Male Pubic Piercing

pubicPubic piercing is a surface piercing performed on the pubic mound, right above the penis. It is a relatively rare piercing even though it’s not a complicated one, so there are men who choose to get it. This is one of the lesser known male genital piercings, so there are often some misconceptions about it.

Placement

The Pubic piercing is performed on the pubic mound, at the place where the body meets the penis shaft. While some people believe that “pubic mound” refers only to female anatomy, it is true that all people have it. In this sense, it is possible to talk about male pubic piercing or pubic piercing for men.

This piercing doesn’t have a specific colloquial name, but it is analogous to Christina piercing in women.

This is a very interesting spot for a piercing because it is very visual and can be done for aesthetics. It may also serve as a functional piercing by enhancing sexual experience, even though it’s not as effective as some other forms of genital piercings. In fact, pubic piercing can enhance the experience – but mostly for the receiving partner during intercourse.

Women are particularly at advantage here, since a man’s pubic piercing can rub on the clitoris and make the experience more arousing and pleasurable.

About the Piercing

Keep in mind that this is a surface piercing, and as such, it comes with all problems associated with surface piercings. At the same time, it is relatively easy to perform, so it doesn’t cause much pain and other problems.

One of the main problems is sure migration and rejection. While it’s possible to have a pubic piercing without any issues there is still a high risk of problems commonly associated with surface piercings. Also, as a surface piercing, male pubic piercing is not permanent. You should not expect it to last forever, but with a good care you can make it last long enough.

The placement itself can cause some problems during healing. This part of the body is typically covered with clothes. The clothes can rub on the skin, which makes healing more difficult and pose a specific risk for migration and rejection.

This sort of piercing is usually done with a needle that is slightly bigger than ordinary piercings: 12 or 10 gauge. It makes the piercing go through more tissue and thus reduces the risk of migration, rejection and other problems.

You can expect pubic piercing to be healed in about 3 to 4 months, but it can be longer or shorter and a lot will depend on how careful you are with it.

Jewelry

As said above, initial jewelry for pubic piercing is typically 12 or 10 gauge. It might stretch a little, but it’s not wise to put so much pressure on the area since it can cause tearing and other problems.

The same can be said for jewelry: it should not be too heavy or long, but it should be large enough not to cut through the tissue, which is why it’s not recommended to use small gauge jewelry for this piercing.

Typical jewelry for this piercing type is a surface bar or a circular barbell. Some people choose to wear different jewelry types, such as curved barbells or Captive Bead Rings.

Keep in mind that the jewelry will play a role during intercourse, so if you wish to use pubic piercing for stimulation it is important to pick a jewelry piece that will be both comfortable and arousing for the receiving partner. Jewelry with smooth but pronounced beads might be the best choice.

Spiral Barbells

14k Double Side Set Gem Spiral

14k Double Side Set Gem Spiral

Spirals are special types of barbells with a twisted shaft. They are very effective jewelry pieces and they make for very eye-catching addition to any piercing.

While spirals are not as widely used as other types of barbells they are very attractive so it’s not surprising many piercing enthusiasts adore them.

The Design

Spiral barbells are a type of barbell jewelry with a twist (literally!) They are also known as twisters, twisted barbells or helixes. This is not surprising since that’s what they actually are: barbells with a twisted or spiraled shaft.

Barbells are body jewelry pieces consisting of a shaft and two balls. Each barbell can also include additional decorations, such as gems, chains and other decorations, but the basic design is always a shaft and two balls.

Internally threaded barbells have a shaft threaded on the inside and a ball with a thread rod while externally threaded barbells have a shaft with a thread rod and the ball is threaded on the inside.

The main difference between barbell types is the shape of the shaft. The shaft determines if a barbell will be straight, curved or circular. These are the three most popular barbell types. However, there is another barbell type: spiral barbell. This barbell is unique because its shaft is spiral or twisted.

Depending on the design, spiral barbells can have one or more twists or one or more spirals. Simple spiral barbells will have only one, so they resemble a zigzag shape. More complex and elaborate spiraled barbells will have multiple coils and twists, which is great for unique visual appearance and a more effective look.

How to Use Spirals

Spirals can be used like any other body jewelry piece, and like any other barbell. However, it’s important to use it only for piercings that can accommodate twists and spirals. Therefore, they are not recommended for very sensitive piercings, though there are people who can wear them even in more elaborate piercings, such as some genital piercings.

One great thing about spiral barbells is that they always look special. Even the simplest spiral barbell will dress up your piercing nicely and

Spirals are a great way to add a new twist to your ordinary piercing. This is why they are great for ear piercings. Multiple cartilage piercings will look very effective with a spiral barbell inserted in several piercings at once. It’s also possible to wear spirals in belly piercings or nipple piercings.

