Common Piercing Myths

Tongue Piercing There are some common piercing myths many people believe in. To enjoy your piercing, it’s important to know the truth and disregard these common misconceptions.

Some of the most common piercing myths include:

Nipple piercings prevent breast feeding. Nipple has numerous milk ducts and piercing damages only a few of them. In other words, you can easily breast feed with your nipple piercing. Warning: it’s strongly advisable to remove the jewelry during feeding so the baby won’t get hurt on the jewelry. Other than that, nipple piercings don’t prevent breast feeding.

Oral piercings always lead to infections. If your piercing is done by a professional, if you follow aftercare instructions and if you use body-safe jewelry, you won’t get an infection. Tongue and mouth are sensitive so they may be slightly irritated by certain food or beverages (such as alcohol), so this is why it’s not recommend to consume these foods or beverages during the healing process. However, it doesn’t mean that these piercings are prone to infection – it all depends on the aftercare. Most people never experience any problems.

Belly piercing is a problem during pregnancy. Pregnancy itself doesn’t affect your belly piercing. However, you need to think about the jewelry. Certain types of jewelry may cause discomfort during pregnancy or can’t be worn with a pregnant belly. This is why it’s important for all pregnant women to use special navel retainers or soft jewelry made for use during pregnancy. These jewelry types are soft and flexible, so they can be safely worn during pregnancy.

Multiple piercings can cause allergies. The allergies are caused by improper jewelry materials, so this is why all professional piercers and jewelry stores stick to body-safe materials only. Certain materials are safe to be used, such as titanium, niobium or high-quality surgical (not stainless) steel. Certain other materials, such as 14k nickel-free gold are also safe for most users. The number of piercings won’t cause the allergy, as long as the materials used are body-safe.

Piercing gun is a quick, safe way to get pierced. Piercing guns are damaging for your body and most professional piercers never use them. Piercing guns increase the chance for infection and damage the tissue, so it’s best to avoid them.

Body jewelry should be rotated during the healing process. This is an old myth, but it brings nothing good. You should not rotate your jewelry during the healing process. It will destroy the gentle healing tissue and actually put the dirt back in the piercing hole. The best aftercare is to clean your piercing with a saline solution and leave it alone. You should not touch your jewelry during healing, except to clean it.

Body jewelry sets off metal detectors. It depends on the jewelry used. There are many non-magnetic jewelry materials or jewelry not made of metal. These types of jewelry are safe to use with metal detectors.

Tongue piercing damages your taste buds. A tongue piercing won’t affect your ability to taste. Taste buds are numerous and they are constantly being replaced.

Vertical Labret Piercing

Vertical LabretVertical labret piercing is a popular and very effective piercing style. Unlike the most common labret piercing (positioned below the lower lip), a vertical labret goes through the lower lip itself, vertically. This piercing is actually parallel to the tissue inside the lip.

Benefits and Disadvantages

Vertical labret offers not just a different visual style than the regular labret piercing, but it also offers some advantages. It’s important to understand that a common labret piercing has a hole on the inside of the mouth. It means that the back of the jewelry sits near the gum line, so it can damage it. Another problem is that it can damage the teeth. With vertical labret piercing, no part of the jewelry sits inside your mouth. The barbell simply goes through the lip, from top to the bottom. It provides more comfort and less risk to any gum or teeth damage.

On the other hand, vertical labret piercing may take longer to heal. It also tends to be more sensitive and requires more aftercare. Some food can irritate the piercing so you need to be careful during the healing process. Once it’s healed, however, vertical labret piercing offers unique visual style and it poses less risk to your tissue.

The Procedure

Vertical labret piercing requires a pretty straightforward procedure and it typically doesn’t last long. Your lip will be marked and measured. A clamp will be used before the needle is inserted. The actual piercing is made using a needle and the whole process takes about five seconds so it’s over pretty quickly.

Typically, the piercing is done from bottom up, with a 16g needle. The pain depends on your tolerance level but is typically not that bad and it’s quickly over.

The most common jewelry used for vertical piercing is a barbell. It’s possible to choose between straight and curved barbells. Curved barbells tend to be more comfortable and easier to wear, especially during the healing process.

