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How to Clean Properly

Cleaning Your PiercingCleaning is an essential part of aftercare so it has to be performed on a regular basis. Not everyone knows how to do it properly, so here are a few quick instructions you need to follow:

Before Cleaning

  • Always wash your hands before you touch your piercing, jewelry or your skin. Make sure to wash them thoroughly and not just for a few moments. As a rule, you should spend at least 3 to 5 minutes washing your hands carefully.
  • It’s also good to wash the body part near the piercing as much as you can. This might not always be possible because the new piercing may be painful and might restrict you in some ways, but it’s best to clean yourself as much as you can before handling your piercing in any way.
  • Do not rush. While cleaning should not last for a long time, you should never do it in a hurry. You need to take your time to prepare everything properly.

Cleaning: Warnings and Precautions

  • As a general rule, you should clean your new piercing at least twice per day. Depending on your piercing, you may need to perform this routine more. For example, fresh piercings typically require a more frequent cleaning than those that are a few weeks or months old. Also, some piercings, such as oral piercings, will require more frequent cleaning. As a general rule, you should clean your oral piercings (such as tongue piercing) after each meal.
  • On the other hand, you must resist the urge to clean your piercing too often. This can bring more harm than good. Over cleaning is a bad practice that can lead to irritation and other problems. You should not clean your piercing more than 4 or 5 times per day.
  • Always use only body-friendly cleaners suitable for cleaning new piercings. Your chosen cleaner has to be strong enough to clean the piercing but also mild enough not to hurt it. Typically, a sterile saline solution is the best cleaner for a new piercing, but you may use a mild anti-bacterial soap or a reliable commercial product (such as H2Ocean Piercing Aftercare Spray) if you know it’s effective and body-friendly.
  • Never clean your piercing with alcohol or another harsh cleaner. Also, general cosmetic cleaners made to wash face and body are not suitable for this purpose.
  • When cleaning, make sure to touch your piercing as little as possible. You should not touch the jewelry at all. Never twist or turn the jewelry during the healing process!

How to Clean

  • You need to apply the cleaner for 5 to 10 minutes per cleaning. The cleaner has to be applied in such a way to reach your piercing but without disturbing the jewelry. The goal is to minimize the contact between your fingers and the piercing.
  • Always use warm (not hot) solution for this purpose.
  • A good method to clean is to invert a cup full of solution and place it over your piercing. Leave the cup for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Some piercings cannot use the cup method, so you may use clean gauze or a paper towel soaked in the solution. If using this method, make sure not to touch the piercing much.
  • You will typically need to rinse your piercing a bit to remove any residue. When doing this, make sure not to disturb the jewelry or the piercing.
  • Dry your piercing with clean paper towels. Make sure to do it by gently patting your piercing. Never apply too much pressure. Also, make sure not to use cloth towels: they can harbor bacteria and snag on jewelry.

Eyebrow Piercing

Eyebrow PiercingEyebrow piercings are among the most popular facial piercings in the world and one of the most popular piercings in general. It is not uncommon for people to have this one as their only piercing. While it’s very popular with young people eyebrow piercings are common among all the demographics.

Piercing and Procedure

Eyebrow piercing is typically done vertically through the ridge of the eyebrow. Depending on the person’s anatomy and wishes, the placement and orientation of the piercing can be different. Many eyebrow piercings are done at a slight angle but are still considered to be vertical piercings. Other placements and orientations are also possible, though they are generally considered to be variations of the general eyebrow piercing.

What is important to know about eyebrow piercing is that it’s a surface piercing, albeit the most famous of them all. However, as a surface piercing it is prone to some of the common problems other surface piercings face, such as migration and rejection.

Eyebrow piercings are not particularly difficult to perform, though it’s vital to go to a reliable piercing studio and hire and experienced piercer. The procedure is typically performed using a cannula needle. Some piercers use clamps for easier guidance. The needle is inserted through the bottom of the eyebrow and it exits through the top of the eyebrow. The exact placement is decided based on the client’s wishes and piercer’s recommendation.

Typically, eyebrow piercings are pierced with needles ranging from 18 gauge to 12 gauge. However, 16 gauge seems to be particularly common, though 14 gauge and 12 gauge are also popular.

