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What are some common types of genital piercings in women?

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One of the most common types of female genital piercing is known as the vertical clitoral hood or VCH. This is a vertical piercing that's done through the skin that lies above the glans -- the rounded head -- of the clitoris. This results in direct stimulation of the clitoris during sexual intercourse. The VCH is popular partly because the direction of the piercing conforms to the natural shape of the woman's body. This kind of piercing typically takes 4 to 6 weeks to heal.

Other common female piercings include:

  • Horizontal clitoral hood or HCH. This is basically the same as a VCH, only the piercing goes in a horizontal direction in the skin above the clitoris.
  • Triangle. This piercing is the same as the HCH only it's below the clitoris rather than above it. It also provides direct stimulation to the clitoris but on the underside.
  • Labia piercings. Either the inner or the outer labia -- the lips of the vagina -- can be pierced. Often with labia piercings, there are multiple piercings. That's because the thickness of the tissue can support multiple pieces of jewelry.

From: Genital Piercings WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Armstrong, M. June 2006. Urologic Nursing,

Columbia University Health Services: "Go Ask Alice: Pierced clit."

Children's Hospital Boston Center for Young Women's Health: "Body Piercing."

Columbia University Health Services: "Go Ask Alice: Prince Albert Piercing."

March of Dines: "What about genital piercings and pregnancy? How will the piercing affect the pregnancy?"

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 06, 2018

SOURCES:

Armstrong, M. June 2006. Urologic Nursing,

Columbia University Health Services: "Go Ask Alice: Pierced clit."

Children's Hospital Boston Center for Young Women's Health: "Body Piercing."

Columbia University Health Services: "Go Ask Alice: Prince Albert Piercing."

March of Dines: "What about genital piercings and pregnancy? How will the piercing affect the pregnancy?"

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 06, 2018

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