Nipple Piercing Buyer’s Guide

Internally Threaded Gem Set Straight Barbell

Internally Threaded Gem Set Straight Barbell

Nipple piercings are among the most popular body piercings. More and more people decide to get this type of piercing. Both men and women can enjoy nipple piercing. There is a wide range of appropriate jewelry, ranging from straight barbells to rings, so you will always be able to find a perfect jewelry for your needs.

There are several common types of nipple piercings you can get. The most common is a horizontal piercing. Other possibilities include: vertical piercing through the nipple, diagonal piercing or a combined vertical and horizontal piercing to form a diamond shape.

The Procedure: What to Expect

The first thing you need to do about getting your nipple(s) pierced is to find a good piercing studio. The importance of choosing a reliable studio can’t be stressed enough. You want your piercing to be done by professionals in a safe environment. Even before you start choosing your nipple jewelry or planning the type of piercing you want performed it’s important to start looking for a reliable studio. Do your research, visit several studios, ask questions – this will all help you make an informed decision. Once you have your chosen studio you can start thinking about the rest.

It’s also important to remember that your appointment will last for at least 45 minutes or an hour. Even though the piercing itself is done quickly, the whole procedure takes some time. You should take this into account when planning your trip to the shop. Some things you will need to do before the procedure itself is to fill out the paperwork and to discuss your piercing with the professional. Anatomy consultations are very important. You need to make sure that your nipples are suited for the type of piercing you want and that your anatomy fits. When it comes to nipple piercing, it is suitable for the most people: anatomically speaking, most people are fit for nipple piercings. However, this is something you need to check out before you get a piercing.

Once your anatomy is checked and you are given green light you can proceed with the piercing. Depending on the studio’s schedule, you may be asked to come back later that day or you will be able to proceed to the piercing room.

Some people feel a little shy when it comes to having their nipples pierced while others are completely comfortable with it. It doesn’t matter which group you belong to: any reliable studio has a knowledgeable staff that will help you relax and walk you through the whole procedure. It’s best to dress comfortably and to choose a top that’s easy to remove.

The piercing procedure itself is a pretty straightforward process. It may seem like a big deal to you, but it’s a relatively easy piercing for a professional to perform. You will be market and the piercer will ask you to confirm the position of the piercing.

Some shops apply a light numbing agent to ease the pain (done at your request), while others are against it. Many studios are against the numbing because the pain during procedure actually triggers healing process in your body so these piercings tend to have a shorter healing time. After this, the piercer will use clamps and a special needle (cannula). Nipple piercing takes a few seconds at most. The needle is inserted through the tissue following the markings. The needle comes with a special tip made to be attached to your jewelry. The needle and the jewelry are simply pulled through the nipple and the jewelry is put into a desired position. It’s not uncommon to bleed a little as the nipple or jewelry go through the skin, but the bleeding is minimal. Once the jewelry is there, the needle is removed and the jewelry is closed.

After the procedure, you might feel a little dizzy. In this case, it’s advisable to stay at the piercing shop until you are feeling ok again. Having a friend to drive you to and from the shop is advisable in case you still feel a bit dizzy after procedure. You should be back to normal within a few hours.

After the procedure, your piercer will walk you through all the important steps of the aftercare. It’s very important to stick to these instructions to prevent infections. Following instructions will also allow your piercing to heal properly in a short enough amount of time.

The Pain

One of the basic questions people ask about any type of piercing is the pain. The first thing you need to understand that there are two types of pain and discomfort you may encounter when getting a piercing: pain during the procedure itself and pain after the procedure, when the healing kicks in. When asking about the pain level, people usually mean on the pain during procedure itself.

When it comes to nipples, they are very sensitive and delicate so it may seem like piercing those hurts a lot. This is not necessarily true. First of all, nipples are relatively easy to pierce and the procedure is over very quickly.

Jewelry

The choice of nipple jewelry is very important, for various reasons. First of all, your jewelry should be body-safe and suitable for your piercing type. Another thing a good jewelry should provide is to be aesthetically pleasing and functional. For these reasons, you should spend some time deciding on the best nipple jewelry for your needs.

Another thing that should be kept in mind is that initial jewelry you get after the procedure is different than jewelry you can wear after the piercing has healed. This is something you should keep in mind.

