My girlfriend is thinking about having her clit pierced - are there any health risks?
If your girlfriend wants to avoid the risk of losing clitoral sensation she should consider having her clitoral hood pierced, rather than the clitoris itself.
My girlfriend is thinking about having her clit pierced as she hopes that this will give her more orgasms. She's heard there's a chance that the piercing will actually cause a complete loss of sensation. Is this true and are there any other health risks?
If your girlfriend wants to avoid the risk of losing clitoral sensation she should consider having her clitoral hood pierced, rather than the clitoris itself. There’s a lot of confusion over clit piercings - it’s much more common (and a lot less painful) to have the hood or even labia pierced, rather than the actual clitoris. The latter is quite a rare procedure, which could cause nerve damage and permanent loss of sensation in the hands of an unskilled piercer.
Many women’s anatomy isn’t actually suitable for clit piercings, as the clitoris needs to be exposed (rather than hooded) and large enough not only to be pierced but also to support the weight of any jewellery. A reputable professional who is experienced and properly trained in genital piercing, will assess your girlfriend to see if she’s suitable for the procedure, but my view is that we’ve only got one – so why risk messing with such a crucial organ?!
I’d explore the options for clitoral hood piercings, which are much safer – and devotees say the level of pain experienced is similar to earlobe piercings. They can be sited vertically or horizontally. The vertical piercing (VCH) is the most popular because jewellery can often directly stimulate the clitoris, and the healing time can be as little as 1-4 weeks.
Seek out an expert for the job and follow the after-care instructions to the letter – daily salt baths are recommended and no sex for at least a fortnight. Some people advise no underwear during the healing phase – others say that cotton pants give a comforting support to fresh piercings – and panty liners can be useful if your piercing bleeds a little. Vitamin C and zinc can help wounds heal more quickly, but if your girlfriend is on the Pill she should take it at a different time from vitamin C, as vitamin C can affect absorption of the Pill.
It might also be worth taking a look at The Piercing Bible by Elayne Angel. It’s a comprehensive and in-depth book about body piercing and it’s a US publication available from Amazon.com.
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