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Male Piercings

Men have many options when it comes to body piercings. They can get their earlobes, cartilage, septums, lips, eyebrows, tongues, nipples, and many other body parts pierced, including their genitals. That's the one area where male piercings are dramatically different from female piercing options. In this article, we take an in-depth look at the male piercings you're curious to learn more about and give you all the info you need to decide which type of male genital piercings might be best for you.

by PainfulPleasures Last Updated: May 14, 2021

Prince Albert Jewelry: PA Wands, Doorknockers & Other PA JewelryMen have many options when it comes to body piercings. They can get their earlobes, cartilage, septums, lips, eyebrows, tongues, nipples, and many other body parts pierced, including their genitals. That’s the one area where male piercing options are dramatically different from female ones. What types of male genital piercings can you get? Are some more sexually stimulating for partners than others? What are the healing times and aftercare regimes required for each type of male genital piercing? What types of jewelry work best in which male genital piercings? Read on to learn the answers to these questions and get a full education on male piercings.


Types of Male Genital Piercings

Male genital piercings can be grouped based on where they’re located on the male genitals. There are piercings of the penile head, shaft, pubis, scrotum, perineum, and even the anus. Some male genital piercings, like Prince Albert piercings, may look like they span two of those areas, yet only one part of the penis is actually pierced. There’s also one type of male genital piercing that technically falls in between two of those categories: the lorum piercing. It’s placed at the base of the penile shaft where it meets the scrotum, so it doesn’t fall neatly into either the scrotum piercings or shaft piercings category. However, since it’s a close cousin of frenum piercings, it’s considered more of a shaft piercing than a scrotum piercing.

Although there are a couple male genital piercings that are harder to categorize than others, most male piercings are definitively either penile head, shaft, pubis, scrotum, perineum, or anus piercings, as you can see in the sections below.

Glans (Penis Head) Piercings

There are four male genital piercings that are placed through the head of the penis (called the glans) from different angles: ampallang piercings, apadravya piercings, dydoe piercings, and kuno piercings.

Dydoe Piercings

Dydoe piercings are one of the two the least invasive of the four glans penis piercings men can get. They’re technically surface piercings that go through the top edge of the penis head, parallel to the penile shaft. Pairs of Short Straight Barbells Are Often Used for Dydoe PiercingsYou can get a single dydoe piercing placed through the central back ridge of the glans, but they’re more frequently done in pairs, with two micro straight barbells placed side-by-side with a little space in between them (anywhere from 1/8″ to 1/2″ apart, depending on the girth of the penis head being pierced). Once a pair of dydoe piercings have been inserted, the front balls of the barbells sit atop the glans, and the back two balls rest against the very top of the penile shaft. If you have the girth to support multiple dydoe piercings, you could even get 3 or 4 placed along the top ridge of your glans.

If you’re over the age of 18 and have a Painful Pleasures account, you can see what these piercings look like by viewing dydoe piercing pictures that our community members have shared in our photo Gallery. Short Straight Barbells for Dydoe PiercingsYou’ll see in those photos that the placement of dydoe piercings makes short straight barbells the only practical jewelry for these piercings.

Dydoe piercings can be sexually stimulating for female partners in particular, especially during missionary-style intercourse and other positions that put the barbell balls in contact with a woman’s G-spot. As with all male genital piercings, dydoe piercings don’t provide the wearer with added physical sexual stimulation. However, they can be very mentally stimulating for a man, particularly when they enhance a partner’s physical pleasure during intercourse.

Ampallang Piercings

An ampallang piercing goes horizontally through the head of the penis, from side-to-side, so that the barbell is perpendicular to the penile shaft and parallel to the ground. To accommodate swelling during the healing process, a long straight barbell is inserted initially, but it can later be replaced with a shorter barbell that fits snugly enough that the balls hug either side of the glans. Straight Barbells With Half Balls Make Great Ampallang Piercing Jewelry(A barbell with half balls, like the one shown to the left, is ideal ampallang piercing jewelry because half balls will fit more closely against your glans.) Ampallang piercings are attractive-looking piercings, but they’re some of the most painful male genital piercings to get, and their sexual enhancement factor is questionable because of the way they’re positioned.

