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Studio Etiquette

Inside a Piercing StudioPiercing studios are great places. This is where you can get that piercing you’ve been dreaming about or pick a fancy jewelry piece.

Whatever you do, keep in mind that there are some guidelines you should follow in order to make the experience better for everyone.

Learn More about Studio Etiquette

  • Before going to a piercing studio it’s best to have at least a vague idea of what you want. Your piercer needs to start from somewhere, so it’s best to visit a studio once you have at least some ideas in mind.
  • Piercers and other staff are there to answer your question. Do your best to ask questions related to their job and something that’s actually relevant. In other words, do not waste piercer’s time.
  • It’s best to do some research beforehand (see above). If you do that you will be able to ask more specific questions and get a better picture of what you need.
  • Listen. As much as questions are important, so are the answers. Listen to what your piercer has to say, especially if it’s about aftercare and health.
  • Do not touch your piercing or jewelry in the studio’s common room. Some people like to take their old jewelry out or to simply touch their piercing, which is not safe because it can pose a health danger. Keep in mind that a studio has to stay clean. Do not  touch or handle your piercing in any way, even if it’s a healed one.
  • This warning stands for all common areas of the studio, including the restroom.
  • It is very, very dangerous to change your jewelry in the studio, so it should be avoided at all costs (see above).
  • If you wish to change your jewelry, let the piercer do it in the piercing room.
  • Old jewelry should always be handled in a sealed container, such as a bag or a box. Never take it out, even in the common rooms.
  • Ask where to put your bag, coat and other personal belongings. It is important that the piercing room stays clean. Do not just assume that you can take your bag or another item into the piercing room. Ask to know what’s expected of you.
  • Be cooperative. Piercing procedures tend to make people anxious and nervous, but that’s not the reason to misbehave. If you feel you could not go through the procedure, communicate this to your piercer.
  • During the procedure, try to stay focused. Your piercer will want to talk to you and walk you through the entire process, so do your best to listen.
  • Questions are more than welcome. In fact, they are expected. However, you need to let the piercer do their job.
  • Ask if it’s ok to have a friend or a family member with you. This is usually allowed, since piercing artists know how important is to have moral support.
  • If visitors are allowed, they need to behave. They are not allowed to compromise the procedure in any way.
  • Ask before you use a camera or a phone in the piercing room, especially during the procedure. The same goes for your companions. You will probably need to skip flash. Flashes are very distracting for the piercers.
  • Don’t drink or take drugs before getting a piercing. The piercer will refuse to provide the service if you are under influence.
  • Mind your manners. Do not yell or disrespect your piercer, staff or other customers.
  • Tipping is typically welcome and highly appreciated. It is not necessary to do so but it’s a nice thing to do if you are satisfied with the service.
  • Do not bargain. Do not ask your piercer to match the price from the mall kiosk or another shabby place. The prices are there for a reason.

5 Surprisingly Painless Piercings

1729pThere are some piercings that are known to be relatively painless.

Earlobe, for example, is known as probably the least painful piercings of them all.

However, there are some other piercings that are relatively painless or definitely much less painful than they look.

But let’s start with the easiest one:

Earlobe Piercing

Everyone knows this one is relatively easy to go through. Earlobe tissue is soft and not particularly thick, so it’s easy for a needle to go through. However, it’s always important to use a proper piercing needle for this procedure.

Never agree to be pierced with a gun! Guns are dangerous, unsanitary and can make the whole procedure much painful than what it’s supposed to be. Plus, no knowledgeable professional will want to use a piercing gun so if your piercer uses it, there is a good chance they are not a reliable professional. Find a studio and a good piercer who will perform this piercing properly.

Septum Piercing

When done right, nose septum piercing does not hurt much. It’s because the piercing itself doesn’t go through nose cartilage at all. Instead, the piercing is done on the thin skin just in front of the cartilage. If you pinch your nose on this spot you will feel how thin the tissue actually is.

For a septum piercing to be positioned correctly, your piercer has to go through that tissue alone. If done correctly, it doesn’t bring much pain. It is actually one of the least painful piercings out there.

However, many people say that they experienced significant pain during the procedure. The reasons is that some piercers are not experienced or knowledgeable enough to hit the right spot. If the needle goes through the cartilage or if the piercing is positioned too low, it might end up being painful. To avoid this problem, always seek an experienced piercer who knows how to perform septum piercings correctly. Chances are that it will be one of the least painful piercings you’ll get!

