Getting a vaginal piercing is an important decision. A properly placed piercing can enhance sexual satisfaction and beautify the body.
The first step is to decide what to pierce. There are four areas suitable for female genital piercing: the outer labia, inner labia, clitoral hood and the clitoris. Everyone is not suited for vaginal piercings, and only a qualified piercer can tell whether or not a particular piercing will work for you. There are a few things to look at when choosing a piercing.
- If you are interested in piercing the outer or inner labia, pinch the skin. The firmer the skin the more likely this is an area able to hold a piercing. Multiple piercings can be placed along the length of the labia. Most women can support an outer labia piercing; however, rejection rates are higher than inner labia piercings. Healing times vary and can take up to eight months for an outer labia piercing or up to two months for the inner.
- Clitoral hood piercings vary in placement. Vertical clitoral hood piercing is one of the most popular vaginal piercings. Lubricate a cotton swab and gently insert it under your clitoral hood. If most of the tip can be inserted, you are a likely candidate for this piercing. Horizontal clitoral hood piercing requires a somewhat exposed clitoris to be sexually stimulating. The tissue must be sufficiently vascular and able to pull away from the clitoris. Triangle piercing sits behind the nerve bundle of the clitoris at the base of the clitoral hood as it comes from the body. Clitoral nerves must be able to be lifted away. Clitoral hood piercings heal quickly, about a week and care should be taken for a month.
- True clitoral piercings are very rare. Few women are able to support this type of piercing. The clitoris must be large enough to be clamped and easily exposed to support this type of vaginal piercing.
The most important step in getting a vaginal piercing is choosing your piercer. The Association of Professional Piercers is a good place to start. Members adhere to strict health and safety regulations as well as undergo piercing training. Don't be afraid to ask questions and check on the cleanliness of the area. On the day of your piercing make sure the area is cleaned and you are wearing non-constricting clothing. Follow all the aftercare instructions given by your piercer, including cleaning regularly and practicing safe sex.