The Apadravya gets its unique name from the Kama Sutra, which discusses a prosthesis designed to increase the size of the penis for the pleasure of the partner. The man “may make use of certain apadravyas, or things which are put on or around the lingam to supplement its length or its thickness.” These piercings have been known to be performed by many tribal cultures around east asia and the surrounding islands, most notably the Dayak of Borneo and the Sufi of India. The Apadravya passes vertically through the head of the penis, and can be done entirely at once or in a two step process- pierce and heal a PA, and once healed extend the piercing through the rest of the head. An Ampallang is quite similar, however it passes horizontally through the head of the penis as opposed to vertically. Ampallangs can be done either through the uretha or above it, however going above it makes for longer healing and a less stable piercing. Both piercings must be started with a barbell of sizeable length to allow for both erections and swelling initially after piercing. Once healed you can switch to a shorter barbell with a snug fit. Some people prefer a perfect fit, others enjoy a larger barbell. You can also try different size and shape beads. These should be done at an 8g minimum for stability and comfort during sex. Both these piercings can be hard to stretch, so if you know you’d prefer these at a larger size we can pierce them there initially. As both of these piercings pass through the urethra they can both effect urination. Some folks find it to hardly make any difference, others need to hold the jewelry or sit or lean. It’s different for every individual, but it’s something to be mindful of. These can be more intense piercings to sit through, but they are often very effective and enjoyed piercings for those who choose to wear them. When can I resume sex with this piercing? We generally say listen to your body, and if something is painful don’t do it. For this piercing, often times it takes a few weeks for all residual soreness or swelling to go away and for intercourse. However, due to the long barbell (often 1 ½) sex can sometimes be awkward until you have a downsize. We liken it to a dog with a stick trying to fit through a doggie door……many clients choose to wait for their downsize, in 1-2 months. It stings when I urinate, is that normal? Yes, urination for the first week or two can feel like a stinging or burning sensation. There are a few things you can do to make this more comfortable. First, stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water. This will keep your urine from being too acidic and stinging. The most effective method of reducing this discomfort is to urinate with the penis submerged in water. Many clients use a shallow bowl or ziplock container filled with warm water to urinate in. Being submerged in water prevents the urine from getting into the piercing and staying there where it can sting.