Piercing Problems: Hypergranulations

HypergranulationOne of the most common problems you may have with your piercing is a red bump forming around the piercing. These bumps, called hypergranulations, can form even if you take a good care of your piercing, but are more common with neglected piercings.

One more reason to perform adequate aftercare and to take a good care of your piercings!

Hypergranulations form around the piercings in healing, though it is not unheard of to have one formed around an old piercing, particularly if it’s infected. That being said, most of hypergranulation bumps form around piercings in healing, which is one of the reasons to always take a great care of your new piercing and to observe it closely to notice any problems.

Keep in mind that a piercing is essentially a wound in healing. Hypergranulations form around wounds, and piercings are no different. These growths can form quickly around a piercing in healing, particularly if the piercing is subjected to significant level of moisture. Another common problem that can lead to development of bumps is infection – infected piercings often produce hypergranulations. Finally, keep in mind that trauma and other injuries to your piercing can lead to the development of hypergranulation tissue.

There are two ways in which hypergranulations manifest around a piercing. The first one is a reddish bump at one side of the piercing. It is typically formed on the side, but it can appear almost anywhere around a piercing. Many of those bumps look puffy and like they are filled with fluid.

The other common form is a red, puffy tissue around the piercing. These hypergranulations without a bump are more common around surface piercings, but it’s not a rule.

Hypergranulations always have a raised appearance and tend to be reddish in color. Often times, they resemble keloid scars, but are less extreme and usually much easier to remove. Keep in mind that a hypergranulation is always localized around the piercing and doesn’t spread much in other directions. It is an aesthetic problem but easier to control than keloid scars and it’s also less problematic for the health. That being said, some hypergranulations can get out of control so it’s always important to seek medical attention in the case of hypergranulations. While some cases can be successfully treated at home, sometimes there is nothing you can do. If the hypergranulations persist or if they grow and cause further problems, it is vital to seek medical attention.

As with many other problems with piercings, it is best to treat hypergranulations as soon as they start forming. This gives you the best chance to treat them completely and without much hassle.

How to Treat Hypergranulations

Oftentimes, hypergranulations form as a result of the pressure jewelry makes on the piercing. This is why changing jewelry to a more comfortable piece is typically the first thing to do if you wish to treat and stop hypergranulations. In this case, you may need to change jewelry for a smoother, lighter or longer jewelry piece. It is best to switch to jewelry made of hypo-allergenic material such as titanium or BioPlast.

If this happens during the initial stages of healing, make sure to consult your piercer to change the jewelry for you. Never attempt to change jewelry by yourself unless the piercing is healed or at least pass the initial stages of healing.

In order to get rid of the hypergranulation tissue, you need to use sea salt solution soaks several times per day. Alternatively, you may use specialized aftercare sprays made for piercings in healing, provided that they are not too harsh. The gentlest way to go is to make your own saline solution. If your piercing is in healing, use the solution you’d apply anyway as part of your cleaning regime. This time, however, make sure to add one or two more saline soaks per day than your usual amount.

Other than saline soaks, it is important to keep your piercing dry. Keep in mind that moisture makes the matters worse, so your piercing should be kept clean and dry.

You should see an improvement within a few days to a week. While he hypergranulation might not disappear completely, it should be smaller and your piercing should show signs of improvement. In case this doesn’t happen even after a week, you should seek advice from your doctor.

Do not wait – hypergranulations can turn into infections or scars, and you want to avoid that at all costs.

Additional Info and Tips

  • Do not mistake hypergranulations for other problems, such as piercing infections, acne or keloid scars. If in doubt, consult your piercer. However, keep in mind that it’s vital to talk to your doctor to get true medical advice and help.
  • Typically, hypergranulations form around navel and nostril piercings, but can develop anywhere. Do not assume that you are risk-free if you get a piercing that is not commonly known for causing hypergranulations.
  • To improve healing, make sure to get plenty of rest. Eat healthy meals and drink plenty of water.
  • Do not disturb your piercing. Make sure it doesn’t get caught on clothes or during your sleep. Never touch your piercing and don’t twist or turn the jewelry.
  • If you cannot treat a hypergranulation or if it gets worse, it is advisable to consult your doctor.
  • One of the best ways to prevent hypergranulations is to perform adequate aftercare for your piercing in healing and to observe your piercing regularly to notice any changes.
  • In some extreme cases, hypergranulations cannot be treated while the jewelry is still in and while the piercing exists. In this case, you will need to retire your piercing. However, if it’s done properly you may be able to get re-pierced when the tissue is rested and healed.