Fresh piercing jewelry must be extra-safe and carefully designed not to hurt the wound. It should also help the heeling process. The looks are not as important, though there are many very beautiful barbells that make a great first jewelry for your new nipple piercing.

Some things you need to consider are jewelry size and style. It will greatly depend on your anatomy, but generally speaking, the appropriate gauge (thickness) of the jewelry is one of the most important deciding factors.

Another thing to keep in mind is the jewelry material. There are several materials you can use, and it will greatly depend on your potential allergies. Make sure that the material is approved for medical usage and made using current standards and recommendations.

For nipple piercing, straight barbells are the best type of first jewelry. Some people wish to start with rings, but it’s usually best to go with straight barbells. They are simple to use and they fit the shape of the hole created during piercing. Rings are curved so it may irritate your fresh wound, which is not what you need during the heeling time.

Straight barbells are a great choice because they keep the movement to a minimum and they are less likely to get caught in clothes during healing time. Other types of nipple jewelry can hurt healing fistulas inside the piercing or interrupt the healing process. For these reasons, straight barbells are usually the best way to go. Just make sure they are of an appropriate gauge and long enough to account for swelling – the balls should never press on your nipples.

It’s also important to choose an appropriate gauge. Usually, 14g or 12g are used. The thicker gauge is very helpful here because it reduces the risk of migration and rejection you may encounter with the piercing.

The Healing Process

The healing process is individual and it depends on many factors, such as the size and shape of your nipples, your immune system and other factors. A good rule of thumb is: the less pressure you put on your nipple and the less you move the piercing, the better. Generally speaking, nipple piercings heal faster for men than women. The healing process kicks in as soon as you pierce your nipples and it may take time until it’s fully healed. Keep in mind that nipple piercings can take as long as 9 months or a year to fully heal.

To keep your new piercing clean during the healing process you can use homemade sea salt solution or a commercial product. To prepare the solution, you should boil water for about 5 minutes, pour about ¼ tea spoon of sea salt and mix. Let the mixture cool, then saturate cotton balls in the solution and apply to your piercing. You should apply this cleaning several times a day at the beginning. As the time passes you may reduce it to once a day.

Under no circumstances should you play with your jewelry or move it around. It was once thought that rotating your new jewelry can prevent migration or rejection, but this is actually a very bad practice that can only make the matters worse. Don’t touch your jewelry except when you’re cleaning it. This is very important for a proper healing process.

One important thing to remember during the healing process: your piercing may seem completely healed after about one or two months. However, it doesn’t mean it is fully healed so you shouldn’t stop cleaning it and taking care of it. During this time, for example, you might cause problems to the piercing if you irritate it or if you try to change jewelry too soon.

The Proper Fit for Nipple Rings

Star Nipple Shield and Barbell

Star Nipple Shield and Barbell

Nipple rings and other types of nipple jewelry are very effective and truly make your nipple piercing stand out. However, it’s sometimes difficult to choose the most appropriate size. Unlike many other piercings, knowing the gauge is not enough; you need to choose the appropriate length of a barbell and a suitable shape of the jewelry (this is particularly true for nipple shields and other jewelry types encircling the nipple).

Different Types of Nipple Piercings

The first step in choosing an appropriate nipple jewelry is to choose a jewelry type you wish to buy. There are many different jewelry styles, sometimes collectively known as “nipple rings”. However, rings are just one jewelry type, and it’s not even the most commonly used for nipple piercings. The most common and the most basic nipple jewelry type is straight barbell.

  • Straight barbells. A straight barbell made of a body-safe material is the most common jewelry type for nipple piercing. These are standard straight barbells and many of them can be used for other types of piercings. Some barbells specially made for nipple piercings have gems facing out so they can be seen from the front.
  • This basic jewelry type can further be expanded to add various dangles, chains and decorations. These decorations typically hang on a chain attached to the ends of the straight barbell.
  • The most complex nipple jewelry type is a nipple shield. This jewelry type is made to encircle the nipple and make it stand out from the hole in the center. Some nipple shields are not even made for pierced nipples and they are held in place using special glue or some other method. Nipple shields made for pierced nipples are attached to a straight barbell which goes through the piercing.

