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How to Care for Your Genital Piercing: Quick Tips

Genital PiercingHere are some quick tips that will help you care for your genital piercing properly. Keep in mind, however, that each piercing type is unique. Not to mention there is usually a big difference between female genital piercings and male genital piercings, as well as a difference between different body parts (for example, penis piercings vs scrotal piercings).

Also, some genital piercings are too unique and require special care. For example, transscrotal procedures are very complex and require not just a special procedure to perform but they also ask for a dedicated aftercare not true for all other genital piercings.

That being said, here are some general tips all owners of genital piercings should know about. These tips will keep you healthy and help you prevent all of the problems and possible complications associated with genital piercings.

Quick Tips

Here are some basic tips on how to care for your genital piercings in order to avoid problems such as infections, migration and rejection.

  • Focus on aftercare. This is important for any piercing but it becomes vital for genital piercings and other sensitive piercings. Ask your piercer to walk you through all the steps and make sure you understand how to perform adequate aftercare.
  • The most important aspect of aftercare is regular cleaning. You need to keep your new piercing clean. It’s best to use a saline solution or a special product made for cleaning new piercings.
  • Do not, under any circumstances, twist or turn your jewelry during the healing process.
  • In fact, try to touch your new genital piercing as little as possible.
  • Make sure to wash your hands before and after piercing cleaning.
  • Chances are that you will have to abstain from sex for some time after getting the piercing done. Stick to this requirement and don’t attempt to have any form of sex before the initial healing is done.
  • When you do have sex with your new piercing on, make sure to use a condom or other similar protection that will prevent sharing of fluids.
  • After sex, make sure to clean your piercing with a saline solution.
  • It’s best to clean the area before urination, at least in the first weeks after getting your piercing done.
  • Do not use public swimming pools until the piercing is healed.
  • It’s best to avoid hot tubs during the initial healing and use showers instead.
  • While healing period is particularly sensitive, keep in mind that you may encounter problems even after your piercing is fully healed.
  • Regularly monitor your piercing for any signs of infection or other problems.
  • If you notice any signs of infection, contact your doctor. Don’t attempt to solve the problem on your own.
  • Typical signs of infection include: redness, swelling, discharge, rash, fever, bad smell and sensitivity to touch. Remember, you don’t need to experience pain with infection, so watch for all suspicious signs. Better safe than sorry!

Removing Jewelry

Ring Opening Pliers

Ring Opening Pliers

Sometimes, it is necessary to remove your body jewelry. You may wish to change the jewelry and wear another piece, or you may wish to go without jewelry for a while. Whatever your reasons may be, you need to know how to open and remove your jewelry quickly and easily.

Different jewelry types are removed in different ways. In order to remove a jewelry piece, you need to know how this piece is designed and how to properly open it so you can take it out.

Here are quick tips on how to remove the most popular jewelry types:

Captive Bead Rings

Captive Bead Rings and other similar captive jewelry types come with a special bead that has to be removed in order to open the jewelry. To open your ring, it’s best to grab the bead with one hand and the ring with the other and then pull them into the opposite directions. This should make the bead pop out of the ring.

This process is sometimes difficult so you may need to use pliers. There are special Ring Opening Pliers you need to use for this. In case you wear large gauge jewelry, it’s best to use specialized Large Gauge Pliers.

Fixed, Seamless and Continuous Rings

These rings are a bit different than CBRs. Fixed rings have the bead attached to one side of the ring. Seamless and continuous rings do not use beads at all. They are built to be completely circular, usually with parts fitting nicely into each other. To open these rings, you should grab the bead (or, in the case there is no bead, one side of the ring) with one hand and the ring itself with the other hand and pull gently. Make sure to perform a small but firm twist. This should make ends separate and the ring will be opened.

Barbells

Barbells tend to be easy to open, comparing to the rings. These jewelry types have a bar (straight, curved, circular, spiral, etc.) and a bead on the each end. The beads are screwed on the shaft. To open these barbells, simply unscrew the bead from the shaft. The same logic can be applied to labret studs.

Nostril Jewelry Pieces

Jewelry specially designed for nostril piercings is typically shaped in such a way to prevent jewelry to slip out of the piercing. It means it’s either curved or it has a small ball on the end to keep jewelry in place.

