New Vaginal Piercing Trend Grows in Popularity -- but What Are the Risks?

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It seems like since the '70s "full bush" went out of favor, women have been searching for new and exciting ways to deck out their vaginas. From vajazzling to Brazilian waxing, nothing is too wild or crazy for our lady bits.

One of the newest fads is what's called a hood piercing, which is absolutely one of the most interesting and controversial things that a woman can do down there.

The procedure's full name is a vertical clitoral hood piercing, which doesn't exactly roll off the tongue, so hood piercing it is. Many women are confused by its placement, believing it to be a piercing of the clitoris when it's actually a piercing of the "hood tissue" above the clitoris.

Hood piercings are becoming more and more popular because they can allow for increased stimulation of the clitoral area. So what's the downside to this?

Not all women are candidates for this type of piercing, thanks to significant variations in the anatomy of our vaginas. Any woman who digs the idea of vagina jewelry should meet with a piercer to ascertain whether or not she should go for it or ditch the idea.

It's also really important to remember that piercings of the genital area can affect sexual pleasure in both good and bad ways. When properly done, a hood piercing can lead to an increase in sensation -- but when the procedure isn't done right, it can actually numb sensation. Talk about a bummer!

Before going through with this, you should find someone who has experience doing it and doesn't mind talking about getting such a delicate area pierced. A great hood piercer should take the time to answer any questions you have (and I'm sure you'll have tons!) and walk you through the process well before your appointment.

The person should also give you some idea as to what to expect after you've gotten your genitals pierced. Expect to bleed for a couple of days afterwards, and while it's healing, wear some tighter cotton undies to keep the piercing in place but still allow the area to breathe.

Healing from a hood piercing can take anywhere from four to six weeks. If you're feeling better after a week or so, don't assume that you can stop caring for the piercing -- follow all instructions to the letter. You don't want to take risks with such a delicate part of your body!

Would you get a hood piercing? Do you have a hood piercing? Do you like having one? So many questions!


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zombi... zombiemommy916

It's not exactly a "new trend"...I've had mine for 12 years now...I've never had any issues, such as numbing or infections...I absolutely LOVE it and I recommend it to anyone that's curious about it! Your clitoral hood is the thinnest piece of skin on your body (light actually shines through it!) and having my ears pierced hurt worse! It also healed super-fast. Obviously, I encourage women to do their research and find an extremely reputable piercer! Mine was a nurse who pierced on the side and she was highly recommended and made my experience anxiety-free. The ONLY downside is when you're having an unexpected MRI, and you have to can get rather humiliating...especially when it gets stuck and you can't remove it on your own...AND the radiology tech is insanely hot...No MRI for me that day....

amiec... amiecanflie

Hahaha zombiemommy, that made me laugh! I'm considering getting one done but the only piercer I trust(who happens to be a registered nurse turned piercer! go figure) is about a 4 hour drive away. So I'm saving up and road trip it is. 

fleur... fleurdelys3110

Omg. I would NEVER. Personally, I think it's trashy. But to each her own I suppose.

zombi... zombiemommy916

Glad I could make you laugh! Lol...My sisters LOVE retelling that little gem...and you are going to be SO happy with the results, I cool, that an RN is doing yours as well!! Definitely make sure you wear some comfy pants that day and avoid as many bumps as possible on the way home!! I was only sore the day I got it done and mildly uncomfortable the next week or so...good luck!!!

Nolanzo Nolanzo

Yep... have had it since '03. No it does not increase sexual pleasure and the notion that you 'can orgasm just walking down the street' is laughable... but I've heard this many times.

In fact its quite a nuisance and gets in the way during self-pleasure (for me at least) and usually needs to be removed for that. Its purely cosmetic for me, as DH LOVES the thing and can't get enough ;)

Jennifer McLeod

I'm a body piercer; this is not a "new trend", this piercing has been done for over 30 years. Just to clarify though an actual hood piercing will not cause a "numb  sensation", I think what you are refering to is when people out of ignorance or miscomunication pierce threw the actual clitoris. That piercing can cause nerve damage and should not be done; although many people will actually ask for a "clitoral piercing" because they think they are asking for a hood piercing. 

the4m... the4mutts

This is not a new trend. You're being silly.

Oh, and there are also horizontal hood piecings, which I have. I've known about them since I started high school, 14 years ago. You can get vag lip piercings, clit hood, sub dermals... this isn't news.

I like mine because its pretty, and I like to fiddle with it in a non sexual way. Also, I have full bush. So this isn't something only hairless women do.

Cel7777 Cel7777

I have one and haven't had any issues at all with it. It didn't hurt at all once I got it done and healed quickly and painlessly.


lustfull lustfull

i realy cant see myself walking into a pirceing place aying down on a table,spreading my legs and saying pirece me!

TAG_u... TAG_ur_it

this article would have been relevant at least a decade ago.  that's when it was a "new trend".

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