December 12th, 2009
Posted December 9, 2009, 1:56 PM EST: The Piercing Bible, Definitive Guide is excellent source. As an RN, I have worked in our emergency department and I prepare patients for surgery. I educate my patients and colleagues regarding body piercing. I have found Elayne Angel to be my educator. Her extensive knowledge and professionalism have given me the tools to better teach others. I quote from her book, and try to help remove the stigma associated with people who choose to adorn their bodies. I HIGHLY recommend this book to ALL, but also encourage my fellow healthcare professionals to be informed!
October 30th, 2009
I received a piercing-related question that I hadn't heard before:
I got a VCH piercing two weeks ago and was just wondering if you know anything about clit pumping after a piercing? I've looked on the web but can't find anything about it. Sincerly, Sarah
My response: Hi Sarah, You'd certainly need to wait for a few months before attempting any pumping as it puts a rather intense pressure on the tissue. The piercing should be very well healed. Obviously you need to have a pump that fits over the jewelry to get a good seal--but that shouldn't be an issue is you're wearing average-sized jewelry. Have you done pumping previously? If so, then you already should have familiarity with how it feels and how the process works. So you'd just need to add some awareness of your piercing and if there is any soreness or discomfort, you should ease up or stop.
December 16th, 2008
I received this question today:
Hi, I have a few questions about the Vertical Hood Piercing. How long is it recommended before having sex or exercising? I have heard that some people aren't able to run or walk upstairs without nearly having an orgasm. How common is this? Also I have heard from someone who had one that when they took it out, there were bumps that formed. Is this something that often happens upon removing the piercing? Thank you very much. Akilah
Hi Akilah, Thanks for your email. Whether you think of it as fortunate or unfortunate, most women do not have any problems climbing stairs or exercising as a result of enjoying their piercings "too much." There is often a period of heightened sensitivity or hypersensitivity for a short time after piercing, but this tends to normalize over a short period of time. There is more information about sensation, sensitivity, and related subjects in my book. There is no required period for abstaining from sexual activity or exercise, but there are some very important rules to which you must adhere. This passage is from The Piercing Bible:
December 13th, 2008
Today I received this query in the comments section of one of my posts:
HI! I am 44, and have been considering a VCH for a while now, and find that most of the research I have done has led me to you and Rings of Desire. I appreciate your expertise, and any time you could give to address my questions. Hubby and I will be attempting the q-tip test today, and I hope to email you a pic of that for your expert advice (if that's ok). I have no real local resources (small midwestern town). 1. How do I determine what size jewelry to buy? I need to use 14k gold (metal allergy issues with anything else) and I assume not all shops carry 14k. Maybe that's a bad assumption, but I'm guessing I'll buy in advance and take it to the shop with me -
2. Will I be able to change the jewelry myself (or can my hubby) if i want to increase size, or will I need to return to my piercer? 3. I've heard the phrase "growing out" - what exactly does that mean? Thank you so much for your time! I look forward to hearing from you, and would love to know if you would look at my photos, if hubby can get any good ones! All best, LizHi Liz, Sounds like you have LOTS of questions that will all be answered in detail by my book. You can pre-order it at a discount on Amazon.com. Below you will find some brief answers to your questions to tide you over: 1. I would not suggest buying jewelry in advance. A piercer with a quality studio will stock a wide range of suitable styles, sizes, and materials. You should not need to determine the size--your piercer should know EXACTLY what you need for your build and suggest the size for you.
December 3rd, 2008
Here is an email exchange that started as a comment to one of my other posts:
Hey, I wanted to know if I could ask a question about a VCH that was done MONTHS ago (at least 5) and might be rejecting.How do I know? Would I be able to send a picture and you tell me.. or can I find a picture online?
My response: You are welcome to email me a photo or two to: [email protected] and I'd be happy to take a look. What problems are you having that make you feel concerned about this? To see photos and a diagram of properly placed VCH piercings go here: http://ringsofdesire.com/femalegenital.html and http://ringsofdesire.com/q_tip.html. Or, you can watch me do the piercing here. Marie wrote again:
September 4th, 2008
Since I get so many piercing questions, I thought it would be good to share the information I provide with anyone who is interested. So, I'm going to be posting the questions and answers as they come along as a regular feature of this blog.
September 4th, 2008
The Question: Hi, I hope you don't mind my asking a question I'm very concerned with as I've heard you are the best and would trust your advice. I just got my nipples pierced on Saturday. I have flat nipples to begin with, they aren't inverted - just not erect without stimulation or being cold. I did some online research beforehand and from what I read found that it should cause them to stay a little more "perky." The piercer marked saw them flat, in fact she marked them flat and I'm not sure she ever saw them erect. I was so nervous, I didn't even realize that I hadn't gotten to check the markings myself before they were pierced. Now that it's been a few days, I'm noticing something that's irking me. On the right side, one side the CBR seems to come out of the nipple itself, almost at the edge of it at an angle, but on the other side it's further back and seems to be out of the areola or behind the nipple instead. If I look front on in my bathroom mirror they're even and everything, but up close something just doesn't seem... lined up. Aesthetically it's a bit annoying, but what I'm really worried about is if this is going to cause me a bigger problem. More prone to reject, damage to the nipple etc. What should I do? Learn to live with it, or take them out? Could I get it redone later and perhaps get them pierced erect so it lines up better? Or is nipple piercing just not for me? Is this not even an issue? I'm so confused.