How to Treat Piercing Infections

Infected PiercingPiercing infections are uncomfortable. While they are a common problem with body piercings it’s vital to remember that most piercings do not get infected. Proper procedure and proper aftercare will prevent most infections. It means you have to choose your body piercing studio and your piercer carefully, and it also means you should clean your new piercing regularly and perform all aftercare instructions.

That being said, infections do happen from time to time. The good news is that most of them are not serious and can be treated easily. However, it’s vital to know that infections can pose a serious risk for your health so you should always treat them seriously.

Seek Medical Help

If you think you might have an infection in your piercing, it’s best to contact your doctor. Do not try to heal yourself on your own: it’s better to seek professional medical help. Even if your doctor says it’s nothing alarming, it’s best to make sure. Similarly, do not rely on advice given by your piercer: if in doubt, always seek medical help. While piercers are knowledgeable professionals who know a lot about piercings and aftercare, only your doctor can tell you how to treat an infection and only your doctor can tell how serious a problem is. It’s always better to be told it’s nothing serious than to wait a lot until the infection is well underway.

That being said, you don’t have to rush to your doctor every time you notice any slight change with your piercing. It’s important to pay attention and observe your piercing to see how changes develop. Most problems are insignificant and can go with a bit of cleaning and extra care. That being said, your piercing should never worsen: if it becomes more tender, or painful, or red, or swollen, it’s a sign the infection is underway. Infections are serious so if your condition worsens it’s vital to seek medical help.

Keep in mind: it’s much better to take your jewelry out and lose your piercing than to endanger your health. You can always get repierced later, once the infection is cleared. You don’t want to risk your health or permanent tissue damage.

Home Remedy

There are some effective home remedies you can try in case of a mild infection. Keep in mind, however, that this is not a substitute for a medical advice and that you should visit your doctor in case your infection worsens or if symptoms persist.

Salt water works great against infections. Saline solution is the best cleaner for your new piecing, and it will also help clean your piercing if you have a mild infection. To make a salt-water soak for your piercing, simply dissolve one teaspoon of sea salt in one cup of warm water. Make sure everything is clean and sterile.

To apply to your piercing, simply soak the piercing using a cup (just like you did during aftercare) or use a clean washcloth saturated with the solution. This treatment should be done 2-3 times per day. Apply this salt solution for 10 to 15 minutes per session.

In the case of a mild infection, this remedy should help. In case you don’t notice any improvement, seek medical help.

Additional Tips

  • Avoid any anti-biotic creams or other similar products because they can easily trap any dirt inside the piercing. These creams will also prevent piercing from breathing.
  • Do not remove jewelry on your own. Once the jewelry is removed, the piercing might close, which will trap pus and bacteria inside your body. You need to let the infected piercing breathe. If jewelry has to be removed, let your doctor do it.
  • Keep in mind that infections can lead to tissue damage and other health problems. They are not a joke so you should take them seriously.
  • Never avoid to seek medical help just because you want to keep your piercing. It’s much better to heal the infection, even if it mean to retire a piercing. Once you are healthy and everything is settled you can get pierced again.

Horizontal Clitoral Hood Piercing

Horizontal Clitoral HoodHorizontal Clitoral Hood piercing, also known as a HCH, is a female genital piercing. It is lesser known than the more popular placement, Vertical Clitoral Hood piercing (VHC), but it’s popular enough so there are many women with it.

The fact it’s not particularly rare means that there are qualified piercers who are knowledgeable with this type of piercing. That makes it easier to find an experienced piercer to handle your HCH. However, you should never assume that a piercer is experienced with this type of piercing: you should always check and research piercers carefully before you find the right one.

Piercing and Placement

Horizontal Clitoral Hood piercing, as the name says, is done on the clitoral hood. Clitoral hood piercings are different than clitoral piercings because they don’t go through the clitoris itself. True clitoral piercings are actually rare and complex, so not many women opt for them. However, some women are not informed about the specifics so they think clitoral hood piercings are “clitoral piercings”.

The most popular clitoral hood piercing is the Vertical Hood Piercing, which is done vertically through the clitoral hood. This is probably the most popular female genital piercing in the world. Horizontal Clitoral Hood piercing is somewhat rarer placement, but it’s still popular enough.

