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Elayne Angel


When I researched the fourchette piercing I only wanted it done by the best (Elyane). Unfortunately, I couldn't get to Mexico to see her, but she referred me to Pat in New Orleans. He was absolutely wonderful and made the experience pleasant. I can't thank Elayne enough because going to someone she recommended gave me absolute peace of mind and confidence in my Piercer. (Pat Roig is awesome! ) I love my piercing as much as I thought I would!


Thank you for this site! I have wanted to peruse this for a while now but haven't researched it until now, you are very helpful ;) thanks!

Alexandria Vance

this book is the best book i've ever brought! no doubt about it, it helped me think realistic about what piercings i should and shouldn't get, with so much information on piercings i didn't even know existed. I emailed elayne and she told me what i should do. it was so nice to read real informatoin on piercings :)


Hey Elayne!

Just wanted to let you know that I absolutely love my nipple piercings! They healed so well and you made me so relaxed and calm! Thank you so much for all of your hard work and patience! It really pays off :) I can't wait to get pierced by you again!

Rosalind Realer

Your site was very informative and i really appreciate the information presented. I hope that you come to philadelphia again. I wanted to know if you will post any information on re piercing. I had a hood pierced before and i wanted to know if it is possible to have a successful re piercieng.

Hi Rosalind,

Your ability to have a successful piercing depends not only on the skills and abilities of your piercer, but also your anatomy. Feel free to send photos as explained on this page of this site: (or click the Female Genital Piercing page in the navigation on the right side of this page, and scroll to the bottom) so that I can evaluate your anatomy, including the q-tip test.

Assuming you are anatomically built for a piercing, and there was no major scar tissue formation or other complications from a prior piercing attempt, then you should be able to be repierced with no problems.

I plan to pierce in Philadelphia in March or April 2012.

If you would like to be notified when I make travel plans, please sign up for my newsletter in the box on the left lower portion of the page: (or just click the wings logo above) It is an "opt-in" list, so I can't add you myself.

Sincerely, Elayne

Elayne Angel, Author The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing President, Association of Professional Piercers

Andrea Holmes

Hello! I have read the piercing bible twice now and im just fasinated by the amount of information that i have learned. I myself want to become a body mod professional. I enjoyed the part thats in there about suspension. The best book i have ever bought!! Thanks for being awesome and helping inform the world!! :)

Andrea, Thanks so much for your lovely comments. I'm so glad you found The Piercing Bible to be so informative and enjoyable! If you have any questions that weren't answered in the book, please feel free to ask.


I found your site while looking into getting a genital piercing. I will be married 21 years this December and my husband was recently sent out of state for his work. Though he is only 4 hours away it was necessary for him to get a place there. I would like to get a VCH piercing to liven up the bedroom talk, so to speak, lol. I unfortunately dont live no where near you. I live in Michigan. But your site has given me alot of useful information to bring to the person going to pierce me tomorrow. If you ever do make it up here I would like my nipples pierced also. To look at me you would never know I have 12 tattoos and 2 piercing lol.

I have two piercer referrals in Michigan, and would highly suggest you visit one of them. Their information is on this page: (or click the "Piercer Referrals" link in the navigation on the right side of this page.


I finaly made the decision to get a VCH piercing. I made the drive down to NOLA tattoo in New Orleans with a friend. I am SOOOO glad that I went there as per Elayne's recommendation. Pat was AWESOME!!! This is my only piercing and I was super nervous. Pat really calmed my nerves, I asked tons of questions and he gave me tons of answers. All in all the whole process took a few minutes and I was enjoying Cafe du Monde beingets before I knew it, LOL!! Def. worth the trip!!


Hi Elayne :) I've decided I really would like to have a vch piercing but would prefer YOU do it.... its so unfortunate that your new orleans shop closed because I live way down here in the Gulfport/Biloxi Mississippi area and new orleans would be just a little over an hr away for me to travel to. I'm concerned about getting a piercing incorrectly placed and/or the wrong size or shaped jewelry placed as well. I get very intense sexual pleasure from my clitoris as many women do and the last thing I was is to dull that sensation in any way....I would love to have it enhanced (big smile) if thats even possible ! Will you be in this area anytime soon? or could you suggest someone in this area that would do this procedure correctly and proficiently for me? new orleans to mobile, would be the area range across the gulf coast that i'm willing to travel. Thank you sincerely, Tina

Hi Tina,

Thanks for your message.