While vertical labret piercing procedure is not difficult and it doesn’t last long, one common problem is swelling. Be prepared for a lot of swelling after getting your piercing done. This is why most piercers recommend longer barbells for your initial piercing. The swelling should go after a few days, but you need to follow the aftercare instructions carefully.

Typically, the healing period takes 8 to 10 weeks. Make sure to clean your piercing several times a day. Sea salt solution works the best, or you may use a regular salt solution or a mild anti-bacterial soap. It’s important to touch your jewelry as little as possible: don’t turn it and don’t play with it. It’s best to touch it only while you’re cleaning your piercing and then leave it alone.

Jewelry

Since vertical labret piercing is not the most common piercing type, it’s not easy to find jewelry specially made for this type of piercing. Luckily, it’s perfectly comfortable to wear standard jewelry made for many different piercing types, so it’s not difficult to find suitable jewelry for your vertical labret.

Straight and curved barbells seem to work the best. There are many different styles to choose from: the simple and elegant barbells or the more elaborate styles. Most of the times, the lip jewelry tends to be simple but effective.

When choosing jewelry for yourself, keep in mind to shop at reliable stores; it’s important to use only high-quality, body-safe jewelry. Another thing to keep in mind is the barbell length- it will largely depend on your lip.

Common Problems with Nose Piercing

14k Gold Diamond Nose RingNose piercing is very common. In fact, that is probably the most popular form of piercing after the ear piercing. Nose piercing is not a taboo (in most cases), so many people choose to get at least one. A great thing about this type of piercing is that it can be very discreet, if necessary. At the same time, it’s possible to choose very bold jewelry if you want to go with something more extreme.

The popularity of nose piercing means that it’s relatively easy to find a place to get this type of piercing. This is both good and bad; good, because you can easily get this piercing and you may choose between numerous studios. You are never forced to visit one studio because most of them offer various types of nose piercings. At the same time, a large number of studies means that you need to be careful. It’s crucial that you choose a reliable place to get your nose piercing. Always do your research and visit the studio beforehand. Make sure that the studio employs professional piercers who know their job and use all precautions to ensure safe piercing experience without side effects or infections.

Another advantage to nose piercing is that there are many different jewelry types suitable for these piercings. Depending on the location of the piercing, you may choose nose screws, captive bead rings or another type of jewelry. There are also numerous jewelry materials to choose from. One thing is certain: regardless of the location and type of your piercing, you will be able to find quality and beautiful jewelry for it.

Risks and Problems

If done correctly, nose piercing should not pose a problem. It partially depends on the type of your nose piercing. Nostril piercings, for example, are easier and safer than septum piercings. The most common problem with all types of piercings, however, comes from inadequate procedure.

Therefore, in order to ensure the best piercing experience, it’s vital that you choose a reliable studio and a professional piercer. Most mistakes and negative experiences come from inadequate piercing procedure. For this reason, you need to be careful when choosing your piercer.

Piercing guns, for example, are a major problem. They are designed for performing earlobe piercings, but they are not recommended even for that, let alone nose piercing. Never allow to be pierced with a gun. It’s important to choose a professional piercer who will perform the procedure using a special needle.

A piercing gun may seem less intimidating than a needle, but it’s actually a worse choice. It forces the jewelry through your nose at a great force, which tears the tissue and causes unnecessary pain. Swelling and infections are common.

Special piercing needles are hollow, so they cause less pain and less damage to the tissue. The piercing heals quickly and without infections and other health issues. This is why it’s important to be pierced this way.

Other common problems and mistakes associated with nose piercings:

Switching jewelry too soon. It takes time for a piercing to be fully healed, and it’s important not to disturb it during this period. Changing jewelry too soon is a common mistake many people make, and it can prolong the healing time, lead to infections or rejections. It’s important to wait until your piercing is healed. Nostril piercings take about 3 months to heal, though some will take longer. Septum piercings generally take at least 4 months to heal. You shouldn’t change jewelry during this period.