As the name suggests, Horizontal Clitoral Hood piercing is done horizontally through the clitoral hood. As with any other piercing, especially genital piercing, it’s important to ensure you are anatomically built for this piercing. This is why it’s important to consult your chosen piercer. You need to have enough tissue so the piercing can be done horizontally through the hood. It’s also important to note that some women who are not built for Vertical Clitoral hood piercing are built for the horizontal, so it’s always important to check.

The piercing is typically done at 14 gauge or 12 gauge. Your piercer will decide which one is the best for your case.


Typical jewelry for Horizontal Hood piercing is a ring or a circular barbell. Some people recommend one over the other for initial jewelry, so ask your piercer for the advice. Once the jewelry is fully healed you may change the jewelry type to the one you prefer the best.

Rings used for HCH are typically Captive Bead Rings. The bead of the ring is made to sit on top of the clitoris, so it’s best to use a ring with a decorative bead. On the other hand, some women prefer simple yet elegant rings without decorative beads, so that’s another possibility.

Circular barbells are another common choice. They are great because they don’t make the full circle so they can be tucked in behind the clitoris to ensure better comfort during everyday wear.

Additional Info and Tips

Here are some initial tips and information about HCH:

  • Horizontal Clitoral Hood piercing is not considered to be a functional piercing. Most of the time, it will not enhance sexual pleasure, since the jewelry doesn’t rub directly on the clitoris. However, it all depends on your anatomy. Some women can use the bead of the ring or jewelry itself to stimulate the clitoris.
  • This piercing is typically not painful to perform, since there’s only a little tissue to pierce and it’s not particularly sensitive. Remember: the piercing does not go through the clitoris, just the hood.
  • Healing time for this type of piercing is 6 to 8 weeks.
  • HCH is not a typical piercing to stretch, but it can be stretched to a certain size if you like. Typically, it’s recommended not to go over 10 gauge.
  • You should not abstain from sex for too long after getting a HCH done. The exact time will depend on your comfort. However, make sure not to damage the tissue or jewelry during the healing time. It’s best to use condoms for penetrative sex.

Why Are Captive Bead Rings so Popular?

Why Are Captive Bead Rings so PopularCaptive Bead Rings are among the most popular jewelry styles for piercings. In fact, they are so common that they may be considered the most popular jewelry type.

Captive Bead Rings (CBRs) are very versatile so they can be used for almost any piercing imaginable. It’s therefore not surprising that they are so common.

In fact, they are so popular that many people equate them with body jewelry of any kind. Ever heard of people talking about navel rings or eyebrow rings? While many people use CBRs for navel, eyebrow and other types of piercings, there are more common jewelry styles appropriate for these piercings. However, all these jewelry styles are often known under a collective name of “rings”. This is, in large part, due to the fact that Captive Bead Rings are so popular.

Captive Bead Rings: Design

Each Captive Bead Ring has a specific design setting it apart from any other jewelry style. A captive bead ring is typically round in shape so it makes a circle. One important aspect of a Captive Bead Ring is the opening and closing mechanism – the bead itself. Each Captive Bead Ring has a small opening to fit the bead. The bead itself it pressed by the sides of the ring, thus keeping it in place and preventing the ring to be opened. Beads typically have small indentations so the end points of the ring can fit.

A captive bead ring is typically round in shape so it makes a circle. One important aspect of a Captive Bead Ring is the opening and closing mechanism – the bead itself. Each Captive Bead Ring has a small opening to fit the bead. The bead itself it pressed by the sides of the ring, thus keeping it in place and preventing the ring to be opened. Beads typically have small indentations so the end points of the ring can fit. This is a pretty standard and recognizable design.

However, this doesn’t mean that CBRs are plain or boring. While the basic design is standard, there are many ways to make a Captive Bead Ring unique and more interesting. In fact, Captive Bead Rings are very versatile and they can be used almost anywhere. There are many different rings to use so it would be incorrect to say that these rings are “ordinary”, despite their huge popularity.

One of the best things about CBRs is how the basic design can be modified and enhanced to produce jewelry of varied styles. Some of the rings are very simple, with a plain bead of the same color as the rest of the ring. Others have beautiful beads done in many different colors and patterns. Some beads include a sparkly gem. Also, some rings include additional decorations, such as charms or chains. All these additions can make for a very decorated jewelry piece that doesn’t resemble a plain-looking Captive Bead Ring.

