VCH

Great VCH Piercing Experience

I just ran into a great review of a VCH piercing I did in West Hollywood, CA. It was posted here on Yelp under the wonderful studio where I guest pierced in July, 2011: Prix Body Adornment.

Here's what it said:

Vertical Clitoral Hood Piercing (VCH) Disaster Averted

I got a message from a woman who nearly ended up with a severely embedded piece of jewelry in her clitoral hood:

So I just got my VCH done about a week ago. It doesn't hurt, there's barely any swelling, and there's no discoloration. It's a barbell and in all of the pictures I've seen, you can always see both ends of the barbel. You can only see the top of mine and the barbel itself sticks out about 1/8 of an inch. I was looking in the mirror and searching for the bottom part (with clean hands) and couldn't find it! I can see the bottom ball of the barbel under my skin but I can't actually see the metal. Is this normal? If so, am I ever going to be able to change it?

Go see your piercer immediately for an evaluation! You may have had jewelry put in that was too short and it may be embedding. Even if it is not embedding, you need a longer bar if you are unable to find the bottom ball easily.

You were right! Thank you so much. I went to the place I got it pierced and a different piercer looked at it. She was blown away by the un-professionalism of the previous piercer. I got a longer bar after much discomfort but It's so much better now. Thank you

Successful Piercing Visit to Philadelphia!

I recently returned home following a wonderful trip to Philadelphia. I pierced for 6 days at Infinite Body Piercing. That was my longest piercing trip to date. But last time demand was so high, I was unable to set appointments for everyone who was interested, so I decided to work a few extra days.

Over those 6 days I did 118 piercings on 87 clients! They came from 12 different states (as far away as Arizona and Texas!) specifically to be pierced by me. I also had some clients come down from Ontario, Canada. What an honor that people trust me so much that they are willing to travel such distances to be pierced by me!

As usual, most of my clients came in for genital piercings. I did 55 vertical clitoral hood (VCH) piercings, and 24 triangle piercings, among others. I also did a few apadravyas, scrotum piercings, frenum piercings, and Prince Albert piercings for the guys. Additionally, I did a few nostril piercings, eyebrow piercings, and also a navel piercing, a tongue piercing, and a philtrum (upper lip center) piercing.

While I was there I got to enjoy some Thai and Indian food (two of my favorite cuisines that I can't get at home). An extra special treat was visiting an Ethiopian restaurant, as I love that food, and definitely cannot get any of that in Mexico where I live!

On my day off, I visited the Eastern State Penitentiary, which was really fascinating.

Successful Piercing Visit at Prix in West Hollywood, CA

I just got back from a fantastic two-week trip to Southern California. I hung out with my family and had the wonderful experience of meeting my brand new grand-neice while there. She's totally gorgeous! And we celebrated the birthdays of my dad and my sister. I had a blast!

My husband and I also debuted his new adult toy line (gorgeous and functional handmade glass art pieces) at an adult novelty show in Pasadena. If you're interested, you can see them here.

And, of course, I did three days of piercing at Prix in West Hollywood. My clients were fantastic and it was way too much fun to be considered "work." The staff there was terrific and I look forward to working with them again soon. Here's a few messages I have already received from clients I pierced there:

Rejecting VCH Piercing

I received this message from a woman seeking help with her VCH piercing.

Hi Elayne I am in urgent need of some help!!! I had a vertical hood piercing done in Australia back in November 2009. I haven't had any problems with it until about 3 wks ago when it sometimes became tender to touch. It's not tender all the time. mainly in the morning after getting out of bed. So i just put it down to abit of twisting or pulling during the night. It was only tender for about 2 weeks then nothing for the last week.

Then this morning i noticed that there seems to be a piece of skin missing on my hood so that i can now see straight through to the barbell (which is a straight 12 gauge bar). There is no discharge or smell and it is not sore to touch at all. I have contacted the piercer who performed the VCH and they seem disinterested in my problem but i am quite worried about it as it doesn't seem normal to me. I did go to a well known, qualified piercer who has her masters degree in piercing. I have attached some photos for you to have a look at and any suggestions you might have on what is happening and what i should do would be greatly appreciated. Cheers

Rejecting VCH Piercing

My response:

VCH Piercing Misses the Mark

I received yet another message from a woman who got a botched VCH piercing:

Dear Elayne,

I'm a huge fan of your work and book! The Piercing Bible has helped me decide to get a VCH because of all the benefits it described. Sadly, I made a poor judgement call when I got it done yesterday. I did not go to my usual piercer, as it was quite expensive at his shop and I didn't want to wait to get it done. Instead, I opted for a shop where a friend of mine got his PA done and he assured me that they did a good job. He has had no problems with his PA.

After the procedure, I went to my boyfriend's house and went to the bathroom with a mirror to admire my new piercing. I was slightly horrified to find out that the bottom bead on the barbell does not rest under my hood, but slightly above it and the bead does not touch my clitoris at all. What should I do? I would really appreciate a reply, as I have no idea if I will recieve any stimulation with this piercing because of where the barbell is.

Thank you so much for your time,

Amy

Hi Amy,

VCH Questions and Body Image Issues

Below is some correspondence I had with a woman who did book in to have me do her VCH piercing and a pair of outer labia piercings:

Elayne,

I have a question about the VCH.  I pretty much need to use a vibrator on my clit if I want to orgasm (masturbation or during intercourse), and, while I've been interested in the VCH, I'm concerned that the jewelry and the vibrator will make unpleasant rattling noises when they come in contact.  Are there ways around this (either with changes to the vibrator material—currently plastic—or ways of moving the jewelry around during sexual activity)? S.


Hi S.,
It is true that contact with a vibrator against body jewelry will result in a sound, not everyone considers it unpleasant. ; ) You could try non-metallic jewelry (after healing), or, like some women, you may find that the additional direct clitoral stimulation from the jewelry makes the vibrator superfluous. Certainly nobody can make any promises, but if you're interested in the VCH, and anatomically suited to it, then I think it is worth a try. There are a lot of variables involved including unique human anatomy, body jewelry size, style, and material, personal preferences for stimulation, different sexual activities.... So it is the kind of thing you'd need to try out to see how it works for you.
Elayne

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