The sexual enhancement factor of ampallang piercings is debatable due to the fact that the barbell balls protrude from the left and right sides of the glans. During intercourse, the balls may rub against the side walls of a woman’s vagina or a man’s rectum in an uncomfortable way, except in creative sexual positions. Derma Numb Topical Anesthetic for PiercingsThat continuous friction can be irritating to the delicate tissue of the vaginal and rectal walls, and in some cases, it can even cause tearing and bleeding. If you get an ampallang piercing, proceed with caution the first few times you have intercourse after your piercing heals. If your partner experiences pain from the jewelry, stop right away and explore alternate positions once s/he’s recovered. You may also want to try adding a water-based lubricant like Astroglide to the mix until you and your partner have adapted to sex with your jewelry inserted.

When you’re logged into our photo gallery, you can view ampallang piercing pictures our community members have shared in our Male Genital Piercings section. You’ll see that ampallang piercings can make a sexy visual enhancement to an erect penis, but it’s not a piercing you should consider getting without first talking to your partner. It will impact her or him more than you during sexual intercourse, so it’s a good idea to make sure your partner is on board before taking the plunge and getting an ampallang piercing. You also need to consider the pain factor before getting an ampallang piercing, and only follow through with it if you have a high threshold for pain. You can also ask your piercer to apply a topical anesthetic like Derma Numb 20-30 minutes before piercing you, to minimize piercing pain as much as possible.

Apadravya Piercings

An apadravya piercing is placed vertically through the center of the glans, perpendicular to both the penile shaft and the ground. The piercing needle is followed by a straight barbell that either has regular balls or half balls on the ends, to ensure optimal comfort and pleasure during intercourse. Titanium Straight Barbells for Apadravya and Ampallang PiercingsOnce an apadravya piercing has been completed, the top ball will sit centered atop the penis head, and the bottom ball will protrude from the central-underside of the glans.

Like ampallang piercings, apadravya piercings are one of the most painful male genital piercings a man can get. However, they can have immense sexual benefits for female partners in particular, and the pain of getting an apadravya piercing can be minimized with the help of a topical anesthetic.

Apadravya piercings are particularly stimulating for female partners during intercourse when you utilize positions that will put the barbell balls in direct contact with your partner’s G-spot–something that’s easy to do in popular sexual positions like missionary and doggy style. They can also be stimulating for male partners, but not necessarily with the same electric impact female partners are apt to enjoy. Typically larger balls lead to greater sexual stimulation, so if you get this piercing, consider buying spare balls in a few sizes to find the one that best tickle’s your partner’s fancy.Try Different Sized Balls With Your Male Genital Piercing Jewelry to Find the Most Stimulating Size for Your Partner

If you’re in a relationship, you should definitely talk to your partner before getting an apadravya piercing or any other male genital piercing to make sure s/he is comfortable with the type of piercing you want and understands how it may feel during intercourse. You can look at photos together before making a decision about getting this type of piercing by logging into our photo Gallery and visiting the Apadravya Piercing Pictures section.

Segment Rings, Seamless Rings and Traditional Captive Bead Rings for Kuno PiercingsKuno (Foreskin) Piercings

If you’re uncircumcised, kuno piercings are a fourth type of glans piercing you can consider getting. A kuno piercing is a piercing of the top rim of the foreskin. It’s a simple, relatively pain-free piercing that some uncircumcised men like to get for its aesthetic value. Usually small rings are worn in Kuno piercings, like segment rings, seamless rings or traditional captive bead rings. If you’d like to see what kuno/foreskin piercings look like, visit the Kuno Piercing Pictures section of our photo gallery.