Spiral barbells are made in various gauges. The smallest ones are ideal for eyebrow piercings and other piercings made in small gauge. Thicker, large gauge spirals are a bold choice reserved for larger gauge piercings and ideal for those who truly wish to attract a lot of attention to their piercing.

The only thing to remember is that spirals need to be comfortable, so avoid wearing them where they can irritate the piercing or cause additional pressure on the tissue. Also, spirals are not recommended as initial jewelry for any piercings. They are good for fully healed piercings only. As usual, use your common sense: if your spiral barbell causes any discomfort, remove it and insert a different jewelry piece.

Keep in mind that spiral barbells are ideal for special occasions because they really look attractive and effective. They are perfect when you wish to look your best or attend a special occasion.

Helix Piercing Guide

Helix PiercingHelix piercing is an ear piercing type done on the helix of the ear. It is a form of ear cartilage piercing, and as such, it brings all the benefits and risks of cartilage piercings. Namely, it looks very effective but it needs to be done by a reliable, knowledgeable piercer in order to prevent any potential problems.

Helix piercing may not be the most popular ear piercing type – earlobe piercing is sure the most famous ear piercing! – but it’s relatively common. The reason is because it’s very attractive and effective, so it’s not surprising that so many people choose this piercing type.

These piercings are often worn with other ear piercings, and it’s not rare to have more than one helix piercing done in pairs or multiple piercings done next to each other. Another great thing about helix piercings is that there are special jewelry types, helix shields, made specifically for this piercing type.

Placement and Procedure

Helix piercing is done on the helix of the ear. The helix is defined as the outer rim of the ear cartilage. Typically, helix piercing is done on the tip of the ear, but other placements are also possible.

Keep in mind, however, that some of these alternative placements actually make it into a different type of a piercing. For example, outer conch piercing may sometimes be mistaken with a helix piercing. This is why one should never focus too much on the names of piercings themselves. It’s always better to simply explain to your piercer where you wish to have your piercing done. You don’t need to trouble yourself with the exact terminology.

That being said, helix piercing is relatively easy to understand, since it is located on the outer rim (helix) of the ear. Any piercing done on this area counts as a helix piercing. Since the outer rim of the ear is cartilage, this is also cartilage piercing, which dictates the procedure and aftercare.

The procedure itself is not complex, but it requires a knowledgeable piercer. For this reason, make sure to choose a good piercing studio and an experienced piercer to perform the procedure. Helix piercing is usually done with a hollow piercing needle. The gauge is typically 16 gauge or 14 gauge, so this is considered a small-gauge piercing.

A good news is that helix piercings are typically not painful if your piercer knows what they’re doing. Another reason to get a knowledgeable individual! This part of the ear is not rich in nerve endings, so it should not be too painful on itself. However, many people report some pain during procedure, probably due to the pressure the piercer has to apply in order to pierce the cartilage. This is why your comfort with this type of piercing largely depends on your piercer’s technique. However, the pain should not be significant during the procedure.

On the other hand, cartilage piercings are known to be painful afterwards, so this is something to keep in mind. Expect some pain in the hours after the procedure. However, it should slowly go by the next day or at least to be less intense. If the pain persists in the same or greater intensity, it might be a sign that something is wrong. Since ear cartilage piercings can lead to complications pretty quickly it’s advisable to seek medical help if the pain and discomfort persist.

Helix piercings take a long time to heal, around 8 to 12 months. You should be able to notice improvement and more comfort before this time, but keep in mind that the piercing is fully healed only after this period. If you wish to change your initial jewelry, you need to wait at least 2-3 months before doing it.

After the procedure, you may expect some tenderness and localized swelling. You may also notice some clear or very pale discharge (lymphatic fluid). These things are normal. However, pain, tenderness and swelling should not persist. If that happens it may be a sign of infection.

Jewelry

Typical jewelry for helix piercings are Captive Bead Rings, but some people choose to use studs and labret jewelry types. Some people even prefer to wear short straight barbells in their helix piercings.

Many people choose to have two helix piercings connected by a single jewelry piece, creating an Industrial Piercing. Industrial Piercings use special, long straight barbells as jewelry. During the healing time, however, you may need to wear two separate jewelry pieces (such as two Captive Bead Rings) until the helix piercings are healed. Some piercers, however, choose to connect an Industrial Piercing with a single straight barbell right from the start.

A special type of helix jewelry is helix shield. This is a special, richly-ornamented jewelry piece made to sit on the surface of the ear. Helix shields are very beautiful and attractive, but they can be used only on fully-healed piercings.

