Guiche Piercing

Guiche PiercingA guiche piercing is a male genital piercing done on the perineum. This is not the most popular and widespread genital piercing, but there are many men who have it, so it’s not considered rare, either.

Guiche piercing is not difficult to perform and it can bring added stimulation, so many men enjoy it to the fullest.

Piercing and Placement

The Guiche piercing (pronounced “geesh”) first gained popularity among gay BDSM culture, only to become more common among all demographics in the 1980s and 1990s. According to Doug Malloy, this piercing is of a Polynesian origin. He said that some communities on Tahiti used to practice it on teenage boys. However, there is no concrete proof of this claim.

A Guiche piercing is done on the perineum, on the spot between a man’s scrotum and the anus. Typically, the piercing is done centrally, across the raphe (the midline of the penis). This standard placement is done transversely to the penis, but other placements are also possible. For example, some men choose to have their guiche done laterally.

Guiche is not difficult to perform, but some care must be taken. It’s mainly because this piercing is something between a regular piercing and a surface piercing, so it may require special care.

Jewelry

Typical jewelry for a guiche piercing is a Captive Bead Ring. Many men choose these rings because they are practical and they can also be used to attach weights. Captive Bead Rings can be used both as initial jewelry and regular jewelry.

Other popular jewelry type are barbells, usually circular barbells, but other styles are always possible.

If a guiche piercing is stretched, it can accommodate jewelry made for large gauge piercings, such as plugs or flesh tunnels. However, wearing such jewelry may cause discomfort due to the position of the piercing.

Additional Info and Tips

  • Typical healing time for this piercing is between 6 and 9 months.
  • It’s vital to keep perfect hygiene. This piercing is located very near the anus so it’s understandable that you should take a great care about hygiene. This should go even beyond the healing time – this is piercing that you need to take care of at all times.
  • Guiche piercings are prone to migration and rejection because of their placement.
  • Many men like to wear special weights through their guiche piercing jewelry for additional stimulation.
  • This piercing is considered functional, since it is known to increase sexual pleasure. It can also be used for various kink and bondage activities.
  • Some men have more than one guiche piercing done. Multiple guiche piercings are known as a “guiche ladder”. A guiche ladder can be formed as an extension of an existing frenum ladder.
  • It is possible to stretch a guiche piercing. Such a stretched piercing is often known as a “guiche tunnel”.
  • There is a female variant of this piercing, called “female guiche”. However, guiche piercings are much rarer with women.

Christina Piercing

Christina PiercingChristina Piercing is a female genital piercing performed below the pubic mound. While it’s not the most popular female genital piercing in the world, it’s common enough so there are many people who have this type of piercing done.

Christina is a very stylish piercing so it can look really good. Most women choose to have this piercing for the aesthetics, since it’s not known to enhance sexual pleasure, so it cannot be considered a “functional piercing” in this sense. However, it looks really effective so it’s not surprising that many women choose to have this piercing done.

The Piercing

Christina piercing is also known as “Venus piercing”, since it’s done on the mons Venus. This piercing has a specific placement below the pubic mound, at the place where the outer labia meet. This piercing is relatively long: it goes from the top of the clitoral hood, through the ridge where outer labia meet, all the way to the surface of the pubic mound.

This is a relatively new piercing. It was first performed in 1990 by Tom Brazda on a woman named Christina. It’s interesting to mention a slight controversy over this piercing: traditionally, new piercings are named after the first person who got them. Rumor has it that a female customer suggested this piercing and made an appointment; however, before this appointment the piercer performed the same procedure on a woman named Christina. This is how the piercings was named after the first person who actually got it, but not the one who suggested it.

Christina piercing is done on a place with thick, fatty tissue, which makes healing time longer. It’s vital to perform adequate aftercare and to clean your piercing properly to avoid infections and other problems.

Typically, Christina piercings are typically performed with 12 gauge or 10 gauge needles. Smaller gauges are not recommended for this piercing.

A good news about Christina piercings is that they are usually not very painful. They hurt as a typical body piercing, but not as much as more sensitive genital piercings.