These pieces are sometimes struggle to get in and out, because they have to be tight enough to stay in the piercing during use. To remove them, you need to be aware of their shape and then carefully pull, move and turn the jewelry until it’s out.

Eear Plugs, Tunnels and Earlets

These jewelry pieces are specially designed for stretched lobes. There are many different types of plugs, flesh tunnels and earlets. Some are smooth and require O rings to keep them inside the piercing. These jewelry pieces are easily removed by simply taking the O rings out.

Flared jewelry pieces, especially double flared plugs and tunnels may be more difficult to remove, so you need to know how to manipulate the jewelry out of the piercing.

To learn more about inserting double flared jewelry, check out our article: How to Insert Double Flared Plugs and Tunnels.

Shrinking

Keep in mind that piercings tend to shrink rapidly after jewelry is removed. This is particularly true for new, fresh piercings but even older and fully healed piercings are not immune to it. Our bodies are quick to close the tissue, which will result in a rapid shrinkage of your piercing.

As a result, you may find out that it’s difficult to reinsert the jewelry. It may be uncomfortable or even painful. In some extreme cases it might become impossible to reinsert your jewelry. Shrinkage occurs very quickly, and it starts as soon as jewelry is taken out. Keep this in mind if you intend to remove your jewelry and go without it for some time.

Jewelry for People with Allergies and Sensitive Skin

Nickel Allergy ProblemThere are many sensitive people prone to allergies and other skin problems. There are also people with a very sensitive skin. Does it mean these people cannot enjoy body jewelry or piercings?

Good news: if you are prone to allergies or if you have a sensitive skin, it does NOT mean you can’t wear body jewelry. The trick is just to find jewelry that will not trigger your allergies and that will be comfortable for you to wear.

Unsafe Materials and Alloys

In most of the cases, to avoid allergies, skin sensitivity and other problems, it’s important to wear jewelry made of safe materials. Safe materials are those materials that are body-friendly and medical grade. These materials will not cause allergies in most people.

It’s important to understand what causes allergies in the first place. Most of the time, what people are allergic to are various alloys present in metal jewelry. Alloys are mixtures of elements. It means that even if the jewelry is made of a main element, it may contain traces of other elements, which can prove to be dangerous for you. Alloys are often added to enhance the properties of the main element, such as to make it stronger, or softer, or to change its color. This may work, but it can also be dangerous if you are allergic to the alloy.

Avoid Nickel Allergy

By far the most common is nickel-allergy. It is very common because nickel is a very popular alloy used in many metals. Nickel is sometimes used in gold jewelry, so all gold pieces containing gold can cause a serious allergy.

For this reason, it’s important to wear only nickel-free body jewelry. Whenever you choose your jewelry piece, especially if it’s gold, make sure it’s nickel-free. This is the only way to avoid nickel allergy.

Another material to avoid is steel. It may also contain nickel. However, not all steel jewelry is created equally. Surgical Steel is a safe material. This is a medical-grade jewelry material that does not contain nickel.

However, nickel allergy is not the only problem you may encounter. Depending on your body, you may be allergic to a different alloy. This is why it’s highly recommended to check all the alloys present in a jewelry piece or to stick to hypoallergenic jewelry only.

Hypoallergenic Jewelry

Hypoallergenic jewelry is the one that is specially made to be safe for people who have allergies and sensitive skin. This jewelry is made of materials that are known not to cause allergies so it’s generally safe even for the more sensitive users.

However, keep in mind that “hypoallergenic” is more of a generic term used by jewelry companies. There is no strict regulation what “hypoallergenic” actually means. It may simply mean that it’s nickel-free. On the other hand, it may mean it’s made of the medical-grade materials specially made for sensitive people.

The safest body jewelry materials are those that are considered to be “hypoallergenic”. The most popular of them are:

  • Titanium
  • Niobium
  • Surgical Steel (especially the medical-grade 316LVM Surgical Steel)

You may also use gold jewelry, as long as it’s nickel-free.

Another good way to go is to use non-metallic jewelry pieces. Many of these materials, such as acrylic or Bioplast jewelry, is generally safe to use even by people with sensitive skin and allergies.

