What is packing?

“Packing” is a term some people use to describe having a non-flesh penis (sometimes referred to as a packer or a prosthetic penis). Some people view their non-flesh penis as a part of their body and don’t consider themselves to be “packing.” Many folks refer to this part just as their penis, rather than as a packer or prosthetic penis. With this in mind, we will use the term non-flesh penis, unless it is necessary to use the terms packer or prosthetic penis for clarity.

Why might people have a non-flesh penis?

There are many reasons for having a non-flesh penis. You might like the way it feels. You might use it during sex. Maybe you want to be able to stand to pee. It might help you be read as your gender, particularly when swimming or using locker rooms.

What are my options?

If you are looking for an affordable, do-it-yourself option for creating a bulge in your pants, you can fill an unlubricated condom with hair gel, tie a knot at the end, and place another condom overtop. Place it in some tight briefs or boxer briefs.

If you want something that more closely resembles a typical cisgender penis, you can buy a packer in many sex stores or online. They come in a variety of sizes and skin tones, both cut and uncut. Some have testicles, some don’t. Some can be used for sexual penetration. Some can be used to stand and urinate. Most of them can be held in place by a jockstrap or harness, and others can be simply placed in tight-fitting underwear.

You can also buy a prosthetic penis, which is made to look and feel like a typical cisgender penis with testicles. It’s designed to be attached to your body with medical adhesive. Some models can be used for sexual penetration and/or urination while standing. Prosthetic penises tend to be quite a bit more expensive than packers.

For a range of recommended non-flesh penises, check out Hudson’s FTM Resource Guide.

How do I clean a non-flesh penis?

Follow the cleaning instructions that came with it.

Generally speaking, if it’s made of silicone:

  • Wash it with mild antibacterial soap and water,

  • Boil it for up to five minutes, or

  • Put it in the top rack of the dishwasher.

 If it’s made of rubber or cyberskin, you can wash it with antibacterial soap. It’s not possible to sterilize it because the material is too porous, so consider wearing a condom if you are using it for sex. This will drastically reduce your risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Are there any health risks associated with non-flesh penises?

We couldn’t find any research on the risks associated with non-flesh penises. Anecdotally, we know that some people experience skin irritation from the materials that they are made of. If you experience this problem, you can wear two pairs of underwear, with the penis in between them, to protect your skin. It may be useful to wear a non-lubricated condom, so the penis doesn’t rub directly against your leg.

Some people have allergic reactions to the medical adhesive used to attach a prosthetic penis to the body. It’s a good idea to apply a small amount of the adhesive to your skin to observe whether you have a negative reaction, before using enough to attach your penis.

 If you are using your non-flesh penis for sex, wearing a condom is a good idea. Non-flesh penises can transmit HIV and other STIs from person to person.