Nipple Piercing: Process, Pain and Aftercare

This 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 piercing. Before I went ahead and made the decision to have my nipple done, I did a lot of research on other people's experiences and today I thought I'd write about my own.

The Process

First off, you have to be over 18 in order to get your nipple pierced, so make sure you have ID with you. After filling out a general health form I was lead into a small room and asked to lie down on the bed, where my piercer 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. The area was then cleaned and dressed with a large plaster.

The Pain

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 (obviously!)
  • 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

My nipple is 100% my favourite piercing and I'll keep it in for as long as I can - it was totally worth the pain! 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


  1. Wow! I don't think I could go through with having my nipple pierced - the idea makes me a bit squeamish. I'm surprised that it healed really quickly, too! I've had my nose pierced twice and both times it was an absolute nightmare. Glad to hear it went well for you, though!

    -Alicia x | Lifestyle & Advice

  2. This was interesting to read! I actually don't have any piercings at all so don't have experiences to compare to.

  3. Oh my gosh you're brave ! I don't want a nipple piercing but I can appreciate how painful they must be... i'm glad it wasn't toooo bad for you though xx

  4. I want it, it's cool. But I don't think I'm brave enough to get one! lol.

    Angelie // Chocolate Hills ATV Tour - Bohol

  5. Oh god, I'm certainly too much of a wimp to even consider any form of piercing! Some great tips for those brave folk out there!

    Musings & More

  6. I do like piercings but I'm not sure I'm brave enough to get my nipple pierced! Sounds good though! xx