Consult With A DoctorYour piercing shop won’t ask for your doctor to sign off on a piercing. So technically you don’t need to visit your doctor first, but you really should. After all, this is the health of your genitals we’re talking about. You don’t want to take any risks. Your doctor will make sure that you don’t have any anatomical issues or health problems that could cause potential complications. Discuss with them which piercings you want. If they recommend against any specific piercing you can ask about alternatives. It helps to do a little research before the doctor visit.
Placement MattersJust like piercing ears and noses, everyone’s genitals are a little different. Because of this, placement needs careful consideration. The location of the piercing needs to avoid any risk of damaging nerves, and minimize the risk of migration or scarring. For these reasons, you really need to choose an experienced piercing artist. As much as we advise against at-home or bargain piercing artists, we especially caution against them for genital piercings.
Potential Complications & RisksGenital piercings have all the same risks as other piercings. This includes migration, rejection, scarring or infection. But, given the sensitive nature of your genitals, these issues can be more painful. We don’t say this to discourage you from these piercings, but to emphasize the importance of taking the right precautions. The most important ways to prevent these problems are:
- Picking the right piercing jewellery.
- Choosing an experienced, professional piercer.
- Following piercing aftercare instructions.
Possible STI PreventionWith the piercing risks managed, you’re ready to reap the benefits of genital piercings. The most commonly noted benefit is enhancing sexual pleasure. Both men and women report having more intense sexual encounters and more sexual confidence with genital piercings. A lesser-known possible benefit is STI prevention. There has long been an assumption that genital piercings cause a higher likelihood of STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections). However, this is based on assumptions, not on actual research. A recent study found a lower rate of STIs among males with genital piercings. More research needs to be done to determine the consistency and reasons behind this. But, so far, no study has found an association between body piercings and STIs.
Practice Safe PiercingGenital piercings are safe. But, like any piercing, they need to be handled properly to ensure safety. Where you go to get pierced makes more of a difference than what you get pierced. At the best Downtown Toronto tattoo & piercings shops, safety is the number one priority.
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NeilMed Neilcleanse Piercing Aftercare
NeilMed Neilcleanse Piercing Aftercare saline spray helps in healing piercings. It is an isotonic, drug-free, preservative-free solution for cleaning your piercing during the healing period with no burning or stinging to irritate the pierced area. The sterile saline solution can be used as part of your healing process with any fresh piercing, including ear piercings, nostril piercings and belly button piercings. Neilcleanse sprays in any direction for easy use without touching your piercing.