March 6th, 2012
I got a message from a reader who wanted my input on frenum piercings:
Hi there Elayne,
I own your book and respect you and your opinions like no other. Please keep up the good work.
I am curious about a frenum piercing, except lower, about halfway down the shaft and maybe 3 of them. I was wondering if I sent you a picture if I could get your opinion on if my anatomy would be fort for these piercing. I have a very good piercer set up to do it for me, except I dont have a lot of money to make 2 trips, like one extra for a consult. That's why I was asking I you could let my know what you think.
Also I was thinking curved barbell? Whats you opinion on that? Also possibly a horseshoe later on. If you can accept pics what address would I email it to? My piercer and I were talking and she suggested about 1/2" curved barbell at 14 gauge to start. Thanks for your time.
February 28th, 2012
This is no joke. A woman went in for a clitoral hood piercing and ended up with an accidental piercing of her clitoral glans! This is one of the reasons I try to suggest people travel if necessary to get pierced by me or visit the piercers I refer to. We know how to place a VCH piercing safely and in the proper location. Unfortunately, many piercers haven't got a clue.
Many women end up with shallow VCH piercings or surface VCH piercings, but this is an error I've seen time and time again. PLEASE BE CAREFUL! Ask your piercer where they got specific training to perform genital piercings--not just how long they've been piercing. I know of piercers who have been doing a poor job for 10-15 years or more. A lengthy career does not guarantee competence!
Here's the message I recently received:
I have a quick question about a piercing that I received a week ago. I had a VCH piercing which I believe was too shallow and migrated and so had to be removed. I let it heal for about 6 months and then went to a different studio to have it done again.
The first time was exactly as you describe with a 'pinch' sensation and my ears were definitely a more painful piercing. This time was one of the most painful experiences of my life, which I attributed to it being placed properly this time and having some scar tissue.
February 25th, 2012
I received a message from a woman inquiring about hood splitting:
I'm writing to get your opinion (and maybe some information) on clitoral hood splitting. I currently have a vch and triangle, which I believe are both placed perfectly. But, I'm still having problems achieving orgasm (I was hoping those would help). I think it's because my hood is rather thick and even when I'm "hard" my clitoris isn't exposed at all so it makes it difficult to actually stimulate it. I've been trying to do some research and maybe find information about hood splitting and where to get it done (I'm located in the midwest) but I can't seem to find much of anything. I was hoping that maybe you could give me some information on it.
February 14th, 2012
Here's an exchange I had with a woman who suspected right away that there was something wrong with her Horizontal Clitoral Hood (HCH) piercing:
I just had a HCH piercing done this afternoon, but 'm freaking out and need some help.... It's swollen a bit and all the time I check it, is still bleeding! Didn`t have any pain after getting it done, just felt a little unconfortable when I walked up to the supermarket few hours later. But is all about this bleeding that seems no to stop! Am so worried and thinking of taking it of... Please would love if you could give me an advice! Thanks ever so much!
February 10th, 2012
My husband found this image (and I'd be very happy to credit whoever is responsible, if anyone can tell me!) and I just had to post it here.
February 9th, 2012
Infinite Body Piercing
626 South 4th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Studio Phone: 215.923.7335
April 12-16, 2012 by appointment.
INSTRUCTIONS to book an appointment:
1. Please tell me the date and approximate time of day you'd like to come in so that I can get you penciled in for a slot right away.
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!).
January 28th, 2012
I received this message from a gal who was concerned about her surface anchor:
Hi! I had a microdermal piercing today above my cleavage and not 4 hours after having it pierced it fell out into my lap!
Is this normal? i'm scared of it getting infected. Should I go back to the piercing shop tomorrow?
Be great if you could get back :(
They usually last longer than that, but the truth is they aren't a permanent adornment the way regular body piercings can be.
Also, I don't know that I'd trust the piercer who put it in. They didn't bandage it with a wound sealant clear dressing? That is quite common following the procedure.
The fact that your jewelry came out doesn't have anything to do with an increased risk of infection, unless you touched the wound with dirty fingers.
I think you should go back and get your money back, and learn more about them before deciding whether or not to have it replaced (probably with a different piercer).
Elayne Angel, Author
The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing
President, Association of Professional Piercers