The piercing of the Fraenulum is probably the second-most popular male genital piercing, it is usually incorrectly referred to as a "Frenum" piercing but this an abbreviated version of the true word Fraenulum . The Fraenulum is the small ridge of flesh joining the foreskin to the Glans of the penis, in most cases circumcision removes or destroys it, however in rare cases it still exists after circumcision. I can only find one account of it occurring amongst tribal people.
"Amongst the Timorese of Indonesia, the Frenulum beneath the glans penis is pierced with brass rings, the function of the ring is to enhance stimulation during sex."
Die kunstlichen Verunstaltungen des Korpers bei den Batta. Zeitschrift fur Ethnologie 16:217-225 1884.
The practice of piercing of the foreskin for the insertion of jewellery is as old as circumcision, and is of immemorial antiquity, going back far beyond the earliest recorded history. During the games of Ancient Greece, the athletes performed nude, and to prevent their penises moving about they bound the foreskin with a ribbon and tied it to the base of the penis. This ribbon. or leather thong was called the "Kynodesme" from the Greek "Kuon" foreskin, and "Desmos" fastening band. This temporary practice probably led to the permanent piercing of the foreskin, either to prevent slaves and athletes from having sex, or to prevent them from having erections. The Roman's used a practice called Infibulation, it involved two piercings going through the foreskin (or Labia in women) and a lock (Fibula) being placed therein.
The Roman historian Mensius declares that Infibulation may be traced back to the time of the siege of Troy (12th Century BC) for he points out that according to "The Odyssey" (Bk. VIII, Line 477) Agamemnon departed for the Trojan War, and left his wife Clytemnestra, in the care of the singer Demodecus, seeing that he had been infibulated.
The prevalence of the practice is attested to by the number of references to it, to be found in ancient writings. The roman writers Juvenal, Martial, Strabo, Fallopio, and Hieronymus Mercurialis all make mention of the practice. The piercing process is described in detail by the famous 1st Century Roman physician Celsus, in his treatise on medicine "De Medecina"
"First of all the prepuce should be drawn forward and marks made on each side of it in such a manner , that when the prepuce is released, the marks do not return past the end of the glans. This is to be tested and tried , until marks are had that will be free of the glans, these will then be the places for the location of the Fibula. After the the marking is ascertained to be correct, holes are to be pierced through the prepuce with a needle and thread, and the two loose ends of the thread are to be tied together, and the thread is to be run back and forth through the holes daily until they are healed, thus leaving two openings on either side of the prepuce which will not close. When this has taken place, the thread is to be removed, and the fibula, which should be light in weight, may be inserted through the orifices"
Fraenulum piercing is done through the small ridge of skin connecting the foreskin with the Glans of the penis (see picture), if a man has been circumcised this ridge usually disappears. However, if there is no Fraenulum the piercing can sometimes still be done through the foreskin in the same position.
Foreskin piercings are usually done in pairs with one ring on either side of the penis, so that if both piercings are in a line it's done horizontally to the ground.
The Fraenulum piercing is done with either a small ball closure ring or a barbell, once the piercing is healed a Fraenulum loop may be worn, this a ring that sits behind the Corona (lip) of the Glans (Head) of the penis. If it's measured correctly it acts like a cock-ring keeping the Glans hard during sex, the loops can also be made with balls attached to provide extra stimulation during sex. A barbell can be worn in the day and the loop put on before having sex.
Foreskin piercing are done using ball closure rings, either one or a pair and after the piercing is healed one ring can be worn through both holes to act like a lock.
Fraenulum piercings heal very quickly (usually take 8-10 weeks) with minimum trouble, although if the fraenulum is very small they can migrate or grow out of the skin. Foreskin piercings usually take longer to heal (10-12 weeks) this is because of the constant movement of the foreskin, more care must be taken with foreskin piercings because the wound stays moist inside the foreskin and this delays the healing process.
DO's & DON'Ts TO HEAL YOUR FORESKIN & FRAENULUM PIERCING
THE NUMBER ONE REASON FOR INFECTION IS TOUCHING AND PLAYING WITH THE PIERCING, ONLY TOUCH THE PIERCING WHEN YOU ARE CLEANING IT!