Sizing and Fitting

Antique Owl Nipple Rounder

Antique Owl Nipple Rounder

Sizing for nipple jewelry can be a bit difficult because there are several things to take into account, depending on the type of the jewelry: the gauge, the length of the barbell and the diameter/shape of the hole (for nipple shields).

The first thing to take into account is the gauge size. You need to know the size you are pierced with (or the stretched size, if you have stretched nipple piercings). The gauge size will determine the gauge of the jewelry you need to use. Most nipple piercings are made at 14g, which is the most common gauge for nipple jewelry.

The next thing to determine is the length of the barbell you need to use. Sizing is done similarly to any other straight barbell sizing: you need to measure your nipple’s width to determine the length of the barbell. Make sure to add a bit because you don’t want the barbell to be tight: the balls should not press onto your nipple. The easiest way to determine a proper barbell size is to take your current jewelry and measure it. Remember to always measure the length of barbell between the two tips when both balls are screwed into place. The standard length of straight barbells used for nipple piercings is 5/8 inches (16 millimeters).

Gem Set Heart Nipple Rounder

Gem Set Heart Nipple Rounder

For nipple shields and other similar types of jewelry, you will also need to measure a diameter. These diameters vary greatly because there are many anatomic variations when it comes to the size and shape of a nipple. It’s important to measure your nipple and to talk to your piercer for sizing recommendations. A lot will depend on the style: some people want tight nipple shields while others are comfortable with loosely fit nipple shields. It’s important to understand all the variations and to take this into account when choosing a nipple shield for yourself.

Top 10 Valentine’s Day Gifts

This is a great list of the top 10 Valentine’s Day gifts for couples. Make Valentine’s Day special for your significant other and enjoy together these beautiful jewelry pieces and adult toys. The Chain Gang offers a wide collection of all types of body-safe piercing jewelry and adult toys. Pay attention to special Valentine’s Day coupons (to be used before February 15th, 2014).

Antique Butterfly Nipple Stirrup

Antique Butterfly Nipple Stirrup A gorgeous stirrup that will make any nipple piercing stand out. The butterfly is 1-1/8 inches wide and 7/8 inches long and suspended from the barrel by the steel chains. This jewelry piece also includes a beautiful teardrop stone dangle. The piece includes a stainless steel straight barbell (14g). Special Valentine’s Day Coupon: 10% OFF. Code – BUTTERFLYLOVE14TH

Triple Cock Ring

Triple Cock RingA great cock ring made for stimulating many different erogenous zones at once. This adult toy consists of 3 different surgical steel rings. The largest ring is made to go over the cock and balls together, the second largest ring is for the cock, while the smallest one is for the balls. Special Valentine’s Day Coupon: 10% OFF. Code – ROCKTHATCOCK1

Heart Navel Curved Barbell

Acrylic Curved BarbellsA beautiful and effective jewelry ideal for nipple piercings. This piece has a stainless steel shaft and acrylic colored ball on top, with a matching colored heart on bottom. Many different colors to choose from. Special Valentine’s Day Coupon: 10% OFF. Code – 14CUTEHEART

14k Single Gem Set Straight Barbell

14k Single Gem Set Straight BarbellA gorgeous straight barbell gem piece suitable for many different types of piercings. It looks particularly great in a tongue piercing. The piece is made of 14k nickel-free gold (both yellow and white gold available). The gems are available in many different colors. They are genuine, hand-set Swarovski Cubic Zircons. You may request these zircons to be replaced with different types of genuine gemstones.

Penis Chastity Cage

Penis Chastity CageThis is a great gift for all fans of male chastity play. The penis cage is made of surgical steel, so it’s both comfortable and restricting. It has an open end so body fluids can easily pass through. The cage is secured by a hand-cuff style lock fastened around the base of the cock and behind the testicles. Special Valentine’s Day Coupon: 5% OFF. Code – CAGEMEUP1

14k Flower Eyebrow Curved Barbell

14k Flower Eyebrow Curved BarbellA beautiful curved barbell ideal for eyebrow piercing. This jewelry piece is made of 14k nickel-free gold (available both in yellow and white gold). The gems used are hand-set Swarovski Cubic Zircons. You may request them to be replaced with a different type of genuine stones.

