A nipple piercing is a body piercing, centered usually at the base of the nipple. It can be pierced at any angle but is usually done horizontally or, less often, vertically. It is also possible to place multiple piercings on top of one another. The perforation of the nipple to apply jewelry has been practiced by various people throughout history, male and female. Why do people get their nipples pierced you ask? Most men and women claim an increase in sensitivity and arousal after having their nipples pierced. As a result there has been a reported increase of men and women requesting this procedure.
While there are not many potential complications some people have noted that they can take up to a year and a half to heal fully. The nipple is typically fleshy enough to pierce securely behind plenty of skin to prevent rejection. However, if the nipple jewelry gauge is too thin or the piercing is not deep enough to begin with, there is a risk of rejection. Certain complications can make rejection more likely, such as metal allergies, infections, or excessive pulling/tugging. If your nipples are sore during the healing process, an ice pack can do wonders. If you don’t have an ice pack, a package of small frozen vegetables like peas or corn works really well. Also salt water soaks will provide comfort to a sore nipple piercing. Most nipples will rest comfortably in a small cup of salt water, so this can be done easily while watching TV, reading a book or relaxing. Soak each pierced nipple for about 5 minutes and then rinse well. During the day or for an easier solution you can simply use the H20cean Piercing Aftercare Spray which is made for piercing aftercare.
To avoid any complications you will need to care for your piercing! First you need to soak the piercing in an epsom salt water solution for about 5-10 minutes. Once you’ve soaked the piercing you will need to properly clean and disinfect the area. Wipe away all the dry and dead skin, then apply liquid soap on a q-tip or cotton ball and gently clean the area. Rinse the area well and be sure to get all the soap off. After you’ve soaked and thoroughly cleaned your piercing, you can finish with the saline solution. Squirt the entire piercing with the saline and then rotate your piercing very carefully to prevent the skin growing to the piercing. You will also need to make sure your nipples stay off limits until healed so as to not suffer setbacks.
Nipple piercing jewelry can come in a variety of choices! One of which is barbells, which includes straight barbells, circular barbells, curved barbell, and spirals. You may also choose to wear a ring which could be a fixed ring, or a captive ring. A few other choices are stirrups, shields, collars, whirls, rounders, clamps, discs, spirals, covers, caps, and swings. With so many choices how do you choose? Well its really a matter of personality and what you find attractive! Don’t limit yourself be open to different options! Just make sure the material they are made from is safe! Usually you want to stick with Surgical Steel, Gold, Hybrids, or Titanium, some others that are commonly used are , blackline, and acrylic pieces.
A common question that comes up for women is, will nipple piercings affect the ability to breastfeed? There is no evidence that pierced nipples will affect your ability to breastfeed. Your breasts will still produce adequate milk for your baby. Each nipple has between fifteen and twenty tiny nipple pores that the milk comes out of, so even if some were damaged, there should be plenty left for nursing. However there is always the chance of complications that are not the norm, and can not be accounted for so it is each woman’s decision.
There however are several complications resulting from nursing with nipple jewelry inserted can include poor latch, slurping, gagging, and milk leaking from the baby’s mouth. So it is best to remove nipple piercings before breastfeeding. Most body piercing Professionals however will refuse to pierce a pregnant woman because piercing causes stress on the body that could potentially complicate a pregnancy.
By following these guidelines and your piercers advice you should be able to avoid complications and enjoy your piercings to the fullest!