Did you know that the current holder of the World Guinness Record for Most Pierced Person has around 6,000 piercings on her body – and that 500 of them are around her genitalia?
This just goes to show that there are a lot of different piercings you can have on your body and it’s no different when it comes to your genitalia. For those with male genitals, there are 13 different types of piercings you can have and each with its own name.
Here, we are going to go into each type of piercing and cover any questions you have regarding piercings and male genitals. So, if you are curious about where you can get a piercing on male genitals, then there is everything you need to know!
Let’s dive in!
Male Genital Piercings: Where And What?
For a piercing to be considered a genital piercing on a male, then it needs to be inserted in one of four different areas.
These areas include the glans which can be found at the head (or tip) of the penis, the foreskin of the penis for those who are not circumcised, the shaft of the penis (otherwise known as the length) or the scrotum (this refers to the sac that hangs underneath the penis and holds the males’ testicles).
This covers a range of areas all around the male genitalia and there are in total 13 different kinds of piercings you can have spread across these areas.
Let’s look at each one in turn and discuss them.
This piercing goes vertically through the glans of a penis, either from top to bottom or bottom to top. It can either rest in the center of the penis glans or can be placed more towards the coronal ridge at the bottom of the head of the penis.
These piercings are usually barbells type piercings. They usually only take one session to complete although sometimes, your piercer may take two sessions to complete an apadravya.
The apadravya piercing gets its name from the Kama Sutra, which uses the name apadravya for the process of using prostheses to increase a penis’ size for more pleasure during sexual intercourse. Because of this, it is said that an apadravya piercing increases sexual pleasure.
However, because it completely spears the head of a penis, it is said to be one of the most painful male genital piercings to have.
The ampallang piercing is a lot like the apadravya piercing, except that it pierces the glans of the penis horizontally instead of vertically. It can be pierced either left to right or right to left.
Just like with the apadravya piercing, it is said to be one of the more painful penis piercings because it spears the head. Also, just like with the apadravya piercing, this piercing is usually a straight barbell type of piercing.
Deep Shaft Piercing
Deep shaft piercings pass through the shaft (or length) of a penis. They are very similar to ampallang and apadravya piercings except they appear on the shaft of the penis instead of the glans (or head).
They traditionally use straight barbell piercings and are said to be less painful than apadravya and ampallang piercings.
A dydoe piercing is a piercing that goes by two names. Its other name is king’s crown because of where this piercing is placed.
It is done vertically through the ridge of the head of the penis, right at the base where it merges with the shaft. Most dydoe piercings are curved barbells and it’s possible to have a double piercing done simultaneously.
Like with ampallang and apadravya piercings, dydoe piercings are said to be painful because it involves piercing the head of the penis.
Foreskin piercings are only possible for those who are not circumcised as this piercing involves piercing jewelry through the foreskin of a penis (specifically the area where the foreskin covers the glans of the penis or the area closer to the shaft). It is pierced in a way so that the piercing does not pinch even when the foreskin is retracted.
You can have multiple foreskin piercings and wear a range of piercings including rings or studs.
This piercing is done behind the glans of the penis on the underside of the shaft, on the skin tag called the frenulum.
You can actually have a row of several frenum piercings that run down the frenulum – all done horizontally and usually pierced with barbell piercings.
The guiche piercing is done in an area called your perineum which is the skin between a male’s buttocks and anus that runs behind the scrotum.
They are usually done to run parallel to the direction of the penis but this is not always the case. You can have multiple guiche piercings and wear lots of different styles of jewelry including barbell piercings and captive bead rings.
Hafada piercings are the name given to any piercings done along the scrotum.
They can be done anywhere in this area but most people have their hafada piercing done in the middle front, right along the scrotal raphe area so it is inline with the direction of the penis. This piercing can also be done so it runs front to back or side to side. You can also wear a range of jewelry in this piercing including captive bead rings and barbells (both curved or straight).
Because the skin of the scrotum is very loose, hafada piercings are generally easy to do and are quick to heal. Some people may even opt to have multiple hafada piercings that run up the frenum ladder.
This piercing is done on the base of the penis, right where the scrotum meets the shaft. It is also done on the underside of the penis so the piercing itself can only be seen when the penis is lifted or erect.
You can wear a range of jewelry for this piercing including captive bead rings, straight barbells, horseshoe barbells, and even studs – although studs are said to be shallow in placement.
Magic Cross Piercing
This piercing is actually made up of two or three individual piercings in the glans area of the penis, making it a combination of both ampallang and apadravya piercings.
It involves crossing two straight barbells with one another so just the four beaded ends poke out from the skin, making it appear like a cross underneath the head of the penis.
Although many people have the two piercings done separately, some people opt to have both done in the same session.
Prince Albert Piercing
Prince Albert piercings are one of the most well known when it comes to male genital piercings. This piercing involves piercing the urethra (the hole where males urinate from) and through the penis glans until it comes out at the bottom, just at the start of the shaft. Most people use a captive bead ring, prince’s wand or a circular barbell for this type of piercing.
The Prince Albert piercing is one of the most common male genital piercings too. However, the reason behind its name remains a mystery. Many people believed that the husband of Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, had a penile piercing but this has not been proven or confirmed.
