Vertical Clitoral Hood Piecing Jewelry
This section covers the choice of jewelry which is best for Vertical Clitoral Hood Piercings. Which due to it's placement can be rather limited on choose of style, gauge and size of jewelry.
The Vertical Hood piercing is very limited when it comes to jewelry style. Unlike the HCH, the jewelry is pierced vertically through the Clitoral Hood with the jewelry always in contact with the clitoris itself. There are really only two choices when it comes to jewelry and both have their own set of advantages and concerns. It is my experience that most heal out best with a ring and then after the piercing is healed, you can switch out to a curved barbell if you wish.
- Captive Bead or Beaded Rings:
- The Advantages:
- There are no sharp edges and points that may get caught on clothing, bedding and etc..
- Since the jewelry is not tight and wider than the piercing area, allows extra room for swelling, discharge and cleaning.
- Especially with Captive Bead and Beaded Rings the jewelry is designed to be secure long term wear and there isn't the worry about ends coming unscrewed and losing the o-rings. So it reduces the maintenance and gives the piercee one less thing to deal during the healing.
- Much easier to move for cleaning.
- Usually lighter in weight then threaded jewelry.
- The Disadvantages:
- The profile of the rings may cause additional contact, abuse and stress on the piercing.
- Especially with Captive Bead and Beaded Rings, they can be difficult to remove or replace. In some cases requiring special tools to remove the jewelry.
- Circular Barbells:
- The Advantages:
- The jewelry has a smaller profile.
- Threaded jewelry is easier to remove and doesn't need any tools or additional skill to remove or change.
- The Disadvantages:
- The jewelry is prone to getting caught on clothing almost like a hook.
- Unlike rings there is no extra room for swelling and the jewelry will usually need to be longer than needed to allow for swelling, discharge and cleaning.
- Since the ends are threaded and can become lose from contact with clothing, bedding and etc.., they must be check on a regular bases.
- Jewelry that should be avoided during Healing:
- Jewelry that is heavy, has sharp edges or points, large charms, and anything hanging off of it.
- Ear Piercing Studs and other traditional jewelry:
- The jewelry is often too short to allow for the thickness of piercing area. Which doesn't allow for swelling and can cause the jewelry to be impacted into the piercing. Also if the jewelry is too tight it can block both discharge and the flow of oxygen that can increase healing time and/or increase risk to infection or other problems.
- The backs or locks are lose and can tighten with normal wear.
- Often the jewelry material is not body friendly. Even those that are marketed to those with sensitivity to metal are only plated.
- In most cases can not be sterilized correctly.
Size of the Jewelry and Weight:
As a refresher gauge is the thickness of the wire that the jewelry is made out of. Body piercing jewelry generally starts at 18 gauge jewelry and goes up to 0000 gauge jewelry. The smaller the number the thicker the jewelry will be. As I'm sure you know, the thicker the jewelry is the more weight and thus the more stress on the piercing during the healing period. Also the thicker the jewelry the more tissue that needs to be produce and thus the longer the healing period. Though in most cases a 18 gauge piercing will heal out in about the same time as a 12 gauge piercing will.
When choosing the gauge of the jewelry, the jewelry needs to be thick enough to reduce rejection or migration and have resistance to tearing but light enough that it will not cause added stress during healing. Due to the fragile tissue in the area, larger gauges seem more prone to problems caused by weight. So I suggest 14 gauge to 12 gauge. Not only because they will be resistant to tearing and migration but they are not heavy enough to cause other problems. Also how pronounced the hood is much be considered before piercing with larger gauges.
The jewelry needs to be large enough to allow extra room for swelling, discharge and cleaning. The jewelry should be at least 1/8 of an inch wider than the distance between the two piercing holes. The piercing should not be wider then a 1/4 turn of the ring.
Even in a healed piercing you do not want to put jewelry in that has a tighter circle than the jewelry it was pierced with. In other words if it was pierced with a 1/2 inch wide ring, you do not want to put a 1/4 inch ring in because it would be a tighter circle. The reason for this is it can cause migration, scarring and tearing of the piercings.
After healing often a curved barbell is the best choice. Not only because of the lower profile but it can be sized to fit closer to the body which will reduce stress and abuse. However the jewelry should always be lose fitting. Jewelry that is too tight can cause problems even with a healed piercing, including migration, rejection, scarring, tearing and deforming the piercing area.
In conclusion, nothing replaces the first hand knowledge of a professional piercer when it comes to choosing the correct jewelry. There is vast differences in shape and size and often what works for 99.99% of the public is not the best choice for you. The goal of this is to give you a working understand of jewelry selection, so that you can have an educated discussion with your piercer on what will work best. Every piercer understands that one of the motivations of you getting the piercing is fashion but jewelry that will produce the best out come should always rule out fashion. Think of the jewelry that the piercing is done with as trainer jewelry that will be replaced with what you like after the piercing is healed.