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Aftercare 101 – Ampallang and Apadravya Piercings

Ampallang and Apadravya piercings are one of the more common non-standard intimate piercings that we offer. These pass either vertically (Apadravya) or horizontally (Ampallang) through the glans or head of the penis.

Both Ampallang and Apadravya piercings wear 8g or thicker barbells. We start with 6mm or 8mm balls on both ends, however at your checkup and downsize we can sometimes recommend swapping one or both balls to low-profile M&M or Discs. To begin with, the barbell itself can feel long, however at your downsize we can take your feedback and install the best fit for yourself in the long-term.

What To Expect After Your Ampallang/Apadravya Piercing

Bleeding – Ampallang and Apadravya piercings are the intimate piercing that we expect bleeding from the most. You may expect bleeding from the piercing for 5-9 days afterwards. This is totally normal! The most important thing is to keep calm. It will stop on its own. We recommend purchasing a pack of fragrance free sanitary towels to wear to protect your underwear. Please ensure that you are changing them regularly – At least once every 6 hours!

Bleeding is most common first thing in the morning, and after your shower. This is because of your morning erection, and because of the changes in blood pressure during showers. We recommend taking a seat after your shower and gently compressing around the piercing with clean kitchen roll for 2-3 minutes if you notice any excessive bleeding.

Urination – As both Ampallang and Apadravya can pass through the urethra, we recommend over-hydrating for the first few weeks. This means drinking plenty of water! As urine is slightly acidic, it can be a little bit stingy to go to the bathroom for the first couple of days. Staying super hydrated dilutes your urine and makes urinating much more comfortable. It also helps keep the inside of your piercing nice and clean by flushing out any crusties!

Adrenaline – Having a rush of adrenaline is part and parcel of having any piercing, but this rush can be a little bit more intense with intimate work. We always recommend leaving your schedule free for the day of your piercing, so that you can take your time and take any rest you might need. You may feel a little tired or drained afterwards – Make sure to bring a carby, sugary snack and a sugary drink to sip on after your piercing.

Ampallang and Apadravya Cleaning

You need to clean your new piercing 2-3 times a day for the first 2 weeks. We recommend a warm saline soak twice a day – morning and evening, and an optional quick clean at midday with Neilmed saline spray.

To clean your piercings, we recommend a STERILE SALINE SOLUTION. Normally, we would recommend Neilmed specifically, however due to the nature of the piercing and the method of cleaning we advise it wouldn’t be the most effective option. For this piercing, we recommend this type of saline as it is easier to dispense into a cup and is more cost effective. We recommend a warm soak to clean your piercing. This is due to the fact that part of the piercing can be internal inside the urethra, and a warm soak is the best way to soften any crusties on the inside.

To clean your piercing, first wash your hands. Fill a clean cup with enough saline solution to cover your piercing. We recommend warming it in the microwave until it is warm – about bath temperature. Be careful that the saline is not too hot! It should not be uncomfortable!

Once the soak is prepared, soak your piercing in the warm saline for 3-5 minutes. This gives the saline time to soak in, soak up the urethra, and soften any crusting.

Once your soak is complete, you need to wipe away any crusties on the outside of the piercing and the jewellery with some clean paper towel. To flush the inside of your piercing, we recommend urinating immediately after cleaning

At midday, you may want to give the piercing a quick clean if there are any uncomfortable crusties forming on the jewellery. This won’t clean the inside of the piercing, but can help relieve any discomfort. Simply spray a small amount of Neilmed onto the piercing and the jewellery, wait for it to soften any crusties (30-60 seconds), and then gently wipe away any buildup and dab the piercing dry.

If you are experiencing heavier bleeding from your piercing, we recommend not cleaning the piercing for 24-48 hours. You are still highly recommended to shower as normal during this time, however the active soaking and wiping process can reopen the piercing channel and cause you to bleed. Allowing the piercing time to scab and seal over for a day can really help.

Keeping the Piercing Dry

We recommend avoiding soaking and submerging the piercing in still or stagnant water for 4 weeks after getting pierced. This means no swimming in pools or the ocean, bathing in bathtubs, or other water-based activities.

It is highly recommended you shower as normal – Clean running water is a great way to rinse away any buildup in a very gentle way. The only thing to keep in mind is that you want to avoid any harsh or strongly scented shower gels – These can cause irritation.

When you are finished in the shower, it is best practice to dry the piercing site with paper towel. Avoid the area with your bath towel – Snagging the jewellery on a fresh piercing is not fun!

Did you know that a single litre of pool or sea water can contain up to 1 million bacterial cells?

Leave It Alone!

This rule is the cover-all that prevents undue damage to your new piercing.

Clothing, Lifestyle and Bad Habits

  1. Do not touch, fiddle with, or twist the jewellery.
  2. Do not pick at, itch or scratch the piercing!
  3. Wear loose, comfortable underwear and outer clothing. You may want to change your underwear twice a day for the first week to maintain extra cleanliness.
  4. Do not touch your piercing with dirty hands!

Sex and Masturbation

In order to heal well and last a lifetime, it is vital to avoid mistreating your new Ampallang or Apadravya in its first few weeks of life. Even if the piercing feels good and comfortable, it is not fully healed yet! Having sex or masturbating can cause serious damage to the piercing.

Do not have sex or masturbate for at least 4 weeks after getting pierced.

After four weeks, you may feel comfortable and ready to have sex. Please, take it slow. Wash your hands. Wear a condom to prevent sharing body fluids, and listen to your body. If it hurts or is uncomfortable in any way – Stop!

And most importantly… COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR PARTNER(S). What might feel good for you might not feel good for them, and vice versa. Be a considerate partner.

It’s super important to practice safe sex using a barrier. Sexual fluids (even if you have been with your partner for many years!) can cause irritation.

Healing Times

Checkup – 2 Weeks

We recommend booking a checkup 2 weeks after your piercing. At this stage, any swelling you have will have come down and you may need a shorter, more snug-fitting barbell. We need your feedback on how much excess barbell is showing when you are fully erect. Please do not get erect at the studio! We recommend taking a measurement at home before your checkup appointment and letting us know roughly how many millimeters you think need to be taken off.

Fully Healed – 12-18 weeks

After 12-18 weeks, you can expect your piercing to be fully healed. This is obviously just an estimate, as many things can impact your unique healing journey.

Ready to Stretch – 6+ months

Some people aim to stretch their Ampallang or Apadravya to a much thicker size. We generally start both piercings at 8g or thick. If you wish to stretch your piercing, you must wait at least 6-8 months before doing so. This allows any scar tissue inside the piercing to heal, soften, and become more elastic. Stretching an Ampallang or Apadravya is quite an intense experience, so please do not attempt to do so at home. Always contact us and book in for a piercing stretch.

Keep In Contact

Keeping in touch with your studio is so important! We are open 7 days a week and always have an intimate piercing specialist available on the team. If you have any issues with your piercing, any problems or anything isn’t looking quite how you expected, then you are always welcome to contact us or book in for a checkup.

No matter how far along your healing journey you are, we are always there to support you. That’s what makes Rogue such a great studio!

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