Will My Piercing Bleed?

Piercing BleedingMany people wonder if their new piercing will bleed and, if yes, for how long. It’s important to note that there is no one, universal answer to this question. Most of the piercings will bleed a little, at least initially. However, this bleeding should not be prolonged. How long the piercing will bleed depends on many factors, so it’s always vital to ask your piercer to explain you the details about your chosen piercing.

Piercings and Bleeding

Since piercings are perforations made on the tissue, it’s not surprising that some bleeding will occur. That being said, not all piercings bleed, and some bleed very little. Other piercings are known for more extended bleeding, so you need to know about it.

It’s also important to know that bleeding occurs during the procedure, but it will be cleaned immediately by your piercer. You should not be worried about this bleeding, as long as you are healthy. If you do have some sort of a condition that might interfere with this process (such as hemophilia) you should consult your doctor before getting a piercing done and you should always inform your piercer about any medical condition you might have.

He initial bleeding will be cleaned at the studio and you will go home. This is where you might notice additional bleeding during the following hours. It’s important to talk to your piercer and ask about the bleeding so you can be informed and know what to expect. It is also vital because you need to know if the bleeding you experience is normal or if there is something wrong about it.

Most piercings do bleed a little after the procedure, but this bleeding should not be extensive nor prolonged. You should not bleed for days or weeks. The only exception are some genital piercings: these are known to bleed for days after the procedure. This is why it’s important to ask your piercer about what to expect.

How Much will it Bleed?

There are several factors that determine how much a piercing will bleed:

  • Piercing type (body part that is pierced). This is by far the most important factor. Different body parts bleed differently, so it largely depends on the type of your piercing.
  • Gauge. Typically, large gauge piercings bleed more at the beginning, but this is not always a rule.
  • Instruments. The instrument used to perform a piercing will also contribute to potential bleeding. For example, piercing guns are more invasive than a piercing needle, and they tear the tissue. Not that you should ever get pierced with a gun.
  • Your anatomy. Your individual anatomy may make the procedure easier or more difficult, which may contribute to bleeding.
  • Your health. It’s important to be healthy when you go to get a piercing. It can contribute to many things, including the bleeding level.
  • Jewelry. Sometimes, the initial jewelry contributes to bleeding. Your jewelry should be fitted nicely to minimize any pressure and damage to the tissue in order to avoid bleeding. Needless to say, you need to use medical-grade jewelry and avoid any cheap, poorly made jewelry for your fresh piercing.

What to Do?

It’s easy to handle the bleeding. Use a cotton pad or a fresh tissue and apply it to the piercing with a gentle pressure. Do your best not to disturb the piercing. In some cases, applying ice to the affected area may also help, and it may also reduce the swelling.

In case of excessive and prolonged bleeding, or any type of discomfort, make sure to consult your doctor to check everything is fine. You may also visit your piercer, but do not ignore a doctor’s advice.

Piercing for Inverted Nipples

Inverted NippleInverted nipples are a problem affecting many people. While inverted nipples are not a serious issue, chances are that you’d want to change this. Interestingly enough, nipple piercings work great for this type of anatomy. If you get a nipple piercing chances are that you will never have to worry about inverted nipples again!

Of course, in order for this to work, you need to be pierced by a professional. It goes without saying that this person has to be familiar and knowledgeable about nipple piercings. Remember: there are no two identical nipples and experienced piercers know how to handle individual anatomy perfectly and find the best solution for your case. If you dislike your inverted nipples and want to do something about it, nipple piercing may be the best solution. It’s important to learn enough about piercing for inverted nipples to know how to use this method to remedy the problem.

Can Inverted Nipples be Pierced?

First things first: chances are that you can get pierced even if you have inverted nipples. The tissue is very flexible and as long as you have a pinchable area of skin, there is a high chance that you can get a nipple piercing. However, it’s always best to ask your piercer to make sure you can indeed get pierced.

While nipple piercings for men and women differ because of different nipple sizes, keep in mind that typically both men and women can get a nipple piercing despite having inverted nipples.

Why is Nipple Piercing Good?

Nipple piercings are a great solution for many cases of inverted nipples simply because they keep the nipple erect and prevent it to come back. Inverted nipple retract easily, which can be prevented if you have your nipple pierced.

