7:39 pm - 07/01/2009

some VCH piercing-related questions

Hey all.

I'm hoping to get a vertical clitoral hood piercing some time soon. I know that some folks have made posts in the past asking about them, but I have a few questions that I haven't really seen answered anywhere else.

First off, I have never actually had PIV sex. I don't know whether or not this is a silly question, but would having this piercing possibly make it more uncomfortable when I eventually do have sex? As in, I guess that I'm sort of anticipating the experience to be uncomfortable to begin with, and I just hope that having the jewelry in won't exacerbate it. (Of course, I've also heard that having this piercing enhances sexual experiences, so who knows.)

And from the pictures that I've seen of the piercing, most of the ladies have shaved their vulvas. I don't really do this, aside from some trimming. Would that complicate anything? I guess that I'm afraid that it may hinder healing or something? This may be a completely unfounded concern.

Also, I've read a few personal accounts on bmezine about the piercing but haven't really seen many long-term anecdotes in regards to the rumors about eventual loss of sensation. I know that it's not really substantiated scientifically (at least from what I've read), but any suggestion that I may lose some sensation from this piercing is obviously kind of a red flag. Have any of you had any experiences either supporting or contradicting this claim?

Thanks in advance for any insight!
altorogue 1st-Jul-2009 11:55 pm (UTC)
1. I have never had PIV sex either- BUT I don't think it would make it any more uncomfortable at all. In one sex-related way, it's nice, because you can tell the guy, look, here's the shiny, and then here's the clit, now you know where to go. If you're worried about thrusting hitting it, it's certainly avoidable- and depending on position, not a problem at all.

2. Shaving or not shaving has nothing to do with healing. I'd think, actually, having the hair there probably helps keep bad things out while it's healing. I remember I trimmed up a bit when I got it done, just so it was a bit more out of the way when I got it done. I also wouldn't shave or introduce any foreign stuffs in that area while it was healing- aka shaving cream- save for the satin soap/sea salt soaks/whatever healing route you go.

3. In my opinion, if your piercer is doing it right, there shouldn't be any possibility of loss of sensation. The hood is this flap of skin on top of your clitoris, and shouldn't affect sensation at all. If you were getting a different piercing, I'd say maybe, but not with the hood. I've also heard stories of enhanced sensation because of the jewellery sitting where it does, but no such luck for me- which is probably a good thing!

For me, it was horribly easy to heal, has had no bad side effects, and is quite effective in shocking people- which is fun. :D It doesn't really enhance anything, but I like it, it's shiny!
leia149 2nd-Jul-2009 12:04 am (UTC)
She basically hit it all.

1. For me it did, but mine never healed right :( It made me too sensitive

2. If the piercer has a problem with your bush, that is completely unprofessional and has nothing to do with what he/she is there to do.

3. Only the jewelry will be touching the sensitive parts.

I went to an excellent piercer for mine, tried a variety of different jewelry and stuck it out for a good 6 or so months. But it never healed right and I was too sensitive for sex or toys to be fun, so I took it out.
altorogue 2nd-Jul-2009 01:58 am (UTC)
:( Oh, that sounds horrid! I'm sorry it didn't work out for you!

And ditto on #2- if they're piercing things down there, they had better be as professional as a doctor should. I had the most awesome piercer ever, he was so great and professional and I was babbling like an idiot because I was nervous. That's the kind of place you go back to- and I wish I'd gotten my previous piercings there as opposed to where I did get them. :D
asunlitrose 2nd-Jul-2009 12:07 am (UTC)
I was planning on getting the VCH but my anatomy wasn't suited for it so I had to go for the HCH. It still has improved sensation, which was unexpected, and I think it's cute. I love mine.

Shouldn't make things uncomfortable when you have sex. It shouldn't get in the way, and should actually help with foreplay. It's nice having a shiny thing that tells your partner "I'M THE CLIT, DO THINGS RIGHT HERE." :)

You don't need to shave your vulva. It will have nothing to do with the healing process because pubic hair doesn't make you dirty. Clitoral hood piercings heal really quickly because of all the blood flow. Hair shouldn't hurt anything.