What about Organic Jewelry?

Another good way to go is to use organic jewelry (made of wood, stone, glass, horn or bone). If you choose to do this, however, make sure that you are not allergic to any of the organic components of your jewelry.

Organic jewelry is very beautiful and can be very effective but it can cause additional problems because it can’t be sterilized as much as metal jewelry. You need to make sure that organic jewelry is made of a material you are not allergic to. Also, it’s highly recommended to wear this type of jewelry only in fully healed piercings.

Different Types of Barbells

Different Types of BarbellsBarbells are among the most popular body jewelry pieces. They are probably the most popular piercing jewelry type after Captive Bead Rings. Barbells come in many different shapes and varieties, so they can be used for almost any piercing type.

The basic design of a barbell is a bar with a bead on each end. One or both beads are removable so you can insert your jewelry easily. The other bead is typically fixed, so only one bead is removable.

Barbells are a type of threaded jewelry. It means that the removable ball attaches to the shaft by screwing. Barbells can be Internally Threaded or Externally Threaded. Internally Threaded barbells have smooth ends and the ball is the one with a threaded post. The shaft has a threaded receiving tube. This type of jewelry tends to be more comfortable and safer to use, because there are no sharp edges on the shaft alone. It means you won’t hurt any tissue when you insert your shaft through the piercing.

Externally Threaded barbells are the opposite: they have a threaded shaft and a ball with a receiving tube. In this type of jewelry, you need to pass the shaft with a threaded post through the tissue. It may lead to tearing and other problems, so generally speaking, Internally Threaded jewelry is recommended. The only exception is jewelry of a very small gauge (such as gauge 20 or gauge 18). Such jewelry is too thin to be Internally Threaded.

Types of Barbells

There are many different barbell types to choose from. While all barbells share the basic design of a shaft with a ball on each end, the shaft itself can be shaped in several different ways. It makes for several unique barbell types. These different barbell styles are suitable for different piercing types.

The most popular barbell types include:

  • Straight Barbells
  • Curved Barbells
  • Circular Barbells
  • Spirals
  • Surface Bars

Straight Barbells

Straight Barbells are the basic types of barbells, and they can be used for many different piercings. A straight barbell has a straight shaft, with a bead on each end. The beads can be plain and simple, or they may have gems or other ornamentations.

A special type of a straight barbell is Industrial Barbell. This is a very long barbell, with the shaft significantly longer than regular. Such a long shaft is made to accommodate Industrial Piercings. Since this piercing type combines two piercing holes and goes from one side of the ear to the other, the bar should be long enough to reach both ends of the piercing.

Curved Barbells

Curved barbells are sometimes known as “navel curves”, because they are most commonly used for navel piercings. Curved barbells have a curved shaft, which gives them a really unique look. This curvature makes jewelry sit better in certain piercing types (such as belly button piercing), so curved barbells are widely used for these piercings.

The curvature on the shaft can be made in many different ways. It can range to almost straight to almost circular. A popular variation of this design is a so-called “J-bar” or “banana barbell”. This is a slightly curved barbell with a 90 degree bend near one end. It is specially designed to be used in several types of navel piercings. It makes the decoration sit better against the skin.

Circular Barbells

Circular Barbells are also known as “horseshoe barbells”, because of their shape. These barbells have a shaft that is circular. The shaft usually makes the perfect circle, although some circular barbells have a more elliptical shaft.

The shaft of a circular barbell is never fully closed the way it is with Captive Bead Rings. Instead, there is a gap on top and each end of the barbell has a bead.

Spirals

Technically speaking, Spirals are almost never referred to as “barbells”, but they are a form of barbells. With this jewelry type, the shaft is made into a spiral. Sometimes, the Spiral is shaped in such a way that the ends overlap but they can be easily separated to make insertion of jewelry possible.

Spirals come in many different sizes and while some of them are ornamented with different types of decorations, it’s the shape itself that’s unique and made to attract attention. Therefore, most spirals are made to be simple yet elegant and they don’t have heavy ornamentation.

Surface bars

Surface Bars are used for surface piercings. This is a special type of barbell, where a shaft has two 90 degree bends. It makes this barbell resemble a staple. The ends of the barbell have beads. This shape is specially designed to make surface piercings more secure and less prone to migration and rejection.

