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Nipple piercing is becoming more and more popular these days, especially among young people. The explanation of its popularity is simple – it increases sexual sensitivity. But in the past, people didn’t even think about it. Wealthy Romans decorated their bodies with nipple rings to demonstrate their strength, courage, bravery and power. Women of that time pierced their nipples only to emphasize their sexuality and make their breasts perfect.
Our body offers a plenty of ideas for piercing and we have already discussed it in the article “Ear piercing”. It’s up to you to decide what kind of body decoration to choose and we hope the information in this article about nipple piercing will come in handy.
The most popular variant of nipple piercing is when a ring is put horizontally. Vertical variant of wearing the ring is less spread. Decorations for nipple piercing differ in shape and size. It’s quite easy to choose a piece of jewelry up to your taste. After the nipple piercing procedure you might have some pain, but don’t worry – you’ll forget about it after several minutes and the complete healing will come approximately in four months. And don’t be scared if your nipples become larger in size immediately after the procedure – it’s absolutely natural. But at the same time you should have a lot of patience if you want to make nipple piercing, as your nipples will need constant care.
Types of nipple piercing
The two types of nipple piercings are ring piercings and barbell piercings. Rings are the more popular option, but barbells are the best for those involved in contact sports, as they are less likely to be ripped out.
Men usually wear jewelry the size of which is 2.4 mm and women should opt for the decorations which are about 1.6 mm. You should choose the rings of a large diameter; small rings can lead to displacement. For first timers, piercers usually recommend getting a barbell as it is less likely to move around or get caught in something. However, the decision is ultimately yours. Nipple ring barbells of various kinds and style are always offered on our website in the nipple barbell section.
The process of healing
The process of healing usually takes 6-8 weeks. Nipples might be slightly sensitive if you touch them for several days after surgery but this unpleasant feeling will gradually pass. However, from this moment the sensitivity of your nipples will become much higher, so, be careful with them - it is easy to scatter the wound. If there is any sign of infection, it’s better to visit a doctor or a piercer. Luckily, infections do not often happen and in the majority of cases they are easily treated with the help of antiseptics and some drugs.
Nipple piercing and breastfeeding
In the end of the 19th century, English doctors advised women with small or inverted nipples to pierce them in order to facilitate breastfeeding. Pierced nipples do not usually cause any complications with breastfeeding. In general, piercings in the nipple will not affect your breast milk supply or your ability to make breast milk. Some women may notice that their breast milk leaks through the holes of piercing, but that's OK and not a cause for concern. Before your baby is born, it’s better to remove your nipple ring or any other jewelry from your nipples or breasts and keep them out while you're breastfeeding.
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