Here 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.
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!