Friday September 26th, 2008 @ 11:42 PM
I just got my VCH pierced yesterday and the piercer used a 16g curved barbell….i wanted to know if this was a standard starting size for this type of piercing or if he used too small of a gauge? All my piercing are 14g+ so if it is an ok gauge to use how hard is it to gauge up to a 14g after the initial healing time?
16g is way too thin for genital piercings. Think ‘cheesewire’!
Give it a month and in that time be very careful with it and then pop a 14g piece of jewellery in there.
The term is to stretch up, not gauge up!
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Monday September 22nd, 2008 @ 10:35 AM
Hi, I got a VCH done a month ago today.
It has been fine (I think) up until yesterday when it started to feel a little uncomfortable.
When I got my mirror and viewed ‘down there’.. i noticed that the bottom end of the ball had disappeared inside
with clean hands i just pushed the top ball ever so slightly back down so you could see the top & bottom ball.
But I’m now very scared it’s gonna come out.
I’ve been cleaning it twice a day every day with sea salt & the special soap they give you at the piercing shops. Unfortunately I can’t go back to where I was pierced as I done it abroad in the only place I really trust to pierce me! - I’ve been there many times before, and I completely trust them.
So I don’t really know what to do? I really do not want to take it out & I’m hoping it will just heal somehow. But I’m concerned that the hole at the bottom of the piercing is just gonna get bigger & bigger which is why it disappears every now and then.
I won’t be going back to the shop until probably next year sometime.
I was pierced with a straight barbell I think if that helps atall?
Thank you in advance…
I’m afraid I’ll be somewhat limited as to what I can tell you since I can’t actually see the piercing, but here goes…
Is it possible that the jewelry is just moving up slightly, causing the ball to disappear under your hood, and not actually slide in to the piercing? If you are able to very easily slide the barbell back down, and there is no pressure or pulling or pain when you do that, it’s likely the ball isn’t going in to the actual piercing.
If you’re sure it is going in to the piercing itself, you likely need a slightly longer piece of jewelry…or perhaps a curved barbell instead of a straight barbell. If you aren’t comfortable changing the jewelry yourself then you will have to find a piercer in your area you are comfortable with.
It’s also possible that even if the ball is sliding in to your piercing, it won’t cause you any real issues. Although I definitely understand where you might not want to chance it.
Posted by Derek Lowe | Permalink | 3 Comments
Friday August 22nd, 2008 @ 8:00 AM
I’ve been thinking about getting a vch but im confused about whats right for me. I read an article that mentioned making sure your body was right for a particular piercing, my question is how do i know my body is right for a vertical piercing? is there something i can do to check?
Well, you can use a cotton bud (Q-tip) or a toothpick (snip the point off first, mind, and round off the sharp edges!) and pop it under your hood. If you can get the item more than 10mm under the hood and it isn’t very tight then I’d say you’re fine for a VCH. Alternatively, pop down to a reputable piercers and ask them to take a look for you.
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Thursday August 21st, 2008 @ 1:47 AM
I would like to have a microdermal placed near my pubic bone. What sort of aftercare would such a placement require? How long before I can resume sex? What clothing considerations should I have in mind?
Thank you for taking the time to answer these basic questions.
I’m finding more clients opting for dermal anchors in the pubic area instead of “Christina” piercings with curved or surface barbells.
Aftercare for anchors requires plenty of hot compresses to help promote circulation and draining as well as to encourage the anchor to “anchor” in nice and flat.
I tell my clients to use a waterproof, tight-fitting bandage on their anchors when they’re sleeping or participating in activities that may risk the anchor being snagged in it’s early several weeks of healing.
If the piercing was placed high enough on your pubic mound, you shouldn’t have to refrain from sexual activity if the piercing wasn’t coming into contact with fluids or suffering trauma from any impact…
You shouldn’t run into any issues with clothing as long as you’re exercising some common sense: Nothing lacy or holey that may catch on the piercing (and that includes NOT wearing any underwear and putting the piercing at risk of snagging on the inside of you jeans’ zipper…)
For the most part, I’ve found that people are pretty happy with the aesthetic results of pubic-placed anchors! I would recommend wearing flat discs on them for the first couple months, however.
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Tuesday August 12th, 2008 @ 4:08 PM
I am pregnant and need to change my triangle jewellery for something non-metal. Can you recommend PTFE or Bioplast, straight or curved barbell or captive (what I have now).
Are you talking about just changing the jewellery over prior to birth, per the hospital’s requirements? I’d suggest a PTFE barbell of appropriate gauge and length would be fine, if you’re concerned about the piercing closing. I actually removed all the jewellery from my genital piercings in early labour as a precaution and was really glad I did, I didn’t tear at all but certainly feel that having jewellery of any sort to resist against the stretching tissue wouldn’t have improved my chances of staying intact!
Congratulations and good luck to you and your baby, too!
