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!


PA abandoned due to migration.

PA abandoned due to migration.

My response:

Hello B.

I think you could reasonably wear smaller/lighter jewelry long term, but there doesn't appear to be enough tissue to wear large or heavy jewelry on a regular basis. 

I think you'd need to be pierced quite far from the edge of the urethra to make a stable piercing that was safe for large gauge jewelry, so that's probably not practical (unless you wanted to wear jewelry "dolphin style" instead of as a PA).

Wearing large size/heavy jewelry in combination with your skin condition could be the reason for migration. I don't know that there's a way to "prove" what may have happened.  Some men simply have extremely thin tissue. These men may be unsuited to large/heavy jewelry. 

I actually start with 10 gauge as the largest initial size (and most common), and that allows more time and gradual enlarging so a man can find out sooner what maximum size works for his particular anatomy. (Kinda the "better safe than sorry" principle").

I hope this is helpful.