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Clitoris Piercing Information

Clitoris and Hood piercings are among one of the rarest piercings done. The primary reason for that is most women don't possess a large enough clit to pierce.  If a woman's clit is at least 1/4" wide and accessible, it can most likely be pierced.  Depending on your anatomy you may be able to choose between either a Horizontal or Vertical Hood piercing.  The Clit hood is the loose skin that covers the Clit.  Some people though, will be restricted to one or the other and others will not be able to get either.  This again will depend on the size and shape of your hood and whether it will be aggravated by the Outer Labia's.  As everyone is a different shape you may need the help of your Piercer to help you decide which piercing will be possible or best for you.

Usually the hood is pierced horizontally above the Clit so that when a Bead Ring is worn, it will hang down and the bead will sit over or on the Clit. A well-hooded clit is best fitted with a small barbell stud or mini-bar.  One more exposed does well with a ring.  The horizontal piercing is done through the fold of tissue that comes down over the clitoris.  A larger ring is worn and sized so that its lowest point will rest against the clit.  With the vertical piercing, the jewelry, a small ring, rests directly on the clitoris providing pleasant sensations as the woman walks, or during sex play.  Again, the object is to provide stimulation.  The ring for a vertical piercing is usually 3/8" X 16 gauge, certainly nothing thinner; for horizontal, most common sizes are 1/2" to 5/8" diameter, no thinner than 14 gauge.

The most popular jewelry used in the new Clit Hood Piercing is usually the Captive Bead Ring.  The Captive Bead Ring is most commonly referred to as the CBR.  CBR's enable easy cleaning of the piercing because it has no irregular edges or joints that can be rotated accidentally through the piercing.  Any irregular surface on your jewelry can carry bacteria or aggravate the piercing when the jewelry is rotated during cleaning.  The CBR is relatively cheap and the bead can easily be changed if you want variety.  If you choose a CBR for your Hood Piercing make sure the bead is not one that can break down when it comes in contact with urine and body fluids.  Your piercer should be able to advise you of what beads are safe. The CBR needs to have certain a ratio between its diameter and thickness so the ring will be sturdy enough to reduce the chance of the ring flexing and losing the bead.  A short straight Barbell may be a better choice of jewelry for the Vertical Hood piercing once it has healed, as a little Barbell won't poke out as much as a ring.

The healing time for the Clit Hood Piercing varies between people but it usually averages from at little as 4 weeks to as many as 8 weeks weeks, however they will take extra time to toughen up.  Normally people feel that the first few days are slightly uncomfortable but that usually goes away without a problem.  Be gentle with your new piercing and keep it clean. If you choose to have sex with the jewelry in place make sure that the jewelry is sturdy enough to cope with it and use condoms to avoid infections.

Once your piercing has fully healed you can change your jewelry whenever you wish, but to avoid complications you should always wear good quality body jewelry of appropriate size and thickness.

It has been said that you should use a diluted betadine solution, soft soap anti-bacterial soap, or many other types of cleaning products on your new piercing.  Because no one has come to a complete right or wrong to which way to go follow your aftercare instructions given to you by your piercer.  The way your care for your piercing can make a huge difference as to whether your piercing will heal up quickly and stay where positioned or to not heal and migrate through the skin. 


Piercing Links
Body Modification Ezine - Clitoris piercing at BME
Body Modification Ezine - Clitoris piercing info from BME
Body Modification Ezine - Hood piercing at BME
Body Piercing Forum - Message Board strictly for Body Mod's
Pleasurable Piercings  - Clitoris and Hood piercing jewelry
Insular Webpages - Female Genital Piercing
Onetribe - Infomation on Clitoris Piercings
Fleshwound - Female Genital Piercing Gallery
Body Rites - Genital Piercing Pics
Oslo Piercing Studio - Female Genital Piercing



Piercing FAQ's
Pleasurable Piercings FAQ
Piercing FAQ by Anne Greenblatt
Fleshwound Piercing  FAQ



Piercing Aftercare
Pleasurable Piercings Aftercare
Onetribe Aftercare
Fleshwound Aftercare
Piercing Exquisite - Aftercare for Female Genital Piercings
Body Rites - Aftercare for Below the neck piercings


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