:: Apadravya ::

The apadravya is a vertical piercing, typically with a barbell, through the head of the penis. Its history can be traced back at least as far as the Kama Sutra, and it was supposedly once popular in areas of South India.

The apadravya is typically centered side to side, with the piercing channel beginning in the'valley' on the ridge of the glans, passing through the urethra and exiting where the PA is normally placed. The amount of skin in the piercing is rather large, so even with the quick healing of genital tissue, this one can take several months for initial healing. It may be a full year before the channel is fully set. Alternately, a PA or Reverse PA can easily be extended into an apadravya. In either case, part of the channel would already be healed, reducing overall healing time for the second piercing.

Luckily, abstinence is not necessary for the entire healing period. Instead, avoid any type of play during the initial period of soreness (a few weeks). After that, see what feels okay. As with other genital piercings, a condom is suggested for all sex (including oral) for the duration of healing, even with a monogamous lover. As with other genital piercings, many feel the benefits for the wearer and their partner(s) far outweigh the energy required to get and heal the piercing.

We suggest starting with a barbell no thinner than 10g, as thinner jewelry may cut against the tender skin, particularly during sex or rough play. The initial barbell should be long enough to allow for both swelling and erection, usually somewhere between 7/8" and 1 1/4". Once it is fully healed, some like the pressure of a shorter barbell, while others like the added girth of longer barbells or larger balls. Depending on the positions you use, this can be a good one for G-spot or prostate tickling. Your partner will thank you, again and again.

:: Ampallang ::

Reputedly originating in the East Indies and Micronesia, this is the horizontal counterpart to the Apadravya, again a barbell through the head of the penis. It can be placed either above or through the urethra, but since the piercing is both stronger and much easier to heal when it passes through the urethra, there is usually no benefit to doing it above. There is no difference pain-wise, and the flow of urine acts as a natural bath, speeding healing. Indeed, many piercers will refuse to do non-urethral ampallangs for this reason. Jewelry should be a barbell, minimum of 10g, generally a little longer than sizes used for an Apadravya. Healing time is up to a year.