Tuesday July 1st, 2008 @ 11:38 PM
About five weeks ago, I did my hood piercing myself, horizontal, and it wasn’t completely straight, but I didn’t mind. It was my third self done vaginal piercing, and I figured since those two were doing great (two fourchette piercings), this would be no worse. And here’s the bad part. Often, I partake in sexual activity. For the first three weeks of having this piercing, I tried to keep it to a minimum, but as the weeks progressed, I increased it, and one day, it began to hurt excessively, so I took it out. Everything seemed to be normal at first, but now, as I touch the spot where the holes were, the tissue seems rock solid. As if there was crusting and the skin just grew over it. It doesn’t hurt, it’s just very hard. I begin to worry that it’s something serious. What could this be, is it treatable, and should I worry? Thanks so much, BME.
Most likely the hardness that you are feeling is some scar tissue. If the piercing was hurting to the point of needing to remove it, that is a good indication that something wasn’t right. It could be that the placement wasn’t good. It could be that it was simply too soon for your particular body/piercing to be having sex again. It could be that the particular type of sex you were having was irritating the piercing. As a result, your body created excess scar tissue to try and protect itself from the source of irritation.
You should find that the tissue returns to something much closer to normal tissue as time goes on. Your body will just need a little time to get back to “normal”.
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Monday June 23rd, 2008 @ 3:26 PM
I just got a vertical clitoral hood piercing done a few days ago. Everything is going beautifully and I couldn’t be happier. My problem is that my mother reminded me that we are going on family vacation only three weeks after the piercing date. All of us will be staying in a cabin on a lake. Avoiding swimming in the lake is not an option. Also, I don’t see how I can bandage my piercing. What, if anything, can I do to minimize the risks of lake water on a three week old hood piercing?
Since hood piercings tend to heal very fast, you shouldn’t have an issue with swimming in a lake after 3-4 weeks. If it was a piercing that took longer to heal, I would suggest avoiding it. Then again, if it were a different piercing, it might be much easier to cover.
To be on the safe side, you might want to shower/bathe right afterwards, or at least do a quick cleaning if you can.
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Saturday June 14th, 2008 @ 11:30 AM
So, I’m dying to get a vaginal piercing. My (probably futile) question is this: I ride my bike to work and pretty much all around town. I’m sure riding a bike would interfere with the healing of most genital piercings but are there any that wouldn’t be affected? My first choice is a triangle and then probably a VCH but something tells me those would be impossible to heal with as much bike riding as I do. (and yes, I need to ride my bike…don’t have a car!)
Logic dictates that getting a genital piercing and riding a bike during the healing time is not a good idea. However, speaking from my own experience I have managed to successully heal both inner labia and VCH piercings whilst being an active cyclist. Both piercings are relatively easy to heal at the best of times. Adjusting your posture on the bike so that the saddle doesn’t cause pressure on the piercings is a must. So opt for something that is simple to heal like a VCH if you don’t want to take a hiatus from cycling. Alternatively, use public transport!
As a bone of contention, neither of the piercings you mentioned are vaginal piercings. The vagina is only a part of the vulva which is the general term for the external female genitalia.
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Friday June 13th, 2008 @ 12:15 PM
I had my vch pierced 3 days ago now and it feels and looks great apart from my piercer has put a stud in and when i lean forward in nips like hell.Its the same sort that i have in my monroe piercing. Is it ok to have a stud in and if not when can i change it because if i changed it now i would think it would be very painful can anyone help. The end of the stud is flat and that rest on my clit.
If the jewellery is giving you discomfort it is better to get it changed than suffer. A labret stud in a VCH piercing?? Ouchy!! With it being a relatively fresh piercing I would find an alternative studio and have them fit you with a sterilised curved barbell or ball closure ring. These are your comfiest options.
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Monday May 26th, 2008 @ 12:05 AM
what is the best type of barbell for a VCH
i know a curved barbell is best,
but what about perfered gauge and length?
im new at this all,
i just need an idea before i get it done.
This question is a very loaded one…It’s like asking everyone what their favourite fruit is.
The reality is there are two different types of jewelry often used in VCH’s. The first is of course a Curved Barbell, while the second is a Straight Barbell.
When you visit the studio to get a VCH piercing, the piercer should be experienced enough to know to analyze the area in question to determine what is the most ideal option. This of course means getting you up on the table and taking measurements and seeing the size and shape of the hood in relation to the rest of your anatomy.
As for the gauge size and length, again this is just like trying to determine if a curved bar or straight bar is ideal for your specific anatomy requirements. I’ve done hoods as small as 14ga and as large as 8ga in thickness and jewelry length anywhere from 3/8″ to 5/8″ in length.
Essentially if the piercer doesn’t have a proper conversation with you to try and figure out what exactly it is you’re trying to achieve by getting this piercing (just the looks? want it for function?) and analyzing the area, that’s a sign you might want to look for someone else to do this piercing. As there is absolutely zero standard size, length,etc for this piercing. Just like how there isn’t for most piercings really, since everyone’s bodies are always slightly different in some way shape and form.