Additional Info and Tips

  • A common variation to helix piercing is the inner helix piercing, which is located on the inside of the helix. It is positioned on the inside of the rim of the ear.
  • Antihelix piercing, on the other hand, is a special piercing type. This one is done on the antihelix of the ear. The antixelix is located under the helix and closer to the ear canal.
  • Industrial Piercing” is usually understood as two helix piercings connected by a single jewelry piece, but the term actually refers to any body part – whenever you have piercings connected by a single jewelry piece it is an Industrial Piercing. Helix Industrial is just the most popular form.
  • Never agree to be pierced with a gun! Piercing guns are sometimes used for cartilage piercings by amateurs, and they put you at a significant risk. Find a reliable studio and a knowledgeable piercer – a good piercer will never use a gun!
  • Since cartilage piercings are difficult (or nearly impossible to stretch) if you wish to have a larger gauge helix you will need to use dermal punches.
  • As a cartilage piercing, helix piercing comes with similar risks as other cartilage piercings. Namely, if not done properly, it can lead to infections and even ear collapse in more serious cases. If can happen very quickly (a few days or even hours after getting your piercing done) so it’s important to seek medical help immediately if you experience prolonged pain and other problems. To prevent this from happening make sure to choose a reliable piercer to perform your helix piercing.
  • Helix piercing aftercare is similar to other piercing aftercare instructions. Make sure to clean your piercing a few times per day using a saline solutions. Do not twist or turn the jewelry and make sure to touch your new piercing as little as possible (in fact, it should be left alone except when you clean it). During the healing time, it’s advisable to avoid harsh chemicals (perfumes, shampoos, body lotions, etc.) from getting into your piercing.
  • The lymphatic fluid may build up around the hole and jewelry and form a crusty substance. However, you should not twist or turn the jewelry to remove it! Don’t worry, your piercing is not “growing into” the flesh. Simply remove the crust during cleaning and leave your ear alone. Do not pick on the crust and never attempt to remove it with your fingernails. This crust is not harmful and can wait for your next cleaning (you should clean at least twice per day so it’s easy to remove the crust).
  • Helix piercing, as any cartilage piercing, is prone to migration and rejection. Many helix piercings are long-lasting but you need to take appropriate care of it and observe it regularly to prevent and notice any changes. If you catch it on time, you may be able to prevent infections and other problems and thus make your helix piercing long-lasting.

Inner vs Outer Conch

conch-piercingA Conch Piercing is one of the more unusual ear piercing types, even though it’s popular with some people. It is one of the cartilage piercings, which makes it a bit trickier to perform than earlobe piercings. Cartilage piercings also tend to be more painful. However, this is not a reason to give up if you really desire to have a Conch Piercing.

There is a certain confusion about Conch Piercings. Namely, there are two distinctive types of Conch Piercings: Inner and Outer Conch. People sometimes confuse the two and are unsure about their similarities and differences. If you wish to get one of those (or both!) you need to know which is which and what their main differences are.

Inner Conch Piercing

Inner Conch is by far the more popular variant. If no closer distinction is mentioned, chances are that “Conch” will refer to Inner Conch piercing. Inner Conch is done on the specific part of the cartilage in the center of the ear, adjacent to the ear canal. There is a small cup-shaped area that is pierced.

This specific placement is characteristic of Inner Conch. All Inner Conch piercings are done on this cup-shaped cartilage area, or else the piercing in question cannot even be considered “Inner Conch”.

If the area is large enough, it is possible to have a large gauge Inner Conch piercing. However, the only way to achieve this is with a dermal punch. Cartilage piercings are almost impossible to stretch properly, so if you want to have a larger Inner Conch piercing it’s best to go with a dermal punch.

Outer Conch Piercing

Outer Conch piercing is a more unusual placement. It is performed on the flat part of the ear cartilage, ideally between the helix and the antihelix of the ear. The placement itself is tricky, because it has to be done on this specific spot to “count” as an Outer Conch piercing, or else it would be a simple Helix or Antihelix piercing.

In fact, these spots on the cartilage are located near each other so there is often some confusion whether the piercing in question is Outer Conch or not. Ideally, an Outer Conch piercing should be done on the cartilage but away from the rim/edge, unless you are going for a Helix piercing.

However, those who do not care about the names and simply want a piercing on this particular spot have nothing to worry about – you can simply tell your chosen piercer the exact spot where you wish to be pierced. You don’t need to know the name of the piercing or stress about getting it right.

Another way to perform an Outer Conch piercing is through dermal punching. This way, it is relatively easy to have a large gauge piercing in the cartilage, which would otherwise be very difficult (or impossible) to achieve.

Inner vs Outer Conch: The Verdict

As you can see, Inner and Outer Conch Piercings are very similar (hence the name), so it’s easy to confuse one for the other. Both are cartilage piercings done on the inner side of the ear, though Inner Conch is more so (as the name implies).