Have you done the q-tip test as pictured on this page of my website: to see if you are anatomically suited for a VCH piercing? Simply insert the swab under your hood but don't push up too hard on it. Sometimes there's not much of a natural "overhang" of skin, but if it can be manipulated to cover, it is still safe to do the piercing. So if your hood doesn't cover the tip of the swab, use your other hand to try to manually move the tissue down to try to draw the skin over to the swab tip. (It is easier to push the tissue down rather than try to pull it.) Also, you might want to de-fluff the swab and lubricate it a bit if your hood seems snug or shallow.

All of my piercer referrals are posted on this page of my website: and there is a piercer in New Orleans I trained, and he worked with me for over 10 years.

Additionally, the best thing I can suggest to help you make good decisions about piercing is to become a more well-educated consumer. If you found my website informative, I think you'll be amazed by all of the valuable facts and practical advice in my book, The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing. It contains loads of information about evaluating piercers and studios, piercing placements, appropriate body jewelry sizes, styles, and materials, aftercare, troubleshooting, and much, much more.


LISA naab

Dear Elayne, I find myself very interesred in your work. are you planning on coming to the New York area, particularly the Buffalo area. i would be very interested in seeing you and getting some work done. let me know.


Hi Lisa, Thanks for your interest. As a member of the Association of Professional Piercers, I work only in studios that meet the environmental criteria of the organization. Unfortunately, there isn't a single studio in NYC that has a member. Most of my NY clients and others from all over the East Coast come to see me when I'm in Philadelphia. I plan to return there several times a year, and my next visit will be in March or April--I haven't set the dates as yet.

If you would like to be notified when I make travel plans, please sign up for my newsletter in the box on the left lower portion of the front page (just click the wings logo in the header above). It is an "opt-in" list, so I can't add you myself.



> Hi Elayne, > Though you don't know me, you have really helped me out by inspiring me to get a VCH piercing. Before I found your book and your site, I was somewhat intimidated by piercings (especially of the nether regions). Adding to my concern was the fact that I have a condition known as vulvadynia. This is a fairly rare condition that basically leaves a woman with unexplained vulvar pain, itching, and swelling. It comes and goes in flare ups but is NOT a disease or transmittable. As one may imagine it definitely interferes with a love life at times as well as a womans's perception of her "sexiness". It is pretty hard to feel sexy while sex is not an option and even walking is uncomfortable. > > I think that my struggles are what drove me to your website. The concept of a piercing that not only enhances aesthetic, but sexual sensation was EXTREMELY appealing to me. Exploring your website, book and hearing about other women's experiences truly empowered me to get the piercing. For that I owe you much thanks. I am also very happy that you show so many botched piercings. It deterred me from going to a less than stellar piercer. > > I also have to give a shout out to Roger Rabb!T who you refer to as a skilled piercer. Since I couldn't get pierced by you, I feel I found the best alternative. The experience a Prix Tattoo was phenomenal and well worth the drive of many hours. Besides having great manners and professionalism, Roger was efficient and the process was relatively pain-free. Now that I've had my piercing for a week and things are starting to heal I am seeing such great results. The sensation is great and I can't help but feel unique in sexy way now. I think that many women with sexual dysfunctions like mine would greatly benefit from considering a genital piercing such as the VCH. > Thanks again!


Do u think ull eva com to memphis, tn

Hi Tootie, There is some chance I may pierce in Memphis, though it isn't in my current plans. If you would like to be notified when I make travel plans, please sign up for my newsletter in the box on the left lower portion of the front page of this site: (Just click the wings logo at the top of this page)

Note that it is an "opt-in" list, so I can't add you myself.


Elayne, I just wanted to let you and anyone who reads this know what a wonderful experience it was to be pierced by you in Seattle. I'm so lucky to have seen the notice that you were coming to town. Of course I knew you were the most knowledgeable about the triangle piercing and frankly, I wouldn't have trusted anyone else to do it. But you were also so lovely and easy to talk to, I felt completely comfortable the entire time. The piercing itself was easy, hardly painful at all. At the end of the session, I just wished that I could spend more time getting to know you---and I don't feel that way about a lot of people ;) Thank you so much, and I will keep up to date on your travels so hopefully I can have another piercing in the near future. All the best!

Marielle E

I have read several publications on body piercing, and The Piercing Bible is by far the best, most informative, helpful book on the subject that i have EVER come across. It was also the most interesting. I could not put it down! I read the whole book cover to cover, and i never left home without it until i had finished it. Now i always keep it close at hand and refer back to it often for guidance. I have learned so much, and it's nice to have some solid info, instead of all the mixed messages you get on the web.

