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November 14, 2011 - 11:06am
Comment by angel
Thanks for your message.
Have you done the q-tip test as pictured on this page of my website: http://piercingbible.com/female-genital-piercings#Photos to see if you are anatomically suited for a VCH piercing? Simply insert the swab under your hood but don't push up too hard on it. Sometimes there's not much of a natural "overhang" of skin, but if it can be manipulated to cover, it is still safe to do the piercing. So if your hood doesn't cover the tip of the swab, use your other hand to try to manually move the tissue down to try to draw the skin over to the swab tip. (It is easier to push the tissue down rather than try to pull it.) Also, you might want to de-fluff the swab and lubricate it a bit if your hood seems snug or shallow.
All of my piercer referrals are posted on this page of my website: http://piercingbible.com/piercer-referrals and there is a piercer in New Orleans I trained, and he worked with me for over 10 years.
Additionally, the best thing I can suggest to help you make good decisions about piercing is to become a more well-educated consumer. If you found my website informative, I think you'll be amazed by all of the valuable facts and practical advice in my book, The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing. It contains loads of information about evaluating piercers and studios, piercing placements, appropriate body jewelry sizes, styles, and materials, aftercare, troubleshooting, and much, much more.
November 14, 2011 - 9:40am
Comment by angel
Hi Lisa, Thanks for your interest. As a member of the Association of Professional Piercers, I work only in studios that meet the environmental criteria of the organization. Unfortunately, there isn't a single studio in NYC that has a member. Most of my NY clients and others from all over the East Coast come to see me when I'm in Philadelphia. I plan to return there several times a year, and my next visit will be in March or April--I haven't set the dates as yet.
If you would like to be notified when I make travel plans, please sign up for my newsletter in the box on the left lower portion of the front page (just click the wings logo in the header above). It is an "opt-in" list, so I can't add you myself.
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Comment by angel
Hi Tootie, There is some chance I may pierce in Memphis, though it isn't in my current plans. If you would like to be notified when I make travel plans, please sign up for my newsletter in the box on the left lower portion of the front page of this site: http://piercingbible.com (Just click the wings logo at the top of this page)
Note that it is an "opt-in" list, so I can't add you myself.
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Comment by angel
I do ordinarily use a curved bar, in 14 or 12 gauge, and the appropriate length is anatomically dependent. So you will need your piercer to assist you in the selection of the right size.
There's a lot to know about gold body jewelry. Here's a section from The Piercing Bible about it:
Gold has a long history of use within the body. Its use in modern dentistry also attests to its safety. Still, specific implant designations do not exist for gold. It comes in many different alloys, so use caution when making a purchase, especially since gold is significantly more expensive than most other body jewelry materials. Cheap gold is never good gold. However, a high price tag alone does not guarantee quality or acceptability for wear in body piercings.
The term karat refers to the purity of gold. Pure gold, or twenty-four karat gold (24K), is highly biocompatible, but it is too soft for body jewelry. It must be alloyed with other metals. Out of twenty-four parts of metal, eighteen karat (18K) indicates that eighteen parts are gold and six parts are other elements (75 percent gold and 25 percent other elements).1 Some piercers sell fourteen karat (14K) gold, which is about 58 per- cent gold. Regardless of how many karats the gold is, the jewelry is safe to wear in the body only when inert elements are used in the alloy.
If there is too much silver, copper, or other reactive material in the mixture, even eighteen-karat gold can be problematic. Much of the white gold used for body jewelry is alloyed without nickel; for whiteness it contains palladium, an inert element in the platinum family. Colored golds such as pink and green should be avoided, since they usually include irritating elements.
Acidic body fluids can react with certain alloys and cause a dark discoloration of the metal. Frequent use of a gold-polishing cloth will usually resolve this problem. Gold is durable, but excessive exposure to chlorine (in pools and hot tubs) can cause gold jewelry to become brittle.
Gold has an undeserved reputation as being unsafe for initial piercings, but when it is alloyed for wear in the body, it works very well. Because of its high cost, many piercers do not stock a large selection of gold jewelry, so you may need to place an advance order if you wish to start a piercing with it. Regular fine jewelers are often unfamiliar with the need for inert alloys, smooth surfaces, and safe closures. Consult a piercer about the exact requirements before you place an order or purchase gold jewelry.
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