Depending on your build and which piercings are of interest, I may require an anatomy consultation with photos. You'll need a consult if you're intact (not circumcised) and want piercings in or around the glans, or if you have hypospadias, Peyronie's, if your penis "turtles" into your pubic mound, or there are other anatomical concerns.
I always require them for pubic piercings. They're also needed for ampallangs, apadravyas, and Reverse PAs to get a measurement for your jewelry prior to the appointment. We need to be certain the studio will have the right jewelry available for you, and that it will fit you properly.
Note that I ALWAYS wear gloves for client contact! Images without gloves were sent to me for consultations, and are posted anonymously and with permission.
Learn which piercing(s) you are built for?
To evaluate your anatomy, I need to see clear, close up images as described below:
Note that if your glans fully turtles into your body when at rest, you're not a candidate for these piercings. They would be unsafe on intact (uncircumcised builds) if the jewelry prevents the foreskin from resting over the glans. Piercing is also inadvisable if the foreskin would cause excessive pressure against the jewelry.
I will mark the proposed placement for you and send the images back. Once we agree on the location, you'll replicated the dots on yourself, and when you’re fully erect, measure the distance between the marks. (In the case of an apadravya, if you already have a Prince Albert, you'll measure the distance from your P.A. to the mark on the top. I'll also need to know what gauge jewelry you normally wear in it.)
Strive for accuracy, as overly long jewelry makes healing more difficult and uncomfortable. It is not necessary to add extra post length for swelling. Since the jewelry is sized for your erect measurement, and you’re probably not erect all the time, this automatically includes enough room for swelling…. And these piercings are more likely to bleed quite a bit, rather than swell.
Foreskin- Photos of the foreskin resting over the glans in its natural position, and fully retracted
Frenum- Photos of the area flaccid and erect. If you are interested in placement other than the traditional region (as shown on the linked page), indicate your preference by using a marking pen to show the preferred region.
Guiche- Photos of the region at rest (but exposed, and trimmed/groomed is most helpful-image below). And, to check pliability, one of you pinching up the area to be pierced, grasping about 5/8" tissue.
Lorum- Photos of the region with the penis lifted, but minimal distortion. Consider whether you would like to have the piercing rest on the penile shaft when you are erect, or if you would prefer for it to remain more toward the scrotum
Pubic- At rest when you’re standing, at rest when you’re sitting. I also need a pliability "pinch test"- horizontally pinch up about 3/4” of tissue in center, between your thumb and finger, at the juncture where the top of your penis meets your body. (See photo at top of page.) Also tell me whether the tissue there is pinchable/pliable or dense and tight.
Reverse PA- I need photos of the top and profile of your glans. You'll measure from the mark I make to the upper edge of your urethra.
Prince Albert- Check the region where the PA goes (see photo below) to make sure it isn’t solidly dark with visible underlying blood vessels. This is easily accomplished by spreading and pressing downward on the localized tissue, which helps reveal blood vessels underneath. (It can be hard to get a good picture of this) There must be a “clear space” where the piercing can be placed. It is common for a web to be present in this area, which requires placing the piercing slightly off to one side or the other.
Circumcised: Photos of the underside when flaccid and also when erect, or with the tissue pulled down taut.
Intact (not circumcised): Some intact men have builds that are not suited to the PA because the tissue that is in the right spot for piercing when the foreskin is retracted, rolls to the outside of the foreskin when it is in its flaccid position over the glans. The consideration is whether the spot that gets pierced stays stable when your tissue comes over the glans, or if it rolls.
Take a photo with the foreskin retracted/erect. If your’e not clear where a PA goes, I’ll mark a dot on it for you. You’ll replicate that dot on your penis, and then check to see if the tissue is stable when the foreskin is over your glans. Basically with your foreskin over your glans in the normal “at rest” position, you want to peek in and make sure the dot remains in essentially the same spot on your body.
Scrotum/Hafada- Photos of the area in question. Indicate your preference by using a marking pen to show the preferred region.
If you have any questions about consultations, feel free to contact me.