Jul 022011

I’ve gotten some questions in, so it’s time to do a question and answer post!


Question: Can urethral sounding be done with cooking oil?

Answer: NO. Cooking oil = edible fat = energy. Micro-organisms (like bacteria) can use it as a source of food. Using cooking oil in the urethra can increase your chances of a urinary tract infection (or bladder infection or kidney infection…). Use a lubricant without glycerin instead.


Question: Can rubber urethral sounds be used by women?

Answer: Rubber should not be used for sounds for women or men. Why? They cannot be sterilized at home. The recommended method of sterilization (very hot steam in a pressure cooker) will ruin the rubber (Source). Stick to sounds made of stainless steel to be safe.


Question: Why does urethral sounding feel good?

Answer: That depends on whether your genitals are male or female. For men, it can stimulate the corpus spongiosum, which can be pleasurable. For women, it can stimulate the Skene’s Gland, which can also be pleasurable.


Question: Do heterosexual women get anal cancer?



Question: What kind of steel is used in genital piercings?

Answer: Surgical steel. There are a few grades of surgical steel that are appropriate. Specifically, “steel that is ASTM F-138 compliant or ISO 5832-1 compliant; ISO 10993-(6,10, or 11) compliant; or (EEC [European Economic Community] Nickel Directive compliant.)” (Source).


Question: Can HPV be passed by oral sex?

Answer: Yes. It’s been implicated in head and neck cancers for that very reason.


Question: Why is it bad to do rope bondage on joints?

Answer: Two big reasons. First, joints are very sensitive. If they get damaged, they take a long time to recover and may not recover at all. So it’s best to avoid damage. Second, a lot of nerves and blood vessels travel through joints. This makes them ideal for cutting off blood/nerve supply to a limb… definitely a no-no.


Question: Can a post-operative transsexual have an orgasm?

Answer: Yes. The quality of the orgasm may be different than it was before transition. A recent study came out about sexual health for transmen.


Question: Would a genital piercing affect the way I pee?

Answer: If it passes through the urethra, yes. If it could be in the path of the urine, yes (e.g., labia or foreskin piercings). Otherwise, probably not.

Jun 112011

Recent posts have been rather serious and depressing. So today it’s time for something completely different — genital piercings!

(By the way: All the links today are NSFW.)

Basic types

Genital piercings can be done for a variety of reasons. These include sexual pleasure, aesthetics, and individual expression. The types of piercing you can get depend on your anatomy. Not everyone can get every piercing type for their sex. Dydoes, foreskin piercings, triangles, and clitoris piercings are good examples of piercings that only certain people can have. In theory, people who have had genital surgery also may be able to get piercings, but should consult with a piercer and/or their physician. Additionally, people with certain medical conditions (like hemophilia), should not get these piercings.

For men, piercings can involve…

For women, piercings can involve…

There are, of course, other types of piercings, but I think this is a good generalization.

Healing, aftercare, and long-term care

Healing time varies depending on the type of piercing. Four to six weeks is the shortest healing time I’ve seen, and it’s generally for piercings that go through minimal tissue (e.g., inner labia, Prince Albert). The longest healing time can be six months or more! Generally, the more tissue the jewelry goes through, the longer the healing time.

The Association of Professional Piercers has very clear fliers with information on how to care for new piercings. It’s pretty simple: be hygienic and avoid trauma.

Potential problems include:

  • Infection. This is most likely during the early healing process. Good hygiene ought to help prevent infections. Viral infections, like hepatitis B, may be spread by the needles used in piercing… so please choose your piercer carefully!
  • Trauma. This can be caused by lots of tugging or jostling of the jewelry, Jewelry can even be torn out…Ow! The surrounding tissue can be torn, leaving an open wound vulnerable to infection. If that happens, head to the nearest urgent care center.
  • Migration and/or rejection. The jewelry can move around, and possibly even be pushed out of the body. This is most common with “surface” piercings (those that do not pass through. A belly button piercing is a surface piercing, as opposed to an earlobe piercing). Choosing surgical steel jewelry may help prevent rejection. Surgical steel should always been used for new piercings. Reducing trauma and pressure to the area may help prevent migration.

Genital piercings have a few special notes:

  • Barriers may be required for future sex, even for people who are fluid bonded. This is mostly relevant for penis piercings and vaginal or anal sex. The combination of the jewelry movement and contact with other fluids means potential infection. Barriers can help prevent that.
  • All urethral piercings (like the Prince Albert) may affect the way you pee. Some men, for example, may need to sit down to pee. For women, urethral piercings may increase the risk of urinary tract infections. Note that urine is sterile unless there is an active bladder infection, so it by itself usually doesn’t cause a problem.
  • Perineal piercings (like the Guiche) may need to be kept extra clean. They’re close to the anus and fecal matter, after all.

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