Why You Should Never Buy Cheap Jewelry

Cheap Body JewelryIt’s sometimes tempting to buy cheap jewelry at a mall kiosk or a similar place. You might want to save a few bucks and some of the pieces offered there look really cute. Sure, they may not be classy, but there’s no harm in purchasing some cheap jewelry, right?

Wrong. Cheap, low-quality jewelry can bring numerous bad things. You should never buy such jewelry and you should advise your friends and family from doing so. Seriously, it’s that bad. This sort of jewelry never brings anything good. In fact, it can lead to some serious consequences.

Potential Harm

Cheap, low-quality jewelry can bring numerous health consequences. It may seem harmless, but you should never play with your health. Keep in mind that you might want to save a few bucks but there is always a reason why any particular piece is that cheap.

One of the main reasons cheap jewelry is cheap is because it’s made of cheap materials. This is bad news, because you need your body jewelry to be made of body-friendly, safe materials. This is non-negotiable. Using harmful materials can have serious consequences for your health, so you should always strive for jewelry made of medical-grade, high-quality materials.

Keep in mind that any body jewelry piece actually goes inside your skin. It has to pass through the piercing itself, which includes sensitive tissue. If you use jewelry made of crappy material you are risking a serious infection. Bacteria and dirt can get into your body and that’s a recipe for trouble.

Even more, cheap materials can bring harm themselves. Many cheap materials typically contain dubious or dangerous ingredients that will get inside your body, causing trouble. Take nickel, for example. Cheap jewelry typically contains nickel. All those cheap gold jewelry pieces? Yes, full of nickel. Nickel is dangerous because it can cause a serious nickel allergy. This is more than just an aesthetic problem: it can be very dangerous.

Another problem of cheap jewelry is that it’s just not well-crafted. It means it can easily bend and break, hurting you in the process. You don’t want your jewelry to poke and pinch you, and you sure don’t want any scratches and other problems.

Design Mistakes

Another downside to cheap jewelry is…. Well, it’s cheap. As in, you can tell it’s low-quality. Even when it comes to design, it’s just not as good as better quality pieces. Jewelry you can buy at a mall is made using the cheapest possible materials, including cheap glue and low-quality beads. It is just not made to last.

Glue is a particular problem here. Almost everything on a cheap jewelry piece is glued. This is particularly true for gems and other decorations. Glue tends to dry up and doesn’t hold well. After a while, the beads and gems will simply fall out. It is very easy to lose parts of your jewelry this way.

Now, this can be very dangerous, especially in the case of tongue piercing and genital piercings. You might swallow a bead or other part of the jewelry. It can hurt your genitalia. You don’t want this to happen.

Even if cheap jewelry doesn’t harm you, it still breaks easily. It’s not made to last so it will probably bend and break after the first wear. This is just a waste of money. You wanted to save on jewelry but it will actually take more of your money in the long run because it’s just so poorly made that you will have to always buy new jewelry pieces.

High-Quality Jewelry

High-quality jewelry, on the other hand, is not just body-friendly but also durable. It makes a good investment. It is carefully crafted and made to last. You should always buy this type of jewelry. Forget about cheap jewelry pieces you can get at a mall. Not worth the risk.

There are numerous advantages to high-quality jewelry. The most important ones include:

  • Safety. High-quality body jewelry is made of safe materials. These materials will not harm your body so you don’t have to worry while wearing these jewelry pieces.
  • Durability. High-quality jewelry is made to last. It is durable and well-crafted, so you will enjoy it for a long time.
  • Beauty. High-quality jewelry is also more beautiful. Since it uses good materials and it’s well-crafted it also look much better. It will not break or bend easily so it will keep its great looks for a long time.

Cheap Body JewelryThe best of all? High-quality jewelry doesn’t have to be expensive. Sure, you will pay a bit more than for cheap jewelry but this is the point. You are paying for the quality. You are paying for your safety. You are paying for beautiful, durable jewelry you will enjoy for a long time.

At the same time, you don’t have to pay some crazy money for a quality jewelry piece. There are body-friendly, durable jewelry pieces you can get for a decent price. The Chain Gang strives to provide the best-quality body jewelry without high prices!

