This article is from the Piercing FAQ, by Anne Greenblatt with numerous contributions by others.
2 to 4 months
The Prince Albert piercing placed on the underside of the penis behind
the glans in the center of the triangle which can be visualized in the
"V" of the glans. If a frenulum is present, the piercing should be
made slightly to one side; the piercing is usually made on the
opposite side of the direction the wearer "dresses" (the direction the
penis leans in pants) to reduce friction.
This piercing is usually performed with the aid of a needle receiving
tube inserted into the urethra; the piercing is made from the outside
and pushed into the tube far enough that the tip of the needle is
outside of the urethra when the tube is removed. Some piercers have
devised alternate methods of piercing from the inside out.
It is possible to have a successful P.A. piercing if the wearer is not
circumcised. A curved barbell is suggested if the foreskin is not
loose enough to accommodate a ring. Pressure exerted by the foreskin
on a ring often causes the piercing to migrate or reject. If the
foreskin is too tight to be completely retracted, the bottom edge of
the foreskin can be cut or removed. This procedure can, in some cases,
be considered medically necessary if the foreskin is so restrictive
that it is painful during erection or sexual activity. This procedure
should be performed by a physician.
Initial jewelry: Captive bead rings in 10 gauge and 5/8" to 3/4" in
diameter; the diameter of the ring should be 1/8" wider than the
distance between the piercing and the urethral opening. A ring which
is too small in diameter will constrict the piercing and possibly tear
the urethra when the penis is erect.
Curved barbells in 10 gauge and 1/2" to 3/4" in length; the length
should be approximately equal to or 1/16" longer than the distance
between the piercing and the urethral opening. The ball at the
urethral end should be large enough to prevent it from slipping into
The piercing itself will not leak when the wearer urinates unless the
piercing has been stretched beyond the thickness of the ring. The
urine drip that is associated with the PA is a result of the urine
dripping from the jewelry. Turning the penis 90 to 180 degrees while
holding the ring to the side often prevents dripping.
It is not uncommon for a Prince Albert piercing to stretch two or more
gauges within the first year with frequent sexual activity or heavy
jewelry. Wearing jewelry that is too thin or too heavy can cause the
urethral lining to deteriorate
The REVERSE PRINCE ALBERT piercing is made through the top of the
glans, usually about 3/8" to 1/2² from the top edge of the urethral
The DOLPHIN is essentially two Prince Albert piercings with a single
piece of jewelry, usually a curved or U-shaped barbell. Because the
second piercing may be fairly deep into the shaft, it may take longer
to heal than a standard Prince Albert piercing and may cause urethral
irritation and swelling.