Are Genital Piercings Right for Me?

Genital PiercingGenital piercings are popular but still often misunderstood form of body modification. There are many piercing enthusiasts who would gladly have many piercings all over their body, save for their genitalia. On the other hand, and as curious as it may sound, there are people who don’t have any piercings – except for genital ones. Obviously, the choice of piercing is a highly personal one and there are no two people who will approach this subject in the identical manner. What is important to know is that genital piercings are popular and if you are interested in them you are definitely not alone.

Is it Right for Me?

Many people wonder if genital piercings are the right choice for them and if piercing such a sensitive area brings unwanted consequences. In a way, this sort of attitude is understandable. After all, genitalia are highly sensitive and people want to keep them as healthy and functional as possible.

On the other hand, it’s important to know that, at the end of the day, these are piercings just like any other. While it’s true genital piercings may seem more extreme or even exotic, the truth is: this is a piercing like any other. Meaning: the same rules apply.

Just like with any other piercing, when deciding to get a genital piercing, it’s important to ask yourself the following things:

  • Would I like to have this sort of piercing?
  • Which particular piercing am I interested in?
  • Will this piercing fit my lifestyle?
  • Am I informed enough to know about the procedure and aftercare?
  • Did I do my research to find a reliable, experienced piercer?

All of these questions are crucial to ask yourself before you decide to get a genital piercing.

Would You Like to Have a Genital Piercing?

This is probably the first and most basic thing to ask yourself. There are many reasons why you might wish to get a genital piercing, just like there are many reasons why you might not want to have one. Think about yourself, your preferences and your desires. Usually, the idea of having a genital piercing doesn’t come to those who absolutely hate the idea. So, let’s just say you are intrigued. Good. This is a great way to go.

Your reasons for wanting to have a genital piercing are your own and you don’t have to explain them to anyone. Some of the most common reasons to get this sort of piercing are aesthetics and functionality. Namely, genital piercing look good but they can also make sex more pleasurable for you and your partner.

Your Choice of Piercing

Once you have decided that genital piercings are for you, it’s important to think about the exact type of a piercing. Chances are that you already have some ideas. After all, people rarely think about wanting to pierce “something down there” – they usually have a pretty good idea on the piercing they want to get.

Before you make a final decision, though, search around. Get informed about all the good and the bad sides of this piercing. It’s also helpful to talk to an experienced piercer. They can give you a lot of advice and help you decide.

Genital Piercing and Your Lifestyle

Chances are that a genital piercing can fit your lifestyle, whatever it may be. In a way, genital piercings are more versatile and suitable for many different lifestyles because they are largely invisible in the workplace and in everyday life. For this reason, it’s often impossible to tell if someone has a genital piercing or not.

To be sure that no aspect of your life will suffer because of a genital piercing, think about any problematic areas. Are you physically active in sports? If in doubt, check with your doctor. What about your partner? What do they think about the idea? Keep in mind that when it comes to a genital piercing it affects your sexual partners. It doesn’t mean that you have to ask for their permission to get this piercing but depending on your partner’s feeling toward it you may need to adapt to new circumstances. For example, if your partner doesn’t like it, you will probably need to remove the jewelry before the intercourse.

Do Your Research

Once you are ready to have a particular genital piercing, it’s time to do a research. Find about the procedure, healing time and aftercare instructions. It’s very important to be informed about these things. It’s also highly advisable to ask your chosen piercer before you make an appointment. It’s vital that you are familiar with all aspects of a procedure.

Also, if you are scared of pain, you may wish to research this aspect of a procedure, too. However, keep in mind that focusing too much on the pain usually makes the whole experience more uncomfortable.

Choose a Good Piercer

The last step before you get a genital piercing is to choose a good piercer. It goes without saying for all types of piercings, but it becomes even more crucial for genital piercings. Since genital piercings are highly specialized, not all piercers can perform them properly. Perhaps your local piercer is not experienced enough with this type of piercings, in which case you will need to search elsewhere. Remember: you are looking not just for a reliable, experienced general piercer but a good piercer who is experienced in the type of a piercing you want to get.

Additional Tips for Industrial Piercing

Industrial PiercingHere are some additional things to know about Industrial Piercings. This is among the most popular piercing types, and while most people know how to recognize it, there are still some things one can learn about Industrial Piercing.

If you want to get an Industrial Piercing it’s very important to know how to take a good care of it. Aftercare is of utmost importance for any type of ear cartilage piercing. Since Industrial Piercing is basically two piercings in one, it means you basically need to take a double care of it.

However, none of this means that Industrial Piercing is dangerous or particularly problematic. You just need to stay informed and to know what to expect of your Industrial Piercing.

Some of the most important things to know about Industrial Piercings include:

Placement

An Industrial Piercing has to be placed properly in order to work. Since this piercing consists of two holes connected by a single barbell, it means the holes have to be positioned properly and carefully. Inadequate placement will not only look bad but will also make it difficult or impossible to put a single barbell through both holes.