The main difference is the placement: Inner Conch has a very specific placement on the cup-shaped area near the ear canal. Outer Conch doesn’t have a special placement so there is more freedom when performing this piercing type.

Another potential difference is jewelry. Typically, Outer Conch allows for more space and freedom when choosing jewelry (for example, Captive Bead Rings), while the Inner Conch typically uses simple studs. However, this is not set in stone and there is always room for some experimentation.

Female Urethral Toys

Female Urethral Toys 1kitty kat: I’m having a hard time finding FEMALE sounding and catheter play equipment. Please send me links.

Female urethral stimulation may not be as popular or well-known as male urethral stimulation, but it exists. It exists and it’s as pleasurable and exciting as male urethral stimulation! All ladies who feel intrigued by this type of sexual pleasure can enjoy it to the fullest.

Unfortunately, there is not enough information about female urethral stimulation. Most of the articles and product recommendations are focused on men. This may leave many women confused about the subject. Some women may think that female urethral stimulation is impossible to achieve, while others struggle to find appropriate toys to fulfill their desire.

Here, we will outline some of the basic toys women can use to try urethral stimulation to the fullest. We will also mention some important rules one has to follow in order to preserve safety and full satisfaction.

Overview of Female Urethral Toys

Some women will find that they can use male urethral toys or universal urethral toys without a problem. In fact, most urethral toys are not labeled by gender, which means that they are not specifically made for men or women. In so many ways, this makes sense – a urethral toy is a urethral toy and in theory, it can be used by both men and women.

That being said, since female urethra is much shorter and somewhat tighter than male urethra, most women will need smaller and thinner urethral toys than those used by men.

You may think that starting with smallest toys is the only way to go. However, it’s important to know that longer toys are not necessarily bad for female urethral stimulation, as long as you don’t try to shove them too deeply into urethra. Typically, men use penis plugs for cock stuffing and sounds for deeper urethral stimulation, but many women find sounds to be more comfortable than penis plugs. This is because penis plugs are specially designed for penis use, while sounds are general urethral toys.

Therefore, the ideal female urethral toys will be shorter and thinner sounds, as well as smaller trainer toys (used for urethral stretching and training). When choosing a urethral toy for a woman, make sure it’s thin enough to accommodate the woman’s body.

Some recommended models and types of urethral toys suitable for women:

Full-Size Urethral Sounds:

  • Hank Sounds

    . These urethral sounds are among the shorter variants. They are typically made for urethral stretching so they come in smaller sizes and are suitable for beginners. They typically have a ridge at one point so you can use it as a stop marker to prevent you to go too deep. If you wish to try urethral sounding, it’s best to start with these.

  • Hegar Sounds

    . Hegar Sounds are among the safest urethral sounds on the market. Do not be intimidated by their length – they are among the most comfortable urethral toys. Just make sure not to go too deep. Depending on the size, these may be reserved for more experienced users.

  • Pratt Sounds

    . These sounds are a bit longer but are thin enough for women to use. If you want to go with Pratt Sounds, it’s best to choose Beginner’s Pratt Sounds since they are very thin. As with any other sound type, make sure not to go too deep. Depending on the size, these may be reserved for more experienced users.

Princess Albertina Piercing for Stimulating Urethra

Another interesting way to stimulate female urethra without toys is Princess Albertina piercing. This is a female genital piercing equivalent to male Prince Albert piercing. Princess Albertina passes through urethra and exits on the top of the vagina.

This piercing massages many sensitive spots inside urethra, so it can be very arousing. With Princess Albertina, you may be able to reach your urethra for stimulation just by rubbing your clitoris or by gently tugging on the jewelry.

In order to accommodate this piercing, a woman has to have large and wide enough urethra, so it’s ideal for those who have some experience with urethral stimulation.

Princess Albertina piercing can be very arousing but keep in mind that it increases the risk for urinary tract infections. It is therefore vital to consult a reliable piercer who is experienced at performing this type of piercings. You should also prepare for the possibility that the piercing might not work for you. However, if done correctly, it can help women stimulate their urethra.

