Who says men don’t like to accessorize? In the world of body modification, there are plenty of ways to embellish what’s been naturally given. One way, pearling, is a lesser-known but historical type of modification. While most modification is visible when it comes to the penis, such as piercings and tattoos, this type really gets under a man’s skin…his penile skin, that is. Want to learn more? Here’s everything a man needs to know about pearling.

What Is Pearling?

Pearling is a type of body modification practice where pearls are inserted under genital skin for aesthetic appeal and to enhance sexual pleasure. This is also known as beading.

How Is Pearling Done?

This is not for the faint of heart. A single object, a pearl or other roundish implant, is embedded on the dorsal aspect (top side) of the penile shaft. They can also be placed in rows or placed randomly around the circumference and length of the shaft. Some men think the process is so simple that they do it themselves, which is not recommended. After insertion, a man should expect inflammation around the entry site as well as discomfort while the skin is healing. In very rare cases, the pearls may be rejected by the body.

While the practice is thought to originate with pearls, in modern society an entire range of implants are used, such as silicone, titanium, Teflon, and stainless steel. The beads are said to create a ribbed effect that has been known to enhance vaginal and anal sex for partners. Some people also find it very pleasant to look at.

A Historical Peak at Pearling or, Who Thought This Up?

Body modification is by no means a new practice. Pearling dates all the way back to the 15th century and is recorded in Chinese texts of the time. It is believed to be a practice brought to China from South-East Asia, specifically from certain parts of the Philippines and Myanmar. A modern historian of this part of Asia found that there were 30 different kinds of beading available that catered to a woman’s choice, as ribbing has long been helpful in stimulating a woman’s pleasure.

The best known, if curious, use of pearling is by the Japanese Yakuza. According to records, the Yakuza would have one pearl implanted in their penis for every year spent in prison. It makes the mind wonder at what a 20-year sentence might bring – would there be enough room? However, modern Yakuza, if one is to believe the stories, do it to enhance a woman’s pleasure. It’s like gangsters with a heart of gold.

Pearling and Penis Health

As pearling gains popularity, more complications have come to light. They include things like infection, bleeding, pearl migration, and scarring. These complications can lead to things such as erectile dysfunction and Peyronie’s disease. As with all genital body modification, there is not only a chance of the occurrences aforementioned, but also a chance of permanently losing sensation in the genitals if things don’t go exactly according to plan.

Men who opt for body modifications down below need to be especially cognizant of penis health. Be sure to meticulously cleanse the penis daily, and after any sexual encounters, with warm water and a mild cleanser. Rinse well and air dry. After washing the skin, use a specially formulated penis health creme (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which has been clinically proven safe and mild for skin) on the penis. By selecting a crème chock-full of vitamins and nutrients that protect and rejuvenate the penis (like vitamins A, B, C, and D), the penis is always strong and ready for action.