Popularity of Captive Bead Rings

There are numerous reasons why CBRs are so popular. Here are the most important of them:

  • They are practical. Captive Bead Rings are comfortable and easy to wear. While they take some level of practice to open and close, once you know how to do it they are very easy to use.
  • They are reliable. Captive Bead Rings are among the most reliable body jewelry types. They are not easy to get snagged on clothing and they typically don’t pose much problem for long-term wear. It makes them a very good choice for body jewelry.
  • They are versatile. CBRs can be used for almost any piercing type. Almost any piercing can accommodate a Captive Bead Ring, starting from simple earlobe piercings to some genital piercings.
  • They are beautiful. As described above, CBRs can be decorated in many different ways to achieve different looks and styles. The basic design is not a limit so there are many different styles to choose from. As a jewelry type, Captive Bead Rings are very elegant, starting from the simple, plain-looking ones to the richly ornamented pieces.
  • They are a classic. Simply put, a CBR is a classic jewelry piece used for so many piercings and in so many situations. It is not surprising that people always go back to this foolproof design.

Are Piercings about Pain?

Are Piercings About PainOne of the most prevalent (and annoying) assumption about people with piercings is that they like pain. While pain games and pain enjoyment exist, they are not necessarily related to piercings. In fact, it’s important to know that piercings themselves are rarely about the pain itself: while some people who enjoy pain do get piercings, this is not the rule. There are also many people who are piercing enthusiasts but dislike pain or are even scared of it. There is simply no rule to this.


The common assumption about pain-loving people with piercings typically come from people who do not have any piercings, which is not surprising. People who don’t have piercings are less likely to understand what piercings and other body modifications are about. That not to say that all people without piercings are ignorant, but it’s less likely to have a person with piercings who holds common stereotypes about pierced people. Simply put, once you are interested in piercings you understand more why people are drawn to this type of modifications.

So, the pain thing usually comes from the place of not understanding what piercings are about. Since many piercings are painful to perform, some people conclude that it’s necessary to like pain to subject yourself to this. This sort of thinking ignores one important fact: piercings are rarely about procedure itself. They are about the result.

While there are some people who enjoy pain and might like the procedure of getting a piercing, this sort of modification is not focused on the pain itself. It is alright to enjoy pain during a procedure but it’s also alright not to like it. In fact, there are so many people who like piercings but are scared of piercing pain and piercing needles. These people strongly dislike the procedure and associated discomfort but choose to go through it for the sake of a piercing.

There are many different scenarios because there are so many different people who enjoy piercings. There is no one, unifying explanation of people’s attitudes to piercing procedure and associated pain.

Why Focus on Pain?

While pain is just a small aspect of piercing experience, it may seem strange that so many people focus on it. After all, getting a piercing done is just the beginning. This is not what piercings are about. There is also healing time and enjoying your new piercing to the fullest. There is a lot about choosing the best and most beautiful jewelry for your piercings. Some people choose to stretch their piercings. Others add weights in order to enhance the experience. There are so many ways to enjoy your piercings.

So, why so much focus on the pain? It’s simple: pain is so closely linked to piercings that it’s sometimes impossible to separate the two. After all, it’s considered impossible to get a piercing without pain. In fact, some people consider the two linked so much that they treat it as a test: if you are not strong enough to go through the pain, you are not deserving of a piercing.

While this sort of thinking is logical, it’s also important to know that many piercings are not as painful as they may seem. For example, tongue piercing is known to be relatively simple and it doesn’t cause much pain. Also, there are so many people who dislike pain but choose to get pierced anyway, and they later comment that the pain was not as bad as they thought it would be. All of these things suggest that piercings are not reserved only to people who like pain. In fact, getting a piercing by a professional piercer at a reliable studio is not the best place for those who enjoy pain, since piercers do their best to minimize clients’ discomfort. There is no much logical reason to believe that pierced people get piercings just to enjoy pain. It is just one of the misconceptions about piercings.

Piercing Shrinkage and How to Prevent It

Piercing ShrinkageKeep in mind that you should remove your body jewelry only in special circumstances. Most of the time, you will remove the jewelry only for a few moments, when you take your old jewelry out and insert a new one. This is the best way to treat jewelry removal, because new jewelry will replace the old one.

