I received a message from a man who has had his Prince Albert piercing for years, and it suddenly started bleeding, but the reason was not hard to figure out:
I have had PA for many years with no issues and much enjoyment and pleasure Recently started anew relationship in whichthe sex is really rough. This morning I noticed a slight blood discharge from the piercing. I'm concerned and am curious of what is going on and what should be done.
A well healed piercing is like any other skin on the body: sealed tissue that can be injured, resulting in an open wound. It sounds like that's what's happened to yours. You need to treat it like a new piercing until this issue is resolved. Instructions are here: http://piercingbible.com/piercing-care
This includes using condoms for sexual activity! Very important:
There is no set period for abstinence from sexual activities while genital piercings are healing (OR REHEALING!). There are, however, two nonnegotiable rules:
1. Be gentle. Pay attention to your body. If your piercing feels sore, you must stop what you’re doing, or at least ease up. As you begin to heal and the piercing feels less tender, you must still be vigilant to avoid injuring the fragile new cells.
2. Be clean and hygienic. Protective barriers must be used to prevent the sharing of bodily fluids. For oral sexual contact, use a dental dam (sheet of latex) to shield female genitalia and a flavored or unlubricated condom during fellatio. Thoroughly wash hands and sex toys before contact near a healing piercing, and use condoms for all intercourse and on insertables like dildos and bullet-type vibrators. If other barriers aren’t suitable, apply a waterproof dressing such as a Nexcare or Tegaderm before sexual activities to keep your partner’s body fluids from getting on your piercing. All of these precautions are mandatory to prevent infection during the entire initial healing period, even if you and your partner are monogamous and healthy.
Appropriate body jewelry is smooth, so high-quality condoms that fit properly should perform well. Water-based lubricant helps reduce excess friction to protect the integrity of the latex. The sensitivity of your healing piercing can make up for the addition of an unfamiliar barrier. Pleasure Plus condoms are made with extra room that is suited to frenum and Prince Albert jewelry. Avoid condoms and lubricants with the spermicide nonoxynol-9 (N-9), as this harsh chemical may burn or sting and can harm the delicate cells of a fresh piercing (as well as vaginal or rectal tissue).
Also, you may need to change your jewelry to prevent recurrence. For example, if you're wearing a ring, you may need to switch to a curved bar instead.
Elayne Angel, Author
The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing
President, Association of Professional Piercers