I did an online (photo) consultation for a gentleman who had received an apadravya piercing (as an extension of a previous Prince Albert piercing. He was not pleased with the placement, though. The piercing was positioned further forward on the top of the glans than the client wanted it to be.

Something I've written about in the past is an apadravya that is somewhat angled on the anatomy--normally leaning back on the top--will be easier to insert for intercourse (as compared to a piercing that is geometrically vertical).

Ultimately, after our consult, he decided to remove the piercing.

I inquired:

“Did your piercer mention anything to you about not wanting to put the placement further back for any particular reason? I would suggest asking him if there was a reason he didn’t want to go further back toward the corona. If not, then you could have it redone later in the position you preferred. This is a piercing I normally perform freehand, which would make it easier to get closer to the corona. Applying clamps securely on that ridge is tricky. So I don’t know if that might have been a factor?

In any case, if you’re not happy with it, you should take it out ASAP, and it will closer right up—though it is likely to leave a mark or scar of some sort.”

Importantly, I noticed immediately that the bar looked far longer (with much more excess length) than any I’d seen required by my many clients over more than 3 decades of piercing experience. It turns out that there had been no discussion of jewelry size or the piercee’s size differential between flaccid and erect states. Inadvisably, the piercer selected the length without any input from the client, and without having seen him erect. Therefore there was no way for the piercer to know the correct jewelry length that would fit this piercee’s maximum size.

In fact, there was 12mm of extra length left on the bar when he was fully erect! This is very poor practice and sets up the client for complications. Even those who don’t have a substantial amount of growth when erect will find their bar has some extra length. Even when a minimal of extra post length is needed to accommodate the erect size, this increases the possibility of trauma and catching, which can disrupt healing and cause unnecessary discomfort, too.

As I told him:

“Your jewelry is clearly excessively long! No extra length beyond your fully erect size is needed or desirable. (There’s built-in extra room because no adults are erect all the time.) If you do decide to keep it, you should have the piercer downsize your jewelry right away to a piece that fits properly, without excess length when you are fully erect. He can easily use an insertion taper to insert it.”

He intends to have it repierced at the placement I marked for him once the tissue has fully healed and recovered.

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