Inadequate care. During the healing process, it’s important that you clean your piercing regularly. However, many people use inadequate substances, such as alcohol or peroxide. You should never clean your piercing with these substances because they will burn and irritate the piercing. It can also lead to infections and scar tissue. For this reason, it’s important to clean your piercing with a saline solution.

Choosing bad jewelry material. If you go to a reliable studio to get pierced your first jewelry will probably be made of quality, body safe material. Your piercer will warn you against inadequate materials or will refuse to pierce you with jewelry made of unsafe materials. However, some piercers don’t pay attention to this, so it can lead to numerous problems. You should stay away from sterling silver or plastic materials for your initial piercing. Even later, after the piercing has healed, you should choose your jewelry carefully. Even when fully healed, your nose piercing can get irritated if you use inadequate materials.

Choosing a Belly Ring

Surgical Steel Single Dropper Curved Barbell

Surgical Steel Single Dropper Curved Barbell

It’s often difficult to choose the best belly ring design or other type of jewelry for your navel piercing. With so many styles, designs and materials, it’s not easy to decide which one to buy. Even more, it’s sometimes difficult to tell which one is the right choice for you. This guide will try to answer all of the common questions about choosing and buying belly rings and other navel jewelry.

Navel rings are typically made of a curved post inserted into the piercing and stylish balls and pendants on one or both ends. There are many different jewelry types: with beads, gems, diamonds, unique pendants, and more.

There are many different ways to get a navel piercing and it will sometimes, but not always, influence the type of jewelry you should wear. The Upper Vertical navel piercing is the most common belly button piercing. The piercing is made through the upper rim of the belly button and through the interior of the navel. Another common type is the Vertical Inverse, and it’s pierced first through the navel and then through the bottom rim. With horizontal navel piercing, the piercing goes above or below the naval rim and it bypasses the actual naval cavity. Another style is to actually create two piercings.

Choose Quality

The importance of choosing safe, quality body jewelry can’t be overlooked. There are so many different stores and products, often made of inferior or even dangerous materials. These cheap items will break, twist and even endanger your health, since they are often made of unsafe materials. It goes without saying that you shouldn’t buy your jewelry at the mall or other places not specialized in carrying body jewelry.

This part of the buyer’s guide goes without saying, but it needs to be emphasized. You should always choose quality products, and you need to know how to recognize it. That doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune on your belly ring – there are many quality products with reasonable prices. However, it’s important to know what a good, quality navel ring is when you see it.

Materials

Perhaps the most important thing to take into account when choosing a belly ring is the material. Materials are important and need to be discussed for all piercings because they will come in contact with your body so they have to be body-safe. This is non-negotiable. If you can choose your navel ring based on one and only one parameter alone, choose based on material. Seriously: it is that important. Never buy any jewelry if you are unsure about the material it’s made of and whether said material is safe for your body.

Unsafe materials can cause allergies and may lead to infections and numerous other problems. Migration and rejection are just some of the troubles you can face if using unsafe materials; you can seriously compromise your health. This is why choosing quality jewelry made of safe materials is an absolute must.

When it comes to proper materials for your belly rings, surgical steel is the most common safe material you can choose. The key word here is surgical, not stainless-steel. Stainless steel often contains various alloys that can be harmful for your body, so it should be avoided. Surgical grade steel is specially made for body use, so you can choose it for your jewelry.

Another good material to use is titanium, as well as certain synthetic materials (such as Bioplast or PTFE), specially made to be hypo-allergenic and safe for body use. Jewelry made of other materials, such as gold, can be used under certain circumstances and if you know you are not allergic to said material.

One word of warning regarding jewelry materials: when choosing a belly ring, it’s important to inspect the design and make sure that the part of the jewelry that goes under your skin or is directly touching your skin is made of a body-safe material. Your jewelry piece may contain parts made of other materials (such as different jewels or ornaments) as long as they never come in contact with your skin. This is why it’s important to carefully inspect any jewelry piece you wish to wear and determine how to wear it and which parts of it will come in contact with your skin. Never buy any jewelry piece unless you are sure about the material it’s made of.

