Piercing

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! 

When to Stretch a Triangle Piercing

I got a question from a woman I performed a triangle piercing on:

Hello Elayne,
It has almost been 5 weeks since I got my triangle piercing, and everything is healing up fine. I was wondering how much longer I needed to wait until I gauge it up to a 10?

Thanks again so much, so far I really love this piercing!
K.

More Great Feedback

I received a very touching message from a reader whose life was obviously impacted in a positive way from reading my book:

Elayne,

I would like to say that you are truly an inspiration. After buying your book 2 years ago, I realized that I have always felt my body was lacking something... To put it simply, ownership. But also, decoration (because thats always fun)!

Body modification has helped me reclaim my body after sexual assault and depression. I spent most of my childhood and teenage years suffering from anxiety and low self-esteem, and after years of thinking I was less than beautiful, I discovered your book.

I had always fawned over body modification and piercings, but I never thought it was right for me. Then, I read your book. Your book opened up a world that would change me for the better; spiritually, physically, sexually and mentally. Ive slowly begun my journey of changing my body to match my soul. And thanks to the knowledge and expertise of your book, I can do it safely and properly. I dont know where I'd be without it- certainly not as strong and self-confident as I am now! Haha.

 

And this message from a piercer who found my book useful, in other ways:

Subject: Piercing Bible


Hi Elayne,

I've been piercing for 12 years and I recently received a copy of your book as a present and I must thank YOU!

Despite being in the industry for a good few years I still learned a lot and a lot of what I knew has been confirmed.

What a great resource, especially for anxious clients.

Thanks again.

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Discoloration (Hyperpigmentation) From Body Piercing

I received this message through my website:

Hi Elayne,

About five months ago I got my waist pierced. The piercer did not perform the piercing right neither did he use the PTFE in the piercing and it rejected within a matter of weeks and left a really unattractive scar that has slightly faded but is still there.

Three months ago I went to another piercer and I got my belly button pierced & also a surface piercing below my belly button. My piercing did not reject but I still had dark circles around the piercing and ended up taking it out.

attached are pictures of the scars.

hyperpigmentation of piercing scarsnavel piercing scar

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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