Tongue Piercing

It may surprise many people, but classic tongue piercings are not particularly painful. They may seem painful because tongue is thick and there is a lot of tissue for needle to go through, but fear not: it is actually one of the least painful places you can get pierced.

However, please note that this is only true for a typical central tongue piercing. Other tongue piercing types may prove to be more painful. Also, it’s important to find a knowledgeable piercer who is experienced with tongue piercings to ensure everything goes smoothly.

Bridge Piercing

Surprisingly enough, but piercing the bridge of your nose is not particularly painful. Bridge piercing, also known as Erl piercing, is not as popular as some other piercing types, but there are many people who choose to get it.

It may seem like a sensitive spot, but bridge piercings are relatively quick to perform and they don’t hurt much. They definitely look more painful than they actually are, so if you are thinking about getting this piercing, there is no need to fear pain.

Prince Albert

Now, this one is a bit different. PA is a genital piercing and as such, it is more painful than some other piercing types. At the same time, Prince Albert is surprisingly painless compared to most other piercings. It is one of the least painful genital piercings for sure, but it’s also less painful than many “regular” piercings.

The thing is that only a little bit of a very thin tissue is pierced during this procedure. Most of the piercing uses the natural hole – urethra, so all the piercer needs to perform is a slight cut on the underside of the penis. The skin on that spot is thin and the procedure is done quickly. Most men describe the pain as a pinch and claim that PA piercing was much less painful than some “ordinary” piercings, such as ear cartilage piercings or nose piercings.

In other words, if you want to have a genital piercing but you’re scared of the pain, Prince Albert may be the perfect solution for you!

How to Recognize Piercing Infection

Piercing InfectionInfection is one of the most common problems with all body piercings. In fact, it’s more than a problem: it can be very dangerous. Most infections occur with new piercings, during the initial piercing time, but they can happen any time. It’s important to remember that even old, well-established piercings can get infected.

Since infections are so dangerous an can not only ruin your piercing but also seriously endanger your health in the matter of days (or even hours), it’s vital to know how to recognize an infection when it happens. The good news is that most infections can be stopped if caught at the early stages.

Initial Healing

The first thing you need to know is that some sensitivity, swelling or even painshould be expected during the initial healing period. Even the best-performed procedure will leave your body sensitive. Some people have a fear of piercing pain during procedure, but the truth is that most of the pain occurs after the procedure and during the initial healing time.

During the initial healing time, you can expect your new piercing to be highly sensitive and swollen. There are many normal things you will experience in the first hours and even days after getting the piercing done, such as redness, swelling or pain. Your piercing will be hot to touch (not that you should touch it much!) and the area will probably feel “funny” – chances are that you won’t be able to use this body part fully (for example, your speech will be affected after getting a tongue piercing done).

All of these problems are normal and should be expected during the initial stages of healing. Your piercer should instruct you about all of the things you should expect during this period. Also, you need to know that this is a critical stage for your piercing when infection is the most likely to occur. Therefore, you need to be able to tell a difference between normal sensitivity and infection.

Early Signs of Infection

Early signs of infection often resemble normal sensitivity, but last longer and are more pronounced. Also, they should never occur with older piercings (outside of the initial healing period) so if you ever experience them with your older piercings, you can bet they are a sign of a problem.

Common early signs of infection include:

  • Redness. While it’s normal for a new piercing to be reddened a bit right after the procedure, it should pass very quickly. If redness stays or if expands to the surrounding area, it’s a sign of a trouble.
  • Swelling. Swelling is a normal reaction you might expect from a new piercings, especially from certain types of piercings (such as tongue piercings). However, swelling should never increase and it should go away in a given time. Always ask your piercer how long should the swelling last to know if you’re in trouble.
  • Pain. A new piercing will be somewhat painful, but the pain should never increase or worsen with time. If your new piercing is more and more painful it’s a sign of a problem.
  • Piercing is hot to touch. A new piercing will be warm to touch, but it should never be hot. Also, the hotness should never increase over time. If you notice this problem, it is a sign of an infection or another issue.

