Female Genital

Marks and Punctures have a large selection of tattoo designs and piercings available, we are happy to work with your requirements and designs, giving the best possible advice along the way. Our shop in Aylesbury has a comfortable waiting area and sterilised rooms for piercing and tattooing. Find out more in the about us section.

Female Genital Piercing Aftercare

Clitoral Hood, Inner Labia, Clitoris, Fourchette - initial healing time approximately 4 to 6 weeks.

Outer Labia, Triangle - initial healing time approximately 3 to 5 months.

Genital piercings often bleed up to 24 hours after the piercing procedure, depending on its depth and complexity. Triangle piercings may bleed intermittently for several days. If you experience heavy bleeding that does not appear to be clotting, please contact me and your doctor. Unscented panty liners may be worn in case of bleeding. During the healing period do not wear pantyhose, which restrict air circulation and are often uncomfortable. Use the most lint-free toilet tissue available.

Wash your hands thoroughly before touching your piercing or the jewellery!

Clean your piercing twice a day using a liquid antibacterial soap. The shower provides the best place to adequately lather and rinse piercings. Over-cleaning can irritate the piercing so do not clean more often than this unless the piercing has been exposed to dirt, sweat, or bodily fluids. Saline solution may be used to remove dried discharge between cleanings.

Wash and rinse your hands. Remove any dried discharge from the jewellery using a cotton swab and warm water before rotating the jewellery – do not use your fingernails. Apply the soap around the piercing and work it into a lather whilst rotating the jewellery for at least 15 seconds. Allow the lather to saturate the piercing for approximately 3 minutes. Rinse your piercing, jewellery, and the surrounding area thoroughly under running water. While rinsing, rotate the jewellery several times.

DON'T use a washcloth or sponge to clean your piercing. Cloths and sponges trap and collect bacteria and mildew.

DO rinse your piercing and jewellery thoroughly with water after showering or bathing to remove soap residues.

DO dry the piercing thoroughly using a tissue or cotton swabs. Bacteria thrive in warm, moist environments.

Warm salt water soaks help to remove dried discharge and lymph secretions and to relieve itching. Use 1/4 teaspoon salt per 8 ounces (just under a metric cup) of water. There is no need to clean your piercing after soaking it in salt water; however, soaking should not replace cleaning. A disposable cup is suggested. If you feel a stinging sensation or your piercing bleeds during the soaking, discontinue soaking until the piercing has begun to heal (usually 1-2 weeks).

DON'T use Betadine (povidone-iodine solution), isopropyl rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or Hibiclens to clean your piercing.

DON'T use antibiotic ointments. Antibiotic products are contraindicated for use in puncture wounds and for the extended period of time required for healing a piercing. These products do not clean the piercing.

The most frequent cause of infection is touching the piercing or jewellery with unwashed hands or contact with unclean items such as clothing, bedding, and hair.

DON'T allow your piercing to come in contact with another person's bodily fluids during the healing process. This includes saliva (your own and others’) as well as semen. Your own urine is non-pathogenic as long as you do not have a bladder or urinary tract infection. There is no need to clean the piercing after urinating, although it may burn during the first 24 to 48 hours. While a new or healing genital piercing does not prevent sexual activity, appropriate barriers should be used (such as a condom or dental dam). You should not feel pain during sexual activity after the piercing has healed.

DON'T use laundry detergent containing stain-removing enzymes.

After the healing process is complete you should continue to clean your piercing once a day as part of your bathing or showering routine to prevent a build-up of dirt and dead skin cells.

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