Monroe Piercing

Monroe Piercing Monroe piercing is a popular type of facial piercing that’s both attractive and discreet enough. It is a great choice for people who like their piercings and jewelry to be small and elegant but still noticeable and unique. Monroe is a great pick because it looks very good without ever becoming overwhelming.

About Monroe Piercing

Monroe piercing can easily be described as a lip piercing placed above the upper lip. It is made to resemble a beauty mark. The name of the piercing is inspired by famous actress Marilyn Monroe, who had a beauty mark on the left side of her lip. Some people refer only to piercings on the left side as “Monroe” while those done on the right side are known as “Madonna” piercings, after the singer who has a beauty mark on that side.

It’s not surprising that this piercing is more popular with the ladies, even though there are also some men who opt for this type of piercing to a great success.

One good thing about a Monroe piercing is that it can be somewhat customized. That is, you can choose a position on the upper lip according to your wishes, preferences and your unique anatomy. This is why you should think about different placements you might want and decide on the exact spot you want to have pierced. Depending on the placement and your unique facial features, a Monroe piercing can have many different effects.

The Procedure

Monroe piercing is not difficult to perform, but a special attention should be taken to the exact spot you wish to have pierced. Most piercers will give you a choice of several spots. Typically, the piercer will mark the spot with a permanent ink marker so you may test several placements until you are satisfied with your chosen one.

Once you are happy with the placement, the piercer will prepare you for the procedure. This will typically include rinsing your mouth with mouthwash for sterilization. After this, your upper lip will be clamped.

When all preparations are done, the piercer will perform the piercing by passing a needle through the lip. Typically, a Monroe piercing is done at 18 or 16 gauge.

Once the piercing is made, the piercer will insert the jewelry. The initial jewelry will be longer than the one you’ll later need, to account for swelling. Most piercers will tell you to go back in a few weeks to have a shorter jewelry placed. It’s very important to have that done by the piercer – changing jewelry yourself during this stage is not safe nor recommended.

Aftercare

The aftercare is similar to the aftercare needed for other piercing types. You should clean your healing piercing with a salt solution several times per day. This will clean the piercing and help reduce the swelling, thus making the healing faster.

You should also brush your teeth at least three times a day and after every meal. You need to keep the inside of your mouth clean and sanitized. This will reduce the number of bacteria present in the mouth.

Keep in mind that Monroe piercings are prone to infections is proper care is not followed, so you should take aftercare and cleaning instructions seriously.

Jewelry

The most common jewelry for Monroe piercing is a simple but elegant labret stud. These jewelry pieces are lightweight and practical, so they are ideal for Monroe piercing (and most of the other lip piercing types).

Remember: just because these labret studs are simple, it doesn’t mean they can’t be very beautiful and effective! You may choose between golden, titanium and surgical steel studs with simple beads on the end. Or you may opt for labret studs with sparkly gems on the top. This is the easiest way to make your Monroe piercing decorated! Finally, you may choose a labret stud with a small decorative charm on top, for a really attractive effect.

On the other hand, you may opt for a different jewelry type, such as a barbell.

Belly Jewelry Tips

14k Gold Triple Prong Set Heart Dangle Curved Barbell

14k Gold Triple Prong Set Heart Dangle Curved Barbell

Belly (navel) piercing is among the most popular types of piercings. Luckily, it also means there are enough quality, body-safe jewelry pieces you can find. Belly jewelry comes in many different styles, materials and sizes, so you’ll sure be able to find something you truly like.

Choosing Safe Jewelry

The large number of different belly jewelry pieces also means that there are many subpar jewelry products you can find. You can buy belly jewelry almost anywhere: at a mall, or even on the streets. More often than not, these jewelry pieces are of poor quality and can endanger your health.

To keep yourself safe, it’s important to stick to reliable stores and only use jewelry made of body-safe materials. This is the only way to ensure satisfaction and to keep yourself safe and healthy. It also means you will have to pay a bit more than for that cheap jewelry piece you can find at a mall, but trust us, it’s a money well-spent. You don’t want to endanger your health, risk allergies (or worse conditions), experience infections and inflammation, or have your piercing rejected, just to save a few bucks. At the same time, you don’t really have to spend a fortune on a quality jewelry piece. There are many reasonably priced but still high-quality products you can find. What is important is to stay away from the cheap pieces (cheap both in price and craft).