Other Signs of Infection

If you don’t react to the first signs, the infection will spread. The pain, redness, swelling and other problems will increase, and you will also notice some other symptoms:

  • Pus and other discharge. A heavily infected piercing will typically have a discharge, usually pus. Pus may be white, yellow or even green, and it’s a definitive sign of infection. It’s also important to know that foul-smelling pus is a sign of a more serious infection and you should seek medical help immediately.
  • Numbness of the surrounding tissue. While the piercing itself will be red and painful you may experience numbness or other problems with the surrounding tissue around the affected body part.
  • Fever and chills. An infection that is underway will give you chills and fever. This is a very serious condition and you should seek medical help immediately.
  • Nausea. Another worrying sign of an infection that is underway is nausea. It may be a sign of an infection spreading. This is a very alarming sign and you should seek medical help immediately.

Two Piercings Connected by a Single Jewelry

i7un5cnwThere are certain piercing types that require more than one hole to be made. Or, to put it more precisely, those piercing types are created by joining two different piercing holes with a single jewelry piece.

While, in theory, one can connect any random pair of piercings with a single jewelry piece if it’s physically possible to achieve, there are certain piercing types specially made of different holes connected by the single jewelry piece.

Two Piercings, One Jewelry Piece

The most popular among those is Industrial piercing. However, there are many other examples of piercings connected with a single jewelry piece. Industrial piercing consists of two holes done on the ear cartilage. The holes (piercings) can have different placements, but they are always located on the opposing sides of the ear. The placement should be carefully done so the holes can be connected with a single jewelry piece, typically a long straight barbell. This sort of placement can be done on other body parts as well, so any time you connect two piercings with a barbell you will get some form of an Industrial piercing (though this name is typically reserved for the ear piercing).

Orbital piercings are two piercings connected by a single ring. These piercings are often done on the ear but can work anywhere on the body (including genital piercings). As long as you connect two holes with a single ring you will have an orbital piercing.

There are also some popular piercings done in pairs but rarely, if ever, connected with a single jewelry piece. A good examples are lip “bites” piercings (such as Angel bites, Dolphin bites, Vampire bites, Snake bites and others). These are lip piercings done in pairs or fours, but they are typically not connected by a single jewelry piece.

Also, it’s important to note that some people like to connect close piercings with a single jewelry piece, even temporarily. It’s often done on ears, usually for ear cartilage piercings. These piercings connected by a single jewelry do not typically have a special name.

Initial Jewelry

It’s very important to choose the right initial jewelry for these piercings. Since they are done in pairs, there are two fresh piercings to take care of, which makes aftercare more complex. Jewelry can make this process easier or more complicated, depending on the circumstances.

The first thing that needs to be ensured is proper placement of both piercings. It’s important that they work as a pair if you wish to use a single jewelry piece through both of them. It means your piercer has to angle both piercings accordingly. This is why it’s always best to do both at the same time to ensure proper placement.

When it comes to initial jewelry, there are two choices: to use a single jewelry piece straight away, or to use two separate jewelry pieces during the healing time. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages. When two pieces are used, those are typically Captive Bead Rings, though some piercers choose to use other jewelry types.

The advantage of using two jewelry pieces is that it makes aftercare easier. You can clean your piercings separately and give each a proper attention. Also, piercings will use different jewelry so they will not pull each other or irritate each other during healing. Another advantage is that it’s easier to measure the proper length for final jewelry (orbital ring or Industrial barbell) once piercings are healed. However, a downside to this method is that sometimes, piercings will move slightly during the piercing time so they might not be perfectly aligned once they are healed.

Advantages and disadvantages of using a single jewelry piece are the opposite than what’s listed above. A good thing about using a single jewelry piece straight away is that jewelry will keep piercings connected and perfectly aligned. The downside is that it makes aftercare trickier and there is a possibility of irritating both piercings through the pressure from the jewelry.

At the end of the day, the choice will be made by your piercer. There are good reasoning for both of these methods, so it will all depend on your piercer’s opinion and your individual case. This is yet another reason why it’s always important to choose a knowledgeable, experienced piercer and a reliable piercing studio.

Are Piercings a New “Fad”?

Piercing FadSome people think that piercings and other types of body modifications are just a “fad” and a modern trend that will likely disappear very soon. While people are free to hold their own opinions it’s important to know that nothing can be further from the truth. Piercings and other types of body modification actually have a long history and cannot be classified as a “fad” or a latest trend. They are not even modern in origin.

