Common Piercing Myths

Tongue Piercing There are some common piercing myths many people believe in. To enjoy your piercing, it’s important to know the truth and disregard these common misconceptions.

Some of the most common piercing myths include:

Nipple piercings prevent breast feeding. Nipple has numerous milk ducts and piercing damages only a few of them. In other words, you can easily breast feed with your nipple piercing. Warning: it’s strongly advisable to remove the jewelry during feeding so the baby won’t get hurt on the jewelry. Other than that, nipple piercings don’t prevent breast feeding.

Oral piercings always lead to infections. If your piercing is done by a professional, if you follow aftercare instructions and if you use body-safe jewelry, you won’t get an infection. Tongue and mouth are sensitive so they may be slightly irritated by certain food or beverages (such as alcohol), so this is why it’s not recommend to consume these foods or beverages during the healing process. However, it doesn’t mean that these piercings are prone to infection – it all depends on the aftercare. Most people never experience any problems.

Belly piercing is a problem during pregnancy. Pregnancy itself doesn’t affect your belly piercing. However, you need to think about the jewelry. Certain types of jewelry may cause discomfort during pregnancy or can’t be worn with a pregnant belly. This is why it’s important for all pregnant women to use special navel retainers or soft jewelry made for use during pregnancy. These jewelry types are soft and flexible, so they can be safely worn during pregnancy.

Multiple piercings can cause allergies. The allergies are caused by improper jewelry materials, so this is why all professional piercers and jewelry stores stick to body-safe materials only. Certain materials are safe to be used, such as titanium, niobium or high-quality surgical (not stainless) steel. Certain other materials, such as 14k nickel-free gold are also safe for most users. The number of piercings won’t cause the allergy, as long as the materials used are body-safe.

Piercing gun is a quick, safe way to get pierced. Piercing guns are damaging for your body and most professional piercers never use them. Piercing guns increase the chance for infection and damage the tissue, so it’s best to avoid them.

Body jewelry should be rotated during the healing process. This is an old myth, but it brings nothing good. You should not rotate your jewelry during the healing process. It will destroy the gentle healing tissue and actually put the dirt back in the piercing hole. The best aftercare is to clean your piercing with a saline solution and leave it alone. You should not touch your jewelry during healing, except to clean it.

Body jewelry sets off metal detectors. It depends on the jewelry used. There are many non-magnetic jewelry materials or jewelry not made of metal. These types of jewelry are safe to use with metal detectors.

Tongue piercing damages your taste buds. A tongue piercing won’t affect your ability to taste. Taste buds are numerous and they are constantly being replaced.

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.

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!

Female Genital Piercing Considerations

Hood and nipple circular barbell

There is something irresistible and sensual about a woman with genital piercing. The jewelry looks great and the best thing is that you can use it to intensify the experience during sex. It will rub against your skin, making you extra aroused and it will also provide additional stimulation for your lover.

Before choosing the best type of genital piercing for you and the jewelry you wish to use, it’s important to consider your anatomy. It often influences the way the piercing looks and feels. The good news is that there is something for everyone so it’s possible to find the best piecing that will suit you. A great piercing can help you a lot during sex and it can truly make your clit, labia and vulva more sensitive.

The Way it Looks

Don’t forget about the way your piercing will look. You want your lover to be amazed when they see it and you also want to look great for yourself. Nothing feels better than having your shiny hood or labia piercing exposed.

Simple rings are probably the most popular type of genital piercing jewelry. They look very effective despite their simple design. Barbells are another popular type. Personally, I love the look and feel of curved barbells. They look very classy and they feel so good when they rub against your skin.

It Makes You More Sensitive

Genital piercing is not for aesthetics only. It can be used to increase sensitivity and help you enjoy masturbation and sex more. Once the healing time has passed you will be able to experience different sensations. It’s truly worth it: your genital jewelry will add to the sensation, making you more aroused. It will also provide more arousal for both you and your partner.

Perhaps the best thing about intimate piercing is that the sensation often depends on the jewelry itself. I’ve found out that rings provide different types of pinching sensations that I love, while more complex jewelry can be used for massaging a wide area. It’s definitely something you can experiment with. I recommend having at least two or three types of jewelry for all your genital piercings. It will allow you to experience many different sensations.

One great and very functional piercing is the horizontal hood piercing. What I love about it is that it looks very beautiful and you can find gorgeous jewelry for it. It can help a lot when it comes to sensitivity. You can have your lover pinching your piercing or moving the tongue around the jewelry. I prefer simple rings because they are small and comfortable and they help a lot during sex. They are simply irreplaceable during oral sex.

How to Wear It

Here are some tips on how to wear your genital piercing with pride and to the maximum effect.

