November 2nd, 2012
I got a message from a woman with an inner labia piercing:
I just recently pierced my labia minora and I have been cleansing it with saline solution three times a day. It burns like crazy when I go to the bathroom though. I don't know if that can infect it or what I need to do to prevent infection. Please help. Thanks.
Photo of a woman with a VCH (Vertical Clitoral Hood)
and inner labia (labia minora) piercings
This is an excerpt from my book, The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing, and I think it could help you:
Genital Piercing: Urinating
Bodily fluids are apt to get on certain genital piercings, which is not a problem—if they are your own. Urine is one of man’s first antiseptics and, if you are healthy, your own liquid waste will not harm your piercing. The regular passage of urine over the jewelry helps to minimize crusting, too. Urine can sting during the first few days of healing, so drink lots of water. This dilutes the urine and lowers the acidity, which minimizes discomfort. Cranberry juice or large quantities of orange juice or vitamin C will make your urine acidic,1 which may cause excess discomfort. Additionally, you can pour a clean cup of water—warm or cool, as you prefer—over the area as you urinate. This rinses off the urine so it doesn’t linger uncomfortably, and the water feels soothing.
Piercing care information is here: http://piercingbible.com/piercing-care
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.
November 1st, 2012
I got an interesting message from a man who had received a poorly placed Prince Albert piercing:
I recently 2 weeks ago got a PA at what is know as a good local piercer at my town. The piercing was done with a 12g after the initial pain went away I began to feel like a blade cutting into me. By day three I saw that the hole had already stretched so I changed it to an 8g. The 8g fit right in, no pain, no more discomfort and it felt great when in use. By the end of the first week I no longer had any discharge, pain, redness, nothing. It felt like its been there all my life. I liked the piercing so much I started to read everywhere about things I could do to make it cooler or better. At one point I saw your site and did a lot of reading there. (By the way, best site on the net about piercings) I noticed that every good PA had at least past the penis glans. As you can see on the picture I sent my hole is just 1/4 inch from the tip of my urethra split. I also noticed by week two the my PA had stretched a little more. Even though I had no pain and it looked great I felt I had too little skin for the PA to remain. This picture was taken only 24hours since I took out my PA and already the piercing is closing. Now I love the PA and will do it again. So I need some opinion from you.
October 24th, 2012
I received a message form a woman who was experiencing a problem:
I've had my VCH piercing for over a year now. I love it and I never want to remove it. But recently I went to the Doctor for URETHRITIS and of course they recommended that I remove and or use plastic jewlery. Should the balls on the end of my jewlery be plastic or would it be much safer to get an entire plastic piece.
Admittedly, I'm not a doctor, but I know medical professionals often have a tendency to blame health conditions on piercings whether that makes sense or not.
One concern with having your doctor focused on your piercing as the cause of the problem means that the real reason may not get addressed.
A VCH is not located very near to the urethral opening. The image shows an improperly placed VCH piercing marked with an arrow where the jewelry should be resting, and the line marked at the bottom shows the location of the urethra. As you can see, the jewelry is quite far away from the urethra!
October 9th, 2012
I received a message and some photos from a woman who got pierced twice, and neither was properly placed....
Hi, I'm writing to ask you a couple of questions....I have just recently got a VCH piercing... now when I went in the first time to get my piercing done she seemed kind of unprofessional at a couple of points, but it never made me to too nervous, I was terrified of getting the piercing, and she put the needle through and I knew at that point deep down that the piercing was in the wrong spot, it did not feel right at all, but like an idiot, I didn't say anything and I went home and my boyfriend had looked at it and he said that it wasn't in my hood at all, it never even came close to my clitoris.
October 3rd, 2012
I had a truly great time and wondreful visits in both studios. I want to thank my hosts and their staffs for all of their assistance and support. I know it makes a lot of extra work when all of my clients come through, and they worked hard to make sure everything went smootly.
I want to also thank all of the clients who came out to get pierced by me! I hope you're all enjoying your piercings and healing well.
At this point I'm planning to return to Dallas in March, as I had a waiting list of 31 clients I was unable to accommodate with appointments because I was so booked up!
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Here are some photos of some of the work I did on the road.
September 7th, 2012
A woman wrote to me:
I got this yesterday. It doesn't look like the other piercings.
I'm afraid you have been given a very shallow hood surface piercing. You really should try to get your money back and you should take the jewelry out. It is definitely NOT safe to have such a small amount of skin pierced, especially with such a long bar. Even if you try to heal it, you're likely to find your body treats it as a splinter and ejects it. I would NOT trust the same piercer to redo it. Its abundantly clear that tea or she had absolutely no idea what to do or where to place a VCH piercing.
This page of my site clearly explains how the jewelry should go underneath your hood:
Where are you located? Perhaps I can suggest a competent professional in your area?
I marked your photo with what I call the "Inverted-V" of the hood. The jewelry should be coming out from underneath there….
The photo below shows proper placement for the VCH piercing and jewelry that fits well.
September 7th, 2012
I received a message from a gentleman who was having problems with a "pubic piercing"
I would like to seek your professional opinion and consultation on my current piercing.
I have got my pubic piercing 2 months ago, but it seems to be rejected in the last few weeks (picture of initial piercing and current status are attached for your reference)
My questions are:
1. Should I take it out now and abandon the piercing? Let it healed and re-pierce later. My concern is will there be any risk to trap any bacteria in the piercing?
2. Or should I leave it there and hope it can settle with this status? The worst case will be torn out, right?
Any advice will be highly appreciated. It really makes me embarrassed as I have not encountered any piercing rejection before for all my healed piercing including PA, nipples and others…
Thanks in advance for your kind advance.