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Elayne Angel

Katie K

Elayne Angel is absolutely fabulous!! I wasn't real nervous about getting my VCH until I was there. Elayne is so personable and professional she immediately put me at ease. The piercing itself was over in a blink and hasn't given me anything but a tremendous amount of pleasure. I highly recommend Elayne to anyone considering this type of piercing or any other for that matter. Thank you, thank you, thank you Elayne!


Hello! I got my vch piercing before buying the piercing bible and belive me it should have been the other way around! By reading this book, looking at pictures and educating myself through Elayne's knowledge i found out that i had a surface hood piercing not an actual vch piercing ! (I heard this is very common.) So i wrote to Elayne to make sure i was right. The I took it out. Obviously i want the real deal not a bad piercing. So i went back and got pierced again by someone who knows what they are doing. Elayne's book helped me to evaluate the piercer that did it for me and i knew exactly what questions to ask to make sure i end up with a perfect vch piercing.

If i can tell one thing to the women out there who are considering a vch piercing is to read this book and educate yourself so you don't end up with a botched piercing! i learned from my own mistake and hopefully this message will help other women not to make the same mistake i did. Yes it is important to trust your piercer but you also need know exactly what you are getting done and be well informed! The piercing bible will help you do that and make you feel more confident! When its done right trust me it is the best piercing to have and i don't regret having it re-pierced. Thanks again Elayne for this amazing book!

Thank you so much for your words of wisdom and encouraging others to become educated before getting pierced. I'm sorry they were learned through your own bad experience.

Be safe! Elayne


I did oodles and oodles of research before getting a VCH piercing by Elayne. After reading all the horror stories on her Piercing Bible blog section, there was *no way* I was going to have anyone other than Elayne do the job. Given the fact that she performs thousands of VCH piercings every year, I knew I was in good hands.

We exchanged a couple of emails and I performed the Q-Tip test to confirm that I was a candidate for a VCH. Then I had to wait until she made her (seemingly) yearly trek to Obscurities in Dallas, TX. I didn't get super nervous until I was sitting in the lobby of the studio. Elayne was wonderful at calming my nerves. She gave a thorough explanation at each step of the piercing process. The actual piercing was more startling than it was painful. The piercing bled a little bit and I was a little tender for a couple of days. I'd estimate my healing time to be around three weeks total. I followed Elayne's advice to the letter (saline soaks and Bronner's soap washes) and had no problems with the piercing at all.

I can't say enough nice things about Elayne. She's a very skilled professional piercer and if I ever get the nerve to get something else pierced, I will definitely have her do it.



I've just gotten my belly pierced 2 days ago. Now I'm worried that it'll leave a scar because this morning I was positive that I'm pregnant. Should I take it off now? Because I googled and it appears to me that the belly button looks ugly when pregnant and the scar looks bad. What should I do?

Yes if you're pregnant the jewelry should be removed and the piercing abandoned right away. Just wash the area and your hands and remove the jewelry. Wash the area daily with soap and water until the wound has clearly sealed up.

This is a brief section from my book, The Piercing Bible that is relevant to your issue about healing a piercing during pregnancy:

"Your body is already occupied with a momentous and complex task: creating and nurturing your baby. Getting pierced during pregnancy also exposes your unborn child to unnecessary risks of infection (particularly because of changes to your immune system when you are pregnant), allergic reaction, bloodborne disease, and medication used to treat complications.

If you anticipate becoming pregnant in the next year or so, postpone getting a piercing with an extended healing time, especially the navel. Even if your navel piercing is almost healed, as your abdomen grows and the area changes, further healing of this area cannot take place. If you have a fresh or unhealed piercing, remove your jewelry once it is confirmed that you are expecting. Bolster your system to contend with your pregnancy instead of depleting it by trying to heal a piercing."


I contacted Elayne regarding whether or not I would be able to anatomically suit a VCH. Her responses were incredibly prompt and informative. I felt comfortable throughout the entire consultation, and her responses were very thorough as well as personable. I felt like I was chatting with a friend and neighbor, who happens to be incredibly smart and talented. I went to one of her recommend piercers who is near where I live. The entire experience was not only easy, I also felt I was prepared for each step next to come. The needle stick, was indeed just that, minor, and the only remotely uncomfortable part of the process, and that was fleeting. No shock, nor discomfort, no surprises! I am a firm believer that knowledge is power and that Elayne provided the knowledge to EMPOWER me in making this decision, completely well-informed. If you're considering any piercing, it is well worth your peace of mind to read the piercing bible, contact Elayne for her expert advice, and trust in her recommended piercers list if you're unable to travel to the lady herself.


Hi Elayne, Your site is so informative. I've been thinking about getting a VCH piercing for a while. Do you ever come to Central Florida? Or could you recommend a place to go that is good in Orlando or Tampa? I'd love if I could get you to do mine.

Hi Amber, Thanks for your interest. All of my piercer referrals are posted on this page of this website:

If I haven't personally worked with or trained any piercers in your area, you can check the website for a member of the Association of Professional Piercers who is local to you:

The APP is a non-profit international organization dedicated to disseminating vital health and safety information about piercing to piercers, piercees, medical professionals, legislators, and the general public. The piercers are not "certified" by the association, however. While some of the piercers on the list may have taken my seminars at the annual APP conferences, I still wouldn't consider them to have been "trained by me," as those courses only last a few hours and aren't sufficient for providing a thorough education. Please meet the piercer and see if you develop a good rapport and if they inspire your confidence.

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. This website contains just barely a taste of the information in my book!

