Quick Reference

Female Outer Genital Piercing Aftercare.

It is recommended that you don’t change, twist or fiddle with the jewellery for 12 weeks. Your piercing may feel healed sooner than this but it wont truly be 100% and is likely to be easily damaged.


Cleaning

  • Only use pure sterile saline to clean your piercing with.
  • Make sure your hands thoroughly clean.
  • Then slowly pour the saline over your piercing.
  • Clean thoroughly around the front and back of the piercing with a piece of sterile gauze soaked in the solution.
  • Dry the piercing thoroughly on a dry piece of sterile gauze.
  • Check the balls on your jewellery are on nice and tight.
  • Clean your piercing twice a day for the first 10-12 days.
  • After this, soak when the piercing feels sore or has a crust on the jewellery.

Additional Advice

  • This piercing is prone to light bleeding.
  • It is safe to menstruate, though it is advised to wash your hands, use tampons (or menstrual cups) and to take showers instead of soaking.
  • Urine is sterile and poses no threat, but harmful bacteria does exist around the anus so wipe from front to back.
  • Avoid exchanging body fluids (unprotected oral and penetrative sex).
  • Protected sex should be taken slowly and carefully.
  • Sex toys should be cleaned and covered with a condom.
  • You will see a light yellow or white discharge (which hardens to a crust on the jewellery) throughout healing. This is normal wound fluid and is not pus.
  • Do not use: any kind of alcohol or peroxide agents, antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiseptic agents or any kind of cream on the piercing.
  • After the first two weeks if your piercing gets upset consider using a warm chamomile tea bag as a compress or as a bath.
  • When you’re in the shower wash the piercing with a natural, gentle, soap.
  • Try taking a multivitamin that contains zinc, iron, vitamin A and vitamin C.
  • Avoid swimming for at least the first two weeks. Following this, salt soak your piercing after swimming.

More Information

If you would like to know more about piercing cleaning try reading the full guide, alternatively you could read about how body piercings heal and what effect your cleaning will have.