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What are risks associated with genital piercings?

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Genital piercing in men can carry the risk of narrowing of the urethra, the tube that carries urine out from your body, as result of scar tissue. If the needle mistakenly pierces erectile tissue, it could lead to impotence.

You can lower you chances for infection and allergic reaction by using proper jewelry made out metals like surgical stainless steel or titanium. You should clean the pierced area every day with diluted saline solution and soap and water, and after sexual activity.

If you have any long-term medical conditions, talk to your doctor before you get pierced.

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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