Jewelry

Since eyebrow piercings are done in gauges ranging from 18 gauge to 12 gauge this is the range of the jewelry sizes used for this piercing. As with any other piercing, it’s crucial t know the gauge you’re pierced with so you can wear appropriate jewelry.

Typical jewelry for eyebrow piercings are curved barbells. While general curved barbells can be used there are also curved barbells made specially for eyebrow piercings.

Other jewelry choices are also common. For example, some people prefer to wear Captive Bead Rings while others opt for different type of barbells (usually curved barbells though some even choose to wear straight barbells).

The jewelry puts pressure on the piercing, which can increase the risk of migration, rejection and other problems. This is why it’s so crucial to use jewelry that is comfortable and has a perfect fit for the piercing. It’s important to minimize the pressure in order to protect the piercing and minimize the risk of migration and rejection.

Additional Info and Tips

  • The eyebrow can be pierced anywhere above the eye, so there are many different placements possible. The furthest away one can go is to the edge of the eyebrow by the temple.
  • It is also possible to pierce an eyebrow further away above the eye, but this is a more risky procedure because of the presence of supra-orbital nerves.
  • Eyebrow piercings can be done in pairs and groups, depending on the wishes.
  • If done horizontally, this piercing is known as a horizontal eyebrow piercing.
  • A variant of this piercing is done underneath the eye. This one is known an anti-eyebrow piercing.
  • The healing time for this piercing is about 6 to 8 weeks for the initial healing. Full healing can take anywhere from 6 months to a year.
  • Eyebrow piercings are known to produce crusts and discharge during healing. However, if you notice an abnormal amount of discharge or other problems, make sure to consult a medical professional. Same goes for any pain or prolonged swelling you may encounter.
  • The larger gauge is less likely to migrate and reject, so it’s better to be pierced at a larger gauge (for example, 14 gauge or 12 gauge) to minimize the risk of migration and rejection.

Guiche Piercing

Guiche PiercingA guiche piercing is a male genital piercing done on the perineum. This is not the most popular and widespread genital piercing, but there are many men who have it, so it’s not considered rare, either.

Guiche piercing is not difficult to perform and it can bring added stimulation, so many men enjoy it to the fullest.

Piercing and Placement

The Guiche piercing (pronounced “geesh”) first gained popularity among gay BDSM culture, only to become more common among all demographics in the 1980s and 1990s. According to Doug Malloy, this piercing is of a Polynesian origin. He said that some communities on Tahiti used to practice it on teenage boys. However, there is no concrete proof of this claim.

A Guiche piercing is done on the perineum, on the spot between a man’s scrotum and the anus. Typically, the piercing is done centrally, across the raphe (the midline of the penis). This standard placement is done transversely to the penis, but other placements are also possible. For example, some men choose to have their guiche done laterally.

Guiche is not difficult to perform, but some care must be taken. It’s mainly because this piercing is something between a regular piercing and a surface piercing, so it may require special care.

Jewelry

Typical jewelry for a guiche piercing is a Captive Bead Ring. Many men choose these rings because they are practical and they can also be used to attach weights. Captive Bead Rings can be used both as initial jewelry and regular jewelry.

Other popular jewelry type are barbells, usually circular barbells, but other styles are always possible.

If a guiche piercing is stretched, it can accommodate jewelry made for large gauge piercings, such as plugs or flesh tunnels. However, wearing such jewelry may cause discomfort due to the position of the piercing.

Additional Info and Tips

  • Typical healing time for this piercing is between 6 and 9 months.
  • It’s vital to keep perfect hygiene. This piercing is located very near the anus so it’s understandable that you should take a great care about hygiene. This should go even beyond the healing time – this is piercing that you need to take care of at all times.
  • Guiche piercings are prone to migration and rejection because of their placement.
  • Many men like to wear special weights through their guiche piercing jewelry for additional stimulation.
  • This piercing is considered functional, since it is known to increase sexual pleasure. It can also be used for various kink and bondage activities.
  • Some men have more than one guiche piercing done. Multiple guiche piercings are known as a “guiche ladder”. A guiche ladder can be formed as an extension of an existing frenum ladder.
  • It is possible to stretch a guiche piercing. Such a stretched piercing is often known as a “guiche tunnel”.
  • There is a female variant of this piercing, called “female guiche”. However, guiche piercings are much rarer with women.