Also, keep in mind that high-quality jewelry is durable, it will save you money in the long run, because you won’t have to buy new pieces all the time. Do yourself a favor and forget about cheap, low-quality jewelry. It’s just not worth the risk.

Bites Lip Piercings

Bites lip piercings are popular lip piercing types many people want to have. These piercings are relatively small in size yet very effective, so they are ideal for those who wish to achieve a stylish look. Piercings such as Angel bites, Snake bites, Dolphin bites and others look very cool. They make a great choice for both men and women who wish to have a very effective lip piercing.

Bites Piercing

What Makes Bites Piercings Unique?

In essence, bites piercings consist of several different piercings. Each piercing on itself is fairly simple and typically uses basic yet elegant jewelry pieces, such as labrets or Captive Bead Rings.

Typically, bites piercing come in two variants: bites piercings made of two piercings and those made of four piercings. Unlike Industrial piercing, different piercings that make a bites piercing are not physically connected by jewelry. Instead, they make a visual pair. Most of the time, the image they produce are of a certain type of a “bite” (hence the name).What makes these piercings unique and truly effective is the way two or more piercings are placed: together, they make a special image or a special effect. As such, bites piercings are never made from a single piercing, and if jewelry is not worn in one of the piercing holes, it is not a bites piercing. Bites piercings are usually made by combining several Labret, Monroe or Medusa piercings.

Popular Bite Piercing Types

There are many different types of “bites” piercings you can try. The exact piercing will depend on your preferences and desired style, but it’s important to know that these piercings are usually not dependent on anatomy. It means that in most of the cases, everybody can get them if they want them. In other words, the only limit is your imagination!

Bites Piercing Made of 2 Piercings:

  • Snake Bites. This is probably the most popular of all bites piercings. It consists of two piercings, each on the each side of the lower lip.
  • Angel Bites. This is another popular bite piercing form. It resembles Snake Bites, but on the upper lip.
  • Dolphin Bites. It consists of two piercings centered on the lower lip, similar to Snake Bites piercing, but positioned closer together.
  • Spider Bites. Also known as Viper Bites piercing. This piercing pair is made close together on the bottom lip.
  • Cyber Bites. This piercing is a combination of the Medusa and Labret piercings. One piercing is done on the upper lip, right in the center, while the other is made on the center of the bottom lip.
  • Dahlia. This piercing consists of a piercing pair located on the corners of the mouth. One piercing is done on the left and the other one on the right corner of the mouth.

Bites Piercing Made of 4 Piercings:

  • Shark Bites. This piercing is made of a pair of Spider Bites piercings. It has two close piercings done on both sides of the lower lip, to make 4 piercing holes in total.
  • Canine Bites. This is a single piercing done on both sides of both the upper and lower lip. It makes a combination of the Angel Bites and Snake Bites piercings.

Rabbit Vibrators: Great Fun and Great Orgasms

7 Function Primo Rabbit Vibe - Pink

7 Function Primo Rabbit Vibe – Pink

Rabbit vibrators are probably the most popular sex toys on the planet. Many women use them to reach new levels of pleasure. It’s not uncommon for a woman to have her first orgasm by using a rabbit vibrator.

Rabbit vibrators are specially designed to provide simultaneous stimulation to various sensitive spots in a woman’s body. Rabbit Vibrators: Great Fun and Great Orgasms Rabbit vibrators hit all these precise spots at once, so they can provide a truly great pleasure.

That not to say that rabbit vibrators can’t be used for some steamy couples’ fun. Bring your rabbit vibrator next time you have sex with your partner and you will discover new levels of pleasure!

The Design

There are many different types of rabbit vibrators, but the basic design is the same. A rabbit vibrator has a shaft made for vaginal penetration and a clitoral tickler. The tickler is often made in the shape of rabbit’s ears, so this is how this type of a vibrator got its name.

A high-quality rabbit vibrator has a shaft that is both intense and comfortable. It is typically phallus-shaped, with a big head made to hit your most sensitive vaginal spots. The shaft itself is made in such a way to provide deep, intense vaginal stimulation.

