Horizontal Clitoral Hood Piercing (HCH)
Disclaimer: This blog will be discussing female genital anatomy and sexual function. This piercing is not available to minors, and this blog is not intended for individuals under eighteen years old.
Hello. It’s Jamie again and today I will be blogging about the horizontal clitoral hood piercing (HCH). Many women are not familiar with their anatomy and get confused on the placement of this piercing. The Horizontal Clitoral Hood does not go through the clitoris. This piercing is generally better for looks than feeling good. Because of the variations in anatomy, not all women are suitable candidates for this piercing. Each piercee must be evaluated. You need sufficient tissue in the hood to get this piercing. Most women have enough tissue to cover the clitoris. Therefore the ring rests atop the hood. For a HCH piercing to offer stimulation the clitoris need to be somewhat exposed, the jewelry needs to be accurately sized and the piercing has to be perfectly placed.
Genital piercings are special because they have the potential to affect your sexual pleasure. A poorly placed piercing can result in the missed opportunity of stimulation or loss of sensation. Locate an experienced professional who has had training on this piercing and can speak with you openly. The right piercer will have a professional manner and should make you feel comfortable and safe. It’s okay to “interview” your piercer to make sure they are the one you will feel comfortable with. They should be knowledgeable and willing to discuss any questions or concerns you might have. Once you’ve found your piercer, be prepared to be examined. They may need to tug, pinch, and stretch the tissue to make sure you have enough tissue and there are no veins for accurate placement.
The jewelry for this piercing is usually a ring style. The initial gauge for this is a 14, but can be up to a maximum of a 10 gauge. The diameter can be from a 3/8 to ½ inch. We use only surgical grade/implant grade stainless steel.
For the procedure for this piercing it is common to use forceps. They not only secure the skin but they are helpful to make sure the hood tissue is secure to pierce while holding it away from the nerve bundle underneath. Tissue manipulation helps to separate the hood from the clitoral shaft before clamping. Most women do not describe this piercing as intense due to the relatively thin flesh of the hood.
The most common complaint while healing this piercing is that it may twist, try to avoid this as much as possible. Generally it will twist if your hood tissue is receded and the inner labia protrude in this case you are not a good candidate for this piercing. Just like any piercing or break in the skin, your new piercing may bleed off and on for a few days. This is normal you may need or want to wear a panty liner for a few days. Tighter underwear helps hold your jewelry in place and reduce discomfort and trauma. Cotton is more absorbent and permits better air circulation. Make sure your underwear has no holes, or loose threads that could snag on your jewelry. Make sure if you step on your underwear at all while putting them on to change to a new pair. This is as filthy as putting your new open wound directly on the floor. The HCH has a very quick healing time. Some women feel like it is healed in a week’s time. To be safe you should still care for it for a minimum of six weeks.
The healing time on this piercing can be six to eight weeks. There is no need to twist or touch your jewelry, as this will only irritate your new piercing. It is very important to avoid snagging this piercing. You need to be aware at all times of things that could catch it such as; clothing, and towels. To clean your piercing you can either use H2Ocean or a saline soak. With the H2ocean spray both sides two to three times a day. You can make the saline soak at home by using a non-iodized sea salt mixture: Dissolve 1/4 teaspoon of non-iodized (iodine-free) sea salt into one cup (8 oz.) of warm distilled or bottled water, soak for five to ten minutes two to three times per day. Dry by gently patting with clean, disposable paper products. Cloth towels can harbor bacteria and snag on jewelry, causing injury. Some risks can be migration, rejection, scarring and snagging accidents.
There is no set period for abstinence from sexual activities while your piercing is healing; however there are rules for aftercare. Be gentle. If your piercing is sore stop what you’re doing or go easy on it. I don’t recommend using something as harsh as a vibrator on the direct area while healing. Be clean. Protective barriers must be used during healing to prevent sharing bodily fluids. For any oral contact, use a dental dam to shield the piercing. Wash hands before near contact with the piercing and use condoms for intercourse. Most important, listen to your body, if it hurts don’t do it.
The horizontal clitoral hood is a great and unique way to accentuate your body. If you have any other questions or would like more detail on this piercing feel free to come into Blue Boutique and speak with any of our highly qualified piercers.