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A clitoris piercing is a piercing placed directly through the head (glans) of the clitoris itself. It is a relatively uncommon piercing by choice because of the potential for nerve damage, and because women may find it too stimulating to allow the constant wearing of a small ring or barbell. It is often confused with the more common clitoral hood piercing, which pierces only the hood covering the clitoral glans, allowing the jewellery to make only occasional contact with the most sensitive area.
Recent advances in the piercing art have allowed a number of alternative locations to be popularized with the intention of providing more stimulation than can be achieved from wearing jewellery in the hood, but less than occurs directly from the clitoris.
Depending on the anatomy of the individual, a clitoris piercing, especially a clitoral hood piercing, can be oriented either vertically or horizontally. The clitoris is endowed with a very high concentration of nerve endings and like male genital piercings which penetrate the glans penis, clitoral piercings can be extremely sexually stimulating when subjected to gentle manipulation, or vibration, hence their popularity in certain S & M cultures, where small heavy ornaments are often fitted to increase the sensation.
The piercee must have a large enough clitoris to prevent migration of the piercing and subsequent loss because a slightly thicker gauge of jewellery is usually used to prevent the 'cheese-cutter' effect if it becomes caught on clothing, or is pulled too hard during sexual activity.
History and culture
This piercing is of contemporary origin. Although body piercing has become more common, piercings of the clitoris are still uncommon. Jim Ward, being interviewed by Andrea Juno in the 1989 book Modern Primitives, stated "I've been in the business for over 10 years and I haven't done more than half a dozen clit piercings."
This situation has developed considerably in the last 2 decades as many of the original fears about nerve damage and loss of sensation have proved to be groundless.
- Modern Primitives. V. Vale, 1989. Re/Search Publications. ISBN 0-940642-14-X
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