The Apadravya is actually two piercings, in a sense. (Or, it can be said, "You get a free Prince Albert with every Apadravya"). It encompasses a Prince Albert on the lower portion, and a "Reverse Prince Albert" on the upper portion. Generally it is started with a barbell from bottom to top. Later separate jewelry could be worn in various combinations (i.e., a ring in the PA part, plus a barbell through the entire head, or perhaps a separate ring in each segment, coming out the urethra).
If you already have the Prince Albert, there are a few options depending on its placement and the way you are built. The most common is to gently place the piercing needle into the existing PA hole, and come up through the top, inserting a barbell. Many men who have stretched their PA's will immediately put jewelry back into that part of the piercing. Some elect to wait until the apadravya is somewhat healed before adding back the PA jewelry.
See Ampallang above for more information, as these are very similar piercings.
Healing time: 4-6 months or longer
This is one male piercing that actually takes its name from terminology referring the area in which it is placed. The "traditional" frenum is on the underside of the penis, through the pinchable surface tissue. It does not go through the shaft itself. It is placed so that a large ring or a frenum loop could be worn through the piercing around the head. Generally it is placed far enough down the penis that a Prince Albert can also be worn. Many men have both piercings.
Piercings can also be placed basically any where on the shaft where it is possible to pinch up the tissue. They are still referred to as frenums and can be placed in rows on the underside, sides, or top of the penis. Your imagination, and "pinchability factor" of the tissue are the main limitations. Many men prefer multiple frenums. Some partners affectionately refer to them as "speed bumps."
Usual starting jewelry is a 12 or 10 gauge barbell, commonly 5/8" or 3/4" in length. A ring large enough to fit around the entire head is often too big and heavy for the delicate tissues of the fresh, healing piercing and can result in migration, and other complications.
Frenum loops, or large rings can be added once the area has thoroughly healed. They should fit quite snugly around the head when the penis is erect. A draftsman's circle template (available at any art or office supply store) is the best way to measure. Depending on the size differential between flaccid and erect, the loop (or large ring) may hang down when not "in use."
The piercing is done using forceps and takes a moment to perform. Getting caught in your zipper is certainly more traumatic and painful than a frenum. (And ultimately not nearly as fun!). Once placed into the forceps, the tissue is carefully examined using a flashlight. This assures that there is nothing more vascular than a capillary visible in the pathway of the piercing. Even so, it may bleed either directly afterwards, and/or during the next few days.
Healing time: 2-3 months
A Lorum is a close relative to the frenum. The name was invented when Master Piercer Elayne Angel was doing a genital piercing on Dan Kopka, a former coworker at Gauntlet Los Angeles, many years ago (some time in the late '80's). He wanted a frenum, he said, only lower. "A Lower-um," Dan said, pinching the tissue at the juncture of the shaft and the scrotum.
"Oh, that would be cool there, yeah, a Lorum," was Angel's reply, and thus it was born.
The Lorum should be started with a fairly sizable ring of 12 or 10 gauge, in a 3/4", or preferably 7/8" diameter. The tissue is so stretchy and varies so much depending on the weather, among other factors. If placed too close to the surface with too small a ring it has a tendency to migrate out. In conjunction with the Pubic piercing, a single, large ring can be worn around the base of the shaft of the penis, through both healed piercings. Pretty cool!
It can be placed slightly towards the shaft, so that it can be situated within a condom, which will make it easier to have safer sex using condoms during healing.
Healing time: 2-3 months
The Hafada is simply a scrotum piercing. It is generally placed on the side of the sac, frequently in pairs. They are often placed on the midline, as well. It is essentially an ornamental, rather than functional piercing. Though depending on placement of the piercing (usually midline for this) and positioning with a partner and the size and weight of the jewelry, it can swing and "hit the right spot."
The fancy name is said to derive from the Arabs and a rite of passage into manhood. That fable appears to have been concocted by Doug Malloy, the "Grandfather" of modern body piercing. In fact, a variety of the lore surrounding piercings was generated by Mr. Malloy. It appears he was trying to legitimize body piercing by giving it more diverse and interesting history.
Other specious tales by Doug Malloy:
That Roman Centurians had nipple piercings, and wore their capes, (while riding their horses no less!) attached to their nipple rings. (Any one with nipple piercings knows this is not a very practical idea.)
Doug's folklore has it that South Pacific Islanders would pierce a guiche during puberty as a rite of passage into adulthood. They were said to wear a leather thong through the piercing (?!) with a shell dangling from it. Men would squat in the water and the vibrations from the jewelry would help them understand the water currents.This style of ornament was said to work well with the skirt-like sarong clothing worn by the islanders.