Gold as Body Jewelry Material

14K Gold - Spiral

14K Gold – Spiral

Gold is a beautiful and elegant material that is often used for jewelry. This noble metal is valuable and stunning so it’s not surprising that some of the most beautiful jewelry pieces in the world are made of gold.

Gold also makes a good body jewelry material. However, there are some things to keep in mind before you use any body jewelry piece made of gold. It’s vital to ensure safety and to know how to choose gold jewelry pieces properly. You need to know this info to use gold as body jewelry material properly.

What Gold to Use

Gold is a noble metal that’s often used for traditional jewelry as well as body jewelry. In order to be suitable for piercings, however, gold has to be of specific quality. This is important to keep in mind in order to keep your piercing safe and problem-free.

The first thing to think about is the purity. Pure gold is a very soft metal. It’s about as soft as lead so it’s not the best body jewelry material. All gold with purity higher than 18 is simply too soft. Such a soft metal can be easily scratched, which can lead to numerous problems. Scratches can easily hurt or irritate the body, so jewelry made of such soft gold is nod body friendly and definitely not safe to use.

Another thing to keep in mind are the alloys. These alloys are other metals and elements added to gold in order to improve its characteristics. All gold except for pure 24k gold contains alloys. These alloys make the metal harder and less prone to scratches and bending. However, these alloys can be irritants in some cases, so it’s vital to keep the gold’s purity high enough so the contents of alloys in the gold is low.

To strike a perfect balance between purity and hardness, it is recommended to use only 14k  gold for body jewelry (or perhaps 18k, in rarer cases). The best way to ensure safety is to use only 14k gold for body jewelry.

Perhaps the most important thing to ensure safety is to use only jewelry made of nickel-free gold. Nickel allergies are very serious so jewelry containing nickel should be avoided at all costs. That’s why it’s important to check that any body jewelry piece you wish to use is nickel-free.

Additional Tips

  • Gold plated and gold overlay jewelry is not recommended. It is not body-friendly and should be avoided. Same goes for gold-filled and vermeil jewelry. This jewelry is not really made of gold: the gold layer is too thin and can easily be scratched to reveal the underlying metal that might not be body-friendly at all. In order to avoid problems you should never use gold plated and similar jewelry as your body jewelry.
  • Gold is NOT recommended as initial jewelry. Piercings in healing (fresh piercings) should never use gold jewelry. Body fluids can easily corrode the base metals in the alloy and lead to discoloration of the surrounding tissue. It can also lead to gold allergy, in case the person is allergic to gold. For this reason, it’s best to avoid gold as initial jewelry material and stick to medical-grade materials such as titanium or 316LVM Surgical Steel.
  • Gold makes a good jewelry material for fully healed piercings, as long as it’s 14k and nickel-free.
  • The autoclaving process can sometimes discolor the gold, but it won’t make it unsafe to use.
  • Gold is usually available in at least two variants: yellow and white gold. Other types of gold can also be used for body jewelry, such as rose gold.
  • Gold jewelry should be kept clean and polished regularly in order to keep it shiny and keep its quality.

Christina Piercing

Christina PiercingChristina Piercing is a female genital piercing performed below the pubic mound. While it’s not the most popular female genital piercing in the world, it’s common enough so there are many people who have this type of piercing done.

Christina is a very stylish piercing so it can look really good. Most women choose to have this piercing for the aesthetics, since it’s not known to enhance sexual pleasure, so it cannot be considered a “functional piercing” in this sense. However, it looks really effective so it’s not surprising that many women choose to have this piercing done.

The Piercing

Christina piercing is also known as “Venus piercing”, since it’s done on the mons Venus. This piercing has a specific placement below the pubic mound, at the place where the outer labia meet. This piercing is relatively long: it goes from the top of the clitoral hood, through the ridge where outer labia meet, all the way to the surface of the pubic mound.

This is a relatively new piercing. It was first performed in 1990 by Tom Brazda on a woman named Christina. It’s interesting to mention a slight controversy over this piercing: traditionally, new piercings are named after the first person who got them. Rumor has it that a female customer suggested this piercing and made an appointment; however, before this appointment the piercer performed the same procedure on a woman named Christina. This is how the piercings was named after the first person who actually got it, but not the one who suggested it.

Christina piercing is done on a place with thick, fatty tissue, which makes healing time longer. It’s vital to perform adequate aftercare and to clean your piercing properly to avoid infections and other problems.

