Vertical Clitoral Hood Piercing

VCHThe vertical clitoral hood piercing is one of the most popular female genital piercings. In fact, if a woman wants to have a genital piercing, there is a huge chance that she’ll choose this one!

Vertical hood piercing is relatively easy to get and it provides a lot of pleasure, so it’s not surprising that so many ladies have this piercing done.

Piercing and Placement

The vertical hood piercing, also known as VCH, is a very popular piercing. It is very old in origin: it is believed that it predates contemporary body piercing. While some people believe that genital piercings were all invented in the late 20 century, the truth is that many of these piercings are very old in origin.

VCH is, in many ways, the “basic” genital piercing you can get. Since it is so popular, this is usually the first piercing anyone who wishes to have a genital piercing asks for.

This piercing is done on the clitoral hood, the thin layer of tissue covering the clitoris. Since this is the vertical variant, it passes vertically through the hood, typically through a single central hole.

Interestingly, many people still think that a VCH is a “clitoral piercing”. There are also many women who require a “clitoral piercing” while they actually mean on the Vertical Hood Piercing. It’s important to know that a true clitoral piercing is a very rare genital piercing and it’s much more complex than a VCH. Keep in mind: VCH does not pass through the clitoris itself, only through the hood.

If you wish to have a basic genital piercing of the clitoral area, this is the one you should ask for, not a clitoral piercing.

Jewelry

There are several common jewelry types for VCH. Probably the most popular jewelry type used is a curved barbell. It has a double purpose: it serves both as a decoration and as a functional element to rub against the clitoris to increase sexual pleasure.

Another common jewelry type used is a Captive Bead Ring or, rarer, a different type of a ring. It works similarly to a curved barbell, providing both the aesthetics and functionality by rubbing against the clitoris.

It’s also important to note that many of these jewelry pieces are very beautiful and nicely decorated, similarly to navel jewelry pieces. It is not uncommon for a VCH jewelry to have a gem, decorated bead or another ornament. These are very cute and look beautiful. Just do not go overboard: keep in mind that this is a very sensitive body part and you can get hurt if your jewelry gets caught on clothes. Huge jewelry can also be a nuisance during sex or it can enhance the experience – it all depends on the situation!

Additional Tips and Info

The healing time is relatively short, since there is a great blood flow to the area.

  • You should not have sex during the initial healing time. After this, it’s best to use condoms for vaginal sex until the piercing is healed.
  • A VCH is considered a functional piercing, which means it can increase sexual pleasure. The jewelry rubs against the clitoris, which is very arousing. It is not surprising why this piercing is so popular – it can bring great joy and sexual pleasure.
  • There are different reports about the level of sexual stimulation this piercing provides. Some people even claim that VCH gives constant arousal and pleasure. Most women who have this piercing done, however, say that the change is neither so drastic nor distracting.
  • Not all women are anatomically suited for this piercing. This is why it’s so important to consult your piercer first to see if you are built for this piercing.

How to Tell if a Piercing Studio is Bad?

studioThere are many good, reputable piercing studios with knowledgeable professionals. Getting a quality and safe piercing service is not rare these days. However, there is still a large number of sketchy, bad piercing studios popping all over the place. In order to avoid them and to prevent any possible unsafe and dangerous experiences, it’s important to know how to tell a bad piercing studio from a good one. Here are some of the most common signs that a piercing studio is bad:

It’s Unprofessional

A good piercing studio depends on its professional staff and piercers with good skills. Bad studios have amateurs who do not know what they’re doing. This is extremely dangerous. You do not want to rely on such individuals to perform your piercings.

There are many different ways in which this lack of knowledge can manifest itself. They won’t be able to answer your questions and they will never be specific enough about your needs. This is a very dangerous sign, since it signals that the piercers are ignorant or inexperienced. Bad piercers can endanger your health so you should never agree to be pierced by someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing.