Remember: your piercing is a hole in the tissue that only jewelry keeps open. Once the jewelry is out, the piercing will start to shrink. While it often happens to new piercings you need to know that all piercings are prone to shrinkage once the jewelry is removed. Even the old, well-established piercings will shrink.

Piercing Shrinkage

In many cases, the hole without the jewelry will close completely, especially if you are pierced with a small gauge. For stretched piercings and piercings with a very large gauge, the hole might not close completely (hence, these piercings cannot be fully retired), but it will shrink.

What you need to understand is that you don’t have to take your jewelry out for a long time in order to notice some shrinkage. It depends on the piercing, but it often doesn’t take more than a few hours to notice the problem. For some piercings, such as genital piercings (especially penis piercings), this period of time is even shorter.

For this reason, you should always be careful about removing your jewelry. As a general rule, you should never remove the jewelry for a prolonged period of time unless you wish to retire a piercing or bring it down to a smaller gauge.

What if I Have to Remove the Jewelry?

There may be some situations in which you feel you have to remove the jewelry without inserting the new one straight away. Most of these things are serious and it’s not surprising that you might feel that jewelry removal is the only way to go. Some of these situations include:

  • Job and other societal situations in which wearing body jewelry is not allowed. Many people face problems with their bosses or other professional situations if they choose to keep their piercings. While some piercings can remain hidden under clothes, some piercings are “out in the open”. If your boss doesn’t allow piercings you may think your only option is to remove the jewelry while you’re at work.
  • Pregnancy. Pregnant women with navel piercings or nipple piercings often believe they will have to remove their body jewelry.
  • Airports, hospitals and other places with metal detectors. Since body jewelry will trigger metal detectors many people think they cannot wear their body jewelry in these situations. Not to mention that in some situations (X rays and some other medical examinations) metal jewelry is forbidden.
  • Sex. In case your partner dislikes your genital piercing, you might feel you need to remove your jewelry before the intimate moments.
  • Broken jewelry. Sometimes, jewelry breaks in the most unfortunate moments, when you are away from your jewelry box and cannot replace it. You might be forced to take your jewelry out immediately if it’s broken.


While not all of the above situations allow you to keep your jewelry, it’s important to know that in many cases, you don’t have to remove your jewelry. In fact, there are numerous ways in which you can keep your jewelry or insert a substitute jewelry as an emergency.

Here are some of the simplest solutions:

  • For jobs: If your boss is against piercings, try to hide them instead of removing the jewelry. This is a good solution for all other societal situations in which you might not be allowed to show your piercings. There are many well-crafted and comfortable hider jewelry pieces and retainers you can use to keep your piercing and hide it at the same time. While they will not make your piercing invisible they are not jewelry in the strict sense of the word and will help you conceal your piercing.
  • For pregnancy: Pregnant women need to know that they do not have to retire their navel or nipple piercings. However, it will be wise to wear softer jewelry. This is where navel retainers come in handy. When it comes to nipples, a piercing will not prevent breastfeeding. However, you will want to remove the jewelry during breastfeeding to avoid the risk of the baby choking on jewelry or being hurt. However, make sure to put your nipple jewelry back right after breastfeeding to avoid it to shrink.
  • For metal detectors: The solution is simple – do not wear metal jewelry. There are many acrylic jewelry pieces, organic jewelry pieces as well as jewelry made of other non-metal materials you can try. They are generally safe and won’t trigger a metal detector. Make sure they are ok before any medical procedure, though.
  • For sex and genital piercings: This one is tricky. Many times, genital piercings are functional, which means they enhance the pleasure for the wearer and their partner, so taking the jewelry out will often invalidate the point of a genital piercing. If your partner insists, however, you can take your jewelry out during sexual intercourse but make sure to put it back right after you’re done. This is particularly important for penis piercings, since they tend to shrink pretty fast.
  • For broken jewelry: As a general rule, you should replace any broken jewelry piece as soon as possible. It means you should always have at least two jewelry pieces for the same piercing. If you are out an away from your replacement jewelry, you might try to patch your jewelry quickly, to keep it inside the piercing. These solutions are not the best but it’s better than to take the jewelry out. If the old jewelry piece is completely broken, you will have to take it out, but in this case make sure to replace it with a new jewelry piece as soon as possible. Remember: even a few hours can make the piercing shrink!

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.


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.


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.


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.