July 30th, 2012
I received a message from a woman who wanted to know if her VCH was correctly placed, along with some photos:
For comfort and ease of healing, I would have suggested you wear a bar rather than a ring. You are built with what I call a "hill" meaning your hood sticks out beyond your outer labia. This is as opposed to the build I refer to as a "valley" wherein the hood is recessed, and lower than the outer labia.
So that means your ring protrudes quite a distance from your body. This can impact healing through excess trauma, which can cause discomfort, pain, delayed healing, scar tissue, and/or migration.
You may have some swelling, which can make it hard to say for sure, but it looks as though it might be a little off toward the right side of your hood. I'd give it a few weeks to be sure after swelling comes down.
The part I can't see in these images is the most important part: where the ring comes through underneath. Due to tenderness, you may need to wait a few days or longer before getting a peek from the underside.
July 27th, 2012
I received a message from a piercee in Italy who was concerned about her piercing:
I'm Italian and I've just ordered your book because by exploring your website I've understood that maybe you're one of the best piercers in the world.
Last week I got my first genital piercing, a "Nefertiti", but it is so short that it really looks like a VCH. Now I wear a 14 gauge curved bar (1.18’’ long) and after the healing time I really wanted to do a Triangle piercing, but I’ve contacted two different experts(both Italian professional piercers) and one of them thinks that I’ve a proper shape, whereas the other one says that it would be dangerous for me to make such a piercing.
My vaginal shape seems an apricot, but the upper side of my hood comes a little bit out from the outer labias. If you want I can send you a photo of it so that you can judge if you think I’ve the right shape to do this piercing or not and you can say how do you think my Nefertiti is made.
I’m really concerned about it and I hope you will help me!
Many thanks, R.
You appear to be somewhat small built for a triangle piercing. I need to see the other photos as shown and explained on this page: http://piercingbible.com/female-genital-piercings#Photo to properly evaluate you for a triangle.
July 24th, 2012
I received a message from the husband of a client I performed multiple genital piercings on:
How are you doing? Hope all is well.
We have a quick question, Sharon unfortunately needs a knee replacement & will be the hospital for 3 days. We need remove her VCH & the outer labias that you did (both are 10 gauge). They might be out at least 2 days before I could put them back in. We read your book & you suggest retainers, where should we go to in NYC or what can I do myself. I could get fishing line but I not sure it comes in 10 gauge & how to close the ends so it does fall out for the 2 days.
Again so sorry to bother you,
Thanks again, H.
Sorry to hear about S's knee surgery. I hope all goes well.
You can look for retainers online by searching "piercing retainer" and similar phrases.
I'm not sure where you could buy them locally, though. You'd have to call around.
Let me know if you have any questions and please send her my wishes for a successful procedure and a speedy recovery!
July 23rd, 2012
I received a message from a woman who got a VCH piercing. Fortunately, it wasn't a surface VCH, and it didn't accidentally pierce through her clitoris (VCH placement problems I've seen numerous times). However, it wasn't centered, and she wanted my opinion about that. She wrote:
July 22nd, 2012
I received a message from a woman who got her septum pierced and she was not happy with the placement:
My question is quite similar to another that I saw on your blog who also got a wrongly placed septum.
I went to a known and recommended piercer on Wednesday, but she placed the septum incorrectly.
The piercing has been placed in the thick cartilage above the 'sweet spot'.
So it's very high up my nose and not aesthetically pleasing.
My question now is: do I immediately take out the piercing? Can that damage the cartilage (I read somewhere that it can splinter if you take it out)?
It still hurts. Also cause the piercer readjusted the needle after poking it. Which means I have a small second wound under the piercing.
I'd love to get it repierced in the right place, I can find my 'sweet spot' very easily, so I'm sure there's enough room. How long should I wait to get it redone?
I'm really disappointed about this experience. I hope you can give me some advice, 'cause I'm a bit lost now.
Sorry to hear about your piercing. If you're not happy with the placement (and I understand why you're not), then you should take out the jewelry ASAP. Don't worry about "splintering the cartilage"--that sounds like an urban myth to me.
July 21st, 2012
So, here it is, the botched genital piercing of the day by Mystic Piercing In Crofton, Maryland. The unlucky woman who received it wrote to me:
Hey I see it's probably a centimeter too high from the hood apex (that is if I understood the location properly) I'm just wondering if it looks ok... And safely done. It's 2 day old so It is still a hoop rather than the bars I've seen on your site. Thank you very much for letting me know, of course my best friend and my fiancé Dont know how it is supposed to be, I hope to hear from you soon! Thanks,
No, sorry, you have a hood surface piercing, not a VCH piercing. What you're referring to as the "apex" is actually the edge of your hood. The apex is up underneath your hood, at the deepest natrual part of the little "one-ended tunnel."
