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What are the risks of genital piercing?

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Any time you create an opening in the body there is a chance of infection. Going to a questionable piercing shop can put you at risk for tetanus, HIV, hepatitis B and C, and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Sometimes, vaginal piercings can lead to bleeding, scarring, or an allergic reaction. Piercing behind the clitoris may interfere with blood flow.

SOURCES:

Sawyer, S. , Rosen Publishing Group, 2006. Body Piercing and Tattooing: The Hidden Dangers of Body Art

WebMD Feature: "All About Genital Piercing."

The Association of Professional Piercers: "Regarding genital piercings."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on September 12, 2018

SOURCES:

Sawyer, S. , Rosen Publishing Group, 2006. Body Piercing and Tattooing: The Hidden Dangers of Body Art

WebMD Feature: "All About Genital Piercing."

The Association of Professional Piercers: "Regarding genital piercings."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on September 12, 2018

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