19 Jun 2013

I received a message from a wheelchair user who is considering genital piercing:

Hi Elayne, I have Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA) and I use a power wheelchair so I sit 16-18 hrs a day. I'm in my early 50's. My Dr is against tattoos let alone piercings, but I want both. I've just had several surgeries and I expect to have more surgery in four months. I want to know the risks of getting my clit pierced and whether it is a bad idea for me. I'm a currently single lesbian with a healthy sex life.  I'm a disability rights advocate, and I usually find a way to do the things I want to do. But I like to know what I'm getting myself in for and whether it's possible. Any help you can give me will help.



My response:

Hi N,

Thanks for your message and your interest.

There are a few considerations as to whether genital piercing is appropriate in your circumstances.

One of the most important deciding factors is the configuration of your local anatomy. Have you read about the different genital piercing options?


Compared to the range of other female genital piercings, clitoris piercing is very rare:


Another is whether you have any issues with incontinence? That could potentially cause healing problems for a genital piercing.

If not, and you're anatomically suited to the piercing you desire, and you are able to provide consistent aftercare as explained here:


I think you should be able to have a successful piercing.

Oh, and one other point that comes to mind is that you have to be able to remain in a position that facilitates the piercing process for the duration required to complete the procedure.

If you're able to heal well from the major surgeries such as you described, then I would imagine you should be able to heal a body piercing. I have done genital piercing on another wheelchair user who healed just fine. 

Since you're scheduled for additional surgeries, it would be my suggestion that you wait until all of that is done and you're fully recovered before getting any body piercings. Or tattoos, for that matter.

If you wish to have a consultation with me for your anatomy in relation to piercing suitability, please visit this page for information: http://piercingbible.com/consultations Note that photos would be required for me to help you.

Another point is making sure that you have a highly qualified piercer who has a great deal of experience with genital piercings in particular.


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