Shaft and scrotum piercings are some of the easiest piercings to heal. These pass through just the skin on the shaft or tissue of the scrotum! They are often pierced in pairs or multiples, although you can choose to just do one.
Depending on placement, these piercings either wear a BCR ring, straight or curved barbell. These can feel a little larger to begin with, however you can downsize the length or diameter of the jewellery once they have settled down and are happily healing.
What To Expect After Your Piercing
Bleeding – These piercings are the least common male intimate piercings to bleed – This is because they simply pass through tissue and shouldn’t be impacted by larger blood vessels or the corpus cavernosum.
Urination – As with the bleeding, these shouldn’t impact on your urination! We always recommend drinking plenty of water and staying healthy and hydrated however this shouldn’t cause any problems or discomfort during your healing period.
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.
Shaft and Scrotum Piercing Cleaning
You need to clean your new piercing 2-3 times a day for the first 4 weeks. We recommend a sterile saline spray such as Neilmed.
To clean your piercing, first wash your hands!
Spray a small amount of saline onto the entrance and exit points of your new piercing, and allow this to soak in for 30-60 seconds to soften any crusties.
Once any crusties are nice and soft, gently remove them with a clean piece of paper towel or kitchen roll.
After the piercing is clean, simply dab it dry with more paper towel.
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!
Leave It Alone!
This rule is the cover-all that prevents undue damage to your new piercing.
Clothing, Lifestyle and Bad Habits
- Do not touch, fiddle with, or twist the jewellery.
- Do not pick at, itch or scratch the piercing!
- 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.
- 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 piercing 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.
Checkup – 4 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 – 2-4 months
After 2-4 months, 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 piercing to a much thicker size. We generally start these piercings at 2.4mm-3.2mm (10g-8g) 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. Always contact us and book in for a piercing stretch – Never attempt this at home!
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!