Types Of Male Genital Piercing | General info & Aftercare

Body piercing has become popular in the last decade, going far beyond simple ear piercing. Both men and women are now piercing their noses, tongues, ears, eyebrows, nipples, navels and their genitals. Unfortunately, various medical complications can arise from body piercings, including serious infections that require surgery, contact dermatitis and rashes caused by metal allergies or the piercing technique. Sometimes piercings might become obviously infected, but sometimes the body might simply reject the piercing, forcing it out slowly and quietly with limited irritation. It is important, however, to diagnose a rejecting piercing as soon as possible, because rejecting piercings can lead to a build-up of scar tissue.

Ampallang Piercing
The ampallang is a form of male genital body piercing that penetrates horizontally through the entire glas of the penis. The piercing may be transurethral (passing through the urethra). A variant on this piercing is the shaft ampallang, which penetrates the shaft of his penis horizontally at any point along its length. A vertical piercing through the entire glans of the penis is known as an apadravya, and is a completely different piercing. The combination of an ampallang and an apadravya is sometimes referred to as the magic cross. This is an advanced piercing, and the procedure can be extremely painful. Full healing usually takes between four and six months, but can take a year or more.  This piercing, once healed, is often extremely pleasurable to the bearer because it stimulates the internal penis tissues. It can be sexually stimulating to the receiving partner during sexual intercourse, usually due to stimulation of the G spot of the femail partner.

Foreskin Piercing
A foreskin piercing is a piercing that passes through the foreskin of the penis. It is a fast healing piercing and involves a fairly simple procedure. The only true requirement is the male must be uncircumcised (or at least have some foreskin left from his circumcision). It is the male equivalent of clitoral hood piercing.

Dolphin Piercing
A Dolphin is a Prince Albert piercing attached to another, deeper Prince Albert piercing. It is usually done with a curve barbell as jewelry. Its name comes from the appearance of the jewelry "diving" through the surface of the skin.People who have had this piercing performed report that it provides deep urethral stimulation during intercourse, and that those who really don't enjoy sounding or other types of play wherein the urethra is stimulated deep within the shaft may find this piercing to be "too much"

Frenulum Piercing
A frenulum piercing is a type of body piercing located on the underside of the shaft of the penis. A series of parallel frenulum piercings is known as a frenulum ladder. A frenum ladder may be extended to include lorum piercings, hafada piercings and guiche piercings. Frenulum piercings are almost always pierced perpendicular to the shaft of the penis. They may be pierced through the frenulum that connects the head of the penis to the shaft, or anywhere further down the shaft of the penis. Less commonly, frenulum piercings may be pierced along the top or even the sides of the shaft of the penis.

Guiche Piercing
A guiche piercing is a body piercing on the perineum. Guiche piercings are much more common in men than in women. Although a guiche normally runs perpendicular to the direction of the penis, lateral placements are possible. A series of guiche piercings in parallel to the direction of the penis is called a guiche ladder, and might commonly be seen as an extension of a frenumn ladder. Depending on the anatomy of the individual, a guiche piercing can heal quickly with few complications, like a normal piercing, or it may require specialized initial jewelry and care, like a surface piercing. Due to the proximity to the anus, good hygiene is important both during the initial healing period, and on an ongoing basis after the piercing is healed. Sitting related activities that place stress on the region may cause irritation that could lead to the migration or rejection of the piercing.

Magic Cross Piercings
The magic cross is a combination of piercings, consisting of both an ampallang and an apadravya. These two piercings together form a cross through the glans of the penis. Although each piercing is usually done during separate sessions, some people have had them both done in the same sitting. The magic cross is an aptly named combination male genital piercing as it is made up of an ampallang and apadravya in the form of a cross. The piercings are generally separate (although they may touch in the urethra) so other than it being two piercings rather than one, it's really nothing unusual.

Reverse Prince Albert
The Reverse Prince Albert piercing (RPA) is a form of male genital piercing. The “Reverse Prince Albert piercing” enters through the urethra and exits through a hole pierced in the top of the glans.

Transscrotal Piercing
A transscrotal piercing is a body piercing that travels through the scrotum from front to back, or from side to side. This is a serious, complex piercing, and should an infection develop, it can develop within the scrotum and becomes dangerous very quickly. This procedure is often considered to be a potentially dangerous surgical procedure, and is not by any means common.

Apadravya Piercing
Like the ampallang, the apadravya is a piercing that passes through the glans. While the ampallang passes horizontally through the glans, the apadravya passes vertically through the glans from top to bottom almost always placed centrally and passing through the urethra. Off-center apadravyas are also possible, wherein the piercing is deliberately offset, yet usually still passes through the urethra. The piercing is normally done on a slightly forward angle to facilitate vaginal intercourse.

