Penile and Genital Piercing

Penile and Other Genital piercing

Why, you might wonder, would anyone wish to have their genitals pierced?

It's known as "body art", but is it? What's the appeal? If anyone with a piercing wants to write an account of why they had it done, I'd be happy to publish it here.

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Much of the recent increase in popularity of body piercing is due to the work of three men: Alan Oversby (Mr Sebastian), Jim Ward and Doug Malloy. But it's a mistake to think of piercing as a recent development in popular culture, because the remains of penis piercings have been found in the mummified bodes of the Dyak tribe from Borneo dating back to 2000 BC, and penis piercing was mentioned in the Kama Sutra.

If you're interested in genital piercing, one of the prerequisites is that you attend a clinic where hygiene standards are high and there is no risk of transmission of hepatitis and HIV. Penile piercing is limited to men over the age of 18 or 21, and should involve effective counseling before any piercing takes place.

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How is penile piercing done?

Well, you'd hope that a piercing would be preceded with an anesthetic and an antiseptic applied to the area of the penis where the piercing is to be done. The piercing is usually a spike, rod, barbell or ring. You'd also hope that the piercer was confident and adept, using forceps to raise the skin before piercing it if it was a loose area of tissue. Here are some reflections and facts on Body Modification.

A reader writes: The reason I decided to get a frenulum ladder is after hearing accounts from other piercees that it drove their women wild in bed. I couldn't let an opportunity like that pass by. So I grabbed my equipment and pierced away. You know what? They were right! You see, the tiny balls connected to the barbells act as vaginal stimulators. It's effects are quite similar to a French tickler or an exciter ring. Not to mention in the after-math of it all, it feels pretty damn' good to me as well. So if you are considering getting yours done I say don't hesitate. Just do it! But, if you are going to do it don't do it yourself otherwise you will get poor results. If you look at the picture of the frenulum ladder above you will notice the top two are very close together where the others are spread out. And you will also notice inconsistency in the depth of all the piercings. This clearly shows the work of an amateur piercer with no measuring equipment.

Types of genital piercing

The "pubic piercing" is, as you might expect, a piercing at the base of the penis in among the pubic hair, which can take months to heal. One of the advantages of this piercing is that it can stimulate the clitoris during intercourse if the woman is on top of her partner. A piercing of the coronal ridge is called a Dydoe. Another, perhaps more common, form of piercing is the foreskin ring: these piercings are relatively common, and heal more quickly. They can be used as chastity rings. The foreskin, linked by two rings, cannot be easily or comfortably retracted.

The Ampallang is similar to the piercing shown above, but goes through the head of the penis from one side to the other. It's a transverse piercing of the glans with a barbell that penetrates the urethra. This will obviously have a profound effect on urination, and many men with such piercings must sit down to urinate if they are to avoid splashing. The blood loss from this piercing can be considerable. It may take up to nine months to heal.

The Apadravya goes through the head of the penis in the opposite orientation - from top to bottom. This is shown in the left hand photo above. The piercing may be placed further back down the penile shaft.


The frenulum is a favorite site for piecing - it's a more superficial wound, produces less bleeding, and, so its adherents claim, gives better sensation during sex.

The term "frenulum piercing" is used for piercings of the frenulum. It's not a good idea to do this on men who have been circumcised, as it's more difficult, and more likely to cut-out or become infected due to the decreased number of blood vessels in the area. Such piercing may be done all the way down the penis, as shown in the right hand photo above, to produce a Frenum Ladder. Many piercers do not place more than two or three bars at once, to ensure that the wounds heal well and that the bars do not cut through the tissue and cause further damage. But, as you might expect, no-one has set a limit to the number of piercings that can be placed at any one sitting. I'd be very interested to know if body piercings like these can promote rapid ejaculation due tot he greater sensation they can cause in the nerves of the penis.

Frenulum ladder

The most well-known piercing is the so-called Prince Albert, which consists of a ring through the urethral meatus that goes all the way through to the under surface of the penis. It is said to give intense sensations during sex.

Prince Albert

Other piercings include: scrotal piercings, with one or more bars to form a scrotal ladder. The Guiche, a piercing of the perineum usually in the midline. It can also be placed lateral to the midline

There are possible complication to all piercings, including fistula formation, cutting out, infection of the wound or infection of the recipient with HIV or hepatitis where hygiene standards in the piercing establishment are not adequate.

But what really interests me is the psychology of piercing. Please write in and tell me why you had your piercing done, what it feels like, and what advantages and disadvantages there may be in it.