Navel Piercing Tips

To keep yourself on the safe side and to keep your belly piercing clean, you need to stick to a few rules. Here are the basic navel piercing tips to follow:

  • Wait until your belly piercing is fully healed to change your jewelry. It’s true that most initial piercing jewelry pieces are very plain and simple, but there’s a reason for it. It’s understandable that you want to try different jewelry styles, but patience is important here. You need to wait for your new belly piercing to completely heal before you can try new jewelry. Remember, it can take as long as 9 months for your belly piercing to heal completely. In the most cases, it’s safe to change jewelry after 4-6 months, but keep in mind that healing time is individual.
  • Make sure to protect your belly jewelry from being snagged on clothing during healing time. Use an eye patch or hard plastic and secure it over your belly to protect both the piercing and jewelry.
  • Most common belly jewelry pieces are 3/8 inches long, but there are many other sizes to choose from. When picking the best belly jewelry for yourself, make sure that it’s not too small. Short navel jewelry can irritate the skin and it opens the door to infections and inflammation.
  • Always pick lightweight belly jewelry pieces. Heavy jewelry can make your skin sore and it can stretch your piercing even if you don’t want that to happen. Not to mention that heavy jewelry can make a problem when moving or changing clothes. If you really love heavy jewelry, don’t wear it for a long period of time. Never sleep with heavy belly jewelry.
  • Be careful with overly complicated jewelry pieces. There are many gorgeous belly curved barbells with lots of gems and dangles, and it’s understandable you might want to wear them in special situations. However, these jewelry pieces are best not to be worn every day. They can get caught on clothes. Also, these jewelry pieces are there to be shown, so wear them only when you want to have your belly shown.
  • People with the so-called “outie” belly button can have a true navel piercing, where the navel itself is pierced (as the opposite of just the skin above or under it). These people can also wear unique jewelry pieces in their belly piercing.

Important Notes about Nickel Allergy

NNickel allergy is pretty common. It’s often caused by your jewelry, including body jewelry. Many people are sensitive to nickel that can be found in many metals. This is why body jewelry containing nickel is not considered body-safe. While there are many people who are not affected by nickel, this allergy is very common so it’s important to choose only nickel-free jewelry.

Symptoms of Nickel Allergy

Nickel allergy has several common symptoms so it’s usually easy to recognize it. It can manifest as itching, swelling, flaking, soreness or inflammation. It’s usually easy to recognize the allergy because it appears when you wear jewelry (or other types of metal accessories, such as watches). Your skin will change the color and you will experience other symptoms of allergy.

This is your body’s response to various metal alloys (first and foremost, nickel) used in many metal jewelry pieces. Many metal jewelry pieces, especially ones of the lower quality, contain nickel or other alloys. These alloys can cause allergies.

In most cases, allergies are mild, but it doesn’t mean they should not be avoided. Also, it’s important to know that there are people with a serious nickel allergy. For this reason, it’s important to wear only body-safe, nickel-free jewelry.

Safe Jewelry

Body jewelry should be made of a safe material that doesn’t cause allergies. To avoid nickel allergy, you need to wear nickel-free body jewelry. There are many nickel-free materials you can use. The most popular of them all is titanium.

Titanium is a premium body jewelry material that doesn’t cause allergies. There are many beautiful titanium body jewelry pierces to choose from. Titanium jewelry comes in many different colors so it’s very effective while being completely body safe.

Another choice is high-quality Surgical Steel. It’s very important to use only jewelry made of the best Surgical Steel that’s approved for body use.

When it comes to gold, it’s vital to stick to nickel-free gold. Always check the label on your jewelry or ask your jeweler about the gold used for the jewelry. Gold often contains nickel as an alloy, so it’s vital to use only nickel-free gold jewelry.

Another good way to go to avoid nickel jewelry is to use organic body jewelry pieces. This type of jewelry is made of organic materials such as glass, wood, horn, bone or stone. These materials don’t contain nickel. However, to be on the safe side, make sure that your chosen organic material is body-safe so it doesn’t cause another type of allergy.