It’s Cheap

Let’s face it: you get what you pay for. Beware of studios offering suspiciously low prices for piercings and jewelry. There is a reason why getting pierced at a mall kiosk is cheap – and unsafe. If you find a piercing studio with prices as cheap as a mall kiosk, ask why. No reputable studio can offer such low prices. They have to make some money so their service is not the best. Even more, it should make you wonder about their autoclave and sanitary conditions in the studio, as well as skills of their piercers.

That not to say that a studio has to be overly expensive or that it should never offer a discount or a coupon, or that their jewelry has to be pricey. There is a difference between marketing and bad service. You should be able to tell who is serious and who’s keeping the prices low because something important is missing in their quality.

It’s Dirty

Keep in mind that piercing is a procedure done on the body. As such, a studio has to adhere to all the highest standards. Hygiene has to be perfect inside the entire studio, especially in the room where piercings are performed. While that room should be sterile, other parts of the studio have to be clean as well.

Dirty counters, waiting rooms and toilets are a bad sign. If you notice the lack of hygiene and attention in these places you should rightfully wonder about the studio’s ability to keep the piercing process sterile and safe.

It’s Not Playing by the Rules

A sketchy studio is not doing all in the way that is recommended by the industry. Some of these studios do not follow the industry’s guidelines. Furthermore, some of these studios are even doing some illegal things, such as piercing minors. It’s not surprising for such studios to lack a spore test or a proper autoclave.

In short, these studios are not doing their work the way it’s required by the industry. By ignoring guidelines or performing illegal activities they are endangering the health of their clients.

Dentist Recommendations for Oral Piercings

Dentists and Oral PiercingsOral piercings are very popular among people of different ages. It is therefore not surprising for dentists to have patients with oral piercings.

You may wonder how dentists approach oral piercings and what’s their opinion on the subject.

While you may think dentist’ attitudes are not important in this matter, it’s always worth knowing about proper dental care and potential problems oral piercings may cause so you can prevent them.

Are Oral Piercings Dangerous?

Dentists often recommend caution when it comes to oral piercings. It’s important that they are carefully done so they don’t harm or damage teeth and gums. The most common oral piercings, such as tongue piercings and lip piercings (that have the end hole inside the mouth) can be placed in the way not to cause damage, but a great care must be taken. This is one of the reasons why it’s so important to find a reliable piercer who will perform piercing in the most optimal way.

Even with these precautions, it’s important to understand that oral piercings can sometimes cause damage, especially if jewelry comes in contact with teeth and gums. This is particularly true for some more unusual or rare oral piercings, such as smiley, frowny or some even rarer forms. Keep in mind: the rarer a piercing is, the most risk there is because chances are that it will come in contact with sensitive tissue or teeth. Also, rare piercings are less standardized so there’s less knowledge about optimal placements and other technicalities.

That being said, even dentists agree that oral piercings do not have to be dangerous or harmful, as long as they are done right. Also, it’s important to choose optimal jewelry that will not cause damage.

Appropriate Aftercare

Dentists uniformly agree that it’s best to leave your oral piercing alone in order to reduce the risk of infections and other problems. The only thing you should do is perform adequate aftercare during the healing period.

Keep in mind that oral piercings demand specific aftercare. You need to rinse your mouth regularly with a saline solution. You need to do this after every meal in order to prevent problems. It’s important to perform aftercare regularly.

Other than that, however, dentists recommend not to do anything to your piercing. Resist the urge to touch your jewelry and never use strong chemicals or mouthwashes during the healing period. Dentists recommend to use the least invasive products, especially during the initial healing time.

Dentist Tips

  • Wash your teeth and tongue regularly to maintain optimal hygiene.
  • Do not use harsh chemicals, especially during the healing time.
  • Observe your piercing regularly to notice early signs of infections and other problems.
  • Wear smooth jewelry that will not harm your teeth and gums.
  • Jewelry for oral piercings has to be reliable and well-crafted so it doesn’t crack or break.
  • If you notice swelling or another problem, make sure to contact your dentist or doctor immediately.
  • To receive optimal dental care, choose a dentist who is experienced with oral piercings.

