Learn about the different genital piercings for women and how they are done. We discuss what is possible and what you should take into account when making a choice.
Why get a female genital piercing?
Women get their vaginas pierced for a variety of different reasons, whether it's part of a master & slave relationship, promote sexual stimulation, or simply to decorate your private parts. For whatever reason you may decide to get your vagina pierced, it goes without saying that a genital piercing requires commitment and dedication to ensure a fast healing process.
By the early twentieth century, intimate piercings were a real fascination when celebrities like Janet Jackson and Christina Aguilera publicly discussed their jewelry and the increased pleasure they experienced. What is certain, is that although still considered provocative and daring, female genital piercings have become more common and women talk more openly about experimenting with their sexual pleasure. Just like nipple piercings make the nipples more sensitive, intimate piercings can make the clitoris more sensitive,which may lead to increased erotic pleasure.
However, for many women, genital piercings are about more than the prospect of increased sexual pleasure. They also serve as a symbol of owning your body and many women claim that having their genitals pierced improved their self-esteem and sexual confidence.
In a day and age where women's bodies are often still policed, the piercing of your private parts can feel like a tiny rebellious act, a personal “fuck you” to patriarchy.
How are intimate piercings done?
Placing the piercing itself only takes a few minutes, after assessing whether an intimate piercing is possible and determining the exact location. Certain piercings are more pleasant to some, while uncomfortable and too sensitive to others. Sometimes there is not enough tissue to place a piercing, although there are several places in the vulva where you can put the piercing.
The piercer first cleans the skin around the area with an antiseptic before marking the spot. They then use a needle and pierce the skin.
Which part of my vagina can I get pierced?
As you know, there are many different parts of the vagina.
The most common piercings for women are:
Vertical clitoral hood (VCH) – placed in the same direction that women’s genitals are formed.
Horizontal clitoral hood (HCH) – same as above, but placed horizontally on the hood.
Triangle piercing – a horizontal piercing just underneath the shaft of the clitoris, at the base of the hood.
Inner labia – located on the delicate, hairless folds of skin situated between the outer labia. It is possible to pierce both labia at the same time. This is often done to create a symmetrical whole.
Outer labia – located on the sides of the vulva in the thick, fleshy folds of tissue. The outer labia piercing is also done pairs to create a symmetrical whole.
Fourchette – located in the perineum.
Princess Diana – same as VCH but located off to the side(s) of the clitoral hood.
Christina – placed vertically at the top of the cleft of Venus. This piercing is placed relatively far from the clitoris and therefore the Christina piercing is mainly taken as decoration.
Princess Albertina – a piercing of the female urethra.
Is it possible to pierce the actual clitoris?
A clitoral piercing, also known as the clitoral glans or clit piercing, is rare. Unlike VCH and HCH piercings, the actual clitoral piercing is very risky and can, in the worst case, result in loss of clitoral sensation and clitoral sexual pleasure.
According to the website of Elayne Angel of the Piercing Bible, about 90 to 95 percent of women are unable to accommodate a piercing through the clitoral head.
Obstetrician and Gynecologist Anne Henderson, of Doctify, said: "Clitoral hood piercings are the most common intimate piercings since the actual clitoral piercings are very rarely performed due to the intense nerve supply to the clitoris itself, which can be overstimulated by wearing jewelry. There is also the risk that the nerve supply to the clitoris is damaged by the piercing, which may impair sexual function and pleasure, and possibly be permanent. "
How long does it take for my piercing to heal?
Piercers say the healing process takes about four to eight weeks, although different areas and different people heal at different speeds.
What are the aftercare instructions for my piercing?
A qualified piercer will explain how to care for your new piercing, but here are some general tips:
- Rinse with water after showering and use a saline soak.
- Always wash your hands before touching or cleaning the genital area.
- Clean the area before urinating if the piercing is in the vicinity of the urethra.
- Do not use hot tubs and don't swim until the piercing is healed.
- Do not touch anyone and do not let others touch the piercing during the healing period.
Can I have sex after my vagina is pierced?
You can have sex if you have to, but make sure you use a condom or dental dam to prevent body fluids coming into contact with your piercing as long as it is not healed.
If it is painful, stop sexual activity, or slow things down. And do not forget that sexually transmitted infections can be transmitted by a person's blood, so an open wound or cut near a healing piercing can increase the risk of transferring or getting an STI.
It is always advisable to ask your piercer for their professional opinion when in doubt.
Are there any other health risks?
Yes, the area of the piercing is very sensitive and the most common complications experienced with genital piercings are bacterial infections, bleeding, nerve damage, allergic reactions to jewelry and scars.
Other risks are hepatitis B and C, STD's, tetanus and even HIV / AIDS.
If you are concerned about your health after getting a genital piercing, be smart - go to your doctor.
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