August 19th, 2012
I received a message from a woman who got a VCH piercing and she wanted me to evaluate it for her:
After checking out your website and researching this piercing, I went ahead and decided to go get one for myself!
I have seen other reviewers say they have sent pictures of their to evaluate if it has been done correctly, and since you are not in my area piercing, I went to another piercing place to have it done. However. I still want your professional opinion on whether it was done correctly. Being such a delicate area, I want to know mine is done right!
I know my piercer did use the NRT [needle receiving tube]. I do have concerns because he went through with the needle, then said the skin on my hood moved (which I know must happen at times) and had to pierce me again. (You can see in the pictures, above the top ball where I think the first needle went through before he had to move it down.) So this is where I lost a little confidence. Afterward, I bled profusely for about 4-5 hours almost as if i had my monthly cycle which also worried me. So I just want your opinions on this, if it's normal, and if the piercing looks done correctly to you!
The bleeding has stopped and I am in no pain, I have been cleaning it as instructed, but I don't feel any "heightened" sexual sensations at this point either. Maybe that will come after healing? I apologize for the bruising and some of the dried blood, as this piercing was done less than 24 hours ago and still has to heal.
I do hope they are close and clear enough and that the lighting is well enough for you to make a proper evaluation. Thank you so much for taking the time to look. You're awesome!
Best regards, A.
July 2nd, 2012
I got a message from a woman who had a really bad cheek piercing experience:
I recently had an awful experience with some cheek piercings. Long story short, after 2 days of what I decided was an unjustifiable amount of swelling on my right side I went back to the piercer to ask them to change out the bar which just wasn't able to cope with it. After some time, which was partially spent trying to find some way to blame me for the swelling, they agreed to change it. Immediately my face started gushing out blood, the woman who took it out blanched and leapt away from me while the other ran from the room to call an ambulance. I just can't stress how very much blood was coming out, both congealed from 2 days of sitting under the skin and fresh.
I had done some rather substantial research on cheek piercings prior and although people did mention that there was a chance of hitting a vein I never actually came across any stories of this happening, most people finishing the warning with 'it's nearly impossible though'. I was wondering if you've heard any stories similar to this and if there were any long term affects I should be wary of. At the moment it seems fairly superficial, some bruising and the healing opening but I can't seem to shake a kind of not-quite-but-nearly-numb, stiffness in my cheek. My doctor, not seen this before, could only prescribe me some antibiotics and tell me to come back if I don't feel any improvement.
December 29th, 2011
I recently had an exchange of correspondence with a piercer who asked some interesting questions:
I have been piercing for 10 years now in a shop where my husband is the awesome tattoo artist. I just want to be yet another one to thank you for all of your tireless dedication to this industry. I just had a quick question about surface piercings done with polytetrafluoroethylene. At first when these surface piercings became the thing to do around here, I would perform them with the traditional bars for hips, clavicals, Madisons-you name it. I stuck them all with bars. Now this new material seems so much better for healing and does not leave the same scars that the bars do. I just wanted to get your opinion on it. Which is better, the polytetrafluoroethylene or the traditional surface bars?
December 17th, 2011
I just got a VCH piercing and I know bleeding is normal and so is swelling but this is my vagina and it's kinda scary to pierce it and not really expect it to swell and bleed, when I was told it shouldn't be that bad, that spotting was normal. But I'm not really spotting it's pretty consistant but it's not a lot. I can't really explain it. I've attached some pictures because like I said before it's kinda scary.
Sorry the pictures arent the most attractive. But I don't feel like it looks right and I've been reading your responses, so I sent them.
I really hope this lady didn't screw up. I'd hate to have to take it out...
Thank you for your time.
It isn't the bleeding that concerns me. This excerpt is from The Piercing Bible:
November 14th, 2011
I got a message from a gentleman with a healed Prince Albert piercing. He was alarmed at seeing some blood after masturbating:
Hello, this is a bit scary. I got a PA a while back. About 5 years back to be exact. All went well, I've since managed to stretch to an 8G. Two days ago, I switched to a captive bead ring. This took a little work, as the bead did not want to pop into the jewelry.
Weird thing is, I um. Well I pleasured myself today, and to my horror was a bunch of blood mixed with semen.
1) It doesn't look swollen, infected, etc
2) There was absolutely no pain before during or after this happened, nor while urinating, rinsing, anything.
3) It sometimes feels a tiny bit sensitive, but nothing I haven't felt before when adjusting to new jewelry.
It definitely freaked me out as the only other time it ever bled was 5 years ago when I first got the piercing.
November 4th, 2010
I received this message through the contact page:
I got a VCH piercing 3 days ago by a very well known/good place. I was just wondering, mine is bruised pretty bad and semi swollen and it doesnt really hurt. My biggest concern is that it is bleeding alot. The hole where the jewelry comes out of has this blood looking tissue stuff (skin??) coming out of the hole. My piercing is bleeding alot but this stuff doesnt come off of my skin, its like tissue inside the hole where it is pierced. I have been cleaning it with sea salt solutions. Is this normal? I'm worried. thank you, K.
It is hard to evaluate you without seeing you (or at least a photo). Feel free to sign up for a piercing problem consultation, and I'll be happy to take a look.
Any piercing can bleed, bruise, and/or swell during the initial phase, though most of the VCH piercings I do don't seem to suffer from that during the aftermath very often.
September 26th, 2010
I received this message today:
I have a question for you concerning my Prince Albert piercing. I've had it for about 2 1/2 months now. I was not sexually active for about a month after getting the piercing, but ever since I've resumed sexual activity the piercing gets sore during intercourse.
Last night, after having sex, I noticed that there was blood in the condom I was wearing. The piercing feels absolutely fine when I'm not having sex, it looks completely healed and I can rotate the CBR without any soreness. However, logic would lead me to believe that it is not completely healed- hence the soreness and bleeding from intercourse.
My question is this: is it normal for a Prince Albert piercing to take this long to heal? And should I refrain from sexual activity completely during the remainder of the healtime? Any and all advice would be gladly appreciated. Thank you. H.
August 26th, 2010
I received this message via email:
I am having a situation with a piercing I did. Sunday afternoon I did an industrial piercing on a girl named Alex. I'm still an apprentice but this was the 10th industrial piercing I've done and I have never had a problem with any of them up until now.
Alex called me this afternoon, 2 days later, complaining that her piercing is bleeding and she can't get it to stop. It hardly bled when I pierced it, and up until last night when the bleeding started, she said that it was healing just fine. It wasn't sore, red, no signs of infection, and didn't hurt at all. First thing I did was try to figure out how the bleeding started. She said she took 500mg of ibuprofen and the bleeding started shortly after that. I understand that a side effect of ibuprofen is blood thinning but unless she was already bleeding I didn't think the ibuprofen would cause her to start. I just thought it would make it a bit harder to get the bleeding to stop if she did happen to start bleeding. Am I wrong about this?
She also said she thinks she accidentally rolled over onto it in her sleep which would make more sense except that it started bleeding before she went to bed. Is it possible she is just not telling me that she bumped it or something, or is it normal for industrial piercings to randomly start bleeding days later?