Jestrum Piercing

Jestrum PiercingA Jestrum piercing is best known as a vertical Medusa piercing. This is a somewhat rare lip piercing type.

However, it’s very unique and effective, so if you’re looking for something more special than a simple Medusa, a Jestrum piercing may be the right thing for you.

About Jestrum

A Jestrum piercing is a variation of a popular Medusa piercing. Medusa is done horizontally on the philtrum, the dimple above the upper lip and under the nose. A Jestrum piercing has a very similar placement, but it’s done vertically rather than horizontally. This is why it’s also known as “vertical Medusa”.

A Jestrum piercing can also be seen as a vertical labret piercing, as the opposite of the more common form, a horizontal labret. With a horizontal labret piercing (including Medusa), the hole is made from the top of the skin to the inside, so one end of the jewelry sits outside of the lip while the other end is inside of the mouth.

With vertical labret piercings, such as Jestrum, the piercing is done vertically along the lip. It means that both holes are on the outside of the lip and both balls of the jewelry sit outside of the mouth. It gives a very unique look and makes these lip piercings different than typical lip piercings that are done horizontally.

Jestrum is a vertical lip piercing done on the philtrum of the upper lip. It’s made in the dimple above the middle of the upper lip, just under the septum of the nose. It is the same placement as a Medusa piercing.

However, unlike Medusa, Jestrum is done vertically so both ends of the piercing are visible externally. The upper part of the piercing sits on the philtrum while the lower part sits on the underside of the upper lip.

Jewelry

A great thing about Jestrum piercing is that it gives you more jewelry options than a Medusa piercing. While Medusa typically uses a simple labret stud, Jestrum piercing uses curved barbells and other similar jewelry types.

Remember, with a Jestrum piercing both ends of the jewelry are visible, which creates unique look and makes the jewelry truly stand out. You may opt for simple yet elegant curved barbell or you may go with something more ornamented. The choice is yours. However, keep in mind that jewelry has to be comfortable enough because it will sit between your lips.

Some people even choose to wear other jewelry pieces in their Jestrum piercing, such as a circular barbell or even a ring, but these are rarer options.

Just like with a Medusa piercing, the initial jewelry will have to be longer to accommodate for swelling. After a few weeks, when the swelling is gone, you should change your jewelry to a shorter barbell. Typically, this should be done by your piercer.

Additional Information

  • Jestrum piercing is sometimes combined with a lower labret piercing to make a symmetrical look.
  • Correct placement is crucial for a Jestrum piercing. Incorrect placement can lead to numerous problems, such as tooth erosion and gum problems.
  • Just like a Medusa piercing, Jestrum piercing may be uncomfortable to perform, since this part of the lip is very sensitive. It’s also vital to perform adequate aftercare and to clean your Jestrum piercing regularly in order to avoid infections and other problems.

Why Piercing Guns Should Never be Used

Earlobe Piercing with a GunPiercing guns are dangerous and they should never be used. There are several important reasons why you should never allow to be pierced with a gun. The dangers are numerous, and they usually include two important risk factors: inadequate procedure and unprofessional piercers.

The Dangers

Here are some of the main reasons why piercing guns should not be used:

  • Piercing guns cannot be sterilized properly. You are risking infections with this type of piercing tool. Piercing guns have many plastic parts and these can’t be sterilized properly using an autoclave. While piercing guns are cleaned using an antiseptic or an alcohol, it’s important to know that it’s simply not enough. You can’t sterilize a piercing tool properly this way. It is just a recipe for a disaster. Not to mention that piercing guns can spread viruses, such as Hepatitis or HIV. They cannot be trusted. You shouldn’t put yourself to risk.
  • Piercing guns don’t pierce properly. The way their mechanism works, they fire jewelry at great speed through the skin. It often crushes sensitive tissue and may lead to further complications. This is a very invasive procedure, compared to proper piercing done with a specially designed needle. Unlike guns, needles are made to cause the least amount of damage to tissue.
  • Crooked piercings. Since it’s impossible to tell how the gun will pierce the skin, it’s almost impossible to predict the angle or shape of the piercing hole. It means many guns produce crooked piercings. Such piercings are difficult to heal and are more prone to migration, rejection and other problems. This is particularly dangerous for cartilage piercings. In case they are crooked they may never heal properly and they can cause a lot of pain or long-term damage to the cartilage.
  • Unprofessional piercers. Another big problem with piercing guns is that they are never used by professional, knowledgeable piercers. Piercers who use guns show that they don’t know what they’re doing. A professional, reliable piercer will never use a gun, even if you ask. Guns are used by people working at mall kiosks and department stores and they don’t really know what they’re doing. Keep in mind that professional piercers take years of training. That’s right, years. Compare that to a few weeks of training a mall worker gets. Not to mention that piercing guns can be bought legally by basically anyone. You don’t need to have any form of training or to know what you’re doing in order to purchase a piercing gun.
  • Unsanitary places. Piercing guns are typically used outside of professional piercing studios. You see them in department stores, malls, and small kiosks. None of these places are professional studios. Most of them sell other things and offer other services. They are usually situated in places that can’t be properly sterilized and that don’t adhere to all the health safety norms professional studios need to follow. You don’t want to be pierced in a place like that.
  • Inadequate jewelry. Jewelry used with piercing guns is usually too short to be used for new piercings. It can’t account for swelling and it may lead to complications. Not to mention that jewelry you can get at these places is often made of materials that may cause allergic reactions and other problems. Another problem are butterfly ends on jewelry studs. These ends press snugly against the skin, so your new piercing can’t breathe. Another problem is that the butterfly end itself has numerous little crevices that can easily trap dirt and bacteria. It’s not uncommon to have you hair tangled inside of these things. It increases the risk of infections and other problems.

Why People Get Pierced with a Gun?

Since piercing guns are so dangerous, how come many people allow to be pierced with them? There are a few possible reasons. None of them is an excuse to be pierced with a gun, but it may offer an explanation on why it’s happening.

Here are the common reasons why people still allow to get pierced with a gun:

  • They are uninformed. Many people don’t know about dangers and problems piercing guns can bring. They simply don’t understand the difference between a needle and a gun, a professional piercer and a worker at a mall. Since places with piercing guns are often more common to see than professional piercing studios, for many people, this is the only type of piercing procedure they know of.
  • Piercing guns look less scary. Many people are scared of needles and piercing guns look less intimidating. They also seem like they will be quicker and cause less pain. All these things make piercing guns seem safer and less intimidating. None of this is true, but many people don’t understand that piercing needles are actually less traumatic than needles.
  • Cheap price. Piercings offered with a gun and a stud tend to be cheaper than those offered at professional studios. Under these conditions, many people think it would be nice to save some buck on a piercing and get a bargain deal. This is a dangerous thinking. Same goes for cheap jewelry they offer. Getting pierced by a professional is worth the money. You should not risk your health just to save a few bucks. Also, you should always stick to high-quality jewelry.
  • Kid friendly? Last but not least, many parents see guns as more “kid-friendly” way to get your earlobe piercing. While piercing minors and especially young children, is a somewhat controversial topics, parents who wish for their children to get earlobe piercing will often ask for a piercing gun. While it’s true that piercing guns are less complex, it doesn’t mean they should be used on children. If you wish your child to get pierced ears, you should ask for professional piercing, if it’s legal in the place where you live. If a child is not old enough to go through procedure, it’s best for procedure not to be done at all than to use a piercing gun. Plus, the whole issue of piercing minors is a complex one and there are many piercers who refuse to perform piercings on children, even if it’s “just” earlobe piercing.

Dermal Piercings

Dermal PiercingDermal piercings are those piercings performed on the flat surfaces of the body. They differ from surface piercings because they have only one hole seen on the skin. While a typical piercing has an entry hole and an exit hole, dermal piercings have just one hole that can be seen on the surface of the skin. This produces a very unique visual effect and allows for many creative placements for the jewelry.

About Dermal Piercings

Dermal piercings are gaining more and more popularity. These specialized piercing types are like no others. They have only one hole on the surface of the skin, and only one hole for the jewelry. The other end of the jewelry is neatly placed within the dermal layer of the skin. This is how this type of piercing got its name.

What makes dermal piercings particularly attractive is the visual image they create. A person wearing dermal jewelry has beads forming on top of the skin. The beads can be positioned in many different ways, so there’s enough room for experimentation with this piercing type.

Dermal Piercing Benefits

This unusual piercing type brings numerous benefits, especially compared to surface piercings. Dermal piercings can be positioned on almost any flat surface of the skin, even the ones that are hard to pierce.

