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There are many different types of male genital piercings. Any piercing done on male genitalia (or, often, around it), counts as a male genital piercing. Most of these piercings are done one the penis, but there are also genital piercings on the scrotum, perineum and other parts of the genitalia.
Male genital piercings are done for two reasons: looks and pleasure. Many of these piercings look very striking, so they produce a very stylish sight. However, many of these piercings are also functional. It means that they can enhance sexual pleasure for the wearer of his sexual partners (often, to both).
In order to enjoy your genital piercing to the fullest it is important to find a knowledgeable piercer. Keep in mind that such piercings should be done only by specialized piercers who perform genital piercings. A general piercer will simply not do, regardless of their experience. You need someone who specializes in male genital piercings and who knows how to make a safe piercing that will also bring pleasure and satisfaction.
Prince Albert Piercing
Prince Albert (PA) piercing is the most common and most popular male genital piercing in the world. This piercing goes from the pee hole and to the underside of the penis glans. It may seem like an extreme piercing, but it is actually one of the least complex male genital piercings. Since urethra is a natural canal in the body, all that is pierced is a short piece of tissue on the underside of the penis. Both circumcised and uncircumcised men can enjoy a Prince Albert piercing, although not all uncircumcised men can get it. If you are uncircumcised, make sure to consult your piercer to see if your foreskin is large enough to accommodate a PA piercing.
A Prince Albert piercing is typically done at 10 gauge or 12 gauge. It should not be done at smaller gauges, to avoid a horrible “cheese cutter” effect. The good news is that a PA piercing can easily be stretched to a larger gauge, so there are many men who enjoy 8 gauge or much larger PA piercings.
Typical jewelry for a Prince Albert piercing includes curved barbells and rings. Make sure to always wear only super-smooth jewelry to avoid injuries to the penis and the surrounding area.
More details about Prince Albert piercing: What is the most comfortable Prince Albert jewelry? | Stretching your PA piercing | Sex with a Prince Albert
Reverse Prince Albert Piercing
Reverse Prince Albert (Reverse PA) piercing is a penis piercing that goes from the urethra (pee hole) to the top of the penis head. It goes in the reverse direction from a regular PA piercing. It is a more complex variant than a regular PA, but there are people who enjoy this piercing to the fullest. Just like regular PA, it can enhance pleasure during sex for both the wearer and his partner. With a Reverse PA, the jewelry goes from the top of the penis head and exits through the pee hole.
Reverse PA piercings are typically done at 10 gauge or, rarer, 12 gauge. Just like a PA piercing, a Reverse PA should not be done with a needle that is too thin, so sizes smaller than a 12 gauge are not recommended.
Typical jewelry for a Reverse PA piercing is a curved barbell, but many men opt for piercing rings as their preferred jewelry.
Another thing to note: Reverse PA piercing and a regular PA piercing together make a specific piercing type: Apadravya (a vertical penis head piercing.) Many people actually decide to get a Reverse PA by extending their regular PA piercing. By doing this, one gets a full Apadravya piercing. If you have both a regular PA and a Reverse PA you have an Apadravya. In this case, you can choose whether you want to wear separate jewelry pieces in your PA and Reverse PA, or if you want to wear a single jewelry piece in both, as an Apadravya.
More details about Reverse Prince Albert piercing: Reverse PA versus standard PA | Why is Reverse PA piercing less popular than regular PA?
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Apadravya is a vertical penis head piercing. In essence, it is a combination of two other piercings: a regular PA piercing and a Reverse PA piercing. An Apadravya goes vertically through the penis head from top to bottom. This is a very sexually pleasurable piercing, particularly for the wearer’s female partners, since it can stimulate a woman’s G spot.
This is a more complex piercing than both variants of Prince Albert piercings. It goes through more tissue and the healing is longer. You can expect your Apadravya to heal in 6 months or more.
You can get an Apadravya in one of two ways. It can either be done fully from the start, that is, on a man that doesn’t already have a PA piercing or a Reverse PA piercing. Or it can be done a s a continuation of a regular PA piercing. More rarely, it is done as a continuation of a Reverse PA, since it is a rarer variation than a regular Prince Albert piercing.