How to Approach Urethral Stimulation

  • Once a woman is sexually aroused, the urethra enlarges and it’s easier to access it. This is why all women who wish to try urethral stimulation should strive to be aroused first. Once you are used to the feeling of urethral stimulation you can start from scratch, so to speak (begin a session with urethral stimulation without being previously aroused), but for beginners, the best and most comfortable way is to be aroused first. You can masturbate, have an intercourse or try some toys, but do not reach the orgasm. You need to be aroused and ready.
  • The urethral opening may seem very tiny, but it’s actually larger than it looks. It can definitely accommodate urethral toys, but they need to be properly lubed and you will need to train your urethra gradually. Do not expect great results from the first try (even though they can happen!) Start by simply inserting the tip of a toy to see how it feels. Later, go inch by inch by gently stretching your urethra. Make sure to use plenty of lube!
  • Many women claim that their most intense orgasms are during urethral stimulation and simultaneous clitoral stimulation. This is also the easiest way to ease yourself into urethral stimulation so make sure to always massage your clitoris during urethral play.
  • Urethral stimulation is fun but it carries a risk of urinary infections. To prevent this, you must always use only sterile toys. It is therefore best to use Surgical Steel urethral toys, since they can be properly sterilized. Make sure to take your time to sterilize your toys before each session! Also, after urethral play, don’t forget to clean your toys.
  • Everything used for urethral play: toys, lube, fingers, etc. has to be clean. Make sure to take precautions to stay safe.
  • Always, always use only toys specially designed for urethral use. This is the only way to go. Never attempt to insert any random object into your urethra. The toys are made to be used in this way and they accommodate the body perfectly. To stay safe and to prevent any potential injuries and other problems, use only special urethral toys.

Madison Piercing

Madison PiercingMadison piercing is a relatively rare piercing performed through the skin at the front of the neck.

At the same time, it is one of the more popular surface piercings, so it’s definitely not uncommon among body piercing enthusiasts.

Piercing and Placement

Just like any other surface piercing, Madison has a relatively high rate of migration and rejection. It is also a very sensitive piercing, so it’s important to perform careful aftercare in order to keep it as long as possible.

Madison piercing got its name after the porn star Madison Stone, who was the first person publicly associated with this piercing. However, Rasmus Nielson was the first person to actually have this piercing.

This piercing is placed horizontally at the jugular notch (base of the neck). Typically, this piercing is placed slightly above the collarbone.

The procedure is not complicated, but this piercing does carry certain health risks. First of all, the healing period is very long, so this is one of the things to keep in mind. There are also reports about Madison piercings that did not heal at all after one year. It’s clear this is a very sensitive piercing.

Another issue is a high rate of migration and rejection. Madison piercings that are not healed properly or those that migrate and reject will typically cause scarring. In order to prevent problems, it’s vital to perform adequate aftercare. In addition to regular cleaning it’s also important to avoid any kind of irritation that might lead to infections, migration and rejection.

In order to prevent irritations, it’s vital to choose proper placement. Madison piercings placed too low will get caught on clothes. On the other hand, if it’s placed too high it will cause tension on the tissue due to skin movement. That’s why it’s important to find a reputable piercer experienced with this type of piercing to ensure success and minimize problems.

Jewelry

A typical jewelry piece for Madison piercing, especially initial jewelry, is a surface bar. Some people choose to wear flexible barbells instead. In some rare cases, people choose Captive Bead Rings as initial jewelry, but this is not a good choice since CBR can lead to quick migration and rejection.

After the piercing is healed a different type of jewelry can be worn. While surface bars are always popular for this type of piercing, it’s also possible to wear Captive Bead Rings, as well as barbells of different kinds. Curved barbells tend to be particularly popular with Madison piercing.

Additional Info and Tips

  • Madison can be very effective but it’s important to heal it properly first. If you notice your piercing not healing it’s best to take jewelry out and retire the piercing before it causes further trouble.
  • In addition to migration and rejection Madison piercings can be dangerous in certain situations. For example, if you suffer a trauma on the neck it can cause impact damage. Keep in mind this piercing is located at a very sensitive spot.
  • In order to minimize migration and rejection risks it’s vital to wear softer jewelry or special surface bars as initial jewelry.
  • Jewelry for Madison piercing should be light in order to minimize pressure on your neck. Avoid overly complicated and richly decorated jewelry pieces on this piercing.

Piercing Tips You May Not Know

578tHere are some quick and handy piercing and aftercare tips you may not know. All of them will help you maintain a healthy and clean piercing.

Keep in mind: even the little things can make a difference between a successful piercing and a disaster!

Be Mentally Prepared!

In order to ensure the best and most comfortable experience at the piercing studio, you need to know yourself. What does it mean? You need to know what kind of company and circumstances will make you the most relaxed. For example, some people feel better and braver when they go with a trusted friend or a family member. Others feel more relaxed when they are alone. These are all individual choices and piercing studios are often happy to allow other people to be there with you. However, you need to know yourself enough to understand what kind of company you really need. Do not feel pressured to go with friends or to go alone if this isn’t what truly makes you relaxed.

The same goes for other arrangements, such as the time of the day, being chatty or being quiet, etc. If you know that some type of environment will be helpful to you, make sure to talk to your chosen piercer. Keep in mind that they might not be able to accommodate all of your wishes and requests: after all, their first and most important responsibility is your safety and proper piercing procedure. Other than that, however, piercers are typically happy to accommodate your needs and requests, so make sure to talk to them and arrange things before hand. In order for this to work, however, you need to know yourself well enough: you need to know what makes you relaxed.

