Improve your sex life by getting that burning question answered by one of the world's foremost experts on sex, Dr. Debby Herbenick of Indiana University's Kinsey Institute. Submit anonymously here!I have a penis piercing (Prince Albert) that just healed. Should I wear more than one condom when I start having sex again? And is there a brand or material that’s more piercing-friendly?
Sarah: Hachi machi. First of all, I think you owe your penis a spa day for what you’ve just put in through. The only thing you should be swaddling it in now is Egyptian cotton and lamb’s wool. I would imagine that any condom usage is going to be tricky, and adding more would probably just lower sensation and cause friction problems. If I were you, I’d start having a “clean partners only” rule and strictly enforce it from here on out. You’ve now got an extra-sensitive new spot to get an infection, so keep it extra clean. I’ll defer to the Doc on the raincoat requirements.
Debby: Nope! Two condoms is a no-no as the condoms can rub against one another and that friction can lead to breakage. I’ve never seen a study suggesting that one condom brand is better than another when it comes to piercings. FDA testing does not take genital piercings into account and it’s absolutely the case that some people with genital piercings have difficulties with condom breakage (then again, some don’t). When you start having sex again, I’d encourage you and your partners to get STI-tested prior to giving up condoms and, if you have female partners and want to prevent pregnancy, make sure you’re using another form of reliable birth control such as the pill, patch, shot, ring, implant, or IUD.