Jewelry

Typical jewelry for Christina piercing is a curved barbell. Since there are significant anatomical differences between women, jewelry is often customized to achieve the best fit. In order to get a proper jewelry for your Christina piercing it’s important to know the exact length of the barbell you need.

Some women choose to wear a Captive Bead Ring in their Christina piercing, but not all women are anatomically suited for it. If in doubt, consult your piercer to know if you can use rings in your Christina. However, keep in mind that rings can be used only once the piercing is fully healed.

Another jewelry option for this piercing type is a surface bar, but this is a rarer option. One advantage to surface bars is that they greatly reduce the risk of rejection.

Additional Tips and Info

  • Christina piercing is a surface piercings (except in rare cases, but it depends on a woman’s anatomy). As a surface piercing, it has a high risk of migration and rejection.
  • Before getting Christina done, it’s vital to make sure you are anatomically suited for it. Not all women can get this piercing done.
  • Christina piercing can’t enhance sexual pleasure but it should not cause any discomfort. However, some women claim it’s painful or uncomfortable when it’s pressed, which may be a problem in some sexual positions.
  • It takes about 3 to 5 months for Christina piercings to heal. In some cases, the healing time can be much longer, 8 to 10 months or even more.
  • Christina piercings are known to cause certain problems due to the long piercing hole and constant friction against underwear. This increases the piercing’s risk for infection, migration and rejection.

Vertical Clitoral Hood Piercing

VCHThe vertical clitoral hood piercing is one of the most popular female genital piercings. In fact, if a woman wants to have a genital piercing, there is a huge chance that she’ll choose this one!

Vertical hood piercing is relatively easy to get and it provides a lot of pleasure, so it’s not surprising that so many ladies have this piercing done.

Piercing and Placement

The vertical hood piercing, also known as VCH, is a very popular piercing. It is very old in origin: it is believed that it predates contemporary body piercing. While some people believe that genital piercings were all invented in the late 20 century, the truth is that many of these piercings are very old in origin.

VCH is, in many ways, the “basic” genital piercing you can get. Since it is so popular, this is usually the first piercing anyone who wishes to have a genital piercing asks for.

This piercing is done on the clitoral hood, the thin layer of tissue covering the clitoris. Since this is the vertical variant, it passes vertically through the hood, typically through a single central hole.

Interestingly, many people still think that a VCH is a “clitoral piercing”. There are also many women who require a “clitoral piercing” while they actually mean on the Vertical Hood Piercing. It’s important to know that a true clitoral piercing is a very rare genital piercing and it’s much more complex than a VCH. Keep in mind: VCH does not pass through the clitoris itself, only through the hood.

If you wish to have a basic genital piercing of the clitoral area, this is the one you should ask for, not a clitoral piercing.

Jewelry

There are several common jewelry types for VCH. Probably the most popular jewelry type used is a curved barbell. It has a double purpose: it serves both as a decoration and as a functional element to rub against the clitoris to increase sexual pleasure.

Another common jewelry type used is a Captive Bead Ring or, rarer, a different type of a ring. It works similarly to a curved barbell, providing both the aesthetics and functionality by rubbing against the clitoris.

It’s also important to note that many of these jewelry pieces are very beautiful and nicely decorated, similarly to navel jewelry pieces. It is not uncommon for a VCH jewelry to have a gem, decorated bead or another ornament. These are very cute and look beautiful. Just do not go overboard: keep in mind that this is a very sensitive body part and you can get hurt if your jewelry gets caught on clothes. Huge jewelry can also be a nuisance during sex or it can enhance the experience – it all depends on the situation!

Additional Tips and Info

The healing time is relatively short, since there is a great blood flow to the area.

  • You should not have sex during the initial healing time. After this, it’s best to use condoms for vaginal sex until the piercing is healed.
  • A VCH is considered a functional piercing, which means it can increase sexual pleasure. The jewelry rubs against the clitoris, which is very arousing. It is not surprising why this piercing is so popular – it can bring great joy and sexual pleasure.
  • There are different reports about the level of sexual stimulation this piercing provides. Some people even claim that VCH gives constant arousal and pleasure. Most women who have this piercing done, however, say that the change is neither so drastic nor distracting.
  • Not all women are anatomically suited for this piercing. This is why it’s so important to consult your piercer first to see if you are built for this piercing.