Body Piercing Has a Long History

Body piercing has been around since ancient times, probably even before that, as early as prehistory. That is thousands of years of body piercings. While this type of body modification hasn’t been equally popular in all historical periods and all geographical places, it is safe to say that it is a very old practice and definitely not something invented a few decades ago. If you add other old body modifications (such as tattoos) into the mix, it becomes clear that this type of modifying one’s body is actually a very old practice that has been with humans for ages.

The reason piercings and other modifications may appear new is that they are getting more socially acceptable in modern society today. Also, let’s not forget that the eras before ours, such as early 20th century or 19th century, were not really pro-body modifications in the modern society. This is why it may seem to some people that piercings and other modifications are a new thing.

Why It’s Seen as a Fad?

There may be several reasons why piercings are seen as a “fad”, but it probably depends on the judgmental person making this assertion. As many people with body modifications know, not everyone approves of their choice. There are those who strongly oppose any form of body modification and speak badly about it. While these people are free to hold their own opinions it is also true that nobody forces you to have a body modification if you don’t want to. It means that people who don’t like piercings, tattoos and other modifications don’t need to have them. At the same time, people who like body modifications should be able to enjoy them to the fullest without being judged.

So, prejudices and judgmental attitude sure are some of the reasons why some people see piercings as a fad. For the others, it’s simply because of the lack of education on the subject. Since piercings and tattoos are getting more popular these days, they may seem like a new thing. Also, since piercings and tattoos are more socially acceptable today than they were a couple of decades ago, it may seem that everybody has them or that it’s some kind of a new fashion statement.

As stated above, nothing could be further from the truth: piercings and other body modifications are actually very ancient in origin. Sure, the piercing industry is expanding and there are new forms of piercings and other modifications being invented, so some of these things are relatively new. The practice of modifying one’s body and piercings themselves, however, are very old in origin.

7 Reasons to Try Ball Stretching Now

85tMany people are intrigued by ball stretching and might want to try it to see how it feels. There are also those who are hardcore stretching enthusiasts and focus on achieving those amazing low-hangers using the best ball stretching devices. On the other hand, there are many people who are confused by this practice.

Why do ball stretching at all? What’s the appeal?

Why Stretching?

In case you are intrigued by ball stretching but unsure about the appeal and benefits, here are some major reasons why so many men choose to stretch their balls. While this practice is not for everyone, it’s important to know it’s more popular than it may seem. It is simply not a mainstream practice so this is why many people still don’t know enough about it.

However, that doesn’t mean that ball stretching is not popular. If you are intrigued by ball stretching and would love to experiment, good news: there are actually numerous great and enjoyable reasons why you might want to try ball stretching.

Here are the most popular reasons for men to stretch their balls:

1: It’s Arousing

Ball stretching brings an enormous sexual potential. It’s just arousing on itself. The feeling of stretching your balls is just one of a kind. While it’s not something all men like there are so many men who do appreciate these new sensations. There is no reason not to try it if you wish to experience something new and pleasurable!

Here’s a secret revealed: ball stretching brings pleasure. Stretching itself can be very arousing, so this is why men take a great care to choose the best stretching device. Results and sensation vary greatly from stretcher to stretcher, so it’s possible to achieve just the type of arousal you’re looking for.

The pressure on your balls and the tight sensation when you wear a stretcher are truly one of a kind. Nothing can describe this feeling, so you should try it for yourself to see what the fuss is all about!

Since stretchers tighten around your scrotum they actually bring those unique sensations you experience during high arousal and orgasm. It’s like having those tingling feelings prolonged and lasting for hours. While wearing a stretcher will not make you cum on itself, it will bring many pleasurable moments. Not to mention any masturbation and sexual intercourse become much more intense.

2: Low Hanging Balls Offer More

Probably the best thing about ball stretching is that it brings pleasure in two ways. One, described above, happens any time you wear a ball stretcher, be it a leather one or a metal one. But that’s not all. Ball stretching keeps on giving even when a stretcher is removed.

Since ball stretching produce low hanging balls, it improves sex in so many ways. Low hangers just feel more pleasurable and will enhance sexual pleasure for a man. They are also great for a man’s partner because there’s just more for them to feel during sex. The pleasure of having those low hangers against the skin is incredible. Ball stretching truly keeps on giving.

