Frenum Piercing - Male Genital Piercing
The Frenum is a very popular male piercing, second
only to the Prince Albert. Its quick healing time and minimal pain
and complications make for a very desirable piercing. The needle
pierces through the flexible skin of the underside of the shaft just
behind the glans (head) of the penis. There are two other variations
of the frenum piercing: The lorum (lower frenum placed at the base
of the shaft near the scrotum) and the ladder (several frenum
piercings from the base of the shaft to the top).
Lorum Piercing The Lorum is a lower frenum placed at the base of the shaft near the scrotum. Care and healing times are essentially the same, but care should be taken to keep clean, dry and free of pubic hair during healing time.
Frenum Ladder A frenum ladder is a row of several frenum piercings from the base of the shaft up to the top. How many piercings you can wear on your ladder depends on shaft length and skin resilience.
Recommended jewelry:12 to 10 gauge straight barbell, curved barbell or captive bead ring.
Consideration should be given to the gauge size of the jewelry. If you choose to wear captive bead jewelry during sexual intercourse, the piercing should be stretched enough to hold a smaller gauge jewelry to ensure that the bead will be held securely in place. If not, the bead could actually be lost during sexual activity.
Expected healing time: 2 - 4 months
Fraenulum piercings heal very quickly (usually take 8-10 weeks) with minimum trouble, although if the fraenulum is very small they can migrate or grow out of the skin. Foreskin piercings usually take longer to heal (10-12 weeks) this is because of the constant movement of the foreskin, more care must be taken with foreskin piercings because the wound stays moist inside the foreskin and this delays the healing process.
DO's & DON'Ts
DO remove the condom when you get home, there may be some coagulated blood, don't be alarmed this is normal and will wash of easily. Have a shower after you remove the condom, cup your hand under the piercing and soak it with water for 3-4 minutes, or have a good soak in the bath. Don't use the cleaning solution for 24 hours.
DO use a mild antibacterial soap (containing Tricosan), in the shower (once a day only!). Cup your hand under the piercing and soak it for 1-2 minutes, then put 1-2 drops (no more!) of the cleaning solution in your hand, lather it and apply gently to your piercing. Leave the lather on for 1 minute, then soak the piercing once again and wash thoroughly to remove all the solution, dry under the foreskin with a clean tissue or piece of toilet paper. Leaving the solution on the skin can cause irritation!
DO make sure when washing to remove all the crusting, if it's not cleaned off properly it can concrete around the ring and tear the inside of the wound when the ring moves, this can be painful and lead to inflammation and delayed healing. Secondly, if it's not removed bacteria can feed on it and infect the wound.
DO use Lavender oil as it promotes healing and lubricates the wound reducing tenderness. Apply a small amount with a cotton-wool bud after cleaning then move the jewellery gently so it gets into the wound. Remove any excess with a tissue as leaving it on can cause the skin to become irritated. It may be purchased at supermarkets (medicine section) or at chemists and must be marked (BP) or medicinal grade.
DO wait at least 3-4 days before having sex, and be very gentle during sex for the first month. If you feel any pain while having sex stop because you may tear the wound which will cause pain and inflammation.
DO wear a condom during sex for the first 4 weeks, even if you are in a monogamous relationship, the natural flora of the vagina can cause the wound to become infected.
DO wear clean! loose cotton underwear for 4 weeks as this allows the wound to breath and minimises the chance of infection.
DO continue to use the cleaning solution after your free bottle runs out , we can sell you a replacement bottle for $3 or you can use Sapoderm soap available at any chemist or supermarket. Neglecting to use the cleaning solution for the full healing period will result in infection.
DO use the cleaning solution after going swimming in the ocean or public pools.
DO make sure that you dry the piercing thoroughly after cleaning, this should be done by patting (not rubbing) dry with a paper tissue as towels can harbour bacteria.
DO make sure that you wash the piercing carefully after exercising or sweating a lot, as sweat acts like acid and can cause the wound to become aggravated.
DON'T allow your partner to play roughly with the piercing for the first 2-3 weeks, and never allow your partner to suck on the piercing until it is healed, as the bacteria in the mouth can cause a nasty infection.
DON'T turn the ring in the piercing for the first 3-4 weeks, move it very gently and only enough to remove the crusting, after that you can turn it enough for cleaning. Moving the ring constantly aggravates the wound and delays healing.
DON'T pick at the scab as this will cause excessive scar tissue formation and lead to infections.
DON'T try to remove the ball from the ring yourself, you need a circlip plier to do this and if you attempt to do it yourself you will probably damage the ring or not be able to get the ball back in the ring. If you wish to change the jewellery see me or another piercer to do it for you.
Male genital piercings generally heal faster than most people expect them to (with the exception of the Ampallang or Apadravya). This, however, does not diminish the seriousness with which the piercee must approach aftercare. It is important that, even if your piercing appears to be healed early on, you continue to care for it for the recommended duration. Sex after a male genital piercing is different for every piercee.
Some feel comfortable during sex right away, while others prefer to wait a period of time. For the most part men who get a Foreskin or Frenum piercing should treat it gently during sex until it is well healed. Until the skin in these piercings has had a chance to heal thoroughly, it is quite delicate and the tissues can tear.
Piercees opting for an Ampallang or Apadravya piercing should be patient and diligent with their aftercare as these piercings can take a long time to heal completely. Lastly, until completely healed, all male genital piercings must be protected through the use of a latex condom.