However, this doesn’t mean you have to restrict yourself for just one type of Industrial Piercing placement. While diagonal is the most common choice (in which the barbell goes diagonally from one side of the ear to the other), you may choose a different placement. For example, many people choose horizontal of vertical Industrial placement.

Two Holes and Two Piercings

As you probably know, Industrial Piercing consists of two piercings connected by the same barbell. It means that the procedure involves piercing two holes. Typically, each of these piercings has its own name and its own placement.

The most common Industrial Piercing type (diagonal) actually consists of a helix and anti-helix piercing connected by the same barbell.

Vertical Industrial Piercing consists of a rook and a daith piercing, two conch piercings, anti-helix and a rook piercing or a daith and a lower conch piercing. Other combinations are also possible. You may even run two Industrial Piercings parallel to each other.

Ideal Gauge

Typically, Industrial Piercings are done at 14 gauge. Some piercers choose to use 16 gauge instead, but this is rare. In case you think you are pierced with too small gauge, you can stretch your piercing to 14 gauge. However, keep in mind that extensive stretching is not possible nor recommended. Most Industrial Piercings are good at 14 gauge.

Special Barbells

Industrial Piercings typically use straight barbells. However, these barbells are not standard barbells used for other piercing types. Since the holes connected into an Industrial Piercing are often separated by an inch or more, a barbell that goes through them has to be long enough to accommodate it.

This is why Industrial Piercings use special, long barbells. These barbells can be simple in design or they may include certain decorations, typically in the middle of the barbell.

While the choice of decoration is up to you, keep in mind that you have to order a special Industrial Barbell for your piercing. A simple straight barbell just won’t do.

Aftercare Tips

Aftercare is very important for any piercing, but it becomes even more vital in the case of Industrial Piercings because there are basically two new piercings to take care of. Some quick tips on how to care for your new Industrial Piercing:

  • Clean both of your piercings regularly. It’s best to use a simple saline solution or special cleaners designed for new piercings. Don’t use harsh chemicals.
  • Avoid hot tubs and swimming pools during the initial stage of healing.
  • Don’t touch your new piercing and don’t twist the jewelry.
  • Keep your hair away from the piercing and avoid wearing earphones for a while.
  • Check your piercing regularly to see if it’s healing properly.
  • If you notice any problems or if your piercing becomes tender, it’s a sign that there’s a problem. Make sure to clean it properly, but if the problem resist, consult your doctor. Ear cartilage piercings can get infected quickly and they can lead to numerous problems if not treated immediately.

Medusa Piercing

Medusa PiercingA Medusa piercing is a popular lip piercing type many people choose to have.

It’s one of the most common lip piercing types and it’s very simple yet effective.

It can be used alone or as a part of other piercings, particularly those “bites” lip piercings that consist of two or more lip piercings.

About Medusa Piercing

A Medusa piercing is relatively simple. It is also known as a philtrum piercing. It is done in the middle of the upper lip, on the philtrum. This is part of the lip located directly under the septum of the nose and just above the lowest part of the upper lip’s center. The jewelry is made to sit in the dip of the upper lip. This is a very effective placement so Medusa piercing is difficult to miss even with the most discreet jewelry type. At the same time, this piercing type is rarely made to be huge or distracting, and while you can choose to wear big jewelry in your Medusa piercing most people choose something more comfortable and basic.

It’s not difficult to locate your philtrum: this is the indent between the nose and the upper lip. All people have a philtrum, though some have a philtrum that is more pronounced. Typically, these differences are not crucial for a Medusa piercing. Chances are that you will be able to get this piercing regardless of the size or a shape of your philtrum.

A Medusa piercing is a simple horizontal piercing made on the philtrum. The skin on the philtrum is pierced so the hole enters from the face and ends inside of the mouth, somewhere above the front teeth.

While Medusa is not difficult to perform, it’s important to keep in mind that this spot is very sensitive. It might make the procedure uncomfortable, but the whole process should not last for long.

After the procedure, it’s crucial to follow the aftercare instructions carefully. Keep in mind that Medusa, just like most of the other lip piercings, is a dual care piercing. On one hand, it is a lip piercing and on the other, it is an oral piercing. It means you should follow both the aftercare instructions for oral piercings and for “regular” piercings done on the surface of the body.

Jewelry

Typical jewelry for a Medusa piercing is a simple labret. A labret stud is small and comfortable, yet it looks very effective when placed on this spot above the upper lip. Of course, it’s your choice whether you want to use a very basic labret or a more decorated one. Many people feel that simple yet elegant labrets are the best way to go, but you may also opt for a decorated labret with a gem or made in a bright color.

