April 2013

Prince Albert (PA-Male Genital) Piercing Migration Problem

 

I received a message from a man who had questions after he had to abandon his Prince Albert (PA) piercing due to migration:

Hi Elayne.

I was hoping I could get your opinion on the 2 attached photos of my PA.  It slowly began to have an extension of the urethral opening about 6 1/2 months after I got it pierced.  The situation is I was pierced at 6g with a titanium circular and then stretched to a 4g captive 5 months after the initial piercing.  When we did the stretch, there was very little resistance and we did not see any of the migration that you can see in the photos.  I used emu oil on the piercing after the stretching.

My Piercer had me remove the jewelry for now as we did not want to risk any further thinning of the skin.  He suggested that maybe we could pierce it a little further down the shaft in the future, but I don't know.

I have psoriasis as well and do have breakouts.

Do you have any suggestions as why this may have happened and what's the best course of action?

Thanks in advance for any information you can give me!

Best wishes!

B

PA abandoned due to migration.

PA abandoned due to migration.

My response:

Hello B.

Problems with Stretching Earlobe Piercings ("Gauging")

 

I received a message from a piercee who had questions about earlobe stretching:

Hi Elayne, 

I was having a little bit of trouble with gauging my ear lobes.  Generally,  I would use your website or book to figure something out, but the browser on my phone's acting up and I do not have the internet at home. Anywho, I stretched from a 6ga. to a 4 last week and since have been noticing a crust build up. I used a taper with o-rings to wear initially.  I doesn't hurt or stink and yesterday I switched the tapers out with silicone tunnel plugs.  Is this advisable, and if not, is there a way to resolve my problem without moving back to the 6? Could it just be the o-rings bothering me? Your opinion would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

L.

My response:

Hi L,

I do not advocate wearing such a taper for any length of time, even if it is made of implant grade material. This is from my book and it applies to tapers as well as tapered jewelry:

Tapered Jewelry: Caution

Many graduated jewelry styles come in metal, glass, acrylic, and an array of natural materials. A popular type is called a stretching crescent or stretching ring, and these are basically curved or circular insertion tapers. Variations include talons that are hooked or bent, spirals, and straight pieces that look just like insertion tapers. These can be dangerous because piercees have a tendency to cause tissue damage by stretching too quickly with them. Also, when tapered jewelry is used for stretching, the O-rings that are required to keep the ornament in place can cause irritation from excessive pressure against the skin. Tapered jewelry is safest in holes that have already been stretched. 

This is also from my book--not everyone can wear silicone, and it may be especially unsuited to it if you're experiencing crusting, which indicates unhealed/open tissue:

Anatomy Consultation - For VCH, HCH, And/Or Triangle (Female Genital) Piercings

I recently performed an anatomy consultation for a couple to help them discover which genital piercing the woman would be best suited for:  

Hello Elayne! My wife, J, would like to get a VCH or other genital piercing. We have read your book and have paid for a consultation. We live in northern Michigan and are planning to go to southern Michigan this weekend for the piercing. Before we go, we'd like to get your input.  Thank you so much for offering this service!!!

Please let us know if you have any thoughts about her suitability for the vch or horizontal piercings. Thank you so much for your help!!!

Q-tip test

Q-tip test

Pinch Test to determine piercing suitability.

My reply:

Hi J. 

In these images, it appears that she is a good candidate for a VCH piercing.

One concern I have about her getting an HCH or triangle relates to a visible vessel that could conceivably be in the pathway of a piercing. See the attached image I marked with an arrow to point out the area of my concern.

Area showing visible vessels.