Another advantage to dermal piercings is that they are longer lasting than surface piercings. Unlike surface piercings, which are only made through the surface of the skin, dermal piercings use jewelry that is anchored under the skin. It makes these piercings less prone to migration and rejection.

Finally, dermal piercings are great because they allow you to be creative. Typically, a person won’t get only one dermal piercing. Dermal piercings are done in pairs or groups. Depending on the placement, you can create numerous interesting patterns so it’s a great choice for those who wish to be creative.

Most Common Placements

Dermal piercings can be placed on almost any surface of the skin to achieve many different piercing options. However, the most popular placements include:

  • Around eyes (all areas)
  • On the ear
  • On the face (all areas)
  • On the fingers
  • On the neck
  • On the wrist
  • On the lower back

The Procedure

The procedure is not particularly complicated but you need to visit an experienced piercer. There are two common methods for performing dermal piercings: with a needle and with a dermal punch.

The needle method resembles any other piercing procedure. The main difference is that during the procedure, the piercer creates an L-shaped pouch on the skin instead of a simple hole. The pouch is made to hold the base and anchor of the piercing. The jewelry base is inserted carefully, typically using forceps. At the end, the jewelry top (a bead or another decoration) is fixed to the base.

The punch method is similar to the needle one, but the main difference is in the way the pouch is made. Here, the tissue is removed to make the pouch for the jewelry base. While this process is said to be less painful, it is also more prone to problems so it’s banned in many places.

Aftercare

Dermal Piercings require their own aftercare, though you will find it’s not so different than with the regular piercing. Keep in mind that a clean dressing is placed over the pierced area for the first several hours, and some people may even use bandages. It all helps with the healing process.

To take care of your dermal piercing, clean it with salt solution or a specialized cleaning product. The easiest way to go is to take a clean paper towel to pat the area around piercing. Use another towel to dry the area after cleaning.

Keep in mind that most dermal piercings take about 3 months to heal, so it’s important to keep this aftercare routine in order to prevent infections and other problems.

Jewelry

Typical jewelry type for dermal piercings is dermal anchor. Dermal anchors are specially designed for this piercing type and they are made in such a way to minimize the risk of migration and rejection.

Dermal anchors are placed under the skin. They typically have holes so the tissue can grow through them. It anchors the jewelry under the skin so it’s less likely to migrate or cause other problems. Of course, in order for this to work safely, a dermal anchor has to be made of a medical-grade material.

The base of the dermal anchor goes under the skin, while the top stays out of the skin. This is where the decoration (such as a bead, or a gem) is attached. This way, only the decoration is seen on the surface of the skin.

Dermal anchors typically use simple yet effective beads. Some beads have a gem on top while others are decorated in bright colors and interesting patterns. While the anchor stays under the skin, you can change the bead to give your dermal piercing a new look.

Dolphin Piercing

Dolphin PiercingDolphin piercing is a somewhat new procedure that is gaining more popularity in recent years. Many men who like their Prince Albert piercing also prefer a deeper placement, so the new form of a piercing was invented to accommodate these users and to produce different visual and sexual effects.

Piercing and Procedure

In many ways, Dolphin piercings resembles Prince Albert piercings. The main difference is the placement. Both types of piercing may use urethral opening at the tip of the penis as the first hole for the piercing, though typical Dolphin piercing uses the regular PA exit hole on the underside of the penis as its first hole. This way, a Dolphin piercing starts where PA piercing ends, just below the glans on the underside of the penis.

A typical Dolphin piercing exits further down the shaft, in a new hole. The exact position will depend on many factors, mainly the man’s individual anatomy and preferences.

Dolphin piercing was named by Jon Cobb and the name comes from the jewelry position just under the skin. It makes it seem that the metal bar dives just under the surface of the skin, like a dolphin.

In order to get a Dolphin piercing, it’s recommended to have a regular PA first, so it can easily be connected and expanded into a Dolphin. If you decide to go this route, your original Prince Albert has to be fully healed before you can go with the procedure of making it into a Dolphin.

Dolphin piercing is considered a functional piercing because it provides deep urethral stimulation during intercourse. This is why it’s ideal for men who like urethral play and deep urethral stimulation.

Jewelry

Most of the jewelry pieces used for other piercing types can accommodate a Dolphin piercing, provided they are long enough. Also, Dolphin jewelry is also more massive and done at a larger gauge, but it depends on the man’s preferences.

