Today's post is quite personal and a little different to what I'd usually feature on my blog... as I'm sure you've gathered from the title, it's all about my nipple piercing. Early last year I made the spontaneous decision to have a bar put through my left boob. Beforehand I did a bit of research on other people's experiences and thought I'd write about my own!
First off, you have to be over 18 in order to get your nipple done, so make sure you have ID with you! After filling out a general health form I was lead into the piercing room and asked to lie down on the bed, where my lady began to talk me through the procedure - she was SO lovely and did a wonderful job at making me feel comfortable and relaxed. She then asked if I was okay to have a male chaperone, which I was absolutely fine with. It can be a little awkward being sat in a strange room with your baps out for all to see, but there's nothing to be embarrassed about, these people pierce hundreds of nips and bits every week!
Once the piercer had marked the placement and we both made sure we were happy, it was time for my poor nip to be clamped (I thought this was going to be really painful but it wasn't bad at all, you just feel a small pinch). I took a deep breath and in the needle went, before being replaced with the bar. My lady then cleaned up the area and dressed it with a large plaster.
Anyone who says a nipple piercing doesn't hurt is either lying or possesses a superhuman pain tolerance. This is definitely the most unpleasant piercing I've ever had, BUT it's nowhere near as traumatic as people make out. Yes, it stings (the bar going in more so than the needle) and I'm not ashamed to say I let out a little yelp, but it's literally over in seconds. Concentrate on your breathing and ask the piercer to carry on their conversation with you - I find silence always makes it worse!
Of course, you can always take a friend or your partner along if you feel you might need a bit of moral support.
The aftercare of my piercing is what I was worried about the most (and what almost put me off having it done) as I'd heard so many horror stories, but it actually turned out to be super easy to take care of and within a fortnight I barely even noticed it was there. The piercer gave me several plasters to take with me but the bleeding pretty much stopped after a couple of hours.
For the first month or so I filled an egg cup with warm salt water and used it to clean my piercing twice a day. A cotton bud soaked in tee tree oil works well, too. The area was a bit sore for about a week but since then I've had absolutely no problems. It's healed quicker than any of my other piercings - even my ears!
I often get asked if it has, ahem, 'increased sensitivity.' I personally haven't noticed a change but everybody's different!
A few more tips:
- Make sure you go somewhere you know is safe and sanitary. The last thing you want is a nasty infection
- Eat beforehand to ensure you don't feel light headed
- Nipple piercings heal up fast - be mindful if you decide to remove it
- Try to keep your boyfriend/girlfriend at arms length for a few days, if you know what I mean... or at least exercise caution!
- Be careful not to catch it whilst it's healing - it kills! Make sure to throw away any sponges/loofahs with holes in, they're the worst offenders
As someone who isn't blessed in the boob area, I've always been a bit self conscious about my chest but since having my nipple pierced I feel so much more confident. It's my favourite piercing and I'll keep it in for as long as I can! If you've been thinking about having it done then be brave and go for it - it's really not that bad and it looks amazing.
I hope you've found this post helpful or informative in some way. Let me know what your favourite piercing is, if you have any! x