Nipple piercing – all you need to know

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Nipple piercing - some facts and tips

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.




General information


Nipple Piercing


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


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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.









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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


About the healing process



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


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.




After nipple piercing care tips


After nipple piercing care tips


  • Remove the bandage 4 or 5 hours after the procedure and take a shower paying special attention to your nipples and the area around them. Don’t be scared if there is a little clotted blood on the wound, it is normal and it can be easily washed off. If the blood has dried on the jewelry, gently remove it with a cotton pad. Do not use any cleaning solutions within 24 hours after surgery.
  • Be sure you have removed the clotted blood, otherwise it can harden around the jewelry and, when moving the jewelry it will reopen the wound from the inside and cause some pain. Moreover, if it is not removed, bacteria will develop in it and as a result infect the wound.
  • Make sure you have dried your nipples thoroughly. It should be done by patting (not rubbing) with a paper towel.
  • After swimming in ponds, pools and other public places, be sure to wash your pierced nipples with some antibacterial soap.
  • Make sure that you have thoroughly cleaned your nipple piercing after exercising or sweating. Sweat acts as an acid and can create favorable conditions for bacteria.
  • Wear bra when you go to bed. It will protect the decoration from touching while you are sleeping. Men can use an elastic bandage (can be bought at the pharmacy).
  • Do not wear lace bras, as the jewelry can get tangled in the lace and rump up the wound. Regular or sports bras are more comfortable.
  • Sunbathe! It will help your body produce vitamin D that promotes healing. It also dries the wound and prevents the development of an infection.
  • Do not rotate the ring in the puncture for 3-4 weeks, move it very gently only if you want to clean it. Constant movements of the ring stir the wound and prevent healing.
  • Don’t remove the decoration during the 10 week healing period. If removed too early it can heal over or leave some scarring.
  • Do not try to take the jewelry out of your nipple by yourself. If you want to replace the decoration – just visit your piercer.
  • Remember: jewelry made of surgical steel is more preferable immediately after the nipple piercing procedure.


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