piercing aftercare

Irritated Apadravya Piercing

I received this message today:


Irritated ApadravyaHello Elayne, I was recently cleaning my apadravya and noticed that I have what looks like a tear or some sort of injury on the head of my penis. My piercing is fairly new, I believe it is 4 months old. I don't know if this is simply because it's still fresh or if I have something more serious to deal with. I have been sexually active but I haven't done anything rough or overexerting. I have worn protection and I haven't had any pain during sex. I have included a picture of the wound. It doesn't hurt, but it is (VERY SLIGHTLY) more tender to the touch than the rest of my penis. If you could respond to this ASAP then I would greatly appreciate it. This has been worrying me a lot. Thank you very much.

Positive Feedback

I received this message from a piercer:

"Elayne, I have been studying your book since we last chatted in the fall and it has definately helped improve my piercings and brought more people in for information on care. You have a great talent and I wish you well. Thanks again, Kelly Diamond"

It is so exciting and gratifying when I hear that my book is helping people to get better piercings or do them!

Apprentice Interrupted

Today I got an interesting email from an aspiring piercer:
My name is Jordan and I was an apprentice up until a few days ago. I got your book and started reading "How To Choose A Piercer" and the piercing and aftercare techniques and realized that the person that I was learning from was not a skilled piercer. He was recommending baby shampoo as his sole aftercare product! I looked up the ingredients and among fragrances and surfactants were other irritants that were both genotoxic and cytotoxic! So I wanted to thank you because in reading the book twice I increased my knowledge tenfold! My girlfriend and I literally read your book together in bed :) Also the other day I was on the Rings of Desire site and saw that you used to sell autographed posters? Where was I?!? haha :) I'd love an autographed picture or poster! Would Love to hear from you soon!
Hi Jordan, Thanks for your email. I'm so glad to hear that my book has proven to be helpful to you, and that you took the time to let me know about it. Unfortunately, there are a lot of bad piercers out there, and plenty of them are taking on apprentices to create yet more untrained, unskilled practitioners. My hope is that my book will help to elevate the whole industry. By creating educated consumers, it helps put those hacks out of business. I didn't imagine it was going to be the kind of book couples read in bed together!  That kind of feedback sure puts a big smile on my face. You can get an autographed poster by ordering one through LeRoi. I'll be at their studio in Manhattan June 26-28 having a book signing and doing piercings. I've had a box of posters shipped there, and I can sign one for you and have it shipped out.

Outer Labia Piercing Jewelry

I received a question about initial jewelry for outer labia piercings, and it led me to make a few comments about piercing aftercare, too.
Hi!  Thanks for opening up the world of female genital piercings. I can't wait for your book to be available here in South Africa, and not only because I would love to take a gander at all the piercing pics... I have one hood piercing and at this stage it's the only body piercing I've got (got pierced ears - one hole each), but I'd love to have more.  I agree the aftercare is very important and it has to be done religiously.  That was actually worse (pain-wise) than the actual piercing, because the ring had to be manipulated and the wound cleaned with saline.  My piercer also recommended tea-trea oil (neat) as an antiseptic.  It worked for me. I want to pierce my outer labia as well - but I would love to get your advice...  Would captive-bead rings or flesh tunnels be better?  I know everyone has rings, but I've seen some pics of tunnels through the labia and they look good to me, too, especially since I would love to lace them up from time to time...
HI there, The most recent care guidelines do not advise turning the jewelry. Also, tea tree oil can be a harsh product and may not be suited to aftercare in its full strength (depending on the product). Rings would definitely be a preferable jewelry style for healing outer labia piercings. Because flesh tunnels are hollow, they would tend to collect matter and that would increase the risk of infection. They also usually look best if they fit the piercing fairly closely, but that won't allow for swelling or inflammation that can accompany outer labia piercings.
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