3: Prolonged Orgasms

260tOne of the best effects of ball stretching is prolonged orgasm for a man. It’s basic biology: the orgasm lasts as the semen travels through the balls and penis. To do that, your scrotum must contract first. When you have stretched balls, the mechanism is prolonged because there is just more space for semen to travel. Not only that, but a longer scrotum can’t contract easily, which puts a tingling pressure on your whole genitalia. The pressure and tug last for much longer than usual, which leads to very long-lasting and prolonged orgasms.

4: Better Stamina

Ball stretching and low hanging balls can help you stay hard for longer. This is one of the best ways to improve your stamina, without using any products, pills or other devices. While it’s not originally designed for making you stay hard for longer, this is definitely one of the most pronounced effects of ball stretching.

One of the reasons for improved stamina is that ball stretching devices put a pressure on your scrotum, which trains your genitalia to respond to pressure and tightness in new ways. This will help you stay hard for longer and prolong orgasm, leading to more intense and long-lasting lovemaking. It is definitely something both you and your partner will appreciate!

Congratulations, you’ve pulled! Slip on your stretcher before you get started with your play and feel the scrotum attempt to contract as you reach your peak. Unable to move, the resistance makes for a much longer lasting and incredibly powerful orgasm. The overall process of stretching will give you a new found stamina too. Come on, you know you want to!

5: The Looks

Many men and women find the looks of low hanging balls aesthetically pleasing. Ball stretching makes balls more pronounced, longer and bigger in many ways, which is both sexually stimulating and looks great. This is truly something special so it’s not surprising so many people love the look of stretched balls.

These unique looks are so striking that there are men who like to stretch balls just for achieving those low hangers. They simply love how stretched balls look! A good thing, of course, is that ball stretching comes with numerous other pleasurable benefits, but even the looks alone can be the reason to stretch.

Also, some people love the look of scrotum in ball stretching weights and other types of stretchers. Metal ball stretchers are particularly powerful and look amazing. Some men love to pile several metal ball stretchers to achieve the best low-hangers in existence. And yes, balls in stretchers look amazing!

6: The Feel

60tIt’s not just about the sex and arousal itself: low hanging balls bring a unique feeling even outside sexual pleasure. There are many men who simply like the feel of wearing ball stretching devices.

Having your balls so tight in a metal ball stretcher or another device can be very satisfying on its own.

Also, ball stretching makes your skin more sensitive and responsive to touch, which brings additional benefits. It is truly one of a kind experience!

7: It Makes for a Great Fetish

While not all men who choose to stretch their balls have a fetish, some do. In fact, there are many people who appreciate low hanging balls as a fetish, be it because of the looks, feels or the effort needed to achieve those low hangers.

Also, ball stretching devices are great for fetish and kink activities. They are often used in the BDSM community to play various kinky games, from gentle bondage teasing to male chastity and full on ball and cock torture activities. Ball stretching is a great way to make your BDSM games more exciting, so if this is what you’re into, low hangers and stretching devices are truly a great way to go.

… And More

These are just some of the most popular reasons why men decide to try ball stretching. There are many more reasons: for example, some men do it to enhance the size of their genitalia, while others do it because they like the idea of having something like this hidden under their clothes while they are out in public. There are also those who are dedicated to the stretching process and like to test their own limits.

Remember: whatever your personal motives may be, you can benefit from ball stretching. If you’re intrigued by this practice there is no reason to wait: you can start stretching today!

What’s your favorite reason to try ball stretching?

Urethral Play FAQ

415tHere are some commonly asked questions about urethral stimulation and urethral devices.

If you wish to try any type of urethral sounding or other urethral stimulation make sure you are familiar with basics.

You need to stay safe during these activities!

Is urethral sounding truly pleasurable? It seems like an uncomfortable medical procedure.

Yes, urethral sounding is pleasurable. Urethral stimulation of any kind can be very stimulating, so it’s not surprising many people truly like this type of arousal. A feeling of urethral stimulation is truly one of a kind.

And yet, when you are at the doctor’s, it might not seem pleasurable at all. Why is so?

First of all, it has to be said that urethral procedures done for medical reasons are not uncomfortable for all people. They can be pleasurable even if this situation. In fact, this is how many people discover they are attracted to this type of stimulation in the first place. Many doctors report their patients getting aroused during urethral sounding and other urethral procedures. This is normal.

