November 4th, 2012
I received a photo from a woman who was concerned that her VCH piercing wasn't properly placed (after viewing this website). She was correct:
I told her:
Unfortunately, you're going to need to abandon your piercing. It is simply placed too close to the edge of your hood for safety (even if you were to change out the super long bar for a shorter one). There is a high risk of migration and rejection (which can result in a split hood!). Also, the jewelry is nowhere near your clitoris. So even if you wated to keep it, you would not be expected to experience any enhaced sensation from it.
I think you should talk to the owner of the studio and try to get your money back.
Who did the piercing for you? Where are you located? Perhaps I can suggest a qualified professional in your area.
November 2nd, 2012
I got a message from a woman with an inner labia piercing:
I just recently pierced my labia minora and I have been cleansing it with saline solution three times a day. It burns like crazy when I go to the bathroom though. I don't know if that can infect it or what I need to do to prevent infection. Please help. Thanks.
Photo of a woman with a VCH (Vertical Clitoral Hood)
and inner labia (labia minora) piercings
This is an excerpt from my book, The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing, and I think it could help you:
Genital Piercing: Urinating
Bodily fluids are apt to get on certain genital piercings, which is not a problem—if they are your own. Urine is one of man’s first antiseptics and, if you are healthy, your own liquid waste will not harm your piercing. The regular passage of urine over the jewelry helps to minimize crusting, too. Urine can sting during the first few days of healing, so drink lots of water. This dilutes the urine and lowers the acidity, which minimizes discomfort. Cranberry juice or large quantities of orange juice or vitamin C will make your urine acidic,1 which may cause excess discomfort. Additionally, you can pour a clean cup of water—warm or cool, as you prefer—over the area as you urinate. This rinses off the urine so it doesn’t linger uncomfortably, and the water feels soothing.
Piercing care information is here: http://piercingbible.com/piercing-care
November 1st, 2012
I received yet another email from a woman who felt her "triangle piercing" wasn't properly placed. She was right:
I received a triangle piercing three days ago. I'm feeling a lot of discomfort. can you please take a look at my piercing. I just want to make sure it was done correctly.
Nope--sorry, it is not even close. It looks to be about an inch south of where it should be. The triangle should be right beneath the clitoral shaft, which goes back and up from your clitoral glans. We can clearly see the head of your clitoral glans peeking out from underneath the "inverted V" of your hood. The piercing would need to be quite near to there... So you have the piercing equivalent of about a mile off from where it should have been placed. There is no likelihood of you receiving the type of stimulation that a properly placed triangle piercing can provide (from the back of the clitoris).
Fortunately, it is unlikely that you will suffer any damage to vital structures from the piercing being so low. It is more of a missed opportunity for enhancement, plus the pain or discomfort and also the expense of going through a piercing that isn't what you wanted, and isn't located where it is supposed to be.
I also marked your images with the approximate location of a triangle.
The piercer's name was Perry. He works at Gold Coast studio in Monterey, CA. I initially went in for a VCH , but was told that I was suited for it. I'm more upset that he suggested the triangle knowing he didn't have experience performing the procedure.
October 24th, 2012
I received a message form a woman who was experiencing a problem:
I've had my VCH piercing for over a year now. I love it and I never want to remove it. But recently I went to the Doctor for URETHRITIS and of course they recommended that I remove and or use plastic jewlery. Should the balls on the end of my jewlery be plastic or would it be much safer to get an entire plastic piece.
Admittedly, I'm not a doctor, but I know medical professionals often have a tendency to blame health conditions on piercings whether that makes sense or not.
One concern with having your doctor focused on your piercing as the cause of the problem means that the real reason may not get addressed.
A VCH is not located very near to the urethral opening. The image shows an improperly placed VCH piercing marked with an arrow where the jewelry should be resting, and the line marked at the bottom shows the location of the urethra. As you can see, the jewelry is quite far away from the urethra!
October 9th, 2012
I received a message and some photos from a woman who got pierced twice, and neither was properly placed....
Hi, I'm writing to ask you a couple of questions....I have just recently got a VCH piercing... now when I went in the first time to get my piercing done she seemed kind of unprofessional at a couple of points, but it never made me to too nervous, I was terrified of getting the piercing, and she put the needle through and I knew at that point deep down that the piercing was in the wrong spot, it did not feel right at all, but like an idiot, I didn't say anything and I went home and my boyfriend had looked at it and he said that it wasn't in my hood at all, it never even came close to my clitoris.
October 3rd, 2012
I had a truly great time and wondreful visits in both studios. I want to thank my hosts and their staffs for all of their assistance and support. I know it makes a lot of extra work when all of my clients come through, and they worked hard to make sure everything went smootly.
I want to also thank all of the clients who came out to get pierced by me! I hope you're all enjoying your piercings and healing well.
At this point I'm planning to return to Dallas in March, as I had a waiting list of 31 clients I was unable to accommodate with appointments because I was so booked up!
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Here are some photos of some of the work I did on the road.
September 7th, 2012
A woman wrote to me:
I got this yesterday. It doesn't look like the other piercings.
I'm afraid you have been given a very shallow hood surface piercing. You really should try to get your money back and you should take the jewelry out. It is definitely NOT safe to have such a small amount of skin pierced, especially with such a long bar. Even if you try to heal it, you're likely to find your body treats it as a splinter and ejects it. I would NOT trust the same piercer to redo it. Its abundantly clear that tea or she had absolutely no idea what to do or where to place a VCH piercing.
This page of my site clearly explains how the jewelry should go underneath your hood:
Where are you located? Perhaps I can suggest a competent professional in your area?
I marked your photo with what I call the "Inverted-V" of the hood. The jewelry should be coming out from underneath there….
The photo below shows proper placement for the VCH piercing and jewelry that fits well.
September 3rd, 2012
I received a message from a woman who suspected her VCH piercing wasn't properly placed as she was not experiencing any enhancements from it.
Could you have a look at the photos of my VCH piercing? I had it done a few months ago and while it hasn't caused me any bother, it hasn't had quite the "wow" factor I was expecting! If you think it is situated correctly could you recommend jewellery for it?
I live in Ireland so I travelling to one of your recommended piercers wasn't an option!
I'd really appreciate your opinion