Male Chastity Devices

Penis Chastity Cage

Penis Chastity Cage

Male chastity is a popular concept in BDSM community. While not all people who are into BDSM practice it, the popularity of male chastity is on the rise.

It’s therefore not surprising that you can find many men searching for the best chastity device.

The Excitement and Control

Male chastity brings a lot of excitement for the wearer and his keyholder, which makes for many amazing moments or dominance and subordination. In practice, male chastity often focuses on preventing the man to engage in sexual intercourse, to reach erection or to control orgasm. The keyholder has the key to the chastity device and is in the control.

However, on its core, male chastity is all about the relationship and bond created between people. By being placed in a male chastity device, a man is giving power to their keyholder, which is a great power play and also a great bonding between people.

There are no strict rules on how to practice male chastity. Each couple decides how they want to play it, and there are probably no two identical cases. That’s the beauty of it. Some people use it only for specific scenes and encounters. Others use it for a long-term engagement. Typically, the keyholder decides when to allow the wearer to reach sexual gratification and also the type of gratification he’s allowed to experience.

The dominant partner has a control over the wearer’s erection, orgasm and the type of sexual activities the wearer is allowed to engage in. The keyholder is the one who decides when the wearer is allowed to take the chastity device off. In fact, the keyholder has the key to the chastity device, so they are the ones who can choose when to let the wearer free.

Chastity Devices

There are many different male chastity devices, specially designed to achieve certain sensations and to serve a specific purpose. Penis cages are among the most popular male chastity devices. They typically cover the penis only, though there are models made to cover testicles or the entire genital area.

Each male chastity device is made to prevent the wearer from reaching sexual gratification. Different models and types of devices achieve different effects and may allow for certain type of sexual stimulation but not the others.

Penis cages are made of different materials. The most popular ones are metal chastity devices. They are very sturdy and secure, so they limit most of the stimulation and arousal the wearer can experience with the device on. A penis cage will prevent masturbation in most of the cases, and most models also prevent erection. Penis cages made of other materials, such as plastics, are more flexible and breathable. However, they are, too, designed to prevent sexual arousal and orgasm.

On the other hand, penis cages are made for long-term wear, which means they should be comfortable enough to allow for prolonged wear. They also have an opening on the tip so the urine can be passed without a problem. Many penis cages also have holes or openings to allow for air flow so the penis can breathe. This is important for preventing infections and other problems and it allows the cage to be worn for a long period of time.

LITHA Aftercare Approach

Aftercare ApproachMany piercing enthusiasts know about the LITHA strategy for aftercare. What is LITHA and how to perform it?

Good news: it’s actually very easy to follow this aftercare approach. Not to mention this is the best way to ensure that your new piercing heals properly and without problems.

What is LITHA?

LITHA stands for: “Leave It The Hell Alone”. A simple concept, isn’t it? This approach basically says that the best way for your piercing to heal is to manipulate is as little as possible. It means that you should not touch it, twist the jewelry or rub it in any way. However, it also means you should not use a lot of cleaning products on it.

Of course, you SHOULD clean it twice per day (or more, depending on the piercing type and your piercer’s instructions), but that should basically be it. When cleaning, use only non-invasive cleaning mixture that is approved for new piercings. Absolutely the best is to use plain saline solution.

Avoid strong chemicals and invasive cleaners on your new piercing. They can do more harm than good. You may use anti-microbial soap or a specialized cleaner made for new piercings, such as H2Ocean cleaner, but make sure that whatever you use is suitable for new piercings.

Other than that, follow LITHA. Leave your piercing. Do not touch it, do not manipulate it in any way. Do not even clean it more times than necessary, or a using a stronger saline solution than recommended. All these things can compromise the healing process and increase the risk of infections and other problems.