The Cyprian Society (after WWI) performed dydoe piercings to regain sensitivity lost to circumcision. Interesting, but I believe also a fabrication. Doug reportedly coined the term dydoe himself.
Healing time: 2-3 months
The dydoe is a piercing through the rim of the glans. They are usually done in pairs, though not always. This placement is suited only to men who have a large and well defined rim at the corona in which to place the jewelry. On men who aren't built with much tissue there, the piercings tend to migrate out, or to move to a different location.
Healing time: 2-3 months
The guiche is a horizontal piercing in the male perineum, between the scrotum and the anus. There have also been some successful vertical piercings there, but there does not appear to be a special name for them.
The guiche is the piercing that inspired Elayne Angel to invent the female counterpart called the Fourchette. So many men would jump off the table, smiling broadly as soon as we were done, declaring, “Wow! This feels great already!”
This is best done on candidates who have a good “pinchability factor.” That is, if it is difficult to pinch up the skin in the region, it could be harder to pierce and to heal. Usually a 12 or 10 gauge ring style is worn in a 5/8” or sometimes 3/4” diameter depending on the configuration of the region.
In our culture, some men do enjoy the feeling of adding weights to the region, after the piercing has healed. It is a pleasurably sensitive and erotic zone for many. Ornamenting the perineum with a guiche has the effect of calling attention to the region, and making it more sensitive and enjoyable.
Helpful healing hints: some men have found that the use of panty liners, sanitary pads and/or adult diapers (such as Depends) can facilitate the healing process. They keep the area dry and help provide a soft layer of protective padding.
Salt water soaks are excellent to accelerate the healing. The region is subject to a fair bit of motion, and irritation can result if you fail to soak regularly. The guiche isn’t highly prohibitive, though it is probably best to avoid bike and horse riding during healing. Sitting need not be an obstacle; one happy wearer of a large guiche (0 or 00 gauge) is a long distance truck driver!
Pubic (or "Lenny" --as in Lenny Kravitz) Piercing
Healing time 2-3 months or longer
The Pubic piercing is placed in the natural juncture where the body and the shaft meet, at the top of the penis. It is a very attractive as well as functional placement for body jewelry.
There doesn't appear to be any historical reference for the pubic piercing. Modern man engaging in a missionary position (or other face-to-face) sexual encounter with a woman will find that a pubic piercing can be a very pleasurable addition if the jewelry hits her clitoris.
Pubic piercings have a bad reputation for migrating out. There are a variety of relevant factors. One is the “pinchability factor” of the tissue. If the tissue is not pliable, and is quite tight to the body, this will make healing (and the piercing process) more difficult. The ability to allow it to heal with a minimum of trauma is important, and starting deep enough, with sizable jewelry is vital. I suggest a 12 or 10 gauge, 7/8” ring to start, which allows for placing a good amount of tissue in the piercing. It is normal for them to lose some tissue as they heal.
The pubic piercing I did for Lenny Kravitz made an accidental public appearance over 20 years later and it looks as good as it did the day it first healed!
Ladders and Multiples healing times vary
It is true for many fans of piercing that if one is good, more is even better. Assuming the functionality one desires remains intact, then more is indeed merrier.
Several piercings can be done in a single session, though more than 4 or 5 at one time can delay the healing of all of them. Much depends on one’s healing history (if any) and overall health, and the care given to the piercings. If you do have a plan or goal in mind, it is best to mention it before getting started, so future placements can be taken into account.
Most men go for ladders on the underside of the penis, sometimes extending around the scrotum, ending in a guiche. The piercings on the shaft (just the loose, pinchable tissue!) are still termed “Frenums” and are usually started with barbells. I use 12 or 10 gauge bars in the 5/8-3/4” length range, depending on the tissue. Some prefer or add ladders on the sides or top of the penis. The same barbell suggestions remain. On the scrotum we generally start with rings in 12 or 10 gauge, 3/4” or 7/8” diameter.
Many neophytes viewing photos of heavily pierced genitals (with large gauge jewelry or multiple piercings) assume they are no longer functional in the usual way. This is UNTRUE. The whole idea is to enhance pleasure. This is accomplished through added sensations provided by piercings and the jewelry we wear in them. Additionally, many of us find the visuals to be as exciting as the sensations. Piercings are exotic and erotic!
There is a physiological basis for increases in sensitivity in pierced areas. Jewelry worn in piercings does contact nerve endings which would not or could not ordinarily be accessed or stimulated! It makes sense when you think about it.