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What are most common complications associated with genital piercings?

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The most common complications associated with genital piercing include:

There is also a potential risk of hepatitis B and C as well as HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, and other infectious diseases. These risks can be minimized with the use of new, sterile needles.

  • Bacterial infection
  • Bleeding
  • Nerve damage
  • Allergic reaction to the jewelry
  • Thick scarring at the piercing site

From: Genital Piercings WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Armstrong, M. June 2006. Urologic Nursing,

Columbia University Health Services: "Go Ask Alice: Pierced clit."

Children's Hospital Boston Center for Young Women's Health: "Body Piercing."

Columbia University Health Services: "Go Ask Alice: Prince Albert Piercing."

March of Dines: "What about genital piercings and pregnancy? How will the piercing affect the pregnancy?"

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 06, 2018

SOURCES:

Armstrong, M. June 2006. Urologic Nursing,

Columbia University Health Services: "Go Ask Alice: Pierced clit."

Children's Hospital Boston Center for Young Women's Health: "Body Piercing."

Columbia University Health Services: "Go Ask Alice: Prince Albert Piercing."

March of Dines: "What about genital piercings and pregnancy? How will the piercing affect the pregnancy?"

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 06, 2018

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