Most commonly an Apadravya piercing is done at a 10 gauge, although 12 gauge is also possible. If it’s done as a continuation of a PA piercing, it is typically done at a gauge of the existing PA piercing.
Typical jewelry for an Apadravya piercing is a long straight barbell.
Ampallang is a horizontal piercing through the penis head, just like Apadravya is a horizontal one. It is one of the most popular penis piercings in the world. Many men and their partners claim that it can enhance sexual pleasure. People who have both an Ampallang and an Apadravya piercing have a so-called “magic cross” piercing, which goes both horizontally and vertically through the penis head.
Just like Apadravya, an Ampallang piercing goes through a lot of tissue. It means that it is a bit more complex piercing to perform than PA piercings. This also means that this piercing takes longer to heal: 6 months or more.
It is important to remember that there are two main types (placements) for an Ampallang piercing. The first one goes above the urethra and is known as an “American Ampallang”. Another type goes through the urethra and is known as an “European Ampallang”. Since urethra is located closer to the bottom of the penis, this placement foes lower. On the other hand, it typically heals more quickly because urine helps with healing.
Ampallang piercings are typically done at 10 gauge or, rarer, 12 gauge. Just like other penis piercings discussed above, going smaller than 12 gauge is not recommended.
Typical jewelry for an Ampallang piercing is a straight barbell.
Dydoe piercing is a piercing that goes from the edge of the penis head through the corona. There are several common placements for this piercing: central, and to the side (left or right). There are many men who prefer a pair of Dydoe piercings, one on each side.
Dydoe piercings can be very effective and powerful, but not all men are anatomically built for them. It is necessary to have a well-defined corona in order to be able to support this piercing. It’s crucial to consult a knowledgeable piercer before you decide to get this piercing. Such a piercer can examine you and tell you whether you can accommodate a Dydoe piercing or not.
One has to say that Dydoe piercings are somewhat prone to migration, even with people who are anatomically suited for them. Keep this in mind before you decide to get a Dydoe piercing.
A Dydoe piercing is typically done at a bit smaller gauge than what is suitable for PA piercings, Ampallang and Apadravya. The size often depends on the shape of the corona. Many times, 14 gauge is the most suitable one, although there are men with 12 gauge Dydoe piercings.
Typical jewelry for a Dydoe piercing is a curved barbell.
More details about Dydoe piercing: Dydoe piercing guide
Frenum piercing is a piercing done on the underside of the penis, on the shaft. This is a very diverse piercing, because there are many possible placements. One can have a Frenum piercing done right on the underside of the penis head, and it is also possible to have a Frenum piercing further down the shaft. These piercings are relatively easy to perform so they are very popular. They do not go through deep tissue: they are done on the skin alone, so they are not too complex.
Typically, a Frenum piercing is done centrally, but other placements are possible. Many men decide to get a series of Frenum piercings one under the other. This series of piercings form a so-called “Frenum ladder”.
Typically, Frenum piercings are done at 10 gauge or 12 gauge. Going smaller than that is not recommended.
The most common jewelry for a Frenum piercing is a straight barbell or a small ring.
Lorum piercing is a variation of a Frenum piercing done very low on the shaft, at the point where the penis shaft meets the scrotum. It is literally a “low Frenum”. As such, it is very similar to typical Frenum piercings, except in placement.
The skin on the spot between the shaft and the scrotum is very stretchable, which makes Lorum piercings relatively easy to perform. However, it is extremely important to have an experienced piercer perform this piercing. Since skin is so stretchable, it can lead to incorrect placement and discomfort if a Lorum piercing is not positioned correctly.
Many people decide to extend their Frenum piercing even lower and to include a Lorum piercing into an elaborate ladder.
The tissue is extremely stretchy and varies considerably depending on the weather and arousal, among other factors. If placed too close to the surface with too small a ring it has a tendency to migrate out. I see this error frequently made by piercers with insufficient training and/or experience.
Typical jewelry for a Lorum piercing is a curved barbell, straight barbell or a ring.