Size

Double Dolphin Navel Orbital

Double Dolphin Navel Orbital

Another important aspect you need to worry about is size. Proper size is important for comfortable fitting and it minimizes the risk of migration, rejection, infections and other problems. Never buy a “cute” belly ring if it’s not available in a size you need. Speaking of which, you need to know what is the size you are pierced with (or what your current size is) so you will know which jewelry to buy. Don’t buy any jewelry unless you are 100% positive it’s the size you need. Using improperly sized jewelry can only bring problems you sure wish to avoid.

Generally speaking, a typical navel piercing is made in 14 gauge. It means that the jewelry of size 14 gauge is the one you should seek. This is by far the most popular size and there are many different and interesting styles and types of belly rings made in this size. However, it doesn’t mean other options don’t exist so it’s important to make sure that this is really the size you need. Also, some people choose to stretch their navel piercing, which means they will need jewelry of a different size.

Different Jewelry Types

There are many different navel jewelry types and designs you can use, so it’s possible to find exactly what you like. Here are some of the most common options for navel jewelry you can try.

Captive Bead Rings. These are simple rings with a captured ball. These styles are smooth and simple so they are less likely to catch clothing. This may be an advantage during healing.
Barbells. Another common and simple style uses a curved barbells. The balls on both ends are typically ornamented or stylish. The bottom ball is often larger and more decorated. Some barbells feature stylish and unique pendants made to hang down from either the top or the bottom ball. Pendants come in many shapes, sizes and designs: you may choose between dangling charms, animals, flowers, abstract designs, and more. These styles are very elegant and best to be used in special occasions. These pieces tend to be larger than the usual ones so they are not recommended for prolonged wear or for sleeping.
Horseshoe. It’s a less common option for a navel ring, but many people use it. This style has a circular post which forms a horseshoe shape. This type of jewelry has balls on both ends, usually ornamented in ways similar to barbell balls.
Twister Spiral. These are beautiful twisted barbells and they look very effective and beautiful. They are simply inserted through a belly piercing and can be secured with a screw-on ball. These are available in many different lengths to achieve different effects.

Tips

• Before choosing a belly ring for yourself, make sure you know your allergies and which type of metals you can wear. If you’re unsure, choose jewelry made of super-safe materials with no alloys.

• Simple designs with smooth balls are safest because they are less likely to catch on clothing. You should have at least one of these plain rings so you can use it during sleep.

• Don’t switch or remove navel rings before your piercing is fully healed. It can take as much as nine months, so you should be patient.

• When in doubt, go for a lightweight belly ring. Heavy rings and jewelry can irritate your skin and make it sore. If you really like a piece of jewelry that’s heavy make sure to wear it for a short time. Avoid sleeping with this type of jewelry.

• If you have an “outie” belly button you can get the so-called “true navel piercing” and have gorgeous and unique jewelry to go with it.

• You can usually change your navel jewelry about 6 months after the initial piercing. However, keep in mind that the healing time is individual so it might take more than this.

• During healing, it’s best to protect your belly ring from being snagged on clothing with an eye patch or hard plastic. Secure it over your navel to protect the piercing and jewelry.

• The most common navel jewelry is 3/8 inches long, though many different sizes exist. The length determines how long the post is. When choosing a belly ring or a barbell, it’s important not to use one that’s too small for your piercing area because otherwise it may irritate the skin and lead to infections.

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Popular Types of Urethral Sounds

There are several popular types of urethral sounds you can use for sexual stimulation. Some of them are ideal for beginner users while others are best suited for experts. If you buy a sound set you will get 4-6 (sometimes even more) sounds of varying sizes so you can use them to achieve different sensations. They are also suitable for different experience levels.

Hegar Sounds

Hegar sounds have a slightly curved S shape. These are double-ended sounds and they have two different diameters on each end. The shape is anatomical, which makes these sounds easy to insert and use. These sounds are relatively short and mildly curved. The design and shape make them one of the best urethral sounds for inexperienced users.

Hegar sound sets typically contain 4-6 sounds of varying sizes. The smallest ones are suitable even for beginners, while the largest ones are about thumb-sized in thickness.