Since Medusa is typically done in 16 gauge or 14 gauge, this is the recommended jewelry size for this piercing. Keep in mind that the initial jewelry will probably be a big longer at first, to accommodate for swelling. You should replace this initial jewelry with a shorter one after a few weeks. It’s best to ask your piercer to do it, since your piercing will be tender and sensitive.

Additional Info

  • A Medusa piercing is made to be very similar to a typical labret piercing, only positioned between the nose and the upper lip. It’s the placement and not specific piercing type or jewelry that makes a Medusa piercing what it is.
  • A specific variation of a Medusa piercing is a Jestrum piercing (also known as vertical Medusa). With this piercing, the jewelry is positioned vertically through the lip and both ends of jewelry are visible.
  • Philtrum, a dimple above the upper lip, is sometimes known as “Cupid’s bow”. However, a Medusa piercing is almost newer referred to as “Cupid’s bow piercing”.
  • Medusa piercing may be uncomfortable at first, especially when it comes to eating and drinking. This is why it’s important to follow all the aftercare instructions carefully in order to avoid infections and other problems.
  • The average healing time for a Medusa piercing is between 6 and 12 weeks. However, keep in mind that this piercing is fully healed only after 6 months. Keep this in mind when it comes to aftercare and jewelry you intend to use in your Medusa piercing.

Different Types of Plugs

Acrylic Marble Plug

Acrylic Marble Plug

Plugs are poplar types of jewelry specially designed for large gauge piercings. They are made to be worn in stretched piercings. Most commonly, plugs are used as ear plugs, as jewelry for stretched earlobes.

However, it doesn’t mean plugs are made for stretched earlobes only. Many other stretched piercing types can accommodate plugs, from stretched nose piercings to transscrotal procedures. At the same time, plugs are commonly used or ear piercings so it’s not surprising that they are associated with stretched earlobes.

Plugs are similar in shape and appearance, but there are several different types to choose from. It’s important to know what these differences are so you can make the best choice for your piercing.

Basic Design

In many ways, all plugs look similar. These are short, cylindrical jewelry pieces made for stretched (large gauge) piercings. They are typically smooth so they are comfortable to wear.

Since plugs are thick and made in large diameters, they can be crafted using many materials not available for small gauge jewelry types. Organic materials such as wood, bone, horn, glass and stone are common. These materials make plugs look truly special.

On the other hand, plugs can be made using common body piercing materials typical for jewelry of all gauges, such as Surgical Steel, titanium or gold.

Types of Plugs

The basic design of a plug is often changed slightly. It makes for a slightly different type of a plug. While all plugs are worn in the same way, it’s important to know these differences in design.

The main difference comes from the way the plug is kept inside a piercing. Since the basic plug design is cylindrical, there has to be something preventing the plug to move or fall off from the piercing. This can be achieved in different ways, which influence the design of the plug itself. This is why you can find different types of plugs to buy.

The most common types of plugs include:

  • Basic plugs (Straight plugs). These plugs have a basic cylindrical design. They are kept in place by special O-rings. The O-rings are placed on both ends of the plug. The rings are soft and stretchable, so they keep the plug in place while being comfortable to the wearer. O-rings are often lost so it’s recommended to buy replacement rings. This way, you will always have one at hand.
  • Grooved plugs. They are a variation of basic plugs. They, too, require O-rings to keep the plug in place. The difference between them and the basic plugs is that they have grooves carved in the plug on both ends. These grooves are made to hold the O-rings snug. This way, the O-rings are more difficult to fall out so it’s less likely that you’ll lose them.
  • Double flared plugs (Saddled plugs). These plugs have flares outward on both ends, while the middle of the plug is thinner. The flares keep the plug in place, which means that no O-rings are needed with this design. This is a good choice for people who don’t like O-rings or who don’t want O-rings to change the aesthetics of the plug. However, the downside of double flared plugs is that they can be difficult to insert. Also, you need to have wide enough fistulas to accommodate for the flare during insertion.
  • Single flared plugs. These plugs have one flared end while the other end is straight (no flare). The flared end is worn on the front of the piercing. The flare prevents the plug from moving or falling out, so no O-ring is needed. The straight (non-flared) end on the back requires an O-ring. These rings give you the aesthetic appearance of a double flared plug (that uses no O-rings) without having to struggle to insert a double flared plug and without requiring large fistulas that can accommodate flares.

Differences in Decoration

Each of these plug types can be decorated in many different ways. Many plugs are made to be smooth and without much decoration. These plugs are simple yet elegant. In case an organic material is used the material’s own color and pattern serve as a unique plug decoration.

On the other hand, plugs can be decorated in many different ways. Plug made of titanium can have different colors because of anodization. Some plugs come with gems inserted on front, which makes them sparkly and very attractive.

When choosing a plug, it’s important to take into account your piercing and your style. Many of the decorated plugs are not recommended for certain piercing types, such as genital piercings. Genital piercings require smooth jewelry, preferably made of medical-grade materials.