Checking Safety and Sterilization in a Piercing Studio

Safety and Sterilization in a Piercing StudioIn order for a piercing studio to be safe, it has to follow all the procedure requirements. This is particularly true for hygiene standards and sterilization. All the reliable studios will follow these procedures but sometimes it’s difficult to tell a good studio from the bad.

The main issue is that there are so many things that go behind the scenes. As a client, you will not be able to witness all the safety and sterilization measures in a studio. That being said, keep in mind that it’s your right to know that a studio is safe, and that you can request to see results of certain tests.

Checking Safety and Sterilization in a Piercing Studio: How To

It is important to ask and observe. Visit a studio and see how clean it is. Ask questions. Note how the staff behaves. During the procedure, observe how tools and other equipment is handled. Here are some important things to note when judging safety and sterilization in a piercing studio:

Cleanliness

The first thing you need to note is the state of cleanliness in the studio. It can be seen right at the door, even before you enter the piercing room. Make sure that the studio is clean and well-maintained. Clean, dust-free floors, chairs and counters. This is often a very telling thing about the hygiene in the whole studio, particularly the piercing room.

The room where procedures are performed should be extra clean. Pay attention to the state of the floors and any furniture in the room. Again, while it is not enough that the room is clean, it is an indicator about hygiene. That being said, there is more to safety and sterilization than just clean furniture, but it’s a huge red flag if the piercing room is messy.

Also, it is important that the room used for piercing procedures has adequate containers to dispose used needles, gloves and other equipment. Make sure that your piercer follows these procedures. If you notice that they toss used tools and needles around, it’s a bad sign.

Autoclave

Make sure that your chosen studio has an autoclave. It is an absolute must and you should never agree to get pierced at a place that doesn’t have an autoclave. Autoclave has to be used to properly sterilize all the instruments and tools in the studio.

That being said, having an autoclave is not enough. It has to be properly checked and inspected regularly. You should always request to see the spore test results at your chosen studio. All studios should have the spore test performed by an independent inspector. This is the only way to ensure that the sterilization process is complete.

Sterilization Pouches

All tools and equipment should be stored in special pouches after sterilization. There is no use in using autoclave if the sterilized equipment is not kept clean afterwards. To ensure safety, it is vital that everything sterilized in the autoclave is kept in special pouches or another type of a sealed packaging.

You should never allowed to be pierced by a person handling unsterilized equipment. The only way to know it’s safe is to see how the piercer handles the equipment (it has to be unpackaged in front of you).

Gloves

It is vital that your piercer wears sterile gloves throughout the procedure. Never allowed to be pierced if the person is not wearing gloves. The gloves should be new and unpacked in front of you. The piercer should not just use gloves that were used for another client before.

Keep in mind, however, that one pair of gloves will probably not be enough for the whole procedure. In other words, your piercer will likely have to change several pairs of gloves to perform a single piercing. Typically, one pair of gloves is used for preparation and marking while the new one is used to perform the actual piercing. In some cases, several pairs of gloves have to be used for a single piercing, particularly in the case of more complex piercings or if there is a bleeding.

Also, it is important that your piercer wears gloves for things like jewelry changing and any consultation work. Just because you are not getting pierced at the moment doesn’t mean that your piercer should not have the gloves on!

New Piercing Needles

The needle used to pierce you has to be new and come in a sealed packaging. This is an absolute must. For the obvious reasons, you should never allowed to be pierced with a needle that’s already been used on someone else. You should not even allow to be pierced with the same needle used to pierce you (in case something has to be repeated).

It is important to make sure that your piercer takes a new, sealed needle. The needle should be unpacked in front of you and used immediately. This is the only way to ensure safety. Make sure that your chosen piercer follows all of the needed safety procedures.

Rare Genital Piercings

Rare Genital PiercingsGenital piercings are not among the most popular piercings in the world, but there are many people who enjoy them. Actually, genital piercings are probably more popular than people think. That being said, certain types of genital piercings are more popular than the others.

For example, Prince Albert (PA) piercing is the most popular male genital piercing while VCH (Vertical Clitoral Hood) is the most popular female genital piercing in the world.

There are also some genital piercings that are very rare, even among genital piercing enthusiasts. Reasons are numerous. Some piercings are rare because they are located at a very sensitive spot so they are very prone to migration and rejection. Some are rare because the placement itself is not very useful: it doesn’t contribute to pleasure during sexual activities, so these piercings cannot be considered functional.

Rare genital piercings are often purely decorative, even though there are people who can enjoy them in different ways. It is also interesting to note that some of the rare genital piercings are only variants of more popular piercing types.

