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2021 Frenum Piercing Pros & Cons by a Piercer S02 EP26

In Season 2 Episode 26, DaVo, a Professional Piercer since 1994, covers the Pros and Cons of the male genital piercing, the Frenum Piercing.

I aka DaVo have been a professional body piercer and is the owner of the Axiom Body Piercing Studio in Des Moines, Iowa since 1994. My focus on education and helping clients make safe and informed decisions on getting pierced has always been a large part of my business practices and services. With my website and increasingly on youtube, I hope to expand and inform others outside of my small part of the world. I always encourage questions and comments, so if you have one, please comment. 

Show Notes:

  • Male Genital piercing on the shaft of the penis. Traditionally done behind the frenum of the Foreskin or where it was if the person is circumcised.

  • Multiple frenum piercings are called Jacob Ladders


  • The earliest reference is in the Zeirshrift Fur Ethnologie which stated that “Amongst the Timorese Of Indonesia, the Frenulum below the glans of the penis is pierced with brass rings…the function if the ring is to enhance stimulation during sex.”

  • There is piercing lore that claimed that the piercing was used as a form of chastity but there is no proof that it ever was during antiquity.

  • In modern times it was developed in the Gay BDSM subculture and then introduced to the general public with the uprising of Modern Professional piercing.


  1. enhances sexual pleasure

  2. A long history of healing

  3. can be done in different locations or groups

  4. not painful

  5. easy to conceal


  1. No sexual contact for 6 months

  2. more prone to STDs

  3. Losing Ends

  4. Partner may not like it

  5. bleeding


Things to look for:

  • Piercer be experienced in this piercing, professional, informative and make you feel comfortable and offer a consultation that involves aftercare, risks, etc… The piercer should evaluate your anatomy.

  • Should have correct jewelry as in no thinner than 12g and with a barbell unless it is inside the foreskin

  • Can bleed for 5-6 days and you may need to use a sanitary napkin or pad. Buy them in advance.

  • It is not going to feel comfortable to have sex for the first week or more.

  • If you are doing a ladder, usually three is about the limit.

  • Does the piercer provide aftercare products and written and verbal aftercare instruction?


The Piercing Experience:

  • Consultation & Jewelry Selection

  • Waiver, Set Up, and Disinfection

  • The marking, if you are doing a ladder, have your piercer mark out the additional piercings

  • Should be done with forceps

  • Pierced straight through

  • The jewelry follows the needle. May use a threaded taper pin.

  • The jewelry is closed

  • There may be some slight to moderate bleeding.

  • Maybe redness but the pain fades quickly

  • Piercing is sensitive to the touch.

  • Some bruising can occur


  • The average healing time is 8-12 weeks or longer,

  • Clean with saline twice daily

  • Must practice cross-contamination prevention and isolate and avoid any contact with the piercing.

    • Clean hands

    • no oral contact or sexual contact without a condom for the first 6 months

    • No Swimming

    • Keep Pets Away

    • Keep bedding clean or anything that comes in contact clean

  • Avoid playing with the piercing or excessive movement.

  • Sex when comfortable, genital at first

  • Do not sleep on the piercing

  • First 3-5 days you can experience redness/discolor, heat, and tenderness to the touch.


  • should leave jewelry in at all times

  • May need to downsize jewelry

  • Avoid jewelry with sharp edges, points or things hanging off it.

  • Best Jewelry Options:

    • Barbell

    • Beaded ring or CBR if the piercing is inside the foreskin

Living with the piercing:

  • The jewelry should be left in at all times.

  • When switching partners practice safe sex

  • Chasity

Abandoning the piercing:

  • If the piercing is still healing the piercing should close quickly. Practice cross-contamination

  • should close quickly

  • seabum

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All footage was filmed using a Canon EOS 80D Camera with the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens - and Canon EOS R  - with Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens -

Audio - Recorded with Shure MV7 - with a Tascam DR-40x -

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Skin Kitchen Tattoo and The Axiom Body Piercing Studio are located at 3800 Douglas Ave./Des Moines, Iowa 50311
Tattoo hours are Thursday - Monday 1-8pm
Piercing hours are Thursday - Monday 2-8pm