Choosing high-quality, body-safe jewelry is the best way to avoid nickel allergy. This is why it’s important to purchase your jewelry at reliable stores. You don’t have to pay a fortune for your body jewelry but you shouldn’t go cheap either. Cheap, low-quality jewelry is made of inferior materials and can cause numerous problems, including nickel allergy.

World Record for the Longest Rope Crossing Using Pierced Clamps

Pavlo-Klets-and-Mariya-GafitsaUnusual world record is set in Ukraine: a couple made the longest rope crossing using clamps pieced on their backs. This combination of extreme surface piercings and strength allowed Mariya Gafitsa and Pavlo Klets to claim a new world record.

The couple managed to cross 550 meters on the Dnipro River in Kiev. They used Tyrolean traversing techniques first used on Swiss mountains. The procedure included piercing clamps into their own backs to use for their rope crossing. This way, they had to carry their whole body weights on nothing but their own skin. The couple wore supplementary harnesses as a back-up, just in case something goes wrong and piercings tear of. However, this wasn’t necessary and they managed to make the crossing using piercings on their backs.

The couple managed to complete the challenge and set a world record, even though their backs ended up damaged and bleeding.

Penis Pumps: An Ongoing Debate

Battery Operated Penis Pump / Erection Device

Battery Operated Penis Pump / Erection Device

Several weeks ago, The Daily Show correspondent Samantha Bee made a surprising reveal about penis pumps. According to her findings, penis pumps are federally funded and regularly paid by Medicare. Judging by the newest development, the debate about penis pumps and federal funding won’t be settled any time soon.

There’s also an ongoing debate over oral contraceptives for women and whether they should be federally funded. There are still many of those who believe contraceptives shouldn’t be paid by Medicare. It makes Samantha Bee’s reveal even more shocking. Not many people know that penis pumps are, indeed, federally founded. According to these findings, Medicare has spent $172 million on penis pumps in the last give years. That’s about $360 per pump.

While the discussion about oral contraceptives is still ongoing, the reveal about penis pumps is also interesting. There are many men who would otherwise be unable to afford a penis pump, so this information is very valuable to them.

What is important to understand that the crux of the problem is not whether it’s inappropriate for Medicate to pay for penis pumps, but that the same isn’t true about birth-control pills. When it comes to penis pumps, it’s undeniable that they are valuable devices made to improve the quality of life for many men.

The Importance of Penis Pumps

Penis pumps may seem like a luxury, but they can help many men live a better, fulfilling life. These pumps may not be the most necessary items, but they sure contribute to a man’s quality of life.

What can a penis pump do? A vacuum-powered penis pump is an excellent device made to improve erections and enable a man to have a fulfilling sex life. Penis pumps are effective in two ways. First of all, they provide almost immediate effect, so a man can achieve a strong and long-lasting erection that will allow him to have a full intercourse.

Another benefit penis pumps can provide is a long-term effect and improvement. Using a penis pump regularly can help a man cure erectile dysfunction and achieve stronger and longer-lasting erections. Another advantages penis pumps can bring include preventing premature ejaculation, correcting weak erections and curing a wide range of erectile dysfunction problems.

For these reasons, it’s clear why penis pumps are so important for many men and why so many men use them to improve the quality of their sex life and achieve overall satisfaction.

Leather Ball Stretchers

55mm Leather Ball Stretcher Weight

55mm Leather Ball Stretcher Weight

Leather Ball Stretchers and weights are among the most popular ball stretching devices (along with metal ball stretchers). These are made to be fully comfortable and to provide both stretching and erotic stimulation to those who prefer this type of sensations.

Generally speaking, leather ball stretchers are not so intense like the metal ones, which means they don’t give so effective results. However, they are still effective enough for those who like to achieve low hangers. One great advantage to leather ball stretchers is that they are more comfortable than the metal ones, which means they are ideal for beginners who wish to try ball stretching for the first time. Also, many men who wish to use stretchers for light sexual stimulation prefer leather stretchers. They are easier to put on and remove whenever you want.

All in all, it’s important to know that the downward pull leather stretchers and weights provide is not as strong as with metal ball weights. This is what makes them less effective, but it also makes them more comfortable. In any case, leather ball stretchers are fun to wear and can be used to achieve great results.

