Just as some people get their ears pierced, others choose to pierce their genitals and/or nipples with jewelry. There are different reasons why people make the decision to pierce their genitals. Some say that piercings are a unique way of expressing and affirming their sexuality. Others report that piercings enhance sexual enjoyment for both themselves and their partners. As with any other form of piercing or body art, genital piercings are also chosen for their aesthetic value.
Whether you are thinking about getting your first piercing or you have one already, there are procedures you can follow to minimize the health risks. Health risks increase when piercings are done in the genital area because of increased vulnerability to infection, risks of scarring or tearing, and the sensitive nature of this area.
It is not recommended that anyone practice self-piercing, and needles should never be shared under any circumstances. It is possible to spread severe infections, such as HIV, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C, through improper piercing practices. If you do choose to get a genital piercing, it is important to have it done in a safe place by a credible service provider. It is also a good idea to speak with a doctor before going ahead with it.