How Is a Prince Albert Piercing Done?

Overview

A Prince Albert piercing is a male genital piercing that the jewelry enters through the urethra and exits in a piercing hole under the head of the penis. Prince Albert piercings take four to nine weeks to heal. The jewelry for a Prince Albert piercing is a captive bead ring or a circular or curved barbell. Piercers place jewelry in initial Prince Albert piercings as small as 14 gauge and as large as 8 gauge.

Meeting The Piercer

Booking a consultation with a professional piercer allows you to ask questions about a Prince Albert piercing in a private setting. Because the Prince Albert is a male genital piercing, prepare yourself to answer the personal question about whether your penis is circumcised. The piercer will look at the head of your penis to ensure that the anatomy is acceptable for a Prince Albert piercing.

After deeming the anatomy acceptable, the piercer will explain where the Prince Albert piercing resides in the head of the penis. The piercer will answer any questions you may have concerning the procedure of piercing a Prince Albert and advise you to eat before arriving at the piercing shop and to get at least eight hours sleep the night before.

Before the Piercing

You should shower and choose clothing to wear that is loose around your pelvic area before you arrive at the piercing shop. In case of bleeding through the gauze that wraps the piercing, dark-colored underwear and shorts or pants will hide stains until you get home after the piercing. Wear clothes that you are not concerned about staining and can wear comfortably.

A pair of shorts or pants with a low crotch, such as basketball shorts or running pants, will be more comfortable. The seam in pants with a high crotch will pinch the piercing when sitting down or driving home after the procedure. You can invite a friend or two to come to the piercing shop for support or to drive you home if you are not feeling well after the piercing.

Piercing Procedure

You will get undressed from the waist down while the piercer puts on gloves. The piercer places a dental bib on your lap as a barrier to separate your penis from resting on your legs while you sit in the piercing chair. The piercer cleans, or preps, the head and shaft of the penis with sterile gauze and antimicrobial soap.

The piercer marks the location of the piercing beneath the head of the penis with a sterile marking pen. You will feel a tingling or a slight burning feeling as the piercer inserts the sterile needle receiving tube into your urethra. The piercer will instruct you to breathe as the sterile needle enters the urethra. The piercer removes the receiving tube and inserts the jewelry. The piercer cleans the area free of blood and wraps the head of the penis in gauze.

Prince Albert Care

After the piercing, the piercer explains how to take care of your Prince Albert piercing and gives you written instructions to take home. The piercer explains that bleeding during the piercing and for several days to a week afterward is possible. Sexual contact with a new Prince Albert piercing is possible, but the piercer will recommend protected sex, whether oral or intercourse. The piercer provides helpful hints about aspects of healing the Prince Albert piercing, such as pouring bottled water onto the head of your penis while urinating to decrease stinging.

Warning

Only a professional master piercer should perform Prince Albert piercings. The piercer should speak and act professionally during this process. If a piercer makes you uncomfortable by using inappropriate terminology concerning your anatomy or makes sexual innuendos or comments, leave the piercing shop immediately. Refrain from making any innuendos or jokes yourself to avoid offending the piercer and risking ejection from the piercing shop.

About this Author

Kate Massie retired after 10 years working as a professional body modification artist in the tattoo industry. She is certified in principles of infection control and blood-borne pathogens. Massie received additional training and classes, such as anatomy, jewelry standards and aftercare, from the Association of Professional Piercers. Massie aims to educate about safe tattooing and piercing practices while writing for LIVESTRONG.COM.