Nipple Piercing for Men

Male Nipple PiercingNipple piercing is among the most popular piercings in the world.

While it was once considered alternative and unusual, it’s getting more and more mainstream acceptance these days.

It’s therefore not surprising that there are so many people who wish to get this piercing, and many of these people are men.

Men and Nipple Piercings

While some people think nipple piercings are mostly for women or that they suit women better, the truth is that both men and women can have a nipple piercing without a problem. Sure, there are differences in sizes of the nipple (and often, the nipple’s position), but other than that, a female nipple piercing and a male nipple piercing are very similar to each other.

The placement is made in the same way, at the base of the nipple. It’s important not to get pierced the areola, since it can lead to complications (though not necessarily).

Even the jewelry is basically the same. Most men with nipple piercings, just like women with nipple piercings, wear straight barbells in their piercing. However, some men prefer to wear Captive Bead Rings instead. This is very similar to the way women choose to wear their nipple jewelry. The main difference is that male jewelry will typically be less ornamented. Also, women tend to wear nipple shields more than men, but this is not the rule.

Other than this, male nipple piercings are basically the same as female nipple piercings.

Male Nipple Piercing Info

Here are some important things you need to know about male nipple piercings:

  • The piercing is typically performed in gauge 14 and up. Many men can best accommodate 14 gauge nipple piercing, though some men can use gauge 12 if their nipples are large enough.
  • Typical healing time for male nipple piercing is 4 to 6 months.
  • Nipple piercing will make the nipple more erect, slightly larger and more sensitive.
  • Just like female nipple piercing, it’s important not to make the piercing too deep into the areola. It prolongs the healing time and increases the risk of infections and other problems.
  • Too shallow piercings have an increased risk of migration and rejection. This is why a nipple piercing should never be done near the tip of the nipple.
  • Men can successfully stretch their nipples or wear heavier jewelry pieces in their nipple piercing without a problem.

Rare Tongue Piercings

tongueTongue piercing is among the most popular piercings in the world. However, a classic tongue piercing is not the only possible placement. Typically, tongue piercings are performed transversally through the tongue, roughly at the center. This is a very effective placement and it’s not surprising it’s so popular. Still, it’s just one of the possible ways to pierce a tongue.

If you are interested in tongue piercings but you’re looking for something more unique and unusual, try some of the rare placements. These can be very effective & sure make for a more unique piercing.

Rare Placements

Here are some of the rarer tongue piercing placements. Some of them are considered separate piercing types since they vary significantly from the classic tongue piercing. The more unique tongue piercings include:

  • Horizontal Tongue Piercing
  • Tongue Rim Piercing
  • Tongue Web Piercing
  • Tongue Surface Piercing
  • Lingum Piercing
  • Scoop Piercing

A good thing about these piercing types is that they are unique enough to truly make a difference, but also popular enough to have piercers with experience doing those types of piercings.

Also, a special tongue body modification is tongue splitting. This is a more extreme modification and it’s not considered a piercing in the strict sense of the word. However, it’s a procedure some people prefer to conventional piercings. If you wish to have a tongue splitting it’s important to find a very experienced piercer specialized in this type of procedure. Keep in mind, it deviates from usual piercing procedure and it’s more extreme in nature.

Horizontal Tongue Piercing

This is a horizontal variant of a tongue piercing. It goes through the tongue tissue horizontally, from left to right. As such, it passes through more tissue than a conventional (vertical) tongue piercing, and it’s therefore considered a more extreme type of a piercing.

When performing this piercing, it’s vital to preserve the tongue’s functionality. Your tongue has to remain in a good shape to eat and talk, so it’s crucial to choose an appropriate spot to pierce. While it’s possible to pierce any part of the tongue horizontally, it’s important to choose the one that will not interfere with speech and other functions of the tongue.

It is vital to choose an experienced piercer. Your chosen piercer has to have knowledge and experience performing this type of piercing – you should not rely on someone who’s performed classic (vertical) tongue piercings only. A good piercer will know not only how to identify the best placement that will not interfere with normal tongue functions but will also know how to find the major blood vessels and adjust the placement based on them.

