A clitoral hood piercing is located through the thin layer of skin that sits over the clitoris. This is the most common female genial piercing. Due to the placement of the piercing, over the clitoris, this piercing increases sexual desire and pleasure. The jewelry used is either a curved barbell or a captive ball ring. The sizes vary greatly and piercing professionals will advise each customer what may be best for them.
The healing time for a clitoral hood piercing is 4 weeks although it can feel healed as soon as 1 week. The piercing itself is done very quickly. It also has a very low level of pain due to the membrane of skin being so thin. Properly cleaning the piercing is very important. Use a saltwater soak to soften crust buildup. Gently remove the buildup with a cotton ball. To completely rinse off the piercing, do so in the shower. A cleaning solution, such as Safecare Plus, is suggested. Place a few drops on the piercing and lather. Gently rotate the jewelry while cleaning. Rinse off the Safecare Plus after 1 to 2 minutes. After the shower, fully dry the piercing and jewelry with a paper towel.
It is important to make sure the piercing parlor you choose is safe and sterile. If the piercing parlor is not sterile it is possible to get infections such as a bladder infection, hepatitis and HIV. Since this is such a delicate piercing, the piercing technician should have experience with this type. At the parlor there will be paperwork to read and fill out, stating what piercing you will be getting, the risks, and aftercare instructions. If you are under 16 years of age, a guardian will need to sign approval.
When it is time for the piercing, the instruments, jewelry and technician need to be sterile. Most parlors will use fresh, single use instruments. Other parlors will use reusable instruments that have been sterilized. These instruments and the jewelry should be in sealed packaging that will be opened in front of you and the technician should always be wearing gloves.