Piercing

Navel Piercings and Pregnancy

I received a message about navel piercings (belly piercings) and pregnancy
Hey Elayne!

I've recently gone deeper into thinking about getting my navel pierced, I know it will look cute, but I'm concerned about long term side effects. First of all, when you become pregnant, will it scar? And when you lose your baby weight will the hole shrink to the regular size or stay floppy? Also, what is the smallest gauge possible? I want to get the smallest gauge because I feel as though the larger the hole the more obvious it would be when no jewelry was in it, which is rather irritating. Respond as soon as possible! Thanks! S.

 

Hi S.,

Nobody can tell you whether you will end up with stretch marks from a pregnancy, nor exactly what your piercing will do. Ordinarily the area stretches out and shrinks back down--like the rest of the abdomen. I haven't really seen any problems from piercings, and women usually go back to wearing their jewelry as before.

Here's a brief section about navel piercings and pregnancy from my book, The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing:

Navel Piercings and Pregnancy
If your navel piercing is healed and does not cause any problems, simply leave the jewelry in place. However, dramatic alterations to the size and shape of your navel are normal; your innie can become an outie. Once the tissue begins to stretch, many women experience discomfort, inflammation, and sometimes migration. Switching to flexible plastic jewelry usually resolves these problems. If the piercing still doesn’t feel comfortable, you should abandon it until after delivery.

A 14 gauge is the thinnest size used by responsible piercers. With a smaller gauge, it is  more likely you'll experience cutting or tearing and possibly other problems such as migration.

Question about Retiring a Prince Albert Piercing

I received this message about Prince Albert piercing through the contact form:

Hello Elayne,
Picked up a copy of your book here in Canada last night.  Holy Cow!! I didn't anticipate this much info--thank you.  I have never been pierced before (hey, I'm a forty something)and am interested in a PA.  You discussed retiring this piercing stating that there is the possibility it may not close up depending on the time you've had it and how large of jewelery has been used.  You also indicated discussing with a surgeon/urologist about having it sutured up, and the pros and cons of doing this.  Have you every been informed of what these pro's and con's could be?? I would like to know in advance of doing anything.   Thanks, any comments would be greatly appreciated.  V.


Here's the section from The Piercing Bible about retiring the Prince Albert Piercing:

Prince Albert Piercing: Retiring
Unlike most piercings, once the Prince Albert is healed, it is usually there to stay. Even if you abandon it, you can probably reinsert jewelry later. Depending on how large the piercing was stretched, the hole could remain open enough to leak after you remove the jewelry. Simply covering the hole with your finger during urination is an accept- able resolution for most men. If not, consult an understanding urologist or surgeon to learn about the pros and cons of a procedure to excise and stitch up your unwanted aperture.

My repsonse:

Hi V.,
Thanks so much for the positive feedback; I really appreciate it.

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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Guest Blog Post: Nipple Piercing Problem

I received this message from a friend and colleague (one of the few piercers on my referrals page), Courtney from Cheap TRX in St Louis, MO.

Her contact info is below.

So I have a story that I thought you may be interested to hear:

Last year a girl came to me after having 3 different attempts at healing nipple piercings. All were an issue of poor placement/poor jewelry. I did them for her a final time that day.

About 8 months later, she came to me almost in tears, as her gyno had sent her to have them removed. She had visited her doc in regards to suddenly beginning to lactate. I told her that piercings don't make you lactate, hormones do, and that she should return to her gyno and request further examination.

She was relieved, but not for long. Her gyno just said "meh" and that she still needed to take them out. As time goes on, my client developed increasing symptoms of hormonal issues. She then sought the help of her regular physician- and they eventually concluded that she had a tumor on her pituitary gland!!

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

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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!

A Different Angel Tattoo

I received this message from a Facebook friend who is a fellow piercer:

 

Subject: Portrait
Hello Elayne,

How are you? We met at APP, a couple of times actually :) I am working on a leg sleeve of portraits of people in the body modification industry that I feel have made a huge impact or have been influential to myself. I only have one at the moment, David Vidra. Of course, you are going to be included in it! There are too many reasons to even list why I would choose to have your portrait tattooed on me, but I will just say that you are definitely a huge inspiration to a lot of us, and especially to us ladies out here. You've made leaps and bounds in this industry and I truly believe a lot of us wouldn't be doing what we are doing if it weren't for your work and dedication. So first off, thank you for being you! Second off, would it be possible to get a high resolution photo of you? I would LOVE the photo you used for your pain magazine articles. Your expression, your hat, all of it, I think would make an excellent portrait. Thanks so much in advance!

-D.

My reply:

Elayne Angel Headshot

Leave Jewelry In!

I received the following message through the contact page of this website:


Thank you for all of you're info and sharing because of your page. I found a piercer that was so amazing asked questions which she readily answered and got my VCH done and it is fabulous I love it. What I'd like to know is, its been almost a year since I've had mine and I'm going to my annual checkup and would like to remove it for probably 2 hours or so. How quickly does a VCH piercing close or get tighter to make it difficult placing the jewellery back in?

My reply:

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