There are many reasons why female genital piercings are popular amongst body mod fans ranging from the idea of being able to have an entirely secret piercing that can be kept hidden, to having a piercing that enhances sexual pleasure.
The interesting thing about these types of piercings is that piercers often comment that many of the women who have them do not display any other types of body modifications, suggesting that the thrill of having such a secretive piercing is part of the appeal!
Whatever motivates women to go under the needle, with a range of different genital piercings and jewellery options available, this adventurous body mod can be as obvious or as subtle as you like; giving the wearer the freedom to flaunt whatever look they choose!
As mentioned, there are several different kinds of female genital piercings you can have. The most popular types include:
Clitoral Hood Piercing
This type of female genital piercing is probably the most well known and is sometimes referred to as a VCH. The piercing is placed through the clitoral hood, either vertically or horizontally, although the vertical style is a much more common choice.
These piercings can be worn with either a BCR or a barbell that is straight or curved depending on your anatomy.
This type of female genital piercing is often said to increase sexual pleasure because of the added clitoral stimulation caused by the jewellery; however, it is important to note that not everyone will be anatomically suitable for this type of piercing. If you would like to get a clitoral hood piercing, you will need to visit your piercer beforehand and they will perform a simple examination to check the viability of your clitoral hood to accommodate jewellery.
The healing time for this type of female genital piercing is approximately 4-8 weeks providing the correct aftercare plan is followed.
This type of female genital piercing is usually done in pairs and is quite a visually obvious one. The labia piercing can be done through either the labia majora (outer labia) or labia minora (inner labia). These two different female genital piercings not only have varying levels of visibility from the placement but also have two different healing times.
The labia majora (outer labia) piercing will take approximately 6-8 weeks to heal whereas the labia minora (inner labia) piercing will take approximately 4-6 weeks to heal.
Whilst the labia piercing does little to physically increase sexual stimulation, many individuals claim it improves their sexual confidence simply by adding an adventurous and daring aesthetic to their look.
The Christina piercing, also known as the Venus piercing, is classed as a surface piercing and is probably the most visually striking type of female genital piercing.
This piercing is placed at the top of the vagina where the labia majora meet, below the pubic mound. The piercing will have an entrance point in the pubic mound and exit just inside the labia, above the clitoris.
This piercing is very dependent on the anatomy of the individual and will usually require a custom curved barbell that the piercer will bend to fit your personal anatomical curvature. This piercing has a higher than average rejection rate because it is a surface piercing and there is a risk of the jewellery growing out through the thin skin. You can decrease this risk by ensuring you have well-fitting jewellery and following the correct aftercare advice.
The Christina piercing takes approximately 3-4 months to heal completely because it is a surface piercing and passes through a large area of skin.
Please note: It is recommended to retire a female genital piercing during pregnancy or childbirth, however you can speak to one of our piercers to discuss using a retainer to keep the piercing open.
With female genital piercings in particular, it is crucially important to ensure you visit an experienced piercer who is familiar with these kind of piercings. It is usually necessary to have a consultation with a piercer before your intended piercing to allow them to examine your anatomy and confirm whether you are a suitable candidate for your piercing. Because female genitals vary hugely, there are no guarantees that you will be able to have your chosen piercing; your piercer will explain this fully to you during your consultation.
As long as you visit a reputable, experienced piercer, female genital piercings are actually considered quite low on the pain scale. Each type of genital piercing will have a different procedure but here is a rough guide of what to expect:
- Providing you have shown valid photographic ID and attended a consultation to assess your anatomy, the piercer will ask you to remove your bottoms and lie down on the table
- The piercer will clean the area using sterile wipes or solution
- The piercer will mark the intended piercing area with a surgical pen and you can ask to view the placement before it begins
- The piercer will then use either a small clamp or their fingers to expertly hold the skin taught before passing through a hollow, sterile needle
- The piercer will thread through your jewellery and secure it fully
PLEASE NOTE: If you have a genital piercing performed at any of our Blue Banana studios, by law there must always be a chaperone present. This chaperone will be a same-sex member of staff who is simply required to be present in the room for the protection of both the customer and the piercer. The chaperone will not actively participate in the piercing, however this is a legal requirement for ANY genital piercing and is therefore non-negotiable.
You must be over 21 to have a female genital piercing performed in the UK.
Surprisingly, female genital piercings
are reported to be amongst the least painful piercings performed at our studios!
Most customers report a pinching or burning sensation that lasts a few moments whilst the piercing is performed, followed by the expected soreness during initial healing. Despite the idea of this unconventional piercing making people wince, it is often a lot less painful than the customer expected.
Of course, as with any piercing, the pain experienced is entirely subjective so it is not possible to say with any certainty how each individual will feel during their female genital piercing; however our experience as piercers shows that these piercings are well tolerated by the majority.
As you would expect, there is a certain amount of discomfort or soreness following a female genital piercing
and during initial healing
. However, provided the correct aftercare advice is followed, these types of piercings often heal very quickly and smoothly.
The healing time will depend on which female genital piercing you have, but here are some things you can do to help the process along:
- Refrain from sexual activity for at least 2 weeks during initial healing
- Use a barrier method like condoms during sex for at least 8 weeks after the piercing (even if it is with a regular partner)
- Maintain good bodily hygiene and keep the piercing site clean and dry
- Perform saltwater soaks using cotton wool or gauze twice daily during initial healing
- Always make sure you have clean and dry hands before cleaning the piercing
- Do not fiddle with the jewellery
- Do not attempt to change your jewellery until the piercing is fully healed
- Be very careful if trying to shave the area
- Avoid using any creams, lotions, oils or lubricants near the piercing site
Please follow the detailed aftercare advice given to you by your piercer.
A small amount of swelling, bruising and discomfort is normal shortly after a female genital piercing but if you experience persistent swelling, stinging, discharge or bleeding please return to your piercer promptly for an assessment.
Female genital piercings are usually worn with curved barbells
, straight barbells or BCRs
. With body jewellery in this area, you should only ever use internally threaded
barbells as the externally threaded barbells can trap bodily fluids and bacteria inside and increase the risk of infection.
The information contained here within is based on our experience as one of the UK’s largest piercing chains. Please note that each individual’s experiences will be subjective and therefore each person will have a different experience of pain, healing and maintenance. For more information, please view our article guides terms and conditions page