To receive maximum stimulation, make sure that the bead of the jewelry rests on the clitoris itself, not the hood. If your hood covers your clit the horizontal piercing will likely rest on the hood. It will feel ok, but not as great as direct clitoral stimulation. If you want to receive a more intense stimulation, choose vertical piercing. In this case, the bead of the jewelry will touch your clitoris, which gives you maximum stimulation. What I love about vertical piercing is that the jewelry presses against the tip of your clitoris and it gives you so much stimulation during sex.

For maximum stimulation, choose triangular piercing. This is the number one piercing for women who need intense massage to achieve arousal or those who like strong pressure on their clitoris. If you have any problems with your orgasms or if you like to apply strong pressure to your clit during masturbation and sex, this is the piercing for you.

Sensitivity issues mostly depend on the piercer and the after-care. Some women report decreased sensitivity after piercing, which generally should not be happening. We are all individual and what suits me might not be the right for you, but genital piercing should not make you less sensitive.

After the piercing, chances are that you’ll have to learn how to touch your body. Learning how to masturbate again and learning what you like is an exciting experience, especially if have your lover explore you and arouse you.

Hood piercings tend to increase sensitivity more than labia piercings. Labia piercings are largely decorative so don’t expect a sudden change in sensitivity. However, what I find great about labia piercings is that the jewelry will provide some extra weight and may even expose your clit a little, which can be very hot and arousing.

For extra adventurous ladies, I recommend the Princess Albertina piercing. It is great for urethral stimulation and it can be used for intense and deep sensations you can’t feel with any other piercing. Keep in mind this is an advanced piercing, though. It’s important to find a very experienced piercer. This is a great piercing for women who enjoy urethral stimulation.

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!

Put Some Weight On your Body Piercings!

Piercings can represent a person’s personality in many different ways. The placement of the piercing(s), the size, shape, and the jewelry all help define that person’s individuality a little more. Some people like to push their bodies to limits they never thought they could reach or handle. Body modifications help them achieve this goal.

 

Most body modification enthusiasts enjoy stretching or gauging their piercings to larger sizes. This could be for a number of reasons. One reason could be that they want to see how far they can push their bodies to the max limit. Another could have to do with their individuality. The need to stand out in a crowd, personal preferences as far as the way they want to appear, or even sexual desires may also play a role in the decision to stretch or gauge their piercing.

 

The Most Common Body Piercings:

 

One of the most common piercings to gauge is the ear lobe. After the ear has been pierced and completely healed it can be stretched to astonishing sizes. There are different ways to gauge the ears. Tapers are very popular. These are spike like body jewelry that come in a number of different sizes, used to gradually stretch the piercing. Another way to gauge is by using weights.  Once the gauged piercing has healed, adding weights can help stretch it to greater size. “S” hooks are usually used to add the weights to the piercing.

 

Weights are not just used to help stretch piercings to larger sizes. Some men who practice ball stretching also enjoy adding weights to their ball weights for more pleasure or for better results. Some ball weights are specifically designed to accommodate added weights. For instance, a “Parachute Ball Stretcher” is designed so that weights can be added to the chains that are attached to the soft leather “parachute”. There are different sizes and shapes of weights that can be added to satisfy the individual’s needs.

 

Adding on weights to a labia piercing is not unheard of either. Women with labia piercings find that adding the weights to be very arousing and visually stimulating. The weights seem to increase the sensitivity for some women, making this to be a very fun activity. For those who are into the BDSM scene you can also use the weights in part of these practices. Being used during a bondage sessions and allowing your partner to add weights to the labia piercing can prove to be very erotic to both parties involved.

 

Don’t forget to check out all the different extra add on weights we have available here at The Chain Gang for all different piercings!

Heart Hybrid D-Shaped Nipple Ring

Heart Shaped Hybrid Nipple Ring The Heart Hybrid D Nipple Ring has a Setting made in 14k Gold attached to a D Ring that is made out of 316LVM Surgical Steel. The Heart Gem is 6x6mm in size and is permanently attached to the D Ring.

Being “Fixed” means that you will not have to worry about losing the charm, or fumbling with loose beads, like you might with a captive ring. Also it will always be facing the same way instead of spinning around backwards.

It can be set for a horizontal like for a nipple piercing which the D-Rings are really great for, or any vertical piercing like for a navel piercing. The Gem Setting can be made in either 14K White or Yellow Gold which ever you prefer, and in a wide variety of gem colors.

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Triple Melee Hybrid Fixed Ring

The Triple Melee Hybrid Fixed Ring is a truly unique piece in looks. But still as with all the Hybrids the setting is 14k Gold, and the Ring is 316LVM Surgical Steel. The main stone is 6mm in size and the setting attached to the ring so that you never have to worry about losing it like you would with a captive charm. The 3 smaller gems on the bottom are considered the dangle color and can be a different color than the main gem color if you chose. It can be set horizontal or vertical which ever you prefer. The Gem Setting can be made in either 14K White or Yellow Gold at no additional charge to you.