Entertainment Fashion & Style Female Genital Piercings: Outer Labia Share PINTEREST Email Print Metalhead64 / Wikimedia Commons / Creative Commons Fashion & Style Tattoos and Body Piercings Accessories Tops & Sweaters Dresses Skirts Jeans Pants Outerwear Lingerie & Swimwear Do It Yourself Shoes Skincare Advice Makeup Hair Fragrance Kids and Teens Bumps & Babies Learn More By Karen L. Hudson Contributing Writer Karen L. Hudson is a tattoo artist and contributing writer for Byrdie. our editorial process Karen L. Hudson Updated April 26, 2019 NOTE: The following page contains content and materials of a sexual nature which may be inappropriate for children and may be offensive to some adults. Please use this page responsibly. Outer Labia [Picture] Not as well suited for most women, outer labia piercings can be done as a single piercing or multiple piercings on either or both sides. Outer labia piercings tend to be rejected (skin rejects the piercing by pushing the jewelry right out) more often than inner labia piercings. Labia piercings were once often used by men to prevent wives and slaves from having sexual intercourse with other men. Both outer labias would be pierced with a lock holding them together. Other cultures have used the piercings for decorative purposes only. Labia piercings can easily be aggravated by tight clothing and sweat. Wear proper clothing and exercise diligent hygiene to prevent infection. Feminine deodorant sprays should be avoided during the healing process. Recommended jewelry for labia piercing is 12 to 10 gauge captive bead ring. Estimated healing time: 8-12 weeks.