For your stretched earlobes, you have a wide selection of ear plugs, starting from simple yet elegant ones to organic plugs and richly ornamented plugs with gems.

Rook Piercing

Rook PiercingRook piercing is one of the most popular ear piercing types. It is a form of cartilage piercing. A Rook piercing is made on the antihelix of the ear and it looks very stylish and attractive. Both men and women enjoy this type of piercing and elegant jewelry they can wear with it.

Rook piercing got its name after the man who popularized it, Erik Dakota. He named this piercing after a shortened version of his first name. This piercing became popular in the 1990s. Many people today choose this piercing as one of their favorite ear cartilage piercings.

The Placement

Rook piercing has a precise placement on the ear cartilage. The hole is made on the antihelix of the ear, just above the tragus. It is done on the fold of the cartilage between the inner and outer conch. The piercing thus lies on the ridge between the inner and outer conch of the ear.

With this placement, Rook jewelry is made to go from the underside all the way to the top of this ridge. It makes Rook special and unique compared to many other ear cartilage piercings. Many cartilage piercings are made to go from a front surface of the ear to the back surface. Rook piercing, on the other hand, goes from bottom to the top.

Procedure and Aftercare

The procedure is not complicated and it’s similar to other ear cartilage piercings. Just like any cartilage piercing, the procedure itself is not complicated but it has to be done carefully. Ear cartilage is sensitive so it’s important that your piercer is experienced with this type of piercing.

Before the procedure, it’s important to agree on the chosen placement. Keep in mind that the nature of the piercing makes it difficult to see the entrance and exit holes. You should trust your piercer on the best location. This is why you should choose the best piercer who is experienced and knowledgeable. It’s the only way to ensure satisfaction.

After marking the spots, the piercer will push a hollow needle through the cartilage. Sometimes, clamps are used for the procedure, but this is not common. The procedure itself is typically done quickly.

Typically, a 16 gauge or 14 gauge needle is used, but you may request to be pierced with a large gauge needle.

After the hole is made, the piercer will insert the jewelry into your new piercing and instruct you on the aftercare.

The aftercare is similar to general aftercare for ear cartilage piercings. You should clean your new Rook piercing with a saline solution two times a day. You should perform this cleaning for at least two months after getting your Rook piercing done.

When performing aftercare, make sure not to over-wash the area. Also, never use any cleaners or other harsh chemicals that are not recommended for piercings. Use either a saline solution or special cleaning products made for piercing aftercare.

During aftercare, make sure not to touch your piercing often. Never turn or twist your jewelry! Do not manipulate or touch your piercing at all, except when you clean it.

Jewelry

Rook piercings can accommodate many different jewelry types. However, since this area is relatively small, typical jewelry will be small in size.

The most common jewelry type for Rook piercings is Captive Bead Ring. This is what most people wear with their healed piercings. However, piercers recommend that initial jewelry should be a curved barbell. Many people decide to wear curved barbells even in their healed piercings, so this jewelry type is another popular choice for Rook piercings.

Why curved barbells as initial jewelry and not Captive Bead Rings? Curved barbells have less curvature, which means a reduced strain on the healing fistula. With a curved barbell, healing is quicker and goes with fewer problems.

Keep in mind that Rook piercing is not really suitable for changing jewelry too often. This is why it’s important to be satisfied with the jewelry you buy for it because chances are that you will wear it for a long time.

Additional Info and Tips

  • A Rook piercing is also known as a piercing of the anti-helix of the ear.
  • Rook piercing takes about 12 to 18 months to fully heal, with primary healing lasting for about 6 months.
  • As with any other piercing, the pain is subjective. Some people describe Rook piercing as very painful, while others say it didn’t hurt more compared to other ear cartilage piercings. It’s important to note that ear cartilage on this spot is sensitive so keep this in mind if you wish to get a Rook piercing.
  • When cleaning your piercing, make sure to use warm (but not hot) water. Warm water will encourage the blood flow to the area and aid in the healing process. On the other hand, you don’t want water to be too hot.
  • Since the area is more tucked into the ear than with other cartilage piercings, Rook piercing is less susceptible to damage due to bumping or pressing against it. It makes it a bit less susceptible to problems and infections due to external damage.
  • Make sure not to hurt your piercing during initial stages of healing. Keep hair away from your ear and don’t sleep on the newly pierced ear. Same goes for using a telephone: don’t press your phone on the newly pierced ear. When changing clothes, pay close attention not to tug the jewelry with your clothes.
  • Do not change your jewelry for at least 8 weeks after the procedure. This is the time of initial healing and your piercing should be left alone.
  • Since the area is very small and difficult to reach, you might need assistance to insert and remove jewelry from your Rook piercing.
  • Not everyone’s anatomy allows for a Rook piercing. In case you have a poorly defined ridge in this area, it’s best not to have a Rook piercing. If you’re in doubt, consult your piercer to know if you are suited for this type of piercing.
  • Rook piercings tend to cause soreness, and may be prone to migration and rejection. However, most of these problems come from improper placement and poorly done procedure. Another cause may be the fact that you are not anatomically fit to have this piercing. These are the reasons why choosing a good piercer is so important. Problems with a Rook piercing may be caused by inadequate aftercare, so make sure to follow all of the aftercare instructions carefully.
  • Rook piercings are generally not suitable for stretching. In case you wish to stretch your Rook piercing, you need to consult your piercer for proper advice. Keep in mind that cartilage piercings typically cannot be stretched to really large gauges.

