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Types of piercing

Non-genital piercings

Arse hole

An uncommon, tricky piercing through the outer sphincter and into the arse hole.

Healing time: up to nine months.


A labret stud is pierced along the smile fold; either one or a row. A newish piercing (the ‘Nick’) is one placed at the highest point on the inside of the mouth, just down from the eye.

Healing time: 10-12 weeks.


Not to be confused with what might look like a piercing in the chin, this is actually a labret placed as low as possible inside the lip, coming out under the lower lip.

Healing time: up to eight weeks.

Ear lobe

Healing time: six to eight weeks.


Eye bridge

Horizontal (or vertical) piercing through the fleshy skin between the eyes.

Healing time: eight to 10 weeks.

Eye lid (rare)

A ring or vertical bar pierced through the eyebrow.

Healing time: six to eight weeks.


Healing time: eight to 10 weeks.

Lower lip
  • Labret piercings have a stud going through the skin directly under the lower lip with the stud’s other end coming out inside the mouth. A labret is also the name for a metal piercing stud.
  • Ashley piercings are one bead on top of the middle of the lower lip, the other bead inside the mouth.
Upper lip
  • Munroe is an off-centre labret by the upper lip (where beauty spots often go).
  • Medusa is a labret stud in centre of the groove between upper lip and nose.
  • Upper lip frenulum is a piercing through the fleshy webbing/bridge underneath the centre of the upper lip.


Nape of neck

Surface bar on the back of the neck.

Healing time: six to nine months.


Piercing at the base of the neck, above the collar bone. Due to its high migration rate it often still hasn’t healed a year later.

Healing time: often never fully heals.


A piercing through the rim of the belly button.

Healing time: six to 18 months.


A ring or bars through the base of the erect part of the nipple (not the very tip).

Healing time: two to six months or more.



A stud on the side of the nose or a ring going round and into the nostril.

Healing time: three to 12 months.


A ‘bull-ring’ type piercing with the ring passing through a gap between the base of the nose and the cartilage dividing the nostrils.

Healing time: six to eight weeks.

Pubic piercing

Also know as Rhinoceros Horn. A piercing at the base of the dick where it joins the pubic bone.

Healing time: four to eight months.


Usually a vertical piercing through centre of the tongue. Sometimes the fleshy webbing/bridge (frenulum) under the tongue is pierced.

Healing time: four to six weeks.


A ring is pierced through the dangly bit at the back of the throat.

Genital piercings

The Prince Albert (PA)

The ring goes in through the urethra (the piss pipe) and out through a hole pierced in, or just to the side of, the frenulum, which is the bridge of flesh connecting the foreskin to the head of cock. Some PA owners say it gives them intense stimulation of the urethra during sex.

PAs and apadravyas can make it hard to aim when you piss and you may need to sit. It’s possible for the ring to get caught on clothing, during sex and so on, and tear the surrounding skin.

Healing time: four to nine weeks, or four to six months for a reverse PA.

Reverse PA

With a reverse PA the ring goes in through the urethra and out through the glans (top side of the cock’s head).

A royal connection?

The story goes that the Prince Albert got its name from the husband of Queen Victoria. Apparently he had a ring pierced through his cock so he could fasten down his dick to his inner thigh, possibly by attaching the ring to a hook sewn inside his trouser leg. This was so no bulge could be seen when wearing tight uniform trousers.

But there’s not a single written record from the time of Albert having genital piercings. Far from being kinky, Albert was a bit of a sexual prude. So it’s highly likely the story’s a myth.


In a guiche (pronounced ‘geesh’) the ring goes in through the back of the ball sack and through the perineum. This can take several months to heal, is easily irritated and rejected by the body, and can move from its original place.

Healing time: eight to 10 weeks


A rod goes through the cock head (side to side). Often bleeds for up to two weeks after piercing, with complete healing taking up to a year.

Healing time: three months to a year.


A rod/barbell goes through cock head running back to front.

Healing time: four months to a year.


A ring is pierced through the narrow bridge of skin on the underside of the penis head (it joins the foreskin to the cock’s head). A Frenum Ladder is when a series of piercings go along the ridge that runs down the underside of the shaft of the dick.

Healing time: six to eight weeks


A ring goes through the upper part of the ball sack, between the legs.

Healing time: two to three months

Foreskin piercing

A ring goes through the tip of the foreskin (but not done in such a way as to stop the foreskin rolling back).

Healing time: six to 10 weeks


A ring piercing at the edge of the cock head (through the bell end).

Healing time: six to eight weeks.

Shaft (Frenum or Frenulum) piercings

A rod (or several) going through the underside of the shaft of the dick. It has a high failure rate and long healing time.

Healing time: four to six months

Jacob’s Ladder (Frenum Ladder)

A series of piercings down the shaft of the dick; usually the underside but sometimes the topside. The term can also refer to any line of piercings down the shaft of a cock no matter where placed.

Piercings, HIV and condoms

There’s been little research into the role piercings might play in passing on HIV. As an open wound a piercing has obvious risks, especially if it bleeds. Even when fully healed they can be prone to inflammation and more bleeding.

Sometimes a piercing can catch on something and tear the surrounding skin, drawing blood. During sucking or fucking piercings can cause bleeding or soreness in mouths, cocks or arses, giving HIV (and hepatitis C) a way in or out of a body.

Condoms are definitely advised during the long healing process in case the piercing bleeds and to protect it from getting infected. You may need a larger size condom to fit around a piercing and the extra thin varieties may not be strong enough.

Some suggest dabbing a little lube on the piercing before putting the condom on to make it less likely it gets caught in the condom when taking it off. But too much lube inside the condom makes it more likely to slip off.

Ampallangs and apadravyas are thought by some to be the hardest on rubbers. Some men with Prince Alberts prefer to take them out before putting a condom on.

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Last review: 19/09/2018
Next review: 19/09/2021