Hegar sounds are usually very affordable, which makes them great for everybody, especially those who wish to start experimenting.

If you’re looking for your first sound to try urethral stimulation and see if this sort of play is for you, a quality Hegar sound is probably the best choice for you. Choose a thin, non-intimidating sound. In case you have a sound set, make sure to use the thinnest and smallest sound in the set for your first sounding sessions.

These sounds are also suitable for female anatomy, so even ladies can try them and experience urethral stimulation.

Rosebud Sounds

Rosebud sounds are simple in shape. They consist of a long, thin rod and a bulbous end. The rod can also be inserted into the urethra. The bullet-shaped tip is specially designed to stimulate the urethra. The design resembles bullet vibrators and anal beads for a reason: it is made to provide pleasurable pressure and to stimulate your sensitive spots.

Both men and women can enjoy these sounds. Rosebud sounds are great for beginners because they are easy to insert and use, even if a penis is erect. They come in varying sizes of both the rod and the tip, so you can achieve different sensations.

Dittle Sounds

Much like Rosebud sounds, Dittle sounds have a thin, straight rod with a special end. They have a flat end and a rounded end. Instead of bulbous, bullet-like end of a Rosebud sounds, Dittle sounds have a special flat end. There are many different sizes of these sounds, so you may choose the one that suits your needs.

These sounds are suitable for both beginners and more experienced users. There are also special beginner’s Pratt sound sets made for novice users. There are no curves so these sounds are easy to insert and take out even if your penis is erect.

Van Buren

Van Buren sounds are among the most popular urethral sounds among experienced users. They have a characteristic J shape and they are typically long. These sounds are made to match a man’s urethral tract, which makes them fit a male body perfectly.

Van Buren sounds have a characteristic pronounced curve at each end. This curve is specially designed to reach the bladder and can be used for bladder stimulation or even P spot stimulation. The curved tip can be used for stimulating prostate gland from inside the bladder and experiencing amazing sensations.

It’s important to emphasize that the Van Buren sounds should be used only while the penis is soft. It means that once you get aroused with the sound inside your penis, you need to wait until your erection is gone before you take the sound out.

Pratt Sounds

Pratt sounds are double ended and they have a more defined curve than Hegar sounds. They usually have a different size on each end, which means that one sound can give you two different sensations. These sounds have rounded, slightly bent ends.

These sounds are typically longer than the other models. It’s not unusual for them to be almost a foot long. The length and pronounced curve of Pratt sounds allow you to insert them deeply inside penis, which allows for deep urethral and bladder stimulation. These sounds are suitable for both men and women who wish to enjoy this type or erotic play.

Remember to Keep Your Sounds Clean

Another thing you need to worry about is sterility of your urethral sounds. It’s crucial for a successful procedure and keeping yourself safe. As you probably know, sounding carries a certain risk of infection, so it has to be done carefully and with a sanitized urethral sound.

Sterile tools are important for several reasons. First of all, they prevent urinary tract infections and they keep bacteria and other harmful agents away of the body. Also, sanitizing your sounds is important for preventing STDs, especially if more than one person uses the sound.

To make the procedure safe and completely hygienic, it’s also important to keep your body clean. You should wash your hands and body (especially your penis) before the urethral play. Same goes for your partner or any person who will come in touch with your genitalia or urethral sounds.

After the urethral play is finished, it’s important to clean up your toys and store them safely for the next time. In case you have a set of urethral sounds, keep them in their original package. Those sets come in a handy bag or another suitable package which is specially made for storing sounds. These packages keep the sounds neatly organized and allow for easy choice of a sound you want to use. They are also great for travelling and they are discreet enough so nobody will know you’re using urethral sounds unless you tell them.

How to Prepare for Urethral Sounding

Hegar Urethral Sounds Kit

Hegar Urethral Sounds Kit

Before you decide to experiment with sounding, it’s important to understand that it takes time, patience and a bit of sense for adventure. This is why sounds, penis plugs and other similar toys and tools do seem so exciting. They can make you experience completely new sensations and enjoy some hot, kinky play with your partner.

