September 20th, 2011
I received a question from a woman who was experiencing a very unpleasant side effect from her clitoral hood piercing:
I am so glad I found your website. I need your wisdom. I have had my vch for about two years and ever since I got it I have had a fishy scent. Prior to my piercing I had no scent at all - not to be gross, but my husband said I had no scent or taste. For example, I could be in bed for days with the flu and not shower and still not have any scent. Now, even though I wash daily I still end up with a fishy scent by the end of the day. (Sorry for the to-much-info details but I wanted to explain just how much my vagina has changed since the piercing). I clean with ivory and move the barbell back and forth. I don't have any discharge, redness, or pain. My husband said the scent is not that strong but I am horrified. I have not changed my piercing since I got it and from what the piercer told me I have a stainless steel barbell with "less than 18% nickel". I am wondering if I need to chane to another material, if I may have bacteria inside the piercing, or if the barbell possibly changed the pH of my vagina??? Should I just take it out? I am so embarrassed and would be grateful for any advice you could give me.
Thanks so much,