinterested when I wanted the piercings, but now he's a huge fan and loves the results.  I highly recommend the piercings to anyone with suitable anatomy! 

I cannot give higher praise or recommendation to Elayne.  She was informative and professional and pleasantly personal all at the same time.  For such an intimate proceedure, it was simple and the pain was minimal (having had my ears pierced years ago with a gun was far more painful).  A better experience could not be asked for or attained.

GREAT NEWS: MY PIERCING TRIP TO ATLANTA WILL PROCEED AS PLANNED!

GREAT NEWS: MY PIERCING TRIP TO ATLANTA WILL PROCEED AS PLANNED!

Virtue and Vice in Atlanta, GA

FEBRUARY 11, 12, & 13, 2011
12:00 pm- 8:00 pm
2261 Cheshire Bridge Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30324
Studio phone: 404.315.6925

Atlanta Piercing Visit 

If you'd like to make an appointment, email me at elayneangel@piercingbible.com or use the contact page on The Piercing Bible website.

Let me know which piercings(s) you'd like to get done. If you're planning to get a female genital piercing, please send me clear, close-up photos (as described here) so I can see if you're anatomically suited to the placement(s) you desire.

Also let me know which day you'd prefer and the approximate time of day.

Triangle Piercing Questions

I received this message from a woman who had questions about triangle piercings:


Hello,
I've always wanted a triangle piercing, I had one once, but the jewelry fell out after just 3 days while I was asleep and of course I couldn't get it back in. I have type 1 diabeties, and was wondering if I should just give up the idea. I do heal more slowly now than before my disease.
It's just orgasms for me are so difficult. Plus I really like the ornamentation. I guess I'm asking about the potential ramifications. Healing times, risks, etc.
Thanks, M.


My response:
M.,

It depends on your individual circumstances. If you have a hard time healing other wounds, then piercing (anywhere on the body) may be inadvisable. Is your diabetes controlled through diet or are you insulin dependent? If the latter, then perhaps piercing should be avoided. Ordinarily a triangle takes 2-3 months to heal, but certainly could take longer in your case. It could be harder for your body to fight off infection and if you got one it could be more severe and harder to resolve.

You may want to discuss the matter with a piercing-friendly doctor to get his or her opinion. He or she will have a better idea of your medical condition and whether piercing is contraindicated.

Have you tried a Hitachi wand or an eroscillator? Those are types of vibrators many women find helpful in their quest for orgasms.

Best of luck,
Elayne

Elayne Angel, Author
The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing
Medical Liaison, Association of Professional Piercers

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VCH Piercing Complications

I received this message from a piercee:


I got a vch done about a month ago and last night I noticed a red blood bubble kinda of on the top by the ball could this be a keloid forming? It's bleeding and gets stuck to my underwear it's kind of like tissue idk what it is really I was just wondering if you could help me out pls as in what to do...thanks D.

Hi D.,
It is hard to evaluate without seeing it, but that doesn't sound like a keloid. It sounds more like it might be a granuloma. What did your piercer say?

Feel free to send some clear, close-up photos so I can evaluate your piercing.

Here's part of what it says in my book, The Piercing Bible, about granulomas:

An unattractive, scary-looking growth can form at one or both openings of your
piercing due to irritation. If it is dark red and resembles raw hamburger, you probably
have a granuloma. It may not be as sore as it looks, but it might bleed easily or drain
clear fluid. Navels are more prone to granulomas than most other body piercings. They
are not always indicative of a need to give up on your piercing (though your doctor is
apt to tell you otherwise); some piercings heal successfully following a bout or two with
such growths. You must determine whether your irritation is from jewelry that is of
poor quality or improperly sized or shaped, or perhaps from other external forces. That
factor must be adjusted if you are to have any chance of healing.

Sometimes performing four to six saline soaks daily will result in an improvement of
bumps, irritation, or troubled healing. See chapter 16, “Trouble and Troubleshooting,” 
for more details on granulomas and other types of healing problems.

On page 206 you can find more information about dealing with this problem.

Do you know if you're wearing internally threaded jewelry? (See attached image.)

Success at Sol Tribe


Hi Elayne,

I just wanted you to know that I went to Alicia of Sol Tribe Tattoo and Body Piercing for a VCH piercing.  If it weren't for your recommendation and awesome "Piercing Bible", I would never have done it and would still be a body art virgin!  Alicia was so sweet and informative.  Any outstanding question was answered and she definitely put me at ease.  I will highly recommend your book and Alicia to all of my friends.

Thanks again!

C.


My reply:

Hi C.,
Great! I'm happy (if not surprised) to hear that you had a great experience getting pierced by Alicia at Sol Tribe [in Denver, CO]. I'm so happy I could be of assistance!
Heal well and enjoy
Sincerely,
Elayne

Elayne Angel, Author
The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing
Medical Liaison, Association of Professional Piercers

elayneangel@piercingbible.com
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Piercing Photos--The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

(Note: The photos are NOT shown in that order!)

It seems as though this will never end! I keep getting messages from women with botched genital piercings.

Here's one I marked with the correct placement. As you can see from the dots I put on the image, the piercer was nowhere near the correct location.

Surface VCH piercing marked with correct placement

INCORRECT PLACEMENT

Here's another. Not only is the piercing angled far off to the side, this piercee told me that the piercing came through under her clitoris (instead of under her hood)!

Angled VCH Piercing

INCORRECT PLACEMENT

If you're a piercer and you're doing genital piercings without training, knowledge or skill, I beg you PLEASE STOP!

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