Piercings on the genitals not only serve aesthetic purposes; Men and women also wear them to become sexually more interesting and to additionally stimulate themselves during sexual intercourse.
Piercings on the genitals: culture and history
Many cultures practiced piercing the penis and scrotum. In South Asia, for example, Fakire metal balls hung on rings that run through holes on the underside of the penis. Aboriginal people in Australia even split their penis and put small stones in the tissue. In Japan, men placed small pearls under the skin of the penis and testicles.
The piercing of the penis was of sacred importance to Maya. They believed that life was in the blood and a blood sacrifice to the gods would make them gracious. The ruler pierced the penis with plant spikes, danced and let the fresh blood drip on a parchment. The priests then burned this parchment as an offering to the gods.
Sexual arousal through genital piercing
In women, a piece of jewelry placed horizontally through the foreskin of the clitoris is particularly exciting because it irritates the clitoris. In men, the Prince Albert piercing from the urethra through the lower penis wall has the reputation of providing pleasure to both the wearer and his partner. Men are additionally stimulated by a stimulus on the urethra during intimate sex, in women the greater pressure causes more excitement. But be careful: the individual differences are large, and for many people piercing is not exciting, but causes pain.
Intimate piercings for men
Intimate piercings for men include those on the scrotum, penis, urethra and foreskin. The guiche piercing leads through the scrotum, the dydoe through the edge of the glans, the hafada through the scrotum below the penis, and the pubic horizontally through the base of the penis.
The "Prince Albert" is particularly popular with men. It takes up to four months for the wound to heal, but the healing process is usually without complications. Frenulum piercing, i.e. a ring through the ribbon of the penis prepuce, is even more common. The sting is no more painful than an earring, and the wound often heals in a few days.
Piercing by the glans causes significantly more pain. The Ampallang runs horizontally, the Apadravya vertically through the glans. The length and depth of the puncture channel lead to prolonged healing, the puncture site is exposed to constant pressure, and infections are possible with insufficient care.
Ampallang and Apadravya are terms from indigenous people of the island of Borneo, where these special piercings originated, namely the Dayak, Kayan and Iban. Here, men are only considered men when the penis is pierced; it is therefore an initiation rite. At the same time, it was an expression of status: chiefs and excellent warriors were also allowed to wear a ring from the pangolin scales around the penis or to pierce their penis a second time. Ampallang, Burah palang or Palang does not refer to the specific orientation in Borneo.
Penis piercing in the Kamasutra
"The Palang" can already be found in the Kamasutra and is there to increase the pleasure. Here it is described that among the peoples of the south (India) there is a belief that real sexual pleasure can only be felt if the penis has been pierced with an apadravya. According to the Kamasutra, a pointed object should be used for this, and the man was advised to stay in the water until the bleeding stops. In the evening, the pierced person should practice sexual intercourse for the purpose of wound cleaning, then care for the wound with a special decoction and insert a piece of bamboo into the opening. This was finally stretched by gradually enlarging the piece of wood.
Such a piercing belongs absolutely in professional hands. The piercer must take into account a free space so that the erection does not cause pain, if he does not, sex with this jewelry does not mean an increase in pleasure, but unbearable suffering and permanent inflammation.
The typical jewelry is a barbel with a diameter of two millimeters, rings are not recommended, since inflammation is likely here due to the stimulus.
If this piercing heals without any problems, it is considered to stimulate the desire: it stimulates the sensitive urethra.
What do men have to watch out for?
Even with a correctly pierced urethral piercing, men first have to learn to deal with it. One who wore a ring reported that he had peed around the ring and on the floor in the first few weeks afterwards, and that sperm got caught in the ring during ejaculation.
Implementation of genital piercings
Genital piercings should definitely be done by professionals. Many nerve strands run here, and there is a great risk of injuring them.
After stinging and in the healing phase, you should always wash your hands before touching your genitals. Use fresh towels. To accelerate wound healing, lukewarm chamomile tea is recommended.
Complications can arise because the stung area becomes inflamed. Then go to a doctor immediately. Blood poisoning can occur, as well as paralysis or desensitization. Jewelry in the genital area can get caught in underpants, belts or zippers and tear out. This triggers immense pain, especially with acorn or genital piercings.
With the "Prince Albert", the piercer must be careful not to split the urethra. To prevent this, rings or rods from 1.6 mm are suitable.
Intimate piercings for women
The psychologist Dr. Ada Borkenhagen writes in the FORUM Sex Education and Family Planning of the Federal Center for Health Education (BZgA) that genital piercing was only able to gain widespread fashion in the course of the trend towards partial or full intimate shaving. In the past few years, jewelry placed in the skin in the genital area has developed into an "increasingly popular body modification", especially among young women, according to the expert.
There are about two dozen different piercings around the female genitals. The most common are: Christina, labia, fourchette, clitoris, Isabella, Nefertiti and Princess Albertina.
The Fourchette is where the labia meet near the anus; a clitoral piercing belongs in professional hands, because nerves are quickly damaged here; the Nefertiti piercing leads through the foreskin of the clitoris and the venus mound. The “Princess Albertina” variant leads from the urethral opening to the vaginal exit; the triangle runs under the clitoris and from there horizontally through the foreskin.
Clitoris and labia piercing
The most common genital piercings in women are located on the clitoral foreskin and labia. Vertically, they should stimulate sexually on the clitoral foreskin, since they lie directly on the clitoris here. A clitoris piercing, however, pierces the clitoris directly.
Jewels on the outer and inner labia serve to a greater extent for the look. For example, the Christina piercing runs from the interface of the outer labia to the venus mound.
Care for women
Women should pay even more attention to grooming their genital piercings than men. The warm, moist vaginal environment is particularly susceptible to infections, and the piercing channel of a piercing is initially an open wound in which germs can nest.
Clear water and sage tea
Use clear water instead of disinfectant sprays. The vaginal flora contains numerous disinfectant and antibiotic substances; Disinfectant sprays can destroy them. Lukewarm chamomile and sage teas are unproblematic. Dab them on the piercing site with a cotton ball.
Even if sexual pleasure is the reason for the piercing. With each genital piercing, wait at least a month before you start, with deep and difficult-to-heal piercings up to four months. Like any other external pressure, sexual intercourse irritates the wound.
Women with clitoris piercings report that they came to orgasm faster and more frequently than before, both in the “missionary position” and in oral sex. Some even say that the piercing would have increased all feelings in the genital area. (Dr. Utz Anhalt)
Author and source information
This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.
Dr. phil. Utz Anhalt, Barbara Schindewolf-Lensch
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