Two Types of Stretchers

Generally speaking, there are two main types of leather ball stretchers: lather straps and leather ball weights. It’s important to note the difference because the two types of devices may look similar but give very different results.

Leather stretchers/snaps are the most comfortable types of ball stretchers. These are basically straps fastened on the scrotum. They don’t come with added weights, which makes them less effective, but also super-comfortable. These are great for beginners who wish to try stretching for the first time, or those who want to try this type of scrotal stimulation for erotic purposes. These leather straps are also great for men who practice balls stretching regularly: they can be used to retain the already existing stretch while allowing testicles to have break from wearing heavy ball weights.

Another popular type of  leather stretching devices are stretchers with weights. These stretchers come with strategically placed weights inside, so they provide more pressure on the scrotum and therefore give better results. You can get them in numerous sizes and weights, depending on your experience and desired results. These leather ball weights provide good results with excellent comfort.

Quick Notes

Here are a few notes related to leather ball stretchers and ball weights:

  • When choosing a good leather stretcher, make sure it’s soft enough to provide a pleasant feeling and absolute comfort. At the same time, the stretcher has to be firm enough to ensure the needed pressure on the scrotal area.
  • Leather stretchers tend to get  a bit sticky when you sweat. This is not dangerous, but it may be a bit annoying. To avoid it, use talcum powder on the area to prevent the sticky feeling.
  • Leather stretchers have a special erotic feel so they can be used for kinky games. There are also special stretchers with rings made to be used with chains and other devices.
  • While not as effective as metal weights, leather ball stretchers give good results if you wear them regularly, so they can help you achieve those low hangers you’ve always wanted.

How to Hide Your Piercing

Bioplast Nostril Retainer

Bioplast Nostril Retainer

There are many situations when you might need to hide your piercing. For example, many employers still ask for piercings to be hidden. There are also some situations when you might want to change your style and appear like you don’t have a pierced eyebrow, nose or another body part.

Whatever the reason may be, it’s important to know how to hide your piercing when you need to. One might say that the easiest thing to do is to simply take out the jewelry and mask the piercing hole with makeup. While this may work short term, keep in mind that piercings tend to heal quickly. Even a few hours (or, in some cases, less than an hour) can make your piercing start to heal so inserting jewelry can become difficult. One day without jewelry can make your piercing heal to a smaller gauge, which will make inserting jewelry painful and uncomfortable.

To avoid these problems, it’s important to find a way to keep jewelry inserted but without making the piercing overly noticeable. There are two main ways to achieve this: using special hider jewelry (usually made in skin color variations) or using transparent retainers.

Hider Jewelry

Hider Plug

Hider Plug

Hider jewelry is specially made to hide your piercing. They don’t always match your skin tone perfectly, but they are often close enough not to be distracting. While they won’t hide your piercing completely, they are very plain-looking so they don’t attract attention. In some circumstances, it can appear like you don’t have any jewelry or piercing at all.

Hider jewelry is particularly useful for large gauges and stretched piercings, especially for stretched earlobe piercings. To hide your stretched earlobe, it’s useful to wear a special hider plug made to minimize the piercing hole in your earlobe while still allowing you to retain your piercing.

Stretching your earlobe is a time-consuming process so once you get to a gauge you’re happy with, it can be very annoying to make your piercing heal to a smaller gauge. To prevent this, wearing a hider plug is the best way to go.

Piercing Retainers

Piercing retainers are special jewelry pierces made of transparent materials. These retainers are made to keep your piercing open and ready while making it seem like you don’t have any jewelry. They are not completely invisible, but they are plain enough so they are suitable for all situations in which you are not allowed to wear your piercing jewelry.

There are many different types of retainers. They are shaped differently, based on the type of peircing and the body part. You may choose between eyebrow retainers, navel retainers, labret retainers, and more.

Retainers are typically made of special, transparent materials, such as lucite or bioplast. There are also many quality acrylic retainers. Whatever you do, it’s important to choose a retainer made of a body-safe material.

Retainers also come in handy during pregnancy. Many pregnant women face a dilemma on what to do about their belly piercing, since most jewelry types are incompatible with a growing, pregnant stomack. At the same time, many women don’t want to get rid of their navel piercing altogether. This is why flexible navel retainers are so useful: this is a great way to keep your belly piercing during pregnancy without hurting your stomach and without wearing inappropriate jewelry.

