The Prince Albert healing time can take from 4 weeks to 6 months.
A fresh PA piercing may cause bleeding, swelling and inflammation. In rare cases, it can lead to local infections.
Some PA wearers report it enhances sexual pleasure for both partners. However, others penetrated by males with this piercing report discomfort. Sexual partners of those with piercings may experience complications during oral sex such as chipped teeth, choking, foreign bodies getting stuck between the partner's teeth, and mucosal injury to receptive partners.
As with many piercings, there is risk of the jewelry becoming caught on clothing and being pulled or torn out. Very large gauge or heavy jewelry can cause thinning of the tissue between the urethral opening and the healed fistula resulting in an accidental tearing or other complications with sexual experiences. Conversely, extremely thin jewelry can cause the same tearing in what is commonly referred to as the "cheese cutter effect", either during sudden torsion or over a long period of wearing, especially if the thin jewelry bears any weight.