I strongly recommend this book to anyone who does piercings, gets piercings, or even is just interested in them. The Piercing Bible was worth every penny spent, and is probably one of my most valued purchases i've made all year.



I got a VCH from Elayne today and it went so well! She was very patient and helpful with all the questions I had. I just loved how she placed a cooling pad on the piercing so it didn't hurt as much after!


Driving several hours to Seattle for fun weekend and get VCH pierced by Elyane Angel. I am so happy that I came across her website and her book few months ago. She made me feel safe and less nervous than I would have. On 2nd day of having my VCH pierced. No pain no swelling. Very little bleeding. I'm very pleased with her work!!! Thank you Elyane! It was great meeting you!



great site!

carmen gist

im interested in a vch piercing and my question is will a 14k curved bar be appropiate for this type of piercing

Hi there,

I do ordinarily use a curved bar, in 14 or 12 gauge, and the appropriate length is anatomically dependent. So you will need your piercer to assist you in the selection of the right size.

There's a lot to know about gold body jewelry. Here's a section from The Piercing Bible about it:

Gold has a long history of use within the body. Its use in modern dentistry also attests to its safety. Still, specific implant designations do not exist for gold. It comes in many different alloys, so use caution when making a purchase, especially since gold is significantly more expensive than most other body jewelry materials. Cheap gold is never good gold. However, a high price tag alone does not guarantee quality or acceptability for wear in body piercings.

The term karat refers to the purity of gold. Pure gold, or twenty-four karat gold (24K), is highly biocompatible, but it is too soft for body jewelry. It must be alloyed with other metals. Out of twenty-four parts of metal, eighteen karat (18K) indicates that eighteen parts are gold and six parts are other elements (75 percent gold and 25 percent other elements).1 Some piercers sell fourteen karat (14K) gold, which is about 58 per- cent gold. Regardless of how many karats the gold is, the jewelry is safe to wear in the body only when inert elements are used in the alloy.

If there is too much silver, copper, or other reactive material in the mixture, even eighteen-karat gold can be problematic. Much of the white gold used for body jewelry is alloyed without nickel; for whiteness it contains palladium, an inert element in the platinum family. Colored golds such as pink and green should be avoided, since they usually include irritating elements.

Acidic body fluids can react with certain alloys and cause a dark discoloration of the metal. Frequent use of a gold-polishing cloth will usually resolve this problem. Gold is durable, but excessive exposure to chlorine (in pools and hot tubs) can cause gold jewelry to become brittle.

Gold has an undeserved reputation as being unsafe for initial piercings, but when it is alloyed for wear in the body, it works very well. Because of its high cost, many piercers do not stock a large selection of gold jewelry, so you may need to place an advance order if you wish to start a piercing with it. Regular fine jewelers are often unfamiliar with the need for inert alloys, smooth surfaces, and safe closures. Consult a piercer about the exact requirements before you place an order or purchase gold jewelry.



Mary Pip

Thank you Elayne for making the trek to Oklahoma City! Thankfully I stumbled upon your "Piercing Bible" website when I began my research on female geintal piercings! Ordered my copy, read it cover to cover (more than once!) and estatically discovered you were making a stop in OKC, just 2 short hours from where I live!! The 3 months I eagerly waited from the time I contacted you until the actual date of our fateful appointment were spent carefully combing thru your "bible" in preparation for my piercings. Thank you so very much for putting me at such great ease! From the moment I met you, I felt as if I had known you forever and a day! Had it not been for the fleeting, split second pinch from each piercing, I wold dare say I had just made an appointment to hang out and visit with a dear friend! I was completely at ease through the entire process, thanks in part to knowing I was completely prepared and because of you! One amazing experience, 45 minutes, 3 piercings and 1 hug later, I walked out of the 23rd Street shop feeling as if I could do anything! So very grateful for the opportunity to meet you and your husband and for the opportunity to be pierced by THE expert in female genital piercings! After all, you wrote the book on it! 2 weeks later, I am healing wonderfully! I am in awe of myself, my piercings and Elayne Angel! Any questions/concerns that may have come up during this process have all been in my handy dandy Piercing Bible. I highly recommend "The Piercing Bible"! Should I ever decide to add more piercings to my collection, I know to whom and where I will be going...wherever Elayne Angel is making a piercing tour stop! Thank you again Elayne, you are truly a gem! Thanks for going above and beyond to share your expertise with the world and for striving to promote health and safety for all piercers and piercees!

David Audet

Thank you Elayne for your explanations on female piercings, aftercare and associated information it has helped my wife immensely In her choice of what piercing to choose. So Helpful, thank you again. Best regards

David Audet Sydney Australia

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