Many models of rabbit vibrators include pearls at the base of the shaft or along the length of the shaft. These pearls are often moving and they provide additional stimulation during use. Sometimes, the pearls can be positioned in such a way to massage the vaginal opening.

The clitoral tickler usually has ears or wings made to massage the clitoris and provide intense sensations. The tickler can be positioned in a perfect way to massage the clitoris at the same time as the shaft provides vaginal stimulation.

Rabbit vibrators usually have controls at the base. Each rabbit vibe provides different speeds and types of vibrations so you can experience many different sensations. Many models of rabbit vibrators also have separate controls for the shaft and the tickler, so you can adjust the vibrations just the way you like them.

How to Use a Rabbit Vibe

Rabbit vibrators may seem complicated, but they are surprisingly easy to use. Not to mention it’s really pleasurable!

If this is your first time to use a rabbit vibrator, it’s important to go slowly. Before you try to insert it or place it on your clitoris, make sure to familiarize yourself with all the controls. Try different buttons so you know how your vibrator works.

After this, go to a relaxing spot and start experimenting. It’s always good to have some good lube at hand. It will make the experience much more pleasurable.

It’s important to start slowly and work your way up from there. Turn your vibrator on and try the slowest, lightest setting. See how vibrations feel against your clitoris. Insert the vibrator slowly inside your vagina. Allow yourself some time to get familiar with the feeling of vibration and pulsation.

After this initial try, you can move to higher speeds and different settings. Try them and see what feels the best. Let the vibrator pulsate inside you while massaging your clit at the same time. See how it feels when pearls massage your vaginal opening. Give yourself some time to try different things and see what turns you on the most.

Once you find a setting you like, ride the vibe and let it pulsate on your clit in the most erotic way imaginable. It will give you an intense orgasm you will sure remember for a long time!

Additional Tips

  • Don’t be afraid to experiment. Try different things and see what feels the best.
  • It’s ok if you only want to use the shaft or clitoral tickler if you feel like it. There is no rule on how you have to use your rabbit vibrator.
  • You may use your rabbit vibe to stimulate other body parts, such as nipples or your anus.
  • Many women decide to use their rabbit vibe upside-down: they insert the shaft deep into vagina and allow the tickler to massage their anus.
  • Depending on the model and the shape of its base, you might try to use the shaft for anal stimulation. In this case, the tickler will stimulate your vaginal opening.
  • Many men enjoy this type of vibrator. They use it for anal penetration. The tickler can be used to massage testicles, penis or perineum.

Vertical vs Horizontal Piercings

Vertical and Hortizontal PiercingsMany times you will hear piercings referred to as “horizontal” or “vertical”. While these terms may sound intuitive, it’s not always clear what they mean. The confusion becomes even bigger when you take jewelry into account.

Many jewelry pieces are made for only one style of piercing (vertical or horizontal) and they simply don’t look great in the other type. Even worse, certain jewelry types can’t be used for a style of piercing they are not made for.

In order to avoid confusion and to be able to tell a difference easily, it’s important to understand the difference between vertical and horizontal piercings.

Piercing Direction

Whether a piercing will be considered horizontal or vertical depends on its direction and position on the body. This is true for both the piercing hole (the direction of the needle) and jewelry worn in a specific piercing.

The two most common directions are horizontal and vertical. They are mostly intuitive and easy to understand:

  • Horizontal piercings are done horizontally on the body part that is pierced. The needle goes from left to right. Same goes for jewelry: it is positioned from left to right. Examples: typical nipple piercings, septum piercing, Ampallang.
  • Vertical piercings are done vertically on the body part that is pierced. The needle goes from top to bottom (up and down). Same goes for jewelry: it is positioned from up to down. Examples: typical navel piercing, vertical clitoral hood piercing, Apadravya.

Keep in mind that these directions are not the only ones possible. It’s possible, though rarer, to make a piercing under an angle. This type of diagonal piercings produce a unique look. They are mostly done on ears or navel. For example, diagonal Industrial Piercing may be taken as one of these, though keep in mind that it is, strictly speaking, two piercings in one. Each of the individual piercings that make an Industrial Piercing will typically be ordinary horizontal or vertical piercings, only done at an angle that when combined together, creates a diagonal look.