Metal Ball Weights

Donut Ball Stretcher Weight

Donut Ball Stretcher Weight

Metal ball weights are among the most popular ball stretching devices. They are specially designed to provide effective results and to help you achieve those impressive low hangers. Quality metal ball stretchers are made to be sturdy and heavy, yet perfectly comfortable.

All you need is to find the best fit (you need to measure yourself carefully to determine the right diameter you need). Metal ball weights come in numerous sizes so you will be able to find those that fit you perfectly!

Designs and Materials

There are many different types of metal ball weights you might want to try. Some of the best ones are made of surgical steel. This is a an excellent, body-safe material. It’s smooth so it won’t damage the skin, so you can wear your ball weights with perfect comfort. Stainless steel is a safe material that doesn’t irritate the skin and it doesn’t cause allergies, so you know you are safe while wearing ball weights made of surgical steel.

When it comes to designs, all ball weights are made to be worn on your scrotum, usually above the testicles. Depending on the height, a ball weight may resemble a ring, a donut or to be made in another comfortable shape.

Many metal ball weights are two-piece devices made to ensure the best comfort and effectiveness. These ball weights consist of two parts and they are worn directly above testicles. These stretching devices are specially designed to provide targeted ball stretching and they can be adjusted perfectly.

It’s vital that you find a ball weight that fits you, and this is why measuring is so important. When choosing a metal ball weight, there are several things to take into account. First and foremost, internal diameter. After this, pay attention to the external diameter, weight and the design you want.

Another advantage to this type of ball weights is that they can be worn combined with other weights, so you can always add pressure and adjust the amount of weight you wish to apply. This way, you can have more rapid results and more intense stimulation, in case you wish to use ball stretchers for sexual purposes.

Metal Ball Weight Tips

Metal Ball weights are the most effective types of ball weights you can wear to achieve the best possible results. To ensure your safety and comfort, however, here are some things you need to keep in mind:

  • Metal ball weight are heavy. This is one of the reasons they give the best results. It also means they put a strong pressure on your scrotum.
  • If a ball weight becomes uncomfortable at any moment, remove it immediately.
  • Measure yourself carefully and order a ball weight of an appropriate size. Try different ones until you find a size that fits. It’s vital that you ensure a perfect fit.
  • When stretching, it’s important to go slowly. Never put too much weight on your testicles unless you are experienced and ready.
  • It’s best to put your ball weights after a hot shower or a bath, because this is when testicles hang down naturally.
  • Generally speaking, the smaller the ball weight, the most comfortable it is. At the same time, heavier weights provide more effective results.

Penis Plugs with Cock Rings

Ribbed Wedge Plug with Glans Ring

Ribbed Wedge Plug with Glans Ring

Penis plugs are excellent toys for exploration, kink and achieving new sensations. This kind of sex play can be very exciting and rewarding, so it’s not surprising so many men wish to try it at least once. Thing is… Once you try penis plugs for the first time, you won’t be able to stop.

This is a truly amazing form of pleasure and satisfaction. It combines medical play, kinky games and pure pleasure. A quality penis plug can make you discover new sensitive spots and it makes sex so much more exciting for both partners. Even the visual satisfaction is amazing: the image of a plug being inserted inside penis is very arousing and stimulating.

Add a Ring

Out all of the penis plugs available, those with added glans ring are the most exciting. This penis plug & ring combo truly works for creating unique stimulation. These penis plugs are carefully designed to press all the right spots and they provide targeted, simultaneous massage to all your erogenous zones.

The penis plug can be inserted for a perfect feeling of fullness. Most plugs have a hole inside so they allow for easy ejaculation or urination, if this is what you like. Other plugs come without a hole and they provide yet another kind of sensation, especially during high arousal. Many plugs are carefully textured to provide both smooth, easy insertion and added stimulation. The feeling of inserting them and the pressure of stretching is incredibly arousing to watch and experience.

The glans ring is there not only to keep the plug in place securely, but also to provide additional stimulation and enhance your performance. It acts as a standard cock ring, so it makes your erection super hard. These rings are typically made of steel so they are very sturdy and provide a firm grip that will make your penis super hard and sensitive.

