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Labia piercing
Intimpiercing Frau aeussere.jpg
Location Labia minora, labia majora
Jewelry Captive bead ring

Labia piercings are one type of female genital piercing. This piercing can be placed either through the labia minora or the labia majora. They are one of the simpler and more common genital piercings performed on women, and are often pierced in symmetrical pairs. Like all genital piercings, depending on jewellery and placement, they may provide additional stimulation to one or both partners during sexual intercourse.

History and culture[edit]

There is little direct evidence of pre-contemporary practice of labia piercings, outside of anecdotal reports of the use of these piercings as chastity devices. Like many genital piercings, the contemporary origin of labia piercing resides in the BDSM culture that gave rise to the resurgence of body piercing in contemporary society. In contemporary practice, these piercings often simply fill a decorative role, rather than a purely sexual one.

This piercing plays a prominent role in the French erotic novel, Story of O.[1] The heroine, O, has a hole pierced through a labium, through which a stainless-steel ring is inserted. Another ring is linked to it, and to that, a metal disk with identifying information on it, including the name of her Master, the mysterious Sir Stephen.

Comparing piercings of labia majora, minora[edit]

Labia majora (outer labia) piercings heal slower than labia minora (inner labia) piercings, depending on the anatomy of the individual. They also tend to be more painful because there is more tissue to pierce through. Stretching of labia minora piercings occurs on its own in most cases due to the relatively high elasticity of the tissue, whereas labia majora piercings are much less likely to do so.


Almost any type of jewelry can be found in labia minora piercings, although rings are the most commonly used jewelry, both as initial jewelry, and on a long-term basis. Both types of labia piercings can be stretched to accommodate large jewelry; the wearing of heavy jewelry in these piercings may be a form of ongoing or temporary sexual stimulation. Both types can also be stretched to accommodate flesh tunnel or flesh plug style jewelry.

Jewelry worn in labia piercings may have a fetish purpose. Rings or other specialised jewelry may be worn to block access to the vagina, as a form of short-term or long-term non-surgical infibulation. Other chastity devices might also be worn that make use of the piercing, sometimes incorporating locks.

See also[edit]


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Broadly (blog)

Broadly (blog)
Mon, 28 Sep 2015 07:00:37 -0700

Another that has remained in vogue is the inner and outer labia piercing. Dayak women would traditionally stretch their piercings by wearing thick gold rings, pulling the labia downward and making them more prominent. From left to right: A labia ...

The Stir

The Stir
Mon, 17 Sep 2012 10:37:01 -0700

She attributes the five times a week sexy time with her man to her labia piercing, which she got almost a year ago when she and her husband were going through what she calls a "funk." There wasn't much nookie going on so she surprised him with a kinky ...

Boston Review

Boston Review
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 06:32:23 -0700

After months of sadomasochistic rituals, the character “O,” in Anne Desclos' The Story of O, is presented to a crowd wearing an owl mask, a chain attached to her labia piercing—journalist François Chalais accused the novel of “bringing the Gestapo ...

Curve Magazine

Curve Magazine
Sun, 28 Sep 2014 16:03:45 -0700

It's just that as a queer nurse I've gotten enough 2 am phone calls from someone who "missed" while they were attempting a labia piercing at home (missed what? Is always my first question) that I'm wondering if we could adopt even "safety second" at ...


Thu, 04 Apr 2013 05:03:07 -0700

The most shocking piercing moment of all time has to be Lady Gaga's labia piercing debut. Ever controversial, the Pokerface singer flashed her crotch (on purpose? Who knows) in a revealing red dress in New York in September 2011, showing off her latest ...
Huffington Post (blog)
Wed, 03 Apr 2013 04:03:57 -0700

Is this a sign of society loosening its repressive grip on sexual expression? Then: Beatle hair. Now: labia piercing. What will sexual expression be like in 2063, fifty years from now? Sienna Jae Fein blogs at www.datingseniormen.com. Earlier on Huff ...

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