Here are some of the rare genital piercings:

Layne Piercing

Layne Piercing is a rare female genital piercing performed on the pubic mound. This is essentially a horizontal version of a more popular Christina Piercing. Christina is a surface piercing located between the pubic mound to the spot where outer labia meet. Layne Piercing is a horizontal variant and it’s typically performed on the pubic mound itself. This is a surface piercing and as such, it’s prone to migration, rejection and other problems associated with surface piercings.

Female Guiche

This is a female equivalent of a male Guiche piercing. Just like the male variant, this piercing is placed on the perineum. Male Guiche piercing sits just under testicles. Female Guiche piercing is located horizontally on the perineum. It may resemble a Fourchette piercing, but Fourchette is placed a bit higher: it sits on the rear end of the vulva. Since this placement resembles male Guiche a lot, it is often called “female Guiche”. However, there is a separate female Guiche piercing, placed on the perineum itself. This piercing is located at a sensitive spot so it’s prone to migration and rejection. Female Guiche is a very rare piercing. If you like this placement and would like to have a piercing on the bottom end of the vaginal opening, it is better to choose Fourchette.

Foreskin Piercing

This is a rare male genital piercing, done on men who are not circumcised. It is done through the man’s foreskin and doesn’t go through the penis itself. Since foreskin is soft and relatively thin, the piercing is not particularly complex. In fact, this is probably the easiest and least painful genital piercing you can get. Foreskin piercings are usually done on the outer rim of the foreskin (the part covering the top side of the penis head), but it can be located elsewhere. This piercing is also quick to heal. Some men consider it a functional piercing since the jewelry can stimulate the penis head but it is typically not considered a particularly effective functional piercing.

Shaft Piercing

Shaft piercing is a male genital piercing type done on the penis shaft. This is not one specific piercing but rather a group of different piercings done on the shaft. Penis piercings are typically done on the penis head or at the base of the penis, but it is possible to pierce the shaft itself. Some more popular piercing types, such as Frenum and Lorum, are done on the shaft, but the difference is that these piercings only go through the surface skin. True shaft piercings, on the other hand, go through the length of the shaft. The most popular types of shaft piercings are shaft Ampallang (done horizontally through the shaft) and shaft Apadravya (done vertically –from upper side of the penis to the underside). These piercings are very complex so they have to be done by an experienced and knowledgeable piercer, ideally the one specialized for genital piercings.

Surface Piercing Aftercare

oberflaechenpiercingAs you probably know, aftercare can make or break your piercing. What does it mean? It means that a lot depends on proper aftercare and how much attention you give to your new piercing. Healing is a sensitive time for all piercings and you need to take a special care in order to ensure that your new piercing heals properly and without problems.

This is why all reliable studios will provide extensive information on aftercare and this is why your piercer will instruct you how to perform aftercare for your new piercing so it can heal without infections and other problems.

While aftercare is always important, it is particularly crucial for surface piercings. Here are some reasons why:

Surface Piercings are More Sensitive

Keep in mind that surface piercings are, by their nature, more sensitive and prone to problems such as migration, rejection and other issues. While these problems can occur with regular (non-surface) piercings, it is important to remember that surface piercings are more vulnerable. This is not a general rule (indeed, some regular piercings are very sensitive), but it’s something you need to keep in mind.

Another major issue is the placement. Many surface piercings are located at areas that are covered by clothes or that get touched a lot, such as back, neck, fingers, finger web, chest, legs, and more. These placements make surface piercings even more vulnerable.

Also, surface piercings are not permanent: sooner or later they will need to be retired. This is one major difference compared to regular piercings. While some regular piercings need to be retired at some point, this is a rule for surface piercings. Appropriate aftercare can ensure that your surface piercing lasts longer.

For all these reasons, it is important to perform adequate aftercare. With good aftercare, your surface piercing will have more chances to stay healthy and to last you longer. This is why aftercare becomes particularly important in the case of surface piercings.

Surface Piercing Aftercare Tips

Luckily, there are some important aftercare tips you can follow to make your surface piercing as healthy and long-lasting as they can be. Keep in mind that in the case of surface piercings, “aftercare” means more than the usual cleaning regime you need to perform for any new piercing in healing.

