June 18th, 2013
I received a message from a wheelchair user who is considering genital piercing:
Hi Elayne, I have Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA) and I use a power wheelchair so I sit 16-18 hrs a day. I'm in my early 50's. My Dr is against tattoos let alone piercings, but I want both. I've just had several surgeries and I expect to have more surgery in four months. I want to know the risks of getting my clit pierced and whether it is a bad idea for me. I'm a currently single lesbian with a healthy sex life. I'm a disability rights advocate, and I usually find a way to do the things I want to do. But I like to know what I'm getting myself in for and whether it's possible. Any help you can give me will help.
Thanks for your message and your interest.
There are a few considerations as to whether genital piercing is appropriate in your circumstances.
One of the most important deciding factors is the configuration of your local anatomy. Have you read about the different genital piercing options?
Compared to the range of other female genital piercings, clitoris piercing is very rare:
Another is whether you have any issues with incontinence? That could potentially cause healing problems for a genital piercing.
If not, and you're anatomically suited to the piercing you desire, and you are able to provide consistent aftercare as explained here:
April 26th, 2013
Hi Ms. Angel,
Hope you are well. You did my triangle piercing last year in Philly and I'd like to remove it for a few hours. Do you think it would be a problem to put it back in? BTW, I love it!
There's a chance if you remove it you won't be able to reinsert it. On some women, this can happen instantaneously with triangle piercings, because of the way I manipulate the clitoral shaft to rest in front of the jewelry. There's a possibility it could slip back and block the channel even if the piercing is well established. I've had some very distressed clients who found out the hard way that it just couldn't be reinserted, even after the briefest removal.
Since you love it, maybe you can avoid taking it out?
Or, at the very least, I'd strongly suggest you get an insertion taper before you do so. That can help you to reinsert it with less difficulty or trauma. You can get them here:
I'd suggest the one for threaded jewelry in the 12 gauge (which is the most common size I use and should be what you're wearing unless we discussed some other size, or you have stretched up since I pierced you).
Information that will be very helpful to you is located in Chapter 17 of my book, The Piercing Bible. Here's a brief excerpt that should prove useful if you decide to do any jewelry changes (or try out brief removal):
Insertion Tapers for Jewelry Changes
December 4th, 2012
I received a message from a woman who went in to get her hood pierced, and came out with her clitoral glans pierced!
Hi I had my vch done 4 days ago with a standard curved barbell but I'm really not sure about the placement, it moves about loads too. Do I just need a smaller bar? Or take it out all together?
That's not a VCH--it is a CLITORAL GLANS piercing. And you should take that long bar out immediately!
If you like the way it feels and decide to keep it, you should get a bar that is half the length of the current one. The one you're wearing is dangerously long and you could end up with a split clitoris if you accidentally caught it.
Please refer to this page to clarify the difference between a VCH and a clitoris piercing.
Would you like me to post the name and studio of the offending piercer so other women don't go to him for genital piercings? If you did not request a clitoris piercing than you have been seriously wronged! If your clitoris were any smaller, it could have really damaged your sexual pleasure.
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.
September 1st, 2012
I received a message and photos from a woman who had concerns (rightly so!) about her new "triangle" piercing done by "the piercer who owns Big Brain here in Omaha, Nebraska":
Hi, I recieved a triangle piercing recently. Although it is very pleasing I have been doing alot of reading on your site and you had mentioned that the hood should not be pinned down and that the piercing should be pretty straight well mine is not quite like that. I got it done by a reputable pierrcer who owns Big Brain here in Omaha, Nebraska. I just wanted your opinion on whether you think migration is possible or if I would have some long term problems down the line.
August 29th, 2012
I received a message from a woman who had gotten a VCH piercing done and she was concerned about the placement and jewelry fit.
August 27th, 2012
Below is my correspondence exchanged witha woman who was having some issues with her VCH piercing:
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.