Penile Shaft Piercings

There are quite a few options when it comes to penile shaft piercings. You can choose from frenum piercings, dorsal frenum piercings, a series of frenum piercings called a Jacob’s ladder, lorum piercings, Prince Albert piercings, reverse PA piercings, and dolphin piercings.Straight Barbells for Frenum Piercings, Dorsal Frenum Piercings and Jacob's Ladders

The 4 Types of Frenum Piercings

Frenum piercings are surface piercings placed horizontally along the penile shaft, with straight barbells sitting parallel to the head of the penis. Traditional frenum piercings are placed on the underside of the penile shaft, whereas dorsal frenum piercings are placed along the top side of the penile shaft. You could also have frenum piercings placed along the sides of the penile shaft, but that positioning is less popular than the other two options. If you get a series of traditional frenum piercings or dorsal frenum piercings with equal spacing between them, that arrangement is called a Jacob’s ladder. A frenum piercing placed at the base of the underside of the penile shaft where it meets the scrotum is called a lorum piercing. D-Rings for Upper Frenum PiercingsUnlike traditional frenum, dorsal frenum and Jacob’s ladder piercings, which are all 100% penile shaft piercings, lorum piercings are actually placed in between the penile shaft and scrotum. However, they’re most often classified as being another type of frenum piercing, since the name “lorum” stems from “low frenum”.

Men who choose to get just one frenum or dorsal frenum piercing initially will often choose to have it placed towards the top of the penile shaft. Getting a frenum piercing close to the head of your penis will allow you to comfortably swap out your starter straight barbell for a D-ring once your piercing is fully healed, if desired. Cock RingsA D-ring can be looped over the head of the penis so that the jewelry entirely encompasses the penile shaft just below the head of the penis, which can trap blood in the head of the penis when it’s erect and keep it engorged sort of like a cock ring would.

In addition to straight barbells and D-rings, circular barbells and captive rings are also sometimes used as frenum piercing jewelry. However, straight barbells and D-rings tend to be more comfortable and sexually stimulating for partners during intercourse than circular barbells and captive rings are when worn in all frenum piercings except lorum piercings. Circular barbells and captive rings are the most commonly-used lorum piercing jewelry. Both ring styles work well for lorum piercings because they’re mostly out of the way during intercourse due to their placement at the base of the penile shaft.

Since frenum piercings are surface piercings, the depth at which they’re placed and jewelry gauge play big parts in the success of these piercings. Circular Barbells for Frenum Piercings and Lorum PiercingsSurface piercings are prone to migration and rejection, but those problems can be minimized by having frenum piercings placed as deeply below the surface of the skin as possible and wearing heavier-gauged jewelry. Fine gauge jewelry is more likely to trigger what’s called the “cheese cutter effect”, where the jewelry cuts out towards the surface of the skin over time as your body sheds dead skin cells and works to push out the foreign object embedded in it.

The beauty of frenum piercings is that if you get one and you and your partner really like the way it looks and feels, you can keep adding to your collection all the way down the length of your penile shaft until you have a proper Jacob’s ladder or a few regular and dorsal frenum piercings. If you know you want several frenum piercings from the get-go, you might want to consider having them all done at once. That way you’ll be out of commission in the bedroom for less time than if you got one, waited for it to heal, got another one, and so on.Captive Bead Rings for Lorum Piercings

If you’d like to see frenum piercing pictures before deciding whether or not to get one (or several), check out these sections in our Gallery: Frenum Piercing Pictures, Dorsal Frenum Piercing Pictures, Jacob’s Ladder Piercing Pictures, & Lorum Piercing Pictures.

Prince Albert Piercings & Reverse PA Piercings

Whether you get a regular PA piercing or a reverse Prince Albert piercing, you’ll be getting one of the more invasive male genital piercings if you choose this popular option. PA Wands for Prince Albert Piercings & Reverse Prince Albert PiercingsThese are considered invasive piercings because they go into the penile shaft, rather than just going through the surface of the skin like frenum piercings. Despite being somewhat invasive, PA piercings are said to be much less painful to get than glans piercings like apadravya and ampallang piercings. The toughest moment in the PA piercing process is when the needle punctures the urethra, but it’s just a millisecond of pressure and pain in exchange for many years of pleasure.

With a traditional Prince Albert piercing, the penile shaft is pierced from the underside. The needle passes up into the urethra just below the head of the penis, and it exits through the urethral opening in the penile head. Needle Pushers for Placing PA Piercings and Reverse Prince Albert PiercingsA piercer has to apply a fair amount of pressure to puncture the urethra, so some use needle pushers to apply leverage and get the job done swiftly. The same is true for reverse Prince Albert piercings, which only differ from traditional PA piercings in one way: the urethra is punctured from the top of the penile shaft instead of from the underside, but the needle and jewelry still exit through the urethral opening in the head of the penis.