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Tuesday May 20th, 2008 @ 4:16 AM
I have recently (two days ago) pierced my inner labia. Just a simple question, some say its best to leave them be, since urine acts as a sterilizer, while others say salt water soaks or water and soap soaks are best. I’d like to really know from BME. If you could tell me actually how to clean it, that’d be great. Thanks.
Some slight inaccuracies with this, mainly that: “[i]Urine acts as a sterilizer.[/i]” For those reading this urine is not a liquid that sterilizes, urine when it freshly exits out of your own body it is sterile to yourself. So don’t anybody go peeing on people or storing urine in jars ok?
Urine is sterile to your own body and essentially when urinating it can sometimes help flush the wounds out. Sometimes because there are certain genital piercings where urine just ain’t going to get at, without doing some really weird body positioning haha!
My personal and professional opinion is to use a combination of all 3. Urine because you DO have to go to the bathroom, don’t hold it in. Salt Water/Saline Soaks (mixed properly or buy Sterile 0.9% Sodium Chloride Wound Wash) roughly 1-2 a day depending on your lifestyle. Followed up of course with a proper body hygiene protocol of showering your body like you normally would with a very mild sensitive soap free cleanser, use fresh clean towels every time and wear clean clothes as well as change your bedsheets through-out the week.
So long as you maintain a proper body hygiene protocol, drink plenty of water, eat right and get a good night sleep your piercings should heal pretty close to problem free. However not everyone is able to live that kind of lifestyle perfectly, so the occasional Salt Water/Saline Soaks 1-2 a day will aid in flushing the wound out as well as promoting skin cell regeneration.
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Saturday May 17th, 2008 @ 12:45 PM
I am going to get a VCH peircing this week and would firstly like to know , what are the advantages & disadvantages of having a curved barbell or a CBR?.
what is the most common type of jewlery used?
Also i understand everyone has a different pain thresshold, but on a scale of 1 to 10 how intense would you describe the pain?
I honestly feel they are one of the same, really, and alot depends on the preference of the piercer. The advantages of a barbell is that it is easier to swap and change the jewellery yourself. The disadvantage is that I find they do tend to move about a fair bit. I have worn both BCRs and barbells in mine (when I had it) and had no issues with either. I was originally pierced with a BCR and had no discomfort during the healing time whatsoever and based on my own positive experience, tend to initially fit BCRs unless asked otherwise.
As for the pain factor - it tends to be a short, sharp shock and then no discomfort at all once the jewellery is in situ. Because the pain is short-lived you do tend to get a nice endorphine high post-piercing. Have fun!
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Wednesday May 14th, 2008 @ 5:55 PM
I posted about a month ago about my VCH. It was suggested that I changed the jeelery.. Here’s some background. I got it pierced 4.28 with a 14 g 3/8 curved barbel. Well about a month ago it started to hurt. So I had the bar lengthened because my piercer thought it was too short. They I had the style changed to a straight. And it still effing hurts. Infact, it hurts more. What can I do? I love this piercing but this isn’t worth it if I can’t make it stop. Its a constant deep bruise feeling all over it, but im not swollen or infected. Please help.
I’m personally not a fan of straight barbells in VCH piercings. I find them to be uncomfortable, even in a well-healed piercing. If I recall rightly, you stated that it was fine to start with and then it just flared up? Try a titanium curved barbell and see if that makes a difference - the metal is lighter than steel and it is hypo-allergenic due to it being nickel-free. Also, avoid wearing restrictive clothing like tight jeans for a couple of weeks until the piercing feels happy. It’s a good idea not to use any kind of soap products in that area too. It could also be a placement issue but that’s the best I can do, really, without actually seeing the piercing myself.
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Saturday May 10th, 2008 @ 7:17 AM
I got a vch over 2 years ago. It got a little torn about 2weeks ago but in the past week it’s become VERY swollen, and there’s lots of yellow gunk coming out of it.I’ve been cleaning it and salt water soaks. It’s not very sore. My piercer is about 100 miles away, and it’d be at least 10 days before I could get there. I’m going to go to the doctors as soon as possible. Help? I’m really worried…especially with the amount of swelling.
It’s quite a vascular area down there, so any trauma can result in marked localised swelling. The fact that it isn’t too painful is a good indicator that things may not be as bad as you think and discharge from infection does tend to be greenish yellowy brown and foul-smelling, however, I would still err on the side of caution and visit your doctor. You may also beneift from a longer piece of jewellery until the swelling subsides. Keep up with the twice daily seasalt soaks. For future reference, once it is all healed and happy you might want to consider tapering it up to a larger gauge (discuss this with your piercer on your next visit) as that may reduce the likelihood of future trauma.
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Wednesday May 7th, 2008 @ 2:48 PM
I got my VCH pierced about a month ago with a curved barbell and now I want to change it. Would it be ok to change to a straight barbell that is made from the bio flex material? Would it irritate the area in any way or raise the chance of rejection? Thanks!
I don’t personally like using bioflex unless it’s deemed necessary in certain situations. If we’re talking about a healed piercing, I’d consider it as an option; but only when it’s a last resort. There are much better materials available that meet high standards and specifications in quality.
Since your VCH piercing was pierced with a curved barbell, putting in a straight piece of jewelry may also instigate complications. If you try this jewelry out, keep an eye on it and switch back to your original jewelry if any irritation follows.
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