A Christina piercing or Venus piercing is a female genital piercing that is growing in popularity. Genital piercing can be traced to the tribeswomen of Borneo although the popularity of Christina piercing is of modern origin. It is said that the name was coined sometime in 1990 when the first piercing was done to a woman named Christina.
What is a Christina piercing?
It is a vertical surface piercing located at the mons Venus or the pubic mound. The mons Venus is a fatty pad on the pubic bone. It is right where the outer labia meet just above the clitoris.
Why women like Christina piercing?
Most women want this piercing for its aesthetic value and for sexual stimulation. Interestingly, Christina Aguillera herself had one diamond stud and was quoted in Nov. 2002 saying “It’s really beautiful and expensive and I like it a lot. I’ve gotten a lot of compliments on it. It just seemed erotic in a place most people wouldn’t have the guts to do it.”
Traditionally, genital piercing was believed to stimulate sexual pleasure but this may not true with Christina piercing. Actually, it can be very uncomfortable when pressure is applied during foreplay and intercourse.
Who can get a Christina piercing?
Not everyone can have this kind of genital piercing. It all depends on a woman’s anatomy. This is the reason for its high rejection rate. Some women may be advised by a piercer against having Christina piercing.
To be considered for this procedure, a woman must have a solid skin fold in the genital lip area. This means that a meatier pubic mound.
Christina piercing is also a good alternative choice for those with clitoral hood or inner labia that are too small for a vertical clitoral hood (VCH) or other types of female genital piercing.
Most surface piercings can exert a lot of friction and pressure to the pierced area when wearing underwear and pants. However, if you’re really stubborn about getting one, ask your professional piercer to pierce you deeply with a traditional Christina piercing barbell, a custom made curved barbell or surface bar. This will ensure a higher success rate for your Christina piercing.
What does a Christina piercing look like?
Aside from being erotic, a Christina piercing looks very stylish and beautiful on a woman.
To get a good idea of how it looks, check out some Christina piercing pictures on Pinterest (NSFW)
As a surface piercing, it goes through the pinched-up flesh area. Then, the gem ball is placed directly over the tip of the clitoral hood. A flat disc can be seen directly above the bottom ball to fix the jewelry in place.
The Christina piercing jewelry is called a Christina bar or an L-bar. It is an L-bend surface barbell on one side while another end is a straight decorative part that is facing out. A gem is added to this top end and visible on the closed outer labia for a more stunning look.
The recommended jewelry must measure from 10 to 12 gauge curved barbell with a length of 9/16 to 5/8.
For initial piercings, captive bead rings are not advised. Titanium, gold, platinum, and palladium are the best choices for body jewelry. Once the piercing is totally healed, you can be more flexible with the type of metal you select for your piercings.
Recommended Christina Piercing Jewelry
Because Christina piercing is a vertical piercing of the skin, there are certain jewelry types perfect for it.
A jewelry that is especially appropriate for this piercing is the L-Bar. It is also called the “Christina Bar”.
How does it look? It is actually an L on one side and a straight post on the other side. As an added look, you can chose a gem placed to the top of the bar for a more stunning and sexy look.
Also known as banana barbells, curved barbells are commonly worn in many types of piercing including female genital piercing. They are quite similar to the straight barbell except that its body is shaped into a curve. It also comes with a ball.
Curved barbells are available in different designs. Fashionable curved barbells are also sold with jeweled balls to make your piercing look beautiful.
Straight barbells are probably the most ancient jewelry for piercing. There are varieties of designs to choose from. Your Christina piercing will surely look sexy with straight barbells that has fun, stylish and colorful designed balls. You can choose the ones that suit your personality.
For this type of female genital piercing, the safest size recommended for the barbells must be 14g.
Materials for Christina Piercing Jewelry
Initial jewelry for Christina piercing should be high grade. Your professional piercer will recommend jewelry made from stainless steel, acrylic or Bioplast, titanium, gold and sterling silver.
Stainless steel jewelry is the most basic material for any kind of piercing. If you want top quality, you can opt for surgical steel especially if you have sensitive skin. The latter is more expensive but it’s worth your money if it means comfort. Initial healing of your Christina piercing must be a prime concern so stainless steel is a good choice.
Dental acrylic should be used if you choose a jewelry made from acrylic. This is stronger than the standard acrylic.
Some people are sensitive to steel. If you think you are, then titanium is a good alternative to steel. Similar to steel, high grade titanium (Grade 23 (6AL4V ELI F-136) is a bit costly but top-of-the-line quality.
Choose gold piercing jewelry that is 14 karat or 18 karat. Higher karat will be too soft and will easily break even before your piercing starts to heal. If you choose something lower than 14k, you can end up with piercing problems like migration, rejection, or sensitivity to gold.
Usually, healing can take 2 to 4 months. When your Christina piercing is totally healed, you can change your jewelry to standard acrylic, Bioplast or sterling silver.
Does a Christina piercing hurt?
If you’re worried about the pain during the procedure, many clients claim that Christina piercing is less painful than ear cartilage piercings. The initial pain goes away immediately because the piercing is done on a thick tissue spot. However, Christina piercing can be very sensitive and prone to irritation. It also heals longer, usually within six to nine months. Because the piercing can get easily irritated, extra care during sexual intercourse must be practiced. It’s important that the stud doesn’t move around too much while it heals.
Complications and infections can also develop during the healing phase. Discomfort due to the long piercing canal can affect constant movement and friction.
Shaving around the mound can also be difficult.
How to clean and care for a Christina piercing?
Infections are inevitable if you are not careful after the piercing procedure. Always make sure that your hands are clean and properly washed before touching your piercing.
Most piercing shops recommend a saline spray that generally contains a mixture of salt water and minerals that promote healing. These sprays are easy and quick to use and offer a quick way to keep your piercing clean on the go. Sprays like this are usually a crucial part of the initial healing process and will help avoid any unattractive tissue scaring and scabbing around the piercing area. Make sure to pick up a few bottles of these since they are relatively inexpensive and it’s convenient to have a few around in various places so that you don’t forget it.
Apart from the spray, the following suggestions will help you make sure that your piercing is getting the care it definitely needs:
- Clean the piercing once every day during the healing time. This will heal the piercing faster during the initial healing.Remember though that the Christina piercing takes many weeks to completely heal.
- Use a mild antibacterial liquid soap to clean thoroughly the pierced area and the jewelry. However, just a simple saline solution or salt solution can be used to wash the area.
- Use the shower instead of baths for at least 2 weeks to avoid sitting in the bath where bacteria can infect your piercing. Continuously run the clean water over it. Soak the piercing to soften and wash away any dry discharge or crusted blood around the pierced area and on the jewelry. Then wash with a wet cotton ball.
- Pat-dry the piercing with a dry clean paper towel. Do not use a towel or washcloth.
- To avoid irritation, refrain from using ointments, astringents or creams on the new piercing.
- Although you are not restricted from sexual activities, avoid any bodily fluids such as semen and saliva to come into contact with the new Christina piercing during healing. This is to reduce your risk of infection.