Female Genital Piercing: What to Know

Female genital piercings are not for the faint of heart. Sure, there may be loads of benefits when it comes to female genital piercings however, if you find yourself cringing at the sight of bejeweled blingy labias, then the world of genital adornment probably isn’t for you.

For those genital jewelry fanatics out there though, the vagina piercings aren’t simply about making your downstairs look more attractive, they can also have a great impact on your sex life. Here is everything you need to know about female genital piercings.
Female Genital Piercing

The vertical clitoral hood is a great way to not only accentuate your body it also offers stimulation. 

Many women are not familiar with their anatomy and get confused about the placement of this piercing. The Vertical Clitoral Hood does not go through the clitoris. The piercing is actually made through the hood tissue above the clitoris. This placement allows the jewelry to rest on the clitoris offering additional stimulation to the area. Because of the variations in anatomy not all women are suitable candidates for this piercing. Each piercee must be evaluated. You may be able to see if you’re a suitable candidate at home by performing what is known as the “Q-tip test”. As a general rule, if a lubricated q-tip fits under your hood, you can get this piercing. If the swap is too wide you can remove some of the fluff. This piercing needs depth more than width. Also, check to make sure there is not a visible vein along the middle.

Genital piercings are special because they have the potential to affect your sexual pleasure.

How genital piercing can improve your sex life

Whether you are looking to get a vaginal piercing, or you currently have one and want to learn more about your piercing and sex, you’re probably already aware that some genital piercings may have a positive impact on your sex life.

First and foremost, if you are thinking about getting a genital piercing for self-expression and building confidence in your body, the benefits of doing so are self-explanatory, as feeling more confident in the bedroom bears obvious fruit.

If you are looking for benefits from a more orgasmic, sensual perspective, however, you might be surprised at how much of an impact such a piercing can have. However, a poorly placed piercing can result in a missed opportunity of stimulation or loss of sensation. Locate an experienced professional who has had training on this piercing and can speak with you openly. The right piercer will have a professional manner and should make you feel comfortable and safe. It’s okay to “interview” your piercer to make sure they are the ones you will feel comfortable with. They should be knowledgeable and willing to discuss any questions or concerns you might have. Once you’ve found your piercer, be prepared to be examined. They may need to tug, pinch, and stretch the tissue to make sure there are no veins for accurate placement. The jewelry for this piercing could be a straight or curved barbell or a ring style. I prefer to use a 14 gauge ³/₈ internally threaded surgical grade/implant grade stainless steel curved barbell and we offer these in all different gem colors. The jewelry is meant both to decorate as well as rub the clitoris. While most women enjoy this a great deal, some women find the constant stimulation a bit much to handle, while even others get used to the sensation. Naturally, this will vary from woman to woman.

Before you decide to get this piercing to ask the piercer how they do it. If they use forceps, leave. Clamping with forceps endangers the clitoris and causes unnecessary pain. It can also cause improper placement. The standard procedure is to use a needle receiving tube (NRT) under the hood. It makes it easier to manipulate the tissue and be more accurate. A dot will be marked on the hood in the center of the NRT. Using a needle receiving tube also safely rests against the clitoris and receives the needle which protects the clitoris underneath. Even if your piercer guides you through your breathing expect a sharp pinch. This pinch may startle you causing a quick jump or movement. An experienced piercer will anticipate this. Try to keep your knees apart so jewelry can be inserted and you’ll be all done.

Just like any piercing or break in the skin, your new piercing may bleed off and on for a few days. This is normal you may need or want to wear a panty liner for a few days. Tighter underwear helps hold your jewelry in place and reduce discomfort and trauma. Cotton is more absorbent and permits better air circulation. Make sure your underwear has no holes or loose threads that could snag on your jewelry. The VCH has a very quick healing time. Some women feel like it is healed in a week’s time. To be safe you should still care for it for a minimum of four weeks.

The healing time on this piercing can be four to six weeks. There is no need to twist or touch your jewelry, as this will only irritate your new piercing. It is very important to avoid snagging this piercing. You need to be aware at all times of things that could catch it such as; clothing, and towels. To clean your piercing you can either use H2Ocean or a saline soak. With the H2Ocean spray both sides two to three times a day. You can make the saline soak at home by using a non-iodized sea salt mixture: Dissolve ¹/₄ teaspoon of non-iodized (iodine-free) sea salt into one cup (8 oz.) of warm distilled or bottled water, soak for five to ten minutes two to three times per day. Dry by gently patting with clean, disposable paper products. Cloth towels can harbor bacteria and snag on jewelry, causing injury. Some risks can be migration, rejection, scarring, and snagging accidents.

There is no set period for abstinence from sexual activities while your piercing is healing, however, there are rules for aftercare. Be gentle. If your piercing is sore stop what you’re doing or go easy on it. I don’t recommend using something as harsh as a vibrator on the direct area while healing. Be clean. Protective barriers must be used during healing to prevent sharing bodily fluids. For any oral contact, use a dental dam to shield the piercing. Wash hands before near contact with the piercing and use condoms for intercourse. Most important, listen to your body, if it hurts, don’t do it.


Women who choose to pierce their genitals despite the risks should practice good hygiene and be upfront with their health care providers about their hidden piercings.

Patients should alert their health care providers about genital piercings in the event that they have to undergo an emergency surgery or magnetic resonance tomography (MRI) procedure where the piercing would have to be removed for the safety of the patient. Physicians also should familiarize themselves with genital piercings and the issues that can arise from this growing trend.
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