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When I decided I wanted to get a triangle piercing, I was understandably nervous. I wanted to read about other women who had gotten the piercing before, but unfortunately it’s a pretty rare piercing and women don’t seem to want to talk about their genitals! So I decided to share everything I learned about triangle piercings and my full experience.
What is a Triangle Piercing?
A triangle piercing is a type of female genital piercing that looks very similar to a horizontal clitoral hood piercing. The difference is: while a HCH goes through a very thin layer of skin (the clitoral hood), the triangle actually goes underneath the clitoral shaft. Depending on your anatomy, you may not even be able to perceptively see the difference between a HCH and a triangle.
Triangle piercings are worn either with rings or circular barbells. I personally prefer a circular barbell because that gives you the option to tuck your jewelry away by flipping it up (or down).
Is a Triangle Piercing Anatomy Dependent?
Triangle piercings are one of the most anatomy dependent female genital piercings. It’s so rare to have the anatomy to support a triangle piercing that my piercer asked me what else I wanted before she even examined me. In order to support a triangle you need to pinchable protruding clitoral hood. Because the piercing goes underneath your clitoral shaft, if your clitoral hood is too close to your body, you won’t be able to get the piercing without potentially piercing your clitoral shaft. If you were somehow able to get pierced successfully, it’s very likely that the piercing would migrate and could even reject, which is especially dangerous for a piercing that goes underneath your clitoris.
It is also preferable that you have smaller outer labia that does not cover your clitoral hood. However, I have full outer labia that completely cover my clitoral hood. My piercer said she had the same anatomy as me and was able to support a triangle piercing. She warned me that my piercing would likely migrate so one side would come forward. I agreed, and we went ahead with the piercing.
One important thing to note is that you can never change your triangle without a taper connected to other jewelry. Because the folds are so intricate and the piercing is so precise, if you take out your jewelry for even a moment, it will be lost. You can have your jewelry changed at your piercer, who will use a taper for you.
Triangle Piercing Procedure and Pain
The first thing my piercer had me do was take off my pants and lie on the chair. She had one of those chairs like at the gynecologist that have a place to put your feet up. She stepped out of the room while I was undressing and came back in a few minutes later. Then she put on her gloves and poked around at my anatomy very briefly to determine I could support the piercing.
Likely due to adrenaline, I couldn’t feel much down there while she was setting everything up to be pierced, but she did all of the regular steps. She marked either side with a marker and she set up a clamp and receiving tube. When it was time for the actual piercing she told me when to breathe in and out and said she would count down from three, but she pierced on the two.
For the brief period of time before the needle actually broke to the other side, it felt like an immense pressure. It felt like it took about ten seconds, but I know it was actually less than one. The pain caused me to arch my back off the table and take a deep gasp. But then it was over and I felt fine. By the time I has finished my gasp, it was over.
Everything is relative to your individual pain scale. I’ve been told I’m more tolerant of pain. For the purpose of comparing what things feel like to you, here is a list of past piercings and my pain scale for them.
Inner Conch: Six.
Vertical Labret: Three.
Triangle Piercing Healing
From the moment the needle was through the other side, I stopped hurting and it never started again. My piercer warned me that it would get sore later like most piercings, but it never did. But it did swell a lot for about a week. The morning after I got pierced, I took a look in the mirror and I couldn’t believe it. It looked like I got stung by a bee I was allergic to right on my clitoral hood – it was huge!
My piercing did end up migrating like my piercer warned me it would. I couldn’t tell while it was swollen, but that must have been when it migrated because I noticed it after the swelling went down. I continued monitoring the piercing in case it continued to migrate but it fully stopped. The piercing has moved so that I can fit the tip of my finger between the left side of my piercing and my body, but the right side is fully flush with my body.
Healing a triangle piercing is the same as healing any other piercing. You can’t have sex for three months. You can’t take a bath or go swimming. I was gentle when I wiped and I sprayed with wound wash twice a day. I expected to bleed afterwards but it didn’t. It was truly a breeze to heal as I didn’t feel it at all except on my period when it would get a little sore. That continued for about a year.
Triangle Piercing Functionality
So the big reason to get a triangle piercing is it’s more “functional” than any other piercing for women. (Aside from the actual clit piercing which is incredibly rare). The idea is, because your jewelry actually goes underneath your clitoris, you can be stimulated from the other side. I’ve read about people pulling up on the piercing to feel from underneath or “smushing” the clitoris in a pleasurable way.
I’ve never felt anything that I haven’t felt before. The description of feeling something from an angle it’s never been felt before was interesting for me, but I haven’t found that to be true. However, I do reach “the end” in bed a lot faster than I used to. So while I can’t speak to additional feelings or an increase in stimulation, it did help in some way.
One alarming thing to note if you tend to use vibrating friends in the bedroom is it will make a loud sound against your piercing! I checked with my piercer and it is not dangerous, but it may scare you out of the mood for the first few times!
If you have the anatomy to support a triangle piercing, its definitely worth considering. Especially if you have a hard time “getting to the top of the mountain” in bed, a triangle piercing in my experience has helped. While the pain during the piercing is a lot to handle, it only hurts for a moment. You can even pair a triangle piercing with other piercings if you want to get a perfect look and functionality.