8 gauge barbell
Shown: 16mm barbell with 6mm balls.
Quotes from Piercing FAQ
HORIZONTAL CLITORAL HOOD PIERCING
The horizontal hood piercing is made through the pronounced vertical ridge of hood tissue approximately ½» to 5/8» above the edge of the hood. The horizontal piercing does not pass through the hood itself. Some women do not have enough loose tissue to support a horizontal piercing. The clitoris and hood tend to retract when standing which may make the horizontal piercing uncomfortable or inappropriate; the position of the piercing and the ring dimensions should be selected accordingly.
Placement of the piercing and selection of the ring dimensions should be made so that the bead rests on the tip of the clitoris. The horizontal piercing is most stimulating if the clitoris is exposed to the jewelry. If the clitoris is not exposed the wearer may not feel much increased sensation unless pressure is applied to the jewelry. Most women find larger sized beads more stimulating because of the greater weight and surface area.
The ring as it passes through the piercing can stimulate the shaft of the clitoris when pressure is applied. A larger gauge is more stimulating in this manner.
Initial jewelry: Captive bead rings or bead rings in 14, 12, 10 gauge and 7/16» - ½» - 5/8» inside diameter, depending on the width of the piercing and the desired location of the bead. The inside diameter should be at least 1/8» wider than the width of the piercing.
A thicker gauge should be considered if the wearer enjoys heavy rubbing or friction during sex or if she uses a vibrator frequently. A thicker gauge will will feel more comfortable and will be less likely to pinch or tear.
Women with a narrow pubic area and/or large outer labia or whose thighs compress the pubic area when she walks may find this piercing uncomfortable because the ring will have a tendency to twist when standing or walking. In this case, a symmetrical teardrop shaped ring is often more appropriate than a round ring. The tapered shape of the ring prevents it from getting caught between the outer labia and painfully twisted and pulled, which can cause the piercing to migrate or tear during healing. Most frequently used dimensions of 3/8» x ½» and ½» x 5/8». The ring should be 1/8» wider than the width of the piercing. Wearing a thicker gauge will also reduce the risk of migration or tearing caused by twisting of the jewelry.
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