Keep in mind that this piercing is anatomy-dependent. Not everybody is well suited for horizontal tongue piercings.

Another thing to know is that this type of piercing is more painful to perform than standard tongue piercings, since the piercing goes through more tissue. The healing time is also longer – you can expect this piercing to heal in 5-6 months and more.

Typical jewelry for horizontal tongue piercing is a long straight barbell. The barbell can be made of any body-friendly material. For initial jewelry, flexible barbells are recommended since they don’t put so much pressure on the tissue.

Tongue Rim Piercing

This is a specific placement for a tongue piercing. Instead of piercing centrally, tongue rim piercings are located on the outer edge of the tongue. While it’s possible to get a single tongue rim piercing, the most common variation are pairs of tongue rim piercings, one on the each side of the tongue.

Typical jewelry for tongue rim piercings are rings. They look very effective when placed on the tongue. However, a proper care has to be taken since these piercings and their jewelry can cause damage to the teeth and gums.

Tongue Web Piercing

This rare piercing is done on the thin web under the tongue. It is an unusual but relatively simple piercing with a short healing time. It is not known to cause much trouble for the wearer. The only thing to pay attention to is aftercare: it’s important to clean your new piercing after each meal and at least in the morning and evening.

This piercing is typically problem-free, but there is one downside: it is rarely visible. One needs to open mouth in a specific way for this piercing to be visible. As such, it doesn’t offer much aesthetic value but there are still other reasons why you might want to have this unusual tongue piercing.

Tongue Surface Piercings

There are many different types of tongue surface piercings. What they have in common is that they are done on the surface of the tongue, meaning, the tongue tissue is not fully perforated.

There are numerous ways to perform these piercings – almost any point of the tongue can be pierced on the surface. Also, it’s possible to choose between top and bottom placements, which create completely different effects.

As with any other surface piercing, keep in mind that these piercings may be prone to migration and rejection. Proper placement, experienced piercer and body-friendly jewelry will help preserving these surface piercings for longer.

The most popular types of tongue surface piercings are Lingum and Scoop piercing.

  • Lingum piercing is a tongue surface piercing that goes through the lower part of the tongue.
  • Scoop piercing is a surface tongue piercing done horizontally on the tongue. This piercing differs from horizontal tongue piercing in that it doesn’t go through the full tongue tissue: it is located on the surface of the tongue.

Rare Ear Piercings: Ragnar

ragnarThe Ragnar piercing is a special version of the snug piercing. It’s also known as “deep snug” and it’s considered a special placement and a modification of the more popular snug piercing type. As such, it’s not as popular as its more common counterpart.

However, this is a very interesting piercing variation so it’s definitely something to try if you’re looking for a reliable but unique ear piercing.

What Makes Ragnar Piercing Different?

Ragnar is a special, rare piercing performed on the ear cartilage. For a piercing to be called “Ragnar”, it has to be performed on a specific place, on the point where the earlobe blends into the helix. However, unlike the regular snug piercing this one is made to extend and go all the way through the outer rim of the ear. This way, the cartilage is deeply pierced and the jewelry exits on the other side of the ear.

This is a very effective piercing type, and while it’s considered a variation of a snug piercing, it’s vital to keep in mind that it should be treated as a unique piercing, especially when it comes to procedure and aftercare. Ragnar passes through so much tissue, which make it more complex than many other ear piercings. While this is not a fully complex piercing, it’s undoubtedly more sensitive and complicated to perform than a regular snug. Therefore, it’s absolutely vital to choose a piercer who is experienced with Ragnar piercings and who knows how to perform them right. You do not wish to end up with a scar tissue, infection or another problem. While this piercing type is not problematic on its own, the fact it’s rare makes it necessary to be careful.

Ragnar is a type of a horizontal piercing, which is always unique to see on an ear. Horizontal ear piercings are very effective and they add a special visual effect, so they are made to attract attention. What makes Ragnar special is that it creates a very unique look, since it’s made to look like the jewelry has one ball inside the ear rim while the other one is on the outside edge of the ear.

