July 14th, 2012
I received this message from a woman who was concerned about secretions on her jewelry in a healed VCH piercing:
Hi Elayne, I have had my vch pierced for almost a year. While cleaning in the shower I noticed a small amount of white stuff around the shaft of the bar. It is in between the bar and skin. With some research I found that it is a small amount of smegma. I've gone to my gyno and I don't have an infection or STD.
How can I clean under the piercing and the skin that covers the bar? The smegma makes me very self conscious. Thank u tons & bunches, J.
July 8th, 2012
Here's a lovely note I received with a Paypal message from a client I just pierced. She got a VCH piercing:
Elayne, I was experiencing a bit of a "high" today after my piercing, and I forgot to tip you for your work! I'm embarrassed and sorry. It was a pleasure meeting you, and I'm thrilled with all aspects of my experience today. You made me feel comfortable and cared for. Thank you again. Joanne
July 1st, 2012
I received a message from a woman who had visited this site and she thought there was something not quite right with her VCH piercing:
I just got a vch piercing. While it seems to sit right I am concerned it is a bit too shallow.
I have attached some pictures, would you advice having it taken out/redone later? Is there any way gauging up would help? (it is a small diameter at the moment.)
The piercing is quite far away from the apex of your hood. If you would like to have a piercing that is further from the edge of your hood (where the VCH is optimally placed) then you should remove this jewelry and have it done by a different piercer.
If you're happy with it, you can heal it, but I would NOT advise stretching, since it is shallower the it should be (closer to the edge of your hood). Though what you're wearing looks unusually small from what I can see--or at least it doesn't look proportionate to your anatomy.
June 27th, 2012
I received a message from a woman in the Caribbean who got a VCH piercing and she felt it wasn't right:
Hoping you can help. I'm a very avid from from all the way in the Caribbean that spends a lot of time on your site. Recently (yesterday) I got a VCH done that I've been wanting forever. However, it does not look like the pics I see on your site. I think the ring is either too small or it was pierced to far up. Meaning the ring enters exactly at the top of my clitoral hood and looks like its fighting to stay in. Can I send you a pic and you let me know if I should take it out please please? I really don't want anything to go wrong in my precious nether region.
June 25th, 2012
I received this message:
I got my vch done about a week and a half ago. I have several ear piercings but no body piercings. I'm 40 and going through some big changes in my life. A friend gave me a gift certificate to a local shop, which I researched and I thought this a good time and place to do a vch.
The healing process has been pretty standard. Salt soaks, ice and neutragena soap. However, I've noticed that it's swollen on the left side of the piercing. And it's incredible itchy - not on the piercing itself but around it. It's not oozey or overly red or painful (at all) just itchy and lopsidedly swollen.
I'm just wondering if I should take it out or if it's too soon to tell.
I've read that you advise people with piercing questions. I understand if this is wrong info.
Close up showing irritation
May 30th, 2012
I recently received this message from a woman who requested a vertical clitoral hood (VCH) piercing but was given a surface piercing instead:
I came across your website when I was contemplating getting a VCH piercing. I found it to be a great source of information on this type of piercing and it ultimately made me decide to go through with it. Even though I understood where the correct placement of the piercing should be, when I finally decided to get the piercing a few months ago, I ended up getting pierced with forceps which resulted in an improperly placed surface VCH piercing. Unfortunately, I was wrong to assume that because I had gotten pierced by this same piercer on two separate occasions and was happy with the outcome, that he would know the correct placement of the VCH. It is also unfortunate that he has pierced many women this way. Now I'm left with a piercing that I am unhappy with and question what would be the best way to go about letting them know it was not done properly. Do you have any suggestions as to what action I should take to let the piercer know?
Also, the piercing can at times cause a sharp pain, especially when the jewelry tugs at the top hole, even though I have had it since February and it's healed. Is this caused by the improper placement and should I remove the piercing?
Thank you in advance for taking the time to respond. Your knowledge is greatly appreciated.
May 28th, 2012
I received a message from a woman who had a really bad experience getting a triangle piercing.Then she went to one of the piercers I referred to (Becky Dill of Cold Steel in San Francisco) and had a much better experience!
Last September, l while in Monterey, CA, I got a Triangle piercing at the local XX XX studio. A reputable establishment with an experienced piercer. I'd spoken to him twice before actually going to get the piercing and I was convinced of his knowledge. Although, an eyebrow was raised when he mentioned use of a captive ring for the piercing. He re-assured me that it's worked on a number of occasions.
On the day I went, I was accompanied by a friend who was getting a VCH. As it was her it was her first genital piercing, she was quite nervous. I'd gotten my VCH pierced several years earlier, so, I was a lot less apprehensive, calm even. The piercer was informative and talked her through each step of the process. Really nothing of note when it came to her piercing.
As he prepared me for the Triangle he took his time, a little longer than I expected. A possible reasoning, is that he stated that my skin was possibly too "thin" in that area. During the piercing, I prepared for a similar sensation as that I'd experienced during my VCH piercing, maybe slightly more intense. And initially, that's exactly what I felt. *Deep breathe in, deep breathe out, penetration, of the needle, of course, :) relax* After relaxing, thinking that the piercing was done, I felt a sharp, intense pain that caught me off guard and caused me to jump, as he continued pushing through. I was not at all prepared for that sensation, and being that I jumped, I apologized for my unexpected movement mid-piercing.
May 25th, 2012
I received a message from a woman who was concerned about her "VCH piercing"
I got a vch 2 wks ago and when I initially got the piercing, it was very snug and didn't move much, I couldn't even see it when I stood straight up. I clean it 3 times a day with sea salt in water but now it slides either all the way down or all the way up. It doesn't seem to be much tissue there any more and the curved bar I have sticks out prominently, so much I rolled over on it in my sleep last night and pulled it. Could it have been done wrong? I'm really worried it won't turn out right, please give me some insight.
I requested a photo, then got this message:
Infortunately, when I got home and went to use the bathroom, I pulled my pants down and my barbell fell out. My piercing had ripped out. This picture is 2 weeks after I got it.
Do you think the same thing would happen if I have it redone? What did I do wong?
Unfortunately, you weren't given a VCH piercing (assuming that's what you requested). Yours was more like a Christina, which is placed above the hood at the lower portion of the pubic mound. It was far above your hood instead of through it. I marked your photo to show you where the bottom part of the jewelry should have been resting. Your piercer was off by MILES!