Lola L

Hi Elayne! I just wanted you to know that my partner and I are beyond pleased with the VCH you performed In Dallas.I had my heart set on a triangle or a HCH, but after you explained why these would no be good options, I was ok with the VCH. We really appreciated how professional and friendly you were. When you included my partner in the decision making process, it meant a great deal to both of us. I was worried about the pain and the aftercare, but it was not painful! Just a quick stick and burn, and the aftercare products have been amazing. As it turns out, the VCH was probably meant to be, as the jewelry has some wonderful sexual side effects!! Elayne you are just amazing! The VCH was the final step in our 2 day commitment ceremony. Thank you so much for being a part of it! All the best to you and your husband!

Lola L

PS. I have a couple of GF's that would like to have this same procedure done. I am forwarding your links to them and told them you are the only person I would ever consider doing this!


Thanks for referring me to Bethra in Atlanta. I had my VCH piercing done on Wednesday march 6th and couldnt have been more pleased with her knowledge and experience.


I want to thank you for having this page and the book you wrote. I've been considering a VCH piercing for a couple of years now and after buying your book I finally went and got it done 2 days ago. I was careful on who I picked and did a lot of research on where to go. I finally settled on a Sacred Heart a studio in Houston. The piercer Mickey did a phenomenal job. He was informative, well mannered, and extremely nice. Thanks to the pictures you posted I knew exactly how my VCH was supposed to be placed. There was surprisingly little to no bleeding at all with very minimal swelling. I'm beyond happy with the results. Your doing a great service by helping to inform people such as myself. Thanks again.


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I woul like to contct you about a VCH piercing I had done. However the site will not let me. It says that you allow no more than 2 comments per 2 hours, or something of that nature. Anyhow, I've never contacted you before so Im confused as to why it would say that. Any suggestions?

Hi Alexis,

You can use the Contact navigation to send me a message, but first please see my Consultations page:


Awesome recommendation. Got my VCH done in London by Julie @ Cold Steel. The appointment process was straight forward, friendly, and informative. Julie is super sweet, very patient and professional. My piercing follows the same process as described by others that saw her. Hard to describe how it felt. It wasn't a quick sharp pain but rather a dull discomfort as if my skin was slowly getting pulled to the point that began to hurt then it was over before any real pain kicked in. Once the ring is on, all discomfort/pain disappears. There were a few drops of blood for the first 30 mins. Julie also provides support if there are any questions with aftercare/healing. She recommended a surgical steel rings as opposed to a titanium one cuz it's shininger n prettier. Had to sit on an 18 hour flight the next day. It was a bit annoying but not as bad as one would expect and no signs of visible swelling even after a day of sitting. Too lazy to do the sea salt thing so using Summers Eve wipes instead. Day 1.5, so far all is great.

Glad to hear all went well, but I wanted to let you know that Summers Eve wipes are not intended for use on wounds so I would not advise clients to use them on piercings. You can find appropriate care guidelines here: Thanks, Elaye


Elayne, I cannot explain to you how please I was with your prompt consultation. Your knowledge & expertise was just what I was looking for to address the placement issues that I was experiencing with my nose piercing. I am relieved to know that there was a solution. Also, thank you for providing me the useful information from the Association of Professional Piercers (APP). I am defenitely more informed about my decision to have my nose re-pierced and feel confident because I am more knowledgeable when working with my piercer.

Elayne, thanks so much! The pictures you sent me to show the area for the correct placement of my piercing were right on. I'm taking these with me to show my piercer.

Thanks So Much, Dawn


I wholeheartedly recommend Elayne Angel's book, The Piercing Bible, to anyone who is interested in the culture of body piercing. Elayne's infinite knowledge and experience provide a wealth of information for piercers and piercees alike. This book is a must-have in any library - it is easy to read and an excellent source of reference. A comprehensive and practical guide.


Hi! I just wanted to say that as a healthcare professional I admire your professionalism and skill. Your site displays an uncommon understanding of anatomy and medicine. Your clinical photos are of medical symposium quality. Most importantly it seems that you've helped a lot of women... Yours truly, Chris

Shelley Todd

R U ever in th San Diego area??

Hi Shelley,

Thanks for your interest. I'd be happy to pierce you! However, Los Angeles is the closest to you that I'll be working in the foreseeable future. I'll be piercing there in April. Details are available from the link in the "Upcoming Events" block in the right sidebar.

If you'd like to make an appointment, use the CONTACT navigation above to get in touch with me. I frequently have clients drive or fly in from other areas when I work.


مرحبا إيلين! بعد أكثر مثير للدهشة تلتئم مشككات من أنت أجريت لك مشككات على كل من الحلمات للذهابع مشككات الحلمة يتطلع إلى أن يكون تريفيكتا بلدي الكمال! أشكركم مرة أخرى لتفعل ما تفعله - أنت بلا شك أفضل!

I put that message in a translation program, and it came up with this: Perfectionistic Hello, Elayne! After the piercings healed, I think you are even more amazing than I thought before. Your work on both of Zhaba's nipple piercings looks to be perfect! Thank you again for doing what you do - you are undoubtedly the best!


Cory Smith

Elayne, your book has seriously helped me with my piercing. I'm still learning more and more from reading your book every day, but both my clients and I have definitely seen improvements in my piercing abilities. Thank you so much, I sincerely recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in piercing or even being pierced.

- Cory


I absolutely love your book, it has been incredibly helpful. It contains so much helpful information that I have learned more than I ever imagined. I also wanted to thank you for your recommendation of Alicia at Sol Tribe in Denver, CO. She was incredibly kind and helpful, and even worked with my fear of needles.


It Has Been Four Weeks Since You Did My VCH Piercing And I Love It. I Was Scared That The Piercing Would Be PainfuL And It Was Not.You Were ExtremeLy Professional And Kind Making This An Even Better Experience. Highly Recommend. I Am Already Thinking About Y Next Piercing.

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