Pay Special Attention

If you wish to have a Ragnar piercing, there are some things you need to think about. Like it’s said above, it’s absolutely crucial to find a piercer who is experienced with this piercing type. In addition to this, pay close attention to:

  • Ragnar passes through a large amount of tissue, which makes aftercare more complex. Cartilage is sensitive so it has to be touched with care. Since this piercing goes through major points in the ear cartilage it makes the piercing not only sensitive but fragile. The piercing takes months to heal (often close to a year to fully heal), so it’s important to be careful with the aftercare. In addition to regular aftercare measures (cleaning your piercing with saline solution), you need to make sure not to hurt your ear in any way. Avoid any harsh chemicals near your ear, including shampoos and skin products. Do not sleep on your ear for at least several weeks (perhaps even more). Keep your hair away from your ear. Be very careful when dressing up or taking your clothes off. It’s absolutely vital not to touch or hurt your piercing. It goes without saying: you should not twist or turn jewelry in any way. It’s important to let your new Ragnar piercing heal.
  • The most common jewelry type for a Ragnar piercing is a simple straight barbell. While this piercing is a relatively long for an ear cartilage piercing, it’s still shorter than Industrial piercings, so no special barbells are needed. In other words, a regular barbell will do – you don’t need one that’s super-long. Keep in mind: Industrial piercings are actually two piercings at one and while the jewelry is long the actual pierced area is smaller than that of Ragnar. Ragnar pierces more tissue. For this reason, some people opt for barbells made of flexible material rather than metal barbells. Flexible barbells but less strain on the tissue, which minimizes risk of migration, rejection and other problems. Also, flexible jewelry is more likely to adjust to the ear’s natural curves. On the other hand, metal jewelry is generally more reliable, so you may consider it for your Ragnar piercing once it’s fully healed. Some people use metal barbells as initial jewelry and they don’t have any problems, so it depends on the case.
  • Knowledgeable piercer? Finding a good piercer for a Ragnar piercing might not be easy. Even some highly experienced piercers are unfamiliar with this piercing type. Of course, the more experienced a piercer is, the more chances they will know how to handle a Ragnar. That being said, always try to go for someone who’s actually performed this piercing in the past. Ask for photos and credentials before you decide on a piercer.
  • Since Ragnar passes through a lot of cartilage tissue, it is bound to be painful. As you probably know, all ear cartilage piercings are painful to some degree. Since this one is particularly long, you can expect some degree of pain. However, there are certainly piercings that are more painful than Ragnar. People with Ragnar tend to agree that it’s worth a pain, so this should not prevent you from getting a Ragnar piercing if you want. That being said, this is definitely not a piercing for beginners or those who hate pain.

Nipple Jewelry Guide

Nipple Jewelry StylesNipple piercings are among the most popular piercings in the world, so it’s not surprising there are many different jewelry styles and jewelry types made for this piercing.

Some of these jewelry styles are basic ones and can be used for many different piercing types while others are made and designed for nipple piercings only.

The Most Popular Styles

Here are the most popular nipple jewelry styles:

  • Straight Barbells. Perhaps the most common nipple jewelry style is a straight barbell. It can accommodate nipple easily and it looks very effective in a pierced nipple. These barbells are smooth and go through a nipple easily, while their ends can be plain or decorated with a gem or another element.
  • Captive Bead Rings. Another common nipple jewelry style is a Captive Bead Ring (CBR). Rings are so popular that some people assume they are the only jewelry style available for pierced nipples. CBRs can be plain or they may come with a decoration, such as a decorative bead, gem, charm or another decoration.
  • Other Rings. Instead of CBRs, some people choose to wear different types of rings in their nipple piercings. Popular choices include segment and seamless rings, as well as screwball rings.
  • Nipple Shields and Nipple Rounders. These are more elaborate nipple jewelry pieces. They are usually larger in size and they are meant to encircle the nipple and accentuate it. Many nipple shields consist of a shield itself and a primary jewelry (usually a straight barbell). Others only include the shield and you have to add a barbell yourself. Nipple shields and rounders come in many different sizes, shapes and decorations, so they can be truly eye-catching.
  • Nipple Stirrups. Nipple stirrups are special dangle decorations added to the main jewelry piece, usually a straight barbell. Some of these dangle are very simple and consist only of a chain suspended from both sides of a barbell (or another jewelry piece). On the other hand, some dangles are very richly ornamented, with gems, beads, charms and other decorations. Some dangles are thick and made into full swings. Sometimes, these dangles are made to hold large decorations. These large decorations can be very attractive and made in the shape of birds, butterflies, flowers and other shapes.
  • Nipple Trainers. These are special devices made to be worn on the nipples in order to stretch and expand the nipples. They are often used in bondage and other sexual activities, but can be worn for the visual effect alone. Nipple trainers typically have special adjustment screws that allow the device to stretch to different heights. Nipple trainers are not, strictly speaking, nipple jewelry, but they are popular among people who like intense nipple stimulation, nipple stretching and nipple torture.
  • Decorative Elements. There are many other decorative elements that can be added to the basic nipple jewelry piece to make it more attractive. Some of the popular choices include charms, whirls, swings, chains, and more. Nipple jewelry is often very decorated so there are many decorative elements that are often used to make a jewelry piece more attractive.

