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23rd February, 20213 min read

What you need to know about vagina piercing

Medical reviewer: Dr Ann Nainan
Author: Claire Fielden
Last reviewed: 23/02/2021
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If you’re going to make a change to your body, such as getting a tattoo or piercing, it’s always a good idea to know the facts.

So if you’re considering a vagina or clitoris piercing, read on to learn more about what’s involved, the different types, and how to do it safely.

Types of vagina piercings

There are several different vagina piercings – so let’s take a look at some of the most common types, and what they involve.

Clitoral hood piercing

This is usually what people mean when they talk about a ‘clit piercing’ – but it doesn’t go through the clitoris itself. Instead, it goes through the ‘hood’ of skin above the rounded head (glans) of the clitoris, either vertically or, less commonly, horizontally.

Labia piercing

The lips of the vagina (labia) are another popular choice for piercing, as the fleshy tissue here can hold more than one piece of jewellery. Either the soft bits of skin on the outside (outer labia) or the folds of skin on the inside that lead to the vagina (inner labia) can be pierced.

Other vagina piercings

While the piercings mentioned above are some of the most common, there are also other vagina piercings.

Bear in mind vaginas come in different shapes and sizes, so some piercings may not be suitable for you.

How vagina piercings are done

The exact procedure will vary slightly depending on the type of piercing you have. But generally, your piercer will sterilise the area to be pierced then use a needle to make a hole, into which your chosen jewellery is inserted.

Do your research and choose a reputable, licensed piercer who follows industry safety regulations. They should be happy to discuss things with you, including the procedure, jewellery options, potential risks and complications, the healing process and recommended aftercare.

Remember, age restrictions may apply, so take some ID with you if necessary.

Vagina piercing aftercare

Like all body piercing, good aftercare is important to avoid infection. After having a piercing, you should:

  • keep the piercing area clean and dry – always wash your hands with soap before touching your piercing
  • avoid playing or fiddling with your piercing – you may open up the wound or spread infection
  • get medical advice if you think you have an infection – you may notice soreness, redness, weeping or inflammation

Healing times vary and everyone heals differently. As a guide, the average healing time is about 2 months for a clitoral hood or inner labia piercing, and up to 4 months for a triangle or outer labia piercing.

While your piercing heals, it’s best to avoid rough play and contact with other people’s bodily fluids. Don’t use cosmetics, lotions and sprays on or around the piercing, and avoid tight clothes that might cause friction.

If you’re going to commit to a vagina piercing, you need to be prepared to put in the time to care for it properly.

Key points

  • the most popular vagina piercings are clitoral hood and labia piercings
  • always choose a licensed, experienced piercer
  • look after your piercing to avoid infection
  • it can take 2 to 4 months for a piercing to heal
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