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Everything you need to know before getting a clit piercing

Everything you need to know before getting a clit piercing
Getting your clitoris pierced should not be a snap decision - after all, it’s a procedure that can significantly impact your body and your sex life. Here are the things you need to know before getting a clitoral piercing.

Types of clitoral piercings

When people talk about clit piercings, most of the time they are talking about clitoral hood piercings and not piercings in the clit itself, as only about 5% of all women have clit anatomy that’s suitable for a direct clit piercing. As for clitoral hood piercings, they come in two kinds - a vertical clitoral hood piercing and a horizontal clitoral hood piercing. If your goal for the piercing is to increase the stimulation of your clit, you should choose a vertical piercing, as a horizontal clit piercing will serve only a decorative purpose. There’s also a triangle clit piercing, which is inserted behind the clit, providing a different kind of sensation. Ultimately, the exact type of clit piercing that you can and should get will depend on your anatomy.

Dangers of clit piercings

While there are some risks that are associated with getting a clit piercing, you can avoid most of them by choosing an experienced professional to do the procedure and by diligently following his or her instructions to care for the piercing after it’s done. Some of the problems that can occur include:
  • Your clit becoming less or more sensitive than before, sometimes even painful
  • Infection or unpleasant odor around the wound
  • Suboptimal jewelry position or changes in its location
  • Rejection of the jewelry by your body
  • Jewelry stuck, embedded in the skin, etc.

What is the process of getting your clit pierced?

Before you get your clit pierced, you need to choose a salon that has a good reputation and robust hygiene procedures - the professional who does your piercing should wear gloves, wash his or her hands and use only sterile tools to perform your piercing. Before the procedure begins, the piercer will sterilize the area that will be pierced and mark the location where the piercing will be. Next, he or she will pace a receiving tube underneath th skin of the clitoral hood and pierce a needle through your skin and into the tube. Once the tube is removed, the piercer will insert the jewelry and remove the needle, finishing the procedure. An older clit piercing technique was to hold the clit with forceps instead of using a receiving tube, but this technique is used only rarely now and people generally avoid getting their clit pierced this way.

Do clit piercings hurt?

Pain is a major concern for some women who want to get their clit pierced. While any piecing hurts to some extent, a clit piercing shouldn’t hurt any more than a regular ear piercing. In fact, some people say that it hurts less than a cartilage piercing. If you’re worried about pain during your piercing, you can take a painkiller such as ibuprofen or naproxen before the procedure to ease the pain (taking aspiring is strongly discouraged since it makes your blood thinner). People also report wanting to shut their knees because of the pain during the procedure, so it’s best to keep your knees from moving with your hands or some type or restraints.