Most Popular Body Jewelry Types

Popular Jewelry TypesThere are many different and unique body jewelry types in the world. Body jewelry is varied and comes in many different shapes, sizes and styles.

These are the most popular types of body jewelry:

Captive Bead Rings

Captive Bead Ring, also known as “CBR”, is the most popular body jewelry style in the world. These rings are so popular that many people call any body jewelry piece “a ring”, even if it’s not a ring at all.

Captive Bead Rings are circular in shape. They have a removable ball or charm pressured by both sides to keep it in place. To open the ring one has to remove the ball, which is usually done using specially designed ring opening pliers. To close the ring, it’s best to use ring closing pliers in order to avoid damage to the ring.

These rings are widely used for almost all piercing types. They are very practical and relatively affordable, so it’s not surprising they are so popular. One downside to these rings is that it’s easy to lose the bead so it’s advisable to always carry a replacement bead in order to keep your jewelry in place.


Barbells are among the most popular jewelry types in the world. They come in many different styles and sizes and they can be used for almost any piercing imaginable. The decorations vary significantly: some barbells are very plain and simple while the others are richly ornamented.

Each barbell has a shaft and a ball on each end. The balls are threaded to the shaft and there are two ways to make a threading. Internally threaded barbells have a ball with a threaded post and the shaft is smooth. Externally threaded barbells have a shaft with a threaded post. Internally threaded barbells are much better and safer to use.

Depending on the shape of the shaft, barbells can be divided into:

  • Straight barbells: They have a straight shaft with a ball on each side.
  • Curved barbells: They have a curved shaft. They are often used for navel piercings.
  • Circular barbells: They have a curved shaft and resemble rings that are not fully closed.
  • Spirals: These shaft have a spiral or wavy shaft.
  • Industrial barbells: They look like straight barbells, only with a much longer shaft.


Studs are relatively simple jewelry pieces particularly popular for lip, tongue and nostril piercings. Studs include a post with a decoration on one end and a flat or round base on the other end. The decoration is typically simple: a bead or a small gem. The base is often wider than the shaft to prevent the jewelry to fall out.

Studs are often worn in lip piercings, where they are known as labret studs. Labrets have wide, flat bases on the end. Studs are also popular for nose piercings, where there are known as “Nose Bones”. Studs are typically easy to put on and remove.

Ear Plugs

Ear plugs are jewelry pieces specially designed for stretched earlobes and other types of stretched piercings. They are made in larger gauges to accommodate the stretched piercing. Many of these plugs are made in organic materials, such as glass, wood, stone, horn & bone. Plugs can also be made of metals.

There are several distinctive ear plug types: double flared, single flared and no-flared plugs. Plugs without flares and those with only one flare require O rings to keep them in place.

Ear plugs should not be confused for flesh tunnels, another popular jewelry type. Unlike plugs, tunnels and earlets have a hole in the middle. Flesh tunnels also come as double flared, single flared or no flared designs.

Nefertiti Piercing

Nefertiti PiercingNefertiti piercing is a female genital piercing made to combine a usual clitoral hood piercing and Christina piercing.