Some important tips to remember:

  • Choose placement carefully. Unlike standard piercings, which typically have their pre-defined placements (such as earlobe, lip, nostril, nipple, navel, etc.), surface piercings can be performed almost anywhere. Some of these places are better than the others in terms of preserving your piercing. For example, eyebrow piercings are among the most popular surface piercings because they are located at a relatively safe area in terms of disturbance. Some other surface piercings are more problematic. For example, those surface piercings that are typically covered with clothes can suffer a lot from friction and other problems. Therefore, the first advice – which begins even before aftercare – is to choose placement carefully if you want your surface piercing to last.
  • Be patient. Surface piercings often take a lot of time to heal. Or, more precisely, surprisingly long, considering the fact they are often less complex than some other piercing types. What makes surface piercings more complicated, however, is the fact that they are often done in pairs and groups. It all contributes to the long healing time. In order to preserve your surface piercing be prepared to perform cleaning and other aftercare instructions for months.
  • Perform adequate cleaning. As you probably know, proper cleaning is the most important aftercare instruction you need to follow. With surface piercings, cleaning has to be not only complete but also very careful. Since surface piercings are extra sensitive and prone to migration and rejection, cleaning has to be performed in such a way not to disturb the piercing in any way. When cleaning, try not to touch or move jewelry at all (twisting and turning jewelry is a major mistake for any piercing!) and try to disturb the skin around the piercing as little as possible.
  • Wear appropriate clothes. The goal is to reduce friction between the jewelry and clothes. Less friction means less chances for your surface piercing to be hurt. For this reason, it is advisable to avoid super-tight clothes whenever possible. On the other hand, fabric that is too loose may also cause problems by snagging on the jewelry. Simple cotton clothing items seem to work the best. If possible, do not wear any clothes on top of your surface piercing, at least during the initial healing time.
  • Protect your piercing. Since surface piercings are so sensitive, you need to do your best to protect it from any disturbance, particularly during the healing time. It means avoiding any unnecessary contact with your piercing. Keep your clothes, fingers, hair and any other object away from your surface piercing whenever possible. Let it breathe freely and make sure it’s not disturbed. Special care should be taken during the night. To prevent the jewelry from catching on the bed linens, place a gauze over your piercing. Perhaps the best practice is to be aware of your piercing at all times. This way, you will not forget about it, which means there is less risk of accidentally scratching it or hurting it in some other way.

Male Pubic Piercing

pubicPubic piercing is a surface piercing performed on the pubic mound, right above the penis. It is a relatively rare piercing even though it’s not a complicated one, so there are men who choose to get it. This is one of the lesser known male genital piercings, so there are often some misconceptions about it.

Placement

The Pubic piercing is performed on the pubic mound, at the place where the body meets the penis shaft. While some people believe that “pubic mound” refers only to female anatomy, it is true that all people have it. In this sense, it is possible to talk about male pubic piercing or pubic piercing for men.

This piercing doesn’t have a specific colloquial name, but it is analogous to Christina piercing in women.

This is a very interesting spot for a piercing because it is very visual and can be done for aesthetics. It may also serve as a functional piercing by enhancing sexual experience, even though it’s not as effective as some other forms of genital piercings. In fact, pubic piercing can enhance the experience – but mostly for the receiving partner during intercourse.

Women are particularly at advantage here, since a man’s pubic piercing can rub on the clitoris and make the experience more arousing and pleasurable.

About the Piercing

Keep in mind that this is a surface piercing, and as such, it comes with all problems associated with surface piercings. At the same time, it is relatively easy to perform, so it doesn’t cause much pain and other problems.

One of the main problems is sure migration and rejection. While it’s possible to have a pubic piercing without any issues there is still a high risk of problems commonly associated with surface piercings. Also, as a surface piercing, male pubic piercing is not permanent. You should not expect it to last forever, but with a good care you can make it last long enough.

The placement itself can cause some problems during healing. This part of the body is typically covered with clothes. The clothes can rub on the skin, which makes healing more difficult and pose a specific risk for migration and rejection.

This sort of piercing is usually done with a needle that is slightly bigger than ordinary piercings: 12 or 10 gauge. It makes the piercing go through more tissue and thus reduces the risk of migration, rejection and other problems.

You can expect pubic piercing to be healed in about 3 to 4 months, but it can be longer or shorter and a lot will depend on how careful you are with it.

Jewelry

As said above, initial jewelry for pubic piercing is typically 12 or 10 gauge. It might stretch a little, but it’s not wise to put so much pressure on the area since it can cause tearing and other problems.

The same can be said for jewelry: it should not be too heavy or long, but it should be large enough not to cut through the tissue, which is why it’s not recommended to use small gauge jewelry for this piercing.

Typical jewelry for this piercing type is a surface bar or a circular barbell. Some people choose to wear different jewelry types, such as curved barbells or Captive Bead Rings.

Keep in mind that the jewelry will play a role during intercourse, so if you wish to use pubic piercing for stimulation it is important to pick a jewelry piece that will be both comfortable and arousing for the receiving partner. Jewelry with smooth but pronounced beads might be the best choice.

Spiral Barbells

14k Double Side Set Gem Spiral

14k Double Side Set Gem Spiral

Spirals are special types of barbells with a twisted shaft. They are very effective jewelry pieces and they make for very eye-catching addition to any piercing.

