Body Piercing - Healing Phases

This kind of piercing has grown more and more popular during the last years, but it takes greatest risk. It takes an extremely skilled and professional piercing artist so that it won’t come to some unwanted consequences! The most appropriate age to have a piercing done is 16+, because the body is still growing and forming. Any time you make an opening in your body, you might develop an infection. If you get your piercing done at an unhygienic piercing studio, you might develop the risk for hepatitis B, hepatitis C, tetanus and many other sexually transmitted diseases. In some cases, vagina piercing may also result in scarring, bleeding or an allergy. Piercing which is done behind the clitoris can interrupt the blood flow.

How Would Someone Know the Piercing Is Being Done Safely?

- The piercer should be registered with the APP.
- The room where the piercing is done should be clean and sanitary.
- The procedure should be performed using only sterile, new, unopened, and disposable instruments and unopened, sterile jewelry. You should see the piercer open the instruments and jewelry at the time of the procedure. It should not be opened before you arrive.

If the piercer doesn't use disposable instruments, they should be sterilized in an autoclave, a special device that sterilizes equipment and supplies. Do not have a piercing done at a place that uses a piercing gun. Most piercing guns can't be sterilized in an autoclave. The piercer and others working in the salon should wash their hands and wear gloves when opening instrument packages and performing procedures.

Following are some precautions which one should follow for reducing the risks of vaginal infections:
Remember that all states have some laws for regulating body piercing. It is must to make sure that you opt for a reputed piercing shop. It is better to choose someone who is a member of Association of Professional Piercers. This means that the person or piercer has at least a year experience in body piercing and also in training for first-aid techniques and anti infection. The piercer must check your ID and also thoroughly clean the genital piercing area with an antiseptic lotion. Piercer must also wear gloves and must use a brand new sterilized needle.

In order to prevent any allergic reaction or infection, you must choose titanium, stainless steel or niobium jewelry.
After getting done the piercing, you must follow some instructions to keep the piercing area clean. You must wash the vaginal piercing with an antibacterial soap and water and diluted salt water solution. You must not use ointment, hydrogen peroxide or betadine for cleaning the piercing. You must wear loose fitting clothes for avoiding excess friction at the pierced area. Do not have sex at least for a couple of weeks after piercing your vagina. If you have sexual intercourse, then clean the piercing thoroughly with clean water or saline solution.

Avoid swimming pools and hot tubs till the piercing heals completely.
In some cases, the piercing jewelry may poke a hole in the condom or dislodge the diaphragm. Hence it is a good idea to use an extra protection (an extra condom or a backup method) while you are having sex. The jewelers are extremely important especially for the first piercing. The preferable metal is titanium, as this one is the most convenient and does not contain toxic substances, which reduces the chances of allergies, suppuration and infections. Normally, it is essential that the piercing has the appropriate size for the body spot where it is going to be placed.

Are There Risks Associated With Genital Piercings? The most common complications associated with genital piercing include:
- Bacterial Infection
- Bleeding
- Nerve damage
- Allergic reaction to the jewelry
- Thick scarring at the piercing site

There is also a potential risk of hepatitis B and C as well as HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, and other infectious diseases. These risks can be minimized with the use of new, sterile needles. Particularly with male piercings there is a risk of narrowing of the urethra as result of scar tissue. Impotence is also a potential risk if the needle mistakenly pierces erectile tissue. You can reduce the risk of infection and allergic reaction by using proper jewelry made out of such metals as surgical stainless steel or titanium. People with chronic medical conditions should talk to their doctor about piercing beforehand.

Ripping or Tearing
A female genital piercing can be ripped or torn during the healing process and after it has healed. Rips or tears to the piercing mostly occur during the healing process, while the piercing channel is still forming. Vigorous sexual activity can cause a rip or tear of the piercing channel. In worst cases, the jewelry in the genital piercing is torn out of the skin.

Remember: Before you get pierced, be well informed and go to a professional piercing artist. It's up to you!

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