The Princess Albertina is a piercing of the female urethra (so named for the Prince Albert, a piercing that traverses the male urethra, which is considerably more accessible).
Photo and text courtesy of James Weber, Infinite Body Piercing in Philadelphia. He is the pioneer of this placement and I refer to him for Princess Albertina piercings, as I do not perform them.
Once a subject of debate in the piercing community, the Princess Albertina is becoming more popular as more women discover the joy of urethral stimulation.
This piercing is the female counterpart to the Prince Albert. With this piercing, the ring enters the urethra and exits through the bottom, about 3/8″ back from the urethral meatus and rests in the opening of the vaginal canal. As it sits nestled deep in between the inner labia, it doesn’t interfere with any other existing genital piercings.
With the positioning of the jewelry, vaginal penetration puts pressure on the ring and causes it to rotate in the piercing, stimulating nerves in the urethra. Women who get them find them exceedingly arousing—often in a way they often cannot verbalize. The pain of the piercing is minimal and the orgasmic dividend can be incomparable.
Jewelry is usually either a 10 gauge or 8 gauge captive bead ring with a small enough diameter to be unobtrusive during vaginal penetration. The piercing does stretch easily once healed, so it’s not uncommon to see 6 gauge or even larger jewelry in this piercing. Inserting thicker jewelry makes for a stronger piercing and can also increase stimulation to the wearer.
The recessed placement makes this a tricky piercing to perform, and its rarity makes it difficult to find a piercer with the experience to perform it. If you’re interested in having this piercing done at Infinite, please check ahead of time to ensure there is a piercer scheduled who has experience with this particular piercing. And if you haven’t yet experimented with urethral stimulation and play, you may want to learn about it and try it out before deciding on a female PA piercing.
[I did have the opportunity to observe and assist James Weber performing the procedure on one occasion. It involved the use of forceps to secure the tissue, plus a receiving tube to safely "cap" the needle after it passed through the tissue. I undertook the job of "labia assistant" and held the labia open to make it more accessible as James performed the piercing on a client with an especially recessed urethra.]
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Healing and Troubleshooting
This piercing is easy and quick to heal, but it is not too forgiving to those who “cheat” on their healing by having sex too early. As a rule, you must wait at least two weeks after getting this piercing before any sort of penetrative sex.
There also seems to be an increased risk of urinary tract infections during healing, but this risk disappears once the piercing is healed. This means drinking lots of water during healing, along with cranberry juice or cranberry supplements. As the piercing is flushed out constantly during urination, cleaning is usually minimal and consists of a gentle saline rinse several times a day. Soap for aftercare is far too harsh for this one.