The Q-tip Test

This information relates to the Vertical Clitoral Hood (VCH) piercing.

The video above shows how to do the q-tip test. PLEASE WATCH IT, AND READ AND FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW CAREFULLY! Photos and more impotant details are below. 

About 90% of my clients need to retake photos from a failure to follow one of the steps!

• IMPORTANT: De-fluff (remove some of the cottony part), lubricate the swab tip, and mark a line where the post ends and the cottony tip starts
• Locate the "inverted-V" of your hood--you'll put the swab under there
• Gently lift the hood a small distance from the body
• Slide the swab tip underneath the hood, but don't push up too hard, and angle the swab so it is visible under your hood
• If the natural overhang of skin does not cover the swab tip, try to manipulate the tissue over it as shown in the video (it won't stay down on its own, but you just need to be able to manually get it to cover).

* Do not pull upward on the skin above your hood--that makes it look shallower than it really is.*

Scroll down for detailed information on the photos I need to see to evaluate you for a VCH piercing. 

Locate the "inverted-V" at the edge of your hood:
Inverted-V of the hood

Please mark the base of the swab to make it easier to see:
q-tip marked

And angle the swab so it's placement is visible under your skin

See the swab through the tissue

DO NOT push too hard with the swab, it makes the hood appear shallower than it is:q-tip test pushing too hard

The same hood without pushing too hard on the swab:
Q-tip Test for VCH Piercing

DO NOT pull the hood tissue up--that makes your hood look shallower than it is:Pulling tissue up for q-tip test (wrong!)

Make sure the swab slides under the hood without getting hung up on the tissue:
questionable q-tip testq-tip test fail--caught up on hood tissue

ERROR!! Be sure to place the swab UNDER THE HOOD (where the red dot is located, below left), NOT under the clitoris! The photo at right shows the "inverted-V" marked with lines). The piercing was done with the receiving tube in this position; the piercee got an accidental (and VERY painful) clitoral glans piercing--her hood was pierced to her clitoris!)
Q-tip test WRONG (under clitoris instead of under hood)Accidental Clitoris Piercing (VCH requested)


If you already have a VCH piercing and you wish to have me evaluate it for proper placement and jewelry fit, I need to see CLEAR, CLOSE-UP photos like the ones on this page.

In the images below it is evident that the jewelry does not come out from underneath the hood at all--they are surface piercings. They are not VCH piercings.

A Surface Vertical Clitoral Hood (VCH) Piercing with RingA Surface Vertical Clitoral Hood (VCH) Piercing with Bar

If you have a VCH that does go under your hood, I need to see it from the front and also from the underside, so I can see where the piercing comes through underneath in relation to your clitoris.

However, if your piercing is new, it may not be wise to manipulate it in the manner required to expose the underside of the piercing. Excess trauma can cause bleeding, pain, and possibly healing problems so you may need to wait a week or two before you can get photos that clearly show the underside.

In the photo below left, it looks like the piercing is in the proper position. But in the photo on the right, it is possible to see that the jewelry is just skimming through the hood instead of puncturing at the deepest natural part (as marked in the photos further down the page).

A Vertical Clitoral Hood (VCH) Surface Piercing (hard to tell)A Vertical Clitoral Hood (VCH) Surface Piercing exposed

Below is another surface VCH piercing. It appears that the piercing is properly placed in photo on left, but closer inspection reveals that the jewelry is NOT under the clitoral hood. This hood appears too small for a VCH piercing.

VCH Piercing appears properly placed, but...VCH is clearly a surface piercing and hood is not a candidate

To fully evaluate a VCH (that is not a surface piercing) I NEED TO SEE THE UNDERSIDE. Without looking underneath, I can't tell whether the jewelry is properly placed for maximum stimulation (and safety). You will need to lift your hood from the edge to reveal where the bottom of the piercing comes through the tissue. 

VCH Underside View

The photos below are of shallow VCH piercings that are marked with optimal placement near the apex under the deepest part of the hood. If they are too close to the edge of your hood, there are risks of migration, rejection, and/or tearing. If they are deep enough to be safe, they are not going to provide as much stimulation as a properly placed piercing, which causes the jewelry to touch the clitoris more.

Shallow vertical clit hood piercing from under/side viewShallow vertical clit hood piercing from under/side view

You may still be able to do the q-tip test with existing jewelry in place. On the left, a shallow VCH piercing with and an arrow is marked for the approximate location of where the VCH piercing should have been placed. On the right, a surface VCH in place during the q-tip test

Q-tip test on hood with shallow VCH piercingA Vertical Clitoral Hood (VCH) Surface Piercing with Q-tip test