Lot’s of guys think body piercing is pretty cool and you might be one of them? If you’re healthy then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t go for it – if you’re sure it’s what you want. But first you need to find out more information. You need to find out that you are not one of the men who may put your health at risk.
Where to get piercing done
It is important that you get your piercing done by a professional with a good reputation, preferably someone who has been recommended to you. He or she will be able to advise you on the correct size jewelry and how to care for your piercing. Sterilized equipment and clean premises are extremely important to avoid transmission of a number of serious, life threatening diseases. I do not recommend you try doing it yourself. You may introduce infection and you may not place the piercing properly.
Cost of penis piercing
Rates vary but you should expect to pay from $50 plus the jewelry.
How is a penis piercing done?
Penis piercing is a simple procedure. A needle punctures the skin, then the bar or ring is put through the opening made by it. The piercing can be through the foreskin, the skin on the shaft of the penis, the scrotum and the head of the penis. It must not pierce straight through the shaft of the penis as this could cause serious damage.
- Do not remove the piercing while the wound is healing.
- Keep the wound clean.
- If you decide you do not want a piercing any more and remove it, there is a good chance the hole will never close or if it does it will probably leave a small scar.
Complications following a penis piercing
Allergic reactions to jewelry. A rash on the area surrounding the piercing may mean that you are allergic to the metal type. Surgical grade steel, titanium, gold or platinum are usually non-reactive.
Infections. Urinary infections sometimes occur. Signs and symptoms are burning sensation when you urinate and occasionally, blood in the urine.
Redness and soreness at the site of the piercing is common when you first get it done.
Bleeding. Any bleeding should only a small amount at the time of the piercing and should stop when a little pressure is applied. If the piercing has been incorrectly positioned it may cause problems. Any significant amounts of blood loss should be brought to the attention of a doctor.
Serious complications following a penis piercing
Remember that any body fluids and poorly sterilized equipment can pass on some serious viral infections.
HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis B and C
HIV/AIDS and hepatitis B and hepatitis C are blood borne diseases that can be caught from unsterilized needles. The Hepatitis B and C viruses can live outside the body for a significant period of time and both diseases can make you, not only very sick but can be life threatening. Hep B and C are much more easily transmitted than HIV.
Diabetes and Piercing
If you are diabetic you have a higher risk of infection so see your doctor first.
Keloid scarring is defined as abnormal scarring that goes beyond the original site of the skin injury. People from certain ethnic groups, Hispanics, Blacks, Africans and Asian are more susceptible to keloid scarring, so should think about the possibility and consider avoiding all types of body piercing and tattoos.
Remember safe sex practices and piercing. Safe sex involves the use of condoms. If you have a penis piercing you may need to use a bigger condom that has room for your jewelry as well! You should use a condom that will not tear, so do not use sheer ones.
Article Sources Include:
Weber, Angela. “Evaluation of Potential Bloodborne Pathogen.” Feb 2001. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 14 Nov 2006 <http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/hhe/reports/pdfs/1999-0265-2830.pdf>.