When you choose the right jewelry for your piercings, it is important to pick the ones that are of the appropriate size. As you probably know, the size of your piercing hole corresponds to the size of the piercing needle. In turn, you need to wear jewelry of that same gauge.
Many times, people do not go this way. Some try to insert thicker jewelry into their piercing hole, which can lead to pain, irritation and other problems. What about smaller gauges, then? Can you wear a smaller gauge jewelry in your piercings?
Wear a Smaller Gauge Jewelry: Yes or No?
If you want to wear a smaller gauge jewelry than you piercing hole, you can run into several problems. You may think that it is an okay thing to do, especially if there is a body jewelry piece you really like. Unlike thicker jewelry, smaller gauge jewelry will typically not irritate your piercing hole and will not cause tears, pain and other problems.
You may think that because of this, it is safe to wear a smaller gauge jewelry in your piercing hole. However, there are some important issues you may face if you choose to do this. Here are some of the most common problems you can face when you wear a smaller gauge jewelry in your piercings:
- Hole Shrinkage
Hole shrinkage is perhaps the number one concern if you choose to wear a smaller gauge jewelry in your piercing. Keep in mind that jewelry is the only thing preventing the hole from closing or shrinking. It you wear jewelry that is thinner than your piercing hole, you encourage this shrinking. While your piercing will probably not close altogether you are running at a risk for your hole to shrink to a smaller gauge.
This is also not a simple thing, either. You may not care about the size of the piercing hole but shrinkage can lead to further problems. It may not shrink evenly and it may cause irritations and other problems. Because of these issues, it is highly advisable to only wear jewelry of the same size as your piercing hole.
- Jewelry Moving
When you wear a smaller gauge jewelry you are encouraging the jewelry piece to move inside of the piercing hole. This can lead to irritation and other similar problems that you probably want to avoid.
Another problem is that the movement may place the jewelry piece in a position where you don’t want it to be. In other words, the jewelry piece may not sit properly inside of the piercing hole. This may cause further problems, as well as aesthetic issues – it may simply not look good anymore. This is why it’s best to always wear jewelry that is of the same gauge as your piercing hole.
- Snagging on the Clothes
Jewelry snagging on the clothes, hair and other body parts is a permanent issue that all people with piercings face. This is particularly troublesome during the healing time, when snagging can lead to injury to your new piercing.
However, snagging can be an issue even for the older, well-established piercings. If you choose to wear a smaller gauge jewelry, you encourage your jewelry piece to move inside of the piercing hole (see #2 on this list). This movement can lead to jewelry snagging on the clothes much more than with a jewelry of the appropriate size. This is yet another reason why you should always wear jewelry of the same gauge as your piercing hole.
Donna Carlson is a staff writer for TheChainGang. She combines her love for body piercings with adult fun, such as sex toys, BDSM and other forms of pleasure. She says: “Piercings and sex toys often complement each other in the most sensual ways. I am happy to help you discover new ways to pleasure yourself and your partner. With a bit of practice, anyone can learn how to enhance their love life. And with a bit of courage, anyone can enjoy body piercings”. In addition to intimate piercings and adult toys, Donna also writes about body jewelry and other piercing adornments.