A typical jewelry piece used for Dolphin piercings is a barbell. Curved barbells seem to work the best. The jewelry goes from the first hole all the way down to the hole on the shaft. It places the metal bar firmly inside of urethra.

Additional Information

  • The healing time for this piercing is between 4 and 8 weeks, and will depend on your body, lifestyle and adequate aftercare.
  • Dolphin piercing is sometimes considered a form of a deep PA piercing, because of its placement.
  • Due to the angle of the jewelry and the urethra, a metal barbell may be uncomfortable for some men to wear until the piercing is fully healed. These men may choose to wear initial jewelry made of softer material and move to metal jewelry once the piercing is fully healed.
  • Another similar form of piercing is a very deep PA done with a huge ring and with an exit hole further down the shaft than simply behind the glans. Many men who choose this placement do this so they can stretch their PA easily.
  • Dolphin piercing is different than Dolphin Bites piercing, which is a form of lip piercing.

Things to Consider when Choosing Nostril Jewelry

Nostril PiercingNostril piercing is among the most popular piercing types. It looks very stylish and it’s rarely distracting so you can wear your nose jewelry in many different situations. Luckily, there are many different nostril jewelry pieces you can choose.

However, it’s important to know how to choose your nose jewelry. Not all pieces will fit your piercing, your needs or your general style. There are several things you need to take into account when choosing nostril jewelry pieces for yourself.

The Right Gauge

The first thing you need to keep in mind when choosing nose jewelry is the gauge of the jewelry piece. This may go without saying, but it’s worth to be reminded of it: the gauge of your jewelry should be the same as your piercing. Meaning, you should choose the jewelry of the same gauge as the one you are pierced with. This is why it’s always important to know your gauge.

In some cases, you may choose jewelry that is one gauge smaller than your piercing, but keep in mind that it may make your piercing shrink. A jewelry that is one gauge larger may also be acceptable, but you need to go slowly. Inserting jewelry of a larger gauge will make your piercing stretch, even a little, so you need to go slowly in order to avoid injuries.

When ordering nose jewelry, keep in mind that the size you order is the gauge of the post.

Length

Another thing to consider when choosing the best nostril jewelry is the length of the post. It is important that your nose jewelry sits nicely and that it’s never too large or too small. The proper length of the post will prevent the jewelry of flipping around or even falling out.

The best length is the one that makes the jewelry sit nicely against the skin. The jewelry has to be comfortable and also to allow for a bit of expansion during breathing. It should never be too tight to cut into the flesh or to cause other problems. On the other hand, it should not be too loose or else it might hit your septum.

The right post length sometimes requires a bit of trial and error. It’s important to be patient and you will be able to find the best length that suits you. We sell our nostril jewelry in several standard sizes, so chances are that you will find the best nostril jewelry piece for your needs.

Material

There are many materials suitable for nostril piercings. Typically, any body-friendly material you may use for other piercing types will also work for your nostril jewelry. Some of the most popular materials include Surgical Steel (it’s best to use medical-grade 316LVM Surgical Steel), Titanium and Gold.

If you choose gold nostril jewelry pieces make sure that the gold used to make the piece is nickel-free. Nickel allergy is a common problem and you sure want to avoid it.

Jewelry Style

There are several common nostril jewelry types to choose from. You choice will depend on your individual preferences and needs. While all of these jewelry styles look similar on the outside and therefore produce similar aesthetic effect, there are some differences in design you should know about.

The most common nostril jewelry types include:

  • Nose Bones. They are made of a straight bar with a ball on one end a decoration on the other.
  • Nose Screws. They have a curved body and are made in left and right variations. The curved keeps the jewelry in place. Decoration is placed on the other end of the piece.
  • L-Shapes. They have an L-shaped curve that keeps the jewelry in place.
  • Nose Studs. Similar to nose bones, but without the ball on the other end to keep jewelry in place.
  • Fishtails. They have a long bar with decoration one end. You can bend the bar in any way you find comfortable, so they are good for customization.

Gem Size

Many nostril jewelry pieces come with gems. These gems can be Zircons or Genuine Precious Stones, depending on the style. Some even have Genuine Diamonds, so they are truly classy and stylish.

When choosing the best piece for your needs, it’s important to take your preferences into account. While nostril jewelry styles are typically small and discreet, the gem size can make a whole difference. You may choose a small and discreet gem if you prefer your nose jewelry to be elegant and not distracting. On the other hand, you may make your nose jewelry more noticeable by choosing a larger gem for your piece.

