This is a continuation of the PA Project Part 1. Sorry it’s taken me so long to get this up, but I want to thank my friends, Bash, Jacobite, and DC, who have shared their wisdom and experiences with this piercing with us all. I asked them to discuss choice of jewelry, stretching and gauges, condom use, sex with a PA, how they solved the “pee problem,” whether the PA is a “gateway piercing,” and other tips on living with a Prince Albert piercing. Without further ado, let’s hear what these gentlemen have to say.
I think that the wisest thing that should be done and probably seldom is, would be to determine the gauge of the jewelry that the piercee wants to end with. Then the piercee can discuss placement of the piercing with his pierer to make sure that there is enough flesh to accomodate the jewelry without fear of it ripping out.
There are many suggestions as to how to handle the peeing problem. If you look at the floor in public restrooms there must be a lot of men who cannot aim without having the P.A. problem. My best advice is to just sit down and be done with it.
For the PDB crowed it seems that most started with a princie, myself included. After that it often gets addictive. If you get a Prince Albert, you have half an Apadravya.
It wasn’t so many years ago I sneaked in the door[of the Tribalectic forum] without any piercings, feeling I didn’t have much to add. Yet look around now and see how many guys like me are getting a PA as their first piercing in their mid 30s. Having been informed by a colleague who already had a PA that there were benefits for both my partner and me in getting a PA, I did a little research finally getting my PA on my 14th wedding anniversary. The hardest part was actually making the decision to get my closest & best friend of 38 years poked with a needle–my first piercing now 6 years later I have 9 piercings and 6 tattoos.
Just a quick pinch and the needle was through; a 3 or 4/10 on a pain scale (I’ve endured much more pain on a visit to the dentist). The most uncomfortable part was the receiving tube and fitting the jewelry. For preference, get pierced at 10 or 8 gauge and immediately stretch to 8 or 6 gauge to minimize bleeding using a CBR. Try to gauge the diameter of the ring you require before you go visit your piercer, measuring while erect the difference between the frenum at the bottom to the urethra opening up at the to (some guys are growers some are showers when they gain an erection).
Being a keen cyclist, when I initially had my PA pierced, the vibration as I cycled along the cobbled (granite sets) streets of my home city[Jacobite lives in Edinburgh] proved uncomfortable enough that I avoided these streets or had to stand out of the saddle while healing for the first 10 days or so. Once healed I knew where theses streets were for another reason–the sensations were not all together unpleasurable; even stimulating perhaps.
For the most part I tend to go commando, only wearing underwear when the situation dictates a little support or restraint, and then I choose boxer briefs. The only problems I’ve had going commando were the one time with a Tribal Dream Ring fitted and attending a Highland Celidh wearing a Kilt and dancing the evening away. Got home to find the jewelry had worked loose, as it’s just held together by a wee bolt/screw. Alas, condoms I can’t help you with. I had the snip before my PA and only wore them for a month or so during healing, although I do remember being disconcerted to see a little blood in the condom, due to me being too impatient to wait for healing to try out my new toy after 6 or 7 days. This continued on occasions until I stretched to 3.2mm (8 g) or 4 mm (6 g) when the cheese cutter effect stopped.
Sex, whether solo or sex with a partner– certainly it takes two of you to find out what works best for each of you. This may involve compromises. I’ve found that thinner gauges pinched her more. This lessened as I increased the gauge of the ring. As you stretch you may be able to reduce the diameter of the ring overall. Many guys I know have done this, and it makes it easier to insert as the jewelry hugs the glans more closely, as well as being more comfortable for oral with less risk to teeth. Larger gauges do seem to be better received–upto a point of about 00 gauge, which proved less comfortable than 0 gauge.
It cannot be stressed enough that this is a piercing for both you and your partner and you both need input into making it work for you. That might mean that you have to take it out for some positions. I do have to take mine out but I never forget to put it back in, even for solo sex there is just something missing if I don’t have my PA in.
Would I do it again? Hell yea although I’d do it 20 years earlier!
I wouldn’t conmsider a PA a “starter piercing” for one reason: Piercing genitals is a real gut check for most people. Nearly pain free and a yawner to heal it may be, but there is a psychological chasm between an earlobe and a penis that all of the assurances in the world will not close. Gateway? Perhaps. It was for me, but for many it will be all they need/want.
There is no “best jewelry.” I’ve tried just about everything, and they all have their pluses and minuses. My favorite would have to be segment rings in titanium, because partners are more likely to find them comfortable/tolerable, urination is generally more easily managed; also the Ti is lightweight, and less prone to stretching the piercing. On the subject of weight, the feel of that new weight swinging around “down there” is, at first, novel and pleasurable. The body, however, adjusts quickly, and in just a couple of days it can no longer be felt. Also, for me at least, there is such a thing as too much weight. This is undoubtedly tmi, but when I was waring a 9 g stainless ring, it caused my penis, when flacid, to assume a long, thin profile. I didn’t like the look at all.
Urination is a problem, but it is manageable. It varies from day to day with the jewelry worn, gauge of the piercing, how much oversize the piercing is relative to the jewelry, and whether the peen is pointing due north. Feng shui is important! 😉 There are a number of strategies for dealing with this. The most effective is to simply sit. Next best is the twist and pee method; sounds awful, but it’t not, at all. In all cases, a guy needs to pay attention. Wool gathering leads to accidents!
I don’t get many questions–most, I guess, deal with urination. That, and some guys are really bugged when a bead disappears into their urethras. It should be a non-issue, but so far I’ve not had much luck convincing them of that.
I’m a patient guy, and go months/years between stretches, so they’ve been pretty non-eventful. I actually don’t like this characeristic of PAs; they stretch on their own, and then don’t want to close up at least all the way. This means you are stuck with whatever decision you may have made, good or bad.
Men are stupid; we’re obsessed with our dicks, and we do extreme things to them. I’m talking about stretching, here. There is a point where jewelry begins to obstruct the urethra. This has two effects, one demonstrable, the other theoretical. The obstruction creates back pressure, which leads to “bypassin” during urination, complicating an already challenging situation. Also, I believe that this obsruction inhibits the normal flushing of of the urethra by the urine stream, and sets up a sitution where bacteria can find a happy home. This is, as I said, theoretical, and I have no idea what the critical jewelry size is, if in fact it’s a factor at all. In my case, I stretched to 0g, decided to downsize, and the fistula retreated to about 4.
#1 Tip: Patience, Grasshopper, Patience.
Again, thanks to my friends for sharing their thoughts on this very popular piercing. I hope you can use some of these tips to make your own piercing a happy experience.
Pic of segment rings from Steel Navel.