Genital piercings date back to the Gupta Empire of Ancient India. Genital piercings are common for both men and women and they are done for sexual enhancement. Some cultures, such as the males in the Dayak group of Borneo pierce their genitals to reduce sexual enhancement. Female genital piercings were usually performed for chastity purposes.
The healing process for genital piercings tends to be faster than other parts of the body. However, the pierced area must remain cool and dry in order for it to heal properly. Wearing undergarments and tight clothing can aggravate the piercing. The piercing is often done deep into the location to avoid rejection caused by friction. Any sign of infection must be handled immediately. Infections caused by piercings in the genital area can often lead to urinary problems.
The clitoris piercing can be one of the most painful because of the sensitivity of the area. The clitoris must be large enough to support the piercing and not cause nerve damage. It must also be exposed rather than hooded. Most women are not good candidates for this piercing. The placement of the piercing is also critical. The piercing can be horizontal or vertical. Only highly skilled and professional piercers must perform this. The healing time is about 4 to 6 weeks.
The clitoral hood is one of the most popular female genital piercing and safer than a clitoris piercing. The placement must be accurate in order to provide sexual stimulation. A woman's anatomy must be examined before piercing the clitoral hood to determine if a vertical or horizontal piercing is more fitting. With a horizontal piercing, the bead of the jewelry will rest right on top of the clitoris. With a vertical piercing, the jewelry runs parallel with the contours of the body and has less twisting. Larger jewelry increases stimulation. The healing time is 6 to 8 weeks.
Labia piercings heal quickly and are simpler to perform. This is because the skin tissue stretches easily and jewelry does not reject or migrate out of the skin as much. Some women have multiple piercings along the inner labia for decorative purposes. Inner and outer labia piercings are very different.
The inner labia is less painful and more popular aesthetically. The inner labia piercing also provides more sexual stimulation. The outer labia piercing is not suitable for most women and often gets rejected. Larger jewelry increases stimulation during sexual activity. Labia piercings can be aggravated by tight clothing and perspiration. Infections can occur if the area is not properly cleaned. The healing time is 4 to 6 weeks.
The Hafada, also called a scrotum piercing is located on any part of the scrotum. However, it must be carefully placed as to not penetrate the sac. The Hafada piercing is often painless, but the area can become irritated easily. Irritation can make the healing process more difficult. This is often a result of perspiration and limited ventilation. Rough sexual activity can cause the piercing to tear. Healing time is generally 2 to 4 months.
The Apadravya is another popular male genital piercing but a dangerous one. The piercing goes through the glans (head) vertically. The needle must be placed carefully and accurately to prevent severe bleeding. Complications during the piercing can result in death. This piercing can also be painful. The healing time is 6 to 12 weeks.
The Prince Albert is the most popular male genital piercing and is considered the most sexually appealing. The healing process is typically faster and there are fewer complications. The piercing enters the urethra underneath the glans (head) and the needle exits out of the penis through the urethral opening. Sexual activity must be avoided for one week. The healing time is 2 to 12 weeks.
The foreskin piercing can only be done on an uncircumcised penis. The foreskin can be pierced with a single piercing or multiple piercings. Sexual activity must be avoided for one week to allow proper healing. Rough sexual activity can cause the piercing to tear. The healing time is 2 to 4 months.