The Christina Piercing: Everything You Need to Know
Not all genital piercings are meant to increase sexual pleasure. Some, like the Christina piercing, are intended to decorate the area (which adds its own excitement to bedroom endeavors).
Due to its location at the top of the vulva where the labia meet, the Christina piercing requires different considerations than other genital piercings. In fact, some piercers don’t consider it a genital piercing at all.
Here’s what you need to know about the Christina piercing before you get pierced.
How Much Does The Christina Piercing Hurt?
The Christina piercing is more of a surface piercing than an actual genital piercing. As such, you’ll feel a similar pinch to any other surface piercing, which most find to be very slight. Of course, the amount of pain you feel will depend upon your personal pain tolerance and the expertise of the piercer.
Christina Piercing Healing Process
Unlike other female genital piercings, the Christina piercing takes significant time to heal. You can expect to spend at least 6 - 9 months on healing, maybe more. This piercing is prone to migration and rejection, so it’s important that you have a piercer confirm that you’ve completely healed before stopping aftercare practices or changing the jewelry.
Christina Piercing Aftercare
Like any other piercing, you will need to clean your Christina piercing 2 - 3 times daily with a piercing aftercare saline solution. (Although you can mix your own solution at home, it’s easy to get the ratio wrong, and piercing aftercare solution isn’t that expensive, so we recommend opting for the store-bought option.)
Due to its location, its proclivity toward rejection, and its long healing time, there are certain things you need to pay attention to during healing.
Bring a pad for after you’re pierced. Although getting the Christina piercing doesn’t hurt too much, this area tends to bleed quite a bit. Bring a pad or two to your appointment, and be sure to place the pad a little further forward in your underwear than you usually would in order to absorb the bleeding.
Wax or shave before your appointment. You will need to be trimmed for this piercing. If you’re unable to prepare, your piercer will trim your hair for you, but you may be more comfortable taking care of this step yourself.
Keep the piercing as dry as possible. Certain piercing bumps and other complications arise because of dampness. To avoid these complications, keep your piercing dry by avoiding standing water (like baths and swimming pools), immediately drying your piercing after leaving the shower (we recommend using the cool setting on your hair dryer to avoid moving the jewelry), and rinsing and drying the area when you get sweaty (like after a workout).
Wear proper underwear. To keep the jewelry still and for your own comfort, you should wear clean, tight cotton panties for the duration of healing. These will keep your jewelry in place, they won’t snag the jewelry like lacy panties might, and they’ll be comfortable.
Be careful when you sit or exercise. As your Christina piercing heals, you’ll need to keep the jewelry as still as possible. Due to the location of the piercing, this may be difficult. Be mindful of your jewelry, especially when you sit down or are particularly active.
Avoid frontal sexual contact as the piercing heals. As mentioned previously, the Christina piercing sees a lot of migration and rejection. To give your piercing the best chance of survival, it needs to stay still during healing. This means avoiding frontal sexual contact (like missionary style) for the entire healing period (around 6 - 9 months). It’s also important to keep in mind that some people still feel some discomfort in a healed Christina piercing from sexual activity that causes friction in that area. Before you get pierced, consider your bedroom preferences and whether the Christina piercing would affect them.
Christina Piercing Jewelry Styles
The Christina piercing accepts surface barbells or curved barbells, depending upon your anatomy. Your piercer will let you know the proper type of jewelry to wear.
It tends to prefer flexible plastic barbells as initial jewelry. These move better with your body, placing less stress upon the healing piercing. Once the piercing has healed, you can change to metal options, like 14k gold.
This piercing is also easier to change on your own than other genital piercings. If, however, you struggle to change the jewelry, please visit your piercer for help so that you don’t irritate your piercing.
Why Shouldn’t I Get a Christina Piercing?
Many people aren’t suitable for this piercing; it requires specific anatomy in order to complete. Since it sees a lot of rejection, your piercer needs to make sure that there’s enough pierceable tissue in that area.
For this reason, you should find a piercer who is experienced in Christina piercings specifically. They must have the eye to see whether or not this piercing will be successful with your anatomy. Be prepared to travel to find a reputable piercer.
If you prefer sexual positions that rub against the Christina piercing area, you may want to reconsider this piercing; some who get this piercing feel discomfort in positions like missionary style, even after their piercing is fully healed.
How Much Will It Cost?
You can expect to pay around $100 in the US. However, as you shop for a piercer, price should be the last consideration. This piercing sees a lot of rejection, and it’s likely that you will see some lasting marks if your piercing does reject or migrate. You need to visit a piercer who will be able to conduct the piercing properly, which may mean forking over the big bucks for a beautifully conducted piercing.
If you’d like to add a little decorative flair to the bedroom, then the Christina piercing may be what you’re looking for. However, you should not get a Christina piercing on a whim. Make sure that you find a reputable piercer, consider your bedroom preferences, and whether you’re okay with a lasting mark before you get this piercing.