Prince Albert (PA) piercing may be done for different reasons. Some men go for it for aesthetic reasons, whereas some may try it as an adventure. Men with PA piercing report an increased sense of sexual gratification. This piercing works by stimulating the urethral area (the passage through which pee and semen pass) during sex. The jewelry may provide greater sexual pleasure while masturbating or during oral, anal, or vaginal sex. PA piercing also increases the sexual pleasure of the partner. It can stimulate the nerves in the mouth and genital areas of the partner during sex.

What is Prince Albert piercing?

Genital piercing, in both men and women, is not a new concept. Evidence regarding the existence of genital piercing hundreds of years ago is also available. Prince Albert (PA) piercing is a type of genital piercing in which a ring or barbell jewelry is inserted through the opening (urethral opening) at the end of the penis, and it comes out through the undersurface of the penis. It is one of the commonest genital piercings in men. The name “Prince Albert” for this piercing comes from the belief that Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert had this penile piercing. There is, however, no confirmatory evidence for the same.

Most people report that PA piercing is not as painful as nipple piercing and lasts only a few seconds. The pain felt may differ depending on your tolerance to pain. You can still use condoms after having PA piercing, but there is a higher risk of condom rupture during intercourse. PA piercing does not cause any negative effect on fertility. The site may take around 6-8 weeks to heal. During the first few days, you may have some discomfort getting accustomed to the ways you pee or have sexual intercourse.

How is Prince Albert piercing done?

Any type of body piercing must be done by a licensed professional piercer. The Association of Professional Piercers licenses and maintains the standards for body piercing. During the procedure, the piercer will wear sterilized gloves. They will then clean the skin of the penis with an antiseptic solution. The site to be pierced is then marked. The piercer may use a numbing medicine to reduce pain. They will then use a needle to make piercing. Unused, sterile jewelry is then put at the site of piercing. The area is cleaned and bandaged. The piercer will tell you how to take care of the site.

Is Prince Albert piercing safe?

Prince Albert (PA) piercing is generally safe when done by a licensed piercer or doctor. Some of the complications of PA piercing include:

  • Bleeding
  • Pain
  • Scarring and deformity of the penis
  • Increased risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
  • Allergic reactions
  • Hygiene issues
  • Narrowing of the urethra
  • Fistula formation (formation of an abnormal passage between the urethra and the surface of the penis)
  • Infection at the site of piercing
  • Increased risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • Allergic reactions to the jewelry

There may also be complications to the partner during oral, genital, or anal sex. There may be injuries to the area due to the jewelry. Piercing may cause trauma to the teeth during oral sex. It can also tear through the condom during sexual intercourse. This can lead to the failure of contraception.


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Medically Reviewed on 2/22/2021