Another example of a diagonal piercing is eyebrow piercing. While it’s typically considered a horizontal piercing (unless it’s clearly vertical), it’s important to note that eyebrow piercings are often done at a slight angle.

Inside and Out

This divide into horizontal and vertical piercings may seem neat when it comes to piercings where both holes are outside the body. But what about those where only one of the holes is visible on the outside?

For example, many lip piercings, nose piercings and other facial piercings are of this kind. One side of the hole (and jewelry) lies outside of the body while the other one is on the inside. In the case of lip piercings, one hole is on the outside of the lip while the other one is inside the mouth. In the case of a nostril piercing, one hole is outside on the nostril while the one is on the inside.

This sort of placement is characteristic for these types of piercings. So, are these considered vertical or horizontal? There is no universal way to answer this question, especially since it’s often not mentioned how directions are called in the case of these piercings. However, conventional wisdom and piercing practice often treat this piercing types as horizontal piercings.

Yes, they go from inside to the outside rather than left-right, but they can be considered horizontal when it comes to practical aspects. Most importantly, they are defined as “non-vertical”. This is important, because most of these lip and nose piercings have their vertical variant, which is a special type of piercing. With a vertical variant, the hole goes from top to bottom and both ends of the piercing (and both decorative balls) are seen outside of the body.

For example, a typical labret piercing will have the ball outside of the lip but the other end of the jewelry will be inside the mouth. Vertical labret, on the other hand, typically uses barbells and both ends of the barbell (with balls) are seen. This is because, unlike typical labret piercing, a vertical labret will have both holes on the outside of the lip.

Horizontal and Vertical Jewelry

What does it mean for jewelry? While many jewelry pieces can be worn in both vertical and horizontal piercings, some pieces are made for only one type. Furthermore, some pieces are made for piercings that go from inside out (like typical lip piercings or nostril piercings). All these differences often mean a specialized jewelry has to be worn.

Also, some jewelry types are made in two variants, horizontal and vertical. It usually depends on the decoration. Sometimes, the placement of the decorative bead or a gem, dangles or charms will depend on the horizontal or vertical orientation. In these cases it’s important to remember the direction of the piercing and to request either horizontal or vertical variant of the jewelry you wish to buy.

Tongue Jewelry Styles

Tongue Piercing JewelryTongue piercing is among the most common piercing types. It’s also the most common oral piercing many people like to have. If done right, it can be very effective.

Also, many people claim the procedure itself is not so complicated no painful as they expected. All these reasons make people choose this piercing type in large numbers.

Once you have a tongue piercing, the next thing to think about is tongue jewelry. A common misconception is that tongue jewelry has to be simple and boring. Nothing can be further from the truth! You can use very stylish tongue jewelry if you wish so.

Tongue Jewelry Basics

Tongue jewelry is any jewelry used for tongue piercings, regardless of placement. Appropriate tongue jewelry should take into account the nature of this piercing. Namely, tongue piercing is an oral piercing and it’s located inside a person’s mouth.

The jewelry should be smooth enough to be comfortable so it doesn’t cause problems during everyday activities. In the case of a tongue piercing, these “everyday activities” are, first and foremost, talking and eating. Your tongue jewelry has to accommodate these tasks and to make talking and eating problem-free.

Another activities you may choose to do with your pierced tongue are kissing and oral sex. Tongue piercing jewelry can help you make both of these things even more exciting and enjoyable. On the other hand, improper tongue jewelry can pose a problem or hurt your partner in the process.

For these reasons, it’s important to wear only jewelry suitable for tongue piercing. While there is no unique jewelry type made for tongue piercings only, there are several common jewelry types that are good for this type of piercing.

Common Jewelry Types

There are several jewelry types commonly used for tongue piercing. These are made to be safe, body-friendly and allow you to talk and eat normally (not to mention they are suitable for other kinds of activities you may wish to do with your tongue).