Pleasure Wave Penis Plug

Pleasure Wave Penis PlugThis is one of the most exciting penis plugs in our collection. Made of 316LVM Surgical Steel, this sex toy is body-safe and easy to sanitize. The plug is hollow, so it allows easy flow of the body fluids. The plug has three “waves” to make it fit perfectly in place and provide additional stimulation. Special Valentine’s Day Coupon: $5 OFF. Code – PLEASINGPLUG

Julian Snelling French Lover Dildo

Julian Snelling French Lover DildoThis is a sturdy dildo made for intense vaginal or anal stimulation. It’s 7” long and it has a special egg shaped head. Made of surgical steel, this sex toy is easy to sanitize. It is made for perfect stimulation of all your most sensitive spots. Special Valentine’s Day Coupon: 10% OFF. Code – LOVERLOVER1

Locking Handcuffs

Locking HandcuffsThese handcuffs are perfectly sturdy but also comfortable enough to make all your kinky games super exciting. They are made of surgical steel and polished to perfection. A great item to use during foreplay or sex. Special Valentine’s Day Coupon: 5% OFF. Code – RESTRAINME1

Slim Ryder

Slim RyderAn excellent dildo made for deep, sensual penetration. It’s about 9 ½ inches long and carefully crafted to provide intense stimulation. Made of surgical steel, this adult toy is body-safe and can easily be sanitized. Large and durable, this is a great dildo for those who enjoy intense stimulation. Special Valentine’s Day Coupon: 10% OFF. Code – HAPPYHAPPY1

The Beauty of Nipple Shields

Heart Nipple Cover

Heart Nipple Cover

Nipple shields are very beautiful and popular among fans of nipple jewelry. These ornament pieces have a long history and they appear in numerous cultures across the globe. Modern nipple shields are popular with many body jewelry enthusiasts so there are many different types and styles to choose from.

The main purpose of a nipple shield is to highlight the nipple (in case of women, the whole breast, too) and to make it more aesthetically pleasing. Some nipple shields are specially designed to lift the nipple and keep it erect, which can be used for erotic purposes. A nipple shield will always encircle the nipple and cover the areola partially or fully.

Nipple shields serve several purposes: they ornament the nipple and are highly aesthetic, they provide nipple stimulation and they can make a part of a more complex nipple jewelry system (nipple piercing jewelry).

Common Types of Nipple Shields

Broadly speaking, there are two common types of nipple shields, depending on the way the jewelry is held against the nipple: nipple piercing shields and non-piercing shields. As their name suggests, nipple piercing shields are made for pierced nipples. These elaborate pieces of jewelry are constructed as a part of a piercing jewelry system or are made to connect to nipple piercing jewelry.

For example, a nipple shield can be made to encircle a nipple and to connect to a straight barbell that goes through the nipple piercing. This is the most common type of nipple shields made for pierced nipples. In these cases, a nipple shield can come attached to a straight barbell or it may be sold separately. These nipple shields are made in beautiful designs and often use materials different than pieces of jewelry that go through the nipple piercing. This way, it’s possible to achieve many different designs, styles and effects. Some nipple shields come with attached nipple chains or pendants. It all depends on the design. With so many different nipple jewelry styles, it’s possible to find the one that suits you.

Nipple shields made for non-pierced nipples are a bit different. While the designs themselves may be similar to those used for pierced nipples, the shield has to be stuck on a nipple by a different method. Usually, these methods include friction, suction or body-friendly glue. These types of nipple shields, however, are less popular than shields made for pierced nipples.

Styles

As mentioned above, there are many different styles as well as jewelry materials to choose from. When choosing a nipple shield, it’s important to take several things into account: your preferences, the occasion and materials. Your preferences will tell you what kind of style you like and which piece of jewelry you like the most. The intended occasion in which you’ll wear your nipple shield will dictate how large and elaborate a shield can be. Large, heavy shields and overly ornamental shields are not comfortable to be worn under heavy clothes, so it’s best to reserve them for special occasions when you expect your nipple shield to be seen.

