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Jacob’s Ladder Piercing: Procedure, Pain, and Healing Explained

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A Jacob’s ladder piercing is a very rare and unique type of male genital piercing. It’s actually several frenum piercings in a “ladder”. While the Prince Albert is a more common male genital piercing, the Jacob’s ladder doesn’t go through the urethra, which is important to some. Because it consists of more than one piercing, it tends to be painful and you may decide to build up your ladder over time to avoid getting multiple piercings at once.

What is a Jacob’s Ladder Piercing?

A Jacob’s ladder piercing consists of more than one frenum piercings. These are piercings that are mostly placed horizontally through the underside of the base of the shaft of the penis. There is a “pinchable” section of skin there that can accommodate piercings. The term has also come to be known with any piercing that goes through the shaft. Please note that it does not actually go through the shaft itself, only through the tissue around the shaft. Both circumcised and uncircumcised men can get this piercing, although an uncircumcised penis generally has more skin and can support more piercings.

How Much Does a Jacob’s Ladder Piercing Cost?

The cost of a Jacob’s ladder depends on how many rungs you want in your ladder. All genital piercings tend to be more expensive than others because of how invasive they are. You can expect the first rung (the frenum) to cost around $100. After that, most piercers will give you a discount and cost $50 per rung because a lot of the work is done by piercing one in the same area. When planning your ladder, keep in mind that you can only have four healing piercings at a time, so you might have to get half your ladder at a time depending on how long you want it.

Piercing Procedure and Pain

Out of all genital piercings, the Jacob’s ladder tends to be one of the tamer ones. Most men agree that a single frenum piercing does not hurt as much as they thought it would. However, all piercings made of multiple piercings tend to hurt more because the adrenaline for the first piercing will wear off and won’t protect you during the time of your second piercing. All in all though, most men experience a mere “tugging” or a 3/10 on the pain scale for the first piercing and a “pinch” or 6/10 for any subsequent rungs.

Jacob’s Ladder Piercing Pros and Cons


  • You may experience slight additional sensitivity
  • Your partner is likely to experience additional sensitivity
  • A very unique look


  • The jewelry can poke holes in condoms
  • May migrate during the healing process
  • No sex for a few weeks while healing

Healing a Jacob’s Ladder Piercing

Most men find that healing a Jacob’s ladder is pretty easy to heal compared to other genital piercings. You may experience some soreness and you should avoid sex during the healing process. In general, a Jacob’s ladder only takes 2-3 months to heal. Aside from that, the only thing you need to watch out for is piercing migration. Frenum piercings are surface piercings which means they are likely to migrate during the healing process. Keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t reject.


Jacob’s ladder piercings are growing in popularity and are a very unique style of genital piercing. Unlike Prince Alberts, they don’t go through the urethra, which avoids several of the cons and worst part of the pain. Your partner is likely to be able to feel your piercings and have extra stimulation and you’re likely to feel something extra as well. All in all, the Jacob’s ladder is a really attractive piercing – just watch for migration!