Piercings have always been something we associate with self expression, just like tattoos, hair colour, and the clothes we wear. But not all piercings are created equal, especially when it comes to genital piercings. Surprise, surprise, not all genital piercings are going to increase sexual pleasure. In fact, many genital piercings are done for aesthetic reasons, just like, say, an eyebrow piercing. If you’re thinking of getting a genital piercing, here are some tips that might help you out a bit.
First things first: get to know your body. You know when you’re friend got her lip pierced and you thought “damn, she has such thin lips, that looks so bad on her.”? Not every genital piercing is for everyone. Everyone’s anatomy is shaped differently so certain piercings may not work so well. I would say talk to some piercers once you’ve figured out which genital piercing you want. Different piercers say different things, so get as much professional input as possible, and go with what you trust.
The next thing you want to do is find a piercer that you can trust, and is reputable. Genital piercings are a bit more expensive than other body piercings, but don’t be tempted to go to some random head shop downtown that says they can do it for $50 (trust me this is not a piercing you want to cheap out on). Depending on what you want pierced and where you go, you can be looking at around $100, more or less.
Step three, prep yourself for the piercing both mentally and physically. Try to be as relaxed as possible, take a friend with if you want. I made sure I had a friend to hold my hand when I got hood and labia done. It’s also good to go with someone so that if you’re feeling light headed afterwards you have someone to help keep you comfortable, get home safe, and hold your stuff if you can’t. Also make sure to eat something beforehand, you’re less likely to feel faint if you have nothing in your stomach. Keep in mind that the thought of getting pierced hurts more than the piercing itself. Just relax and breath deeply, and the whole thing will be over before you know it. If you’re a woman and feel weird about having a guy pierce you, many tattoo shops make sure that a female piercer will do the job. The piercer wants you to be as relaxed as possible so that everything goes over smoothly, the more you wiggle and scream the less confident the piercer will feel with taking a needle to your genitals. The piercing itself takes no time at all, and happens so fast that there’s really nothing to scream about.
The final step is the aftercare, which is pretty basic actually. The piercer will most likely give you an aftercare instruction sheet which will tell you when and how to clean your piercing. Some shops sell a piercing soap, which you might want to pick up. You can also use a simple non-scented soap you can get at the drug store. If you want to be extra clean, or are noticing some mild irritation, try doing a salt rinse (with sea salt) or make a paste from an aspirin tablet and leave it on the piercing for 5-10 minutes. If you feel unsure, check in with your piercer. Also, pick up pantyliners (both for men and women) to lessen direct contact with bacteria. And remember, once you feel ready for action, use condoms because this will help limit the amount of bacteria your piercing will come into contact with.
Remember that different piercings take different amounts of time to heal. Be sure to ask your piercer about this and to always listen to your body, if you feel irritated you may not be healed enough to engage in sexual activity just yet.
Female Genital Piercings: Estimated healing time
Male Genital Piercings: Estimated healing time
Female Genital Piercings
Male Genital Piercings
To find out more about different genital piercings visit the Piercing Bible.