Appreciation and Stimulation
Elayne Angel shares her experience as a master piercer
The concept behind female genital piercings (as with male genital piercings)
is to enhance. Genital piercings do not prevent sexual activities,
but are meant to stimulate, arouse, and to call attention to the beauty
of the ornamented areas.
Unfortunately for us, our culture does not support genital pride! As a result,
many of our female clients do not even know what the particulars of their private
parts are called. Many women come in for genital piercings requesting “a
clit piercing.” When they are shown a photograph of where that is located they
“Oh, NO! Not there!” Sometimes they mean inner or outer labia, other
times they desire a clitoral hood piercing.
Rings of Desire, Inc.
New Orleans, Louisiana
|Does it Hurt?
Contrary to what most of the uninitiated would think, genital
piercing is not particularly painful. The idea may be scary or strange
to some, but the physical reality is brief and relatively or virtually
painless. Many piercees often favorably compare genital placements
to the ear lobe piercing. The notable exception would be the serious
and very rare actual clitoris piercing.
This is not about pain and suppression; this is about pleasure, and stimulation,
and celebrating the body. Though, naturally, during healing one must engage in
safer sex and avoid sharing bodily fluids. Even if you are in a monogamous relationship,
latex barriers must be used, including for oral contact, during the entire initial
healing. (For more complete information on healing see General
Information at Rings of Desire).
As with any piercing, your new genital piercing may bleed off and on for minutes
to a few days, though many of them don't bleed at all. Underwear is usually very
comfortable, as a little support feels good on most fresh piercings. Panty liners
may be advisable at first.
These are not debilitating procedures. I have pierced dancers who went right
to work the same evening! It may not be the best time to don your tightest jeans,
but you should expect to be mobile, and feeling fine afterwards.
A Preview of Common Placements
Vertical Clitoral Hood
The VCH is the most popular female genital piercing we do, for several
reasons. As the name implies, the piercing is placed vertically, and women's
genitals are built vertically. This means the jewelry situates comfortably between
the legs and is not subject to much stress.
Further, most women are built with some amount of hood tissue in which the jewelry
can be placed for a safe, comfortable, attractive, and stimulating piercing.
The piercing goes through only a thin bit of tissue above the clitoris (not through
it) but the jewelry itself touches the clitoris. That means when there is any
action in the area , the clitoris will receive more direct stimulation. Most
women like this a lot. In fact, we are participating in a research study with
the University of South Alabama regarding VCH piercings and female sexual satisfaction!
The data has not been finalized, but it does appear that this scientific study
has shown the piercing to be effective in enhancing sexual pleasure. Rings
of Desire will post the results once the report is complete.
This is a very quick healing piercing. I have had many women swear it heals in
a week or even less. But to be on the safe side, you should care for it according
to the instructions for four (4) weeks minimum.
Horizontal Clitoral Hood
The HCH is a piercing done primarily for aesthetic purposes. In
order for it to be directly stimulating, it needs to be placed on a woman
whose clitoris is somewhat exposed, and situated so that the bead falls
directly on the clitoris. Also, if the woman is not built fairly symetrically,
the ring will have a tendency to lean or twist to one side.
The majority of women are constructed in such a way that the hood covers the
clitoris. Therefore, the jewelry in an HCH rests atop the hood, and isn't nearly
as pleasurable as a piece of jewelry that comes into direct contact with the
A triangle is a horizontal piercing behind the nerve bundle of the clitoris,
at the base of the hood tissue where it forms from the body. In order for a
triangle to be possible, your clitoral nerve bundle under your hood needs to
be able to be lifted away from your body to some extent. If you are very small
built in that area, or if you have a “valley” instead of a “hill” you
are not suited to a triangle. A triangle and an HCH both essentially pierce
through hood tissue. What is different about the triangle is where and how
the forceps are placed during the piercing, and where the piercing goes, as
The point of the Triangle (pardon the pun) is that it is placed so the jewelry
rests right behind the nerve bundle of your clitoris. Therefore, when your are
stimulated, you feel more sensation from the back of your clitoris! A triangle
is far more stimulating than an HCH for most women. It is a pretty fantastic
spot for jewelry if one is built for it.
This is a very rare piercing, and it is serious business. It should be attempted
only by a highly experienced master. The vast majority of women who request
them actually want a clitoral hood piercing. Of the women who request an actual
clitoris piercing, and know what they are asking, approximately 90-95% are
not suitably built. Absoulutely vital in clitoris piercing is to pierce only
women with the ideal anatomy. This is not an area to take chances.
Most women posses a clitoris that is too small to withstand a piercing.
Of those who are large enough, most women have hood tissue that fits too
tightly or heavily over the clitoris. The clitoris in question must be large
and easily exposed to be safe to pierce and to heal.
At Rings of Desire,
we pierce many professional women, housewives, mothers, and even grandmothers.
This is not an endeavor reserved only for "alternative" type
individuals. It is suited to any woman who desires to explore additional avenues
of sensual and erotic sensation – assuming she is anatomically suited to the
placement of the piercing...Whoever
said, “Ya seen one, ya seen ‘em all” sure hadn’t seen many!” Every vulvais
unique! For more on female genital piercing, check out the FAQs at Rings of Desire.com
||A note on
selecting a piercer: Genital piercing is special because
there is potential to directly affect your sexual pleasure. A poorly
placed piercing can result in either a lost opportunity for enhancement,
or a negative experience and a loss of sensation, either temporary
or permanent. Unfortunately, many piercers who have insufficient skill
or training to properly perform navel, tongue and eyebrow piercings
also do genital piercings! Many have no specific training in genital
piercings whatsoever! As a piercer who is renowned as an expert on
the subject, I have bad news: I can honestly say that the majority
of genital piercings I see (that were performed elsewhere) are not
optimally, or are even poorly, placed. Yes, I said the majority. Its
sad but true. That's what happens when piercers work without appropriate
training. So, there are a few piercers around the country I can suggest
in good conscience. But not many. See the
Referrals page at Rings of Desire for more information.
||Elayne Angel is
President and founder of Rings of Desire, Inc., in New Orleans. She is the former Manager and
Vice President of Southern California Operations for Gauntlet, in West
Hollywood. In prior years she worked as a Sign Language Interpreter,
Peep Show Stripper, Script Supervisor, and in the Medical Field as well
as in the Fashion Industry.
At last count Angel figures she has done close to 40,000 piercings!
Angel has been a tremendous contributor to the profession of body piercing
and is personally credited with inventing, naming, and popularizing a
number of specific piercing placements, (Fourchette and Lorum among others)
and also techniques. She is the Medical Liaison for the Association of
Professional Piercers (APP). Check out their web site,
www.safepiercing.org: there is a checklist for choosing a piercer, member
listings, aftercare guidelines and much more that can be helpful to those
seeking genital (or other) piercings.
In addition to efforts in her own studio, and the community of piercing professionals,
Angel has contributed to the state of Louisiana by assisting in the promulgation
of the laws regarding Body Art for the state, and also by assisting in training
the health inspectors who enforce the laws she helped to create.
Angel has also been participating with Doctors at the University of South
Alabama in a fascinating new research study, specifically about the Vertical
Clitoral Hood piercing (VCH) and female sexual satisfaction!!