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2021 VCH Vertical Clitoral Hood Piercing Pros & Cons by a Piercer S02 EP27

In Season 2 Episode 27, DaVo, a Professional Piercer since 1994, covers the Pros and Cons of the female genital piercing, the Vertical Clitoral Hood Piercing also known as the VCH Piercing.

I aka DaVo have been a professional body piercer and is the owner of the Axiom Body Piercing Studio in Des Moines, Iowa since 1994. My focus on education and helping clients make safe and informed decisions on getting pierced has always been a large part of my business practices and services. With my website and increasingly on youtube, I hope to expand and inform others outside of my small part of the world. I always encourage questions and comments, so if you have one, please comment. 

Show Notes:



  • Female Genital piercing through the upper part of the Labia Minora that covers the clitoris known as the clitoral hood. The vertical version is done throw and behind this hood vertically.

  • Often called a clit piercing but the clitoris itself is not pierced at all. Only the jewelry has contact with the glam.

  • Anatomy


  • Though there is mention of male genital piercings in a number of tribal cultures, there is little or no mention of female genital piercings.

  • Developed more than likely at gauntlet in the late 1970s and early 1980s and was popular in the BDSM and punk subculture. Though the vertical version may have come about later. For many, the first exposure came in 1994’s Pulp Fiction.

  • In the early 21st century, the piercing moved into the mainstream to become the most common female genital.


  1. enhances sexual pleasure

  2. A long history of healing

  3. Stays Open without jewelry

  4. Doesn’t affect lifestyle

  5. easy to conceal

  6. no throbbing and aching


  1. Anatomy

  2. safe sex for 6 months

  3. more prone to STDs

  4. May Loose sensitivity

  5. too much sensation

  6. bleeding


Things to look for:

  • Piercer is experienced in this piercing, professional, informative and makes you feel comfortable, and offers a consultation that involves aftercare, risks, etc…

  • The piercer should evaluate your anatomy. The Q-tip test

  • Should have correct jewelry as in no thinner than 14g and should be a curved barbell.

  • Can bleed for 5-6 days and you may need to use a sanitary napkin or pad. Buy them in advance.

  • It is not going to feel comfortable to have sex for the first week or more.

  • Does the piercer provide aftercare products and written and verbal aftercare instructions?


The Piercing Experience:

  • Consultation & Jewelry Selection

  • Waiver, Set Up, and Disinfection

  • The marking should be marked at the top of the hood just below where it attaches

  • Should be done Freehand with a needle receiving tube.

  • Pierced straight through

  • The jewelry follows the needle. May use a threaded taper pin.

  • The jewelry is closed

  • There may be some slight to moderate bleeding.

  • Maybe redness but the pain fades quickly

  • Piercing is sensitive to the touch.


  • The average healing time is 8-12 weeks or longer,

  • Clean with saline twice daily

  • Must practice cross-contamination prevention and isolate and avoid any contact with the piercing.

    • Clean hands

    • no oral contact or sexual contact without a condom for the first 6 months

    • No Swimming

    • Keep Pets Away

    • Keep bedding clean or anything that comes in contact clean

  • Avoid playing with the piercing or excessive movement.

  • Sex when comfortable, genital at first

  • Do not sleep on the piercing

  • First 3-5 days you can experience redness/discolor, heat, and tenderness to the touch.


  • should leave jewelry in at all times

  • May need to downsize jewelry

  • Avoid jewelry with sharp edges, points, or things hanging off it.

  • Best Jewelry Options:

    • Curved Barbell

    • CBR or Fixed Bead Ring

  • The Piercing is through a mucus membrane and sliver jewelry should be avoided.

Living with the piercing:

  • The jewelry should be left in at all times.

  • When switching partners practice safe sex

  • Chasity - clit shield usually use a set of hch with a VCH or Christina.

Abandoning the piercing:

  • If the piercing is still healing the piercing should close quickly. Practice cross-contamination

  • May never close

  • sebum

Additional Information:



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All footage was filmed using a Canon EOS 80D Camera with the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens - and Canon EOS R  - with Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens -

Audio - Recorded with Shure MV7 - with a Tascam DR-40x -

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Skin Kitchen Tattoo and The Axiom Body Piercing Studio are located at 3800 Douglas Ave./Des Moines, Iowa 50311
Tattoo hours are Thursday - Monday 1-8pm
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