Top 10 Most Painful Piercings

There are many painful piercings one can get. While beginners will probably find any piercing painful, people with more experience know that there are certain body parts, like genitalia, that are much more sensitive than the others. This is why there are certain painful piercings that are worse or more extreme than the others.

The Most Painful Piercings: How to Judge

It may seem very simple to make a list of the most painful piercings out there, but it is more complicated than it sounds. First of all, pain if highly individual so what is very painful for one person might be almost painless to the other. This is why people often disagree about the most painful and least painful piercings out there.

Another problem is the fact that certain piercings are generally seen as very painful by default. Genital piercings, for example, are seen as the most painful piercings one can get. While this can be true on a basic level, it is also important to understand that not all genital piercings are equal. Some of them are not particularly painful at all. For example, Prince Albert (PA) piercing or Vertical Clitoral Hood (VCH) piercing are not painful at all. There are many regular (non-intimate) piercings that are much more painful than these.

Because of these factors, it is not easy to make a list of the top 10 most painful piercings. This is why various factors need to be taken into account. The list here is a combination of all the above factors, with a conscious attempt to present as many potentially painful piercings as possible, without focusing solely on genital piercings. Of course, keep in mind that a lot is individual and that one person might find a particular piercing much more painful than another person.

With this note, here is the list of the top 10 most painful piercings:

  1. Certain Lip Piercings and Multiple Lip Piercings

Lip piercings are not among the most extreme piercings out there, but some can be surprisingly painful. This is one of the things that are highly individual. For some people, lip piercings are not particularly painful but others find them worse than average. While regular, small-gauge lip piercings such as a simple labret are typically not painful, you should be aware of the more extreme lip piercings or multiple lip piercings.

Those who like the so-called “bites” piercings should be particularly careful: bites piercings require two or four piercings so you need to have several holes in your lip. Typically, you get all of these piercings during the same sitting. This makes for a more extreme procedure.

  1. Complex Ear Cartilage Piercings

Ear piercings are generally not painful piercings, but think twice if you wish to get an ear cartilage piercing. These can be much more painful than you may think. This is particularly true for piercings on top of the ear cartilage, but other locations and spots can also be very sensitive. Many people consider these piercings to be very simple, and they tend to be right, but keep in mind that a piercing doesn’t need to be complex in order to be painful.

Just like lip piercings, ear cartilage piercing pain is individual. Some people don’t find them painful at all while others find them surprisingly painful. While there is a good chance that your ear cartilage piercing will not be shockingly painful, it is also good to keep this pain in mind, just in case it turns out to be worse than you expected.

  1. Large Gauge Ear Piercings

Painful PiercingsLarge gauge piercings can be painful. There are many people who stretch their earlobes to create large gauge piercings. This doesn’t have to be painful because there are various techniques you can use to make it into a gradual process. However, some people want to get a large gauge ear piercing straight away. If this is what you want, keep in mind that your piercer either has to use a large gauge needle or dermal punches to create large holes. This can be much more painful than a simple earlobe piercing, so you need to be prepared.

This is also a good place to remember that any large gauge piercing can be painful, regardless of the body part. In fact, large gauge piercings are among the most painful piercings you can get. The only way to avoid pain is to stretch gradually, but this takes time. This is why many people choose to go through a painful procedure, to make things faster.

  1. Nipple Piercing

Nipple piercing is one of the more painful piercings you can get. Unlike piercings above, this one is generally painful even if the piercer uses relatively small gauge needle for the procedure. The pain is emphasized by the fact that people generally get nipple piercings in both nipples, which means that you need to get two piercings during the same sitting.

However, keep in mind that there are many people who don’t find nipple piercings particularly bad. Again, it’s all individual and you might be one of those lucky people who don’t find nipple piercings so painful. It may also be a thing about expectations: if you expect a piercing to hurt you may be pleasantly surprised when it’s not as bad as you imagined.

  1. Dydoe Piercing

Genital piercings generally have a reputation of being painful. In fact, the worst painful piercings you can get are genital piercings. However, not all genital piercings are equally bad and some are actually much better than you expect. In this sense, just because a piercing is genital doesn’t mean that it will be particularly painful. On the other hand, it is undeniable that some of the worst piercings when it comes to pain are genital piercings, particularly penis piercings.

