The Uvula piercing is a type of body piercing through the uvula in side the mouth. This area is actually the projection of the soft palate between the tonsil area. Uvula piercings are very rare, but when they are done, it is common to find captive bead rings or other small gauge jewelry worn in them.
Due to the position of the uvula, piercing this area causes the gag reflex to occur, making this an extremely difficult and risky procedure. Even if the piercing is successful, it is common for the jewelry to come off and either be inhaled or swallowed, leading to possible surgery to remove. Another common problem is the tendency of the jewelry to pull, or stretch the uvula downward, which can interfere with sleep and cause breathing restrictions or problems. Most piercers avoid this type of body piercing and will usually advise against the procedure to their clients.