To make the most of this experience, you need to be ready, relaxed and, most importantly, to have patience. Sounding can’t be done in a rush, especially when you’re only starting out.

Preparing Yourself

Before you start a sounding session, you need to prepare yourself. Sounding is not just about inserting urethral sounds inside your penis: it’s also about sharing an intimate and kinky moment with your partner. Therefore, both partners should be prepared and ready to communicate during the play. This is crucial, especially if this is your first time to attempt sounding.

The first thing is to be relaxed and ready. Sounding takes time, patience and good communication between partners, so make sure you feel comfortable about trying this. Whatever you do, it’s important to be prepared, both mentally and physically. Mental preparation is about truly wanting to try urethral sounding and to be as relaxed as possible, because it will make the experience more rewarding. Physically, it’s important to be clean: wash yourself, especially your penis. Both you and your partner should wash your hands.

Needless to say, before you start with urethral play, you need to have all the items and tools prepared: urethral sounds or urethral sound set you want to use, sterile lube, rubber gloves, towels, or any other item you wish to use. It’s important that all toys are properly sanitized and ready for your sounding session.

Alone or With a Partner?

Sounding is, for the large part, a kinky play between partners. This is why it’s usually done during a kinky session with another person. If sounding is part of a BDSM play a man who’s being penetrated with an urethral sound is bottom. Sounding offers numerous opportunities for D/s play, so this is why it’s such an exciting technique.

However, when it comes to practicing and preparing yourself for the first urethral sounding, you may go alone or try it with a partner. Some people prefer to start urethral play and experimenting with urethral stimulation on their own. A man might want to get used to the sensation of being penetrated in this way and to test how he feels about it. Some people love to try it on their own and at their own pace. This testing can also help you relax and stretch your urethra a little, so the actual sounding will feel more familiar and comfortable.

Many people, however, want to start with a partner. For them, urethral sounding is a fetish between a couple, and they want to experience it in the hands of their partner. They don’t want to merely feel the sensation of urethral play: they want another person (their partner) to do it. These people will sure want to experience urethral sounding with a partner, and they want their partner to be the one inserting the sound.

There is no right or wrong way to go here: opt for what feels right for you. It’s really important to be excited about the urethral play and to be as relaxed and enthusiastic as possible. To achieve this, you should do it in a way that feels right for you.

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Gauge Size Chart

Whiteheat Double Flared Earlets

Whiteheat Double Flared Earlets

All body piercing enthusiasts need to be familiar with gauge sizes. There are handy gauge size charts showing you sizes of all gauges (in centimeters and inches) so you know how large your piercing is.

Knowing your exact size as well your desired size (if you want to stretch your jewelry) is crucial. It’s important to always know the size of your piercings because that’s the only way to choose correct jewelry. If you wish to stretch your piercing you need to know your starting size and the gauge you want to achieve (note that you should never stretch for more than one size because it can hurt your piercing and lead to tearing, infections and other problems).

The gauge size chart can come in handy if you wish to stretch your piercing or if you need a quick info on how big a certain gauge is. Remember, initial piercings are done in gauges ranging from 20 to 14, mainly depending on the location and piercing method. When stretching your piercings, don’t forget to always wait for piercings to be fully healed before you attempt to do a stretching. Also, you need to wait some time before you stretch it to the next size. Waiting for about a month or two should make your piercing rest enough so you can stretch it to a new size.

Basic Gauge Chart

Here is a basic gauge chart for the most common sizes:

Gauges

Millimeters

Inches

20 0.8 1.32
18 1.0 5/128
16 1.2 3/64
14 1.6 1/16
12 2.0 5/64
10 2.4 3/32
8 3.2 1/8
6 4.0 5/32
4 5.0 3/16
2 6.0 1/4
0 8.0 1/3
00 10 3/8
11 7/16
12 1/2
14 9/16
16 5/8
19 3/4
22 7/8
25 1
29 1 1/8
32 1 1/4
35 1 3/8
38 1 1/2
41 1 5/8
44 1 3/4
48 1 7/8
51 2