Inner and Outer Labia Piercings

Outer Labia PiercingLabia piercings are popular female genital piercings. Many ladies choose to have these piercings done because they look very aesthetically pleasing and they can improve sexual pleasure in many different situations.

There are two different types of labia piercings: the inner labia piercing and the outer labia piercing. These piercings look very different and provide different results. You may choose to have just one of them or, if you are feeling adventurous, you can have them both.

Inner Labia Piercing

The Inner Labia Piercing is done on inner labia. Since the tissue is very thin on this place, the piercing is not deep nor complicated. It tends to heal quickly and without a problem. Typically, this type of piercing is not particularly painful even though inner labia tend to be a sensitive part of a woman’s anatomy.

The procedure is fairly simple and it doesn’t last long. You may choose a particular placement on your inner labia. You may also choose to have only one piercing (on your chosen side) or to have inner labia piercings done in pair.

Before deciding on a placement, it’s important to consult your piercer about the best way to go. First, you need to make sure that your inner labia is large enough to be pierced. While most women are anatomically fit for this piercing, there are those who don’t have enough tissue in this area to be pierced.

If your piercer concludes that you can get an inner labia piercing without a problem, the next step is to discuss the placement. It will depend on your preferences but also on your anatomy. It has to be done in such a way that jewelry never becomes uncomfortable for you to wear.

This type of piercing is typically done at 14 gauge. It takes about 4 to 6 weeks to heal.

While inner labia piercing can sometimes be used for sexual pleasure, don’t expect much improvement in the sexual department. This is not a functional piercing and it’s typically done for the aesthetics. That doesn’t mean that you can’t experiment with your piercing or that you and your lover can’t find creative ways to use your piercing or its jewelry for sexual pleasure.

A great way to stimulate your inner labia piercing is to wear heavier jewelry or to add some weights to your piercing.

Typical jewelry worn in inner labia piercings are simple rings, such as Captive Bead Rings, though some women choose to wear other jewelry types, such as circular barbells.

Outer Labia Piercing

The Outer Labia Piercing is done on a woman’s outer labia. The tissue here is thicker so the piercing can get deeper. It means the procedure will last a bit longer and the piercing will take a bit more to heal. However, it doesn’t mean that this type of piercing is particularly complicated. It is done easily and usually doesn’t bring any problems.

This piercing is done on the rim of the outer lips. The exact placement will depend on your preferences and anatomy. Most women have enough tissue here to accommodate a piercing; it’s very rare to be anatomically unfit for outer labia piercing, but if in doubt, consult your piercer.

You may choose to have only one piercing done (on the side you choose), or you may have outer labia piercings done in pairs.

Since outer labia is not as sensitive as some other genital parts, the piercings are not made to be sexually stimulating. Most women who get this type of piercing do it because they like the way it looks. However, it’s sure possible to be creative and to use your piercing or jewelry in sexually stimulating ways.

This piercing is usually done at 14 gauge or 12 gauge and the healing time is between 8 and 12 weeks. This piercing usually doesn’t cause much problems nor discomfort, especially if the placement is done right.

Typical jewelry for outer labia piercing is a Captive Bead Ring, but you may also use circular barbells. Some women also choose to use a curved barbell in their outer labia piercing if they find it comfortable.

Different Types of Rings

Titanium

Titanium “Small Gap” Screwball Ring

There are many different types of rings used as body jewelry. In fact, rings are among the most popular jewelry types. They are elegant, practical and can be used for many different piercings. It’s therefore not surprising that so many people choose rings for their piercings.

There are several popular types of rings used for body piercing jewelry. All of them share certain similarities, but there are also notable differences you should know about.

Ring Jewelry

Typically, rings are circle jewelry pieces that can be used for many different piercing types. Rings are often used for earrings, but you may use them for almost any piercing, from nose and lip piercings to nipple and genital piercings.

Rings are usually round in shape, though other variations are also possible. They are closed on one end so they make a full circle. Rings are simple yet elegant, and they can be decorated in many different ways. Depending on the placement of the decoration, rings can be used for both vertical and horizontal piercings. Rings are practical jewelry pieces you can use for many different piercing types.