No loss of sensation here, only increases in sensation. I masturbate almost daily, have sex about once a week, and haven't had any issues at all.

Good luck! I LOVE mine.
bondagebunny731 2nd-Jul-2009 02:56 am (UTC)
1. Never made things uncomfortable for me. I see a lot of females with rings/hoops in. I have a barbell. I also have them in different lengths. So if I have a longer one in, Im on top and lean forward just the right way, it rubs in the most awesome way.
2. Nope
3. I havent lost any feeling what so ever.
thundercat1346 2nd-Jul-2009 04:07 pm (UTC)
I have a VCH and I love itttt!!

Making things uncomfortable during PIV sex all depends on your personal level of clitoral sensitivity. I love having my clit playing with but when things get too rough, it's all I can do to keep from kicking my boy. My cousin, on the other hand, (please don't ask how I know this) like having hers bitten (right form of that word? grammar ftl today). I doubt that it would make things uncomfortable unless you really can't stand having any part of your clitoris touched AT ALL. The piercing itself is designed to be an accessory to sex/stimulation, if you will. And as one user said above, it is, indeed a road map. "TITILLATE HERE"

Hair shouldn't be a problem unless your clitoris hangs outside your labia and your hair gets long enough to, theoretically, get tangled in the piercing. Even then, it's not necessary to completely shave. Trimming would suffice. Personally, I don't like the idea of being completely shaved because it makes me feel like I'm a little girl again and just makes sex complicated and weird for the boy and I.

If your piercer knows what he/she is doing, sensation loss shouldn't be an issue. If i'm not mistaken, that's more common with HCH piercings, for whatever reason.

A few quick notes:
-About initial piercing jewelry:
Make sure you are pierced with NO SMALLER THAN A 14g. I was pierced with a 20g (think one size smaller than a nose ring) and almost cheesewired it out.

I had a CBR (captive bead ring) in mine for the first 4 months or so and it was alright. It didn't do much for me as far as stimulation went because it didn't sit on my clitoris the right way. Barbells (curved or straight is a personal choice, I prefer curved) are a great option for VCH piercings. Be wary of the length, though. Too small and it will cause some pretty nasty irritation, too long and you risk getting it snagged on stuff (trust me, been there, done that, got a t-shirt). You can have your piercer measure for you and help you decide on a length that would work well for you.

-Jewelry cont.: If you want jewels on the end of your barbell balls, make sure they're bezel set. No glue or prongs. Losing a jewel is a pain in the ass and those prongs hurt like a bitch.

Genital piercings generally don't take as long to heal because of the nature of the tissue in that area. It's quick healing. It's quite lovely. I didn't even have to soak mine.

Any other questions, please feel free to contact me (seriously, i'm not just saying that to be polite, hit me up on LJ).
leia149 2nd-Jul-2009 11:56 pm (UTC)
Holy crap 20gauge?!?!?!

The really good piercers seem to prefer way thicker jewelry. I think I was given a choice between 12g and 10g, I honestly don't remember. I think in the end I had 8g in there, the skin is so thin it almost stretches itself.
I went to Infinite in Philly (one of the best) and they love thicker jewelry.
thundercat1346 3rd-Jul-2009 01:48 am (UTC)
I'm not a fan of super thick jewelry, so I think my VCH and Navel are happy with 14g jewelry. The plethora of piercings on my ears are quite a different story.
leia149 3rd-Jul-2009 11:50 am (UTC)
I'm glad those worked out for you. But it isn't about looks or your preferences for jewelry size, it's about the piercer advising the best size for the situation. For a VCH, it can tear so easily and that's the last place you'd want it to tear.

But I guess in the end yours was more successful anyway. (Btw you on tribalectic?)
thundercat1346 3rd-Jul-2009 02:32 pm (UTC)
This is true. My anatomy isn't well suited for much bigger than a 12g barbell, so we'll see what happens. As it turns out, my piercer was an idiot, so I'll not be asking him for advice on anything anymore.

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