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What Is Genital Piercing?

Genital piercing is the piercing of the genital area. Genital piercings can be performed in men and women. There are various forms of genital piercing available nowadays.

The female genital area includes: labia major and minor, mons pubis, clitoris and Bartholin glands.

The male genital area includes the penis, scrotum and testes.

Genital Piercing In Men

Piercing in men includes piercing of the glans, the shaft of the penis, the scrotum and the perineum. Common male genital piercings include the Prince Albert piercing, Dydoe, Foreskin or Hafada.

Genital Piercing In Women

Piercing in women includes piercing of the clitoris, the inner and outer labia of the vagina and the vulva vestibule. Common female genital piercings include the vertical clitoral hood, horizontal clitoral hood, labia piercing or triangle.

The genital area, both in men and women is very delicate and any piercing in this area has its own risks and complications. Infections are the most common complications of genital piercing.

Complications Of Genital Piercing

Possible complications after a piercing in the genital area include:

  • Bacterial infection
  • Nerve damage
  • Bleeding
  • Scarring at the piercing site
  • Allergic reaction to the jewelry
  • Increased risk for HIV/AIDS, STD and Hepatitis B and C
  • Narrowing of the urethra in males due to scar tissue
  • Impotence - when the needle mistakenly pierces the erectile tissue

It is very important to follow some rules to avoid any possible complications, especially in the first days after the piercing until the piercing area has healed. If you have decided to have a genital piercing always keep in mind:

  • Avoid sexual intercourse at least for two weeks after the piercing
  • Keep the piercing area clean
  • Wash the piercing area regularly with a diluted saline solution
  • Wash your hands before and after touching the genital area, and especially the piercing area
  • Try to avoid touching and especially don't let anyone else touch the piercing area when it is in the healing process
  • Clean the area prior to urination if the piercing is located near the urethra.
  • Do not use hot tubs, saunas or pools until the piercing area is healed
  • Use a condom while having sexual intercourse
  • When you do have sexual intercourse, clean the pierced area with saline solution afterward.

Always keep in mind that infections of the piercing may occur even if you have tried to accomplish all the above mentioned tips. Also, keep in mind that infections of that area are possible, even after the piercing area has healed. Take a good look and keep a good eye on the piercing of the genital area.

If you notice any change of the pierced area, seek medical help. Signs and symptoms of an infection of the piercing usually include: redness of the piercing area, bed smell, discharge, moderate to high fever, pain and swelling of the area.

Don't try to cure the infection on your own. It is not a wise thing to do.

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