While not the most popular genital piercing of them all, it has its fans.

Many women decide to get this piercing because of its striking visual effect.

Piercing and Placement

The Nefertiti piercing is said to be popularized by Shane Munce. This piercing was named after the Egyptian queen Nefertiti, who was famous for her beauty. Similarly, this specific genital piercing is made to be very visually striking and stunning, so it’s not surprising that such a name was picked for this piercing type.

Nefertiti piercing is a combination of two female genital piercings: a vertical clitoral hood piercing and a Christina piercing. It starts out very high, on the pubic mound, just like a Christina piercing. Unlike Christina, it doesn’t end at the top of the clitoris but it continues downwards, all the way through the clitoral hood, just like a VCH piercing.

This way, a very long piercing is produced. Nefertiti goes all the way from the pubic mound to the end of the clitoral hood. It combines the length of Christina and vertical clitoral hood piercings.


Recommended initial jewelry for Nefertiti piercing is a flexible bar made of nylon or tygon. This is made so the jewelry wouldn’t hurt the healing tissue and to accommodate movement in the early stages of healing. However, some piercers choose to use metal jewelry straight away. Keep in mind however that flexible jewelry is much better since it reduces the pressure put on the piercing that goes through so much flesh.

Once the piercing is healed you can wear metal jewelry. The standard jewelry type for Nefertiti piercing is a long straight barbell.

Additional Info and Tips

  • Nefertiti piercings tend to be very long, since they consist of two piercing lengths: Christina and VCH. This length makes the healing time very long. Any piercing that goes through this much tissue will have a long healing time. The healing time is about 12 to 18 months, sometimes even longer.
  • Since it consists of a vertical hood piercing and a Christina piercing (which is a surface piercing), Nefertiti should be treated as a combination of a clitoral hood and a surface piercing.
  • Nefertiti piercing is known as a functional piercing since it can enhance pleasure for some women. The gem or ball on the jewelry can rub against the clitoris and produce pleasurable sensations. On the other hand, the length of the piercing and jewelry may be uncomfortable for some women.
  • You will need to take jewelry out in order to shave or wax your pubic area.
  • Since the upper part of Nefertiti piercing is a surface piercing, it is prone to migration and rejection.
  • Sometimes, this piercing or jewelry can become uncomfortable if you wear tight clothes, such as skinny jeans.

Guiche Piercing

Guiche PiercingA guiche piercing is a male genital piercing done on the perineum. This is not the most popular and widespread genital piercing, but there are many men who have it, so it’s not considered rare, either.

Guiche piercing is not difficult to perform and it can bring added stimulation, so many men enjoy it to the fullest.

Piercing and Placement

The Guiche piercing (pronounced “geesh”) first gained popularity among gay BDSM culture, only to become more common among all demographics in the 1980s and 1990s. According to Doug Malloy, this piercing is of a Polynesian origin. He said that some communities on Tahiti used to practice it on teenage boys. However, there is no concrete proof of this claim.

A Guiche piercing is done on the perineum, on the spot between a man’s scrotum and the anus. Typically, the piercing is done centrally, across the raphe (the midline of the penis). This standard placement is done transversely to the penis, but other placements are also possible. For example, some men choose to have their guiche done laterally.

Guiche is not difficult to perform, but some care must be taken. It’s mainly because this piercing is something between a regular piercing and a surface piercing, so it may require special care.


Typical jewelry for a guiche piercing is a Captive Bead Ring. Many men choose these rings because they are practical and they can also be used to attach weights. Captive Bead Rings can be used both as initial jewelry and regular jewelry.

Other popular jewelry type are barbells, usually circular barbells, but other styles are always possible.

If a guiche piercing is stretched, it can accommodate jewelry made for large gauge piercings, such as plugs or flesh tunnels. However, wearing such jewelry may cause discomfort due to the position of the piercing.