Segment and Seamless Rings

Titanium Smooth Segment Ring

Titanium Smooth Segment Ring

Segment and Seamless rings are a good alternative to classic Captive Bead Rings.

They are mostly used in the same way as CBRs are, and for the same piercing types, but they are designed a bit differently, which gives them some advantage to typical Captive Bead Rings.

Segment Rings

Unlike Captive Bead Rings, segment rings don’t have a bead. Instead, they have a removable segment. This segment is tightly pressed to the rest of the ring to make a perfect round shape when the ring is closed. Segment rings tend to be more elegant than Captive Bead Rings, since they offer a more seamless look.

To open a segment ring, simply hold the ring with the segment at the top. Push the segment gently to one side to open the ring slightly and force the segment out. Typically, opening a segment ring is easy, but closing it can be a bit tricky. To put the segment back, put one of its ends in the ring and push the segment in toward the end of the ring while pulling the other side out. It requires some practice but you will soon learn how to do it properly. Always be careful in order to preserve the ring’s shape and to prevent damages to the ring.

Keep in mind: you should never simply pull the segment straight out of the ring without opening the ring slightly first. It may cause the ring to lose its shape and functionality.

Seamless Rings

Seamless rings go even further. They do not have a ball or a separate segment of any kind. Instead, all they have is a split in the ring. This split is so sharp and thin that it’s not easily visible, which gives the ring a perfect seamless design. This is a very elegant choice so it’s not surprising that seamless rings are so highly praised for their beauty.

One great thing about seamless rings is that you can easily slip in and out of your piercing. No beads to worry about. There is no risk that you’ll lose an integral part of a ring since the whole ring is made in one piece!

How to open and close a seamless ring? The only correct way to do it is to twist them open and closed. It means that you have to pick different your ring with both hands near the split and twist the ends in the opposing directions to open the ring. Do the opposite to close it: simply squeeze the rings sides together.

One word of warning: if you open and close these rings incorrectly you can stretch them, which will make the opening wider. This may make the ring lose its original shape or even to become unusable in some cases. Opening and closing seamless rings with pliers is not recommended, since they can damage the ring’s perfect shape. They are great for Captive Bead Rings and segment rings, though.

What’s Wrong with Captive Bead Rings?

One word at the end: there is nothing wrong with Captive Bead Rings. In fact, they are beautiful, comfortable and very practical in many situations. There is a reason why they are the most popular body piercing ring type and why so many users choose them as body jewelry.

The problem is, CBRs have a bead that is not attached to the ring. It means it can fall off easily and there goes your beautiful ring. Of course, you may always use a replacement bead (in fact, that is highly recommended to do), but if you don’t want to worry about beads at all, get a ring without a bead.

Another thing is that CBRs can be very difficult to open and close. While some of these issues are present with segment rings, different designs allow for different opening and closing dynamics, which some users appreciate.

Finally, segment and seamless rings have a more seamless design and they tend to be perfectly round. This may look more elegant than a standard ring with a bead, so some people prefer these rings because of their aesthetics. And not just aesthetics: in some cases, having a perfectly smooth jewelry piece is exactly what you need (for example, if you have a highly sensitive piercing such as a genital piercing).

Dydoe Piercing

Dydoe PiercingDydoe is one of the more “exotic” male genital piercings, but it’s popular among many men who are looking for a unique penis piercing. As such, there are many men who have dydoe piercing performed, either alone or in pairs. Also, many people who have a dydoe piercing also have another genital piercing, though this is not a rule.

A dydoe piercing is done on the rim of the penis glans. Dydoe is known as a functional piercing: it can enhance the pleasure for both the wearer and his partner during intercourse.

