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.

Vertical Labret Piercing

Vertical LabretVertical labret piercing is a popular and very effective piercing style. Unlike the most common labret piercing (positioned below the lower lip), a vertical labret goes through the lower lip itself, vertically. This piercing is actually parallel to the tissue inside the lip.

Benefits and Disadvantages

Vertical labret offers not just a different visual style than the regular labret piercing, but it also offers some advantages. It’s important to understand that a common labret piercing has a hole on the inside of the mouth. It means that the back of the jewelry sits near the gum line, so it can damage it. Another problem is that it can damage the teeth. With vertical labret piercing, no part of the jewelry sits inside your mouth. The barbell simply goes through the lip, from top to the bottom. It provides more comfort and less risk to any gum or teeth damage.

On the other hand, vertical labret piercing may take longer to heal. It also tends to be more sensitive and requires more aftercare. Some food can irritate the piercing so you need to be careful during the healing process. Once it’s healed, however, vertical labret piercing offers unique visual style and it poses less risk to your tissue.

The Procedure

Vertical labret piercing requires a pretty straightforward procedure and it typically doesn’t last long. Your lip will be marked and measured. A clamp will be used before the needle is inserted. The actual piercing is made using a needle and the whole process takes about five seconds so it’s over pretty quickly.

Typically, the piercing is done from bottom up, with a 16g needle. The pain depends on your tolerance level but is typically not that bad and it’s quickly over.

The most common jewelry used for vertical piercing is a barbell. It’s possible to choose between straight and curved barbells. Curved barbells tend to be more comfortable and easier to wear, especially during the healing process.

While vertical labret piercing procedure is not difficult and it doesn’t last long, one common problem is swelling. Be prepared for a lot of swelling after getting your piercing done. This is why most piercers recommend longer barbells for your initial piercing. The swelling should go after a few days, but you need to follow the aftercare instructions carefully.

Typically, the healing period takes 8 to 10 weeks. Make sure to clean your piercing several times a day. Sea salt solution works the best, or you may use a regular salt solution or a mild anti-bacterial soap. It’s important to touch your jewelry as little as possible: don’t turn it and don’t play with it. It’s best to touch it only while you’re cleaning your piercing and then leave it alone.

Jewelry

Since vertical labret piercing is not the most common piercing type, it’s not easy to find jewelry specially made for this type of piercing. Luckily, it’s perfectly comfortable to wear standard jewelry made for many different piercing types, so it’s not difficult to find suitable jewelry for your vertical labret.

Straight and curved barbells seem to work the best. There are many different styles to choose from: the simple and elegant barbells or the more elaborate styles. Most of the times, the lip jewelry tends to be simple but effective.

When choosing jewelry for yourself, keep in mind to shop at reliable stores; it’s important to use only high-quality, body-safe jewelry. Another thing to keep in mind is the barbell length- it will largely depend on your lip.

Top 10 Valentine’s Day Gifts for Gay Men

We present you a list of the best Valentine’s Day gifts for gay men. Body jewelry, adult toys and other items, all made for true fans of piercings and sex toys. The Chain Gang offers a huge collection of all body jewelry types, as well as some unique adult toys. Pay attention to special Valentine’s Day coupons (you may use them before February 15th, 2014).

Happy – Captive Bead Ring

Happy - Captive Bead RingThis unique captive bead ring is suitable for many different types of piercings, including genital piercings. The rings has a special charm made of 316LVM Surgical Steel that will sure attract attention. Special Valentine’s Day Coupon: 10% OFF. Code – HAPPYVALENTINESDAY1

Circle Ring

Circle RingThis is one of the best rings in our collection, specially made to be luxurious, sturdy and practical. It’s great for many different types of piercings, including PA piercing. The ring comes apart in 2 halves so it’s easy to insert it in your piercing.

Thor’s Cock Ring and Anal Hammer

Thor's Cock Ring and Anal HammerAn excellent combination of a cock ring and an anal plug, this item is made to stimulate various erogenous spots at once. Made of 316LVM Surgical Steel, this excellent sex toy is made to be easily inserted and sanitized. A perfect combination of an anal intruder and a metal cock ring. Special Valentine’s Day Code: 10% OFF. Code – HAMMERMEUP

Titanium Double Gem Set Curved Barbells

Titanium Double Gem Set Curved BarbellsA great jewelry piece for those who prefer titanium jewelry. This curved barbell can be used for many different piercing types, including PA piercing. There are many different barbell and gem colors to choose from.