Typically, Christina piercings are typically performed with 12 gauge or 10 gauge needles. Smaller gauges are not recommended for this piercing.

A good news about Christina piercings is that they are usually not very painful. They hurt as a typical body piercing, but not as much as more sensitive genital piercings.

Jewelry

Typical jewelry for Christina piercing is a curved barbell. Since there are significant anatomical differences between women, jewelry is often customized to achieve the best fit. In order to get a proper jewelry for your Christina piercing it’s important to know the exact length of the barbell you need.

Some women choose to wear a Captive Bead Ring in their Christina piercing, but not all women are anatomically suited for it. If in doubt, consult your piercer to know if you can use rings in your Christina. However, keep in mind that rings can be used only once the piercing is fully healed.

Another jewelry option for this piercing type is a surface bar, but this is a rarer option. One advantage to surface bars is that they greatly reduce the risk of rejection.

Additional Tips and Info

  • Christina piercing is a surface piercings (except in rare cases, but it depends on a woman’s anatomy). As a surface piercing, it has a high risk of migration and rejection.
  • Before getting Christina done, it’s vital to make sure you are anatomically suited for it. Not all women can get this piercing done.
  • Christina piercing can’t enhance sexual pleasure but it should not cause any discomfort. However, some women claim it’s painful or uncomfortable when it’s pressed, which may be a problem in some sexual positions.
  • It takes about 3 to 5 months for Christina piercings to heal. In some cases, the healing time can be much longer, 8 to 10 months or even more.
  • Christina piercings are known to cause certain problems due to the long piercing hole and constant friction against underwear. This increases the piercing’s risk for infection, migration and rejection.

Barbells or Rings: Which is Better for Initial Jewelry?

Barbells or RingsSome people wonder which is the best jewelry type for initial piercings. As you know, initial jewelry should satisfy some special standards regular jewelry does not have to include.

For example, while all body jewelry has to be made of body-friendly materials, certain materials are considered safe only for fully healed piercings.

For example, initial jewelry should use only certain materials, such as titanium or 316LVM Surgical Steel, while gold and organic materials are not recommended for new piercings.

Similarly, initial jewelry should be of a certain length. This is particularly important for piercings where swelling is expected. Many piercings swell after the procedure is performed, so initial jewelry should be longer than the regular one.

Apart from these guidelines, there is also one common dilemma about initial piercings: should barbells or rings be used as jewelry? Or, to put it this way: which jewelry type is more suitable for new piercings – barbells or rings?

Which is Better?

Generally speaking, both barbells and rings are good choice as initial jewelry, as long as a particular jewelry type can accommodate this jewelry. Most piercings that can use barbells (be it straight, curved or circular barbells) can also use rings, so it’s not a problem.

Rings are often considered to be safer because they allow for easier cleaning. Proper cleaning is vital for aftercare and preventing problems, so it’s very important to perform regularly. Also, rings can accommodate swelling easily, so they often do not have to be changed once the first swelling is gone.

On the other hand, rings have certain disadvantages. They are more difficult to insert, though this should not be much of a concern, since your piercer will be the one to insert your initial jewelry. Also, rings are reported to cause more discomfort in some cases.

If we talk about barbells, it’s important to know that they can be cleaned properly – you just have to be more careful. Also, it’s possible to use a long enough barbell to accommodate for swelling, so this should not be a concern.

For example, rings are not a great initial jewelry choice for tongue piercings. In this case, it’s best to use a barbell. However, it’s vital to choose a barbell that is long enough to accommodate for swelling. Once the swelling is gone it has to be changed for a shorter barbell. It’s best to make your piercer change the jewelry for you.

The same should be done for other piercings with a significant swelling, such as lip piercings. Rings may be great jewelry for these piercings once they are fully healed, but different jewelry types, such as barbells or labrets are better used as initial jewelry. Just like tongue jewelry, initial lip jewelry should be longer to accommodate for swelling. Once the swelling is gone, your piercer should change your jewelry to a shorter one.

Also, navel piercings will typically benefit from barbells instead of rings as initial jewelry. While you may wear rings in your healed belly button piercing, it’s better to use a curved barbell as your initial jewelry. Rings are more likely to move inside the piercing and they can easily get snagged on clothing, which can be dangerous during the healing time.