Your jewelry will go straight through the nipple and prevent it from going back. While pierced nipples are not always completely erect, chances are that they will be erect to a degree. They will not be able to go back to the inverted state, so this is a quick and effective solution to inverted nipples.

Potential Problems

There are potential problems you may face with nipple piercing on inverted nipples. Sometimes, the tissue will try to go back to the flat or inverted position. It may put a pressure on the nipple, which may cause problems. Typical problem you will encounter is migration, but other issues, such as pain or infection, are also possible.

In order to prevent this problem, it’s best to wear light, comfortable jewelry, especially during the healing stages. Also, being pierced with a slightly larger gauge might also help. This is why it’s advisable to get pierced with 12 gauge (or even a bit larger) and avoid the 14 gauge which is usually a standard for nipple piercings.

How to Choose the Right Jewelry for Your Piercings

Piercing and JewelryThere are many popular piercing types and many different jewelry styles. It’s always useful to know what kind of jewelry suits your piercing.

Generally speaking, most piercings can accommodate at least a few different jewelry styles, but it’s always useful to know what is best to wear for your piercing.

Jewelry Types

There are several basic body jewelry types. Among the most popular ones are barbells of different kinds (straight, curved and circular barbells) as well as rings (Captive Bead Rings, seamless rings, screwball rings and others).

These jewelry styles can accommodate most piercing types. Most of these can be used for many different piercing types, which makes these jewelry types multi-functional.

On the other hand, there are also specialized jewelry types. These are made for one specific jewelry type. For example, ear plugs and flesh tunnels are made for stretched earlobe piercings. Labrets are made for lip piercings. Nose screws and nose bones are made for nostril piercings, and so on.

That being said, even the most specialized jewelry types can usually be used for more than one piercing type. The trick is to know when to use which jewelry type and style. Sometimes, the choice will depend on your individual style and preferences, while it will sometimes be guided by practical reasons. Simply put, some piercings are made to accommodate some specific jewelry types and not the others.

To ensure a good fit and perfect comfort it’s worth knowing when to use which jewelry style for a particular piercing type.

General Guidelines

Here are some general guidelines on the jewelry types to use with specific piercings:

  • Ear piercings. There are many different ear piercing types, such as earlobe piercings, cartilage piercings, and many others. There are numerous earrings used for earlobe piercings, as well as special jewelry types made for stretched earlobe piercing, such as ear plugs, earlets and flesh tunnels. Ear cartilage piercings use many different jewelry types, such as barbells (for example, long straight barbells for Industrial piercing), rings or labrets.
  • Nose piercings. Nostril piercings typically use specific jewelry types, such as nostril screws, nose bones, fishtails and L-bars. Also, this piercing type can use a ring. Some other nose piercings, such as septum piercings, use different jewelry types, such as rings and tusks.
  • Eyebrow piercing. This piercing type usually uses a special curved barbell or a Captive Bead Ring. However, this piercing type can also use different jewelry types, such as barbells of different kinds.
  • Lip piercings. A typical jewelry type for most of the lip piercings is a labret. However, some lip piercings can also use rings or even barbells.
  • Tongue piercing. All tongue piercings are oral piercings, so special care has to be made to use only jewelry made of medical-grade materials and specially designed for oral use. Tongue piercing needs smooth jewelry that will not damage teeth and gums. Straight barbells make great tongue jewelry, though some people prefer to use Captive Bead Rings.
  • Navel piercings. Belly button piercings usually use special curved barbells. These barbells are ideal for this piercing type. However, you may also use a typical Captive Bead Ring or another ring type.

Navel Jewelry Sizing

Navel Piercing SizeIn order to be fully satisfied with your navel piercing, it’s important to wear jewelry of the appropriate size. It means you need to ensure proper fitting.

Here are some tips on how to choose navel jewelry of the right size:

Things to Keep in Mind

Typical navel jewelry is 14 gauge. This is the gauge most people are pierced with so jewelry in this size is very common. However, other gauges are also possible so do not assume your belly button piercing is 14 gauge if you are unsure. It’s important to know the exact size you are pierced with to ensure a good fit.

When it comes to length, there are some common sizes. Typical navel jewelry is a curved barbell, so the length discussed here applies to this jewelry type. Most common navel jewelry is a barbell that is 3/8” to 7/16” long. Keep in mind however, that this is a length for healed piercing. Initial navel jewelry has to be a bit longer, to account for swelling.