Placement and Procedure

Dydoe is a rim piercing, that is, it is done on the rim of the penis head. While it can be done alone, most men choose to have dydoe done in pairs, one piercing on the each side of the penis head. However, there is no official limitations on how many dydoe piercings one can have, so there are many men with three, four or more dydoe piercings done on their penises.

A dydoe piercing passes through the ridge of the penis glans. If a man decides to have only one dydoe piercing done, it will typically be placed centrally. If he wants to have two, they will be placed symmetrically, one on the right and the other on the left side. A special placement, known as a “king’s crown” consists of several dydoe piercings positioned on the glans.

Dydoe piercings are typically done at 14 gauge, though there are exceptions.

Jewelry

A typical jewelry for dydoe piercing is a curved barbell. Usually, standard curved barbells are used, with plain balls on each end, though some men choose to use more decorative barbells.

Another popular jewelry for this type of piercing is a ring. Typically, Captive Bead Rings are used, though some men choose to use different types of rings, such as seamless, segment or screwball rings. A ring is a good jewelry for this type of piercing but has to be used with caution, since it has a higher risk of rejection.

The piercing is typically done with a straight needle, even though curved jewelry (such as curved barbells or rings) is typically worn. The procedure is typically done freehand. This is not a long procedure but it has to be done by a piercer specialized in genital piercings. After the hole is made the jewelry is inserted.

The piercing is often associated with pain, just like any other penis piercing. However, the procedure itself doesn’t last long so it should be bearable. You should expect some bleeding so do not be alarmed by that.

Aftercare is important for preventing infections and other problems. You should clean your dydoe piercing at least twice per day. It’s best to use a saline solution and not any harsh cleaners should ever be applied. Special care should be taken during showering and sex in order not to irritate your new piercing.

Before getting your dydoe done, make sure to find an experienced piercer who is known to be familiar with this type of piercing. As with any relatively rare piecing, you need to find a person who is not only a general professional but who has enough experience in the specialized piercing you’re interested in.

Additional Tips and Information

  • The average healing time for dydoe piercing is 2 to 3 months, at least for the initial healing period. For a complete healing, a man has to wait anywhere between 4 and 6 months.
  • You should use a condom for sex until your dydoe is fully healed.
  • Not all men can get a dydoe piercing. In order for dydoe piercing to be performed, a man has to have a large enough rim at the corona. The rim also has to be well-defined. This is necessary so the jewelry could fit.
  • Men without a well-defined rim at the corona and without enough tissue at this spot can get a dydoe piercing but it’s likely to migrate out.
  • There is also a deep variation of this piercing, known as “Zephyr”. It is longer than the regular dydoe and exits near the tip of the penis. This piercing uses a longer barbell than traditional dydoe.
  • You can change the jewelry when the piercing is fully healed but never leave jewelry out for long periods of time. Penis piercings are quick to close, which may make it difficult or impossible to insert the jewelry back.
  • While both circumcised and uncircumcised men can get a dydoe piercing, there is a heightened risk for uncircumcised men because the foreskin keeps the area moist, which may prolong the healing and lead to other problems.

Are Genital Piercings Right for Me?

Genital PiercingGenital piercings are popular but still often misunderstood form of body modification. There are many piercing enthusiasts who would gladly have many piercings all over their body, save for their genitalia. On the other hand, and as curious as it may sound, there are people who don’t have any piercings – except for genital ones. Obviously, the choice of piercing is a highly personal one and there are no two people who will approach this subject in the identical manner. What is important to know is that genital piercings are popular and if you are interested in them you are definitely not alone.

Is it Right for Me?

Many people wonder if genital piercings are the right choice for them and if piercing such a sensitive area brings unwanted consequences. In a way, this sort of attitude is understandable. After all, genitalia are highly sensitive and people want to keep them as healthy and functional as possible.

On the other hand, it’s important to know that, at the end of the day, these are piercings just like any other. While it’s true genital piercings may seem more extreme or even exotic, the truth is: this is a piercing like any other. Meaning: the same rules apply.