More details about Lorum piercing: Lorum piercing guide
Foreskin piercing is a piercing through the foreskin of the penis. Many different placements are possible, but the most common one is on the top, neat the tip of the penis. A foreskin piercing is typically done centrally so it resembles a Frenum piercing, only higher on the penis. However, other placements are possible. This is a piercing reserved for uncircumcised men, but some circumcised men can enjoy it (depending on how much foreskin is left) or after they perform foreskin restoration.
It is also not uncommon for men to get a pair or even more foreskin piercings around their penis. However, this will depend on your anatomy and how much your foreskin can stretch to accommodate jewelry.
A “cheese cutter” effect is a risk with this piercing, so it is important to get pierced at large enough gauge. The most common sizes for a foreskin piercing are 10 gauge and 12 gauge.
Typical jewelry for a foreskin piercing is a circular barbell or a ring. Other possibilities include curved barbells and straight barbells, but this is not so common.
Hafada is a male genital piercing on the scrotum. This is a very versatile piercing, because you can position it almost anywhere on the scrotum. This sort of a piercing is not particularly extreme: it doesn’t go through deep tissue of the scrotum and does not go through testicles. All that is pierced is the skin. As such, it is a relatively easy piercing to perform. A much more extreme piercings that go through the tissue of the scrotum are known as Transscrotal procedures.
Typically, a Hafada piercing is done centrally, but this is not the only option. Many men choose to have a series of Hafada piercings done centrally down the scrotum. This is known as a scrotum ladder. It can be seen as a continuation of a Frenum ladder for those who also have Frenum and Lorum piercings.
Hafada piercings are typically done at 10 gauge or 12 gauge. Smaller sizes are not recommended for this piercing.
Typical jewelry for a Hafada piercing is a circular barbell or a ring.
Guiche piercing is done on the perineum, between the scrotum and the anus. Since perineum is a very sensitive area, this piercing can bring a lot of pleasure to the wearer. It can make the area more sensitive and many men enjoy it to the fullest. This is a vertical piercing that goes through the skin and not any deep tissue. As such, it is not particularly complex, but just like with any other genital piercing, it is important to get pierced by a knowledgeable individual.
Typically, a Guiche piercing is positioned centrally, but other options are possible. Most men have a limited spot on their perineum so they can only accommodate one Guiche piercing. However, some men have a longer perineum so they can accommodate multiple Guiche piercings.
The most common sizes for a Guiche piercing are 12 gauge and 10 gauge.
Typical jewelry for a Guiche piercing is a circular barbell or a ring.
Pubic piercing is a male genital piercing done at the spot where the body meets the penis shaft, right at the top of the penis. While it may seem purely for aesthetics, this spot can bring sexual pleasure for the wearer’s partner during sex.
These piercings are typically done at 10 gauge, but other sizes are possible.
Typical jewelry for a pubic piercing is a curved barbell or a ring.
More details about Pubic piercing: Male Pubic Piercing guide
Transscrotal procedures are specific body modifications that go through the tissue of the scrotum. Instead of a surface piercing such as Hafada, such a piercing goes through the actual tissue. This is a much more extreme body modification. It is typically done with a scalpel, and the gauge of the jewelry is much larger than with a typical piercing.
When done correctly, Transscrotal procedures can accommodate large gauge jewelry pieces, such as ear plugs and flesh tunnels. There are many who love these extreme piercing, but keep in mind that these are very intense and not many piercers know how to do them properly.
More details about Transscrotal procedures: Transscrotal Procedures guide
An anal piercing is located at the edge of the anal sphincter. This is different than a Guiche piercing, which is done on the perineum. For a piercing to count as an anal piercing, it has to go through the anal tissue and the sphincter.
People who love this piercing claim that it can bring sexual pleasure. However, it is important to note that this piercing is prone to problems, because it may be difficult to clean.
Steve “Holes” Armstong is a staff writer and researcher for TheChainGang. He is a long-term piercing enthusiast who is never tired of discovering new body modifications. In addition to this, he also likes to spend his time experimenting with new ways to find pleasure, which makes him a perfect person to discuss unusual adult toys. He says: “I love piercings and I can’t get enough of them. There is something special about body modifications and altering your looks… Even if it’s just below the belt! I am happy to share my knowledge of extreme piercings and lesser-known sex toys, made for both men and women”. In addition to writing, Steve is also a researcher, always on a lookout for new and exciting things.