Body piercings have become increasingly common since the 90s. It’s a popular means of self-expression as well as a way to add some bling to your look. While ear piercings are the most common, with noses coming in second, you can put metal just about anywhere. Piercing your vagina is a lot less common, and the whole concept remains shrouded in mystery. This means that a lot of people have a lot of questions. And we’re going to answer them.

1. Why do people get vagina piercings?

Of course, every individual could have a different reason but the most common reasons given by people who have them include having corporate jobs in which piercings are forbidden, so this is their way of still being able to be alternative. Other women get them when they leave controlling relationships as a way of reclaiming their bodies by doing something their ex has forbidden. Still others get them because they claim that, after the healing process, they experience more sexual pleasure, and others just get them because of the aesthetic appeal. The reasons are as varied as the people who get them.

2. How many different types of vaginal piercings are there?

There are more options than you might think. Vertical and horizontal piercings on the clitoris are the most popular choices, as well as the inner and outer labia. There’s also one called the Christina, which is on the pubic bone.

3. The important question: how painful is it?

While this all boils down to personal pain threshold, piercers claim that many people come in prepared for the worst and find that it only really scores a three or four out of ten on the pain metre. Who would have thought?

4. How long do they take to heal?

Following a strict aftercare regime, which is given by the piercer, is crucial to ensure that an infection doesn’t set in. It can take anywhere between three weeks to six months, sometimes longer, for the piercing to heal, depending on your body and how well you look after it. And no, you can’t have sex until it is healed, so that might be something worth taking into consideration before going under the needle!

5. What is the risk of infection with vaginal piercings?

As with all piercings, there is definitely a risk. This doesn’t happen very often provided that the area is kept clean, that you don’t fiddle with the jewellery during the healing process and that you wear loose-fitting clothing and breathable cotton underwear. Might want to store those lacy numbers in the back of the drawer for now!

6. If you’re not feeling it, can you remove the jewellery yourself?

NO. This is a big no-no, especially if the piercing hasn’t healed. It’s best to make another visit to your piercer so that they can do it for you. It’ll be more more hygienic and significantly less painful.

7. How do I prepare myself before the appointment?

Aside from having a shower and making sure your lady bits are clean, nothing else needs to be done. You don’t need to shave, as pubic hair is unlikely to get in the way. If it is, the piercer will take care of it with a disposable razor. Mental preparation is probably most important. Take a sugary drink with you to keep your blood sugar levels up (especially if you are a fainter) and keep breathing. The whole procedure takes around three minutes, after which you will have your brand new bling.

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