The clitoral hood piercing (also referred to as a VCH piercing) is primarily a genital female body piercing that involves piercing the clitoral hood that covers the clitoris. The clitoral hood piercing is either pierced vertically (running the same direction as the hood itself) or horizontally through the hood. The clitoral hood piercing does not penetrate the clitoris itself, only the tissue of the hood exclusively. The clitoral hood piercing is designed so the body jewelry worn (usually a captive bead ring) rests directly against the clitoris, providing pleasurable stimulation to the clitoris.
Some women are anatomically unable to get this type of piercing. Your body piercer may inform you that you are unable to get this type of piercing due to the positioning and/or lack of length of your hood. For those of you that do get a VCH, it will usually heal relatively fast compared to non-genital piercings, but carries other risks during the healing process involving increased susceptibility to sexually-transmitted diseases. This is because until the piercing is fully healed, it is an open wound and offers potential active sites for disease to enter the body. The type of body jewelry worn in a VCH is usually captive bead rings, J bars and curved barbells, similar to navel barbells.