The most popular rings types are:

  • Captive Bead Rings
  • Screwball Rings
  • Fixed Rings
  • Seamless and Segment Rings
  • D-Rings

All of these ring types are similar in many ways, but they also have some differences. It’s important to know what these differences are so you can be sure which type of ring is the best choice for you.

Captive Bead Rings

Captive Bead Rings (CBR) are the most popular ring types. They are also known as captive hoops or captive ball rings. These rings are typically circular in shape and have a small opening. This opening is closed by a bead. The bead is typically larger than the opening so the ring can be closed securely.

To open such a ring, you need to pop the bead out. To do it easily, it’s best to use special Ring Opening Pliers. To close the ring and ensure that it keeps its shape, use Ring Closing Pliers.

Captive Bead Rings are very versatile and are widely used for many different piercings. Their beads can be decorated in many different ways. Many of them include gems and charms. Some Captive Bead Rings come with dangles.

Captive Bead Rings are elegant and versatile, but they have one disadvantage: you can lose the bead if you are not careful. In extreme cases, especially if you don’t use proper pliers to open and close the ring, the bead may even fall out on its own. This is why it’s always good to have some Replacement Beads ready if you wish to use Captive Bead Rings.

Screwball Rings

Screwball Rings look a lot like Captive Bead Rings and they are typically used in the same way. The main difference is that their beads are threaded and can be screwed onto the ring. It means that it’s more difficult to lose the bead.

Fixed Rings

Fixed Rings resemble Captive Bead Rings in design, but their bead is permanently attached to the ring. It makes it even less likely to lose the bead. Another advantage to fixed rings is that the bead, gem or a charm will always be pointed at the same direction. It won’t spin around so it will always point at the right direction.

Seamless and Segment Rings

Seamless and Segment Rings do not have a bead. Instead, they are made in a perfect circular shape. They are made to be seamless, so it’s often difficult to note the point where they open. It makes for a more elegant design.

Segment rings are made of several segments that are made to fit perfectly into each other and together make an elegant circular shape. To open and close the ring, you need to take the segment out and put it back in place when you’re done.

These rings tend to look more elegant because of their seamless design. Since they don’t have a bead, they are also more comfortable to wear, which is ideal for certain types of piercings where beads can prove to be a nuisance.

To open and close these rings, you need to twist two ends in the opposite direction. Another way to open them is to bend the ends in the opposite direction. While segments are made to fit nicely into each other, there is always a danger that you may lose one of the segments, so you need to be careful when handling your rings.

D-Rings

D-Rings are unique due to their shape. Instead of being round, these rings have more of a D shape. It makes them sit closer to the skin, which proves to be more comfortable. It makes D-rings ideal for certain types of piercings, such as eyebrow piercings or nipple piercings, as well as certain genital piercings.

Gauges vs Jewelry

Large Gauge JewelryIt’s not uncommon to hear people talk about “ear gauges” or requesting “ear gauge jewelry”. The word “gauge” is often used instead of a correct term for certain jewelry pieces, typically those made for stretched piercings, such as plugs or flesh tunnels. While everybody will understand what you mean when you say “gauge”, it’s important to know what this term truly means and what are common terms used for jewelry pieces made for stretched piercings.

Are Gauges Large Jewelry?

No, “gauges” are not large jewelry. They are not even stretched piercings. Using this word to talk about jewelry or stretched piercings is not correct. This isn’t what the word “gauge” is about. The word itself is not related to stretched piercings or large jewelry pieces alone. In fact, any piercing and any jewelry has their gauge.

A “gauge” is a measurement. It is the size of the piercing hole and also the size of the jewelry. You are pierced with a needle of a particular gauge, and such a needle produces a hole of the same gauge. In order for your jewelry to fit, you need to wear jewelry of the same gauge as your piercing. This is why it’s important to know the gauge you are pierced with, because this is the only way to order jewelry that will fit you perfectly.

There are many different gauges available, because there are different needles. Thin needles produce small holes and in this case you need to wear small gauge (as in: thin) jewelry. Even these small holes and thin jewelry pieces have their own gauge. “Gauge” is not reserved for big piercings alone.

It’s also important to know that “large” and “small” is somewhat counter-intuitive when it comes to gauges. The smallest, thinnest gauges are labeled with the largest number. Bigger, thicker and larger gauges are labeled with a smaller number. For example, gauge 18 and gauge 16 are considered small gauges. Large gauges are labeled as gauge 4, gauge 2 or gauge 0. There are even some very large gauges labeled as gauge 00 or even 000. The smaller the number, the larger the jewelry and gauge in question is.

There are special Gauge Wheels that can help you choose your jewelry or check which gauge your jewelry is. Typically, Gauge Wheels are made for larger gauges only (usually gauge 8 and up), but it’s always important to know the gauge of your piercing because it’s the only way to choose appropriate jewelry.

