The Reverse Prince Albert piercing (also known as Reverse PA) is among the most popular male genital piercings in the world. Even so, it is less popular than the regular PA piercing, and some people wonder why it’s so.
The first thing you need to understand is that a Reverse PA is a good piercing, so if this is what you like and want to have, there is no reason why you shouldn’t.
Of course, it will depend on your anatomy and some other things, but most men are able to accommodate Reverse PA so it should not be a problem.
Reverse PA Piercing
The Reverse PA piercing is exactly what it sounds, at least visually. Just like regular PA piercing starts in the urethra (pee hole) and exits on the underside of the penis, Reverse PA takes the opposite direction: it starts in the urethra (pee hole) but it exits on the top of the penis head.
Reverse PA piercing uses varied jewelry. Many jewelry types can be used, as long as they are smooth and comfortable to accommodate a genital piercing without injuries and other problems. Many people choose to wear Captive Bead Rings or circular barbells in their Reverse PA piercing, but other jewelry options are possible.
In many ways, Reverse PA looks even more effective than regular PA, since there is a jewelry bead in the middle of the penis head. This piercing is also similar to another popular penis piercing, Apadravya. In fact, Apadravya can be seen as a combination of a PA and Reverse PA, since it goes vertically through the penis head, from the bottom to the top. Since Apadravya is a somewhat complex piercing, many men choose to do it in two phases: first they get a PA piercing and then connect it with Reverse PA to form Apadravya.
This fact alone tells a lot about Reverse PA as a piercing and the reason why it’s not so popular as regular PA. If you need to get a Reverse PA, it is important to understand that it is a more complex and more painful piercing than the regular PA. It doesn’t mean you should not get it – but it is important to understand that these two are very different piercings even though they look similar in many ways.
Why are PA and Reverse PA so Different?
One of the main reasons why PA piercing is more popular than Reverse PA is because it’s less complex and less painful. While both piercings can be very successful and while most men can accommodate both, the reason that one is much easier to perform does play a role.
The thing is, while a regular PA piercing can look extreme, it is anything but. In fact, it is one of the least painful and least complex genital piercings in the world. Many people who have it claim that it hurt less than some other piercings, even the ones done on ears or nose. The reason for this is PA’s placement. It uses natural hole (urethra) as one of the holes for the piercing, so the only part that is actually pierced is a thin piece of skin under the penis head. The tissue here is thin and the needle doesn’t go far, so it is very easy to pierce. The pain is minimal and the procedure is done quickly. For these reasons, PA piercings are easy to perform and so many men choose to have it.
Reverse PA, on the other hand, is a very different piercing. While it is far from the most extreme and complex, it is different in many ways. This piercing may start the same as a regular PA, by using the natural hole (urethra) as one of the hole of the piercing. The other hole, however, is done on the top of the penis head. It means that a hole has to go all the way from the top of the penis head (glans) to the urethra. This is half of the whole thickness of the penis. There is more tissue to pierce, and the tissue here is very sensitive.
All of this makes Reverse PA a more complex and painful genital piercing. It also has a longer healing time and is a bit more complex to care for. That not to say that it is not an enjoyable piercing worth having – it’s just that is a very different piercing from regular PA, despite a similar name.
So, what to do? The choice is simple, actually. If you want to have a Reverse PA piercing and if you are anatomically suited for it, go for it. It is worth it: many men report excellent experiences with it. Do not give up on it just because it is a bit more complex or painful than regular PA. However, it is important to understand its differences to regular PA so you can make an informed decision before you choose to get this piercing.
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.