Just like with any other piercing, when deciding to get a genital piercing, it’s important to ask yourself the following things:

  • Would I like to have this sort of piercing?
  • Which particular piercing am I interested in?
  • Will this piercing fit my lifestyle?
  • Am I informed enough to know about the procedure and aftercare?
  • Did I do my research to find a reliable, experienced piercer?

All of these questions are crucial to ask yourself before you decide to get a genital piercing.

Would You Like to Have a Genital Piercing?

This is probably the first and most basic thing to ask yourself. There are many reasons why you might wish to get a genital piercing, just like there are many reasons why you might not want to have one. Think about yourself, your preferences and your desires. Usually, the idea of having a genital piercing doesn’t come to those who absolutely hate the idea. So, let’s just say you are intrigued. Good. This is a great way to go.

Your reasons for wanting to have a genital piercing are your own and you don’t have to explain them to anyone. Some of the most common reasons to get this sort of piercing are aesthetics and functionality. Namely, genital piercing look good but they can also make sex more pleasurable for you and your partner.

Your Choice of Piercing

Once you have decided that genital piercings are for you, it’s important to think about the exact type of a piercing. Chances are that you already have some ideas. After all, people rarely think about wanting to pierce “something down there” – they usually have a pretty good idea on the piercing they want to get.

Before you make a final decision, though, search around. Get informed about all the good and the bad sides of this piercing. It’s also helpful to talk to an experienced piercer. They can give you a lot of advice and help you decide.

Genital Piercing and Your Lifestyle

Chances are that a genital piercing can fit your lifestyle, whatever it may be. In a way, genital piercings are more versatile and suitable for many different lifestyles because they are largely invisible in the workplace and in everyday life. For this reason, it’s often impossible to tell if someone has a genital piercing or not.

To be sure that no aspect of your life will suffer because of a genital piercing, think about any problematic areas. Are you physically active in sports? If in doubt, check with your doctor. What about your partner? What do they think about the idea? Keep in mind that when it comes to a genital piercing it affects your sexual partners. It doesn’t mean that you have to ask for their permission to get this piercing but depending on your partner’s feeling toward it you may need to adapt to new circumstances. For example, if your partner doesn’t like it, you will probably need to remove the jewelry before the intercourse.

Do Your Research

Once you are ready to have a particular genital piercing, it’s time to do a research. Find about the procedure, healing time and aftercare instructions. It’s very important to be informed about these things. It’s also highly advisable to ask your chosen piercer before you make an appointment. It’s vital that you are familiar with all aspects of a procedure.

Also, if you are scared of pain, you may wish to research this aspect of a procedure, too. However, keep in mind that focusing too much on the pain usually makes the whole experience more uncomfortable.

Choose a Good Piercer

The last step before you get a genital piercing is to choose a good piercer. It goes without saying for all types of piercings, but it becomes even more crucial for genital piercings. Since genital piercings are highly specialized, not all piercers can perform them properly. Perhaps your local piercer is not experienced enough with this type of piercings, in which case you will need to search elsewhere. Remember: you are looking not just for a reliable, experienced general piercer but a good piercer who is experienced in the type of a piercing you want to get.

Inner and Outer Labia Piercings

Outer Labia PiercingLabia piercings are popular female genital piercings. Many ladies choose to have these piercings done because they look very aesthetically pleasing and they can improve sexual pleasure in many different situations.

There are two different types of labia piercings: the inner labia piercing and the outer labia piercing. These piercings look very different and provide different results. You may choose to have just one of them or, if you are feeling adventurous, you can have them both.

Inner Labia Piercing

The Inner Labia Piercing is done on inner labia. Since the tissue is very thin on this place, the piercing is not deep nor complicated. It tends to heal quickly and without a problem. Typically, this type of piercing is not particularly painful even though inner labia tend to be a sensitive part of a woman’s anatomy.

The procedure is fairly simple and it doesn’t last long. You may choose a particular placement on your inner labia. You may also choose to have only one piercing (on your chosen side) or to have inner labia piercings done in pair.

Before deciding on a placement, it’s important to consult your piercer about the best way to go. First, you need to make sure that your inner labia is large enough to be pierced. While most women are anatomically fit for this piercing, there are those who don’t have enough tissue in this area to be pierced.