The curved course a needle takes during the PA piercing process makes bent barbells ideal starter jewelry for PA piercings.Bent Barbells for PA Piercings | Prince Albert Piercing Jewelry Circular barbells and captive bead rings can also be worn in Prince Albert piercings, but you may want to save those styles of body jewelry for once your PA piercing is healed and you’ve learned how to urinate around the jewelry without spraying everywhere. (Don’t be upset if you have to urinate sitting down for awhile after getting this piercing to avoid making a mess.) Prince Albert piercing wands like the one shown to the left above are another popular style of jewelry for men to wear in PA piercings, but again, they’re a better option to try once your PA piercing is fully healed. Captive Bead Rings for PA PiercingsAlso, many men find PA wands ideal to wear during sexual intercourse, but not necessarily as everyday PA piercing jewelry.

Your favorite sexual positions may make you more inclined to get a reverse PA over a traditional Prince Albert piercing, to ensure that your partner gets the most sexual stimulation from your piercing. For instance, if you and your partner are really into doggy style sex, then a traditional PA piercing may be best for you, whereas those who prefer the missionary position might want to consider a reverse PA piercing instead.

Partners tend to have strong polar feelings about PA piercings; they either love them or hate them, with little gray area in between. Circular Barbells for Prince Albert PiercingsIf you’re in a committed relationship and are considering getting a PA piercing, you should definitely talk to your partner first to make sure s/he is comfortable with the idea. If you get the piercing and it poses a problem in the bedroom, you can try different styles of jewelry, gauge up or down slowly as needed (read more about stretching male genital piercings below), or take your jewelry out during intercourse if it becomes a road block to a healthy sex life.

To see photos of PA piercings, visit the PA Piercing Pictures and Reverse Prince Albert Piercing Pictures sections of our photo Gallery. You’ll have to be logged into your Painful Pleasures account to view this mature content.

Dolphin Piercings

A dolphin piercing is a piercing of the underside of the penile shaft that connects to a traditional Prince Albert piercing hole. If you’re interested in getting a dolphin piercing, you need to start with a well-healed PA piercing–one you’ve had awhile so that the fistula (piercing hole) has had sufficient time to strengthen and reinforce. Bent Barbells for Dolphin PiercingsYour piercer will place a second hole through your urethra roughly 5/8″ further down the underside of your penile shaft from where your PA piercing hole is placed. Typically, s/he would then insert a bent barbell after making the second hole, threading it between the two holes via the urethra. The end result is that one ball will protrude from your healed PA piercing hole and the other ball will protrude from the secondary hole.

If you find it uncomfortable to wear a bent barbell between your healed PA piercing and your healing secondary hole after getting a dolphin piercing, you can avoid the PA piercing hole altogether during the healing process. Just ask your piercer to insert a longer bent barbell that exits through the secondary hole on one end and the urethral opening in the head of your penis on the other end. That will alleviate some of the pressure on your new piercing as it heals.

Bent Barbells for Dolphin Piercings and PA PiercingsThere are very few downsides to dolphin piercings, except for their invasive nature and the momentary pain of getting a second hole placed through your urethra. They tend to be very comfortable for partners during sexual intercourse, regardless of position, and they can be quite stimulating in some sexual positions. They also heal relatively quickly, usually in just 4-8 weeks rather than taking many months to heal the way that apadravya and ampallang piercings do. If you have a PA piercing and your partner isn’t fond of it, s/he may enjoy your piercing more if you convert it to a dolphin piercing.

If you’re 18 or older and logged into your Painful Pleasures account, you can see photos of dolphin piercings in the Dolphin Piercing Pictures section of our Gallery.

Pubic Piercings

If you’re interested in getting a male genital piercing more for aesthetics than sexual stimulation, then pubic piercings are a good alternative to consider. Pubic piercings are surface piercings placed anywhere in the pubic area around the base of the penis. Niobium Seamless Rings and Other Captive Rings for Male Pubic PiercingsAs with frenum piercings and all other surface piercings, it’s important for male pubic piercings to be placed as deeply as possible to minimize the chances of migration and rejection. Wearing heavier-gauge jewelry in your pubic piercings will help ensure their longevity, too, as will wearing boxers or other loose underwear and pants for a few weeks after getting pierced. Putting too much pressure on a surface piercing of any kind is a sure-fire way to trigger migration/rejection, which is why it’s important to wear loosely-fitting clothes during the healing process.

