Vertical Clitoral Hood Piercing (VCH)
Disclaimer: This blog will be discussing female genital anatomy and sexual function. This piercing is not available to minors, and this blog is not intended for individuals under eighteen years old.
Hello again, It’s Jamie and today I will be blogging about the vertical clitoral hood piercing (VCH). Many women are not familiar with their anatomy and get confused on 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 potential to affect your sexual pleasure. A poorly placed piercing can result in the 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 one 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 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. 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.
The vertical clitoral hood is a great way to not only accentuate your body it also offers stimulation. If you have any other questions or would like more detail on this piercing feel free to come into Blue Boutique and speak with any of our qualified piercers.