Prince Albert piercing

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For other uses of "Prince Albert", see Prince Albert (disambiguation)

The Prince Albert piercing (PA) is one of the more common male genital piercings. The PA pierces the penis from the outside of the frenulum and into the urethra. The related "reverse Prince Albert piercing" enters through the urethra and exits through a hole pierced in the top of the glans.

While some piercers may choose to avoid the nerve bundle that runs along the center of the frenulum altogether, others do not. The piercing may be centered if the bearer is circumcised. Otherwise, the piercing will be done to the side because the surrounding skin needs to be able to reposition itself dynamically.



The PA heals fairly quickly, as the area is highly vascular and the tissue being pierced is relatively elastic. A fresh PA piercing may bleed lightly for the first two to five days.

Risks and effects

In the first day after piercing, most men have some blood in the urine.

Some men find that the dribble caused by the PA when urinating necessitates sitting down to urinate. This is not caused by the hole made during piercing, but rather by urine traveling along the surface of the jewelry. However, if a ring is worn that is a thinner gauge than the piercing hole, or if no ring is worn at all, an additional stream of urine may come from the hole in the frenulum. This effect may be exaggerated by different sizes and styles of jewelry. It can often be mitigated by either twisting the penis so that the hole is above the flow, or by holding a finger or the jewelry against the hole, effectively sealing it off.

PA wearers usually report no negative effect on sexual function, and most say it enhances sexual pleasure for both partners, though some people penetrated by males with this piercing report discomfort. PA rings can cause pain to female partners in cases when the penis comes in contact with the cervix; however, this is less of a problem when smooth rings are worn. PA rings rarely interfere with safe condom use.[1]

As with many piercings, there is a small risk of the jewelry becoming caught on clothing and being pulled or torn out, but this is usually only a concern with small gauge rings(smaller than approx. 8 ga).[citation needed]

Very large gauge or heavy jewelry can cause thinning of the tissue between the urethral opening and the healed fistula resulting in an accidental meatotomy. Conversely, extremely thin jewelry can cause the same tearing in what is commonly referred to as the "cheese cutter effect", either during sudden torsion or over a long period of wearing, especially if the thin jewelry bears any weight. In some cases this can be corrected surgically.

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