The VCH, or vertical clitoral hood, piercing is placed vertically through the tissue surrounding the clitoris.
Compared to other piercings, clitoral hood piercings tend to be rather uncomplicated with regard to the piercing process itself as well as the healing, which certainly contributes to the popularity of the piercing. In contrast to common expectations, this piercing is no more painful to perform than other body piercings. Since the piercing passes through a thin layer of tissue, it is quick to pierce and reportedly hurt less than ear piercings. Clitoral hood piercings also have rather short healing times, due to the amount of blood circulation to the area.