Types of genital piercings

Possible piercing sites on the Male bodied genitalia include the glans, the skin of the penis shaft, the scrotum or the perineum

Glans penis

Piercings through the glans of the penis include the ampallang, which passes horizontally, and the apadrayva, that passes vertically through the glans. The Prince Albert piercing is situated on the dorsal side while the reverse Prince Albert piercing passes through the ventral side of the glans. The dydoe pierces through the coronal rim of the glans. With the exception of the dydoe, all these piercings pass through the urethra.

These piercings provide increased stimulation during intercourse to the Male bodied individual

Skin of the penis shaft and scrotum

The foreskin piercing passes through the penile prepuce on the dorsal, ventral or lateral side. It can only be applied if the Male is not circumcised. The frenum piercing passes through the penile frenum, a small skin bridge that connects the glans with the shaft skin. This anatomical part is also often missing in circumcised Male bodied individuals. The hafada piercing is situated on the skin of the scrotum. As an intermediate version between frenulum and hafada, the lorum piercing low frenum sits at the point where penis and scrotum connect. These piercings play a lesser role in adding stimulation and more or less fulfil only a decorative purpose.

Female Bodied genital piercings

In female bodied individuals as well, various anatomical parts can be suitable for piercings. These include the mons pubis, the clitoris including the clitoral hood, the inner and outer labia and the vulval vestibule which is the area surrounding the vaginal opening.

Clitoris and clitoral hood

The glans of the clitoris itself can be pierced. Since this anatomical part is too small in many women, this piercing is not very common. In contrast, the __clitoral hood piercing __is the most common genital piercing for female bodied individuals. It can be applied horizontally and vertically. Both, the Deep hood piercing and the Triangle piercing are variations of the clitoral hood piercing that pass deeper through the clitoral hood, with the triangle situated under the glans towards the inner labia. All these piercings are very pleasurable to the woman wearing them.

Labia and vulval vestibule

The Labia piercing can be applied at the labia majora or the labia minora. Through the dorsal rim of the vulval vestibule passes the Fourchette piercing. A less common version of the Fourchette is the Suitcase piercing, which can be considered as a deep Fourchette (it enters on the perineum). Also rather uncommon is the Princess Albertina piercing, the female version of the Prince Albert piercing, that passes through the dorsal wall of the urethra.

Some genital piercings can be worn by both genders, men as well as women. These include the pubic piercing, which is situated above the penis in men and on the mons pubic in women (comparable to the Christina piercing, but horizontally). The guiche piercing passes horizontally through the perineum while the anal piercing passes through the anus. These type of piercings are usually the most painful ones. These piercings are not popular in some countries.


Like all other types of body piercing, genital piercings basically fulfil a decorative purpose, appealing to the people wearing them. This can be restricted purely aesthetic taste or express a sense of uniqueness and non-conformism. Additional to these cosmetic purposes, genital piercings __can enhance __sexual pleasure during intercourse and masturbation. While female genital piercings do this only to the women wearing them, male genital piercings can enhance stimulation in men and women alike. Different piercings differ in the degree of pleasure enhancement. For males, the piercings of the glans are known to provide additional stimulation to men and women during intercourse. For the woman, this is achieved by the extra pressure that the jewellery puts on the vaginal wall, especially where the G-Spot is reported to be located.

For men, the sensitive urethra is stimulated by the jewellery. Female genital piercings__that are known to give pleasure are the piercings that pass through or close to the __clitoris, the clitoris piercing and the clitoral hood piercing. The triangle piercing is known to be quite pleasurable by providing stimulation of the underside of the clitoral glans, an area that is usually not stimulated at all.  

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