Stretched Piercings and Their Gauges

What about stretched piercings, then? These piercings have their gauge, just like any other piercing. Typically, piercings are done at a smaller gauge and you stretch them to a larger one once the piercing is fully healed.

Many people decide to stretch their piercings to a larger gauge. If you perform stretching carefully, you can successfully change the gauge of your piercing. After a few weeks, you can try again and stretch to an even larger gauge. Over time, it’s possible to stretch your piercings to very large gauges.

When you stretch your piercings to a larger gauge, it’s important to use jewelry made in that gauge, too. It’s always vital to wear appropriately sized jewelry. Whenever you stretch your piercing hole to a larger gauge, you will also need to wear jewelry of the larger gauge.

There are many jewelry types made in the larger gauges, so chances are that you will find some nice jewelry for your piercing. There are many elegant Captive Bead Rings, Segment and Seamless Rings and Screwball Rings made in all gauges, including the large ones.

Also, there are certain jewelry pieces made for large gauges only. Ear plugs, flesh tunnels, earlets, spirals and other similar jewelry types are made in large gauges only. These jewelry types are specially designed for stretched piercings. When people say “gauges” and think of jewelry, these are the jewelry types they have in mind.

However, referring to jewelry as “gauge” is not correct. Remember: “gauge” is a measurement. Plugs, tunnels and earlets are jewelry. Those are two different concepts altogether and you should not confuse them.

Stretched Piercing Types

Snake Wood Plug

Snake Wood Plug

Stretched piercings look very unique and effective. Stretching can transform any plain-looking piercing into something different. This is particularly true for earlobe piercings. Regular earlobe piercing is so plain many people don’t even consider it to be “real” piercing. Stretched earlobes, on the other hand, are very effective and daring.

If you choose to stretch one or more of your piercings, it’s important to learn as much as you can about the stretching procedure. This is not something you should do out of nowhere and unprepared. Keep in mind that learning about stretching is more than simply learning how to do it. There are also some other things to keep in mind, such as how to choose the right piercing to stretch or how to pick the right jewelry for your newly stretched piercing.

When it comes to choosing the right piercing to stretch, you need to know that most of the piercings have the ability to be stretched (at least to a certain degree). However, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll want to have them stretched. You need to think about the desired effect and what you want to achieve before you choose which piercing to stretch.

You should also think about jewelry. Stretched piercings are very effective and rewarding, so it’s important to choose the right type of jewelry to go with them.

Common Stretched Piercings

There are a few popular piercings that are commonly stretched. While many piercings can be stretched to a larger gauge, stretching is commonly performed just on some of them. The most popular stretched piercing forms include:

  • Stretched Earlobes. This is by far the most popular stretched piercing type. It transforms the plain-looking earlobe piercing into something special. Many people choose to stretch their earlobes to a really large gauge. Since earlobes are by far the most popular type of stretched piercings, it’s not surprising that most of the large gauge jewelry and stretched piercing jewelry is specially designed for stretched earlobes.
  • Genital piercings. Many types of genital piercings, especially penis piercings, are easily stretchable. It means there are many people who choose to have a genital piercing stretched to a larger gauge. While this stretching can be done for the aesthetics, it is also done for pleasure. Many people find heavy, large jewelry sexually stimulating. Not to mention that big jewelry can actively help during sex by stimulating both the wearer and their partner during sex.
  • Nipple piercing. Nipple piercings are another popular piercing type, and some people wish to stretch them. Just like in the case of genital piercings, stretched nipples may be sexually stimulating and allow you to wear very attractive jewelry types.
  • Septum piercing. Another relatively common piercing type to stretch is septum piercing. Many people enjoy sturdy, heavy jewelry in their septum piercing. While this style is not as popular as some other stretched piercing forms, there are people who enjoy it.
  • Other. Other piercing types are stretched more rarely. It doesn’t mean that it’s not possible to stretch other piercings, such as your lip piercing or navel piercing. It just means that stretching is not so common for these piercing types. In the case of some piercings, however, especially surface piercings, stretching is difficult and doesn’t always bring desired results.

Additional Info

  • When choosing a piercing to stretch, consider your motives and a desired effect you wish to achieve. Why are you doing this? Are you going after a unique visual look? Or do you perform stretching to make your piercing more functional (for example, more sexually stimulating)?
  • It is important to always wear jewelry made in the right gauge, so your piercing will remain stretched and the jewelry will fit perfectly. This is why it’s important to always carefully choose jewelry for your stretched piercing.
  • Keep in mind that stretching is reversible – up to a point. If you stretch your piercing to a very large gauge, you won’t be able to retire this piercing entirely. While the hole will probably get smaller, it won’t close altogether. This is particularly true for stretched earlobes.
  • If you don’t stretch to a much larger gauge, keep in mind that the holes will start to shrink if you don’t wear appropriately-sized jewelry in them. If you wish to keep your stretched piercing, don’t take the jewelry out and don’t wear jewelry of a smaller gauge than needed.