Another thing to note in barbell vs ring dilemma is that the difference in curvature. Rings are always curved, which may be problem for certain piercings. With barbells, you can choose between different barbell designs, from straight to curved and circular. Each has a different curvature, so in case your jewelry has to be straight, it’s best to avoid both rings and more curved barbells and stick to straight barbells.

In Conclusion

At the end of the day, there is no much of a difference. Both barbells and rings make suitable initial jewelry, as long as they are well-crafted and made of body-friendly materials. For most piercing types, there is really no need to stress over the choice. Both barbells and rings will do a good job.

In some cases, yes, there is a bit of a difference. This is particularly important for very sensitive piercings, or those that are not easy to clean. However, it’s important to know that this small advantage also brings certain disadvantages. Ultimately, the choice is yours (and your piercer’s). That being said, keep in mind that both barbells and rings are good choices and neither will endanger your new piercing.

Unwanted Stretching

Unwanted StretchingMany people wish to stretch their piercings. Stretching essentially makes the piercing hole bigger. In terms of body piercings, it means that the piercing is stretched to a larger gauge. Stretching will increase the diameter of the fistula, which means you will need to wear larger jewelry. In some cases, you will be able to wear special jewelry made for stretched piercings.

This tissue stretching is done for aesthetics and functional purposes. Some piercings are more prone to stretching and will stretch easily. For example, earlobes can easily be stretched so it’s one of the most popular stretched piercings.

However, stretching is not always done voluntarily and on purpose. It’s important to know that your piercing can be stretched even if you don’t want it to. In this situation, stretching is a problem you need to address and prevent.

What is Unwanted Stretching?

In order to understand how to prevent unwanted stretching, you need to know how stretching happens in the first place. The stretching increases the diameter of the fistula, making your piercing have a larger gauge. It also means that you will need to wear jewelry of a larger gauge to accommodate it.

Stretching is done on the tissue so it becomes elongated, making the piercing hole wider. Stretching will affect the piercing itself, as well as any surrounding tissue. In some cases, stretching can hurt the tissue and lead to damage, breakage and other problems. Even when done purposely stretching poses a risk. When it happens involuntarily it almost always leads to additional problems.

Piercings at Risk

The location and type of the piercing is very important for stretching. Some body parts will stretch more than the others, so this is where you can expect unwanted stretching to occur. Different tissue stretches at different rates so it will determine the ability of your piercing to stretch, whether you want it or not. As a general rule, some piercings can easily be stretched while others require a lot of effort to be stretched. It means that for some piercings unwanted stretching is always a possibility while you don’t have to worry about the others.

Piercings that are relatively easy to stretch are those that are typically stretched on purpose: earlobe, nipple piercing and genital piercings. Most of genital piercings are very prone to stretching. Also, surface piercings are often easy to stretch, which can lead to tissue damage since the piercing is done so close to the skin surface. Speaking of which, your navel piercing can easily be stretched even if you don’t want that to happen.

Dangers and Problems

One of the most common problems encountered with unwanted stretching is tissue damage. This is particularly problematic with piercings that are located very close to the edge of the skin. Stretching will pull on the skin, which can make the tissue become so thin that the blood has difficulty passing through it. This can lead to further problems. The tissue might die and split. Tearing of the tissue is another common problem with unwanted stretching. It’s not uncommon to encounter tissue damage, especially if you wear heavy, large jewelry.

People who wish to stretch their piercings know that it’s important to always go slowly. With unwanted stretching, the enlargement of fistula almost always occurs rapidly, which leads to tissue damage. In some cases, this damage is microscopic and will cause your piercing to hurt and become sore. In other cases, the damage is more permanent and serious.

How to Prevent Unwanted Stretching?

In order to prevent unwanted stretching, it’s vital to take a good care of your piercing. You need to keep it clean and prevent scratches, infections and other problems. However, the most important way to prevent the unwanted stretching is to choose appropriate jewelry. Your chosen jewelry should be well-crafted and made of body-friendly materials to prevent problems. Also, it has to be appropriately-sized. Jewelry that is too large and heavy will almost always cause the unwanted stretching.

You should always wear jewelry in the same gauge as your piercing. Never try to insert larger jewelry “just because”, because it can lead to stretching and tissue damage. Also, make sure not to wear jewelry that is too heavy if stretching is your concern. Weights and heavy jewelry are the easiest ways to stretch your piercing, so if this is something you want to avoid, make sure to always wear smaller and lighter jewelry pieces.

