November 23rd, 2008
Some months back I had to have an MRI (had to find out if I'd torn a tendon in my knee, which fortunately turned out not to be the case). I took all my jewelry out for that (it was mostly stainless steel). It was looking like I was going to need another MRI when I was done there, so I cleverly decided I could leave it out while I waited to find out if I needed the second one.
November 14th, 2008
Sometimes this problem happens when an area is repierced:
I got the bottom of my belly button pierced years ago. I let it close up three years ago. I got it re pierced two months ago. When the guy repierced it, he was able to put it through the first hole but it came out in a different spot then originally. In the middle of the barbell there was a small scar. A few days ago that scar rose above the skin and became a small red bubble in the middle of the barbell. I have been cleaning the piercing and the piercing itself seems to be in good condition. I dont know what caused this or how to get rid of it. It's not causing me pain but is not pretty to look at and I'm afraid it may be and infection of some sort.Hi Erin, Are you doing lots of saline soaks? That is one of the best things you can do in this situation to help with drainage. See the instructions on this page: http://safepiercing.org/bodyAftercare.html Some people get such a bubble to drain using hot compresses of clean moist towels. If a week of frequent saline soaks or compresses (3 times a day or more) does not help or if it gets worse, you may need to see a doctor. From repiercing, sometimes an old channel becomes inflamed or infected after a new piercing is placed nearby. Due to continuous secretion or irritation from the previous piercing, occasionally these situations cannot be resolved satisfactorily and you will not be able to wear jewelry in the site. Good luck and let me know how it goes.
November 12th, 2008
A woman asked a question about her VCH piercing in the comments section and emailed her a reply:
Hey I recently got a VCH done about 1 month ago. The other day I noticed that the bottom ball (where my hood is) has gone up inside there and is now inside at the top of my piercing... I think it has closed now and I dont want to go back to get it redone because I dont want to go through that pain again.... Shan.
Hi Shan, You really should return to your piercer right away to have it looked at. Are you sure the ball isn't just resting under the little "tunnel" of your hood? If the bottom ball got stuck in the piercing channel, a lot of the post portion would be sticking up above the top of your piercing--or your piercer put in a post that is too short. Please see your piercer as the resolution may be very simple--you might just need a longer bar and/or a larger ball on the bottom, to prevent the jewelry from slipping up under your hood. If the bottom ball really is stuck in the tissue, you should see your piercer immediately, as it still might be able to be liberated. But if the tissue has closed around it you may need medical intervention to remove it. Let me know what happens. To see video of me performing a VCH click here. It shows properly sized jewelry in the ideal placement.
November 8th, 2008
I received a question about initial jewelry for outer labia piercings, and it led me to make a few comments about piercing aftercare, too.
November 8th, 2008
Hello! I came across your website (very informative!) and had a question. I am interested in getting a vertical hood piercing, but I am not sure if I had sufficient tissue for the piercing. I tried the cotton swab thing and although it seems like enough, I was still unsure. I would just feel strange going to a piercer, dropping drawers and them saying "sorry, no can do.". Kind of awkward. Any other ways I could make sure? CaseyHi Casey, You're welcome to send me a photo of you doing the q-tip test, and I'd be happy to do my best to tell you whether your anatomy appears pierceable. In a piercing studio it is a daily occurrence that individuals are not suited to a particular piercing placement they desire. There is nothing to feel awkward about at all! It isn't a personal matter: each human body is unique and must be evaluated on an individual basis for suitability. A consultation before piercing for this purpose is very common. A good piercer will make you feel comfortable. He or she can also let you know what other piercings may be suited to your build, if not the one you wanted. Where are you located? Perhaps I can suggest a skilled piercer in your area. Sincerely, Angel P.S. To see video of me performing a VCH and the way the anatomy looks go here. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="311" caption="Watch genital piercing videos"][/caption]
November 8th, 2008
