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Things You Probably Didn't Know About Clitoris Piercings

They make some women orgasm so hard, they CRY.
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Here's everything you need to know about clitoris piercings, from the pain to the (very well-documented) pleasure.

The sexual benefits

There's evidence that clit piercings aren't just about looking pretty, but also have a direct impact on sexual pleasure. This is because of their close proximity to the highly sensitive nerve supply to this part of the genitals. Many women say the vertical clitoral hood piercing will mean greater enhancement of sexual pleasure as the way the jewelry sits increases pressure on the clitoris.

Women with pierced clitoral hoods have said since having it done that they can now reach orgasm in more positions (rather than just on top), and some newly experience multiple orgasms because of the extra stimulation. Other women have reported their vertical clit hood piercings made them come so hard, they CRIED.

Experienced piercer Clem, who works in Topshop Oxford Street, London's in-house shop Metal Morphosis, says these are the things you need to consider.

The actual piercing

Style: Getting your actual clitoris pierced (through the glans) can be quite dangerous and most studios will refuse to do it. It's clitoral hood piercings that are the most common and popular clit piercings. You can get them pierced vertically or horizontally, but most people opt for a vertical piercing.

Price: Between £80-£100 (P5,120-P6,400) for the piercing but you can choose gold or platinum jewelry which will bump up the cost.

Suitability: Not everyone is suitable for the piercing, so depending on your anatomy, a piercer may refuse to carry out the piercing.

Jewelry: You can get your clitoral hood pierced with rings, straight bars, or curved bars depending on which piercing you go for. Jewelry can be titanium, gold, white gold, rose gold, platinum, or palladium.

Risk: There's always a small risk of infection, but if you follow the aftercare instructions, it's unlikely.

Procedure: Normally, genital piercings are done by appointment only as you will need a consultation to ensure your anatomy allows for the piercing. Your piercer will also want to find out what you expect from the piercing so they can advise you on the correct jewelry. 

Aftercare: The best place to clean a genital piercing is in the shower. Sitting in a bath tub could introduce bacteria or harsh soaps to your genital area, causing irritation or infection. Don't allow your piercing to come in contact with any bodily fluids for the first few weeks while it heals. This includes semen and saliva. You're not restricted from sexual activity, but a condom must be used for any and all sexual contact for at least two weeksor you are putting yourself at risk for infection. This includes masturbation and/or the use of sex toys.

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Healing: Around eight weeks.

Pain: A needle is penetrating your genitals, so it isn't going to be pain-free. But the procedure is quick and how painful it is will depend on your individual pain threshold.

The health concerns

Obstetrician & Gynecologist Dr. Anne Henderson from Doctify says there are a few health concerns to consider before getting a clitoris (hood or glans) piercing:

"Women should not forget that this is an invasive procedure which can carry some health risks and should always be undertaken by an experienced and qualified practitioner, after informed discussion.
Clitoral hood piercing are the most common intimate piercing as actual clitoral glans piercings are very rarely undertaken due to the intense nerve supply to the clitoris itself, which can be overstimulated by wearing jewelry. There's also the risk that the nerve supply to the clitoris is damaged by the piercing, which could detract from sexual function and enjoyment, and may be permanent.
Women may also find wearing sanitary protection more uncomfortable than normal and may have to use smaller sanitary pads, ideally organic/bleach-free cotton if possible, and avoid the use of tampons for the first few weeks to minimize the risk of infection."

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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com/uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.