The idea behind the LITHA approach is that, as long as you keep your new piercing clean, your body will heal it perfectly on its own. No additional cleaning agents and products are needed. Nor is needed for you to touch or manipulate your new piercing in any way, except when you clean it (and even then the contact must be minimal).

What Not to Do

Here are some things you should avoid during the aftercare:

  • Twisting and turning your jewelry. This is not necessary and can compromise the healing process.
  • Strong products and chemicals. A new piercing is best cleaned with a saline solution. Never use invasive products on your new piercing. Also, make sure that the saline solution you use is not too strong for your piercing.
  • Overcleaning. You should not clean your piercing more than several times per day. It will only irritate it.
  • Rub it on clothes. This is tricky, because you need to be careful at all times. Do not let the jewelry on your new piercing get caught on clothes. Also, make sure not to rub it during sleep. In case of an ear or facial piercing, remove the hair away from it.
  • Change jewelry too soon. You should wait before you change your initial jewelry, unless a new jewelry piece is needed after the first swelling is gone. In this case, go to your piercer to change the jewelry for you. Never attempt to do it by yourself.

All in all, keep in mind that”less is more” is a good strategy during the healing time. In case you notice something wrong (such as prolonged pain, redness, swelling and other signs of infection) you should consult your doctor. In case everything looks and feels fine it’s best to manipulate your piercing as little as possible.

Segment and Seamless Rings

Titanium Smooth Segment Ring

Titanium Smooth Segment Ring

Segment and Seamless rings are a good alternative to classic Captive Bead Rings.

They are mostly used in the same way as CBRs are, and for the same piercing types, but they are designed a bit differently, which gives them some advantage to typical Captive Bead Rings.

Segment Rings

Unlike Captive Bead Rings, segment rings don’t have a bead. Instead, they have a removable segment. This segment is tightly pressed to the rest of the ring to make a perfect round shape when the ring is closed. Segment rings tend to be more elegant than Captive Bead Rings, since they offer a more seamless look.

To open a segment ring, simply hold the ring with the segment at the top. Push the segment gently to one side to open the ring slightly and force the segment out. Typically, opening a segment ring is easy, but closing it can be a bit tricky. To put the segment back, put one of its ends in the ring and push the segment in toward the end of the ring while pulling the other side out. It requires some practice but you will soon learn how to do it properly. Always be careful in order to preserve the ring’s shape and to prevent damages to the ring.

Keep in mind: you should never simply pull the segment straight out of the ring without opening the ring slightly first. It may cause the ring to lose its shape and functionality.

Seamless Rings

Seamless rings go even further. They do not have a ball or a separate segment of any kind. Instead, all they have is a split in the ring. This split is so sharp and thin that it’s not easily visible, which gives the ring a perfect seamless design. This is a very elegant choice so it’s not surprising that seamless rings are so highly praised for their beauty.

One great thing about seamless rings is that you can easily slip in and out of your piercing. No beads to worry about. There is no risk that you’ll lose an integral part of a ring since the whole ring is made in one piece!

How to open and close a seamless ring? The only correct way to do it is to twist them open and closed. It means that you have to pick different your ring with both hands near the split and twist the ends in the opposing directions to open the ring. Do the opposite to close it: simply squeeze the rings sides together.

One word of warning: if you open and close these rings incorrectly you can stretch them, which will make the opening wider. This may make the ring lose its original shape or even to become unusable in some cases. Opening and closing seamless rings with pliers is not recommended, since they can damage the ring’s perfect shape. They are great for Captive Bead Rings and segment rings, though.

What’s Wrong with Captive Bead Rings?

One word at the end: there is nothing wrong with Captive Bead Rings. In fact, they are beautiful, comfortable and very practical in many situations. There is a reason why they are the most popular body piercing ring type and why so many users choose them as body jewelry.

