GENITAL PIERCING AFTERCARE GUIDE

Healing Time

Depending on the type of piercing you chose and the tissue it is in, a genital piercing can heal in as quickly as 4 weeks or take as long as a year.

Cleaning

  • Thoroughly clean your new piercing once daily! Use antibacterial soap such as Provon. DO NOT use any products other than what is suggested. Excessive cleaning can lead to future problems.
  • Wash your hands! Remember to NEVER touch your new piercing without washing your hands first.
  • Using warm water and a cotton swab, remove and matter that may have dried on the jewelry and around the openings of the piercing.
  • Next, pour the cleaning agent on the jewelry and piercing, lather it up and then work the jewelry back and forth at least 6 times. Leave cleaning agent on the piercing for approximately 1 minute.
  • Rinse the cleaning agent off very thoroughly under running water, again working the jewelry back and forth at least 6 times. Any cleaning agent left on the skin or in the piercing can cause you problems.
  • After cleaning it is advisable to urinate to flush any residue from the urethra.

NOTE: GENITAL PIERCINGS USUALLY HEAL WITHOUT DIFFICULTY
Problems arise from not following the aftercare instructions or being too rough, too soon, with the piercing. Remember to ALWAYS wash your hands before touching the piercing. Make no oral contact with your new piercing without an appropriate barrier for at least 3 months. Oral contact will almost guarantee an infection that will require a physician’s care. This includes your own saliva as well as your partner’s. Genital piercings do not prohibit sexual activity. However, during the healing period men should wear a condom and women should consider similar protection to minimize the risk of infection. Remember, safe sexual practices should be used by all couples.