Let’s talk genital piercings and sex

Piercings down there aren’t for everyone – but worth exploring! 

From penile bars to clitoral rings, genital piercings are not for the faint of heart.

Sure, there may be loads of benefits when it comes to genital piercings - but if you find yourself cringing at the sight of a bejewelled penises or a blingy labia, then the world of genital adornment probably isn’t for you.

For those genital jewellery fanatics out there though, penis and vagina piercings aren’t simply about making your downstairs look more attractive. They can produce some stimulating results. Here is what you need to know about genital piercings and sex.


As with all piercings, a penis piercing or a vagina piercing can simply be a form of self-expression. Whether we’re talking a simple bar through the penile head or something much more extravagant such as a clitoral chain, jewellery can be a great way to flash your style once the clothes come off.

Aside from the aesthetics, genital piercings can also go a long way to improving your sex life. They can add new dimensions to stimulation, and they can also add new sensations you wouldn’t otherwise experience.


Whether you are looking to get a penis or vaginal piercing, or you currently have one and want to learn more about your piercing and sex, some genital piercings may have a positive impact on your sex life.

First and foremost, if you are thinking about getting a genital piercing for self-expression and building confidence in your body, the benefits of doing so are self-explanatory, as feeling more confident in the bedroom bears obvious fruit.

If you are looking for benefits from a more orgasmic, sensual perspective – it’s a good thing you’re doing some research! A Piercing might lead to new sensations.


As with all piercings, there can be some risks with the piercing of the genitals, and the obvious risk is infection. To that end, if you are considering a new genital piercing, ensure you visit a reputable piercing studio.

Another factor you may want to consider is that your piercing, although not a lifetime commitment like a tattoo, will be with you for the foreseeable future.

Sure, you can take it out at any time, but if you are happy with your new genital adornment and want to keep it in, be prepared for at least some discomfort during the healing process.  


When talking about genital piercings for women, there are plenty of different ones to choose from. Female genital piercings could include the following:

  • Outer labia 
  • Inner labia 
  • HCH (Horizontal Clitoral Hood) 
  • VCH (Vertical Clitoral Hood)


A piercing through the outer labia on either the left or right side. Ring jewellery is typically used in this area, and this piercing could take around two to six months to heal.


A piercing through the inner labia on either side of the vagina. Again, a ring is usually chosen for the piercing however, a bar would work perfectly well also.

HCH (Horizontal Clitoral Hood)

The clitoral hood is the area that sits at the top of the vagina just above the clitoris. For some women, this takes the appearance of a fold of skin or ‘hood’. The HCH piercing constitutes a ring through the hood in a horizontal position.

VCH (Vertical Clitoral Hood) 

Like the HCH, the VCH is a piercing through the clitoral hood however, in this case, the ring or bar is pierced vertically as opposed to horizontally. This piercing takes up to 3 months to heal. 


Granted, genital piercings for men largely centre around the penile area, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t any versatility. Men’s genital piercings can include the following: 

  • Prince Albert 
  • Ampallang 
  • Scrotal
  • Pubic 
  • Foreskin 

It’s very important to follow your piercer’s aftercare instructions, as a penis piercing generally could heal within three months.


The piercing goes in through the opening where the pee comes out (the Eurethra) and comes out through the bottom of the penis shaft just behind the glans.


An Ampallang piercing is signified by a long bar piercing horizontally through the head of the penis.


Scrotal typically means a piercing just below the underside of the penis where the shaft meets the scrotum.


A pubic piercing is similar to a scrotal piercing however it is on the upper side of the penis where the shaft meets the pubis.


A foreskin piercing is a piercing of the foreskin alone where the penis itself is left untouched.


Sadly, once you have a piercing through your penis head, using a condom can be a lot trickier – but that shouldn’t mean you shouldn’t practise safe sex. If condoms are your chosen form of contraception, and your penis piercing is established, you can safely remove the piercing temporarily to allow for safe condom usage in line with the pack instructions. 

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