I am sorry to bother you again, but I ended up getting the triangle piercing and now have a situation on my hand that I do not know how to deal with. I have a feeling that the piercer placed it a tad too low. It looks fine ( at least to my untrained eye ) but I suspect that it is slightly under the clitoris rather than directly behind it. It is probably right on the border of where the clitoris ends and though I am sure it reached some nerves I do not think it hits the holy grail. When I press on the clitoris I do not feel stimulation behind it like the way you are supposed to. I do not think it sits in the optimum place. Then again, it's only been a few days. Should I go to the piercer and ask her to redo it? Should I wait till it heals fully before going back? I am afraid she will forget me if I wait that long. Plus, I do not want to lose time since I will have to get it repierced and wait yet again for it to heal. Will getting a larger ring help? Am I supposed to pay the salon again? Is there any way that one could tell for sure if it's in the right place just by looking or is it the sort of thing that only the wearer can feel? I would really appreciate any advice that you could give me on the matter because I am at a loss and getting this piercing meant the world to me. Thank you so much for your attention. T.Hi T., If you can send me some clear, close-up photos of the piercing and I'll do what I can to see if it appears properly placed. If it is only marginally low, then a larger piece of jewelry may do more for you--it is hard to say for sure. If it is not positioned where it should be, then you should have the jewelry removed as soon as possible to close the hole. You can return to your piercer to take the jewelry out and discuss the possibilities about repiercing. If you have a visible vein where the piercing should go (for example) then moving it may not be safe.
November 7th, 2008
I have a friend who is interested in a Princess Albertina but has a few questions that I am unable to answer - mainly, comfort factor with regards to sex and cycling. She is also concerned about the comfort factor with regards to her male partner. Also, the urethral sensitivity ... although she has expressed an interest in sounding. Would you advise experimenting with sounding before committing to this piercing?I'll be honest--I don't do Princess Albertina piercings. As a woman with a history of bladder infections and a knowledge of the anatomy (and how short the female urethra is, so close to the bladder), they just never seemed like a good idea. (Male anatomy is considerably different and a PA piercing is not at all likely to cause a bladder infection due to the greater distance from the tip of the urethra to the bladder.) Due to the relatively internal placement of the Princess Albertina, I'd imagine that cycling would not be problematic once initial healing has taken place. My educated guess is that some women would find the piercing enjoyable, and others would not prefer that form of stimulation--just like any other genital piercing. I'm certain, however, that it would be reasonable to experiment with some urethral play with sounds prior to committing to this piercing. She should see if she really does enjoy stimulation to her urethra prior to getting pierced. I would refer you to Jim Weber of Infinite Body Piercing for more information, as I know he has performed them. president at safepiercing dot org Sorry I can't be of more help with this one! Elayne
October 27th, 2008
Yet another botched piercing causes pain and suffering:
Hi there. I am hoping you can help me. I had a what was supposed to be a vertical hood piercing in September. As I was browsing your website today I realized mine may have been done incorrectly, or I was not given the piercing I asked for. My piercing not only includes my hood but also the top skin where my inner labia meets. Is this correct? Also you say this piercing shouldn't cause much pain, but I've gotta say childbirth was more pleasurable!!!! Did this guy totally screw me up? I can send a pic if necessary. Thanks for your time and hopefully your help............ JulieHi Julie, Oh goodness! I'm so sorry to hear about your piercing. Yes, please do send me a photo--I'd like to evaluate it for you. It certainly sounds like you didn't get the piercing you wanted. What you describe sounds like maybe it is an Isabella piercing? I don't actually do those, and if it isn't what you asked for they certainly shouldn't have given you one! A VCH should just pass through the very thin skin of the hood that covers the clitoris. Does it seem to be healing? Is it still very painful? Please send a photo at your earliest convenience and I'll let you know what I think. If you aren't happy with the placement, then you should take it out and let it heal. (Though I am curious to get a look at what was done to you.) Sincerely, Angel