Hood piercing, also known as clitoral hood piercing, is a form of a female genital piercing. There are two main types of hood piercings: Vertical Clitoral Hood (VCH) piercing and Horizontal Clitoral Hood (HCH) piercing. Hood piercings are very popular because they are relatively simple to perform and without much pain for the client. However, it is important that the piercing is performed by an experienced piercer who specializes in genital piercings. Clitoral hood piercings do not go through the clitoris itself. What is pierced is a thin skin of the clitoral hood. This is not particularly painful so a nice hood piercing is a great way to get a genital piercing without too much pain. Since these are not too complex or painful piercings, there are many women with clitoral hood piercings. In fact, VCH is the most popular female genital piercing in the world and also the most popular hood piercing.
Vertical Clitoral Hood piercing goes through the clitoral hood vertically. This hood piercing can be very sexually arousing because the jewelry rubs nicely against the clitoris underneath the hood. Horizontal Clitoral Hood piercing goes through the hood horizontally and it is not as sexually pleasurable but it looks very attractive. Typical jewelry for Vertical Clitoral Hood piercing is curved barbell and typical jewelry for Horizontal Clitoral Hood piercing is a ring or a circular barbell.