Never Twist the Jewelry!

One of the most persisting misconceptions about new piercings is that the jewelry needs to be turned and twisted in order to prevent tissue to heal on the jewelry and trap it. While this advice may seem logical, it is actually dangerous to do any twisting, turning or any manipulation of your new piercing or jewelry. In fact, the best thing you can do is to simply leave your new piercing alone. The jewelry won’t get jammed inside the new piercing hole, so there is no need to twist it or turn it. However, it is vital to keep your new piercing clean and to apply a saline solution a few times a day. That will keep your new piercing clean and healthy.

But what about the scabbing, you ask? Some new piercings will produce small scabbing but most of it is just a small accumulation of fluid that a new piercing produces. The best policy is to clean your piercing regularly so the scabbing doesn’t form. If it does form, you can remove it carefully by using a cotton swab with a saline solution on the tip. Resist the urge to move and rotate the jewelry in order to break the scabbing! Always try to soften it using a saline solution and clean it that way. If scabbing persists, you should contact your piercer.

Do Not Overclean!

You may think that the best way to go with your new piercing is to clean it often. After all, you do want to keep your new piercing and jewelry clean. You may also think that cleaning often is the best way to prevent scabbing and other problems.

However, too much of a good thing is bad. While it’s important to clean your new piecing properly and to apply appropriate aftercare, a good approach is to know how to do it. Cleaning your piercing 20 times per day, for example, is not the best way to go. Nor is cleaning your piercing with strong, harsh solutions. Both of these approaches will lead to irritation and other problems, so they are not recommended in the long run. Remember: you should never overclean your piercing! Stick to the standard aftercare advice and do not clean your piercing more than a few times per day. Also, make sure to use only gentle solutions (saline solutions are the best).

Be Patient!

There is an important thing to understand about piercings and other body modifications: they are a great way to change your looks and to make a meaningful mark on your body. It is therefore understandable that you want to see the change immediately. However, there is one truth about most body modifications: it takes a bit of time to get to the look you wish to achieve.

What does it mean? In the case of piercings, it means that it takes some time until the piercing is healed. Only healed piercings are finished peircings you can enjoy properly: they look just how you want them to look and you can change jewelry freely. In the case of tattoos, it often takes some time and effort until they are done completely. In the case of other modifications, such as scarification or ball stretching, it takes time to achieve the desired effect.

In other words, body modifications take time before they look exactly how you want them to look. Which means you have to be patient with them. Do not rush things out and do not expect perfect results overnight. In fact, they will look great only if you take a proper care of them during the healing period. This is why you need to just be patient, perform care instructions carefully and wait until your piercing or body modification is ready.

Be Ready for Small Changes

When you get a new piercing, you need to be ready to accept small changes during the healing time. These changes include small discomfort or paying attention to things you usually don’t notice. For example, you may find it difficult to sleep in certain positions so you will need to find a way to keep your new piercing safe during night. Or you may need to wear loose clothing items in order not to put too much pressure on your new piercing. Those with ear piercings will need to make sure to keep their hair out of the way. More than anything, you need to be ready to dedicate some time every day to clean your new piercing properly.

Those are all small changes but they can be frustrating and tedious. It is not unusual for people to do it properly in the first week after getting a piercing but once the first swelling and discomfort is gone, they become lazy. Don’t be that person. Piercings take longer time to heal: weeks, sometimes even months. You need to be responsible and make the appropriate changes to your daily routine in order to accommodate your new piercing. This is the only way for your piercing to heal properly.

Piercing Blowout

Piercing BlowoutOne of the worst things that can happen to you when you try to stretch your piercing is blowout.

This is a relatively rare thing, but you need to know that it can happen.

That’s why it’s so important to go slowly when it comes to stretching and be very responsible in this aspect.

What is a Blowout?

A blowout can happen when a piercing is stretched too fast. It usually happens when your piercing is not ready but you force it to stretch anyway. Typically, it occurs when you force a taper or a jewelry piece through your piercing to stretch it to a larger gauge.

What happens is that a piercing that’s not ready gets hurt. The skin from the piercing gets forcibly pushed through the piercing and it exits on the back o the piercing hole. As a result, you get a flap of skin or tissue hanging from the back of the piercing. That is what is considered a blowout.

This happens when a skin tunnel (called fistula) is forced on the back of the piercing through the pressure applied. This is what creates a lip around the edge of your piercing. This blowout may be very small initially, but it may grow significantly, especially if you continue to stretch your piercing even further.

