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Penis Piercing

Getting and caring for a penis piercing

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Updated May 29, 2014

A lot of guys think that body piercing, including penis piercing, is pretty cool — perhaps you're even one of them. If you're healthy and you're sure this is what you want, then there's no reason you shouldn't go for it. But first, learn how it should be done safely, and make sure you don't put your health at risk.

Where is penis piercing done?

It's important that your piercing be done by a professional with a good reputation, preferably someone who's been recommended to you. He or she will be able to advise you on the correct size jewelry, and how to care for the piercing. Sterilized equipment and clean premises are extremely important for avoiding transmission of a number of serious, life threatening diseases. In no instance should you try piercing your own penis! You could place the piercing incorrectly, or even give yourself an infection.

How much does penis piercing cost?

Rates vary, but you should expect to pay at least $50 in addition to the cost of the jewelry.

How is a penis piercing done?

Penis piercing is a simple procedure. A needle punctures the skin, and then the bar or ring is put through the opening made by it. The piercing can be through the foreskin, the skin on the shaft of the penis, the scrotum, or the head of the penis. It must not pierce straight through the shaft of the penis, as this could cause serious damage.

If you decide you do not want a piercing any more and remove it, there's a good chance the hole will never close. If it does, it will probably leave a small scar.

 

How do I care for a penis piercing?

  • Do not remove the piercing while the wound is healing.
  • Keep the wound clean.
  • Watch out for signs of infection or allergy.
  • When having sex, wear a large, sturdy condom that has room for your jewelry and will not tear.

What are common problems with penis piercings?

  • Allergic reactions to jewelry. A rash on the area surrounding the piercing may mean that you are allergic to the metal. Surgical grade steel, titanium, gold or platinum are usually non-reactive.

  • Infections. Urinary infections sometimes occur. Signs and symptoms include a burning sensation when you urinate, and occasionally, blood in the urine. In addition, HIV/AIDS and hepatitis B and hepatitis C are blood-borne diseases that can be caught from unsterilized needles. If you have any symptoms of infection, see a doctor.

  • Redness and soreness at the site of the piercing are common when you first have it done, but may also be a sign of infection in the piercing site. If this problem persists, see a doctor.

  • Bleeding. Any bleeding should only entail a small amount at the time of the piercing, and should stop when a little pressure is applied. If the piercing has been incorrectly positioned, it may cause problems. If your bleeding persists or gets worse, see a doctor.

Who should not get a penis piercing?

If you are diabetic, you have a higher risk of infection, so see your doctor first.

People of Asian, Hispanic, and African descent are more susceptible to keloid scarring, a type of abnormal scarring that goes beyond the original site of the skin injury. If you have Asian, Hispanic, or African heritage, consider avoiding all types of body piercing and tattoos.

Sources:

Weber, Angela. "Evaluation of Potential Bloodborne Pathogen." (PDF) Feb 2001. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 14 Nov 2006

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