The Sound of Pleasure

The Sound of PleasureA fantastic sound ideal for all fans of urethral massage. This sound is made of 316LVM Surgical Steel of amazing quality. The item is ribbed so it stays in place and provides additional stimulation during use. Special Valentine’s Day Coupon: 10% OFF. Code – PLEASEME2

Donut Ball Stretcher Weight

Donut Ball Stretcher WeightOne of the best ball stretchers you’ll ever find: this excellent, 2-piece donut weights are made for the best results and excellent comfort. It will contour smoothly with your body and provide the best stretching results. Available in several inside diameters for the best fit.

The “Stay Put” Shower Nozzle Hose Attachment

The A fantastic shower nozzle hose attachment for those who like to have some fun in the shower. The attachment is specially designed to stay put when inserted, and it has holes on the tip for the most exciting water experience. Special Valentine’s Day Coupon: 10% OFF. Code – GETSTEAMY

Deluxe Flat Ended Sound Kit

Deluxe Flat Ended Sound KitA perfect collection of urethral sounds made for all fans of urethral stimulation. The kit contains 14 different sounds, so you can choose a perfect size for any game you want to play. The sounds are flat on one end so you can hold them easily. Made of 316LVM Surgical Steel, these sounds are body-safe and easily sanitized.

Long Stemmed Rose

Long Stemmed RoseA perfect item for teasing, foreplay and some sensual massage. This rose has a long stem so it can reach deep inside and a huge, bulbous head for the most intense experience. This anal intruder is a great toy for all fans of deep anal stimulation. It’s a perfect, long stemmed Valentine Rose made for pleasure. Special Valentine’s Day Coupon: 5% OFF. Code – 12DOZENROSES

Rainbow Triple Cock Ring

Rainbow Triple Cock RingA sturdy and powerful cock ring made for experiencing many different sensations. This sex toy consists of 3 different surgical steel rings. You can put both your cock and balls through the largest ring, the second largest one is made for cock and the smallest one for ball stimulation.

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.

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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!

Before the Body Jewelry is Installed – Pre-Piercing Preparation

Pre body piercing preparation is much easier than this tongue-twister-of-a-phrase. All it requires is a little bit of alertness, care and clear-cut know-how on part of the girl or guy deciding to take the pinch of the needle.

So what should you do to get your body piercing-ready? Follow the steps below and get all set for the sparkles :)

  1. Binging on alcohol is definitely a no no. Not even if the binge was 48 hours before  the piercing appointment.
  2. Go to the piercing parlor well hydrated and avoid taking blood thinning medication  or other such foods. That means aspirin, Advil or Aleve.
  3. Stop taking caffeine several days before the actual piercing happens. Take Vitamin K as much you can. It’s needed for optimal piercing.
  4. Get enough rest the night before your piercing appointment. Nervousness won’t really help you much.
  5. Personal hygiene needless to say will come in very handy in fighting off the undesired things that may come along with body jewelry like infection.
  6. Right before you’re on the chair/table; try some breathing and relaxing exercises and be acceptable to the situation and remember that it’s only going to take a few moments.

Have a snack, fruit or juice after the piercing is done. It will help maintain the blood sugar level and will relax you a bit.

Pre-piercing prep is area-specific too. That means it depends on what part of the body are you getting the piercing done. So oral piercing, eyebrow piercing, genital piercing  each will have unique preparations before the piercing. However, the basic points above  also remain  valid for all sorts of piercings.

Smile & Shine with Smiley Piercing

This ain’t no emoticon but instead a new body piercing style!  Want to add a little sparkle to your smile? Then the smiley piercing is for you. Also known as upper lip frenulum piercing, this piercing is one of the easiest to heal and involves minimum pain. The piercing is done on the inside of the upper lip (the webbing) and hence shows only when you smile.

Smiley piercing has surfaced recently and even has an antagonist to it – the Frowny piercing! Gaining popularity by the minute, many people are getting attracted towards smiley piercing due to a virtually painless procedure and obviously the shine it adds to your smile.

Captive bead ring is the most commonly used jewelry option for smiley piercing. Curved barbells have been known to be used as well.

Smiley Piercing – Smile your way out of the parlor

Since it does not really hurt much and heals quickly, smiley piercing may be the best way to get initiated into body piercing (just may be, rest depends on your choice). The piercing jewelry will fall below gum line and hence keeping gums and teeth clean (especially after meals) is very important.

Take care that there are no gum infections or damage to teeth. Touching/ playing with the jewelry is a total no no. This not only because your oral health is threatened but also the piercing jewelry may tear out!

Smiley piercing sure has a lot of takers lately yet its still rare overall. It’s body modification at it’s innovative best.