If you notice some unwanted stretching or if your piercing becomes sore, you may try rubbing it with a bit of oil and leaving it to close a bit. Good oils to use are Vitamin E, jojoba, extra virgin olive oil, avocado or emu oil. This should bring the piercing to its original size unless the stretching was too pronounced.

Can You Over clean Your Piercing?

Piercing CleaningEach new piercing is sensitive and has to be cleaned properly. The initial healing time is when your piercing is the most sensitive and prone to infections and other problems. In order to avoid these problems and to speed up the healing process, it’s vital to perform adequate aftercare.

Perhaps the most important aspect of the aftercare is cleaning. Your new piercing has to be kept clean in order to remove any dirt, bacteria and other agents in the new piercing. It is important to keep the piercing properly clean so your piercing can heal as quickly as possible.

However, it’s important to understand that cleaning should not be overdone. Overcleaning can bring numerous problems so it should be avoided at all costs.

What is Over cleaning?

Simply put, “overcleaning” is any cleaning that is more extensive than needed. You have to keep your piercing clean, but you don’t want to hurt the tissue with too much cleaning. Remember: too much of a good stuff is bad, so you have to resist the urge to clean your new piercing more than it’s needed.

Some people think that their new piercing will be kept clean only if they wash it every hour or so. Nothing can be further from the truth. Exposing your tissue to water and cleaning products so often will only cause more trouble.

As a rule, you should only clean your new piercing a few times per day. Up to 4 times a day during the initial healing time (a few days after you getting your piercing done) and about twice per day during the rest of the healing period.

In some situations, you might want to clean your piercing more. For example, your tongue piercing and other oral piercings should be cleaned after every meal. That being said, a few times per day is enough. You should not clean your piercing more than that. Remember, it will bring more harm than good.

Improper Cleaning Products

Another problem may come from the improper cleaning products. Not all cleaners are created equal and you should not use them all to clean your new piercing. Just because a product is suitable for use on body and face doesn’t necessarily mean it’s suitable for cleaning your piercings.

The best cleaning solution is a mixture of salt and water. You can easily make this mixture all by yourself. It’s affordable, easy to make and very handy. Anyone can make a basic saline solution so you don’t even have to spend much money on it.

Never use harsh chemicals or strong cleaners on your piercing, even if they are otherwise allowed to be used for washing body and face. These cleaners contain chemicals that are not good for your piercing and will harm the tissue.

Signs of Overcleaning

There are several common symptoms of overcleaning or cleaning with improper products:

  • Tenderness. Your piercing and skin around it may become tender to the touch.
  • Soreness. The piercing and tissue around it may feel sore.
  • Damage. A piercing may produce a puss-like liquid.
  • Redness. Sometimes, an overly cleaned piercing will become red.

These are just some of the signs to watch for. If you experience any of these problems it’s a sign that you’re overcleaning. Reduce the number of times you clean your piercing and switch to a gentler cleaner. In case you use a saline solution to clean your piercing, it might be too strong. In order to prevent further problems, dilute the mixture and use sterile water with salt.

Vertical Clitoral Hood Piercing

VCHThe vertical clitoral hood piercing is one of the most popular female genital piercings. In fact, if a woman wants to have a genital piercing, there is a huge chance that she’ll choose this one!

Vertical hood piercing is relatively easy to get and it provides a lot of pleasure, so it’s not surprising that so many ladies have this piercing done.

Piercing and Placement

The vertical hood piercing, also known as VCH, is a very popular piercing. It is very old in origin: it is believed that it predates contemporary body piercing. While some people believe that genital piercings were all invented in the late 20 century, the truth is that many of these piercings are very old in origin.

VCH is, in many ways, the “basic” genital piercing you can get. Since it is so popular, this is usually the first piercing anyone who wishes to have a genital piercing asks for.

This piercing is done on the clitoral hood, the thin layer of tissue covering the clitoris. Since this is the vertical variant, it passes vertically through the hood, typically through a single central hole.

Interestingly, many people still think that a VCH is a “clitoral piercing”. There are also many women who require a “clitoral piercing” while they actually mean on the Vertical Hood Piercing. It’s important to know that a true clitoral piercing is a very rare genital piercing and it’s much more complex than a VCH. Keep in mind: VCH does not pass through the clitoris itself, only through the hood.