Also, you may think about the function your nipple shield should have. Is there another reason to wear it, apart from anesthetics? You may wish to use your nipple shield as a sexual stimulant to massage and arouse your nipples. In these cases, a nipple shield can keep your nipples erect and provide erotic stimulation during sex.

Finally, the choice of materials is also important. It’s always crucial that you choose jewelry made of materials that are body safe. Since nipple shields don’t go through the piercing itself the allergies are less common. However, remember that the shield will touch sensitive parts of your skin so it has to be made of a material that’s safe for you to wear.

Nipple Clamps for a #Kinky #Christmas

Nipple Clamps

Nipple clamps and other types of nipple jewelry provide many different feelings you can experience. They look great, press all the right spots and stimulate your nipples in highly-arousing way.

Nipple play is one of the most sensual and exciting things you can do with your partner. There are many different types of games you can try, from light teasing to heavy play. It all depends on your sensitivities and types of sensations you and your partner want to experience.

Ideal for Nipple Play

Nipple clamps are specially designed to provide intense sensations and they make a great tool for those who enjoy nipple play. They stimulate nipples, leaving your hands free to explore other sensual parts of your lover’s body. Nipples are a very sensual erogenous zone for both men and women and clamps provide unique and highly erotic way to stimulate, arouse and erect nipples and make them super-sensitive. Some people love the sensations so much so they wear nipple clamps in everyday life, under the clothes.

Well-crafted nipple clamps are integral for bondage play and for all those who like some intense nipple stimulation. They apply ideal pressure on the nipple, making it hard, erect and super-sensitive. Unique pinching sensations are irresistible and highly arousing for all those who like their nipples twisted, pinched and manipulated. Taking them off is often even more intense than putting them on, so it makes nipples super sensitive to touch.

For example, adjustable nipple clamps allow you to experiment and apply the pressure exactly how you want it. The best nipple clamps of this type are made of surgical steel. They can be used on both men and women. These clamps have special screws with a ball on each end made for fine adjustment. They fit any nipple size and shape so it’s easy to adjust them just the way you like it. Ideal for various types of kinky play, these nipple clamps provide a great alternative to typical, non-adjustable nipple clamps.

Another interesting type of nipple clamps are spring loaded clamps. They are specially designed for bondage play and they provide very unique sensations. These nipple clamps have a special mechanism that locks around a nipple using springs. Another advantage to these clamps is that they look very stylish and different than many other types of clamps.

The Aesthetics

Simply put, nipple clamps are beautiful and unique. Perfectly shaped and made of surgical steel, these nipple toys are specially designed to heighten both sensation and aesthetics. The best of all: they make your nipples all erect and super-sensitive. As clamps tighten, the nipple pops out. It makes a special visual effect, especially if the nipple is pierced.

Pierced or Non-Pierced?

There are various types of nipple clamps to choose from. Most of them don’t require a nipple to be pierced, so everybody can use them. However, the effect is heightened with pierced nipples so those who enjoy nipple piercing will sure not be disappointed!

Nipple Piercings and the Jewelry

Standard nipple piercings

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!

Rose Nipple Stirrup

Rose Nipple Stirrup Piercing

Rose Nipple Stirrup Piercing

 

The Rose Nipple Stirrup comes with a 14 Gauge 5/8 Surgical Steel Straight Barbell. The Red nylon band with the rose hangs down about 1/2″. This is a way to have flowers year round that don’t wilt. This is really a very cute, classy and Sexy piece.
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Last Ones of these Surgical Steel Ear Spiral(s) get them before they are gone

The Surgical Steel Ear Spiral(s) make a very fashionable earring. These are made from Surgical Steel.

Last Ones – Beaded Arrow Nipple Ring(s)

This is an excellent piece. Is best used for nipple and ear piercings. Off the captive bead is a unique ball formation, decreasing in size, divided by a small bar bell.

Blackline Nipple Star Shield

Blackline Nipple Star

The Blackline Star Nipple Shield is a nice addition to your nipple jewelry. There are not many Black Nipple Shields available. These are made from our standard Medical Grade Titanium with a Permenant PVD coating added to give them thier awesome Black Color. The straight barbell is not included but we do carry those as well in a choice of colors and materials. Just see the “straight barbell” section for those if you need them as well.