And finally …… here is part 3 – Genital Piercings!
Before I start, it is common knowledge that some history never hurt anyone – well not really in this case, but, you get my drift 😀
The traditional heritage place of genital piercings is assumed to be South East Asia, with traditional piercings being found in tribes ranging from India to Borneo. Piercing the genitals have a long tradition, with sources mentioning the Apadravya, a male genital piercing, as early as in the Kama Sutra – now that is interesting!
The Ampallang, a similar piercing; this passes horizontally through the glans instead of vertically, is found in different tribes throughout Sarawak and Sabah on the island of Borneo. This type of piercing is very much in demand nowadays – so, way to go Borneo 😀
Genital piercings were uncommon in the western world until the second half of the 20th century. In the 1970s, genital piercings were introduced to the emerging body modification community in LA by the early piercings pioneers like the famous Jim Ward and his partner in crime Doug Malloy. Genital piercings were sported by the modern primitives movement that developed during the 1980s. Only until the recent years, genital piercing was confined to a body modification subculture. Interestingly enough, Marilyn W. Edmunds, who is a clinical professor at the John Hopkins University stated that:
Women with genital piercings are no longer on the social fringe or part of the “punk” culture who are experimenting with behaviors that are “socially provocative.” Over the past 30 years, genital piercing has become mainstream, and women engage in it for a variety of reasons.
Since posting actual piercing photos is not a very pretty sight, I decided to illustrate them by using pictures; less of an eye sore and a bit better for those who get a bit queasy – trust me, some of the photos I came across made me embrace my private parts like it was the last day on this earth!
First up are the Male Genital Piercings
The Prince Albert
This type of piercing is one of the more common male genital piercings. The Prince Albert is a ring-style piercing that extends along the underside of the glans from the urethral opening to where the glans meets the shaft of the penis. Apart from this, there is the Reverse Prince Albert piercing; this enters through the urethra and exits through a hole pierced in the top of the glans.
While some piercers may choose to avoid the nerve bundle that runs along the center of the frenulum (an elastic band of tissue under the glans penis that connects to the foreskin to the vernal mucosa, and helps contract the prepuce over the glans) altogether, others will choose otherwise. There are also instances where the piercing can be centered, if the person is circumcised. Otherwise, the piercing must be done off-center. This is because the surrounding skin needs to be able to re-position itself dynamically.
How is this actually done? Well, quite simply, this is performed by briefly and gently inserting a small, warmed, lubricated tube, a short way into the urethra. This is lined up under the dot which had been marked after the cleaning of the area. One might think of the urethra as being in the center of the penis, however, it is actually fairly close to the underside of the shaft. The piercer should quickly pierce through the dot and into the tube which is in the urethra. The jewelry pushes the needle out, and there you have it! Just a momentarily rush of pain and it is over 😀
Even though the origin of this piercing is unknown, there have been suggestions that this piercing was used to secure the penis in some manner, rather than having a sexual or cultural purpose. In modern times, the Prince Albert piercing was popularized by Jim Ward in the early 1970s. Jim Ward met Doug Malloy and Fakir Musafar and together, these men further developed the Prince Albert piercing. The most common urban legend was published by Malloy where there was the notion that Prince Albert himself invented the piercing that shares his name, in order to tame the appearance of his large penis in tight trousers. Like many other male genital piercings, it has a history of practice in the gay culture in the 20th century. It moved away from this notion during the 1970’s when it caught up with other popular piercings.
The healing time for this kind of piercing is between 4 to 6 weeks. Something positive about this piercing is that the procedure may be difficult mentally (one is piercing their family jewels after all!) but physically it is not challenging. Many men compare it favorably to an ear piercing. There are those who mention that a nipple piercing is a far more sensitive area.
A common question would be – “Is the Prince Albert a dangerous piercing?” The answer to this isNo 😀 Here is why:
1. One’s own urine is not harmful to the piercing. It actually functions somewhat like the salt water treatments that are suggested to help healing. It also helps to rinse away any matter that secretes from the piercing.
2. While not harmful, urination may cause a stinging sensation during the first few days of healing. It is important to drink lots of water, which is good for any healing piercing. The more diluted your urine is, the less stinging 😀 This will cause the urine to be less acidic and therefore it will not sting as much.
3. Another option is to pour a cup of clean water over the area during urination to rinse the urine away. The most effective method of making urination more comfortable is to actually go under water and then the urine doesn’t have a chance to stay on the new piercing and sting.
