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Genital Piercings

What Are Some Common Types of Genital Piercing? continued...

One of the most common male genital piercings is the Prince Albert or PA. With the PA, a ring is inserted through the urethra at the tip of the penis and then out through the bottom of the glans of the penis, which is the rounded head. After the piercing heals, the ring increases sensitivity of the pierced area, enhancing sexual pleasure. It also can enhance the pleasure for the man's partner. A PA typically takes four to six weeks to heal.

Other common male genital piercings include:

  • Dydoe. This piercing is done through both sides of the rim of the glans on circumcised men.
  • Foreskin. A ring is inserted through both sides of the foreskin above the head of the glans. This piercing deliberately makes intercourse difficult.
  • Hafada. This is a piercing of the scrotal skin between the scrotum and the penis. Either a ring or a barbell shaped piece of jewelry is used. This piercing is considered more decorative than a sexual enhancement.

Tips for Caring for a Genital Piercing

Here are tips to minimize the risk of complications following a genital piercing:

  • Be sure you understand and then follow all instructions for keeping the area clean, washing regularly with a diluted saline solution
  • It's important not to handle or let others handle the genital piercing while it is healing.
  • Always wash your hands before touching or cleaning the genital area.
  • Avoid sexual intercourse for at least two weeks after a piercing.
  • When you do have sex, clean the pierced area with saline solution afterward.
  • Use a condom or other barrier protection when engaging in sexual activity.
  • Clean the area prior to urination if the piercing is located near the urethra.
  • Do not use a hot tub or go swimming until the piercing has healed.
  • Remember that infections can occur at the site of the piercing even after it has healed. Bacteria can enter under the skin at that point. So watch for signs of infection and contact your doctor if any of the following symptoms occur. Don't try to treat the infection on your own.

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