There has been some confusion about the name of this piercing following a popular social media post in which people thought it was  called a "double dyed piercing," a "double Diego piercing," or even a "double diet coke piercing." The correct name is dydoe, coined by piercing pioneer Doug Malloy as a play on the word "doodad."

The dydoe piercing frames the rim of the corona. They can be done in a single central placement, or in pairs off to the sides (the afore-mentioned "double"), and multiples. Unfortunately, many penises are not configured with a defined and full enough flare to the glans to comfortably and safely accommodate jewelry in this location. 

Further, this is an area that is subject to a significant amount of friction during intercourse due to its location at the widest part of the glans. Since these piercings go through a minimum of tissue (especially compared to an ampallang), that activity can result in excessive trauma, irritation, and sometimes migration and rejection. Due to these anatomical and practical considerations, the dydoe is not the most popular of the penis region piercings.

General Information

Those suited to wear dydoe piercings have a substantial mushroom-shaped ridge at the rim of the glans. Unfortunately, I've found that migration is common, even with well-placed dydoe piercings on those who are anatomically suited to wear them. Therefore, I would not describe this as the best option, and in many cases I simply decline to perform dydoe piercings if I do not think they will be successful.


Healing Time
3-4 months or longer

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Dydoes are traditionally done in pairs off to the sides, near three and nine o’clock, or two and ten. Some piercees are able to wear a single dydoe at the center. A suitably contoured corona is worthy of a being crowned with multiple studs around the upper perimeter.

If the piercing is made too close to the surface, migration and rejection are usual consequences. You may be able to heal this piercing if your penis is intact, but you must have a fairly loose-fitting foreskin. If your glans is sheathed too tightly, excess pressure on the jewelry will cause trauma and healing difficulties.

Placement marked on the rim of the glans for a dydoe piercing
Placement marked on the rim of the glans for a dydoe piercing
Central dydoe piercing in the corona
Central dydoe (male genital) piercing with curved bar
A pair of dydoe piercings in the corona (plus a Prince Albert)
A pair of dydoe piercings in the corona (plus a Prince Albert)
A central dydoe piercing by James Weber Infinite Body Piercing, Philadelphia
A central dydoe piercing by James Weber Infinite Body Piercing, Philadelphia


I most commonly use 14 gauge for dydoe piercings. A very impressive coronal ridge would be required to warrant 12 gauge for an initial dydoe piercing.

A curved bar conforms well to the area to reduce catching and irritation. The 3/8" minimum jewelry diameter should accommodate enough tissue for a safe and piercing when the corona is well defined. Jewelry may be 7/16" or longer, depending on individual structure and how much growth in the area occurs during erections. Enough room must be left on the post to allow for maximum growth. 

Ball size on the barbell must be moderate, especially on the one that rests behind the corona. Too large a ball will definitely cause migration by pushing against the tissue.

A curved bar is the jewelry of choice for the dydoe piercing
A curved bar is the jewelry of choice for the dydoe piercing


Forceps can be used to secure the tissue if the area is pronounced enough. They do, however, feel very pinchy in this spot. I generally use a freehand procedure for dydoes. A needle receiving tube (NRT) could also be placed at the exit point for the procedure as another option.

Because the dydoe doesn’t encompass a wide span of tissue, you might mistakenly believe that this is not a very intense piercing. Most nerve endings, however, are located close to the surface, as anyone understands who has had a road rash or rug burn that stings like mad. You may be surprised to learn that a single ampallang is probably easier to receive than a pair of dydoes, due to this greater sensitivity in this region.

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Healing and Troubleshooting

You must be very gentle during sexual activities while you are healing because the dydoe generally frames the widest part of the anatomy. Wrapping sterile gauze around the jewelry when the piercing is fresh can be helpful to diminish jewelry movement during initial healing.

Saline soaks are suggested, in addition to regular care. 

If you see migration (the jewelry moves from its original position), keep a close eye on your piercing. More than a slight amount of migration will frequently result in loss of the piercing. 

The redness that appears between the entry and exit of the piercing below is indicative of trouble--as is the callus-like appearance of this hardening tissue. These conditions show that the piercing is having healing trouble and shortly after the image was taken, the piercing surfaced considerably and needed to be abandoned. Once this happens, there is no remedy or way to stop the progression of migration. 

It is crucial to remove jewelry as soon as possible once the condition is determined to be terminal. Excess scarring will be caused by allowing piercings to migrate all the way out (letting rejection take place). When the jewelry comes through to the surface, the same area should not be repierced due to weakness in scar tissue, which makes recurrence highly likely.

Dydoe piercing healing problem
Dydoe piercing healing problem

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