If your piercer concludes that you can get an inner labia piercing without a problem, the next step is to discuss the placement. It will depend on your preferences but also on your anatomy. It has to be done in such a way that jewelry never becomes uncomfortable for you to wear.

This type of piercing is typically done at 14 gauge. It takes about 4 to 6 weeks to heal.

While inner labia piercing can sometimes be used for sexual pleasure, don’t expect much improvement in the sexual department. This is not a functional piercing and it’s typically done for the aesthetics. That doesn’t mean that you can’t experiment with your piercing or that you and your lover can’t find creative ways to use your piercing or its jewelry for sexual pleasure.

A great way to stimulate your inner labia piercing is to wear heavier jewelry or to add some weights to your piercing.

Typical jewelry worn in inner labia piercings are simple rings, such as Captive Bead Rings, though some women choose to wear other jewelry types, such as circular barbells.

Outer Labia Piercing

The Outer Labia Piercing is done on a woman’s outer labia. The tissue here is thicker so the piercing can get deeper. It means the procedure will last a bit longer and the piercing will take a bit more to heal. However, it doesn’t mean that this type of piercing is particularly complicated. It is done easily and usually doesn’t bring any problems.

This piercing is done on the rim of the outer lips. The exact placement will depend on your preferences and anatomy. Most women have enough tissue here to accommodate a piercing; it’s very rare to be anatomically unfit for outer labia piercing, but if in doubt, consult your piercer.

You may choose to have only one piercing done (on the side you choose), or you may have outer labia piercings done in pairs.

Since outer labia is not as sensitive as some other genital parts, the piercings are not made to be sexually stimulating. Most women who get this type of piercing do it because they like the way it looks. However, it’s sure possible to be creative and to use your piercing or jewelry in sexually stimulating ways.

This piercing is usually done at 14 gauge or 12 gauge and the healing time is between 8 and 12 weeks. This piercing usually doesn’t cause much problems nor discomfort, especially if the placement is done right.

Typical jewelry for outer labia piercing is a Captive Bead Ring, but you may also use circular barbells. Some women also choose to use a curved barbell in their outer labia piercing if they find it comfortable.

Unusual Piercings

Unusual PiercingsWe all know about the most popular body piercings in the world. Regular earlobe piercing is so common it’s often not really considered a “true” piercing at all, even though, technically, it’s no different than any other piercing.

Some of the more popular piercings include navel piercing, nostril piercing, eyebrow piercings, lip piercing and tongue piercing. Many people have those and they are very stylish and popular.

You may think that some more extreme piercings, such as nipple piercing or genital piercings are rare. While they may be less common that the most popular piercings, they are not truly rare: there are many people who choose them.

So, what is considered a rare or unusual body piercing?

Rare Piercings

A “rare” piercing is the one performed on a body part that is not so popular to pierce. This may seem a bit vague to define. It’s important to understand that, technically, any body part (or almost any) can be pierced. In this sense, it’s possible to have numerous rare piercings performed on unusual body parts. Here, “unusual” means “a body part not typically pierced”.

Some people enjoy these unusual piercings because, let’s face it: they are very original. Who wants an ordinary belly piercing or a nostril piercing when you can have a very unusual place pierced? Indeed, these rare piercings often attract a lot of attention.

However, it’s important to understand that some piercings are rare for a reason. Some body parts are not really suitable for piercings, so while you can technically perform a piercing it will not last for long or it will bring a lot of problems.

This is why many unusual body parts are often pierced temporarily. This is particularly true for surface piercings. They can be performed almost anywhere, but they are prone to migration and rejection, so they are only temporary.

That being said, there are many creative places to pierce. Many of these unusual piercings are also very extreme and therefore not everybody’s cup of tea.