Dydoe is one of the bad ones. This is a piercing on the edge of the penis head and it can look very effective. While there are many men who don’t find it horribly bad, it is undeniable that this is a very painful piercing. What makes it even worse is the fact that people generally choose to have two Dydoe piercings on the penis, one on the each side of the penis head. Getting two penis piercings in the same sitting is no fun.

  1. Reverse Prince Albert (Reverse PA)

Reverse Prince Albert is a surprisingly painful male genital piercing. On one hand, it should not be surprising: after all, it is a penis piercing, and these tend to be painful. On the other hand, many people see it as a variation of a regular Prince Albert (PA) piercing, which is not particularly painful.

The bad news is that Reverse PA is not really similar to regular PA piercing. While regular Prince Albert piercing goes through the urethra and only pierces a thin piece of skin on the underside of the penis glans, Reverse PA goes into the opposite direction: it may starts at the pee hole but it pierces vertically through the upper part of the penis glans to have a hole on top of the penis glans. While there are worse piercings out there, this is definitely one of the most painful piercings you can get.

  1. Apadravya Piercing

Apadravya is a vertical piercing through the head of the penis. In  way, it is basically a combination of a regular PA and a Reverse PA. Apadravya goes vertically all the way through the penis head so it is clear how painful it can get. While this is definitely one of the more painful piercings it also brings so much sexual pleasure to the wearer and his partner. For this reason, there are many men who choose to go through the procedure.

While Apadravya is a painful piercing, there is a way to minimize the pain or at least make it less extreme. Since Apadravya is a combination of a regular PA and Regular PA, you can get it in two sittings. First, you get a regular PA that doesn’t hurt much. Once this piercing is fully healed, you get a Reverse PA to complete the piercing. This takes more time to get an Apadravya but it tends to be less painful than just getting all of Apadravya in one sitting.

  1. Ampallang Piercing

Ampallang is a horizontal penis piercing. Just like Apadravya, it is one of the most popular male genital piercings out there because it can bring so much pleasure. On the other hand, it is undeniable that this is among the most painful piercings one can get. It is important to understand this fact before you choose to get an Ampallang.

Unlike Apadravya, Ampallang is always done in one sitting. This makes it more painful by default. This piercing goes horizontally through the head of the penis so it tends to be long. The only way to make it a bit less painful is to get an Ampallang that goes through the urethra. This will provide a bit of a break in pain when the needle goes through the natural hole in the penis (urethra).

  1. Clitoris Piercing

Female genital piercings tend to be less painful than the male genital piercings. However, clitoris piercing is a huge exception to this rule. Clitoris piercing tend to be one of the most painful piercings you can get. Clitoris is very sensitive, so this is a very painful piercing, despite its small size.

Clit JewelryKeep in mind that “Clitoris piercing” refers only to the full clitoris piercing. That is, the one that goes through the clitoris itself. This is not a particularly common or popular female genital piercings. The more popular variants: Vertical Clitoral Hood piercing (VCH), Horizontal Clitoral Hood piercing (HCH) or Triangle piercing, do not go through the clitoris itself. Rather, they go through the tissue surrounding the clitoris so they are not as painful. This is an important distinction that you should keep in mind.

  1. Transscrotal Procedures

Transscrotal procedures are large gauge piercings that go through the whole scrotal tissue and create a hole that goes from front of the testicles to the back. This is different than more popular and much more simpler scrotal piercings such as Hafada. Hafada and other regular scrotal piercings only go through the skin of the scrotum so they are basically surface piercings. It is a completely different situation with Transscrotal procedures. These go through the whole tissue of the scrotum so they are very long. Even worse, these are large gauge piercings so a big hole needs to be made.

This is why Transscrotal procedures are among the most painful piercings you can get. Since they are large gauge, they are not made with typical piercing needles but with a scalper. It means that your piercing artist needs to have a license to use a scalper. This is more extreme and complex than regular piercings. It is therefore understandable that Transscrotal procedures are more painful than typical piercings.

About Melina Jackson:
Melina is a staff writer, author and researcher for TheChainGang. She covers numerous subjects, from body jewelry to kinky adult toys. In addition to this, Melina also provides occasional adult toy reviews written in an interesting and sexy manner. She says: “I’m happy and proud to be a part of TheChainGang team. I enjoy every research because I know how much importance TheChainGang places on customer satisfaction and providing accurate and up to date information. I particularly like sex toy reviews: they are fun to write and experience”. In addition to writing and researching, Melina provides online research results and handy information for buyers interested in accurate and easily understandable tips and advice on choosing the best adult toys and body jewelry.

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