This was 20 years ago... when the only pro piercers were in a couple of places in LA. I had pierced my own cock, twice, so I had some experience. I purchased the supplies, pre-sterilized and all.. I also did her nipples, and I can tell you, DON'T use any kind of clamp- the clamp hurts far worse that the piercing. Also- folks- DO NOT PIERCE WITH ANY KIND OF "NEEDLE"- Buy a proper piercing lance. They are hollow surgical steel tubes that are ground to a razor sharp EDGE. They slide thru more cleanly, they come in larger gauges to match the jewelry, and they are sterilized. Opt for a larger gauge ring for a labia piercing.. 10 or 8 is good, 6 even better. A larger gauge spreads the force across more tissue and is less likely to tear, or pinch painfully in daily wear... And it looks hotter. A great non-stinging topical anesthetic is AMBESOL- you can pick up at any supermarket. And rather than using a clamp--- you can simply hold a Cork, or the cut end of a fresh carrot agaisnt the opposite side of the flesh to be pierced. Drive the lance thru the flesh and embed it into the cork or carrot... this way the sharp point is safely contained, in sinking into the cork, it cleanly cuts thru the flesh, and with the flesh up against the firm surface of the cork, it can not stretch... and it makes it much easier to control. I know a woman who pierced her own nostril by simply shoving a carrot up her nose and driving the lance thru from the outside into the carrot. WITH the dangerous end of the lance safely and firmly stuck in the cork, you can hold the lance by the cork and very controllably follow the but end all the way thru with the ring you are inserting. And one adviso... do not pierce yourself or let an amatuer pierce you unless you are pretty damn confident they will not wimp out and stick the lance only halfway thru. You need a cool and calm demeanor and the willingness to be kind by being deft and quick without being sloppy or haphazard. And while I tend to agree that folks that pierce all over their faces have some issues... its not the piercing that is the issue... its their need to display them publicly... Piercing your genital is a private thing. no one sees them but those you are intimate with. It has no effect on others... its a source of pleasure and delight... And those who think it sick are simply too ignorant to have a valid opinion.