While curved barbells are often used for navel piercings, you may also use other piercing types, such as Captive Bead Rings. CBRs are a good choice for initial jewelry, though many piercers choose to use curved barbells for initial jewelry. If you decide to get a ring, make sure it’s large enough to account for swelling.

How to Measure Jewelry

In order to find the best fit for your navel piercing, it’s important to know how to measure your jewelry properly. For a curved barbell, it’s vital to determine the length. This will be a straight line between the balls. Do not measure along the curve of the barbell! Simply measure the straight line between the top and bottom ball. Make sure to start measuring under the top ball and go all the way to the top side of the bottom ball.

When deciding on the best length of a curved barbell, make sure to give it some space. You should leave some barbell showing when you wear your navel jewelry. It means you should not get a barbell that is so short to dig into your flesh. Leave a bit of a barbell showing to make the piercing air properly and prevent the jewelry from pulling into the flesh.

On the other hand, you don’t want to get a barbell that is too long. It might end up catching on clothes and hurting you. For the optimal result, leave around ¼” of barbell showing.

Additional Tips

Here are some additional tips about finding the best belly button jewelry size:

  • You need to be patient. You might need to experiment with a few sizes to find the best fit for you.
  • The length of your navel jewelry will depend a lot on your piercing. If you have a shallow piercing you will need to get a shorter jewelry than a person with a deep piercing. Typically, a good length for a shallow piercing is 5/16”, 3/8” to 7/16” for a standard piercing and around ½” for deep piercings. In some extreme cases, if your piercing is very deep, you might need to get jewelry as large as 9/16”, but this is rare.
  • In case you have a very sharp-angled piercing, you might experiment with jewelry types to find the ones that suit you best. Some jewelry types will make the piercing look straight so you might want to use them. Since this type of a piercing is not a standard one it’s tricky to determine the best size. This is why you should try several different things to find the one that’s best for you.
  • Shallow piercings will go best with smaller, lightweight jewelry pieces. You don’t want to go with anything too big, heavy or ornamented because your piercing might not be able to sustain it.
  • Keep extra care of your new piercing. You need to get a body-friendly initial jewelry that will account for swelling and help your navel piercing heal properly. This jewelry will typically be bigger than the standard jewelry you will wear once your jewelry is fully healed.

Princess Albertina Piercing

Princess AlbertinaPrincess Albertina is a female genital piercing, an equivalent to male Prince Albert piercing.

This is a piercing performed through the urethra.

This is a rare genital piercing so it’s important to find a specialized piercer who is experienced with this type of piercings.

Piercing and Placement

Princess Albertina is designed as an equivalent to male Prince Albert piercing. However, while PA piercings are among the most popular male genital piercings, Princess Albertina is rare. It was designed in the 1990s and despite attracting a lot of attention it has remained one of the rarer genital piercings.

Part of the reason is the fact that it’s a challenging piercing that can cause problems and urinary tract infections in women. Despite these risks, it is possible to have a perfectly functional and comfortable Princess Albertina piercing, as long as it’s done right.

Princess Albertina piecing enters female urethra and exits at the top of the vagina. This piercing may alter the flow of urine so it’s something to be aware of during urination. Just like male PA piercing, this is a partially urethral piercing, so a great care has to be made during procedure and aftercare.

The piercing is usually positioned about 3/8” from the urethral opening. When positioned correctly, the piercing should sit in between the inner labia. This makes the jewelry “tucked in” so it doesn’t interfere with clothes or other genital piercings.

This is a complex piercing so it’s vital to find an experienced piercer who is specialized in performing it. This is the only way to ensure satisfaction and to reduce the risk of infections and other problems.

Despite being complex in terms of placement and procedure, this is not a painful piercing. Also, it heals pretty quickly, though it’s important to restrain from sex for at least two weeks after the procedure. It’s also vital to perform regular aftercare in order to prevent infections and other problems.

Jewelry

Typical jewelry for Princess Albertina is a Captive Bead Ring, though other types of rings can sometimes be used. Some people even choose to wear circular barbells, but this is rarer.

The gauge of the jewelry matches the gauge you’re pierced with. Princess Albertina is usually performed at 10 gauge or 8 gauge. It’s important that that the ring has a small diameter so it won’t cause problems during vaginal penetration (be it sex or using sex toys).

Most of the time, thicker jewelry reduces the risk of rejection and it increases stimulation during masturbation and sex.

