Surface VCH Piercing (with photo)

I received this message from a reader:


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,

Hi A.,

Sorry to hear about your botched piercing. It is unfortunately VERY common.

If you're not happy with the placement, the jewelry should be removed as soon as possible to let it heal up so the area is minimally affected if you decide to get the piercing done properly. If the jewelry is not touching your clitoris (the way a properly placed VCH does) then you cannot expect to receive any additional stimulation from it.

You may wish to discuss this with the piercer and see if you could get your money back. Make sure to take a photo of the misplaced piercing if you plan to take it out before you approach the studio.

Good luck,


This photo is from yet another piercee who received a "surface VCH" piercing. I've marked some dots on the image to show the correct placement for where the jewelry should rest on a VCH piercing.

Surface VCH piercing

I was debating on getting the VCH piercing. I was just wondering if I would eventually lose feeling in that area from the piercing. I have heard many stories of women losing feeling from getting piercings. I just do not want to do something that eventually I will forget. Thank you. 


you have really inspired me to get a VCH piercing! I would love to have you pierce, but at the moment I do not have enough money to travel. I live in Venice, Florida. Is there anybody in Florida that you'd trust and reccommend to do my piercing?? Thanks so much and I love your work, you are very good at what you do!:)


I'm really sorry to bother you with my question as I'm sure you get similar ones all the time but I've been looking through and I can't seem to find someone with the same problem...


Basically, I've had my VCH piercing for a while now and it has never sat straight? It bugs me so much because the curved bar that's in always leans to one side which makes the actual piercing appear lop sided and I hate it! I want it to look straight!!

The bar I have in at the moment is the one they gave me originally so it's longer than it needs to be... I'm just wondering... Would you recommend just getting a shorter curved bar or trying a straight bar? Thankyou in advance and if you need to see a picture to see if its the actual piercing that isn't straight I'll be more than happy to supply one.. I just didn't know if its a common thing for a curved bar to curve to one side or not!



I just got mine done today, and it is under the hood properly, but I feel that when I look at it, it looks like it is off-center. When I pull back my major and minora though, it looks centered and find. Is it just my anatomy that is making it look off? Thank you!

Hi I got my VCH piercing about a month ago but I'm having some issues. It looked really good and across the bar was a lot of skin and all but it's still been sensitive and sometimes will sting when I'm in the shower and I look to check on it and it looks like there's less skinny around it then before, like it's surfacing or something? Your so wise about this stuff and I read all about them from your stuff when I was still considering getting one and now I'm really worried that something is going wrong with it :( so please if you can help me I'd really appreciate it! I've wanted this piercing for a year and a half and finally got it so I'd hate for it to not work out.. Thank you though and your amazing! 


your page has also inspired me to get a vch piercing too! However after reading this you are the only person id trust! i live near manchester in the uk, do you know or could you reccommend anyone thats good around that area? 

thank you


Have you done the q-tip test as pictured on this page of my website: 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: and there is only 1 in the UK.

If I haven't personally worked with or trained any piercers in your area, you can check the website for a member of the Association of Professional Piercers who is local to you:

The APP is a non-profit international organization dedicated to disseminating vital health and safety information about piercing to piercers, piercees, medical professionals, legislators, and the general public. The piercers are not "certified" by the association, however. While some of the piercers on the list may have taken my seminars at the annual APP conferences, I still wouldn't consider them to have been "trained by me," as those courses only last a few hours and aren't sufficient for providing a thorough education. Please meet the piercer and see if you develop a good rapport and if they inspire your confidence.

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. My website contains just barely a taste of the information in my book!

These particular chapters will help you learn how to evaluate piercers (and body jewelry, which is also crucial to the success of a piercing):

Part 2 Groundwork and Preliminary Considerations 

3 Risks, Myths, and Warnings  

4 Is Piercing Right for You? 

5 You and Your Piercer  

Part 3 Piercing Preparation

6 Picking and Preparing

7 At the Studio

8 Piercing Procedures 

9 Jewelry 101: Sizes, Shapes, and Materials  

Part 4 The Holes

13 Below the Belt: Female and Male Genital Piercings 

After reading The Piercing Bible you will be extremely well educated about the subject, and in fact, you'll have a lot more information than some "professional" piercers who are practicing in the field!

To order: go to my web page:, locate the book cover in the right-hand column then select your shipping method from the drop-down menu. Click the "Buy Now" button, or email: [email protected], or call toll free: 888 888-1APP. Orders are being filled by the Association of Professional Piercers. I serve on the Board of Directors as President of the organization. A portion of the proceeds from the book goes to the organization, and you will receive a signed copy of my book. We do ship internationally.

Alternatively, you can get it from major booksellers, or

Also, if you'd like to see me performing piercings, and demonstrating exactly where they should be placed and how quickly and easily an expert can perform them, I've got videos available here:  (You'll see that a piercing can be performed in an instant!)