Are you feeling adventurous? Or maybe just want to bejewel your junk? For your pleasure (and information), we’ve compiled this guide to genital piercings for both women and men. 

Some genital piercings affect sexual intercourse, while others are primarily aesthetic. 

Regardless of your reason, you need to make sure you do your research on these risque body piercings to know what you’re getting yourself into down there.

Some of the common questions we get are:

  • What are the different types of genital piercings for women and men?
  • How long will a piercing take to heal, and how long do I need to wait to have sex?
  • What should I keep in mind when resuming having sex after getting my piercing?

We want to make sure you make this decision with confidence, so we put together this guide to genital piercings to help! However, with our guide in mind, be sure to ask your piercer for clarity, as healing times can differ from person to person.

How do Genital Piercings Affect Sexual Pleasure?

Women who have their clitoral hood pierced report that their clitoral orgasms are more intense and find it easier to orgasm as well. Also, let’s face it, some men have trouble finding that little erogenous zone, and a piercing makes it very obvious.

It is important to note that any professional piercer worth their salt will not directly pierce a woman’s clitoris. Clit piercings are very risky and can either result in a complete loss of sensation or over-stimulation that is more distracting than pleasurable.

In general, men’s sexual piercings tend to benefit women more when it comes to increasing pleasure. For example, a Prince Albert piercing is excellent at stimulating a woman’s G-spot in some sexual positions. However, many men report that a bar or ring putting pressure on their urethra, penile head, or perineum does increase stimulation and makes orgasms more intense.

There’s also the visual and aesthetic element as well. For many folks, seeing a genital piercing is a significant turn-on and can benefit sex based on excitement alone.

Sexual pleasure is subjective, of course, so that individual results will vary!

How Long Does it Take For Genital Piercings to Heal and When Can you Have Sex?

The answer here is – it depends! The healing time will depend mainly on the body and type of skin pierced and how well you adhere to your aftercare routine. Under each piercing type below, we’ve listed the average healing time. 

It is essential to wait to have sex until your piercing is fully healed. Otherwise, you risk damage to your piercing or an infection.

It’s also essential when you resume sex to take it slow, so you and your partner get used to the sensation. 

If you experience any discomfort, it’s essential to stop immediately. When a male is getting used to a new piercing, a condom may be worn to protect the piercing and prevent bacterial transfer.

Female Genital Piercings

Vertical Clitoral Hood Piercing (VCH)

Healing Time: 4-8 weeks

This piercing is made through the top of the clitoral hood. The jewelry rests over the clit to increase stimulation. The most popular piece of jewelry is a bent barbell, but some choose to wear a circular barbell or captive ring. 

Horizontal Clitoral Hood Piercing (HCH)

Healing Time: 6-8 weeks

This horizontal piercing may not be as stimulating but has a unique look all its own. Jewelry types here include captive bead rings, segment rings, or circular barbells.

Christina Genital Piercings

Healing Time: 3-4 months

These purely aesthetic piercings are made above the clitoral hood on the mon pubis. They are oriented vertically and need to be made with a heavy gauge to reduce the body’s risk of rejecting them.

Labia Piercing

Inner Labia Healing Time: 4-6 weeks

Outer Labia Healing Time: 2-3 months

These aesthetic piercings are made on the inner labia lips or outer labia lips with rings. You can have multiple rings on one side, both sides, or anywhere in between. In terms of healing, inner labia piercings will heal faster than outer labia piercings.

Triangle Piercing

Healing Time: 2-3 months

This is a less common piercing, as it requires the clitoral hood to protrude outward from the body. A piercing is made beneath the clitoral hood tissue base and can stimulate the clit from behind.

Male Genital Piercings

Prince Albert Piercing

This piercing goes through the underside of the penis head, then through the urethra, and out again through the urethral opening. Potential jewelry types include a Prince Albert wand, a captive bead ring, a circular barbell, or a bent barbell.

When choosing your jewelry, it’s crucial to think about the types of sexual positions you and your partner like. For example, some women are not into a curved barbell’s sensation, but some love them. Your professional piercer can help you determine what type of jewelry is right for you.

Frenum Piercing

These piercings are made horizontally on the underside of your penis and pierced with a straight barbell. You can also add a series of these piercings under the shaft, creating what’s colloquially known as Jacob’s Ladder. 

Rather than go gung-ho and get all your frenum piercings at once, it’s a good idea to start with one and see how you and your partner feel before getting more. One potential benefit to Jacob’s Ladder is it can help delay your orgasm!

Apadravya Piercings

This is one of the most functional piercings for sex; a vertical piercing goes through the top of the penile head to the bottom. It can be stimulating to both men and women, though far more likely for women as it has the potential to stimulate the G-spot.

Ampallang Piercings

Opposite to the Apadravya, this piercing goes horizontally through the penile head. While this may have less of a pleasurable effect on a partner, it benefits the wearer by stimulating penile tissue.

Dydoe Piercing

This piercing goes through the top edge of the penile head, typically with a straight barbell. It’s a good idea to start with a more petite ball on the end of your barbell with your partner before experimenting with larger ones.

Guiche Piercing

This piercing is unique in that it’s made between the testicles and the anus in the perineum. This is an erogenous zone for many men and can be stimulating for many men. Both captive bead rings and barbell jewelry work for this piercing.