Additional Info and Tips

  • In order to be able to get Princess Albertina piercings, your urethra has to be large enough. Not all women are built for this piercing. Before the procedure, make sure to consult your piercer to see if you are suited for this piercing.
  • Women who experiment with urethral stimulation are more likely have large enough urethra to accommodate Princess Albertina.
  • Princess Albertina carries a greater risk of urinary tract infections. This is because female urethra is shorter. Male PA piecing doesn’t carry the same risk because male urethra is longer. This is why PA is generally safer and less complex piercing than Princess Albertina.
  • Princess Albertina is considered a functional piercing, since it can increase sexual pleasure in some users. It can be very pleasurable during masturbation and sex. However, this aspect works mainly for women who enjoy urethral stimulation.
  • This piercing is easy to stretch, so you can wear 6 gauge jewelry or even larger.
  • During the healing time, make sure to drink plenty of water. It will dilute the urine which will make urination less painful during the initial healing time.
  • Scrunty piercing is an extreme form of Princess Albertina. It passes horizontally through the urethra.

Back Dimple Piercing

Back Dimple PiercingBack Dimple piercing is a new form of piercing and it’s known under many names. Some people refer to it as “lower back” piercing, while the others call it “valley” piercing. It is even known as a “butt crack piercing”, depending on the placement.

The Piercing

Whatever you wish to call it, it’s undeniable this piercing is unique and something special. This is actually a surface piercing, so it’s prone to all of the usual problems other surface piercings can cause. One of the main problem is rejection, which makes back dimple piercing less permanent than many other piercing types. That being said, with a good care this piercing can last for a long time.

Back dimple piercing is typically done in pairs, but you may wish to have a single piercing or more than two piercings done at your lower back.

This unique piercing can have many different placements. The most common one is on the dimples on the lower back, right above the buttocks. This is a very effective placement and can be attractive if low cut jeans are worn.

Another common placement is closer to the cleft of the butt cheeks  (hence the name “butt crack piercing”), though it’s typically placed above the buttocks and not between them.

There are many other placements for this piercing, and many different ways to organize pairs and groups of piercings. The only important thing is to locate the piercings on the lower back.

Procedure

Back dimple piercing is a surface piercing and should be treated as such. There are several different ways to perform such a surface piercings. Your piercer may use one piercing needle, a pair of piercing needles, or punch and taper technique can be used. These techniques are similar to other types of surface piercings, especially corset piercings.

Your piercer should decide on the most appropriate method to use, though you may voice your preference. However, your piercer should have the last say in the matter, because a lot depends on our individual anatomy.

Jewelry

A typical jewelry for back dimple piercings is a surface bar. This is the most common jewelry for this type of surface piercing because it reduces the risk of rejection and other problems.

Another common jewelry type is a dermal anchor. This jewelry type adds security because it anchors in the skin and reduces the risk of migration and rejection (which are high for this piercing type).

Additional Info and Tips

  • While this piercing is not completely rare, it’s still unusual. It has its advantages and disadvantages. The advantage is that it’s very unique, so you will sure stand out from the crowd if you decide to get one. The disadvantage is that it might be more difficult to find a piercer who is experienced in performing this type of piercing.
  • The position of the piercing may make it difficult to clean. However, do not let that discourage you from performing adequate aftercare. It’s important to clean your new piercing regularly in order to avoid problems.
  • Back dimple piercing is prone to migration and rejection. This area of body tends to scratch on clothes and moves, which increases the risk of migration and rejection.
  • For the same reason, this piercing type might be difficult to heal properly.
  • If you have a lower back tattoo you may use piercings to enhance the tattoo’s design.

Piercing Discomfort

Piercing DiscomfortMany people wonder how much discomfort is normal and expected when wearing body piercing jewelry. There is no one universal answer to this questions, but generally speaking, your jewelry should not cause discomfort. In fact, discomfort and pain can often be a sign of a problem so you should never ignore it!

Discomfort Associated with Piercings

There are several different types of piercing situations in which you can experience discomfort. It’s very important to know which of these situations are “normal” and when you should take discomfort and pain as a warning sign.

