Would YOU insert a plastic bead into your penis to make you a better lover? ‘Pearling’ can cause ‘chronic pain, infection, and even erectile dysfunction’, experts warn
It is something the male of the species aim to avoid at all costs.
The thought of intentionally placing anything sharp near their manhood is enough to bring the bravest of men out in a cold sweat.
But, in recent years, there has been a rise in the number of men cutting into their own penis – or enlisting the help of a piercer to do so – to insert plastic beads, or pearls.
‘Pearling’, as it is known, is said to enhance sexual pleasure for the man’s partner during intercourse.
It is thought to boost physical stimulation, applying extra friction to a woman’s clitoris.
However, men’s sexual health expert Dr Tobias Köhler, of SIU Healthcare in Illinois, told Daily Mail Online that pearling can be dangerous.
It can damage the urethra and cause chronic pain – and according to a case report, it can also lead to scar tissue formation and erectile dysfunction.
Dr Köhler said: ‘I’d recommend against it in general, because despite perfect, sterile techniques, there’s always a risk of infection and something going wrong.’
For some men, pearling is just an aesthetic practice – similar to that of penile piercings or tattoos.
But to others, the pearl is inserted with the hopes of making the man a better lover.
Pearling is practiced in many cultures across the world, including Japan, according to a case study in the International Journal of Emergency Medicine.
There, the Yakuza organized crime syndicate uses each pearl to symbolize a year spent in prison.