Prince Albert Placement Questions

I got an interesting message from a man who had received a poorly placed Prince Albert piercing:

Hello Ma'am,

I recently 2 weeks ago got a PA at what is know as a good local piercer at my town.  The piercing was done with a 12g after the initial pain went away I began to feel like a blade cutting into me.  By day three I saw that the hole had already stretched so I changed it to an 8g.  The 8g fit right in, no pain, no more discomfort and it felt great when in use.  By the end of the first week I no longer had any discharge, pain, redness, nothing.  It felt like its been there all my life.  I liked the piercing so much I started to read everywhere about things I could do to make it cooler or better.  At one point I saw your site and did a lot of reading there.  (By the way, best site on the net about piercings) I noticed that every good PA had at least past the penis glans.  As you can see on the picture I sent my hole is just 1/4 inch from the tip of my urethra split.  I also noticed by week two the my PA had stretched a little more.  Even though I had no pain and it looked great I felt I had too little skin  for the PA to remain.  This picture was taken only 24hours since I took out my PA and already the piercing is closing.  Now I love the PA and will do it again.  So I need some opinion from you. 

Shallow PA piercing (retired)I'm not circumcised.  However, I do not have a problem if my skin gets "stuck back".  Where I come from as a manhood passage in my family we do a self circumcision which is a violent masturbation over-and-over until the skin can be move back and forth at a total stretch without pain as if having a circumcision. In the end I get the best of both worlds without any problems.  Anyway.  Let me know if I'm correct in my thoughts.  I removed the first PA because it was too close to the front and I felt it would split my penis.  My next one I will ask the piercer to make the hole at least 1/2 to possible 1" inch down from the urethra split.  Do you have any advice for a person that has a penis like mine that is somewhere between a medical circumcision and still having the skin attached at the bottomed of the glans. 

Furthermore,  this is not to be weird just giving you more information.  My penis is usually around 3-4inches when flaccid and when erect it measures 8 1/4 and it is 1 3/4 thick.  Does having this large of a change effect the way the piercer should pierce me and if so how? Should it be done on a person like me?

Thank you for your time and again I love your site.  Will be picking up your book here soon.  Again, thank you. 

My reply:

Thanks for your message and for your positive feedback about my site.

You were right to remove the jewelry and abandon the piercing. It was not placed properly and you would be at risk of splitting the tissue there. You should be able to be repierced properly (by a professional that is more competent, hopefully!) Was your piercer trained in genital piercings? I would not have any level of confidence after seeing the poor placement of your initial piercing. I would not suggest you return to that piercer.

That said, it isn't simply a matter of you being able to tolerate your foreskin being retracted. There is a serious medical issue that can result from this. See this blog post on my site:

You may be safer to start with a curved bar, rather than a ring for initial healing. Especially if you want to have the piercing placed further from the tip of your penis, as this increases the diameter of a ring needed to fit such a placement. Probably starting with a 10 ga is a good size as you should not have the same problem with the cutting feeling. It is best to leave initial jewelry in place until the healing is done.

PA with Curved BarSee the photo left, which shows where the bar should be measured from.

It is difficult to advise you on optimal placement without seeing you in person. I would examine the area carefully and manipulate the tissue to look for a natural crease, groove or other anatomical feature that suggests optimal piercing placement in the desired region. The proper placement and jewelry must not restrict the movement of the foreskin.

I'd suggest the piercing be made at least 5/8" from the edge of your urethra when the you are flaccid. Note that if you do wish to wear a ring eventually, a 1" ring would be needed if the piercing is made 1" from the edge of your urethra. And that is quite a large piece of jewelry, which may not fit comfortably in your foreskin.

I have a very similar situation with this story; My PA was done 6 months ago, but I removed it about a week ago because I was concerned with it cutting through. It is down to 1/4 inch of skin left between the urethra and fistular opening. I think it was placed just under 1/2 inches, or at least that is what it looked like (I did not measure). When can I, if at all, repierce it? Also, what is the acceptable range? The story said anywhere from 5/8 to 1 inch, can I go that much further back to avoid migration? I started with an 10g captive bead, and after 5 months went to an 8g. It always had dried/cracking skin in the fistula opening towards the tip, and it seemed to reduce the amount of skin dividing the two holes slowly. My main question is can I redo the piercing? If so, how long must I wait? It was my first(and last) piercing, so I didn't know what to expect and maybe trusted the piercer (From a shop that does nothing but piercing) too much. I did read this site before I had it done, but I still am no expert on piercing, and let the piercer do what she thought was best. In hindsight, I would have asked for it to be placed further back. Thanks for your time, TRU

Hi there,
Thanks for your question. Unfortunately, the comments section of my blog post is not the best place for your inquiry.
If you're having a piercing emergency, consult your piercer or a medical professional. If you believe that your piercer is competent I'd refer you back to them (or another local piercer who is) for guidance, since they can actually see the problem in person. All of my piercer referrals are listed here:
If I haven't personally worked with or trained any piercers in your area, you can check the website for a member of the Association of Professional Piercers who is local to you:
The APP is a non-profit international organization dedicated to disseminating vital health and safety information about piercing to piercers, piercees, medical professionals, legislators, and the general public. The piercers are not "certified" by the association, however. While some of the piercers on the list may have taken my seminars at the annual APP conferences, I still wouldn't consider them to have been "trained by me," as those courses only last a few hours and aren't sufficient for providing a thorough education. Please meet the piercer and see if you develop a good rapport and if they inspire your confidence.
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