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Friday August 8th, 2008 @ 7:12 PM
I went yesterday to get my hood pierced vertically and it turns out my hood is to small to get it done vertically or horizontally. I am really intrigued by this piercing and i wanted to know if there was anything i could do to make it possible for me to be able to get it pierced.
If you don’t have suitable anatomy there really isn’t anything you can do other than look at different piercing options such as a Nefertiti (which is a cross between a vertical hood piercing and a christina - in effect, a surface piercing) or a triangle (which passes under the clitoral shaft and has a similar appearance to a horizontal hood piercing). As per usual, find a piercer versed in female genital piercing.
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Thursday July 31st, 2008 @ 2:04 AM
I had my hood pierced (horizontally) about 14 years ago. I stretched it from 14g to 8g and ended up taking it out about 5 years ago (for no real reason other than a change).
I really want my hood piercing back, and I’m wondering if a re-piercing would be difficult due to scar tissue (I can feel exactly where the piercing was).
After stretching it, would it be possible to get a 14g barbell through it again or should it be re-pierced?
Many thanks in advance…
You got it done 14 years ago and its been out 5 years now. Thus means you had your Horizontal Hood piercing for roughly 9 years, which you managed to stretch it from a 14ga to an 8ga.
My suggestion/advice to you is to visit a piercing studio and have them first attempt to pass a Insertion Taper through the pathway to see if the piercing is still open and viable to insert jewelry into. As I believe you won’t need to go through the piercing process all over again, instead just tapering it to the right size.
So let them see if they can insert a 14ga Taper through the pathway. If that slides through easily, have them try to slide a 12ga through and just keep doing so until the taper slides through snuggly and without any resistance.
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Monday July 21st, 2008 @ 4:43 PM
Which, if any, female genital piercings would be suitable for me as a horse-rider? I’m considering getting a Christina (if it’s a viable option), but would like to know if I could consider any other piercings too. Also, would the piercing require any special care because of my riding?
If you are an avid/consistent horse rider, you may want to consider something that heals fairly quickly (2-6 weeks typically)…such as a vertical/horizontal hood or inner labia piercings. Piercings such as outer labia and Christinas tend to have a longer healing time (3-4 months). If the healing time is short, if you find the piercing does interfere with your riding, or perhaps the other way around, it shouldn’t be an issue for very long.
It’s possible that a Christina might not be affected by riding too much, given it’s more “upward” placement. Having never ridden a horse, I don’t have personal experience to draw from…not to mention the lack of the other vital parts in question. Obviously, your particular “build” is going to play a part as well.
You aren’t going to know how things are going to work out until you actually try it, unfortunately. If you find that there is an issue, at that point you can try different things (such as use of padding, adjusting riding position etc) to alleviate the issue you are having.
Best of luck.
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Tuesday July 8th, 2008 @ 12:58 PM
I have had my VCH piercing since the 13th of may (almost 2 months ago) but I don’t know how to tell if it’s healed or not. Can anyone help? Thankyou. x
If you have no discomfort, no discharge and the jewellery moves freely of its own accord, you can safely say that at two months it is healed. Piercings of this nature have a relatively quick healing time.
Posted by Tiff Badhairdo | Permalink | 1 Comment
Friday July 4th, 2008 @ 11:45 PM
Hey again. This question just hit me, will I be able to slip an externally treaded barbell in a DIY piercing?! I’m having my Master pierce my VCH in a few weeks, and all I have for jewelry has external threading. Nothing internal. So my initial jewelry must be ex.threaded. I had a 14g 3/8 ss straight bb (ex. Threaded) with a (bottom) 4mm ball, and a small slave bead with a 3mm ball (top) autoclaved at a shop, and set aside in a surgical package. Will it work!!?? I can’t aford anymore jewelry, I’m saving my $ to buy clamps, and EMLA for when he does my vert.nips (Oh! And I need to know if 14g 7/16 curved bb, ex.threaded, will go through my nips as initial jewelry) Please help me!
Quick snappy comeback answer is……NOPE
How are we possibly able to tell what your VCH or Nipples require without a in person consultation?
Your master could slam a 9″ Nail through both things and hey it’d work, but the question is: “Was that the RIGHT way to do/use things?”
External threading will irritate/tear the fistula when inserting (unless you use a IV Catheter Needle) not to mention when removing the jewelry.
Internally Threaded Jewelry is the BEST, and in my professional mind/eyes, the ONLY option for what you’re looking to do (both for the VCH and the nipples)…
But as for gauge size and length that’s something you need to consult a piercer on, in person. Ideally someone who knows what they’re doing and will ethically be able to properly analyze the tissue area and offer a variance of gauge/length sizes…Not just go with the simplistic “Lets just do it at 14ga because that’s all we buy” mindset….As quite often certain body types really require larger gauge/length sizes,etc.
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