When choosing the gem size, keep in mind the occasions in which you may wear your nostril piece. For example, chances are that you will have to opt for smaller gems and more discreet jewelry pieces for work or other conservative places. In these situations, it’s best to choose really small gems, in case you wish to add a bit sparkle to your piece.

In other situations, such as birthdays, parties or special occasions, you may wish to wear a piece with a lager gem. Such a large gem will add a lot of sparkle to your face and make your nose piercing noticeable.

Anodized Jewelry Produces Vibrant Colors

Internally Threaded Titanium Curved Barbell

Internally Threaded Titanium Curved Barbell

Anodization is a special chemical process used on metals. The goal is to protect metals from corrosion and to make them more resistant, so it’s used in many industries. Anodized metals are more resistant since they can’t corrode, so they are more durable and suitable for use in many different industries.

Another interesting effect of anodization is color change. This chemical process changes the color properties of a metal, which can be very interesting for some specialized uses of metals. It is particularly important for the jewelry industry, because anodized metals produce colorful jewelry pieces without addition of harmful colors or special coatings.

How it Works

Anodization is an electrolytic passivation process. Metals have a natural oxide level on their surface, and anodization is used to increase thickness of this oxide level. This building up of an oxide level during anodization can be done at different thickness on the surface of the metal. The color of the metal is determined precisely by the thickness of this new oxide level.

The name of the process comes from the procedure itself. During the chemical reaction, the metal acts as the anode electrode in an electrical circuit. This, in turn, produces an oxide layer on the material that is thicker than the layer naturally found on the surface of the metal.

Anodization as a procedure changes the metal’s texture, though only at a microscopic level. It also alters metals’ crystal structure on the surface. This improves certain characteristics of a metal and makes it more resistant.

Anodized Jewelry and Vibrant Colors

Many metals can be anodized, but the most common jewelry materials that are regularly anodized are titanium and niobium. Anodization can be used to change the color of these metals, making jewelry more vibrant and attractive.

Other materials that can be anodized include zinc, magnesium, tantalum and aluminum alloys. Some metals, however, don’t react as well to anodization, such as iron or carbon steel, because they exfoliate when they are oxidized and the new layer simply flakes off.

Anodization produces a number of very beautiful colors on titanium and niobium, without use of any coatings and harmful colors. It produces gorgeous jewelry materials and a wide range of unusual bright colors. It is not surprising that titanium and niobium jewelry is considered so beautiful and often praised for all the beautiful colors.

The colors are produced without any use of dyes and they solely depend on the thickness of the oxide on the surface of the metal. The thickness and, hence, different colors, are controlled by the voltage used in the process.

Some of the common colors produced through anodization include green, purple, yellow, copper, gold, fuchsia, and many others. A skilled craftsman can even produce a rainbow, “oil slick” effect on metal. However, some colors can’t be produced on anodized titanium and niobium, such as red and black.

How to Choose a Body Piercer

Performing a PiercingThere are many bad piercers out these so you need to be extremely cautious when choosing a person to get you pierced. The choice of a studio and a person who is going to perform the procedure is vital in ensuring your safety and complete satisfaction. You should never get pierced unless you are sure that the person knows what they’re doing.

For these reasons, it’s important to take your time and research available piercers before you make your decision. There are some warning signs you should never ignore when choosing a piercer.

Here are some things to pay attention to when choosing a body piercer:

  • Is the studio reliable? Good piercers usually come with reliable studios, so you should always look for a good place to get pierced. While a piercing studio and a piercer as a person are not the same thing, keep in mind that no reliable piercer would want to work in a trashy, unsanitary studio. This is why it’s important to inspect the studio itself before you make your decision. Is the place clean? Does it adhere to all safety and hygiene standards? Does it have an autoclave? These are just some of the things you should consider before making your decision.
  • License. It goes without saying that you should only get pierced by a licensed professional. Always ask to see a business license in a studio and current health board certification.
  • Is the person qualified? It is vital that your piercer is qualified and can perform the procedure properly. One potential problem here is that there are no clear regulations on which qualifications a body piercer should have. Someone might only have one short course or a couple of weeks of training. These piercers are not reliable and you should not choose them. Keep in mind that successful training lasts for years.
  • Is the person knowledgeable? Another thing you should pay attention to is how much your piercer knows about various aspects of the procedure, health and aftercare. You need someone who has enough knowledge in all the aspects of the piercing process, starting from health and safety standards. A good piercer has to know a lot about cross-contamination, infection control and proper sterilization in order to ensure safety during procedure. They should also have some knowledge of anatomy and how to avoid important nerves and other body structures. A piercer should know how to choose proper jewelry based on materials, shape, size, and more. Also, a good piercer should know all about proper aftercare and to explain all steps to the clients to ensure they follow these aftercare instructions.
  • Is the person experienced? You should only get pierced by a person who has rich experience in performing piercings. Theoretical knowledge is not enough. Also, being experienced with certain piercing types is not enough: your piercer has to be experienced in the type of procedure you wish to get. While most professional piercers know how to perform popular piercings (earlobe, nose, eyebrow or navel piercing), if you wish to get something less popular or more complex, it is vital to make sure that your piercer is experienced with the given piercing type. This is particularly important for genital piercings and other highly sensitive piercing types.
  • The portfolio. Before you decide on a piercing artist, ask to see their portfolio. While portfolios are more common for tattoo artists, reliable piercers will have them, too. Piercers take photos of the piercings they perform so you can judge their work. Typically, photos are taken at various stages of the healing process. While many of the photos in the portfolio show newly made piercings, a good piercer will also have examples of healed piercings. This way, you should be able to see how this person’s piercing job looks when it’s healed.
  • Do they use a piercing gun? If a piercer uses a gun, it’s a clear sign they don’t know what they’re doing. While most professional places will not employ anyone who uses a piercing gun as a tool, it’s important to check. In case they use a gun, or even if they mention gun as a possibility to choose from, it’s a clear sign that the person is not a professional. You don’t want to be pierced by someone who uses gun.
  • Can you be comfortable around this person? Perhaps you don’t like a particular piercer without being able to tell why. This is ok. In case you’re getting bad vibes from someone, or if you just don’t feel comfortable around them, it is ok to request someone else. Someone can be a good professional but if you can’t be comfortable around them, you should not be pierced by them. This is particularly important for some more intimate piercings, such as nipple or genital piercings. You need to be relaxed around the person doing the piercing, so this is an important factor to consider.

Piercing and Pregnancy

Piercing and pregnancyMany women wonder if piercings are safe to be performed or maintained during pregnancy. It’s important to know that each person is individual, so the answer to this question will depend on the woman’s body and also the way her pregnancy progresses. Some of the individual factors also include a woman’s personality. For example, some women state that they would not like a piercing procedure to be performed while they are pregnant.
As usual, it’s important to listen to your body and to consider your wishes before you make a decision. However, it’s also vital to know all about health recommendations and potential risks associated with piercings and pregnancy. This is the only way to make an informed decision.

Getting a Piercing

Keep in mind that during pregnancy, your body is accommodating your developing child, so any invasive procedure may cause a shock for the immune system. This shock is usually not dangerous, but it may cause additional problems during pregnancy.

Many professional piercers will not pierce anyone they know is pregnant. You should respect their decision. Keep in mind that reliable piercers have your best interest in mind and that will not want to endanger you or your unborn child.

If you truly wish to get pierced while pregnant, you should consult your doctor. Tell them you wish to get pierced and ask for their advice. Don’t forget to tell your doctor what kind of a piercing you wish to get. A genital piercing is much different than piercing your earlobes. Ask your doctor if the procedure you want to get is safe for you. In case your doctor concludes that it’s safe for you to get pierced, you need to get an official permission to show to your piercer. Professional piercers will not agree to pierce you without this permission.

Existing Piercings

What about existing piercings you already have? Will you be able to keep them during pregnancy? Again, a lot will depend on your individual body and the way your pregnancy progresses. Many women are able to keep their existing piercings, but you should always consult your doctor to make sure it’s ok to keep your piercings.

It’s also important to listen to your body. In case a piercing becomes uncomfortable for whatever reason, it may be the best thing to remove jewelry.

This is particularly important for certain piercing types that may be affected by pregnancy. First and foremost, that’s belly button piercing, but nipple piercings will also be affected due to changes in woman’s breasts during pregnancy.

Many people wonder if they will be able to keep their navel piercing during pregnancy. As your belly grows, it will affect your belly button and the placement of the piercing. You may find that your jewelry catches or clothing or it may irritated your skin.

