Safer Sex with Body Piercings, Genital Piercings & Braces (NSFW)

While male and female genital piercings are visually exciting and can add increased pleasure to sexual experiences, staying safer when you or your partner have genital piercing(s) poses a unique challenge.


When it comes to sex, genital piercings have been around for centuries, but safer sex tools like latex condoms and dental dams have not.

Due to the very vulnerable nature of piercing, in any area of the body, is it is extremely important to keep the pierced area sterile and free from contamination during the slow healing process. Chemicals, allergens, bacteria and germs need to be kept away from entering into this fresh wound. Additionally, since fluids such as blood, pus, and sebum can seep out of the wound, this puts others who come into contact with it at risk as well. 

Nipple Piercings and Safety


No matter if you are male or female, fresh nipple piercings can take up to one year to fully heal. This means, in order to stay safer, no oral contact should be made for one full year. If you are thinking of getting a nipple piercing, but can’t imagine forgoing this specific pleasure for a long duration of time, and you’re already dying for a boobgasm, strongly reconsider your plan to get pierced.

Oral Sex with Mouth Piercings or Dental Work

Using Lixx Dental Dams during oral sex is the best way to keep both partners safe from the transmission of herpes, HPV and other STDs you can get from oral sex. And, any metal objects in the mouth can cause damage to this latex barrier. Mouth piercing such as tongue, lip, labret, Marilyns, frenulums, frownies and smilies all posit a higher risk of becoming infected if they are not kept perfectly clean, which is already a challenge with food and drink. Remember, if you have a mouth piercing or are thinking of getting one, having an open wound in your mouth leaves you more susceptible to the transmission of bodily fluids into the bloodstream.


The same principles and philosophies apply to braces, retainers, bridgework or any kind of oral surgery recovery. Basically, if you have an open wound, it is much easier to spread or catch bacteria, which is why doctors always prescribe antibiotics after surgical procedures. And, like piercings, having metal objects in your or your partner’s mouth, even if they are placed there by a physician, can definitely still cut through a latex barrier (either a dental dam or flavored condom like the Durex Tropical) or make microscopic slices into your partner’s skin, leaving you both at risk for STDs.

Male Genital Piercings and Condoms

No matter if you or your partner has a Prince Albert, reverse Prince Albert, dydoe, ampallang, apadrayva, foreskin, frenum, lorum, hafada, guiche, pubic or anal piercing, sadly bejeweled genital piercings and condoms just don’t mix. Even the mightiest extra strength condoms like Durex Extra Strength are no match for stainless steel jewelry.


In order to stay safer and to protect yourself and your partner, remove the jewelry from your healed piercing before putting on a condom. If you suspect that your piercing is not healed yet, or is infected in any way, refrain from sex until these issues are resolved. The last thing you want to do is to cause any damage to your genitalia or risk contamination for you or your partner.

This being said, genital piercings are meant for patient people, because healing takes a lot of time and so does the removal of jewelry when the mood strikes. If you are a very impulsive and impatient person, that’s cool, but I wouldn’t recommend for you to get a genital piercing.

Female Genital Piercings and Condoms

Much like male genital piercings, female genital piercings can cause condoms to rip, tear and break in a heartbeat. Yes, the Nefertiti, Christina, pubic, anal, triangle, inner labia, outer labia, clitoris, fourchette, deep hood, horizontal hood, vertical hood and Isabella piercings look exotic and can enhance the eroticism of sex, but they also can make safer sex more difficult. Unhealed piercings should not be subjected to the rigors of sex or oral sex.


Even if the piercing is not located directly around the vaginal opening, we all know how easy it is to slip out every once in awhile during intercourse. Any contact with body jewelry is a chance that the condom could break, or that the piercing could become irritated or infected. Like men, women are strongly advised to remove their jewelry from healed genital piercings prior to sex with a condom or oral sex with a dental dam. After all, why chance ruining a fabulous Caution Wear Black Ice?

If you suspect that your piercing has become infected after a sexual encounter, or you have broken a condom by having sex with your body jewelry in place, see a doctor for testing and treatment as soon as you can.

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  1. Awkward question says:

    My vertical hood piercing cuts my bc penis similar to rug burn. Is there a way to prevent this from happening without taking my piercing out?

    • I’d try jewelry made from a different type of material, like Bioplast (or any other kind of flexible barbell) to see if that helps cut down on cuts.


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