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Nipple piercing has been popular among different social groups since the ancient times. Even now lots of tribes still use this type of body decoration as some kind of special ritual. Ancient Romans and guards of Julius Caesar made nipple piercing to demonstrate their bravery. In the times of the Victorian age, women, especially fine ladies, made nipple piercing to make their breasts look more attractive.
Today the popularity of nipple piercing is still high. People make nipple piercing for different reasons but they all speak about visual and sexual benefits that come with having their nipples pierced. But before deciding to get this type of piercing, it is important to know how the process works, the healing time, the scale of pain, the types of jewelry, and the aftercare tips.
The procedure of nipple piercing is usually started with marking the two sides of a nipple with an ink to ensure they are carefully guided when doing the actual piercing. It is important to have a properly angled piercing. Then, a professional piercer will sterilize nipples to ensure there is lesser chance of getting it infected. As soon as everything is clean, the piercer will use a clamp to pull the skin in the area and use a needle to punch through the dotted marks on the nipple.
There are two main types of nipple piercing – vertical and horizontal ones. Both of them depend on the size and shape of a nipple and the type of jewelry you are going to wear.
It is also possible to have one nipple pierced multiple times though the first piercing will need to have healed completely before successive ones are added.
Jewelry for nipple piercing
The diameter of jewelry for female nipple piercing is 1.6 mm. Men are recommended to wear jewelry with the diameter of 2.4 mm. The most popular types of jewelry for nipple piercing are barbells, rings and half-rings with one smooth side. Shields are also a popular type of decoration as they make nipples more sensitive. Piquant jewelry for female nipple piercing and unusual decorations for male nipple piercing can be always found on our website in the Nipple rings section. Be sure our jewelry is unique and of a very high quality. The guarantee period for our jewelry is more than one year. We also offer a wide choice of surgical steel jewelry of natural colors. This kind of jewelry is the best if you want to make the process of healing faster and painless.
After care tips
The process of healing may take several months. However, intensive care will be needed only for the first 1 or 2 weeks. The most important thing you need to do while your nipple piercing heals is to keep the area clean. The first time you wash your piercing should be 5 hours after you get it done. First, gently remove the bandage from the nipple, then cup your hand under the piercing and immerse it in water for 3 to 4 minutes, allowing any dried blood to wash off. Then treat the piercing with any kind of antiseptic twice a day - in the morning and in the evening and each time after taking a shower. The nipples will be extremely sensitive for the first few days, but this will subside very soon.
However, if you begin to notice some warning symptoms such as nipple soreness, redness, and swelling, or a discharge of blood or pus, there is a chance your piercing has become infected. In this case it’s better to make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible. Sometimes doctor might even recommend you to take the jewelry out and make piercing again only in 5 or 6 months.
Piercing and breastfeeding
A common question among girls and women who consider nipple piercing as a kind of body decoration is how it may affect breastfeeding. For the present moment there is no evidence that nipple piercing can affect the child breastfeeding or milk production. An experienced and skilled professional makes piercing without breaking functionality of lactiferous duct. But at the same time piercers usually recommend taking jewelry out of nipples 3 or 4 months before you start breast-feeding.