Examples of Unusual Piercings

Here are some examples of more unusual piercings:

  • Web Piercings. There are many different types of web piercings because there are many delicate webs of skin on our body. Some of them are located in the mouth, for example, in between our lips and gums. Some of the most popular oral web piercings are Smiley piercing and Frowny Piercing. You can also find these webs of skin between our fingers and our toes, or wherever you have a connective tissue. A web of skin of this kind is known as “frenulum”, though this term usually means a specific web of skin, the one that connects foreskin to the penis (and yes, it can be pierced, too).
  • Uvula Piercing. This is a piercing done on the soft tissue that hangs down at the back of your throat. It is very sensitive and can provoke a gag reflex when touched. Despite this problem there are people who like to have their uvula pierced. This piercing is very unique but it’s difficult to see unless you open your mouth really wide. Typical jewelry for this piercing type are Captive Bead Rings and circular barbells.
  • Achilles Piercing. This is an extreme piercing done on the spot in between the Achilles tendon, the ankle and the leg bones. It is a very deep piercing and can cause numerous problems. It also takes a long time to heal properly. Keep in mind that it has to be done by an experienced piercer because you don’t want any mistakes with this one. If done incorrectly, it can limit your movements or even prevent you from walking properly. This is a rare and extreme piercing and it’s not for everybody.
  • Corset Piercings. Corset Piercing and other forms of surface piercings are done temporarily. They can be performed on almost any surface of the skin, but the most popular spots include: the back, on the calves, and on the front of the neck. In fact, they can be placed anywhere where there’s enough soft tissue to pierce. It’s important that the chosen area is relatively large because these piercings are done in decorative patterns so they are typically performed in pairs and groups.

How to Care for Your Genital Piercing: Quick Tips

Genital PiercingHere are some quick tips that will help you care for your genital piercing properly. Keep in mind, however, that each piercing type is unique. Not to mention there is usually a big difference between female genital piercings and male genital piercings, as well as a difference between different body parts (for example, penis piercings vs scrotal piercings).

Also, some genital piercings are too unique and require special care. For example, transscrotal procedures are very complex and require not just a special procedure to perform but they also ask for a dedicated aftercare not true for all other genital piercings.

That being said, here are some general tips all owners of genital piercings should know about. These tips will keep you healthy and help you prevent all of the problems and possible complications associated with genital piercings.

Quick Tips

Here are some basic tips on how to care for your genital piercings in order to avoid problems such as infections, migration and rejection.

  • Focus on aftercare. This is important for any piercing but it becomes vital for genital piercings and other sensitive piercings. Ask your piercer to walk you through all the steps and make sure you understand how to perform adequate aftercare.
  • The most important aspect of aftercare is regular cleaning. You need to keep your new piercing clean. It’s best to use a saline solution or a special product made for cleaning new piercings.
  • Do not, under any circumstances, twist or turn your jewelry during the healing process.
  • In fact, try to touch your new genital piercing as little as possible.
  • Make sure to wash your hands before and after piercing cleaning.
  • Chances are that you will have to abstain from sex for some time after getting the piercing done. Stick to this requirement and don’t attempt to have any form of sex before the initial healing is done.
  • When you do have sex with your new piercing on, make sure to use a condom or other similar protection that will prevent sharing of fluids.
  • After sex, make sure to clean your piercing with a saline solution.
  • It’s best to clean the area before urination, at least in the first weeks after getting your piercing done.
  • Do not use public swimming pools until the piercing is healed.
  • It’s best to avoid hot tubs during the initial healing and use showers instead.
  • While healing period is particularly sensitive, keep in mind that you may encounter problems even after your piercing is fully healed.
  • Regularly monitor your piercing for any signs of infection or other problems.
  • If you notice any signs of infection, contact your doctor. Don’t attempt to solve the problem on your own.
  • Typical signs of infection include: redness, swelling, discharge, rash, fever, bad smell and sensitivity to touch. Remember, you don’t need to experience pain with infection, so watch for all suspicious signs. Better safe than sorry!

Why You Should Never Buy Cheap Jewelry

Cheap Body JewelryIt’s sometimes tempting to buy cheap jewelry at a mall kiosk or a similar place. You might want to save a few bucks and some of the pieces offered there look really cute. Sure, they may not be classy, but there’s no harm in purchasing some cheap jewelry, right?

