Everything You Should Know Before Getting a Penis Piercing

What is it?

Penile enhancement or penectomy is a cosmetic procedure where the skin over the tip of the erections (penises) is pierced with metal rings. There are several types of piercings that can be done including:

1. Pincers – These piercings involve drilling holes into the fleshy part of your body to hold metal studs.

They are usually done on one side only so they do not interfere with other piercings.

2. Tugger – A tucker is a small metal ring that is inserted through the hole made by a pincer.

This type of piercing may be done on both sides but it must be done on the outside of the body since it will have contact with blood flow.

3. Hooks – These piercings require a hook to be placed inside the fleshy part of your body to hang from.

Hooks are typically done on the top or bottom of the genitals.

4. Anchor – An anchor is a metal ring that is attached to a chain around your waist.

It allows you to wear jewelry while wearing your pants down and gives you something to grab onto when walking around town.

5. Captive bead rings – Captive bead rings are circular bars that are placed through the hole made by a pincer.

They can be closed to put pressure on the head of your genitals.

6. Outer Labia – These piercings go through the labia (lips) on the outside of the body.

They are typically done on both sides but can be limited to one side. Men who have outer labia piercings say it increases sensation during sexual activity.

7. Inner Labia – These piercings go through the labia on the inside of the body.

They can be placed through one side or both sides. Men who have inner labia piercings say it increases sensation during sexual activity.

8. Frenulum – A frenulum piercing goes through the spot where your genital meets your body.

Unlike other piercings, a frenulum piercing involves cutting the tissue and sewing it back together rather than a simple needle through the skin. Men who have this type of piercing report an increase in sexual pleasure and prolonging of sexual activity.

No two penectomy piercings are the same. You can mix and match any of the piercings to find the combination that suits you best.

Most men only get one or two piercings since these procedures can be expensive and painful. Many men will only pierce one side for aesthetic purposes or to wear a comfortable protective bar on their other side. This is a perfectly reasonable decision and should not cause any self-esteem issues.

Piercing the head of your genitals is a complicated process that has a high risk of infection. You should never try to do it yourself because you could easily damage the tissue and cause serious medical problems.

Only get your piercing at a professional body piercing studio.

Surgery is an option that is available to some men. It can be very costly and has a high risk of complications.

Furthermore, surgery does not guarantee your problem will go away forever since hair can grow back in the affected area. If you are serious about removing all of your pubic hair, I would suggest asking your doctor about the pros and cons of surgery before moving forward.

There are a lot of myths out there about shaving your genitals. Some men who have problems with pubic hair growth say that they only get problems when they don’t shave for a long period of time.

This is probably not true since heavy growth is genetic. Plus, even if it was true, it would not make sense to damage your genitals to prevent the issue since damaged skin grows hair faster.

Ultimately you have three major options:

1. Live with it

2. Hair Removal Methods

3. Genital Piercings

All three of these methods have their pros and cons so you will have to think about what will work best for you.

You can continue to live with the problem and focus on other aspects of your life. While this is an option, it does not make the problem go away.

The feelings of shame, embarrassment, and isolation are all real experiences that are difficult to deal with. Many men have had success with other methods so it is important to keep an open mind.

Hair removal methods can be effective but they can also be expensive and time-consuming. Furthermore, if you have problems with excessive hair growth in other areas of your body (legs, back, chest, or arms) you may experience a different set of problems (ingrown hairs, rashes, and general pain).

Genital piercings can be painful and expensive and there is always a small risk of infection or complications. You may also find it difficult to find a shop that is willing to do the procedure.


How will I know if I have a genital piercing?

If you have an unsightly growth coming out of your genitals that looks like metal. It is typically in the shape of an “8” or a “U”. If you have a ring or barbell attached to your genitals, then you definitely have genital piercing.

Why would someone pierce their genitals?

That’s a very good question. Genital piercings can enhance sexual pleasure for some people although it is not an option for everyone. It all depends on the type of genital piercing, where it is positioned, and what it is attached to. For instance, you will not be able to get a genital piercing if you have no skin showing at your genitals. Men do not have the option of vaginal piercings but they could pierce their nipples or perform manual labor on themselves.

Who would pierce genitals?

As strange as it may seem, some people get paid to pierce genitals! These people are called “professional genital piercers” and they make a living by sticking sharp objects through intimate body parts. Most professional genital piercers are born with no nerve endings in their fingers so they can get the job done.

How do I prepare for a genital piercing?

Please visit your doctor before getting a genital piercing. You will need to get a complete physical to make sure your body can physically handle the piercing process. You should also ask your doctor if there are any medical conditions that would prevent you from getting a genital piercing. If you have a history of passing out, dizziness, or heart problems, then you may want to reconsider getting a genital piercing.

How much does a genital piercing cost?

Genital piercings can be expensive although the cost can vary depending on where you get it done and what you get pierced. The average cost for a genital piercing is about $40 to $60. If you want to get something other than the default barbell or ring, then you could spend over $100.

