Female Genital Piercing
Female Genital Piercing
November 2nd, 2012
I got a message from a woman with an inner labia piercing:
I just recently pierced my labia minora and I have been cleansing it with saline solution three times a day. It burns like crazy when I go to the bathroom though. I don't know if that can infect it or what I need to do to prevent infection. Please help. Thanks.
Photo of a woman with a VCH (Vertical Clitoral Hood)
and inner labia (labia minora) piercings
This is an excerpt from my book, The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing, and I think it could help you:
Genital Piercing: Urinating
Bodily fluids are apt to get on certain genital piercings, which is not a problem—if they are your own. Urine is one of man’s first antiseptics and, if you are healthy, your own liquid waste will not harm your piercing. The regular passage of urine over the jewelry helps to minimize crusting, too. Urine can sting during the first few days of healing, so drink lots of water. This dilutes the urine and lowers the acidity, which minimizes discomfort. Cranberry juice or large quantities of orange juice or vitamin C will make your urine acidic,1 which may cause excess discomfort. Additionally, you can pour a clean cup of water—warm or cool, as you prefer—over the area as you urinate. This rinses off the urine so it doesn’t linger uncomfortably, and the water feels soothing.
Piercing care information is here: http://piercingbible.com/piercing-care
November 1st, 2012
I received yet another email from a woman who felt her "triangle piercing" wasn't properly placed. She was right:
I received a triangle piercing three days ago. I'm feeling a lot of discomfort. can you please take a look at my piercing. I just want to make sure it was done correctly.
Nope--sorry, it is not even close. It looks to be about an inch south of where it should be. The triangle should be right beneath the clitoral shaft, which goes back and up from your clitoral glans. We can clearly see the head of your clitoral glans peeking out from underneath the "inverted V" of your hood. The piercing would need to be quite near to there... So you have the piercing equivalent of about a mile off from where it should have been placed. There is no likelihood of you receiving the type of stimulation that a properly placed triangle piercing can provide (from the back of the clitoris).
Fortunately, it is unlikely that you will suffer any damage to vital structures from the piercing being so low. It is more of a missed opportunity for enhancement, plus the pain or discomfort and also the expense of going through a piercing that isn't what you wanted, and isn't located where it is supposed to be.
I also marked your images with the approximate location of a triangle.
The piercer's name was Perry. He works at Gold Coast studio in Monterey, CA. I initially went in for a VCH , but was told that I was suited for it. I'm more upset that he suggested the triangle knowing he didn't have experience performing the procedure.
October 24th, 2012
I received a message form a woman who was experiencing a problem:
I've had my VCH piercing for over a year now. I love it and I never want to remove it. But recently I went to the Doctor for URETHRITIS and of course they recommended that I remove and or use plastic jewlery. Should the balls on the end of my jewlery be plastic or would it be much safer to get an entire plastic piece.
Admittedly, I'm not a doctor, but I know medical professionals often have a tendency to blame health conditions on piercings whether that makes sense or not.
One concern with having your doctor focused on your piercing as the cause of the problem means that the real reason may not get addressed.
A VCH is not located very near to the urethral opening. The image shows an improperly placed VCH piercing marked with an arrow where the jewelry should be resting, and the line marked at the bottom shows the location of the urethra. As you can see, the jewelry is quite far away from the urethra!
October 9th, 2012
I received a message and some photos from a woman who got pierced twice, and neither was properly placed....
Hi, I'm writing to ask you a couple of questions....I have just recently got a VCH piercing... now when I went in the first time to get my piercing done she seemed kind of unprofessional at a couple of points, but it never made me to too nervous, I was terrified of getting the piercing, and she put the needle through and I knew at that point deep down that the piercing was in the wrong spot, it did not feel right at all, but like an idiot, I didn't say anything and I went home and my boyfriend had looked at it and he said that it wasn't in my hood at all, it never even came close to my clitoris.
September 7th, 2012
A woman wrote to me:
I got this yesterday. It doesn't look like the other piercings.
I'm afraid you have been given a very shallow hood surface piercing. You really should try to get your money back and you should take the jewelry out. It is definitely NOT safe to have such a small amount of skin pierced, especially with such a long bar. Even if you try to heal it, you're likely to find your body treats it as a splinter and ejects it. I would NOT trust the same piercer to redo it. Its abundantly clear that tea or she had absolutely no idea what to do or where to place a VCH piercing.
This page of my site clearly explains how the jewelry should go underneath your hood:
Where are you located? Perhaps I can suggest a competent professional in your area?
I marked your photo with what I call the "Inverted-V" of the hood. The jewelry should be coming out from underneath there….
The photo below shows proper placement for the VCH piercing and jewelry that fits well.
March 13th, 2012
I recently got a very interesting question I hadn't been asked before:
Though you may not be able to answer this I'd like to ask if you know an estimated percentage of women who sexually benefit from VCH and HCH piercings. My main reason for doing it is enhancing orgasms, not anatomical "beauty". I've read that few women truly get more or easier orgasms through piercings. If its less likely I'd have some improvement its probably not worth it for me.
Would you have any idea?
Did you read this page of my site: http://piercingbible.com/female-genital-piercings ?
It explains that VCH and triangle piercings (both shown in image, right) are the two that are most commonly "functional" for women and those are the placements that are more likely to increase stimulation and sexual enjoyment. And that the HCH is primarily ornamental for most women.
I can also say that I do get a great deal of positive feedback from women who describe the genital piercings I do for them as "great" or "wonderful" and report, "I love it!" but they don't necessarily provide me with particulars in every case. From the feedback I receive, I'd have to say it seems "worth it"--as that is the overall sense I get from my clients. Here's a comment from a recent posting on my guestbook:
February 4th, 2012
The optimal location for the triangle piercing is at the natural base of the hood, as high as it can go and still be underneath the nerve bundle (that's where you are going to get maximum stimulation from the jewelry).
Photo above is of a properly placed triangle piercing with custom-bent circular barbell (so the jewelry rests back against the body, which is great for safety and comfort during healing!).
April 12th, 2011