Large Gauge Jewelry Types

Large Gauge Jewelry TypesOne of the best things about stretched piercings are all those gorgeous jewelry pieces you can wear.

Large gauge jewelry fits your stretched earlobes or another piercing type perfectly.

There are many different jewelry styles you can use.

So it is important to know how to find the best jewelry pieces for your stretched piercings.

Stretched Piercings and Large Gauge Jewelry

There are many different jewelry types suitable for stretched piercings. Large gauge piercings require jewelry of the same gauge, so it’s important to always wear jewelry that fits perfectly.

Your choice of jewelry will depend on many factors. First of all, there is your personal style. You should always choose jewelry pieces you truly like and that fit your preferences. On the other hand, your personal style is not the only thing that matters. It’s also important that your jewelry is suitable for your piercing. It means that it should fit your piercing size, which means it has to be of the appropriate gauge. Whenever you stretch your piercing to a larger gauge, you should also change your jewelry. You should always know what your gauge is so you can choose the appropriately-sized jewelry.

Many popular jewelry types are made in all gauges, such as Captive Bead Rings or various types of barbells, such as straight barbells, curved barbells or circular barbells. These jewelry types are usually simple yet very elegant, so they can go with any outfit.

These jewelry types are ideal for stretched nipple and genital piercings because they are smooth and comfortable. Also, their large size makes them heavy, which will enhance the sensations for the wearer. This is particularly important for genital piercings, because they can help you and your partner achieve great sexual pleasure.

There are also some jewelry types specially designed for stretched piercings. Typically, these are worn in stretched earlobes, though you may use them on other body parts. These jewelry types are often made of special organic materials. These jewelry types are only made in large gauges and they are intended to accommodate stretched piercings.

Common large jewelry types are:

  • Plugs
  • Flesh tunnels and Earlets
  • Claws
  • Spirals
  • Crescents (also used to stretch your piercings)
  • Tapers (used to stretch your piercings)

Plugs

Plugs (also known as ear plugs) are probably the most popular type of jewelry for stretched piercings. They are often incorrectly referred to as “gauges”. They are solid jewelry types, usually cylindrical in shape. They are meant to be inserted in a stretched piercings. Some plugs have the same thickness throughout the length of the plug, which means they are perfectly cylindrical in shape. Such plugs require O-rings to hold them in place.

Other plugs are flared on the ends, which means they cannot fallout from the piercing and O-rings are not required to keep them in place. Plugs come in many different styles and are made of many different materials. Some are simple yet elegant while others are richly ornamented. Some plugs even have gems on front, so they are very effective. Plugs made from organic materials are particularly interesting and stylish.

Flesh Tunnels and Earlets

Flesh Tunnels and Earlets are another popular forms of large gauge jewelry. These jewelry types resemble ear plugs, but unlike the plugs, they are hollow in the middle.

Earlets and flesh tunnels adorn the piercing on the edges but leave an open middle, which produces a very effective look. There are many different styles of flesh tunnels and earlets. Many of them are made of organic materials.

Claws

Claws are specially designed pieces made for unique look. They are shaped like claws or talons so they are curved and typically have a pointed end. The other side of a claw is wider and it’s inserted into a piercing. Claws are made of many different materials. Acrylic claws are particularly effective.

Spirals

Spirals are very stylish jewelry pieces typically made for stretches piercings, though they are sometimes made in smaller gauges. A spiral is usually worn as an earring in a stretched earlobe, though this jewelry types can also be worn in other piercings. The thickness of the spiral is actually the gauge you need to order.

Crescents

Crescents are multi-functional jewelry pieces. On one hand, they make great jewelry for stretched piercings, particularly stretched earlobes. You may wear them just like any other large gauge jewelry type.

On the other hand, some crescents are made to serve as tapers (see below). They have a different gauge on the ends and in the middle, which means that you can use them to stretch your piercing. Depending on your current gauge, you will insert the crescent up to a point and then slowly move it to a thicker part and stretch your piercing gradually. This stretching method is ideal for those who wish to go slowly and avoid pain and discomfort.

Tapers

Tapers are specialized tools used to stretch piercings to a larger gauge. As a rule, they should not be worn as jewelry. Some people choose to wear them as regular jewelry pieces, but this is not a good practice. Tapers are tools and not jewelry. We only included them on this list because there’s still a confusion over this.

In short: tapers are tools for stretching your piercing and they should not be worn for a prolonged period of time. They are not jewelry! Once you have stretched your piercing to a larger gauge using a taper you should remove the taper and insert a proper jewelry piece, such as a plug, flesh tunnel, spiral, claw or another large gauge jewelry piece.