Hafada Piercing
A hafada piercing is a surface piercing located anywhere on the skin of the scrotum. This piercing does not penetrate deep into the scrotum, and due to the looseness and flexibility of the skin in that area, does not migrate or reject as much as many other surface piercings. A piercing that actually passes through the scrotum, from front-to-back, or from side-to-side, is known as a transcrotal piercing. Multiple hafada piercings are not uncommon as an extension of a frenum ladder.

Dydoe Piercing
A dydoe is a type of male genital body piercing that passes through the ridge of the glans on the head of the penis. Commonly, one is centrally placed on the ridge of the glans (as seen at right), or two are placed on either side (picture below). Less often, a "king's crown" is where several dydoes are placed around the head of the penis. The jewelry is usually a 14 gauge, curved barbell with a ball on either end, although a ring may be used at a higher chance of rejection. A deep dydoe (also known as "Zephyr") is one that uses a longer barbell and exits near the tip of the penis. The dydoe is generally considered to be one of the most painful of piercing, as it goes through the glans of the penis.

Frenum Ladder Piercings
A Frenum Ladder, also known as a Jacob's Ladder, consists of a series of frenum piercings often extending from below the head of the penis and extending as far as the base of the shaft of the penis.Sometimes, a frenum ladder will be accompanied by a hafada ladder and/or a guiche ladder/ Due to the relatively easy healing of these piercings it is not uncommon for several, or even all of them to be performed at the same time. Less common is a lorum which consists of a series of lorum piercings.

Lorum Piercing
A lorum is a male genital piercing, placed horizontally on the underside of the penis at its base, where the penis meets the scrotum. The word "lorum" is a portmanteau of the words "low" and "frenum" so named because it is essentially a very low-placed frenum piercing. The Frenum is a 'LOW-fren-UM'- that is frenum piercing placed low on the shaft, close to the scrotum, or even on the raphe of the scrotum itself. No known information exists on infection risk of this piercing.

* Jewelry typically used in this piercing includes the straight barbell and the captive bead ring.

Prince Albert Piercing
The Prince Albert piercing (PA) is one of the more common male genital piercing. The PA pierces the penis from the outside of the frenum and into the urethra. There exists the related "reverse Prince Albert piercing" which enters through the urethra and exits through a hole pierced in the top of the glans. While some piercers may choose to avoid the nerve bundle that runs along the center of the frenum altogether, others do not. The piercing may be centered if the bearer is circumcised. Otherwise, the piercing will be done to the side because the surrounding skin needs to be able to reposition itself dynamically.

Pubic Piercing
A pubic piercing is a genital piercing on a man. It is the male version of a Christina piercing. Healing times and pain factors are similar to a Christina, at around 3-4 months. The rejection rate is around the same as well - that is, higher than most "conventional" nose, ear or tongue) piercings, because it is a surface piercing. Many men get this piercing because it can offer direct stimulation to the female clitoris during intercourse. The placement is at the bottom of the pubic mound just above the penile shaft. Usually, the jewelry inserted is a custom-made surface bar, used to give the best chance of healing. As with most piercings, the healing time varies depending upon depth of piecing, and the level of activity that the piercee maintains. For a subject who has a healthy diet and low activity, A healing time of 10-12 weeks can be expected.

Alternate care
You may use Bactine twice a day but no more. To much of a good thing can be a bad thing. When showering use antibacterial soft soap and wash the area thoroughly, move the jewelry to get a little soap in the piercing. Rinse with water moving jewelry back and forth. After showering use salt water solution. Salt water soaks are imperative to proper healing. Mineral salt is best and can be purchased at your local health food store. Mix ¼ teaspoon mineral salt and a cup of hot water shake until salt is dissolved. Pour salt solution into steril spray bottle and carry it with you. Every 2 or 3 hours you need to wash your hands and spray your piercing, wait 30 to 60 seconds and spray again to remove crustys move the jewelry, you need to get some solution into the wounds. If your piercing is sore you may soak in salt solution for 10 min. no longer. You should keep your piercing covered whenever possible. Avoid exposure to the sun or tanning beds. Keep other peoples bodily fluids away from your new piercing, no touching and no licking. Be careful of your zipper. Ware clean under ware every day and to bed at night.

Warning signs; These are things to watch for please contact your piercer or your doctor immediately if any of these symptoms occur. Swollen tissue that exceeds 1 inch away from the piercing. This may be an allergic reaction to the jewelry, however a little swelling is normal. Long red streaks running up or down from your piercing may indicate a blood infection a medical attention is indicated immediately.

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