Male Genital Piercings
Depending on the anatomy of the individual, there are many different options available in male genital piercing. Some genital piercings are mainly for decorative purposes, while others can enhance the sexual pleasure of the wearer and/or his partner. Your piercer can help you determine which piercings are anatomically possible for your body. Due to the sensitivity, number of veins, and amount of blood flow to the area, it is essential that you only receive genital piercings from a licensed professional body piercer. When you are healing a genital piercing, it is extremely important to use a condom during sex, including oral sex, to minimize the risk of infection. Here you will find brief descriptions of the most common male genital piercings.
The minimum safe size for all of the following piercings is 12 gauge, regardless of the type of jewelry (such as a barbell or a captive bead ring), or the length, that is appropriate for the individual piercing. For most of these piercings, the wearer can choose a thicker gauge of jewelry if he wishes.
One of the most popular genital piercings is the frenum piercing; a barbell inserted horizontally through the loose skin on the underside of the penis shaft. Many men wear more than one frenum piercing, and the combination of two or more is often called a frenum ladder. The piercing can be located anywhere along the shaft, and in many cases it increases the sexual partner’s pleasure. Frenum piercings can also be done near the base of the shaft, and this piercing is sometimes called a lower frenum or lorum. After the piercing is healed (typically in 2 to 3 months), a captive bead ring can be worn instead of a barbell. Return to your piercer if you would like to wear a ring; s/he can determine the appropriate diameter.
The best-known male genital piercing is the Prince Albert or PA piercing, which is a ring or bent barbell that enters the penis through the urethra and exits at the base of the glans. It is normal for this piercing to bleed intermittently for one to three days after it is performed. Many men find that it is difficult to control the direction of their urine while the piercing is healing, so some prefer to sit down to urinate for the first few weeks. Since an individual’s urine is sterile to his or her own body, the risk of infection with a PA piercing is low, and the healing time is usually only 4 to 6 weeks.
An apadravya piercing is a barbell inserted through the head of the penis from top to bottom; wearing large balls on the barbell (5mm or larger) can increase the sexual pleasure of the wearer’s partner. The horizontal equivalent of the apadravya is the ampallang, a barbell inserted horizontally through the head of the penis. Usually the ampallang piercing is placed above the urethra, whereas the apadravya usually intersects with the urethra. Each of these piercings usually takes 4 to 6 months to heal.
Dydoe piercings are short barbells worn vertically through the edges of the glans of a circumcised penis, usually in a pair with one piercing on each side. This piercing is only appropriate for men with a well-developed glans; dydoe piercings performed through a flat glans or on an uncircumcised man could easily migrate or reject. Foreskin piercings are the equivalent of dydoes for uncircumcised men; they are also usually worn in pairs, though a captive bead ring is a more common and comfortable choice than a barbell for a foreskin piercing. Dydoe piercings tend to take 2 to 3 months to heal. Foreskin piercings may take longer to heal and have a high rate of migration or rejection. Dydoe and foreskin piercings are largely decorative but may be sexually pleasurable for the wearer.
There are several options in male genital piercing that do not involve the penis. The hafada piercing is a ring worn through the edge of the scrotum, near the base of the penis; these are also usually worn in pairs, one on each side. It is important that any scrotum piercing be superficial, penetrating only the skin of the scrotum, because a deep scrotum piercing would be dangerous and would not heal correctly. A hafada or scrotum piercing generally heals in 2 to 3 months; however, these piercings also have a high rate of migration or rejection from the body.
A guiche piercing is a ring worn through the perineum (the ridge of skin between the scrotum and anus). Because wearing pants or underwear can irritate the piercing, a guiche piercing can take up to 6 months to heal. It is very important to clean this piercing exactly as instructed by your piercer; due to the piercing’s location, it is easy to contract an infection through improper hygiene.
A pubic piercing is a ring worn horizontally through the skin of the pubic mound, directly above the base of the penis. This piercing is often used to stimulate a partner’s clitoris during sex. You should carefully consider the decision to receive a pubic piercing; since the piercing sits on a flat surface, over a ridge of bone (the pubis), it is similar to other surface piercings and your body may reject it. Like other surface piercings, a pubic piercing may heal within about 6 months, or it may eventually reject from the body. If you suspect that your piercing is beginning to migrate or reject, please consult your body piercer before deciding to remove the jewelry.
- Ryen Welker
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