While spirals are not as widely used as other types of barbells they are very attractive so it’s not surprising many piercing enthusiasts adore them.

The Design

Spiral barbells are a type of barbell jewelry with a twist (literally!) They are also known as twisters, twisted barbells or helixes. This is not surprising since that’s what they actually are: barbells with a twisted or spiraled shaft.

Barbells are body jewelry pieces consisting of a shaft and two balls. Each barbell can also include additional decorations, such as gems, chains and other decorations, but the basic design is always a shaft and two balls.

Internally threaded barbells have a shaft threaded on the inside and a ball with a thread rod while externally threaded barbells have a shaft with a thread rod and the ball is threaded on the inside.

The main difference between barbell types is the shape of the shaft. The shaft determines if a barbell will be straight, curved or circular. These are the three most popular barbell types. However, there is another barbell type: spiral barbell. This barbell is unique because its shaft is spiral or twisted.

Depending on the design, spiral barbells can have one or more twists or one or more spirals. Simple spiral barbells will have only one, so they resemble a zigzag shape. More complex and elaborate spiraled barbells will have multiple coils and twists, which is great for unique visual appearance and a more effective look.

How to Use Spirals

Spirals can be used like any other body jewelry piece, and like any other barbell. However, it’s important to use it only for piercings that can accommodate twists and spirals. Therefore, they are not recommended for very sensitive piercings, though there are people who can wear them even in more elaborate piercings, such as some genital piercings.

One great thing about spiral barbells is that they always look special. Even the simplest spiral barbell will dress up your piercing nicely and

Spirals are a great way to add a new twist to your ordinary piercing. This is why they are great for ear piercings. Multiple cartilage piercings will look very effective with a spiral barbell inserted in several piercings at once. It’s also possible to wear spirals in belly piercings or nipple piercings.

Spiral barbells are made in various gauges. The smallest ones are ideal for eyebrow piercings and other piercings made in small gauge. Thicker, large gauge spirals are a bold choice reserved for larger gauge piercings and ideal for those who truly wish to attract a lot of attention to their piercing.

The only thing to remember is that spirals need to be comfortable, so avoid wearing them where they can irritate the piercing or cause additional pressure on the tissue. Also, spirals are not recommended as initial jewelry for any piercings. They are good for fully healed piercings only. As usual, use your common sense: if your spiral barbell causes any discomfort, remove it and insert a different jewelry piece.

Keep in mind that spiral barbells are ideal for special occasions because they really look attractive and effective. They are perfect when you wish to look your best or attend a special occasion.

Why Use Plain Body Jewelry

lip piercingMany people with piercings have a hard time deciding on the best jewelry to use. While it’s universally known that the initial jewelry is plain and made of super-safe materials, there is some doubt over what kind of jewelry to wear once your piercing is fully healed.

Namely, some people cannot wait to change their jewelry into something more beautiful and richly ornamented. In many ways, this is understandable: rich, fully decorated jewelry is more attractive and beautiful. It attracts a lot of attention.

It is fun to wear and it’s even more fun to change your looks: whenever you are tired of one jewelry piece, you can easily substitute it with another.

That being said, plain jewelry offers certain advantages so you should not forget about it. Even if it looks too simple and ordinary, you should have at least some plain jewelry pieces for your piercings.

Ordinary Jewelry Pieces

Plain jewelry pieces are those simple, yet elegant Captive Bead Rings, straight barbells, curved barbells, circular barbells, studs and other simple jewelry pieces. They are great for initial piercings because they are smooth and comfortable.

However, there are many reasons why you should use them even for your healed piercings. While you should have some more decorated and attractive jewelry pieces in your collection, it’s best to always have at least a few of those “plain and simple” jewelry pieces suitable for your piercing.

Why? There are many reasons. Here are the most important ones:

  • They are comfortable. Plain jewelry pieces are, simply put, more comfortable than more fancy, ornamented ones. This is why they are great for everyday wear. They will prevent your piercing to become sore or uncomfortable. While you should wear more ornamented pieces for special occasions, these simple, plain pieces are great for day to day wear.
  • They are safer. Plain jewelry is great because it brings less risk – it is safer. Typically, plain and simple jewelry pieces are fully made of super-safe materials that cannot hurt your body. Also, the design itself is made not to cause injuries and other problems. This is one of the reasons why initial jewelry is always made in plain and simple designs. To stay safe on day to day basis, it’s best to wear plain jewelry.
  • They are more serious. While certain places won’t accept any piercings, plain, smaller jewelry always looks more serious and presentable than those big, ornamented models. For example, you may not be able to wear flashy jewelry at work but simple barbells or studs may be acceptable.
  • They are easier to hide. If you want to completely hide your piercing, you will need to use special hider jewelry pieces. That being said, plain jewelry is much better at making your piercing less visible than those big, ornamented pieces. If you wish to stay low-key without using hider jewelry, make sure to use plain and simple jewelry in your piercings.
  • They go with every style. Plain jewelry will fit any clothing combination, hairstyle or makeup. It goes with everything, so you don’t have to worry about your jewelry not fitting your style.
  • Sometimes, they are the only option. Finally, don’t forget that simple and plain jewelry pieces are sometimes the only ones suitable for your piercing. Certain piercings are very sensitive and located at such places that do not allow for more ornamented and fancy jewelry. For example, genital piercings typically require smooth, plain jewelry so these are the only options. Never try to wear any other type of jewelry in your genital piercings and other sensitive piercings!

Inner vs Outer Conch

conch-piercingA Conch Piercing is one of the more unusual ear piercing types, even though it’s popular with some people. It is one of the cartilage piercings, which makes it a bit trickier to perform than earlobe piercings. Cartilage piercings also tend to be more painful. However, this is not a reason to give up if you really desire to have a Conch Piercing.

There is a certain confusion about Conch Piercings. Namely, there are two distinctive types of Conch Piercings: Inner and Outer Conch. People sometimes confuse the two and are unsure about their similarities and differences. If you wish to get one of those (or both!) you need to know which is which and what their main differences are.

Inner Conch Piercing

Inner Conch is by far the more popular variant. If no closer distinction is mentioned, chances are that “Conch” will refer to Inner Conch piercing. Inner Conch is done on the specific part of the cartilage in the center of the ear, adjacent to the ear canal. There is a small cup-shaped area that is pierced.

This specific placement is characteristic of Inner Conch. All Inner Conch piercings are done on this cup-shaped cartilage area, or else the piercing in question cannot even be considered “Inner Conch”.

If the area is large enough, it is possible to have a large gauge Inner Conch piercing. However, the only way to achieve this is with a dermal punch. Cartilage piercings are almost impossible to stretch properly, so if you want to have a larger Inner Conch piercing it’s best to go with a dermal punch.

Outer Conch Piercing

Outer Conch piercing is a more unusual placement. It is performed on the flat part of the ear cartilage, ideally between the helix and the antihelix of the ear. The placement itself is tricky, because it has to be done on this specific spot to “count” as an Outer Conch piercing, or else it would be a simple Helix or Antihelix piercing.

In fact, these spots on the cartilage are located near each other so there is often some confusion whether the piercing in question is Outer Conch or not. Ideally, an Outer Conch piercing should be done on the cartilage but away from the rim/edge, unless you are going for a Helix piercing.

However, those who do not care about the names and simply want a piercing on this particular spot have nothing to worry about – you can simply tell your chosen piercer the exact spot where you wish to be pierced. You don’t need to know the name of the piercing or stress about getting it right.

Another way to perform an Outer Conch piercing is through dermal punching. This way, it is relatively easy to have a large gauge piercing in the cartilage, which would otherwise be very difficult (or impossible) to achieve.

Inner vs Outer Conch: The Verdict

As you can see, Inner and Outer Conch Piercings are very similar (hence the name), so it’s easy to confuse one for the other. Both are cartilage piercings done on the inner side of the ear, though Inner Conch is more so (as the name implies).

The main difference is the placement: Inner Conch has a very specific placement on the cup-shaped area near the ear canal. Outer Conch doesn’t have a special placement so there is more freedom when performing this piercing type.

Another potential difference is jewelry. Typically, Outer Conch allows for more space and freedom when choosing jewelry (for example, Captive Bead Rings), while the Inner Conch typically uses simple studs. However, this is not set in stone and there is always room for some experimentation.

Female Urethral Toys

Female Urethral Toys 1kitty kat: I’m having a hard time finding FEMALE sounding and catheter play equipment. Please send me links.

Female urethral stimulation may not be as popular or well-known as male urethral stimulation, but it exists. It exists and it’s as pleasurable and exciting as male urethral stimulation! All ladies who feel intrigued by this type of sexual pleasure can enjoy it to the fullest.

Unfortunately, there is not enough information about female urethral stimulation. Most of the articles and product recommendations are focused on men. This may leave many women confused about the subject. Some women may think that female urethral stimulation is impossible to achieve, while others struggle to find appropriate toys to fulfill their desire.

Here, we will outline some of the basic toys women can use to try urethral stimulation to the fullest. We will also mention some important rules one has to follow in order to preserve safety and full satisfaction.

