Genital piercing

David Rabinerson, Eran Horowitz

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Piercing is defined as puncturing an organ in order to place a jewel in the perforated site. There is almost no external organ in the human body that has escaped piercing. The origin of piercing traces back to the dawn of human history. Piercing is performed for decorative or symbolic purposes. Genital piercing (male or female) has recently extended into Western societies in general and to Israel in particular. The aim of genital piercing is said to be both decorative and for the enhancement of sexual pleasure. There are several types of genital piercing. The procedure is performed by non-medical persons, not within medical institutions, and may involve severe complications. Israeli legislation that regulates genital piercing is lacking.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)736-738
Number of pages3
Issue number10
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Female
  • Genitalia
  • Male
  • Piercing


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