The problem is, CBRs have a bead that is not attached to the ring. It means it can fall off easily and there goes your beautiful ring. Of course, you may always use a replacement bead (in fact, that is highly recommended to do), but if you don’t want to worry about beads at all, get a ring without a bead.

Another thing is that CBRs can be very difficult to open and close. While some of these issues are present with segment rings, different designs allow for different opening and closing dynamics, which some users appreciate.

Finally, segment and seamless rings have a more seamless design and they tend to be perfectly round. This may look more elegant than a standard ring with a bead, so some people prefer these rings because of their aesthetics. And not just aesthetics: in some cases, having a perfectly smooth jewelry piece is exactly what you need (for example, if you have a highly sensitive piercing such as a genital piercing).

Will My Piercing Bleed?

Piercing BleedingMany people wonder if their new piercing will bleed and, if yes, for how long. It’s important to note that there is no one, universal answer to this question. Most of the piercings will bleed a little, at least initially. However, this bleeding should not be prolonged. How long the piercing will bleed depends on many factors, so it’s always vital to ask your piercer to explain you the details about your chosen piercing.

Piercings and Bleeding

Since piercings are perforations made on the tissue, it’s not surprising that some bleeding will occur. That being said, not all piercings bleed, and some bleed very little. Other piercings are known for more extended bleeding, so you need to know about it.

It’s also important to know that bleeding occurs during the procedure, but it will be cleaned immediately by your piercer. You should not be worried about this bleeding, as long as you are healthy. If you do have some sort of a condition that might interfere with this process (such as hemophilia) you should consult your doctor before getting a piercing done and you should always inform your piercer about any medical condition you might have.

He initial bleeding will be cleaned at the studio and you will go home. This is where you might notice additional bleeding during the following hours. It’s important to talk to your piercer and ask about the bleeding so you can be informed and know what to expect. It is also vital because you need to know if the bleeding you experience is normal or if there is something wrong about it.

Most piercings do bleed a little after the procedure, but this bleeding should not be extensive nor prolonged. You should not bleed for days or weeks. The only exception are some genital piercings: these are known to bleed for days after the procedure. This is why it’s important to ask your piercer about what to expect.

How Much will it Bleed?

There are several factors that determine how much a piercing will bleed:

  • Piercing type (body part that is pierced). This is by far the most important factor. Different body parts bleed differently, so it largely depends on the type of your piercing.
  • Gauge. Typically, large gauge piercings bleed more at the beginning, but this is not always a rule.
  • Instruments. The instrument used to perform a piercing will also contribute to potential bleeding. For example, piercing guns are more invasive than a piercing needle, and they tear the tissue. Not that you should ever get pierced with a gun.
  • Your anatomy. Your individual anatomy may make the procedure easier or more difficult, which may contribute to bleeding.
  • Your health. It’s important to be healthy when you go to get a piercing. It can contribute to many things, including the bleeding level.
  • Jewelry. Sometimes, the initial jewelry contributes to bleeding. Your jewelry should be fitted nicely to minimize any pressure and damage to the tissue in order to avoid bleeding. Needless to say, you need to use medical-grade jewelry and avoid any cheap, poorly made jewelry for your fresh piercing.

What to Do?

It’s easy to handle the bleeding. Use a cotton pad or a fresh tissue and apply it to the piercing with a gentle pressure. Do your best not to disturb the piercing. In some cases, applying ice to the affected area may also help, and it may also reduce the swelling.

In case of excessive and prolonged bleeding, or any type of discomfort, make sure to consult your doctor to check everything is fine. You may also visit your piercer, but do not ignore a doctor’s advice.

Piercing for Inverted Nipples

Inverted NippleInverted nipples are a problem affecting many people. While inverted nipples are not a serious issue, chances are that you’d want to change this. Interestingly enough, nipple piercings work great for this type of anatomy. If you get a nipple piercing chances are that you will never have to worry about inverted nipples again!