July 19th, 2012
I received a message from a woman I pierced and she wanted to know if it was normal that her jewelry often leaned to one side of her hood or the other. She sent photos. My comments are below.
This piercing looks great and these photos do a perfect job of illustrating a common phenomenon: the propensity for VCH jewelry to rest to one side or the other (depending on build and tissue tightness or thickness). Many hoods have very fine (thin) skin and are very pliable or malleable.
She described the tendency for the jewelry to rest over to her left, as in the second image. In this particular case, I noted her asymmetry, which likely contributes to this issue. In the image with the jewelry centered, I can see that the left side of her hood has a kind of "ridge" or "hill," where the right side has a sort of a "valley." It would make sense that the side with more tissue could be heavier, resulting in the tendency for the jewelry to favor that side.
July 18th, 2012
I got a message from a woman who got a VCH piercing that was terribly botched. The piercing was wayyy too deep and the jewelry far too short; it became embedded under her hood. She suffered horribly in agony and nearly had to undergo surgery to remove the jewelry.
Image below is of the botched piercing. The "inverted-V" of the hood is marked. That is where the bottom ball of the curved barbell should be visible. The arrow points to the approimate location of where the piercing should have actually been made. You can see that it is about twice as "deep" (far away from the edge of the hood) as it should have been. And the jewelry was far, far too short. The piercing was done by Brandi Colquitt at Innercity Ink in Tulsa, OK.
I went 4 days ago and had a vertical hood piercing done. I was so excited, I had been wanting it done for some time. A woman I had been to for other piercings is who I decided to stick with for this one.
The pain was intense. I could barely stand it. From the beginning, you couldn't see the bottom ball under the hood. Three days later, the swelling and pain was so bad I could barely sit. I called the piercer and went in to have her check it.
July 17th, 2012
I received this message from a woman who has a VCH piercing:
I have a well healed vch that is over five years old at this point. I've known from the start that it's a bit on the shallow side, but not extreme shallow. I have a relatively deep hood which can completely cover a q-tip, and the exit point of the vch is maybe 1/8" off from the apex. It looks fine from the front and feels fine, the bottom ball does rest squarely on my clit. The only issue I ever have is that it sometimes likes to pop up like a turkey timer, which can feel a bit odd but doesn't hurt. It's not that it's ever bothered me per say, but I do wonder if I'm missing out on sensation because it doesn't go through the apex and if it would be less inclined to pop up if it did. But I worry about rejection since there's an established fistula from the current piercing so close to where the new one would go. I mean really established; at one point a few years ago, I didn't wear jewelry in it for over a year, yet it never shrunk down past a 16 (was pierced at 14g). So I don't think it will ever close up on me. I also worry a little about the aesthetic of having a hole from the old piercing in front of a new one. Call me vain, but I don't want to ruin the look of things as I happen to be rather a fan of my vulva. Would I likely be running into any problems if I opted for a redo? Am I even really missing out on much since the ball sits where it's supposed to? I don't know if it's worth the effort to try for perfect placement or if I'm splitting hairs with this. What's more important for the sensation, the placement of the bottom ball or the placement through the apex? Thank you so much for your time, A.
July 15th, 2012
I just received a marvelous comment from a woman I pierced recently:
I received a triangle piercing from you when you were piercing at New Flower, and I LOVE it! It's healing well, no problems, and this is my 5th week with it; my love for it is still growing!
I just thought I would drop you a note, and because of your skills, I'm experiencing some INTENSE pleasure from this piercing! I can't thank you enough.
Best wishes and all of my thanks,
July 14th, 2012
Argh! I received yet another message from a woman who went in requesting a vertical clitoral hood (VCH) piercing and ended up getting her hood pierced to her clitoral glans pierced due to visiting an unqualified, untrained piercer. She wrote:
I recently got a VCH piercing but I think its not placed right. As you can see the piercing does not come through the hood, the lower ball is too far down. When i got the piercing it was very painful and a lot of blood came out.
I'm sure it was very painful, because that is NOT a hood piercing: YOU HAVE HAD YOUR CLITORIS PIERCED!
Your hood is actually pierced to your clitoris. You're going to need to take that out but you should talk to the owner of the business and get your money back.
Where did you get this done?
She wrote again:
I had thought it was pierced through that from the pain i went through.
I will try and remove it myself as i don't want to go back to the place that did it. I got it done in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland.
I was going to go to a piercing shop in Belfast tomorrow to see if they would remove it for me, as I don't want to make it worse.
Then she said: