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Frenum Piercing Jewelry

This section covers the choice of jewelry which is best for Frenum Piercings. Which due to it's placement can be rather limited on choose of style, gauge and size of jewelry. 

Jewelry Style:

Frenium piercings are very limited when it comes to jewelry style. There is basically only two choices Standard Barbells or Circular/Rings. Since a circular style jewelry limits the amount of piercing tissue, I highly suggest that the piercing be done with a barbell

  • Standard Barbells:
    • ​The Advantages:
    1. Since the profile is smaller than that of a ring, a wider piece of jewelry can be used. This means that not only can more tissue be pierced but it the additional room during an erection without adding stress to the piercing.
    2. There are no sharp edges and points that may get caught on clothing, bedding and etc..
    3. Since the jewelry is not tight and wider than the piercing area, allows extra room for swelling, discharge and cleaning.
    4. Much easier to move for cleaning.
    5. Threaded jewelry is easier to remove and doesn't need any tools or additional skill to remove or change.
    • The Disadvantages:
    1. The profile of the jewelry may cause additional contact, abuse and stress on the piercing. 
    2. Since the ends are threaded and can become lose from contact with clothing, bedding and etc.., they must be check on a regular bases.
  • Captive Bead or Beaded Rings:


  • The Advantages:
  1. There are no sharp edges and points that may get caught on clothing, bedding and etc..
  2. Since the jewelry is not tight and wider than the piercing area, allows extra room for swelling, discharge and cleaning.
  3. Especially with Captive Bead and Beaded Rings the jewelry is designed to be secure long term wear and there isn't the worry about ends coming unscrewed and losing the o-rings. So it reduces the maintenance and gives the piercee one less thing to deal during the healing.
  4. Much easier to move for cleaning.
  5. Usually lighter in weight then threaded jewelry.
  • The Disadvantages:
  1. The amount of tissue is more limited than it would be with a barbell. Also there will be additional stress on the piercing during an erection.
  2. The profile of the rings may cause additional contact, abuse and stress on the piercing. 
  3. Especially with Captive Bead and Beaded Rings, they can be difficult to remove or replace. In some cases requiring special tools to remove the jewelry. 
  • Jewelry that should be avoided during Healing:
    • ​Jewelry that is heavy, has sharp edges or points, large charms, and anything hanging off of it.
    • Ear Piercing Studs and other traditional jewelry:
      • ​The jewelry is often too short to allow for the thickness of piercing area. Which doesn't allow for swelling and can cause the jewelry to be impacted into the piercing. Also if the jewelry is too tight it can block both discharge and the flow of oxygen that can increase healing time and/or increase risk to infection or other problems.
      • The backs or locks are lose and can tighten with normal wear.
      • Often the jewelry material is not body friendly. Even those that are marketed to those with sensitivity to metal are only plated.
      • In most cases can not be sterilized correctly.

​Size of the Jewelry and Weight:

  • ​Gauge:

As a refresher gauge is the thickness of the wire that the jewelry is made out of. Body piercing jewelry generally starts at 18 gauge jewelry and goes up to 0000 gauge jewelry. The smaller the number the thicker the jewelry will be. As I'm sure you know, the thicker the jewelry is the more weight and thus the more stress on the piercing during the healing period. Also the thicker the jewelry the more tissue that needs to be produce and thus the longer the healing period. Though in most cases a 18 gauge piercing will heal out in about the same time as a 12 gauge piercing will.

When choosing the gauge of the jewelry, the jewelry needs to be thick enough to reduce rejection or migration and have resistance to tearing but light enough that it will not cause added stress during healing. Due to the location of the piercing there are addition concerns of rejection or migration. With a Frenum piercing the concerns are more focused on comfort and avoiding tearing of the piercing.  For this reason larger gauge jewelry is usually the better choice. Not only for healing but after healing, thicker jewelry is not only going to feel better if pressure is put on it but is a great deal less likely to tear. It is my experience that 18g or large feels much more comfortable than thinner jewelry in the long run.

Due to the fragile tissue in the area, I suggest 12 gauge to 10 gauge. Not only because they will be resistant to tearing and migration but they are not heavy enough to cause other problems. 

  • Width:

The jewelry needs to be large enough not only to allow extra room for swelling, discharge and cleaning but when the penis becomes erect. The jewelry should be at least 1/8 of an inch wider than the distance between the two piercing holes. The piercing should not be wider then a 1/4 turn of the ring. This come into play when choosing jewelry style because a ring would need to be of the same size as barbell which could be very comfortable during sex. For example, if the piercee's anatomy is suited to a piercing that is 1/2 inch of tissue than it would take a ring that is at least 5/8 of an inch wide which is going to take up a lot more room and put a great deal more stress on the piercing during sexual activity than a barbell that sits close to the piercing area.

Even in a healed piercing you do not want to put jewelry in that doesn't allow for the space needed for an erection. When sizing replacement jewelry, I suggest become erect and then measuring the distance between the two piercing holes and then rounding up to the next 1/16th or 1/8th of an inch. The jewelry should always be lose fitting and not tight enough to cause discomfort or piercing area to become deformed. 

In conclusion, nothing replaces the first hand knowledge of a professional piercer when it comes to choosing the correct jewelry. There is vast differences in shape and size and often what works for 99.99% of the public is not the best choice for you. The goal of this is to give you a working understand of jewelry selection, so that you can have an educated discussion with your piercer on what will work best. Every piercer  understands that one of the motivations of you getting the piercing is fashion but jewelry that will produce the best out come should always rule out fashion. Think of the jewelry that the piercing is done with as trainer jewelry that will be replaced with what you like after the piercing is healed. 

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