Area-Specific Tenderness

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Wednesday January 6th, 2010 @ 4:14 PM

Filed under: Male Genital


I was wondering what might cause part (not all) of piercing to be sore/tender.

I had my PA done early September at 14ga, and as of early December I am at a far more comfortable 6ga. I currently have a 6ga 1″ curved barbell which is kind of too long (should be 1/2″, I think), but still okay. The piercing is to the best of my know

My problem occurs most often after I have just woken up (not related to morning wood). The piercing does not hurt on its own, but if I lean on it, or touch it, one side of side of it is tender. The other side is fine and dandy. I don’t what’s going on. My jewelery fits snugly when dry and moves very easily when wet, so I’m not sure if it’s a gauge problem.

In order to try and remedy this, I slept one night without the barbell, and in the morning I popped in my 8ga ring. Still sort of tender. I re-gauged the piercing to a 6ga later in the day. Now I’m a little more sore than before.

Any ideas as to what might cause the tenderness?

I’d really rather not go back to the 8ga ring, higher gauges = way more comfortable.

If you are wearing a 1″ barbell, and you actually need a 1/2″ barbell, there is a good chance that the extra length on the jewelry could be causing the problem. Even if you need something that is longer than a 1/2″, jewelry that doesn’t fit a piercing properly can definitely cause irritation/soreness/pain. It could be that your jewelry is getting twisted/pulled while you sleep, causing the soreness. While there is actually more jewelry to get twisted than a curved barbell, the ring may work with your body differently than the curve, thereby reducing how much soreness you have.

A trip to a local piercer might be in order so they can help fit you with an appropriately-sized piece of jewelry. You shouldn’t need to switch back to a smaller gauge.

Good luck!

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2 Responses to “Area-Specific Tenderness”

  1. Thank you very much for the advice! I have ordered some segment rings in various sizes to see which will fit me better. I have been wearing 3/4″ rings but I have a hunch that that’s a little large. I’m going to try out a 1/2″ ring and a 5/8″ ring.

    Again, thank you!

    J on January 6th, 2010 at 5:27 pm
  2. Mine does the same.. Tried smaller and larger diameter rings but its still there!
    Mine is 6ga 3/4, which seems to give me the least amount of issues but its still tender ALL THE TIME :(

    anon on January 31st, 2010 at 5:21 am

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