The most common jewelry types for tongue piercing include:

  • Straight Barbells. Straight barbells are probably the most common jewelry type for this kind of piercing. A good barbell for a tongue piercing is the one that is completely smooth. Smooth jewelry is very comfortable to wear and it doesn’t interfere with eating, talking and other activities you wish to do with your tongue. In case you want to use straight barbells, keep in mind that they have to be made of a body-friendly material. Medical-grade jewelry works best because it’s completely safe and suitable to be used inside the body. When choosing a straight barbell for your tongue piercing, it’s best to go with 316LVM Surgical Steel or Titanium barbells.
  • Decorated Barbells. Technically, these barbells are also straight barbells but we gave them their own category to show that you can use jewelry that is not completely simple and plain. However, in order for your decorated barbell to work, it still has to follow some rules. First of all, it has to be made of a body-friendly material. Another thing to keep in mind is that a decoration should not be such to harm your tongue or inside of your mouth. This is why colored barbells (such as anodized Titanium barbells) or barbells with a small gem or other decoration work better than richly ornamented jewelry pieces.
  • Labrets. While labrets are typically used for lip piercings, you may wish to use them for your tongue. Labrets tend to be smaller than straight barbells so they are lighter and easier to wear. However, keep in mind that your labret still has to be long enough to accommodate your piercing. Labrets are smooth and simple in design, but they usually have a decorated top. This is a great way to have a simple yet cute jewelry piece for your tongue piercing.
  • Captive Bead Rings. They are generally popular jewelry pieces, but they are used for tongue piercings sparingly. Some people find it difficult to insert CBR into their tongue piercing. On the other hand, there are many people who absolutely love them and prefer them over any other jewelry type for their tongue piercing. In case you wish to use a CBR for your tongue piercing, make sure it’s large enough to accommodate piercing.
  • Special Jewelry Types. There are many special jewelry types you may wish to wear in your tongue piercing. For example, tongue retainers are great for concealing and keeping your piercing at times when you can’t wear your jewelry. French Tickler is a great addition for your jewelry and an excellent way to improve your sex life. Just place one of those tickler on your tongue piercing and your oral sex technique will instantly become amazing.

Kuno Piercing

Kuno PiercingThe Kuno Piercing is a male genital piercing done on the foreskin. It is a relatively simple and painless procedure and it makes for a very unique piercing. Only men who are not circumcised can get a Kuno piercing.

Kuno piercing is not just a simple foreskin piercing. It is done on the precise spot on the foreskin, just under the end of the foreskin near the penis head. Since the hole is made on this spot, and due to the position of the jewelry, this piercing resembles a Prince Albert piercing, but only from afar.

The Procedure

Almost any man who is not circumcised can get a Kuno piercing. The procedure itself is quick and doesn’t hurt much, so even those who are not fans of complex piercings can get this one. If the idea of a penis piercing scares you, consider a foreskin piercing instead. You may also use it as an introduction to other, more complex genital piercings. Not to mention that jewelry looks really nice and it draws attention to your penis.

The Kuno piercing is typically made on the part of the foreskin just under the penis head. The piercing is made in such a way that the jewelry enters through the foreskin and exits through the open end of the foreskin. This way, only one hole is needed to have this piercing, since the piercing uses the natural opening in the foreskin as the exit hole.

The Kuno piercing typically doesn’t lead to complications, but you need to be careful. The piercing should be done deeply enough so it won’t get rejected. You should also follow the aftercare instructions carefully. Just because this is not a complex piercing doesn’t mean you should forget about proper aftercare!

Jewelry

There are many jewelry types suitable for Kuno piercing. Captive Bead Rings and other similar rings are among the most common jewelry types used for this piercing. They are simple yet elegant, and they fit this piercing perfectly. D Rings are particularly good because they sit well against the skin and they are very comfortable to wear.

Another good choice are circular barbells. They are good because their shape allows them to move freely inside your piercing.

In case your new piercing is very sensitive, it’s best to wear soft jewelry that is not made of metal. Keep in mind that your chosen material has to be suitable for new piercings.

Additional Information

  • In order to keep your Kuno piercing clean, make sure to keep the genital area cool and dry.
  • Don’t wear tight underwear that might hurt the piercing by rubbing against it.
  • The healing time of this piercing is between 2 and 12 weeks.
  • After the piercing is done, you should abstain from strenuous sexual activity that might tear the piercing.
  • If you notice any sign of infection, act immediately. You don’t want the infection to spread to the urinary tract.
  • The jewelry used should be of large enough gauge to prevent piercing migration and rejection.