There are a huge number of different male genital piercings to choose from. Many men cringe at the idea of piercing their genitalia, in fact, they're quite protective of it! However, the added sensation that a piercing can provide to both partners is a great persuader. Because genital piercings involve specific knowledge of anatomy (there's a lot of delicate nerves and blood vessels down there) it's essential to go to an experienced piercer to get it done.
Prince Albert (PA) Piercing
This is easily the most common piercing and is usually a starter piercing for any guy considering genital piercings. The piercing goes through the urethral tube and out behind the head of the penis. The tissue is quite thin which means that there is very little pain involved despite being in a “sensitive” area. The most common starter jewelry is a captive bead ring but there is also a specific piece of jewelry called a PA bar designed to fit that specific piercing. Jewelry usually comes in a slightly larger size to fit – 10 gauge or 12 gauge is more common to start with where normally other piercings start at a 14G. The diameter of the ring will vary based on your anatomy. It has to be wide enough to encompass swelling but also to allow the head to swell when aroused.
The PA piercing is designed to create pleasure for him rather than for her. During intercourse it creates a tugging sensation on the head.
The frenum is an easy piercing that is also a common starter. It is pierced side-to-side right below the lip of the head. This can be either front or back and many men choose to have multiple frenum piercings later on in a frenum ladder design. It's similar to a surface piercing and will not fit any jewelry other than a barbell. It needs to have enough distance from the head to allow for a separate feeling otherwise it will not create sensation on its own. The most common place is close to a circumcision line. This is a piercing that is aimed more “for her”. It can be uncomfortable to wear at first because the bunching of the skin on the penis may tug or get in the way but once it is healed it will be less noticeable.
The apadravya goes straight through the head at a slight angle, bisecting the urethral tube. It is a Sanskrit term that actually means “prosthesis” and the term comes from the kama sutra under a section on pleasing larger women that was originally designed to attach a penis extension. The piercing was given the name during the 1970s by Doug Malloy. It is used to stimulate the prostate in men during anal sex but the “bump” of the balls provides stimulation during any kind of intercourse.
The apadravya uses the same hole as the PA on the bottom so it can be the “next step” for someone who already has a PA and wants something new. Both the Apadravya and the PA create “spray” during urination because they cross the urethral tube. It is also a common piercing to have alongside other genital piercings like an ampallang or an apadydoe in what is called the “magic cross” because of the way the piercings cross over each other.
Male Penis Piercing Aftercare
Most male genital piercings bleed a lot. There are a lot of blood vessels in the area so it's quite common to experience bleeding and your piercer may put gauze on to help. It will also continue to bleed longer than most other piercings and may spot for several days after the piercing is done. The initial pain is over quite quickly but at first each erection will have pain because of the pulling on the piercing.
Aftercare for penis piercings is similar to other piercings, but it's important that you keep the area very clean to prevent infections. Daily showers and washing the piercing with a saltwater solution are a must. You can also do a saltwater soak to help with swelling. It's also important to wear clean underwear everyday for the same reason. You want to avoid going commando because this creates more movement in the area which can irritate the piercing.