Glans rings can be secured right below the penis head, making it larger, more pronounced and super-sensitive. If you ever wanted to enhance your performance and make your glans rock hard and sensitive to touch, this is a perfect toy combo for you.

Combined, a penis plug and a ring provide some of the hottest stimulation imaginable. The way they sit inside and outside your penis provides a perfect visual stimulant and also give you rock hard erections. You will enjoy the feeling of perfect fullness, stretched urethral opening and a tight grip around your penis.

Choosing a Penis Plug with a Ring

When choosing that perfect penis plug with a ring for yourself, there are some things to think about. First of all, the material. A quality penis plug should be made of body safe material. Surgical steel provides firmness and sturdiness you need and it feels comfortable to the body. The temperature play you can achieve with this material is also incredible.

The other thing to keep in mind is the size of the plug you will need. It should provide a tight grip but also to be comfortable enough to wear. Other things you may think about are the design, penis plug texture for additional stimulation and, of course, the size. It’s best to start with smaller models and then work your way up. It’s a very arousing training you will sure enjoy!

Is Ever OK to Wear Unsafe Body Jewelry Materials?

Internally Threaded Double Gem Set Curved Barbell

Internally Threaded Double Gem Set Curved Barbell

With so many different materials around, it’s sometimes difficult to choose the right jewelry. You’ve probably heard about body-safe materials and the importance of choosing them for your body jewelry. It’s crucial that you pick jewelry made of materials that are safe for you to wear. Meaning: materials which don’t cause allergic reactions, infections or other problems.

It’s well-known which materials are body-safe and frequently used for body jewelry: surgical steel, titanium, bio-plastic, and more. However, it’s also important to know when it’s crucial that you wear jewelry made of these materials and when it’s ok to wear other materials. There are certain types of jewelry or parts of jewelry that can safely be made of other materials without compromising your health. This way, even if you are sensitive, you will be able to wear hybrid and composite jewelry pieces made of several materials.

When to Use Safe Materials

Using body jewelry made of body-safe materials is crucial for numerous things, first and foremost, your health. Certain materials are not suitable to be worn as piercing jewelry because they can cause allergic reactions and infections. Of course, it’s important to note here that a material known to cause allergies can still be worn by you if you are not allergic. However, for initial piercings and most piercing jewelry types, using safe materials (surgical steel, titanium) is the best way to go.

What about hybrid jewelry made of several types of materials? Are they ok to wear? The answer will depend on several factors, one of them being your allergic reactions. As a rule of thumb, however, it’s ok to wear composite jewelry made of different materials as long as the “unsafe” material doesn’t go through your piercing and/or it doesn’t touch your skin.

In practice, it means that the part of the jewelry (barbell, captive bead ring, etc.) inserted into the piercing must be made of a body safe material. It’s best to use popular body jewelry materials, such as surgical steel (not stainless steel!) or titanium. Surgical steel is probably the most popular material used for body piercing and it offers numerous advantages. It’s reasonably prices, smooth, durable and easy to clean.

Titanium is another highly-recommended material. It’s hypoallergenic, very strong but light and it can be anodized to make a wide variety of colors (blue, purple, rainbow, etc.) Titanium and surgical steel are ideal for initial piercings and can be used for all types of piercing jewelry.

Some other materials are also good to use. Bio-plastic, for example, is a very flexible and it’s a good choice for initial piercings, particularly facial piercings. Gold is also a good (safe) material, but it’s not recommended for initial piercings and its downside is a high price.

When to Use “Unsafe” Materials

Generally speaking, unsafe materials should never be used for body jewelry. However, it’s still possible to wear jewelry partially made of these materials as long as the material doesn’t go through the piercing hole and as long as it doesn’t touch your body.

A good example of this are various gems and other ornaments worn on the balls of straight or circular barbells. These materials can add color and beauty to jewelry without compromising health because they don’t come in touch with the piercing itself. Same can be said for various chains, pendants and other ornaments made to highlight different body jewelry styles.

One of the most popular materials of this type is Sterling Silver. It’s very beautiful and soft, so it’s suitable for making many elaborate designs and unique patterns. However, Sterling Silver should not be inserted in any part of the body so any jewelry containing this material should have a basis (shaft) made of surgical steel or titanium.