July 20th, 2011
I just got back from a fantastic two-week trip to Southern California. I hung out with my family and had the wonderful experience of meeting my brand new grand-neice while there. She's totally gorgeous! And we celebrated the birthdays of my dad and my sister. I had a blast!
My husband and I also debuted his new adult toy line (gorgeous and functional handmade glass art pieces) at an adult novelty show in Pasadena. If you're interested, you can see them here.
And, of course, I did three days of piercing at Prix in West Hollywood. My clients were fantastic and it was way too much fun to be considered "work." The staff there was terrific and I look forward to working with them again soon. Here's a few messages I have already received from clients I pierced there:
March 30th, 2011
I received this message from a woman who was concerned about her new VCH piercing:
I got my VHC piercing done 4 days ago. I made sure and went with a APP here in Madison Wisconsin. I just want to make sure he did a good job. I'm new to this and i've been reading your articles and have been gaining some knowledge. I'm just a little worry because i have been having some pain, which is minor. Today i realize some yellowesh stain on my panties. Is this normal? I been cleaning the piercing twice a day with an Antimicrobial Lotion Soap i bought in that same shop. If you can please respond to me and let me know your opinion it will be very helpful. Thank you for your time.(: P.
March 16th, 2011
I received a message from a woman who was concerned about her VCH Piercing:
While I was traveling, I recently went to a studio you recommended. The piercer you suggested wasn't at the shop when I went in, but it was the last day I was in in town, so I let one of his co-workers do it.
The piercer used a 14-gauge, 7/16-inch curved barbell. I know it is probably fine, but I'm a little concerned about the placement. The inferior ball is retreating far up the hood, and I have to tug for a bit at the tissue to see it. I'm worried that the ball might become pulled into the wound if I leave it there for the 6 weeks needed to heal--it's a tight fit. Did the piercer go too far up the hood, or use a barbell that's too short? Or is it ok for now? A.
March 14th, 2011
I just got a message from a woman I pierced a few weeks ago. She was given written and verbal instructions warning her to avoid sharing bodily fluids during the entire healing period. This is a reminder to everyone to FOLLOW ALL OF THE AFTERCARE GUIDELINES FOR THE ENTIRE MINIMUM INITIAL HEALING TIME! For the piercing she got, a VCH, I suggested 4-6 weeks as the minimum initial healing time:
On 2/17, I had a VCH piercing done by you in Philly. The piercing was healing really well and I thought it was healed too soon. I always kept it clean with Provon, but never over-cleaned. The piercing never came into contact with dirty hands and I always used paper tissue to dry. Though, two weeks after I got the piercing, I had unprotected ORAL sex and the piercing may have been slightly abused. I also didn't clean it immediately. Unfortunately, then after it became sore and it swelled. I began doing warm salt water soaks & it helped subdue the swelling. Though it hasn't gotten any better and now I'm worried because there is a yellowish discharge coming from the piercing site. It's very uncomfortable, but I've been dealing with it because I know it's my fault! AND I love the piercing. I really don't want to take it out. Please HELP! K.
Well, I won't lecture you as I can see that it was a self-punishing experience. You probably need to visit your doctor; you may need antibiotic treatment or some other kind or medication, depending on your diagnosis.
How often are you able to do the saline soaks? You may want to try a few extra each day as that may help with drainage.
Please keep me posted.
March 8th, 2011
March 7th, 2011
I got a question from a woman I performed a triangle piercing on:
It has almost been 5 weeks since I got my triangle piercing, and everything is healing up fine. I was wondering how much longer I needed to wait until I gauge it up to a 10?
Thanks again so much, so far I really love this piercing!
March 1st, 2011
I received this message from a woman I pierced:
Hi Elayne, first off I would like to say thank you again for my VCH piercing I love it! I got the piercing 2/18 and I am due to make an OBGYN appointment soon I was wondering if I have to wait until the 4-6 weeks is up or if it would be ok to make the appointment a little earlier than that? Thanks again, A.
Just so long as you're clear on the need to leave in your jewelry to preserve your piercing, and you feel confident that your practitioner follows appropriate hygienic precautions (hand washing followed by proper application of gloves), it should be fine to have your appointment any time.
Unfortunately, I frequently find that medical professionals are lax in their practices in ways that could put your healing piercing at risk. For example, I commonly see doctors and nurses who fail to wash their hands and then grab a glove from the box and/handle it by the exterior of the glove fingertips (thereby contaminating the glove). Just something to watch out for regarding your health and well being--regardless of whether you have a healing piercing!
Let me know if you have any other questions.
Elayne Angel, Author
The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing
Medical Liaison, Association of Professional Piercers
February 1st, 2011
I just posted about my upcoming piercing visit to Infinite Body Piercing in Philadelphia on a site called Thumbtack (and it was free).
Here it is:
This is what it says about the site:
What is Thumbtack?
Why can you go online right now and buy any product you want but you can't do the same for tutors, handymen, dog walkers, or other local services? Thumbtack is changing that.
Thumbtack isn't like typical local search directories that simply return business listings with ratings and reviews, leaving you no better off than the paper Yellow Pages.
Instead, Thumbtack gives you the ability to vet, contact and book service professionals the moment you find them.
Seems pretty cool!