If you wish to have a basic genital piercing of the clitoral area, this is the one you should ask for, not a clitoral piercing.

Jewelry

There are several common jewelry types for VCH. Probably the most popular jewelry type used is a curved barbell. It has a double purpose: it serves both as a decoration and as a functional element to rub against the clitoris to increase sexual pleasure.

Another common jewelry type used is a Captive Bead Ring or, rarer, a different type of a ring. It works similarly to a curved barbell, providing both the aesthetics and functionality by rubbing against the clitoris.

It’s also important to note that many of these jewelry pieces are very beautiful and nicely decorated, similarly to navel jewelry pieces. It is not uncommon for a VCH jewelry to have a gem, decorated bead or another ornament. These are very cute and look beautiful. Just do not go overboard: keep in mind that this is a very sensitive body part and you can get hurt if your jewelry gets caught on clothes. Huge jewelry can also be a nuisance during sex or it can enhance the experience – it all depends on the situation!

Additional Tips and Info

The healing time is relatively short, since there is a great blood flow to the area.

  • You should not have sex during the initial healing time. After this, it’s best to use condoms for vaginal sex until the piercing is healed.
  • A VCH is considered a functional piercing, which means it can increase sexual pleasure. The jewelry rubs against the clitoris, which is very arousing. It is not surprising why this piercing is so popular – it can bring great joy and sexual pleasure.
  • There are different reports about the level of sexual stimulation this piercing provides. Some people even claim that VCH gives constant arousal and pleasure. Most women who have this piercing done, however, say that the change is neither so drastic nor distracting.
  • Not all women are anatomically suited for this piercing. This is why it’s so important to consult your piercer first to see if you are built for this piercing.

How to Tell if a Piercing Studio is Bad?

studioThere are many good, reputable piercing studios with knowledgeable professionals. Getting a quality and safe piercing service is not rare these days. However, there is still a large number of sketchy, bad piercing studios popping all over the place. In order to avoid them and to prevent any possible unsafe and dangerous experiences, it’s important to know how to tell a bad piercing studio from a good one. Here are some of the most common signs that a piercing studio is bad:

It’s Unprofessional

A good piercing studio depends on its professional staff and piercers with good skills. Bad studios have amateurs who do not know what they’re doing. This is extremely dangerous. You do not want to rely on such individuals to perform your piercings.

There are many different ways in which this lack of knowledge can manifest itself. They won’t be able to answer your questions and they will never be specific enough about your needs. This is a very dangerous sign, since it signals that the piercers are ignorant or inexperienced. Bad piercers can endanger your health so you should never agree to be pierced by someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing.

It’s Cheap

Let’s face it: you get what you pay for. Beware of studios offering suspiciously low prices for piercings and jewelry. There is a reason why getting pierced at a mall kiosk is cheap – and unsafe. If you find a piercing studio with prices as cheap as a mall kiosk, ask why. No reputable studio can offer such low prices. They have to make some money so their service is not the best. Even more, it should make you wonder about their autoclave and sanitary conditions in the studio, as well as skills of their piercers.

That not to say that a studio has to be overly expensive or that it should never offer a discount or a coupon, or that their jewelry has to be pricey. There is a difference between marketing and bad service. You should be able to tell who is serious and who’s keeping the prices low because something important is missing in their quality.

It’s Dirty

Keep in mind that piercing is a procedure done on the body. As such, a studio has to adhere to all the highest standards. Hygiene has to be perfect inside the entire studio, especially in the room where piercings are performed. While that room should be sterile, other parts of the studio have to be clean as well.

Dirty counters, waiting rooms and toilets are a bad sign. If you notice the lack of hygiene and attention in these places you should rightfully wonder about the studio’s ability to keep the piercing process sterile and safe.

It’s Not Playing by the Rules

A sketchy studio is not doing all in the way that is recommended by the industry. Some of these studios do not follow the industry’s guidelines. Furthermore, some of these studios are even doing some illegal things, such as piercing minors. It’s not surprising for such studios to lack a spore test or a proper autoclave.

In short, these studios are not doing their work the way it’s required by the industry. By ignoring guidelines or performing illegal activities they are endangering the health of their clients.