Wrong. Cheap, low-quality jewelry can bring numerous bad things. You should never buy such jewelry and you should advise your friends and family from doing so. Seriously, it’s that bad. This sort of jewelry never brings anything good. In fact, it can lead to some serious consequences.

Potential Harm

Cheap, low-quality jewelry can bring numerous health consequences. It may seem harmless, but you should never play with your health. Keep in mind that you might want to save a few bucks but there is always a reason why any particular piece is that cheap.

One of the main reasons cheap jewelry is cheap is because it’s made of cheap materials. This is bad news, because you need your body jewelry to be made of body-friendly, safe materials. This is non-negotiable. Using harmful materials can have serious consequences for your health, so you should always strive for jewelry made of medical-grade, high-quality materials.

Keep in mind that any body jewelry piece actually goes inside your skin. It has to pass through the piercing itself, which includes sensitive tissue. If you use jewelry made of crappy material you are risking a serious infection. Bacteria and dirt can get into your body and that’s a recipe for trouble.

Even more, cheap materials can bring harm themselves. Many cheap materials typically contain dubious or dangerous ingredients that will get inside your body, causing trouble. Take nickel, for example. Cheap jewelry typically contains nickel. All those cheap gold jewelry pieces? Yes, full of nickel. Nickel is dangerous because it can cause a serious nickel allergy. This is more than just an aesthetic problem: it can be very dangerous.

Another problem of cheap jewelry is that it’s just not well-crafted. It means it can easily bend and break, hurting you in the process. You don’t want your jewelry to poke and pinch you, and you sure don’t want any scratches and other problems.

Design Mistakes

Another downside to cheap jewelry is…. Well, it’s cheap. As in, you can tell it’s low-quality. Even when it comes to design, it’s just not as good as better quality pieces. Jewelry you can buy at a mall is made using the cheapest possible materials, including cheap glue and low-quality beads. It is just not made to last.

Glue is a particular problem here. Almost everything on a cheap jewelry piece is glued. This is particularly true for gems and other decorations. Glue tends to dry up and doesn’t hold well. After a while, the beads and gems will simply fall out. It is very easy to lose parts of your jewelry this way.

Now, this can be very dangerous, especially in the case of tongue piercing and genital piercings. You might swallow a bead or other part of the jewelry. It can hurt your genitalia. You don’t want this to happen.

Even if cheap jewelry doesn’t harm you, it still breaks easily. It’s not made to last so it will probably bend and break after the first wear. This is just a waste of money. You wanted to save on jewelry but it will actually take more of your money in the long run because it’s just so poorly made that you will have to always buy new jewelry pieces.

High-Quality Jewelry

High-quality jewelry, on the other hand, is not just body-friendly but also durable. It makes a good investment. It is carefully crafted and made to last. You should always buy this type of jewelry. Forget about cheap jewelry pieces you can get at a mall. Not worth the risk.

There are numerous advantages to high-quality jewelry. The most important ones include:

  • Safety. High-quality body jewelry is made of safe materials. These materials will not harm your body so you don’t have to worry while wearing these jewelry pieces.
  • Durability. High-quality jewelry is made to last. It is durable and well-crafted, so you will enjoy it for a long time.
  • Beauty. High-quality jewelry is also more beautiful. Since it uses good materials and it’s well-crafted it also look much better. It will not break or bend easily so it will keep its great looks for a long time.

Cheap Body JewelryThe best of all? High-quality jewelry doesn’t have to be expensive. Sure, you will pay a bit more than for cheap jewelry but this is the point. You are paying for the quality. You are paying for your safety. You are paying for beautiful, durable jewelry you will enjoy for a long time.

At the same time, you don’t have to pay some crazy money for a quality jewelry piece. There are body-friendly, durable jewelry pieces you can get for a decent price. The Chain Gang strives to provide the best-quality body jewelry without high prices!

Also, keep in mind that high-quality jewelry is durable, it will save you money in the long run, because you won’t have to buy new pieces all the time. Do yourself a favor and forget about cheap, low-quality jewelry. It’s just not worth the risk.