Sex Advice

Dear Dr. Locker: My girlfriend is getting her clit pierced. Is there a danger of injuring her (or myself) during sex? Will I have to do anything differently to please her? Please advise!

Answer from Dr. Locker

Are you sure this is what she’s doing? It’s possible, but uncommon for a woman to have her actual clitoris pierced. Many women don't want to get their clitoris pierced, because it may cause her lack of orgasmic sensation, pain, or even nerve damage. Instead most women go for the safer piercing of their clitoral hood, the skin that covers the clitoris. There are two types: the horizontal clitoral hood piercing and the vertical clitoral hood piercing. Most popular is the vertical clitoral hood piercing, because the jewelry rests directly on her clitoris and may enhance orgasmic feeling for her, (although some find that it provides too much constant simulation).

How will it affect you? First, you’ll have to be patient for the wound to heal, because there is risk of injury during this time. Doctors recommend waiting to have sex for 3 to 6 weeks.

When she’s back on her game, get ready for a lot of action. Research in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found that seven weeks after a vertical clitoral hood piercing, women had higher sexual desire and more frequent intercourse than before. During this potential sex binge, figure out together the best ways to pleasure each other now that there’s some bling down below. Different types of jewelry, (bars, hoops, balls, etc.) will give you both different sensations during sex; so you’ll have lots to experiment with.

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