You can wear a variety of different styles of body jewelry in male pubic piercings. Micro Straight Barbells for Pubic PiercingsChoose from micro straight barbells, circular barbells, captive rings, and even bent barbells (although the latter are the least ideal, since they may put outward pressure on the fistula and contribute to migration/rejection). Within the category of captive rings, you can choose from segment rings, seamless rings, D-rings, and traditional captive bead rings.

There are a lot of placement options for male pubic piercings. You can get one placed off to one side of your penis, a pair that flank your penis, several pubic piercings in an arc over top of the base of your penile shaft, or even clusters of pubic piercings all around your pubic mound. You can see how one or two pubic piercings look compared to numerous pubic piercings by checking out the Pubic Piercing Pictures section of our photo Gallery.

Scrotal/Hafada PiercingsCircular Barbells for Hafada Piercings | Scrotal Piercing Jewelry

Like pubic piercings, scrotal piercings are surface piercings; they’re just placed on the scrotum instead of the pubic area. You can get one, two or a few scrotal piercings–which are also known as Hafada piercings–or you can get a row of scrotal piercings to create a scrotal ladder. As for jewelry, short straight barbells, circular barbells and captive rings are all good options for scrotum piercings. Bent barbells also work nicely in scrotal piercings, since the jewelry can be turned to hug the curve of your scrotal sac.

If you’d like to see photos of scrotal piercings, check out the Scrotum/Hafada Piercing Pictures and Scrotal Ladder Piercing Pictures section of our photo Gallery.

Perineum/Guiche Piercings

The perineum is the stretch of skin between the base of a man’s scrotal sack and his anus. Bent Barbells for Hafada Piercings | Scrotum Piercing JewelryThis area is known to be an erogenous zone for men, making guiche (perineum) piercings one of the few male genital piercings that may contribute to the wearer’s physical sexual stimulation when the jewelry is manipulated and/or pressure is applied to the perineum around a guiche piercing.

Like pubic and scrotal piercings, guiche piercings are surface piercings. Since the skin in this area tends to be thick and tough, it’s natural for perineum piercings to be placed more deeply, so they’re less likely to migrate or reject than other surface piercings. Weights for Sexual Enhancement & Stretching Piercings | Adult ToysYou can wear a bent barbell, circular barbell or captive ring in a guiche piercing, with bent barbells being a preferred option because of the way they can cradle the perineum. Some men prefer wearing captive rings in their guiche piercings because it’s easier to attach small weights to rings for enhanced sexual stimulation–something you should definitely wait to try until you’ve had your guiche piercing for at least 6 months or more.

If you’d like to see photos of perineum piercings, visit the Guiche Piercing Pictures section of our photo Gallery.

Anal Piercings

An anal piercing is a piercing of the tissue surrounding the rectum. Typically anal piercings go through the actual rim of the anus, which technically makes anal piercings surface piercings. Anal piercings aren’t terribly painful to get, but they can be challenging to keep clean, particularly during the early stages of the healing process. Anal Piercing RingsIt’s very important to clean anal piercings thoroughly with a saline wash on a daily basis, and always after defecating.

Anal piercings are probably the least popular of all the male genital piercing options, but those who have them seem to love them. Most men who have anal piercings wear small rings in them.

You can see photos of anal piercings and read about our community members’ experiences with them in the Male Anal Piercing Pictures section of our photo Gallery and the Genital Piercings section of our forum.


