The concept behind female genital piercings (as with those for men) is to enhance. The common placements do not prevent sexual activities; they are meant to stimulate and arouse. These enhancements are also placed to call attention to the ornamented areas and foster beauty and appreciation.
Unfortunately for us, our culture does not support genital pride. As a result, many female clients do not even know what the particulars of their private parts are called. Many women come for genital piercings requesting “a clit piercing.” When they are shown a photograph of where that is located they shout, “Oh, No! Not there!” Sometimes they mean inner or outer labia, other times they desire a clitoral hood piercing.
Contrary to what most of the uninitiated would think, genital piercing is not particularly painful. The physical reality is brief and relatively or virtually painless. Many piercers often favourably compare genital placements to the ear lobe piercing. The notable exception would be the serious and very rare clitoris piercing (rather than hood piercing).
Genital piercing is special because there is potential to directly affect your sexual pleasure. A poorly placed piercing can result in either a missed opportunity for enhancement, or a negative experience and a loss of sensation, either temporary or permanent. Because of variations in genital anatomy and personal preferences for sexual stimulation, each piercing must be evaluated (and even counselled) on an individual basis before deciding on a genital piercing.
As far as the experience of the piercing is concerned, it should be virtually instantaneous. It is much easier to endure such a brief pain than one that continues for an extended period of time. The sensation of getting pierced should begin to fade as soon as your jewellery is in place. For a few minutes afterward you might experience burning, stinging, or warmth—and a sense of accomplishment, of course. In the end you may perceive nothing more serious than discomfort.
This is about pleasure, stimulation, and celebrating the body. Though, naturally, during healing piercers must engage in safer sex and avoid sharing bodily fluids. Even if you are in a monogamous relationship, latex barriers must be used, including for oral contact, during the entire initial healing. See the Aftercare Guidelines for Body Piercings for complete information.
There is no requirement for abstinence during healing, but you must be hygienic, and ease up or stop (for the time being), if you experience discomfort or pain. In fact, the initial hypersensitivity that often accompanies a fresh piercing can make for interesting and even enlightening experiences.