On the other hand, do not be surprised if you find urethral sounding uncomfortable when done for medical purposes. It is simply not the same as doing it in the privacy of your own home. Urethral sounding done by your doctor is a medical procedure, and it’s not done to produce sexual arousal – it is done out of medical reasons. It is understandable if it’s not pleasurable as such. Also, doctor’s offices are not the most arousing places to be, and many people are nervous during these procedures. All these factors combined often make for a less than arousing experience. That doesn’t mean that urethral stimulation is not extremely arousing when done in the privacy of your own home.

But what if I am aroused by the medical aspects of it?

This is also a possibility. You might be into medical fetish and medical toys in general. It is hardly an unheard of activity: there are many people who enjoy roleplaying of this kind. Urethral sounds and other urethral toys are great for those who like this fetish. Many bondage and other kink activities incorporate some aspect of a medical play, so if it works for you and your partner, go for it!

Why are many urethral sounds curved while penis plugs tend to be straight?

445tPenis plug and urethral sound designs tend to vary greatly, so you will be able to find many devices of different shapes and sizes. That being said, it is true that urethral sounds are often curved on the end while penis plugs tend to be straight. Why is so?

The main reason is because of the slightly different ways in which sounds and plugs are used. While plugs are simply inserted into urethra, most sounds are made to reach truly deep. To achieve so, they need to follow the natural shape of the urethral canal, all the way to the end. Not to mention that some urethral sounds are made to go all the way to the bladder.

While bladder stimulation should be done only if you are familiar with the anatomy and how it works, keep in mind that many urethral sounds are made after true medical devices used for numerous procedures. As such, they copy the design of those medical devices.

Do I need to be pierced to enjoy urethral stimulation?

No. Urethral devices such as urethral sounds and penis plugs do not require you to have a pierced penis. While piercings can be used to enhance the pleasure you absolutely do not have to have any genital piercing to try urethral devices.

Urethral toys such as penis plugs and urethral sounds use your natural hole: urethral canal. They are carefully inserted into urethra and provide stimulation to your penis from the inside. You do not need to be pierced to enjoy this.

Some urethral devices come with glans rings made to keep the device in place and to provide additional stimulation during use, but you do not need to be pierced to enjoy this type of devices.

On the other hand, having a PA piercing or another type of a penis piercing can help you enhance urethral pleasure even more. Some urethral devices are designed in such a way to use holes created by the piercings or to get attached to your piercings. If you have a pierced penis you will sure find a way to enhance urethral stimulation even more. That being said, you do not have to be pierced to try urethral stimulation.

Is urethral stimulation safe?

Urethral stimulation is safe if done with caution. This is why it’s important to be informed and to learn a lot about different urethral devices and how to use them. A basic knowledge of anatomy is also needed. This is a highly pleasurable activity but not one to try without being informed about safe practices. If you are a newbie to urethral stimulation make sure to learn a lot about these practices and how to stay safe.

Also, it’s vital to always use specialized toys made for urethral stimulation. Never shove a random object down your urethra! This is very dangerous. Stick to smaller urethral toys first and build your way from there. Also, don’t forget to use plenty of lube. Always use your common sense. If it becomes uncomfortable or painful at any point it’s a sign that you should stop and try later with a smaller toy.

Whatever you do, make sure to inform yourself about anatomy and safe practices so you can enjoy urethral stimulation without problems and injuries.

Can I be erect?

427tUrethral stimulation is used for sexual arousal, so erection and orgasms are often the goal. Inserting a device might be another thing, though. For some urethral devices, it’s important to start when you’re flaccid. It is more comfortable and safer that way. Not to mention that some devices can be inserted or taken out only when you are flaccid. Other urethral devices can be inserted or taken out even when you have an erection. This is one of the reasons why you need to be informed and know how to use your chosen urethral device.

If you want to use a device that has to be inserted while you’re flaccid, keep in mind that the same rule applies for taking the device out. Do not force a sound or a plug out! If it seems “stuck” while you’re erect, don’t panic. It will be easy to take it out once your erection is gone.

That being said, it is generally safe to achieve erection when having a urethral device inserted – this goes for almost any type of a urethral device. After all, they are made for sexual pleasure. However, if in doubt, do check with the manufacturer.

The same goes for orgasming: it is safe to do so while wearing a urethral device, though what happens with semen will depend on the device itself. Some devices, typically penis plugs, have a hollow body so all fluids can flow free. It means you can cum while wearing these devices without a problem. Since the same goes for all fluids, you can safely urinate with the device on. It means you can wear your urethral device for a prolonged periods of time.