Common sources of discomfort:

•           The procedure

•           Initial healing time

•           Swelling

•           Improperly Sized Jewelry

•           Jewelry Getting Caught on Clothes

•           Jewelry Made of Unsafe Materials

•           Jewelry Unsuitable for Your Anatomy

•           Infections and Other Problems

The Procedure

You should expect some discomfort and even pain during procedure. This goes without saying. Some people are scared of piercing needles and piercing pain, but the good news is that it’s usually not as scary as it sounds. Also, the pain itself lasts only for a few seconds (for most piercings) so it’s not something to worry about.

Another type of pain and discomfort you should expect happen a few hours after the procedure. In fact, this is typically when you can expect the most discomfort or even pain. You can use some painkillers, but if the problem persists, make sure to consult your doctor.

Initial Healing Time

Piercings take a while to heal. Out all of this time, the initial days are when you can expect the most discomfort. This is also when you should be extra careful with your piercing. You can expect it to be tender and to cause some discomfort.

Make sure not to touch it too much. In fact, you should touch your piercing only when you clean it and perform aftercare. Never twist or turn your jewelry because it can bring more problems. Monitor your piercing to notice any potential infections or other problems.

Swelling

Swelling is normal during the initial phases of healing. In fact, it is expected. Your piercer should account for swelling when choosing initial jewelry for your piercing. You will probably need to replace your initial jewelry with a shorter one after the swelling is gone.

Monitor your piercing to see if the swelling is gone. It’s normal for a new piercing to be tender, but it should start healing. If you think the swelling is not going away, make sure to consult your doctor.

Also, keep in mind that swelling is not a normal occurrence past the initial healing. If you experience swelling, bumps or tenderness in your old piercing, it’s a sign that something is wrong so you should see your doctor to treat the problem.

Improperly Sized Jewelry

Improperly sized jewelry is one of the most common reasons for discomfort. This can also lead to numerous other problems, such as infections, migration and rejection. It’s vital to wear only jewelry of the appropriate size to ensure a perfect fit.

First of all, you should always wear only jewelry in the gauge you are pierced with (or your current gauge, if you have stretched piercings). Never wear jewelry of the larger or smaller gauge than your piercing.

Another thing to keep in mind is the length of your barbells and diameter of your rings. A properly sized jewelry should sit comfortably against the skin. It should not dig into the skin or else you may develop problems. On the other hand, your jewelry should not be too long or big or else may get caught on clothes and hurt you.

Jewelry Getting Caught on Clothes

This is a common source of discomfort and it happens every now and then to most people. In most of the cases, this is not alarming and will cause only minor discomfort, but in some more serious cases you can hurt yourself and tear the tissue.

In order to avoid this, you need to be careful whenever you change your clothes. Be aware of your piercing and proceed with caution. Another way to prevent this problem is to wear appropriately sized jewelry. Stay away from too large jewelry or overly ornamented pieces.

Jewelry Made of Unsafe Materials

This is another common source of problems, and a dangerous one. Unsafe materials can cause numerous problems, such as infections, allergies, migration and rejection. Nickel allergy is among the most common allergy types, so in order to avoid it you need to ear only materials that don’t contain nickel.

It’s vital to stick to body-friendly materials, such as Surgical Steel, titanium, nickel-free gold or acrylic. This is why it’s so important to always buy only high-quality jewelry. Stay away from cheap jewelry you can get at a mall – these jewelry pieces are poorly made and typically contain harmful materials.

Jewelry Unsuitable for Your Anatomy

This can be another source of discomfort. Sometimes, a perfectly good jewelry piece just won’t fit you and your anatomy. A ring or a barbell style that fits another person just doesn’t feel right for you.

In these cases, a solution is simple: use another jewelry piece. It may be frustrating, especially if you really wanted to wear a particular jewelry piece. However, it’s much better to use another piece than risk problems. Luckily, there are so many different jewelry pieces so you will always be able to find those you like. There is no need to restrict yourself to only one jewelry type or style.

Infections and Other Problems

Infections, allergies, migration and rejection are a common source of discomfort. They are also dangerous, so it’s important to always react quickly whenever you spot a problem. Watch for any changes in your piercing. If you experience rash, redness, tenderness, pain, discharge or another problem with your piercing, it’s important to seek medical help immediately. These problems are dangerous and can harm you so it’s crucial to visit your doctor. In some cases, you may need to retire your piercing, but it’s a small price to pay.

It’s always important to monitor your piercings and treat any problem immediately. Keep in mind that while new piercings in healing are at the most risk any piercing, even an old one, can get infected. This is why it’s so important to keep a good eye on your piercings. Never ignore discomfort or tenderness since it can be a sign something is going on with your piercing.

Light vs Heavy Jewelry

Light or Heavy JewelryWearing light or heavy body jewelry is often just a matter of personal style. We all have our likes and dislikes, so our piercings and body jewelry will reflect our style. There is nothing wrong about it – after all, it’s an expression of individuality and personality.

At the same time, it’s worth knowing if there are some pitfalls of wearing heavy (or light!) jewelry. Health is important for preventing infections and other problems, so it’s worth knowing when it’s best to choose jewelry of particular weight.

Quality Jewelry Comes in All Sizes

Quality jewelry comes in all sizes… and weights. It means that a good, well-crafted, quality jewelry piece will be body-friendly regardless of its size. There are certain medical grade materials and other body-friendly materials you should choose if you wish to have quality jewelry, so you know you’re on the safe side.

The rule of thumb is: as long as you stick to body-friendly materials and well-crafted jewelry, it doesn’t really matter what the weight of the piece is. Most of the time, anyway, and for most of the people.

If you are extra sensitive and if you have a certain medical problem that would prompt you to wear jewelry of one type, that’s another thing. You should always wear jewelry of the type that suits your body and that will not endanger your health. Most of the time, however, quality jewelry is made in such a way that can be worn without a problem.

This is yet another reason why you should always wear high-quality jewelry. Cheap jewelry is poorly made and can break easily, so it can lead to numerous problems. Choose quality jewelry and you won’t have to worry about its size or weight, other than your own preferences.

A Difference between Light and Heavy

However, there are a few things to keep in mind when deciding between light and heavy body jewelry. Heavy body jewelry is, well, heavy, which means it will put a pressure on your tissue. This may be uncomfortable or very pleasurable, depending on what you prefer. Some people, for example, love to wear heavy genital jewelry since it enhances the pleasure. Others prefer light pieces you can barely feel they’re there.

Another thing to keep in mind is stretching. Pressure created by heavy jewelry can sometime lead to unwanted stretching, so if you do not wish to stretch your piercing, you might want to stick to lighter pieces.

Comfort is another issue. Heavy jewelry tends to cause more discomfort than light jewelry, though this is not a universal rule. Again, it mostly depends on the design and craftsmanship. As long as you stick to quality jewelry it should be comfortable, even when made of heavy materials.

Finally, it’s important to consider health reasons. You should never wear too heavy pieces as your initial jewelry, because they can slow down the healing process. At the same time, some of the lightest materials (organic or plastic materials) are not suitable for new piercings, so this light jewelry should be avoided. In these situations, it’s best to stick to titanium, since it’s a relatively light metal that’s also medical-grade and completely body safe.

The Materials

Please note that these are just guidelines. It will all depend on the size of the particular jewelry piece.

Light:

Light metal:

  • Titanium

Heavy:

  • Niobium
  • Surgical Steel (at larger gauges)
  • Gold (at larger gauges)

Heavy organic materials:

It’s important to remember that it’s relative. Even the heaviest materials (such as niobium) are not particularly heavy when jewelry piece is small. In other words, the weight will mostly depend on gauge and the size of the piece.

Flexible Jewelry

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Flexible jewelry is defined as jewelry made of softer, flexible materials. Unlike metals, this jewelry is more comfortable and provide other advantages to the wearer.

However, flexible jewelry is often not suited for prolonged wear, so it’s typically used as temporary jewelry for your piercing. Even with this drawback, flexible jewelry is immensely important because it offers certain advantages over metal jewelry or jewelry made of other sturdy materials. Also, there are some flexible materials that can be worn for longer periods of time.

Advances of Flexible Jewelry

Flexible jewelry offers some advances over metal and other sturdy jewelry:

  • More comfort. This type of jewelry is soft and flexible, so it provides more comfort to the wearer. Also, this jewelry is typically lightweight, much lighter than metal or even organic jewelry, which only contributes to the comfort.
  • Reduces the risk of rejection. While the risk can never be completely removed, flexible jewelry does reduce it. This type of jewelry will less likely cause migration or rejection. This is one of the main reasons why flexible jewelry is a good choice for surface piercings and other piercings known for a high rejection rate.
  • It’s easier to hide. This is not an advantage in usual circumstances, when you wish your body jewelry to be eye-catching, but it becomes useful in situations when you wish to hide your jewelry. There are many circumstances in which you might need to make your body jewelry low-key (usually for the work), so this is a good way to go.

When to Use Flexible Jewelry?

While it’s ok to wear flexible jewelry whenever you want, it’s particularly suitable for certain situations and certain piercing types.

First of all, flexible jewelry is great for surface piercings or whenever you wish to prolong the life of a piercing. This is particularly important for temporary piercings, such as corset piercings. Flexible jewelry will cause less irritation or pressure than metal jewelry pieces. While flexible jewelry is not as effective as dermal punches and surface bars, they are more useful than metal jewelry in these situations.

For similar reasons, flexible jewelry might be used for industrial piercings or orbital piercings to reduce the pressure on the piercing holes.

Another good reason to use flexible jewelry is during pregnancy. Pregnant women may wish to wear flexible jewelry in their navel piercings instead of metal jewelry, in order to reduce discomfort.

Flexible jewelry is also a good choice for all situations in which you cannot wear metal jewelry, such as airports, hospitals and other similar situations in which metal jewelry is forbidden or not recommended. Also, as mentioned above, flexible jewelry works great as hides jewelry so you can wear it in all situations in which you wish to make your piercing less visible.

Nipple Piercing Information and Tips

Nipple PiercingNipple piercings are popular for both men and women. While they are not the most common type of piercing a person can get, they are sure among the most popular intimate piercings.

Nipple piercings are known to be painful but with the right procedure the pain doesn’t last long and you can enjoy your new piercing for years.

Placement and Procedure

Nipple piercings are done on the base of the nipple, where the nipple meets areola. It’s very important to pierce only the nipple but not areola, or else you can experience numerous problems, such as infection, migration and rejection.

In order to ensure a good experience and a proper nipple piercing, it’s important to choose a knowledgeable and experienced piercer. Make sure to pick a reliable piercing studio and a person who knows what they’re doing. Nipple piercings are a bit complex so you need someone who has plenty of experience performing this type of piercing.

There are several ways to perform this piercing: clamping and freehand. The choice will generally depend on your piercer and your anatomy.

Nipple piercings generally do not have harmful side-effects. However, it’s important to ensure proper placement and correct procedure in order to have a good nipple piercing.

Jewelry

There are many jewelry pieces you can use for nipple piercing. A lot will depend on your personal preferences and anatomy.

Typically, a straight barbell is used for nipple piercings, though many people prefer to use Captive Bead Rings and other types of rings. Another choice may be a circular barbell, though this is a rarer option.

Whatever jewelry type you choose, keep in mind that it has to be properly fitted. Initially, you will want to get a bit longer jewelry that will account for swelling. This jewelry should be replaced after the swelling is gone.

It’s vital to make sure that jewelry is not too short. If it’s short, it will dig up into the nipple or areola, which is a recipe for trouble. A too long of a barbell or too big of a ring can easily get caught on clothes so that’s another situation you want to avoid.

Make sure to always use body-friendly jewelry. It has to be made of safe materials in order to prevent problems such as infections, migration or rejection.

Additional Tips

Here are some additional tips and info about nipple piercings:

  • Most people can have their nipples pierced, but it’s always important to consult your chosen piercer before you book an appointment.
  • It doesn’t matter which side you get pierced. It will depend on your preferences and desired effect. Of course, you can always pierce both of your nipples.
  • You can have more than one piercing on your nipple, which can create interesting effects when you insert your jewelry.
  • The most common type of a nipple piercing is a horizontal one, but you can have your piercing oriented in any way you like. Vertical and diagonal nipple piercings are other common variants.
  • Nipple piercings are usually done in 16 gauge (or larger) for women and 14 gauge (or larger) for men.
  • Nipple piercings are sensitive and take a while to heal properly. It takes about 3-4 months for men and around 6 months or longer for women. You can experience tenderness during this time, which is normal, but if the problem persist you need to consult your doctor.
  • Nipple piercings can do wonders for inverted nipples. They will typically keep your nipple erect so it will improve the visual image of your nipples.
  • Nipple piercings can be very erotic. They not only look great but can also provide sexual pleasure and amazing sensations.
  • Generally speaking, a nipple piercing does not prevent breastfeeding. However, it’s always important to remove jewelry before breastfeeding to prevent the baby from swallowing the jewelry or hurting their mouth.