A blowout is a huge aesthetic problem, but it gets even worse than that. Once you get a blowout you won’t be able to stretch this piercing further and it might affect the piercing completely so you won’t be able to wear any jewelry anymore.

A blowout can also cause further medical issues, such as tingling and discomfort. In some cases it can even lead to an infection. It’s clear a blowout is a nasty problem you don’t want to have.

Luckily, there is a way to remedy this problem. However, it’s important not to freak out and to be patient.

How to Treat a Blowout

One of the first things you can do is to downsize your piercing. The easiest way to achieve this is by inserting smaller jewelry (jewelry of the smaller gauge). This can help the blowout tissue to get reabsorb into the body so the problem is remedied. It is vital to replace the jewelry straight away or else the stretched piercing will heal in this blown-out shape. Once it’s happen it will be very difficult to remedy the problem.

In addition to this, it’s vital to make the tissue heal the best you can in order to remedy the problem. Wash your hands carefully and make sure to use only sterilized jewelry for your blown-out piercing. Use gentle saline solution to soak your piercing with a blowout in order to make it heal. This is similar to usual piecing aftercare, but it’s worth to keep the saline solution for longer. Make sure to use a cup with a saline solution that is tall enough to cover all of your piercing (in the case of stretched earlobes, make sure that the cup covers your whole ear). This is a good way to make your tissue heal and remove the bad effects of a blowout. Just make sure to use a new plastic cup every time you apply the saline solution.

In addition to this, you should also use plenty of oils to massage into your ear. The best oils to use are vitamin E oil, jojoba oil, emu oil, caster oil, tea tree oil, olive oil and coconut oil. Use the oil of your choice about 2-3 times per day. Rub it gently on the blowout and massage it. It’s best to use it when the blowout is new and fresh, so it’s important to start doing that straight away.

While you’re doing this cleaning and rubbing the oil, make sure to observe your piercing to see how it’s doing. Notice the shape and size of the blowout and see if it’s getting better. It should show the signs of healing after several days. If it stays red and swollen or if it hurts, you should seek medical help.

Whatever you do, do not attempt to stretch your piercing again until your blowout is gone and your piercing is fully healed. It’s important to be patient. It will take about one month before you can attempt to stretch your piercing again.

Types of Cock Rings

3/4 Wide Cock Ring

3/4 Wide Cock Ring

There are several popular types of cock rings you can use. Generally speaking, cock rings can be classified based on material and design.

Cock rings are excellent sex toys that can make your erections rock-hard, make your penis more sensitive and improve your performance.

For the best experience it’s important to know which kind of cock ring to use.

Cock Ring Materials

Cock rings are made of numerous materials. There are two major material groups: soft and hard. Soft rings are made of light, often elastic, materials such as rubber or silicone. Hard rings are made of sturdy materials, typically metals. These two cock rings types are made to achieve the same thing (erection enhancement), but to a different degree.

  • Soft cock ring materials typically include rubber and silicone, though these rings can be made of other materials. Leather cock rings are also classified in this group, even though they are not as elastic as rubber or silicone. These rings have advantage that they are softer and more comfortable and thus suitable for beginners and those who prefer lighter pressure. On the other hand, the effect is not as pronounces as with sturdy cock rings.
  • Hard cock ring materials are sturdy, typically metals, though there are some wooden cock rings and hard rings made of other materials. These cock rings are made for more advanced users and they cannot be worn for a prolonged period of time (unlike soft cock rings). However, the experience is more intense and the effect more pronounced so there are many men who prefer these cock rings. If you wish to wear a metal cock ring, make sure it’s made of a body-friendly metal to prevent any allergies or other risks. Also, keep in mind that metal cock rings and other hard rings can only be worn for 20 minutes to half an hour the most before you have to take them off.

Cock Ring Designs

The basic cock ring design is simple: it’s a ring made of a soft or a hard material made to be worn around penis or testicles. Typically, a cock ring is worn around the base of the penis but other placements are also possible. For example, a glans ring is worn under the glans (penis head). Glans rings and penis rings are usually same in design, but some variations may be encountered depending on the ring used.

Triple cock rings are designed to stimulate various erogenous zones at once. These toys consist of three interconnected rings positioned at angles that allow a man to wear the toy around the penis and testicles at the same time. These rings, just like other types of multiple cock rings (such as penis spines) provide much stronger stimulation than single rings.

Cock rings can also be made with additions designed to provide more stimulation for wearer and his partner. For example, vibrating rings have an integrated vibrating bullet or another small device that provides stimulation. Another way to enhance the functionality of a cock ring is to adapt the design to stimulate the wearer’s perineum or other sensitive zones or to stimulate the wearer’s sexual partner during intercourse.

