For some men, the idea of getting a penis piercing gets them hard. For others, the mere thought of the process makes them feel a little queasy. And still others get so freaked out that they have already stopped reading this article. But for those men who do love the idea of a penis piercing, it’s important to understand the penis care rules that come into play after the piercing is done.
So without further ado, here’s the piercing checklist for the best penis health.
1. Consider vitamin K supplements. Many professional piercers recommend taking vitamin K supplements for about a week before coming in for the piercing. Vitamin K has strong clotting abilities, and can help the blood coagulate, therefore lessening the bleeding that might come with a piercing. If a man is on any sort of blood thinner or medication that might make bleeding more likely, he should always check with his doctor before getting a piercing.
2. Don’t be surprised by bleeding. As the movie says, there will be blood… and unfortunately, there might be lots of it. That’s because the penis is such a vascular organ. However, just because there is a lot of blood is not cause for alarm! The bleeding might seem to be much worse than it really is, and the piercer will make it clear if it seems to be too much. In most cases, a man’s penis will be ‘wrapped up’ securely before he leaves the piercer, assuring that no blood will stain his clothing.
3. Follow all directions. The professional piercer knows best, so don’t question the aftercare instructions. While a man might feel healed within a few weeks, he’s really not – there’s a reason why he was told to wait for up to two months (and for some piercings, even longer) before going back to his usual routines.
4. Use a condom. When a man is ready to get back in the sexual game, there won’t be any ‘testing out’ of the piercing at first. In fact, a man who has sex within the first several weeks after a piercing will have to wear a condom, even if he is in a monogamous relationship and not worried about diseases. That’s because the exchange of bodily fluids can be enough to lead to infection, which then sets back healing by several weeks.
5. Provide ample healing time. Speaking of time, a man should be prepared to allow the penis to heal for as long as the piercer suggests, or even longer. In order to do so, he should be ready to avoid certain activities. This includes sex, but it can also include things like riding a bike or even certain workouts at the gym.
6. Ease up on activity. The friction of sex can lead to pulls and tears in the skin around the healing piercing, which can then lead to more blood and longer healing time. A man should take it easy with sex at first. This means nothing rough, no ‘manhandling’ of the penis during masturbation, and no oral sex for the first several weeks. When he does ease into those activities again, he must pay close attention to how everything feels.
7. The body never lies. A man should always listen to his body. If things are hurting, that’s a sign it’s time to stop. If things feel strange, it’s time to look things over. If the healing isn’t going as it should, it’s time to get things checked out. A man who pays attention to his body is bound to have better penis health, no matter how many piercings he has.
When a man’s piercing is healed, keep the skin supple and ready for action with a powerful penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin). Look specifically for a crème with Shea butter and vitamin E for hydration, as well as a crème containing acetyl-L-carnitine, which protects against peripheral nerve damage and keeps the penis healthy.