Other devices have a solid body and cannot let the fluids go. It makes for a very unique experience. There are even specialized urethral devices, known as sperm stoppers that are made to achieve this feeling.

How long can I keep a urethral device in?

This will depend on a urethral device in question. Some of urethral toys are specially designed for long-term wear, so they are meant to be inserted and kept inside for a long time. Those are typically special penis plugs you can wear for hours (and even more), even while performing everyday activities. Such plugs are typically hollow so they allow for urination (see above).

On the other hand, there are urethral devices made for short term-wear only. Urethral sounds are typically those you cannot keep in for a long time. It all depends on the design and intended use, so when in doubt, check twice to make sure your urethral toy is indeed suitable for a long term wear.

Attract Attention with Piercings

Attract Attention with PiercingsPiercings are a great way to express your individuality and show a particular aspect of yourself. There are as many reasons and motivations to get pierced as there are people, so it’s impossible to find one, unifying reason.

That being said, piercings tend to attract attention. Some piercings more than the others, and some jewelry types more than the others, but it’s important to know that it’s something that does attract attention.

Piercings and Attention

Piercings do attract all sorts of reactions, from very negative to extremely positive. Regardless of the type of reaction, piercings tend to attract attention in almost all areas of life. Again, some of this attention will be positive and some of it will be negative. Many times, it will be neutral. Piercings are getting more and more common these days, so it takes away people’s curiosity a bit. Also, many types of piercings are getting more socially acceptable today, so it’s another factor to consider.

All these things combined make piercings less of a novelty and unusual thing to have. That being said, piercings and body jewelry still attract a lot of attention. The same can be said for tattoos and other types of body modification. That’s why it’s not surprising to have people notice your piercings or even comment on them.

While there are judgmental people who see these body modifications as bad, there are many people who view piercings in a positive light. That’s why it’s vital to knowhow to attract the right kind of attention with your piercings and get a desired reaction out of them.

What you want from your piercings is deeply personal so there is no one answers to this question. However, you need to keep in mind that piercings do attract attention and you need to understand how different piercing types and different jewelry can produce reactions.

Send a Message

How to send the right kind of a message with your piercings? First of all, you need to decide whether you wish to send a message or not. It is perfectly possible that you wish to wear your piercings and jewelry just for yourself. For example, you may choose to get pierced in a place not seen by people, or seen only by people you are intimate with. You may choose to make your piercings as plain as possible. Or you may choose to wear whatever jewelry type you like without worrying whether it fits your current clothing and style. All of these choices are valid. There is no one way to wear your body jewelry or to express yourself through body modifications.

If you want to send a particular message, however, you need to be conscious of your piercing types and jewelry you choose to wear. There are many different piercings and body parts to be pierced, and not all of them are equally noticeable or common. Unusual and rare piercings tend to attract more attention. More common ones are less likely to provoke a reaction.
The same can be said about jewelry. Simple, plain-looking jewelry is less noticeable than heavy, richly ornamented jewelry. Since you can change jewelry once your piercing is healed you can experiment. You can easily choose jewelry that will match your clothing or your general style. Or you may go to the opposite direction and choose mismatch jewelry to attract more attention.

As you can see, there are many choices and the only limit is your imagination! With so many beautiful, high-quality jewelry pieces on the market today it’s sure possible to choose the best one for your needs. Whatever you wish to evoke in terms of attention and reactions you will be able to achieve using varied jewelry pieces and styles. Try many different things until you find what you like and are comfortable with.

Lorum Piercing

lorumLorum piercing is a male genital piercing very similar to a frenum piercing. The main difference is the placement. Lorum basically means “low frenum”. The name says it all: this is a piercing located very low on the shaft, at the juncture of the shaft and scrotum.

This can be a very effective piercing, so it’s not surprising there are many men interested in this particular piercing type. While it’s not among the most popular and common genital piercings it sure has its fans. Many men decide on this placement so it’s popular enough, which means there are piercers who are very experienced at creating this particular piercing.

Piercing and Procedure

“Lorum” is a portmanteau of “low” and “frenum”. This is basically a frenum piercing with a special placement. It is located very low on the shaft, at the point where shaft meets the scrotum. This specific placement makes lorum piercing. This piercing is sometimes referred to as “front centered hafada”.