Overview of Female Urethral Toys

Some women will find that they can use male urethral toys or universal urethral toys without a problem. In fact, most urethral toys are not labeled by gender, which means that they are not specifically made for men or women. In so many ways, this makes sense – a urethral toy is a urethral toy and in theory, it can be used by both men and women.

That being said, since female urethra is much shorter and somewhat tighter than male urethra, most women will need smaller and thinner urethral toys than those used by men.

You may think that starting with smallest toys is the only way to go. However, it’s important to know that longer toys are not necessarily bad for female urethral stimulation, as long as you don’t try to shove them too deeply into urethra. Typically, men use penis plugs for cock stuffing and sounds for deeper urethral stimulation, but many women find sounds to be more comfortable than penis plugs. This is because penis plugs are specially designed for penis use, while sounds are general urethral toys.

Therefore, the ideal female urethral toys will be shorter and thinner sounds, as well as smaller trainer toys (used for urethral stretching and training). When choosing a urethral toy for a woman, make sure it’s thin enough to accommodate the woman’s body.

Some recommended models and types of urethral toys suitable for women:

Full-Size Urethral Sounds:

  • Hank Sounds

    . These urethral sounds are among the shorter variants. They are typically made for urethral stretching so they come in smaller sizes and are suitable for beginners. They typically have a ridge at one point so you can use it as a stop marker to prevent you to go too deep. If you wish to try urethral sounding, it’s best to start with these.

  • Hegar Sounds

    . Hegar Sounds are among the safest urethral sounds on the market. Do not be intimidated by their length – they are among the most comfortable urethral toys. Just make sure not to go too deep. Depending on the size, these may be reserved for more experienced users.

  • Pratt Sounds

    . These sounds are a bit longer but are thin enough for women to use. If you want to go with Pratt Sounds, it’s best to choose Beginner’s Pratt Sounds since they are very thin. As with any other sound type, make sure not to go too deep. Depending on the size, these may be reserved for more experienced users.

Princess Albertina Piercing for Stimulating Urethra

Another interesting way to stimulate female urethra without toys is Princess Albertina piercing. This is a female genital piercing equivalent to male Prince Albert piercing. Princess Albertina passes through urethra and exits on the top of the vagina.

This piercing massages many sensitive spots inside urethra, so it can be very arousing. With Princess Albertina, you may be able to reach your urethra for stimulation just by rubbing your clitoris or by gently tugging on the jewelry.

In order to accommodate this piercing, a woman has to have large and wide enough urethra, so it’s ideal for those who have some experience with urethral stimulation.

Princess Albertina piercing can be very arousing but keep in mind that it increases the risk for urinary tract infections. It is therefore vital to consult a reliable piercer who is experienced at performing this type of piercings. You should also prepare for the possibility that the piercing might not work for you. However, if done correctly, it can help women stimulate their urethra.

How to Approach Urethral Stimulation

  • Once a woman is sexually aroused, the urethra enlarges and it’s easier to access it. This is why all women who wish to try urethral stimulation should strive to be aroused first. Once you are used to the feeling of urethral stimulation you can start from scratch, so to speak (begin a session with urethral stimulation without being previously aroused), but for beginners, the best and most comfortable way is to be aroused first. You can masturbate, have an intercourse or try some toys, but do not reach the orgasm. You need to be aroused and ready.
  • The urethral opening may seem very tiny, but it’s actually larger than it looks. It can definitely accommodate urethral toys, but they need to be properly lubed and you will need to train your urethra gradually. Do not expect great results from the first try (even though they can happen!) Start by simply inserting the tip of a toy to see how it feels. Later, go inch by inch by gently stretching your urethra. Make sure to use plenty of lube!
  • Many women claim that their most intense orgasms are during urethral stimulation and simultaneous clitoral stimulation. This is also the easiest way to ease yourself into urethral stimulation so make sure to always massage your clitoris during urethral play.
  • Urethral stimulation is fun but it carries a risk of urinary infections. To prevent this, you must always use only sterile toys. It is therefore best to use Surgical Steel urethral toys, since they can be properly sterilized. Make sure to take your time to sterilize your toys before each session! Also, after urethral play, don’t forget to clean your toys.
  • Everything used for urethral play: toys, lube, fingers, etc. has to be clean. Make sure to take precautions to stay safe.
  • Always, always use only toys specially designed for urethral use. This is the only way to go. Never attempt to insert any random object into your urethra. The toys are made to be used in this way and they accommodate the body perfectly. To stay safe and to prevent any potential injuries and other problems, use only special urethral toys.