Cock Rings with Other Toys

Another great way to use a cock ring is to integrate it with another sex toy. While it’s always fun to use a cock ring in a combination with another adult toy, these toys are specially designed to include both a cock ring and another toy so they make a unique pleasure device.

Cock rings and glans rings are particularly popular with penis plugs and other urethral toys. When attached to a penis plug, a glans ring has two purposes: to keep the penis plug in place and to provide additional stimulation during use.

Similarly, an anal toy may come with a cock ring attached to provide simultaneous massage to several erogenous spots. This is a great way to get some intense anal stimulation and to experience what it means to wear a powerful cock ring.

Stretching with Tapers: Things to Consider

Economy Insertion Tapers

Economy Insertion Tapers

Stretching with tapers is a very common method for stretching your piercing. In fact, it is the most common method you can apply. Tapers are affordable and easy to use, so it’s not surprising many people decide to give it a go and use tapers to stretch their piercings.

Unfortunately, not everybody knows how to use tapers properly. It’s important to note that while tapers are very common and relatively easy to use, they are not always used in the optimal way. They may seem intuitive but there are also many mistakes you can make while trying to stretch your piercings using tapers.

In order to avoid all of these mistakes, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • To use this method properly, make sure to always insert the narrower end of the taper into the piercing first. This is your current gauge and the taper will gradually widen to the new, larger gauge. Never use a wide end of a taper first!
  • You need to go slowly and gently. Push the taper in until you reach the wider end. This should not be painful even though you may feel a bit of discomfort. When you reach the wider end, stop. Take your new jewelry and line it up with the wide end of the taper. Only then you should push the rest of the taper through your piercing. Make sure to keep the jewelry aligned with the wider end of the taper so you can push the new jewelry in, too.
  • Once you’re done you have stretched your piercing to a larger gauge. Make sure there’s no blood and no cuts or tears. If everything is fine, it means you’re done.
  • Tapers are specially designed for stretching and should not be worn as body jewelry. While they may look stylish and unique, keep in mind that they are not made to be worn as jewelry, especially not for a prolonged period of time. This is particularly true for acrylic tapers.
  • In order for this process to work, make sure to never skip gauges (sizes). It’s vital to go gauge by gauge. This is why it’s so important to use all of the tapers in a kit or to order individual tapers of all sizes, one by one.
  • When stretching, it’s important to be patient. Never stretch your piercing before you give it a time to heal after the previous stretching. You should never “jump” to stretch to yet a bigger size quickly.
  • Generally speaking, you should wait at least a few weeks before two sizes (gauges). It means that you need to use a new taper every several weeks or so (or once per month only, depending on your piercing and the way it heals).
  • In order to make the whole process smoother and easier, use a drop of lubricant. Apply lubricant to both your ear (or the body part where piercing is located) and the taper. In some cases you might even want to lubricate the jewelry.
  • Keep in mind that tapers are ideal for smaller gauges and this is where they work the best. “Smaller” here means anything under 00, which is still large enough for many people. However, if this is not what you want and if you wish to stretch to at even larger gauges it’s better to use a different method for more gradual and problem-free stretching.

Choosing a Taper

When choosing a taper, pay attention to:

  • Size to use. The size of the taper to use will directly depend on the gauge you have and the gauge you wish to achieve. Most piercings start at very small gauges (think 18 gauge or 16 gauge), so even stretching to 14 gauge requires a taper to be used. (Or another method, of course, but tapers seem to work the best). In order to use tapers properly, you need to know your current gauge at all times.
  • Material. Tapers come in many different materials. Acrylic tapers are flexible and comfortable, so they provide a better stretching experience. On the other hand, Surgical Steel tapers are more secure. They can be autoclaved, which makes them more body-friendly.
  • Shape. While tapers have a general shape there are certain variations between different designs. Some tapers have a special smooth finish to make stretching process more comfortable. Others offer a special way to connect jewelry to the taper securely and thus make the whole process easier. Other tapers are specially designed to slide in and out with least force. You need to know of different shapes and designs in order to be able to choose the best taper for yourself.

After Stretching

  • Always treat any stretched piercing as a new, fresh piercing. Guess what? This is exactly what a stretched piercing is. Luckily, the healing time for this sort of piercing is shorter than for the original piercing, but you should still treat it as a new piercing.
  • As a new piercings, newly stretched piercings require aftercare, at least in the first couple of days. Clean them twice per day with a saline solution or another appropriate product. Do not use harsh chemicals on your newly stretched piercings!
  • You may also try sea salt soaks to treat your newly stretched piercing.
  • If you notice any pain or discomfort after stretching, make sure to pay attention. In case of an infection or another problem, seek medical help. Stretched piercings typically do not cause so much trouble, but you need to be aware of the risks.