Female genital piercings: Everything you need to know about getting your vagina pierced

Bea Mitchell March 26, 2018
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Are you considering getting your vagina pierced? For enhanced sexual pleasure? For thrills? Or for aesthetic reasons?

Vulva piercings are pretty mysterious as far as piercings go, because they’re on your privates and you don’t get them out that often. Or maybe you do…

Anyway, we’ve done some research on female genital piercings, to save you the hassle.

Why get a female genital piercing?

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The reasons for getting a vagina piercing are varied, and unique to each person. Some get them because they want to feel sexier and more confident, and some for aesthetic reasons – get some bling on that pudding. Others get them because they work in conservative jobs and want a hidden piercing, and some feel empowered by it.

However, sexual enhancement is the main factor, thanks to the close proximity of these piercings to the highly sensitive, highly brilliant clitoris.

Some women find they can only orgasm once they’ve got a genital piercing, some say that the clitoral hood piercing results in orgasm in more positions, while others experience multiple orgasms.

Body piercer Elayne Angel, a member of the Association of Professional Piercers (APP) and author of The Piercing Bible told Refinery29: “Genital piercings are special, because there is the potential to affect sexual pleasure.”

How is a female genital piercing done?

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The actual piercing only takes a few minutes – though it comes after a consultation to make sure your vagina will allow for it, and to find out where’s best to pierce, and which jewellery is suitable. Certain piercings are more pleasurable for some people, but uncomfortable and hypersensitive on others. Some don’t have tissue in which to place the piercing, though there are several different places you can pierce on the vulva.

“Because of variations in anatomy and personal preferences for sexual stimulation, each piercee must be evaluated (and even counseled) on an individual basis before deciding on a genital piercing,” writes Elayne Angel of Piercing Bible.

The piercer will first clean the skin around the area with an antiseptic, before marking the location. They then use a needle with a piece of jewellery attached and pass it through the skin.

Whereabouts shall I get my vagina pierced?

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As you’ll know, there’s lots of different bits of vagina down there.

The most common piercings for women are:

  • Vertical clitoral hood (VCH) – placed in the same direction that women’s genitals are formed.
  • Horizontal clitoral hood (HCH) – same as above, but placed horizontally on the hood.
  • Triangle piercing – a horizontal piercing just underneath the shaft of the clitoris, at the base of the hood. 
  • Inner labia – located on the delicate, hairless folds of skin situated between the outer labia
  • Outer labia – located on the sides of the vulva in the thick, fleshy folds of tissue.
  • Fourchette – located in the perineum.
  • Princess Diana – same as VCH but located off to the side(s) of the clitoral hood.
  • Christina – placed vertically at the top of the cleft of Venus.
  • Princess Albertina – a piercing of the female urethra.

Can I get the actual clitoris pierced?

A clitoris piercing, aka clitoral glans piercing or clit piercing, is rare. Unlike VCH and HCH piercings, the actual clitoris piercing is very risky and can result in the loss of clitoral sensation and clitoral sexual pleasure.

According to Elayne Angel of the Piercing Bible website, approximately 90 to 95 percent of women cannot accommodate a piercing through the clitoral head.

Obstetrician & Gynaecologist Dr Anne Henderson, from Doctify, said: Clitoral hood piercings are the most common intimate piercing as actual clitoral glans piercings are very rarely undertaken due to the intense nerve supply to the clitoris itself, which can be overstimulated by wearing jewellery. There’s also the risk that the nerve supply to the clitoris is damaged by the piercing, which could detract from sexual function and enjoyment, and may be permanent.”

Do vagina piercings hurt?

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As piercers are not allowed (by law) to use anaesthetics due to potential swelling, there may be some pain. Though it doesn’t take long, it will involve the skin being pierced, obviously. Everyone’s pain threshold is different, so you won’t know until you give it a go.

How long will my piercing take to heal?

Piercers say the healing process is around four to eight weeks, though different areas and different people heal at varying paces.

What is the best aftercare for my piercing?

Always ask your piercer about aftercare, but here are some general tips…

  • Rinse with soap and water when you shower.
  • Use a saline solution if advised by your piercer.
  • Always wash your hands before touching or cleaning the genital area.
  • Clean the area before peeing if the piercing is near the urethra.
  • Don’t use hot tubs or go swimming until it’s healed.
  • Don’t touch or let others touch the piercing while it’s healing.

Can I have sex after getting my vagina pierced?


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You can have sex, if you must, but use a condom or dental dam in order to avoid bodily fluids coming into contact with your piercing until it’s healed.

If it’s sore, then stop whatever sexual activity you’re engaging in, or don’t bang so hard. And remember, sexually transmitted infections can be spread through a person’s blood, so an open cut on your genitals from a healing piercing could increase your risk of getting or giving an STI.

Again, it’s best to ask your piercer for their professional opinion.

Are there any health concerns or risks?

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Yes, due to the sensitive nature of the area you’re piercing. The most common complications associated with genital piercings include bacterial infection, bleeding, nerve damage, allergic reaction to jewellery, and scarring.

Other risks include hepatitis B and C, STDs, tetanus, and even HIV/AIDS.

Dr Anne Henderson said“Women should not forget that this is an invasive procedure which can carry some health risks and should always be undertaken by an experienced and qualified practitioner, after informed discussion.”

If you’re concerned about your health after having a female genital piercing, be smart – go and see your doctor.

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