How do I clean my genital piercing?

You should change your genital piercing’s jewelry (barbell or ring) every two to six months. You can do this yourself or go to a professional piercer. When you get a new piece of jewelry, you will need to put saline solution (provided by the piercer) onto the new jewelry. Once it is in place, let the piercing site heal for a few days before removing the old jewelry. There is no special way to clean genital piercings. You should wash your genitals with mild antibacterial soap and warm water both during and after your bathing activity.

What do I need to know about genital piercings?

The main thing to remember is that your genital piercing will be a huge hit at parties! Seriously though, genital piercings can increase the pleasure for you or your partner during sexual activity. It all depends on the location of the piercing, what is attached to it, and how the two of you like to go about it.

What are some of the most popular genitice piercings?

Labia Piercings:

There are several different labia piercings that you can get however, three of the most popular (and safe) ones are the 4ga, 2ga, and 0ga. A 4ga piercing goes through the clitoral hood (foreskin) and is usually used for decoration.

A 2ga piercing goes through the clitoral hood and part of the clitoris. This is one of the most common piercings for women as it provides extra stimulation during foreplay and sexual activity. A 0ga piercing goes through both of these and all the way into the vaginal hole. This piercing provides a lot of stimulation for both the wearer and their partner.


Nipple piercings take two different forms. There are surface piercings where a ring or barbell goes through the top part of your areola (nipple).

An infiltrate piercing goes underneath the top layers of your areola into the milk ducts. The latter type of piercing provides a stronger sensation for the wearer.

Rear End:

Rear end piercings can be done in several different ways and locations. A common location is to pierce the skin through where your butt cheeks separate.

Other common piercings include the 10 gauge, 8 gauge, and vertical “plug” (where the hole goes all the way through). If you choose to be pierced here, please make sure that the location is reciprocated with your partner. You can also get a “Prince Alberts” piercing which goes through the urethra (the hole through which you urinate from). This type of piercing provides extra stimulation for both men and women during sexual activity.

How do I take care of my genital piercing?

General Aftercare Tips:

You can take out your jewelry during bathing, exercise, and sleep. Clean your piercing(s) at least once every 24 hours.

When cleaning, use warm water, antibacterial soap, or a specially-formulated piercing cleaning solution. After cleaning, dry the area gently and apply a thin layer of a quality genital piercing aftercare product. Never touch the piercing with unclean hands as the natural oils and bacteria on your skin can cause infection. Always wear jewelry that is the right size to prevent irritation and injuries. Avoid contact with chlorine and other chemical substances (for example, hair dye, lotions, etc.) that can damage the tissue.

Tip: Use a soft cloth to wipe away debris and jewelry during bathing to prevent or minimize abrasion.

What materials are safe for me to use?

We only use medical-grade materials that are safe and gentle for your piercing.

Do I have to use a retainer?

A retainer is not essential for your piercing, but it can be handy if you are active or play sports. It also helps keep the piercing clean and safe from injury. At Sleeping Moon we provide you with a quality medical-grade plastic retainer that suits your piercing.

How long do genital piercings take to heal?

The healing process can last anywhere from 4 to 10 weeks. During this time you should take special care of your piercing and shield it from excessive activity. Your piercings will normally scab and bleed during this time, but this is perfectly normal. Bleeding and scabbing does not mean that your piercing is infected. If you go swimming or take a long bath, remove your jewelry to prevent the piercing from swelling or getting beaten by the water pressure. Sleeping with the jewelry in your piercings can cause sores (somatic shocks) to form on the tissue (especially for males). It is perfectly normal to experience a loss of sensitivity during the healing process as well.

Do you remove a piercing if it gets infected?

We take piercing hygiene very seriously at Sleeping Moon and we make sure that all of our tools and jewelry are sterile. If you follow proper aftercare instructions, your risk of infection is greatly reduced. If, however, you notice signs of infection (redness, swelling, pus, bad odor, etc.) during the healing process, we advise that you seek medical attention.

How can I keep my piercing from getting infected?

Aftercare is a very important part of genital piercing because the area is more prone to infection due to delicate skin. If you are consistent with cleaning and caring for your piercing, it will help prevent potential complications down the road. To prevent infection, follow these simple steps:

1) Use a piercing-friendly soaps or cleansers to help prevent infection.

Our piercers can provide you with a high-quality medicated soap that is suitable to your piercing and affordable.

2) Always use new, sterile piercing implements and jewelry.

Sleeping Moon piercers change their tools after each customer to ensure that they are free of price and bacteria.

3) Keep your hands and the surrounding area clean.

Hands carry more bacteria than any other part of the body, so it is important to be careful. Do not touch any open cuts or sores on your hands as this can lead to infection.

4) Moisturize your piercing to reduce irritation and speed up the healing process.

We carry a wide range of aftercare products that are perfect for your new piercing.

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