VCH Piercing Jewelry Problem

Here's an email I received from a woman who was experiencing a problem because the jewelry that was placed in her VCH piercing was too short:

Hi there, I've contacted my piercer too, but I'm looking for some guidance and hoping you can help.  I had my VCH pierced a week ago.  It was initially healing very nicely with no issues.  However, when I had it pierced, I was told that my hood was very long and he probably could have used a longer barbell (I have a straight barbell in now).  This morning when I was cleaning it in the shower, I noticed that it was uncomfortable and found out that the bottom ball on the barbell has retreated into the piercing hole.  I tried to manually push it back through but it is stuck and very uncomfortable. What should I do?  Will my piercer be able to remove the jewelry and hopefully put a longer barbell in? I'm worried that it's healing around the ball and will be very difficult to remove. Thank you for any help you can give, Amanda

Amanda, Go see your piercer immediately! You MUST have a longer bar put in ASAP! If you allow jewelry that is too small to remain in place then it is likely to end up embedded. As the ball sinks in, your tissue grows around it, and soon you'll need the assistance of a doctor to remove the embedded jewelry by making an incision or two near it! Wearing ill-fitting jewelry is dangerous, especially when a piercing is so new. A curved bar gives you the advantage of some extra space without adding extra length--I usually start VCH piercings with them. This excerpt from The Piercing Bible explains proper VCH placement and jewelry:

HCH Piercing Questions

I received this question from a piercee who hadn't been well informed by her piercer:

I got the horizontal hood piercing. I have a bead ring, Brenda the lady who pierced me said she couldn't use the barbell like the one in my tongue. I love my new piercing but Brenda is on vacation and I got some questions. I work in recieving and I'm constantly moving my ring always moves to the side; is that normal?? My period is coming cuz I could feel the cramps, do I need more than sea salt water and antibacterial soap to clean it?? And how how long do you have wait to have sex. My piercer said a week but I don't think that sounds right. Well these are my questions I hope to hear from you soon.. Thanks Christina

Which Female Genital Piercing is Best?

I responded to this question:
"Which female genital piercing is less painful, more stimulation, heals easily and faster, and is most popular and fashionable? I'm interested in inner labia piercing, vertical & horizontal clitoral hood piercing. Which is the best..Thank u"
My reply:
The vertical clitoral hood piercing (VCH) is one that most women are anatomically suited to wear. You can check to see if you are built for it by using the "Q-tip test" as pictured on this page: http://ringsofdesire.com/q_tip.html When performed properly it is very quick and not an intense piercing. BE CAREFUL: many piercers have no specific training to do these piercings and I receive email daily from women who have gotten botched genital piercings! Do your homework and learn how to evaluate a piercer for competency and appropriate qualifications. You can learn everything you need to know in The Piercing Bible. It is as fast to heal as an ear lobe piercing (as soon as 4 weeks), and most women find that direct the contact of jewelry against the clitoris is pleasurable and stimulating. There was even a study done that was printed in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology that stated the piercing improved "desire, frequency of intercourse and arousal."
For much more information about safe piercing, read "The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing" by Elayne Angel (Random House, May 2009). http://piercingbible.com/

Need For Consumer Education

Filthy conditions forced the closure of a tattoo and piercing studio in Alberta, Canada. It was the second closure in the area in the past three months! See the article here. Who knows how long the studio maintained their inappropriate procedures before being shut down? Or how many clients may have suffered infections as a result? Fortunately, those businesses were forcibly closed. But, how many others are still operating without following appropriate hygiene practices? Body art is not regulated in all areas, and even where laws exist, they aren't always enforced. That's why YOU as a consumer need to be educated. So when you go into a studio you can make a solid evaluation of the premises and practices to be sure you will be safe. You can learn everything you need to know about this in The Piercing Bible. Chapters 5-9 all contain information on how to evaluate piercer, studio premises, and even the body jewelry. Be safe; educate yourself!

Debunking Piercing Myths

Here's another 5-star review from a professional piercer:
5.0 out of 5 stars
A must have,
By Eric Bedell (Long Island , NY) -
I have been a body piercer for 9 + years now and this book is a credit to the industry. It debunks all the common myths and urban legends good and bad about piercing. This book i recommend for not just experienced and novice piercers but also for customers as well i have pointed out and physically shown many of my customers various passages from this book.

Fantastic Feedback

I received this wonderful email from a reader:
I am writing to say that I have received my copy of your "The Piercing Bible" !  It arrived just before the weekend so I have not read it cover to cover yet.  Having looked around through it and peeked at a couple of "close to home" topics, I felt that I should write you. I am so impressed with you and your book!  As you know, I had expected it to be a good educational tool and I had expected to enjoy it.  However, it is more than I had planned - I love the way it is organized.  For now, my favorite aspect is that you've taken the time to explain each piercing in detail and included all pertinent information, not just rudimentary details. With my financial background, I appreciate attention to detail and this is terrific.  I am reading, with great interest, details on piercing body parts that I don't even have!  LOL! How silly am I? No kidding, this is a great book and I am thoroughly looking forward to reading every word.  I so love piercings and your book is a treasure trove of knowledge.  I hope you will have a very pleasant experience at your book signings.  Although I know you don't need my opinion to validate your work, I want you to know that I remain very proud of you. Best regards, Dawn

Educating About Genital Piercings

I was recently contacted by an interesting woman. She's a gynecologist (among other things) and she requested my help to answer questions about body piercing for a book she's writing:

Dear Angel- I am an OB/GYN physician, artist, and author, and I am interested in getting touch with Angel to discuss clitoral piercing for a book I am writing. My book (working title: Coochie Confidential- Questions You'd Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend) is a book of Q&A about all aspects of women's health. The book will be published by St. Martin's Press in Fall 2010.  Should you be interested in answering these questions, I would be happy to credit you, quote you, and reference The Piercing Bible. One question that was submitted relates to clitoral piercing. 

Library Thing

I signed up for a cool site called Library Thing. It is for people who love to read and they can interact with others who share their passion for books. There's all sorts of forums and groups and plenty of book reviews and all kinds of cool stuff. I set up a profile, and I was able to get an "author" button because some of the readers had my book in their "libraries." You can also connect with people who have the same books as you have in your library. Anyway, I noticed a review of The Piercing Bible that written by one of  the members. It started off:
This book is awesome, whether you're a professional piercer, regular piercee, apprenticing or just academically inerested.
I contacted him to thank him for the great review and he responded back to me:
Absolutely! I adore your book and will probably have to purchase a second copy, as I've managed to practically wear out the copy I already have. It was most useful on at least 2 of the papers I have to write for anthropology classes, this past school year! It's by far one of the most useful and informative books I've ever owned. Oh yeah! And kudos to Powell's Books, here in Portland OR, for having it IN STOCK when Amazon was still telling me that it was on order and not due to even be printed for another three months (that was back in March).
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