Lorum was invented by Elayne Angel for the piercing done on Dan Kopka. He was the one who requested this placement by asking for a frenum piercing, only lower. This is how lorum piercing was first performed and the name stuck.

This is not a complex piercing so procedure is fairly simple. That being said, just like any other genital piercing, this one requires not only a good piercer but also an experienced piercer: it has to be someone who has experience performing this type of piercing.


A typical jewelry piece for lorum piercing is a ring. Many men choose Captive Bead Rings for their piercings but another type of a ring can be used.

Since lorum is usually pierced at 12 gauge or 10 gauge, this is the size of the ring you’ll need. You will also have to worry about diameter. ¾” or 7/8” seem to work great.

Also, keep in mind that tissue on this spot is very stretchy so the piercing can migrate and reject easily if too small ring is used. It’s always best to use bigger rings to prevent these problems.

Additional Info and Tips

  • The healing time for lorum piercing is around 2-3 months, though it can take more.
  • Since this placement is unique, it might cause discomfort in some men. When in doubt, consult your piercer prior to the procedure.
  • For more security during sex, it’s best to place the piercing a bit more towards the shaft so it can fit inside the condom. This is very important, not just because of safe sex but also for safe healing. Remember: you should not have sex right after having the piercing done.

Choosing the Best Lube

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In order to enjoy sex to the fullest, it’s important to use adequate lubricants. Any sexual activity, be it intercourse, masturbation or use of adult toys, benefits a lot from using a good lubricant. Do not assume that just because you’re aroused you will be wet enough to make for a comfortable sexual experience. Personal lubricants are your friends.

That being said, it’s vital to choose a good lubricant that is appropriate for your situation. High-quality lubricants come in many different types and offer many advantages, so it’s always possible to choose the best one for your needs.

Advantages of Lubricants

Personal lubricants offer numerous advantages for various sexual activities, so they are a much-needed accessory for any sexual play. Among other things, lubricants ensure:

  • A more comfortable experience.
  • Smooth, pain-free intercourse.
  • Safer intercourse (less tears and other problems).
  • Safe use of sex toys.
  • More experimentation – they allow you to try new, adventurous things.

The best thing about personal lubricants is that they can be used for about any sexual activity you wish to try, be it with a partner or alone. They make vaginal sex more comfortable. The same goes for anal intercourse: lube is a must-have for anyone who wishes to engage in anal sex. Lube is what makes toy use more comfortable. This is true for any type of adult toy you wish to try. It’s particularly important for those who like to experiment with large sex toys or to try more adventurous forms of toy play, such as urethral stretching and sounding. Also, people who like ball stretching and use ball weights to achieve low-handing balls need to use plenty of lube to ensure safe, pain-free experience.

How to Choose?

Since there are so many different personal lubricants to choose from, you may wonder which one is the best. Your choice should depend on your personal needs and the activities you wish to engage in.

As you probably know, there are several basic types of lubricants:

  • Water-based lubes are easy to apply and clean. They may need to be reapplied during use, but they generally make a good choice, especially for those who use them with condoms. Water-based lubricants are safe to be used with latex condoms. One downside to them is that they can be easily washed up in water so they are not good if you wish to engage in some shower fun.
  • Oil-based lubes are thicker and more difficult to clean up. They are NOT safe for condom use, so they should be avoided if you wish to use condoms. These lubes are good for those who like a thicker, oily feel. The trouble with oil-based lubes is that they cannot be used for many types of sex toys and they are not recommended to be used internally.
  • Silicone-based lubes are somewhat in between the first two groups. They are slick and less sticky than oily lubes but thicker than water-based ones. They can safely be used with condoms. They are particularly great if you wish to use them in water (shower, hot tub) because they will not be washed out by the water. One downside is that they cannot be used with silicone toys.

Besides these basic types, there are many specialized lubes made for specific sex acts or for a specific effect. For example, arousal lubes have a warming, cooling and tingling effect, which enhances the experience. Flavored lubes are made for oral sex. There are even desensitizing lubes that can make a man last longer so they are great for those who wish to have an extra-long experience. Also, some lubes are made to mimic the body’s natural lubrication, so they feel very natural during use.

Some lubes are specially formulated for a specific act. For example, those who enjoy electro sex can use a special lube made to enhance the experience of this sexual play. There also lubes specially made for medical play.

As you can see, there are many quality choices out there, and you should pick based on your needs and preferences. Also, don’t forget to consult your partner to see what they like.