Additional Info and Tips

  • Typical healing time for this piercing is between 6 and 9 months.
  • It’s vital to keep perfect hygiene. This piercing is located very near the anus so it’s understandable that you should take a great care about hygiene. This should go even beyond the healing time – this is piercing that you need to take care of at all times.
  • Guiche piercings are prone to migration and rejection because of their placement.
  • Many men like to wear special weights through their guiche piercing jewelry for additional stimulation.
  • This piercing is considered functional, since it is known to increase sexual pleasure. It can also be used for various kink and bondage activities.
  • Some men have more than one guiche piercing done. Multiple guiche piercings are known as a “guiche ladder”. A guiche ladder can be formed as an extension of an existing frenum ladder.
  • It is possible to stretch a guiche piercing. Such a stretched piercing is often known as a “guiche tunnel”.
  • There is a female variant of this piercing, called “female guiche”. However, guiche piercings are much rarer with women.

Barbells or Rings: Which is Better for Initial Jewelry?

Barbells or RingsSome people wonder which is the best jewelry type for initial piercings. As you know, initial jewelry should satisfy some special standards regular jewelry does not have to include.

For example, while all body jewelry has to be made of body-friendly materials, certain materials are considered safe only for fully healed piercings.

For example, initial jewelry should use only certain materials, such as titanium or 316LVM Surgical Steel, while gold and organic materials are not recommended for new piercings.

Similarly, initial jewelry should be of a certain length. This is particularly important for piercings where swelling is expected. Many piercings swell after the procedure is performed, so initial jewelry should be longer than the regular one.

Apart from these guidelines, there is also one common dilemma about initial piercings: should barbells or rings be used as jewelry? Or, to put it this way: which jewelry type is more suitable for new piercings – barbells or rings?

Which is Better?

Generally speaking, both barbells and rings are good choice as initial jewelry, as long as a particular jewelry type can accommodate this jewelry. Most piercings that can use barbells (be it straight, curved or circular barbells) can also use rings, so it’s not a problem.

Rings are often considered to be safer because they allow for easier cleaning. Proper cleaning is vital for aftercare and preventing problems, so it’s very important to perform regularly. Also, rings can accommodate swelling easily, so they often do not have to be changed once the first swelling is gone.

On the other hand, rings have certain disadvantages. They are more difficult to insert, though this should not be much of a concern, since your piercer will be the one to insert your initial jewelry. Also, rings are reported to cause more discomfort in some cases.

If we talk about barbells, it’s important to know that they can be cleaned properly – you just have to be more careful. Also, it’s possible to use a long enough barbell to accommodate for swelling, so this should not be a concern.

For example, rings are not a great initial jewelry choice for tongue piercings. In this case, it’s best to use a barbell. However, it’s vital to choose a barbell that is long enough to accommodate for swelling. Once the swelling is gone it has to be changed for a shorter barbell. It’s best to make your piercer change the jewelry for you.

The same should be done for other piercings with a significant swelling, such as lip piercings. Rings may be great jewelry for these piercings once they are fully healed, but different jewelry types, such as barbells or labrets are better used as initial jewelry. Just like tongue jewelry, initial lip jewelry should be longer to accommodate for swelling. Once the swelling is gone, your piercer should change your jewelry to a shorter one.

Also, navel piercings will typically benefit from barbells instead of rings as initial jewelry. While you may wear rings in your healed belly button piercing, it’s better to use a curved barbell as your initial jewelry. Rings are more likely to move inside the piercing and they can easily get snagged on clothing, which can be dangerous during the healing time.

Another thing to note in barbell vs ring dilemma is that the difference in curvature. Rings are always curved, which may be problem for certain piercings. With barbells, you can choose between different barbell designs, from straight to curved and circular. Each has a different curvature, so in case your jewelry has to be straight, it’s best to avoid both rings and more curved barbells and stick to straight barbells.

In Conclusion

At the end of the day, there is no much of a difference. Both barbells and rings make suitable initial jewelry, as long as they are well-crafted and made of body-friendly materials. For most piercing types, there is really no need to stress over the choice. Both barbells and rings will do a good job.

In some cases, yes, there is a bit of a difference. This is particularly important for very sensitive piercings, or those that are not easy to clean. However, it’s important to know that this small advantage also brings certain disadvantages. Ultimately, the choice is yours (and your piercer’s). That being said, keep in mind that both barbells and rings are good choices and neither will endanger your new piercing.

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.

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 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.