Of course, in order for this to work, you need to be pierced by a professional. It goes without saying that this person has to be familiar and knowledgeable about nipple piercings. Remember: there are no two identical nipples and experienced piercers know how to handle individual anatomy perfectly and find the best solution for your case. If you dislike your inverted nipples and want to do something about it, nipple piercing may be the best solution.

Can Inverted Nipples be Pierced?

First things first: chances are that you can get pierced even if you have inverted nipples. The tissue is very flexible and as long as you have a pinchable area of skin, there is a high chance that you can get a nipple piercing. However, it’s always best to ask your piercer to make sure you can indeed get pierced.

While nipple piercings for men and women differ because of different nipple sizes, keep in mind that typically both men and women can get a nipple piercing despite having inverted nipples.

Why is Nipple Piercing Good?

Nipple piercings are a great solution for many cases of inverted nipples simply because they keep the nipple erect and prevent it to come back. Inverted nipple retract easily, which can be prevented if you have your nipple pierced.

Your jewelry will go straight through the nipple and prevent it from going back. While pierced nipples are not always completely erect, chances are that they will be erect to a degree. They will not be able to go back to the inverted state, so this is a quick and effective solution to inverted nipples.

Potential Problems

There are potential problems you may face with nipple piercing on inverted nipples. Sometimes, the tissue will try to go back to the flat or inverted position. It may put a pressure on the nipple, which may cause problems. Typical problem you will encounter is migration, but other issues, such as pain or infection, are also possible.

In order to prevent this problem, it’s best to wear light, comfortable jewelry, especially during the healing stages. Also, being pierced with a slightly larger gauge might also help. This is why it’s advisable to get pierced with 12 gauge (or even a bit larger) and avoid the 14 gauge which is usually a standard for nipple piercings.

How to Choose the Right Jewelry for Your Piercings

Piercing and JewelryThere are many popular piercing types and many different jewelry styles. It’s always useful to know what kind of jewelry suits your piercing.

Generally speaking, most piercings can accommodate at least a few different jewelry styles, but it’s always useful to know what is best to wear for your piercing.

Jewelry Types

There are several basic body jewelry types. Among the most popular ones are barbells of different kinds (straight, curved and circular barbells) as well as rings (Captive Bead Rings, seamless rings, screwball rings and others).

These jewelry styles can accommodate most piercing types. Most of these can be used for many different piercing types, which makes these jewelry types multi-functional.

On the other hand, there are also specialized jewelry types. These are made for one specific jewelry type. For example, ear plugs and flesh tunnels are made for stretched earlobe piercings. Labrets are made for lip piercings. Nose screws and nose bones are made for nostril piercings, and so on.

That being said, even the most specialized jewelry types can usually be used for more than one piercing type. The trick is to know when to use which jewelry type and style. Sometimes, the choice will depend on your individual style and preferences, while it will sometimes be guided by practical reasons. Simply put, some piercings are made to accommodate some specific jewelry types and not the others.

To ensure a good fit and perfect comfort it’s worth knowing when to use which jewelry style for a particular piercing type.

General Guidelines

Here are some general guidelines on the jewelry types to use with specific piercings:

  • Ear piercings. There are many different ear piercing types, such as earlobe piercings, cartilage piercings, and many others. There are numerous earrings used for earlobe piercings, as well as special jewelry types made for stretched earlobe piercing, such as ear plugs, earlets and flesh tunnels. Ear cartilage piercings use many different jewelry types, such as barbells (for example, long straight barbells for Industrial piercing), rings or labrets.
  • Nose piercings. Nostril piercings typically use specific jewelry types, such as nostril screws, nose bones, fishtails and L-bars. Also, this piercing type can use a ring. Some other nose piercings, such as septum piercings, use different jewelry types, such as rings and tusks.
  • Eyebrow piercing. This piercing type usually uses a special curved barbell or a Captive Bead Ring. However, this piercing type can also use different jewelry types, such as barbells of different kinds.
  • Lip piercings. A typical jewelry type for most of the lip piercings is a labret. However, some lip piercings can also use rings or even barbells.
  • Tongue piercing. All tongue piercings are oral piercings, so special care has to be made to use only jewelry made of medical-grade materials and specially designed for oral use. Tongue piercing needs smooth jewelry that will not damage teeth and gums. Straight barbells make great tongue jewelry, though some people prefer to use Captive Bead Rings.
  • Navel piercings. Belly button piercings usually use special curved barbells. These barbells are ideal for this piercing type. However, you may also use a typical Captive Bead Ring or another ring type.

Navel Jewelry Sizing

Navel Piercing SizeIn order to be fully satisfied with your navel piercing, it’s important to wear jewelry of the appropriate size. It means you need to ensure proper fitting.

Here are some tips on how to choose navel jewelry of the right size:

Things to Keep in Mind

Typical navel jewelry is 14 gauge. This is the gauge most people are pierced with so jewelry in this size is very common. However, other gauges are also possible so do not assume your belly button piercing is 14 gauge if you are unsure. It’s important to know the exact size you are pierced with to ensure a good fit.

When it comes to length, there are some common sizes. Typical navel jewelry is a curved barbell, so the length discussed here applies to this jewelry type. Most common navel jewelry is a barbell that is 3/8” to 7/16” long. Keep in mind however, that this is a length for healed piercing. Initial navel jewelry has to be a bit longer, to account for swelling.

While curved barbells are often used for navel piercings, you may also use other piercing types, such as Captive Bead Rings. CBRs are a good choice for initial jewelry, though many piercers choose to use curved barbells for initial jewelry. If you decide to get a ring, make sure it’s large enough to account for swelling.

How to Measure Jewelry

In order to find the best fit for your navel piercing, it’s important to know how to measure your jewelry properly. For a curved barbell, it’s vital to determine the length. This will be a straight line between the balls. Do not measure along the curve of the barbell! Simply measure the straight line between the top and bottom ball. Make sure to start measuring under the top ball and go all the way to the top side of the bottom ball.

When deciding on the best length of a curved barbell, make sure to give it some space. You should leave some barbell showing when you wear your navel jewelry. It means you should not get a barbell that is so short to dig into your flesh. Leave a bit of a barbell showing to make the piercing air properly and prevent the jewelry from pulling into the flesh.

On the other hand, you don’t want to get a barbell that is too long. It might end up catching on clothes and hurting you. For the optimal result, leave around ¼” of barbell showing.

Additional Tips

Here are some additional tips about finding the best belly button jewelry size:

  • You need to be patient. You might need to experiment with a few sizes to find the best fit for you.
  • The length of your navel jewelry will depend a lot on your piercing. If you have a shallow piercing you will need to get a shorter jewelry than a person with a deep piercing. Typically, a good length for a shallow piercing is 5/16”, 3/8” to 7/16” for a standard piercing and around ½” for deep piercings. In some extreme cases, if your piercing is very deep, you might need to get jewelry as large as 9/16”, but this is rare.
  • In case you have a very sharp-angled piercing, you might experiment with jewelry types to find the ones that suit you best. Some jewelry types will make the piercing look straight so you might want to use them. Since this type of a piercing is not a standard one it’s tricky to determine the best size. This is why you should try several different things to find the one that’s best for you.
  • Shallow piercings will go best with smaller, lightweight jewelry pieces. You don’t want to go with anything too big, heavy or ornamented because your piercing might not be able to sustain it.
  • Keep extra care of your new piercing. You need to get a body-friendly initial jewelry that will account for swelling and help your navel piercing heal properly. This jewelry will typically be bigger than the standard jewelry you will wear once your jewelry is fully healed.