The Dolphin Piercing
This is a newer placement than most of the other male genital piercings. The tissue the piercing passes through is essentially the same as a Prince Albert. The Dolphin is placed lower down the shaft of the penis on the underside, generally approximately 5/8 inches away from the traditional Prince Albert. The Prince Albert must be present and be well healed before you can connect the Dolphin, which would normally be pierced on a subsequent occasion. A bent bar is inserted inside the urethra, the two balls would be found on the underside of the penis. The tissue might be a little thicker there than the traditional Prince Albert placement, and if so, the Dolphin may take a little longer to heal. The healing process for the Dolphin is around 4 to 8 weeks.
Due to the angle of the bend on a curved bar and the shape, the metal can be an uncomfortable choice as initial jewelry for the piercing. Some men have found it more comfortable and easier to heal using a long bent bar which goes from the piercing all the way out the tip of the urethra.
I shall now pass on to mentioning the Female Genital Piercings
The Vertical Clitoral Hood
The Vertical Clitoral Hood is by far, the most popular female genital piercing. As the name obviously implies, the piercing is placed vertically, and luckily for us ladies, our genitals are built in this same up-and-down direction – go anatomy 😀 This therefore means that the piercing is situated comfortably between the legs and is not subject to much stress or irritation.
Since most women are built with a fold of hood tissue in which the genital piercing can be placed for a safe, comfortable, and stimulating piercing, many opt for this. The piercing goes through only a thin bit of tissue above the clitoris. Having said that keep in mind that the piercing itself does touch the clitoris. Now – eyes wide open and read carefully – when there is any activity in the area, the clitoris will receive more direct stimulation. A research study conducted for the University of South Alabama regarding the Vertical Clitoral Hood piercings and female sexual satisfaction reveal that this piercing does indeed result in increases in sexual desire!
Some very good news is that this is a very quick healing piercing. One should care for it thoroughly and it takes roughly 4 weeks until your vagina is good to go.
This piercing feels very different depending on the styles of jewelry one decides to use. It can be started with a curved bar or a ring style (like shown in the picture above). Once healing is complete, you may want to experiment with different lengths of bars and sizes of balls, or various sizes and shapes of rings. The J-Curve style may increase stimulation, especially if you have a very recessed clitoris.
The Horizontal Clitoral Hood
This is illustrated to your right – it is the piercing found high up near the clitoris.
The Horizontal Clitoral Hood is a piercing done first and foremost for aesthetic purposes. In order for it to produce added sensation, it needs to be placed on a woman whose clitoris is somewhat exposed, and situated so that the piercing bead falls directly on the clitoris. If the woman is not built fairly symmetrically, the ring will have a tendency to lean or twist to one side. The majority of women are made in such a way that the hood covers the clitoris. Therefore, the jewelry in this type of genital piercing rests above the hood, and is not nearly as pleasurable as a piece of jewelry that comes into direct contact with the clitoris, like with the case in the Vertical Clitoral Hood. For the latter to occur with this type of piercing, there needs to be sufficient tissue in a configuration with a “hill” in this area, rather than a “valley.”
They can be very attractive, and some women who are anatomically suited will opt for this over other placements, because they like the look. A genital piercing can be visually delightful even if it is not placed for direct action.
With regards to the jewelry used, the initial type of jewelry is usually a ring or circular barbell in 14 or 12 gauge. Care must be taken to check for any visible blood vessels in this region, and to be sure the tissue pulls away from the nerve bundle of the clitoris. The common healing period is of 6 to 8 weeks.
And last but not least – The Inner Labia
The healing time for this particular Genital piercing is between 4 to 6 weeks.
The Inner labial piercing is very similar to the tissue pierced in the Vertical Clitoral Hood. The skin here is very fine and quick to heal. Unfortunately, some women are not built large enough in this region to pierce, though this is relatively rare. Inner labia are often pierced in pairs or multiples, though a single ring on either side is certainly an option and in my opinion look pretty darn sexy!
For who is concerned with bleeding, unfortunately, the Inner labial piercings may sometimes bleed whilst being pieced. This is so because the tissue is fairly vascular (many blood vessels pass through here). Pads or pantie liners are advisable at first, as is wearing underwear (no one shall go commando) when the piercing is new.
One’s own bodily fluids generally tend to get on this type of piercing, but rest assured, this is not harmful and will not cause any inflammation to the piercing. Urine may sting at first (just like the case with the male piercings), and during the initial days of healing it is advised to drink lots of water in order to minimize the acidity of the urine and reduce the stinging when urinating. Something that can be found useful is to pour a clean cup of warm or cool water over the area to rinse the urine away.
They are normally worn for their visual appeal – here I do agree :D.
I guess I came to the end of this article and from here on, I shall post an article that deals with the medical side of these types of piercings…so stay tuned for Part 4 – The Medical aspects!
Until then my fellow readers, go forth and get pierced!