Male Genital Piercing 101
Male genital piercings have a long and storied history, dating back to their first mention in the Kama Sutra, back in 700 AD. Many tribes (Such as the Timorese and Iban) and ancient peoples practiced forms of male genital piercings, making this form of body modification one of the oldest in the world! In recent years, this form of piercing has become increasingly popular, with celebrities and piercing fans alike opting to have the ultimate hidden piercing.
Here are some of the most common male genital piercings:
Piercing: Derived from the ancient 'coming of age' ritual of the Dayak
peoples of Borneo, this piercing passes
horizontally through the head of the penis, either above or below the urethra
depending on your preference.
Piercing: This piercing passes vertically through the head of the penis. The
apadravya can be placed either in the centre of the glans or closer to the
Piercing: This piercing passes vertically through the coronal ridge. Not
everyone can have a dydoe piercing, as it requires a substantial amount of
tissue to accommodate the jewellery.
Piercing: Suitable only for
uncircumcised men, this piercing passes directly through the foreskin.
Piercing: This piercing is placed horizontally across the base of the
penis. This piercing is always located on the underside of the genitals and can
be a single piercing, or part of a 'frenulum ladder' which features 3 or more
Piercing: This surface piercing can be located anywhere on the scrotal
sack, providing there is sufficient skin to accommodate the jewellery.
Piercing: This horizontal piercing is placed on the underside of the penis,
where the shaft and the scrotum meet.
Piercing: This surface piercing is typically located at the base of the
penis (In the natural fold where the body and genitals meet). A relatively
uncommon piercing, the pubic piercing has gained popularity in recent years,
with celebrities such as Lenny Kravitz sporting the daring body modification.
Albert Piercing: One of the few male genital piercings that many people
know by name, this piercing enters on the underside of the penis and exits
through the urethra.
As male genitals can vary in size, shape and construction, there are some
piercings that may be anatomically unsuitable for some individuals. A qualified
piercer will be able to assess the area, taking into account factors such as
anatomical restrictions (I.e. Hypospadias, phimosis or undescended testicles) and the change in size and shape that an erection will create in order to
inform you of which piercings would be viable.
It's essential to visit a piercer who's experienced in performing this type of piercing, as an exemplary knowledge of the construction of the male anatomy is required in order to perform the piercing safely and accurately. In the case of piercings that pass directly through penile tissue (Such as the apadravya, ampallang or Prince Albert), an experienced piercer will know how to place the piercing so it avoids perforating blood vessels or the urethra.
It's essential to remember that pain is subjective and that
each person's piercing experience is going to differ.
Piercing: Some recipients of this piercing report nothing more than a
short, sharp stinging pain, whereas others find this piercing to be exceedingly
Piercing: Labelled by many as one of the most painful piercings of all time,
due to it passing through the most sensitive part of the penis.
Piercing: Many recipients have compared the pain of a dydoe piercing to
that of 'aggressive rug burn' or a 'painful graze', though some others have
claimed it was extremely uncomfortable to get.
Piercing: Billed as the least painful of all the genital piercings, the
sensation of a foreskin piercing is often compared to that of an ear lobe
Piercing: This piercing is billed as being relatively painless by most
& Lorum Piercings: Said to be relatively painless by most, the hafada
and lorum piercings may require the use of forceps, which can be more
uncomfortable than the piercing itself.
Piercing: This piercing has been compared to an eyebrow or nape piercing in
terms of pain.
Albert Piercing: Despite its delicate location, this piercing is said to be
comparable to an ear lobe piercing in terms of discomfort.
Some male genital piercings (Namely the ampallang, apadravya
and Prince Albert) may bleed freely for the first few days following the
piercing. This is completely normal, as your piercer will explain. Other
genital piercings (Such as the pubic piercing) may bruise immediately following
the procedure. In addition, if you sleep on the piercing, knock it accidentally or are a little heavy handed whilst cleaning, you may experience some redness and swelling, which is normal and not a cause for alarm. Some people also experience some itchiness, which can be alleviated somewhat by applying a cool pack or some ice (Wrapped in cloth or kitchen paper) to the area. Whatever you do, don't scratch or fiddle with the jewellery!