However, these is usually a way to retain your navel piecing during pregnancy. Instead of metal jewelry, you should wear specially designed retainers made to keep your piercing until you are ready to wear regular jewelry again. These navel retainers are soft, transparent and very comfortable. They will not irritate your skin and chances are that you will be able to use them throughout pregnancy to keep your piercing.

Additional Information

  • Even with these recommendations, keep in mind that women are discouraged from getting any piercing during pregnancy. This is particularly true for piercings done on sensitive body parts such as nipples, navel or genitalia. During pregnancy, these body parts change and it may prevent the piercing to heal properly.
  • Always notify your piercer about being pregnant. It may not be obvious during the first months of pregnancy, so you need to be honest with your piercer.
  • In case you observe changes with your piercing, it’s vital to remove jewelry straight away. You should not endanger the health of your baby or yourself. In case the piercing becomes inflamed, red or irritated, or if it becomes uncomfortable, you should remove jewelry straight away. It is also recommended to visit your doctor to make sure there is no danger for your or baby’s health.
  • Remember, even if you have to retire your piercing during pregnancy, you can always get pierced again.
  • For new moms: breastfeeding should never be performed with nipple piercing on! Nipple jewelry is a choking hazard for the baby and makes it more difficult for baby to suck on the nipple. Even if you remove jewelry during breastfeeding, it may be a source of infection for the baby. This is why it might be best for nipple piercings to be retired during breastfeeding.

GUIDE – PA Piercing and Recommended Jewelry

Surgical Steel Curved Barbells

Surgical Steel Curved Barbells

Men who wish to get a Prince Albert piercing should not worry about the available jewelry. There are many jewelry pieces suitable for this type of piercing, even the stretched PA piercing. Largely due to the fact that the jewelry used is often multi-functional, it can be used for other jewelry types as well. It’s important to note that PA piercings are usually done at a relatively large starting size. Typically, the starting gauge is 10g, though there are some piercers who recommend starting at 8 g. These two sizes are the most common ones, so men who have this size of Prince Albert piercing can easily find great jewelry to go with it. One of the main reasons that PA piercing is never done at small sizes (16g, 14g or even 12g) is that the jewelry is too thin and can easily cut through sensitive tissue (the unpleasant and dangerous “cheese cutter effect”. This is why larger needles are used to perform this type of piercing and this is why it’s important to wear jewelry that’s thick enough so it won’t be rejected easily and it won’t hurt the tissue.

The good news is that PA jewelry is in many ways multi-functional, so you don’t have to go with any specialized Prince Albert jewelry pieces. This makes it much easier for you to get the best jewelry, regardless of the piercing size. Finding jewelry you like and that fits you is not a problem for people with PA piercing. What can be tricky, is to find jewelry that suits you best when it comes to comfort and sexual satisfaction. There are many jewelry pieces suitable for PA piercing. The most popular are curved barbells (you can get them in all sizes and they look impressive when inserted), circular barbells, captive bead rings and segment rings. Most curved barbells used for PA piercing are 7/8 of an inch in length. This jewelry style is made so that one ball of the curved barbell sits at the urethral opening, while the other is on the lower side of the penis. Curved barbells are recommended because they don’t move around during wear, so they prove to be very comfortable. However, a lot will depend on your anatomy and preference, so you may find other jewelry types more comfortable. One note about sex: while there are many men who choose PA piercing for aesthetic purposes or any other non-sexual reason, there are many who want to use their Prince Albert piercing to enhance sexual pleasure for both them and their partner. The choice of jewelry in this case is crucial, because it helps both the wearer and his partner enjoy sex more (or less, if the jewelry is not chosen wisely).

Stretching and Jewelry

Preventing rejection and the “cheese cutter effect” is also the reason why it’s not recommended to start stretching your piercing aggressively even if it’s fully healed. While it goes without saying that any stretching requires your piercing to be fully healed, a special attention should be taken in this case. Go slowly and never stretch for more than one size at a time. Wait until it’s fully healed to go to the next size. Another good news is that penis piercing stretching is done relatively easily. The tissue itself is elastic and you can even observe some form of auto-stretching (albeit, a mild form of it), especially at larger sizes. You need to take heavy jewelry for a continuous period of time for this effect to show, but it can make stretching to the next size much easier (to the point of simply putting bigger jewelry without any problems). Also, it’s important to know when to stop and what’s the most appropriate size for your PA piercing.

