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Genital Piercing: We Bet You Didn’t Know About All of These!

Genital piercing involves piercing a part of the female genitalia, creating a suitable place to wear different types of jewelry. Some types of genital piercing increase sensitivity and provide additional stimulation during sex.
Woman with genital piercing

Types of vaginal piercing 

The most common types of female genital piercing include:

  • Christina piercing also known as Venus piercing
  • Clitoris piercing
  • Fourchette piercing
  • Princess Diana piercing
  • Princess Albertina piercing
  • Horizontal clitoral hood piercing
  • Vertical clitoral hood piercing
  • Triangle piercing
  • Inner labia piercing
  • Outer labia piercing

Vertical clitoral hood (VCH) piercing 

A vertical hood piercing is the most common female genital piercing. Because of the vertical structure of female genitals, vertical hood piercings are very quick-healing. In a VCH piercing, a slightly curved bar is put directly through the skin covering the clitoris. 

Since a vertical hood piercing sits top-to-bottom, it rests comfortably within the anatomy of the women who wear it. The type of jewelry that can be worn with these piercings includes a circular ring or barbell, a straight barbell, or a curved barbell. Make sure to keep the vagina clean and the pierced jewelry free of bacteria to avoid infection.

Horizontal hood piercing

A horizontal piercing is a piercing done horizontally through the hood above the clitoris. This piercing typically has a ring with a bead that rests against the clitoris, offering stimulation for the wearer. The horizontal clitoral hood (HCH) piercing differs from its similarly named counterpart — the VCH piercing — in its orientation. An HCH piercing needs very particular anatomy; the hood must stick out far enough so that the pierced ring stays flat when your legs are closed.

Triangle piercing

A triangle piercing is a modern innovation and was first performed in the early 1990s. In this type of piercing, a circular barbell or a captive bead goes horizontally through the clitoral hood, behind the clitoris and passes under the clitoral shaft. The stimulation from this type of genital piercing comes from additional sensation behind your clitoris. Triangle piercing is very different from other genital piercings, like the popular vertical clitoral hood piercings, which contact the clitoris from the front.

Inner labia piercings 

An inner labia piercing is an easy piercing to sit through and heals quickly. The piercing is done through the inner labia. These piercings pass through the hairless folds of skin on the back side of the thicker outer labia (labia minora) that surround the vaginal opening. The skin is thin (but strong) and soft with ample blood supply, so healing is fast: usually four to six weeks. You might feel a little discomfort or pinching when sitting during the initial healing. In this case, it’s best to avoid riding a bike for a few weeks. 

Other types of female genital piercing

Other types of piercings for women are clitoris, fourchette, Princess Diana, Christina, and Princess Albertina piercings.

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How to get a genital piercing

Genital piercing is a means of body adornment. A hole is made using a needle, and a piece of jewelry is attached to the genitals by threading it through the hole. Genital piercings should always be carried out by a licensed professional piercer. 

piercing jewelry

To do the piercing, the professional piercer will first clean the genital skin and then mark the place where the piercing will go. The piercer should only use sterile, unopened equipment and jewelry. Using an attached piece of jewelry, the piercer will thread the needle through the genital skin. After the procedure is over, the professional piercer will provide some instructions for how to care for your genital piercing. Make sure to remove any genital jewelry during labor and childbirth.

 Possible complications 

Female genital piercings can result in serious health issues, and women should be aware of the complications. Some possible complications and risks associated with female genital piercing include bleeding, bacterial infection, nerve damage, thick scars at the piercing site, allergic reactions due to jewelry, disfigurement and tissue trauma, hepatitis B and C, and HIV. However, these complications can be avoided with the use of sterile and new piercing equipment and jewelry.

As you might expect, childbirth can be complicated by genital piercings, due to their proximity to the birth canal.

It is very important to keep your vagina clean after every sexual activity, particularly if you have jewelry made of titanium or surgical stainless steel. You can use diluted saline solution to keep your jewelry clean and water with some intimate soap to wash your vagina. Keeping your vagina and piercing clean during your period is also important to avoid any infection.

There are many different ways women can bedazzle their vaginas. Genital piercings can also be a powerful way to own your sexuality and your body. Indeed, women around the globe have reported that their intimate piercings have enhanced their sexual confidence and self-esteem.

There are risks and complications associated with genital piercings. It’s always a good idea to keep yourself well informed about any potential risks, and be sure to have the piercing done only by a certified professional piercer. 

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