Aftercare & Healing Times for Male Genital Piercings

The time it takes for different male genital piercings to heal varies widely from one piercing to another. Typically, the more invasive the piercing, the longer it will take to heal. Here’s a breakdown of the different male genital piercing healing times by piercing:

  • Ampallang piercings can take 4 to 6 months or longer to heal
  • Apadravya piercings also typically take 4-6+ months to heal
  • Dolphin piercings usually heal in just 4 to 8 weeks
  • Dydoe piercings take 2-3+ months to heal
  • Frenum, dorsal frenum & Jacob’s ladder piercings take 4-6+ months to heal
  • Guiche piercings usually heal within 2 to 3 months
  • Hafada/scrotal piercings also take 2-3 months to heal
  • Kuno piercings can take anywhere from 6 to 12 weeks to heal, or 8 weeks on average
  • Lorum piercings tend to heal within 2-3 months instead of 4-6 like other frenum piercings
  • Prince Albert piercings & reverse PA piercings usually heal within 4 to 6 weeks
  • Pubic piercings typically take 2 to 3 months to fully heal

Male Piercings & SexSnakeskin Brands Condoms

During the male genital piercing healing process, it’s very important to avoid sexual intercourse, self-stimulation and other people’s bodily fluids. It can be very tempting to take a genital piercing for a test drive in the bedroom sooner than you should, but the risks outweigh the benefits. Until the fistula is fully healed and has had time to reinforce, your genital piercing will be at higher risk for tearing. Even if you don’t rip your jewelry out completely playing with it or having sex, you could introduce microscopic tears that would make you more susceptible to infection. Your chances for developing an infection increase dramatically when you introduce someone else’s bodily fluids and germs, too. It’s much better to play it safe and wait until your male genital piercing is fully healed before resuming sexual activity. When you do become sexually active again, wear a condom at least for the first few weeks. Condoms will protect your piercing from bacteria and tearing, and they may help ease your partner into the feeling of having sex with you post-piercing.

Male Genital Piercing Aftercare

While your male genital piercing heals, it’s incredibly important to practice religious piercing aftercare. You should clean your genital piercing 3 to 6 times a day with a sea salt-based rinse like Recovery Piercing Aftercare Spray or a homemade sea salt solution. If you’re interested in making your own solution, follow the recipe below.

Sea Salt Solution Ingredients & ToolsRecovery Piercing Aftercare Spray

  • 1 Cup of Sterile Water (boil tap water for 5 minutes to sterilize it, or buy sterile water)
  • A Heat-Safe Container (if you’re boiling water to sterilize it)
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Sea Salt Stirred into the Cup of Warm Sterile Water (our Recovery Aftercare Sea Salt from the Dead Sea works best)
  • 2-3 Drops of Tea Tree Oil Stirred into the Sea Salt & Sterile Water Solution (it moisturizes & has antiseptic properties that fight infection)* *We offer a Recovery Aftercare Tea Tree Oil & Sea Salt combo pack that will save you money, if you’re interested in adding both ingredients to your sea salt solutions.

Cleaning Your Male Genital Piercing

Whether you use store-bought saline piercing aftercare spray or a homemade solution of 1/4 tsp. sea salt to 1 cup sterile water, you should soak your piercing fully 2 to 3 times a day and rinse it another 2 to 3 times per day. To do a full soak, you can either submerge your piercing in sea salt solution (which is easy enough if you have a penile head or shaft piercing) or soak cotton balls in the solution and apply them to your piercing one-at-a-time until you’ve saturated your piercing for at least 5 minutes. In between full soaks, just mist your genital piercing with piercing aftercare spray to keep the fistula flushed of debris and your skin hydrated.

Addressing Crusties (Lymph)

During the healing process, it’s natural for your body to excrete a clear fluid called lymph that dries to a whitish crust. You should never twist, turn or slide your body jewelry to loosen these “crusties”. Instead, soak a cotton ball with piercing aftercare spray, apply it to the crusties to soften them, and then gently wipe them away with a clean tissue.

Dealing With Piercing Infections

If at any point the discharge becomes thicker, more yellow in color and/or foul-smelling, then you could be developing an infection. Recovery Tea Tree Oil, Natural Antiseptic and Moisturizer for Enhanced Piercing AftercareIf you catch it early, you may be able to solve the problem simply by ramping up your piercing aftercare regime and adding tea tree oil to your sea salt solution soaks to take advantage of its natural antiseptic properties. However, if you develop red streaks that radiate out from your piercing, the skin around your piercing stays hot to the touch and/or you get a fever, you should see your family physician right away and ask for an antibiotic. Your doctor may encourage you to remove your jewelry, but it’s actually better to keep the fistula open while the infection clears up, so that infected fluids can drain easily and you can avoid developing an abscess. As long as you keep up with your piercing aftercare routine while taking the antibiotic, there’s no reason you can’t keep your male genital piercing.