Many people stretch their piercings to 6g, 2g, 0g or even further, but that’s a matter of preference. Whatever your choice may be, you will be able to find the appropriate jewelry for it. Jewelry choices are the same, only made in larger sizes. It means you can wear curved barbells or captive bead rings at the sizes of 6g, 4g, and more. There are many titanium curved barbells made specifically for PA piercing. Surgical Steel is another popular choice for jewelry material. One thing to keep in mind: while it’s easy to find appropriate jewelry for your stretched Prince Albert piercing, large, heavy jewelry might prove to be uncomfortable. This is why you need to check if this type of jewelry is something you enjoy wearing. If you experience pain or if it gets uncomfortable, it’s advisable to use lighter jewelry pieces or to downgrade your PA to a smaller size.

How to Tell if Your Piercing is Infected

Infected PiercingMany people know that they should monitor their piercings closely for any signs of infection, inflammation and other problems. However, not everybody knows what exactly they should be looking for.

While pain and tenderness are usually the first signs you’ll notice, these are not the only ways to tell that there’s something bad going on with your piercing. Keep in mind that infection or inflammation may start even before you can feel pain. This is why it’s so important to observe your piercing regularly to notice any potential early changes. It is particularly important for new piercings during the healing time, but even old, healed piercings can be affected.

Warning Signs

There are several important warning signs you should not ignore. If you notice any of these, it’s a sign that something is going on. It may not be dangerous or too serious, but it’s important to keep an eye on your piercing and to do some measures to remedy the problem. In case the problem persists, you need to consult your doctor.

Here are the usual warning signs that will show that your piercing is infected:

  • Swelling. Swelling is a typical sign of infection. While some swelling is normal on new piercings, it should go away quickly. If the swelling persists, or if your older piercing gets swollen, it’s a sign that something is going on.
  • Redness. Redness of the skin is another sign that infection might be underway. Redness is also a common sign of other common problems, such as allergies. It is important to check your piercing regularly to notice any color changes of the skin around piercing.
  • Itchiness. Itchiness is another common sign of infections and allergic reactions. If it persists, it’s important to address the problem and see what’s going on. In some cases, changing jewelry might help. It’s important to choose body jewelry made of medical-grade, body-safe materials. Avoid jewelry with harmful alloys, such as nickel. For example, if you wish to use gold jewelry, make sure that the gold used is nickel-free.
  • Yellowish fluid. If you notice a bad-smelling fluid coming from the hole, it’s a clear sign of infection. Such infection is well underway so you should seek medical help immediately. You need to treat the infection as soon as possible or it will cause even more harm and endanger your health.
  • Discomfort. General discomfort on the pierced area is usually the first sign that something is going on. You should never ignore it. Check out your piercing if it suddenly feels uncomfortable or if your new piercing fails to ever become comfortable. While it might not happen due to infection, you need to know what is going on.
  • Pain. Pain is another common symptom, and usually the reason why people pay attention to their piercing. Pain is a clear sign that something is not right, so you should consult your doctor immediately. In case of a new piercing, don’t wait too long before you consult your doctor. While a new piercing can be expected to hurt in hours after procedure, the pain should go away quickly (usually within a day). In case the pain persists, consult your doctor. In the case of old, healed piercings, pain is a sign that there is a problem underway. However, you should do your best to catch any sign of infection even before it causes pain. This is the best way to treat the problem as soon as it arises.

Additional Problems

Keep in mind that there may be other problems associated with your piercing. Improper procedures done in unsanitary spaces are more likely to end in infections and they also put you at risk of contracting a disease. This is why it’s important to choose a safe, reliable piercing studio.

Another problem you may encounter are mechanical damages made by jewelry. Jewelry can push against the skin. Oral piercings, such as tongue piercings, may lead to a chipped tooth or gum damage. It is therefore important to make sure that your jewelry is positioned properly.

It is also important to use only high-quality jewelry made of body-friendly materials. Pay attention to jewelry design: is it suitable for your type of piercing? If jewelry is too thin, it can cut through the skin. If it’s too short, it will press your skin and scar tissue may even form on top of it. Also, cheap jewelry can break easily, which is particularly dangerous for nose and oral piercings because jewelry pieces can be inhaled or swallowed on accident.