This piercing is the furthest away from the actual penis as a pubic piercing is usually done anywhere in the pubic area of the male genital area. You can have multiple piercings and wear any kind of jewelry for this kind of piercing.
Reverse Prince Albert
Where a Prince Albert piercing enters through the urethra and exits through the underside of the shaft, the Reverse Prince Albert Piercing enters through the urethra but exits through the top of the shaft instead.
Common Questions About Male Genital Piercings
So, now that you know what piercings males can have around their genitals and where, let’s take a look at some of the most popular questions that are asked when it comes to male genital piercings. Here, we are going to cover topics including healing, sex, aftercare, pain and more!
So, if you have any concerns about getting a male genital piercing, check out the answers to these questions below.
Does Having A Male Genital Piercing Make Sex Better?
It is said that male genital piercings can give both the person and their partner sexual benefits when it comes to intercourse, but it all depends on the type of genital piercing.
Because sexual pleasure is stimulated by movement and friction, male genital piercings that move around during sexual activity are the ones said to be the most beneficial when it comes to pleasure and sex.
These piercings include piercings that are through the shaft and glans of the penis as they are most likely to be moved around during sexual activity.
However, male genital piercings are also said to be beneficial for your partner’s pleasure too!
This is because they can provide extra stimulation to your partner’s nerves either on the clitoris, vagina or anus. The best male genital piercings for your partner’s sexual benefit include the ampallang, apadravya, frenum and magic cross piercings.
So – yes, male genital piercings are said to improve sexual pleasure during all kinds of sexual activity including masturbation, sexual intercourse and oral sex. However, everyone is different and you may find your piercings to be more of an irritation than a stimulus.
Can You Wear A Condom With A Male Genital Piercing?
Some piercings will affect your ability to wear condoms but it’s not impossible to wear both simultaneously.
You just have to make sure you can easily fit your condom over your piercing so the smaller the jewelry, the easier it is. Remember to be gentle when fitting the condom over your penis to avoid damaging the condom and that the condom is big enough to fit – but not too big that it is loose.
Will Having A Male Genital Piercing Hurt?
It all depends on the piercing.
The general rule of thumb is that piercings through the glans or head of the penis are the most painful because of all the nerves and sensitivity related to the area. However, how painful having a male genital piercing will vary from case to case as each person has different tolerances for pain.
Afterwards, there is a risk that you may be allergic to the metal of the piercing as many people are irritated by nickel jewelry. Your tissues may also reject the piercing and you will have to remove the piercing but this case is rare. Both cases do make having a male genital piercing uncomfortable and irritating.
How Much Does It Cost To Have A Male Genital Piercing?
On average, a male genital piercing costs around $50 to $60 but they can also cost a lot more too.
The price of the service will vary from piercer to piercer, plus you have to factor in the cost of the jewelry and how much you are willing to tip your piercer for their service (don’t be that guy and not tip).
What Are The Risks Associated With Male Genital Piercings?
Just like with any other piercing, you are always at risk of catching an infection. All piercings start out as open wounds which makes them vulnerable to bacterial infections, so it’s important to follow your piercer’s advice when it comes to aftercare and wash your piercing regularly.
Because the piercing is around the genital area, there is also the possibility you may contract UTIs (urinary tract infections) and also STIs (sexually transmitted infections). However, having a regular and thorough hygiene habits as well as following safety advice when it comes to sex, you should be able to reduce these risks.
You could also end up injuring your partner during sexual intercourse too although there is also evidence to suggest that genital piercings can also improve your partner’s sexual pleasure during intercourse too.
How Long Does It Take For A Male Genital Piercing To Heal?
Most male genital piercings can take three months to heal although some only take about six weeks (depending on where the piercing is). You can help shorten this healing period by following your piercers’ advice for aftercare.
How To Care For Your Male Genital Piercing
Here is some advice that comes with aftercare for your new male genital piercing.
You should keep the area covered with a bandage to stop it from catching on your clothes, and change this bandage at least once a day. It’s important to limit the risk of bacteria infecting your new piercing by washing your hands before touching the area, rinsing the area with salt water to prevent infection, and pat the piercing dry with a paper towel or anything that will not leave behind fibers.
You should also avoid having sex or masturbating until the swelling has gone down and you no longer feel pain in the piercing area. After that, you can have sex and masturbate but it’s best to wear a condom to keep your piercing protected.
You should also wear loose underwear and clothing to avoid your piercing from catching onto your clothes.
Avoid submerging your piercing in water like in a bath or swimming pool, and you should avoid any vigorous activity or strenuous exercise to avoid your piercing from mingling with sweat. This will all help keep your piercing clean.
Also, you should also trim back your pubic hair to avoid it from becoming tangled with your jewelry.
I suggest you read our guide to Industrial Piercing and aftercare for more information.
Genital piercings are one of those things that people either love or hate.
There are many different types of genital piercings and each person has their own preferences when it comes to what type they want. Some people prefer smaller genital piercings while others prefer larger ones.
So, if you are thinking of getting yourself a male genital piercing, then check out the options above and keep in mind the information when it comes to aftercare and risks. Good luck!