Today’s blog is going to be about the Prince Albert piercing also know as P.A. The PA is one of the most common male genital piercings. The PA piercing is extended along the underside of the glans from the urethral opening to where the glans meets the shaft of the penis. The related “reverse PA 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 person is circumcised. Otherwise, the piercing may be done off center because the surrounding skin needs to be able to reposition itself dynamically.
The most common jewelry use for a PA piercing is a captive bead ring however you can also use a circular barbell as well as a larger curved barbell. All jewelry inserted in a healing piercing should be made out of either 316-LVM ASTM f-138 implant grade Surgical Stainless Steel or ASTM F-136 6AI-4V ELI Titanium.
Jewelry should be “internally threaded”. This means the end ball threads into the post. Never be pierced with “externally threaded” jewelry. This type of jewelry is cheap. Jewelry not made of surgical stainless steel and can cause micro tears in the tissue that can harbor bacteria that may lead to a infection.
Rumor has it the Prince Albert piercing is named after Prince Albert who was the husband of Queen Victoria of England. He was reputeded to have had this piercing done prior to his marriage to the queen around 1825, at that time Beau Brummel started the craze for ultra tight mens trousers. Because the pants were so tight, the penis needed to be held to one side or the other so as not to create an unsightly bulge. To accomplish this some men had their penis pierced to allow it to be held by a hook on the inside of the trousers, this piercing was called a “Dressing Ring” at the time because tailors would ask if a gentleman dressed to the left or the right and tailor the trousers accordingly, tailors to this day will ask if you dress to the left or right.
The Prince Albert piercing may have been practiced in European culture for some time, and while there are many tentative theories as to its origin, the true origin of this piercing is unknown. Many of the theories regarding this piercing’s history suggest that the piercing was used to secure the penis in some manner, rather than having a sexual or cultural purpose. In modern times the Prince Albert piercing was developed by Jim Ward in the early 1970s. In West Hollywood (a gay village of Los Angeles), Ward met Doug Malloy and Fakir Musafar. Together these men further developed the Prince Albert piercing. Perhaps more fatefully, Malloy published a pamphlet, Body & Genital Piercing in Brief, in which he concocted fanciful histories of genital piercings in particular. These ersatz tales which included the notion that Prince Albert invented the piercing that shares his name in order to tame the appearance of his large penis in tight trousers are widely circulated as urban legend. No historical proof of their veracity has been located independent of Malloy’s assertions.
Like many other male genital piercings, it has a history of practice in gay culture in the twentieth century and became known outside that culture at the same time that body piercing began to emerge in popular culture in the late 1970s. The relatively easy procedure, rapid healing and claims of additional sexual stimulation (both to the wearer and his partner in sexual intercourse) attributed to this piercing have come to make the Prince Albert the most common male genital piercing.
Many men considering getting this piercing are put off by the idea that it must be painful, however the pain is minimal. The piece of skin where the piercing is done is very thin, less than 1mm thick. The pain is just a very short sharp pain which lasts usually a second or two.
The Prince Albert piercing is a very easy piercing to heal, because every time you urinate you clean and disinfect the wound, I have never heard of a single person having a problem with this piercing. Urine is sterile when it leaves the body because it has been purified by the kidneys, and it contains a large amount of ammonia which is a strong antiseptic. The more water you drink the quicker the piercing will heal, try to drink at least 8 glasses a day . You may experience some bleeding in the first 36-48 hours, don’t be afraid this is normal and will stop eventually. The PA can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to be fully healed “every buddy’s body is different”. Personal hygiene must be kept to a very high standard. Avoid touching or rotating your jewelry. Also avoid oral sex, or sex for these could cause some problems during the healing process. If you find it necessary to touch your piercing, make sure your hands are washed, cleaned and dried.
A piercing heals in stages so diligence is required to during the first few stages.
To take care of your piercing you can do saline soaks or even a saline spray a couple times a day
There is one drawback to having a Prince Albert piercing, because the ring goes through the urethra you will dribble when you urinate. This problem is worse for some people more than others. When urinating into a toilet bowl you have to stand with your legs on either side of the bowl, and make sure not to shake when you finish, just relax for a few moments before putting your penis away. When you are standing at a urinal stand with you legs well spread close to the urinal and lean forward with your back arched. The problem improves with time, and the insertion of the thicker ring, but it never goes completely away.
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The PA is very easy and beautiful piercing that has transcended the entire body piercing world. Whether it is your first piercing or 50th the Blue Boutique has the largest selection of high quality body jewelry and highly skilled and experienced body piercers always on staff! Let us help you in making the right decision for your new piercing.