Body Piercing

Types of Male Genital Piercings

If you are male and planning to get a genital piercing, you might be shocked to learn that there are several options than the infamous Prince Albert. There are numerous choices available to you, and thus, you must know those choices prior to making a definitive choice. Also make sure that you get the piercing done by a 100% experienced body piercer with genital piercings. Genital piercings are not the type of piercings which you ever want to regret getting it done.

Types of Male Genital Piercings:

Following are various types of male genital piercings.

Ampallang Piercing:

This piercing penetrates horizontally through the entire penis glans. Ampallang can be transurethral that is passing through urethra. A variant on this is shaft ampallang. Shaft ampallang penetrates horizontally through the penis shaft at any point along the length.


People often choose straight barbells for this piercing. The jewelry must be long enough for accommodating the penis expansion during erection.

Apadravya Piercing:

Apadravya is similar to the ampallang piercing which passes through the glans. Ampallang passes through the glans horizontally, where as apadravya passes vertically through the glans from top to bottom. Apadravya is always centrally placed and passes through the urethra. Off-shore apasdravyas are also possible, where the piercing is deliberately offset, but still passes through urethra. Apadrvayas are often done on the slightly forward angle to hips.


The piercing jewelry for this piercing is again straight barbells.

Deep Shaft Piercings:

These are the piercings that pass through penile shaft. These are often seen in form of deeply placed apadravyas and ampallangs. Deep shaft piercings are very rare because of the pain associated with it, bleeding, difficulty and prolonged healing times. This is often placed behind head of penis, but it can also placed farther back.


Barbells are the most common piercing jewelry for deep shaft piercing.

Dolphin Piercing:

This is a Prince Albert (PA) piercing that is attached to another deeper PA piercing. Its name comes from the appearance of jewelry diving through the skin’s surface.


Curved barbell is the most common jewelry type for this piercing.

Dydoe Piercing:

This is a type of piercing which passes through the glans on penis head. Usually, one is placed centrally on the glans ridge or two are pierced on either side. A deep dydoe piecing is also called Zephyr piercing.


14 gauge, curved barbells are the jewelry used for this piercing. Long barbells are used for deep dydoe piercing.

Foreskin piercing:

This is a piercing which passes through foreskin. Foreskin piercing is the fast healing piercing and involves very simple procedure. This is similar to the clitoral hood piercing.


Barbells are used for foreskin piercing.

Frenum Piercing:

This is a

type of male genital piercing

situated below the shaft of penis. The healing time for frenum piercing is about 2 – 5 weeks.


Captive bead rings and barbells are recommended jewelry for this piercing.

Frenum Ladder:

This is also called Jacob’s ladder. It consists of a series of frenum piercings that often extend from below the penis head and as far as the base of penis shaft. In some cases, this piercing is accompanied by a guiche ladder and/or a hafada ladder. Frenum piercing takes about 2 – 5 weeks to heal completely.


Barbells are often preferred for this type of male genital piercing.

Guiche Piercing:

This is a piercing on the perineum. These piercings are pretty common in men compared to women. Although, guiche usually runs perpendicular to the direction of penis and lateral placements are also possible. A series of piercings that are done parallel to the penis direction are known as guiche ladder.


Captive bead ring and barbell are the common piercing jewelry for guiche piercing.

Hafada Piercing:

This is a surface piercing that is pierced anywhere on scrotum’s skin. Hafada piercing doesn’t penetrate deep into scrotum and because of the flexibility and looseness of the skin in that region, does not reject or migrate like other surface piercings.


Straight barbells, curved barbells or captive bead rings are the usual piercing jewelry.

Lorum Piercing:

This is a type of male genital piercing that is placed horizontally below the penis at its base, where exactly penis meets scrotum.


Typically the jewelry used for lorum piercing are the captive bead ring and straight barbell.

Magic Cross Piercing:

This is a combination of both an apadravya and an ampallang piercings. These two piercings together form a cross through penis glans. Even though each piercing is done in separate sessions, some men get it done simultaneously.


Barbells are the most common jewelry for magic cross piercing.

Prince Albert Piercing:

This piercing is done on the underside of the head of penis and it passes through urethral opening. This is often done with the loop jewelry which dangles down from the bottom of the head of penis. Healing time for Prince Albert piercing is about 2 – 4 weeks.


Captive bead ring, circular barbell, Prince’s wand and curved barbell are the jewelry used for Prince Albert piercing.

Reverse Prince Albert Piercing:

This is another type of male genital piercing. This enters through urethra and exits through the hole pierced in the top of the glans. As this piercing passes through the thick glans tissue instead of comparatively thinner membrane which is present between the urethra and below the penis. Healing time for this piercing is longer than the Prince Albert piercing.


Captive bead rings and barbells are the most commonly used piercing jewelry.

Transscrotal Piercing:

This is a type of male genital piercing which travels through scrotum from side to side or front to back.


Barbell is the jewelry type used for transscrotal piercing.

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