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 14th, 2012
I had a piercee (not someone I pierced personally) contact me to say she was concerned about her genital piercings due to localized swelling following sexual activities:
I know you are super busy, and I totally appreciate you taking some of your time out to read and reply to my issue. I got a VCH on July 2nd and then I got a Triangle done on Sept 10th of this year. I haven't had any problems with the healing process but I have noticed lately when I have somewhat rough sex my hood gets quite swollen (like it kind of balloons up to maybe 2x its size). It gets really sensitive and discomforting and I don't know if its because the Triangle is still healing or is this a side effect of having both piercings? Or a combo of both?
Thank you for everything! You are an awesome woman and I love your book! You rock!
January 4th, 2012
I am so sorry to keep bugging you, but I'm very disappointed. After being curious as to why I wasn't receiving much clitoral stimulation from my piercing, I did a little more exploring of the area. I do think that this guy placed the bottom of the piercing a bit too far from the apex of my clitoral hood. I know I sound like a scrooge, but I didn't spend my hard earned money on a piercing that's only going to look pretty and not function as it should.
You can imagine how pissed off I am right now. I have attached a picture exposing the underside of my hood. Please give me your opinion. If you concur, I have a couple of questions for you.
Do you think I should abandon the piercing, or would simply changing the jewelry to a j-curve solve the issue? If I abandon the piercing, how long should I wait before getting re-pierced properly? Finally, can you recommend any piercers in California? (Preferably in the southern California or inland empire areas.) Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you so much. Xoxo <3 A.
Yeah, that's WAY off the mark. I would abandon it, and I'd suggest you wait 2 weeks or so before repiercing. If the tissue is pliable and not hard or inflexible, and there's no discomfort, you should be ready to repierce. The correct placement is quite a distance from where your piercing was placed. I do think it would be reasonable to request a refund (and you can give them their jewelry back...).
If you'd like, I can pierce you myself! I'll be working in LA later this month. Information is here and attached flier: http://piercingbible.com/event/2011/07/elayne-angel-piercing-los-angeles...
Let me know ASAP as I'm almost booked up. If you don't want to have me do it, I have referrals here; http://piercingbible.com/piercer-referrals
January 4th, 2012
I had some lengthy correspondence with a piercee who went to a reputable professional for her Vertical Clitoral Hood (VCH) piercing, but felt it was much more painful than most other women seem to find the procedure and aftermath. I believe it was a reflection of individual sensitivity after learning it was done by a skilled piercer.
December 29th, 2011
Thank you for your blog and insight. When I decided on a VCH piercing I researched your blog and found infinate piercings in Philly to be reputable and only about 2 hours away from me. I had her done at the end of October. They were excellent, professional, clean...wonderful experience.
I guess my question to you is now that I feel I've healed, when I look at correct vch piercings mine looks different. It seems to stick out more than others.
Now I do realize anotomy is different so I try not to let it bother me, however it appears correct from the view I sent, according to your dots I see you mark on others photos. The side view shows it doesn't seem flush with the skin like others are. (She likes to lean to one side...ha) Could it possibly be pierced wrong? Perhaps I need a larger gauge. I was pierced at 12 and just ordered a 10 to stretch so perhaps that may help? Thanks for your time.
December 22nd, 2011
Argh! I'm SO frustrated. I loathe it when women contact me for advice and information, and I supply it to them, and they STILL end up with botched piercings. That's exactly what happened....
I received a message:
I've been doing research on VCH piercings and have tried the Q-tip test but i'm not certain if I'm doing it correctly. The plan is to have it done as a Christmas present to myself but I want to be certain on whether or not I am built properly for this piercing. Attached are the best photos I could capture while trying to do the test. Thank you in advance for any information/suggestions that you may have.
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:
December 7th, 2011
I received a wonderful message from a woman who visited The Piercing Bible website, read my book, and became well educated about piercings.
She has a medical condition called vulvodynia and when I looked it up, I was quite surprised to find this information:
A recent study found that one in four women experience chronic vulvar pain at some point in their lives, making vulvodynia a very common disorder affecting women and girls of all ages and ethnicities.
The good news is that she made sounds decisions about getting pierced and wrote to me about her highly successful VCH piercing: