Genital piercings are more popular than ever, with PA piercings topping the list for men. What is a Prince Albert piercing? How does it work? We tell you everything you need to know in this blog post.

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Genital piercings have become increasingly popular among men and women alike in recent years, with Prince Albert piercings (also known as a PA piercings) topping the list of most desirable male genital piercings. This piercing is popular among men of all ages for aesthetic and sexual reasons alike, but is it the right male genital piercing for you?

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Men can also wear Prince Albert wands in their PA piercings, but this more advanced style of genital piercing jewelry is usually best suited to wear in healed PA piercings, because PA wands are more invasive than captive rings, bent barbells and circular barbells. PA wands are not ideal Prince Albert piercing jewelry for everyday wear, like bent barbells and rings are, because they can pinch the skin in uncomfortable ways when you're active, especially when you're flaccid. Prince Albert wands can be fun to wear during bedroom play, though.

A Prince Albert wand is comprised of a hollow tube placed down into the urethra. It may have a "leg" placed perpendicularly towards the front end of the wand that goes through the opening of the piercing on the underside of the penile shaft (as with the stainless steel PA wand with a doorknocker ring shown below and the blue Prince Albert wand shown above). There are also PA wands that have two posts protruding from the bottom of the wand for those with two holes in a row on the underside of their penile shafts. Some Prince Albert wands also have one or more rings that encompass the penile shaft. Visit our Prince Albert Wands page to see all of the many different styles available.

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The most painful moment in the Prince Albert piercing process is when the piercing needle punctures the urethra. This is not a piercing for the faint of heart, because you may experience a moment of intense, eye-watering pain when the needle pushes into your urethra. It will pass quickly, though. Once your Prince Albert jewelry has been inserted, you may continue to experience a dull, throbbing discomfort for a period of time, but you shouldn't have more than a moment of acute, sharp pain. Using a topical anesthetic can make the puncturing of the urethra more bearable. To address residual discomfort and reduce inflammation in the days following getting a PA piercing, take a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory like IBProfen, if you can tolerate it. Do not take aspirin as a pain reliever, though, particularly during the first week or so; it can thin the blood and cause excessive bleeding.

Your piercer will most likely encourage you to wear a bent barbell or a circular barbell as your starter jewelry. These styles of jewelry will make it slightly easier for you to urinate, which can become a messy proposition once there's a piece of jewelry protruding from your urethra. (Some men have to urinate sitting down until they get used to managing the spray caused by Prince Albert jewelry.) Bent barbells and circular barbells are also more comfortable to wear in a Prince Albert piercing regularly, during daily activities and sex alike.

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Soak With Piercing Aftercare Spray – Fill a small glass with store-bought piercing aftercare spray/saline wash, and submerge your penis in the solution for 5 minutes. Do this first thing in the morning and again at night, or at whatever two times a day are most convenient based on your schedule. Alternatively, you can saturate cotton balls with piercing aftercare spray and apply them to your piercing one-at-a-time until you've saturated your piercing with soothing sea salt solution for at least 5 minutes.

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Other Aspects of PA Piercing Aftercare

Keeping your new Prince Albert piercing clean should be your top priority during the first 4-6 weeks after getting pierced, but it's not the only thing you can do to help your piercing heal well.
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Getting plenty of rest is also important, since our bodies heal best when we're sleeping. It's also critical to eat nutritiously to bolster your immune system, as well as to minimize your alcohol and nicotine intake during the healing process, since consuming alcohol and nicotine can slow down the healing process. Nicotine is particularly harmful, because it has a somewhat paralyzing systemic effect on the body's ability to heal.

Another aspect of taking care of your body while your Prince Albert piercing heals is avoiding sexual contact for as long as possible–particularly during the first critical 4-6 weeks of the healing process. Engaging in intercourse or self-stimulation prematurely can jostle your jewelry and cause minor tears or worse, and tears in the skin are a breeding ground for bacteria. Even oral sex is a bad idea, since other people's saliva contains foreign bacteria that could trigger an infection to develop.

When the time comes and you're ready to take your healed PA piercing for a test drive in the bedroom, wear a condom to minimize movement of your jewelry and block contact with your partner's bodily fluids.

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Doing so allows the fistula to reinforce and gives the body time to heal any minor tears caused by the last stretch.

There are a few things you can do to make stretching a Prince Albert piercing go more smoothly. First, never go up more than a single size at a time. In fact, stretching will be a smoother process if you increase the size of your jewelry even more gradually using the tape method. Just purchase a roll of stretching tape, and add a single layer around your jewelry every week or two until you can comfortably insert jewelry in the next full size up from what you've been wearing. Alternatively, you can use a piercing taper to go up a single full size at a time. If you get a threaded taper in the size to which you're stretching, you can screw your new jewelry onto one end, add a single drop of water-based lubricant to the end of the taper, and work it through your piercing slowly until you've pulled the new jewelry all the way through your piercing. Then, unscrew the taper from the jewelry, and replace it with the opposing ball or other end. Sometimes you can even screw your new jewelry directly onto your old jewelry and use it to push the old jewelry out, if the thread patterns are compatible. That can make it even easier to change jewelry than using a taper would, particularly for PA piercings since jewelry has to make an almost 90-degree turn after first being inserted into the top or bottom piercing hole.

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It's also helpful to use emu oil regularly in the weeks leading up to a stretch. Emu oil enhances the skin's natural elasticity, which makes it more pliable and easier to insert jewelry in a full size up from what you've been wearing. Just massage a small amount of emu oil into the skin around your piercing a couple times a day for a week or two before a stretch for maximum benefit.

Learn More About Prince Albert Piercings

We offer additional Prince Albert piercing resources ranging from Prince Albert pictures to articles that discuss PA piercings in more detail to Prince Albert jewelry and beyond. Here are some of the PA piercing resources you may find most helpful if you're interested in learning more about Prince Albert piercings or looking to buy new PA jewelry:

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