Addressing Hypergranulation & Excess Swelling

There are other problems that sometimes arise with new piercings, like hypergranulation and excess swelling. Hypergranulation presents as the notorious “red piercing bump” and is usually caused by a combination of pressure and moisture. It’s important to have your piercer help you swap out your jewelry for a longer piece that doesn’t put pressure on your healing fistula ASAP if you develop a hypergranulation issue or have excess swelling. Prolonged pressure on a new piercing can cause necrosis (tissue death), which can lead to infection, so get the pressure off right away if it becomes a problem.

A Final Note on Aftercare & Healing

Throughout the piercing healing process, you should practice overall good hygiene (daily showers, clean underwear, etc.), get sufficient sleep, eat nutritiously, avoid alcohol and nicotine, which can retard the healing process, and generally take good care of yourself. The better rested, nourished and cleanly you are, the better your body’s healing system will work and the faster your new piercing will heal.

Changing Your Jewelry

It’s best to stick with your starter jewelry throughout the healing process unless it becomes too tight or you find that you’re allergic to the material from which your starter jewelry is made. If you have a problem with your jewelry, ask your piercer to help you change it. It may cost $10-$20 (sometimes waived when you buy your replacement jewelry from your piercer), but it will be worth the cost if it means the difference between keeping and losing your piercing. Chunk Captive Bead Rings for Male Genital PiercingsPeople often don’t realize how hard it can be to change body jewelry in a genital piercing by themselves, even after it’s well-healed. If you try to change your jewelry yourself during the healing process, can’t get it in, and can’t get to your piercer quickly enough, the fistula could close up and leave you without a piercing at all. When that happens, most piercers will make you wait until the original fistula heals before re-piercing you (which you’ll have to pay for… again), so it’s worthwhile to have your piercer help you change your body jewelry.

Once your piercing is fully healed, you may want to explore some of the tools available that will make it easier for you to change your jewelry yourself in the future. There are threaded tapers available that you can use to guide in new jewelry, and sometimes a tiny dot of a water-based lubricant like Astroglide can make the job even easier. Body Piercing Tapers for Changing Jewelry(Too much lube will make it nearly impossible to handle your jewelry, let alone insert it in your piercing, so use it sparingly!) If you toggle back and forth between externally-threaded and internally-threaded body jewelry in the same size, you may even be able to attach your new jewelry to one end of your old jewelry, and use the connected pieces to guide the new piece in and the old piece out. You just have to pay close attention to the threading info when buying replacement jewelry if you want to try that trick, though, to ensure that the two pieces will fit together.Emu Oil for Stretching Piercings

When you’re ready to shop for new male genital piercing jewelry, be sure to check out our extensive selection of captive rings, circular barbells, straight barbells, bent barbells, Prince Albert wand options, and other body jewelry. You can save on many of the options we offer by purchasing a couple of the same item. (Price breaks are listed in the “Add to Cart” area of qualifying product detail pages.) We also offer coupons in our weekly emails, which you can sign up for by visiting our Retail Store, scrolling to the bottom-right corner of any page, and entering your email address in the newsletter sign-up box.


Stretching Male Genital Piercings

Some men prefer to start out with larger-gauge jewelry by getting pierced with a heavier gauge needle, while others like to stretch their piercings slowly over time. If you’re interested in stretching your male genital piercing so that you can wear larger jewelry that may be more pleasing to your partner, proceed with caution. You have to wait until your piercing is fully healed before even considering stretching. Once it’s healed, you can go up one full size at a time. Stretching Tape for Stretching PiercingsIn the week leading up to a stretch, you should massage emu oil into the skin around your piercing to enhance its natural elasticity. When the time comes to change your jewelry, use a piercing taper to help you insert jewelry in the next size up. You’ll then need to wait one-and-a-half times as long as it took for your piercing to heal initially before going up another size. Alternatively, you can add a single layer of stretching tape to your jewelry every week or two to increase the size of your piercing gradually and with less trauma to the fistula.


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