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Dydoe Piercings Beaten to Death

Dydoe Piercings are a male that passes through the ridge of the glands of the penis. Usually, they are done in a matching set with one on each side. However, they can be done as a single with one placed in the center top, often called a King's Crown. In fact, depending on the person's anatomy grouping or single piercing can be placed anywhere along the ridge.

The main reason or motivation behind getting the piercing is that it increases the sensation lost from being circumcision. The theory is that the jewelry will simulate the pressure on the glands in the same way that the foreskin would in someone who is uncut. Also, the jewelry when placed in the center of the top glands, during intercourse would stimulate the female's G-spot area if the sexual position is correct.

Like most genital piercings it is about customizing and enhancing sexual experiences. Whether it works or not is a case by case situation. 

History and Background:

Dydoe piercings are more than likely a modern invention. One history, that can be created to Doug Molly(Richard Simonton) inventive mind, is that it was created and popularized by a Jewish College organization called the Cyprian Society. The story goes that they were evidently against newborns being circumcised without their consent and promoted the piercing as a way to increase the lost stimulation. Oddly this story was adopted and used well into the late 1990s by Gauntlet and others without an ounce of proof beyond Molly's account published in Adventures of a Piercing Freak, in 1975. Molly would influence Gauntlet and Piercing Fans Quarterly International spreading this history.

In truth like most male genital piercings, it's history can be traced back to the Gay Subculture. The name thought to have come from Doodad, can be traced to Molly. Well into the 2000s the history provided by Body & Genital Piercing in Brief was considered the correct history and background for most piercings. Mosty used to promote Gauntlet and the newly developing piercing industry. However, even in Molly's account, it was a fairly new piercing.

Migration, Anatomy, Marking, and Placement:

Like many piercings, Dydoe piercings are heavily dependant on the piercee having anatomy that will allow room and support for the piercing(s).  The ridge on the edge of the glands needs to be well pronounced with a slight indentation to the glands. 

Migration is also a risk with Dydoe piercings. Often when done in a grouping or set, one will heal with no issues while the other one will migrate or reject. All piercing will migrate slightly from their original location but due to sexual activity, clothing and the softness of the tissue, Dydoes are more prone to migrating. This is in part because of where they are located and the person's anatomy. The area gets a great deal more contact with clothing that you consider. Also, since men normally "dress" or hang more to one side than the other, the side that has the most contact with clothing is the one that will more likely migrate or reject. I have found that piercing more toward the top of the penis reduces migration and rejection.

Placement is traditional a matching placement on the ridge of the glands slightly toward the top of the penis where the ridge is thickest. When approaching the area I will pinch the loose tissue between my forefinger and thumb to determine where the tissue is loose and pronounced. 

When marking I draw a line of the crown or summit of the ridge and then cross it with a mark that determines the path of the piercing. Depending on the jewelry the width of the piercing is usually about a 1/8 of an inch smaller than the jewelry. This is to allow to swelling during healing but also when the penis becomes erect. 


The "traditional" grouping is one on each side. located at 10 and 2 o'clock. However, the piercings can be done in a number of groupings if the piercee's anatomy allows it. 


Like most piercing, Dydoe piercings can be stretched. However, since the piercing is already prone to migration waiting until the piercing is well healed is important. However, the weight and size of thicker jewelry can increase the risk of rejection.

Jewelry Size and Type:

The size of the jewelry should always be based on the anatomy of the client. Both the shape size and thickness of the area should be considered when choosing jewelry. Also their plans for the future.

There are issues that should be considered before choosing jewelry size and type:

  1. The thickness of the jewelry will either increase or decrease damage to the piercing in the future. Also, a thicker gauge may increase the period of time the piercing can be left empty. It is a balancing act between a thickness that will not tear easily but you want the jewelry light enough to not add extra stress to the piercing during healing. Generally, I like to pierce at 14g or 12g. With larger gauges, you are making a larger piercing which means that there is more blood vessels that are going to be cut or nick. Which means that the larger the gauge the more bleeding and the longer the bleeding will continue. Since there are more impact and trauma to the area with larger gauges, it means more inflammation and longer recovery time.

  2. The width needs to be wide enough to not only pass comfortably through the piercing without causing pressure on the piercing but to allow for inflammation, cleaning and allow for the penis to become erect without causing stress on the piercing(s). The standard is to have a 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch of extra space between the width of the piercing and the width of the jewelry. 

  3. When picking the gauge of the jewelry there also needs to be a discussion about whether or not the piercing is going to be stretched in the future. Not only would piercing at a larger gauge speed up them getting to their goal but piercing at a small gauge and allowing the piercing to heal completely, can lead to a stronger piercing. A Stronger piercing will stretch much more easily without issues.

Jewelry Styles:

With Dydoe piercings I highly suggest that they are pierced using a curved or bent barbell. It is my experience that they fit much better into the anatomy and have the lower profile that you need to reduce contact with clothing. 

For more detailed information on what Jewelry to buy go to my blog Post Healing Jewelry Guide


With Dydoe piercings it strongly depends on the anatomy of the piercee. My first choice is always freehand but with some people, forceps are needed to ensure that the tissue is supported.

The Procedure:

  • Consultation and paperwork.

  • Evaluating the piercee's anatomy to ensure that the piercing can be done safely and to size the jewelry.

  • Setup

  • Disinfecting the piercing area with a surgical scrub

  • Marking the piercing

  • Reclining the piercee

  • If Forcepts are needed, I clamp the tissue. Then place a cork loosely on the exit of the piercing.

  • Lining up the needle and distract the piercee.

  • Injecting the piercing needle through the piercing area and into a piece of cork.

  • Insert and closing the jewelry

  • Stopping any bleeding and cleaning up the piercing area.
  • With male genitals, I usually wrap the area in a clean piece of gauze, cover it with a glove and then tie it off with a rubber band. 

Hassles and Aftercare:

Though they heal rather quickly healing in two to three months, during the first couple of weeks they are prone to discoloration, redness, tenderness to the touch, bleeding, redness and swelling.

Basic aftercare will involve hot soaks or hot compresses with warm water and sea salt twice a day and cleaning the piercing in the shower twice daily. Also, you will need to take steps to reduce the likelihood of cross-contamination. For more details go to Basic Aftercare Instructions.

Somethings to consider before getting the piercing and additional precautions:

  • The piercing(s) like all genital piercings can bleed off and on for up to 5 days. So you may want to consider wearing a pad or sanitary napkin for the first week. This will not only avoid blood stains but will reduce the moisture in the area and add cushioning during the tender phase.
  • After cleaning with anti-bacterial soap, you should urinate to reduce the risks of a bacterial imbalance.
  • Sex when you are conformable but only with a latex barrier for the first six months. You should also avoid lubrication that is not water based or has "warming" or other effects. Also, avoid condoms with spermicides. 


The piercing can be intense but unlike other piercing, it is a quick pain and then nothing. Then there will be tenderness to the touch for about 2 weeks.

Risks & Concerns:

The risk of migration I discussed earlier is the main concern with Dydoed piercings. Your piercer should consult you on this beforehand and discuss placement that is going to produce the best outcome.

You are also more acceptable to Sexually Transmitted Diseases even after the piercing is healed. Whenever with a new partner, please practice safe sex until you both have been tested.


Other than the risk of migration and rejection, the piercing is an easy heal if taken care of and you have the right anatomy for the piercing. Additional precautions must be taken with sexual activity. So, if you are in a relationship, you might want to discuss the piercing with your partner beforehand.