As we've stated, these experiences can be a perfectly normal part of the piercing and healing process. However, if you experience a high volume of blood loss, abnormal
bruising, excessive discharge or exceptional levels of swelling and discomfort,
you should immediately seek medical attention.
As with all piercings, a stringent aftercare regime is essential to maintaining a healthy piercing. Dependent upon the type of genital piercing you have, the advised aftercare procedure can vary. Regardless of the type of piercing, the following advice should be adhered to:
- Refrain from sexual activity until the piercing has fully healed.
- Change your underwear daily and keep an eye on any bleeding, discharge or irritation you may experience.
As a rule of thumb, the following aftercare routine can be applied to many male genital piercings:
- Wash your hands with antibacterial soap and hot water prior to touching your piercing. Ensure that you dry your hands with non-fibrous paper towels so that no fibres are left on your skin.
- Next, using a solution of rock salt and pre-boiled, slightly cooled water (1 part salt to 4 parts water), clean your piercing. This can be done by either fully submerging the piercing fully (A great tip is to use a shot glass or a small bowl) or by applying the solution liberally to the piercing and the surrounding areas with a cotton bud or pad.
- If you notice any fluid or crust, ensure you remove it gently, using the solution and cotton buds or pads. If there is any kind of stubborn build-up then you may need to repeat the cleansing process until you've removed all the build up.
- Gently pat the area dry with a non-fibrous paper towel (Never use toilet paper or cosmetic tissues, as they can leave material residue behind).
- Finally, check that your jewellery is secure (Ensure threaded balls or screw on balls are on correctly) and wash your hands again.
- Once you're fully healed, some piercers advocate following the LITHA (Leave it the hell alone) method, where you simply clean the piercing with water whilst showering or bathing. We advise speaking to your piercer prior to beginning this care method.
This should be performed twice a day throughout the advised healing time of your piercing. It's essential to keep a close eye on the development of any lumps, bumps or migration and to speak to your piercer immediately should you experience any of these issues. It's normal to experience some stretching with Prince Albert piercings, though if you're concerned about the growth of the piercing hole, seek advice immediately from your piercer.
In terms of healing times, some male genital piercing heal much faster than others. Here's a rough guide of healing times:
- Ampallang Piercing: 3-6 months
- Apadravya Piercing: 3-6 months
- Dydoe Piercing: 3-4 months
- Foreskin Piercing: 4-6 weeks
- Frenulum Piercing: 2-4 weeks
- Hafada Piercing: 3-4 months
- Lorum Piercings: 3-4 months
- Pubic Piercing: 3-4 months
- Prince Albert Piercing: 6-10 weeks
Please bear in mind that these are average approximations, so you may heal quicker or slower than the times we have stated. if you're concerned in any way about the healing progress of your piercing, please seek advice from a piercer.
Once your piercing has fully healed, you can then change the jewellery to give your body mod a brand new look. With everything from coloured titanium and plasma gold to surgical steel and PVD coated jewellery, there's a little something for every taste in our range of genital piercing jewellery
! The hardest part is choosing what to order first...
If you're considering changing up your body jewellery, here's a brief guide to the types of jewellery that are suitable for each type of popular male genital piercing:
- Ampallang Piercing: Straight barbell
- Apadravya Piercing: Straight barbell
- Dydoe Piercing: Curved Barbell
- Foreskin Piercing: BCR, circular barbell or curved barbell
- Frenulum Piercing: Straight barbell
- Hafada Piercing: BCR, circular barbell or curved barbell
- Lorum Piercings: BCR, circular barbell or curved barbell
- Pubic Piercing: BCR, circular barbell or curved barbell
- Prince Albert Piercing: BCR, circular barbell or curved barbell
The information contained here within is based
on our experience as one of the UK’s largest piercing chains. Please note that
each individual’s experiences will be subjective and therefore each person will
have a different experience of pain, healing and maintenance. For more
information, please view our article guides terms and conditions page.