Piercing Tips You May Not Know

578tHere are some quick and handy piercing and aftercare tips you may not know. All of them will help you maintain a healthy and clean piercing.

Keep in mind: even the little things can make a difference between a successful piercing and a disaster!

Be Mentally Prepared!

In order to ensure the best and most comfortable experience at the piercing studio, you need to know yourself. What does it mean? You need to know what kind of company and circumstances will make you the most relaxed. For example, some people feel better and braver when they go with a trusted friend or a family member. Others feel more relaxed when they are alone. These are all individual choices and piercing studios are often happy to allow other people to be there with you. However, you need to know yourself enough to understand what kind of company you really need. Do not feel pressured to go with friends or to go alone if this isn’t what truly makes you relaxed.

The same goes for other arrangements, such as the time of the day, being chatty or being quiet, etc. If you know that some type of environment will be helpful to you, make sure to talk to your chosen piercer. Keep in mind that they might not be able to accommodate all of your wishes and requests: after all, their first and most important responsibility is your safety and proper piercing procedure. Other than that, however, piercers are typically happy to accommodate your needs and requests, so make sure to talk to them and arrange things before hand. In order for this to work, however, you need to know yourself well enough: you need to know what makes you relaxed.

Never Twist the Jewelry!

One of the most persisting misconceptions about new piercings is that the jewelry needs to be turned and twisted in order to prevent tissue to heal on the jewelry and trap it. While this advice may seem logical, it is actually dangerous to do any twisting, turning or any manipulation of your new piercing or jewelry. In fact, the best thing you can do is to simply leave your new piercing alone. The jewelry won’t get jammed inside the new piercing hole, so there is no need to twist it or turn it. However, it is vital to keep your new piercing clean and to apply a saline solution a few times a day. That will keep your new piercing clean and healthy.

But what about the scabbing, you ask? Some new piercings will produce small scabbing but most of it is just a small accumulation of fluid that a new piercing produces. The best policy is to clean your piercing regularly so the scabbing doesn’t form. If it does form, you can remove it carefully by using a cotton swab with a saline solution on the tip. Resist the urge to move and rotate the jewelry in order to break the scabbing! Always try to soften it using a saline solution and clean it that way. If scabbing persists, you should contact your piercer.

Do Not Overclean!

You may think that the best way to go with your new piercing is to clean it often. After all, you do want to keep your new piercing and jewelry clean. You may also think that cleaning often is the best way to prevent scabbing and other problems.

However, too much of a good thing is bad. While it’s important to clean your new piecing properly and to apply appropriate aftercare, a good approach is to know how to do it. Cleaning your piercing 20 times per day, for example, is not the best way to go. Nor is cleaning your piercing with strong, harsh solutions. Both of these approaches will lead to irritation and other problems, so they are not recommended in the long run. Remember: you should never overclean your piercing! Stick to the standard aftercare advice and do not clean your piercing more than a few times per day. Also, make sure to use only gentle solutions (saline solutions are the best).

Be Patient!

There is an important thing to understand about piercings and other body modifications: they are a great way to change your looks and to make a meaningful mark on your body. It is therefore understandable that you want to see the change immediately. However, there is one truth about most body modifications: it takes a bit of time to get to the look you wish to achieve.

What does it mean? In the case of piercings, it means that it takes some time until the piercing is healed. Only healed piercings are finished peircings you can enjoy properly: they look just how you want them to look and you can change jewelry freely. In the case of tattoos, it often takes some time and effort until they are done completely. In the case of other modifications, such as scarification or ball stretching, it takes time to achieve the desired effect.

In other words, body modifications take time before they look exactly how you want them to look. Which means you have to be patient with them. Do not rush things out and do not expect perfect results overnight. In fact, they will look great only if you take a proper care of them during the healing period. This is why you need to just be patient, perform care instructions carefully and wait until your piercing or body modification is ready.

Be Ready for Small Changes

When you get a new piercing, you need to be ready to accept small changes during the healing time. These changes include small discomfort or paying attention to things you usually don’t notice. For example, you may find it difficult to sleep in certain positions so you will need to find a way to keep your new piercing safe during night. Or you may need to wear loose clothing items in order not to put too much pressure on your new piercing. Those with ear piercings will need to make sure to keep their hair out of the way. More than anything, you need to be ready to dedicate some time every day to clean your new piercing properly.

Those are all small changes but they can be frustrating and tedious. It is not unusual for people to do it properly in the first week after getting a piercing but once the first swelling and discomfort is gone, they become lazy. Don’t be that person. Piercings take longer time to heal: weeks, sometimes even months. You need to be responsible and make the appropriate changes to your daily routine in order to accommodate your new piercing. This is the only way for your piercing to heal properly.