What Does It Feel Like To Get Your Nipples Pierced?

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All piercings hurt - that's a fact. But your nipples are a very sensitive part of your anatomy. With such a nerve-filled area, it can be a very intimidating prospect to go and get them pierced.

We asked several Body Candy babes what their nipple piercing experience was really like - here's what they had to say (note: some names have been changed for privacy):

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Whitney S - Toledo, OH:

When I went to the piercing shop, I met the piercer and we had a short consultation about what would be happening. She started with a clamp, which I was NOT ready for. It was nothing compared to the needle, but it was still pretty shocking and a little painful. In my opinion, my first nipple (the left one) was easier. After they had it clamped, they made a little purple mark and then lined up the needle with the marks to make sure it was positioned right. I wasn't expecting it to take so long, but with nipple piercings, I guess they take extra time pushing the needle through the nipple to make sure it's straight and all. 

To be honest, my chest tightened up a bit due to the adrenaline. I definitely felt the needle go through the nipple every step of the way. My first nipple was pretty painful, maybe a 7 out of 10. But my second nipple was easily the most painful part because I knew what was coming next. My second nipple piercing was a 9 out of 10 on the pain scale. I think the worst pain was when the needle pushed through the other side of my nipple. Overall, I was there for like twenty minutes. But I don't regret it at all, I love my nipple rings.

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Caithlyn C - Decatur, MI:

I don't think nipple piercings are anywhere near as bad as everyone says. The piercing itself was so quick, and while I didn't enjoy the sensation, it really was not bad at all. I will say that my pain tolerance is pretty high, but I just didn't experience the same amount of discomfort people tried to warn me about.

The recovery for me was easy. I started wearing bras, clothes, and whatever else right away. I got it caught on a blanket on the second day, which hurt enough for me to yell out. But I think people try to be dramatic about the pain and recovery and I just didn't think it was a tough process at all.

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Morgan W - Rochester, NY:

I just got mine done, and the experience is still fresh in my mind. What I remember most, it took longer than I thought for the needle to make it all the way through my nipple. The first poke stings, no doubt about that. I felt it all the way through. It is a painful, stinging, sensation. The piercer did my right nipple first - it was tough, but not horrible. 5.5 out of 10 on the pain scale.

I tried to relax before the piercer did my left nipple but I already knew it was going to burn and I think that added to my pain. The second piercing was worse for sure, I give it an 8 out of 10 on the pain scale.

It's hard to explain but after being pierced, my nipples felt "constricted." It was weird because my left nipple hurt more to get pierced, but barely hurt the next day. My right nipple hurt less but it was really, really painful for the next few days. Every body is different and every piercing is different, that's just how my body happened to react.

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Jayme B - Raleigh, NC:

The piercing itself was easy! I only got one nipple pierced - it was cleaned, marked, clamped, and pierced with jewelry before I even knew it. I was in the booth for what seemed like less than a minute and I barely even remember feeling the needle pass through.

For me, the aftermath was tough. For two weeks, my right nipple was very painful to the touch. My nipple was feeling really sensitive, especially to different temperatures like a hot shower. The pain felt like a burning sensation and if you held your hand over it, you could feel the heat radiating from my skin. Even just a shirt or my bra touching it hurt.

For about a month, it was pretty uncomfortable. I'm a side sleeper but I mostly slept on my back for awhile. The pain peaked around day 4 (maybe an 8 out of 10) and gradually decreased... But I love my nipple ring! No regrets.

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Norah G - Redondo Beach, CA:

So both of my nipples are pierced, but I got them done at at two different times. For the first piercing, I took a few Ibuprofen before to try help with the pain. I'd say the pain for that first one was a solid 9 out of a 10, but is very quick because the needle didn't have much skin to go through (at least for me). TBH it didn’t hurt as bad as I thought it was going to.

When I went in for my 2nd nipple, it was more of a 10 out of 10. I didn't take any medicine this time so I was super aware of the needle pain. I know it sounds intimidating to hear 10 out of 10 but IMO the worst part is the impending pain rather than the actual piercing.

Here's what you should really be prepared for: sensitivity. Anything that touches your chest is going to have added sensitivity, especially anything that isn't padded like a bra. After a week or two, it was ok, but for a while, I couldn't wear a sports bra because it was just too much pressure. Also, be super careful about snags and bumps... Ouch!

We want to hear about your nipple piercing experience!

Do you have your nipples pierced? What was your best/worst piercing experience? Do you have anything else to add? Let us know in the comments below!

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    Molly

    I got both of mine done on the same day. I went in they marked me up (I didn’t get clamped idk why I didn’t even ask and they’re even and straight so it didn’t matter to me) and started while I was in the middle of a sentence so I wasn’t expecting it. Kinda like if someone suddenly bit your nip really hard, surprising but not as bad as I’ve heard. Like maybe 4/10 pain, the healing was a little tricky for me bc of my job but they were only sore for 3 days then just sensitive to everything

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    Jessie

    I got my nipples pierced last year. It was something I always wanted to do but never got the courage to do it until I said to myself “if the tattoo parlor is open after work, you’ll go”, it was open. The piercing itself: my left nipple was done first, I would give it a 5 out of 10, then my right nipple was like a 4? It didn’t hurt as bad but still that was a good pinch! The worst for me was the 2 hours after I just had radiating pain through out both breast and you could feel the heat. I do have some nerve damage from my breast augmentation so I think thats why i had that pain a few hours later. I had gelato jars on them and it still wasn’t helping. As painful as it was though I would do it all again! I love mine!

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    Andrea

    I got my nipple pierced and how I would describe the pain is a very sore pinch But definitely bareable! The best part was after the jewelery was in and my piercer cleaned the area with a cold we’d little disinfectant swab and the coolness of it relieved the pain instantly!! For the rest of the day the nipple was stinging so when I went home I took 2 pain killers and by the next day I had NO pain. I didnt wear a bra for about a week that’s what was recommended to me and I kept it clean. But had no issues.
    I liked the piercing that much a week later I went back and got the other one done (the left one) I new what I was i for this time and I was prepared for the sore pinch, but I found that the second one didn’t nearlt hurt as bad as the first one. The first one being a good 7/10 the second one like a 5/10 it was sore but not as sore. I wore a bra after the second one because I had to but that 100% affected the healing. It was a lot sore and slower to heal. I found that the stinging sensation lasted a couple days where as the first one it was gone the next day so I think not wearing a bra for a week is a good idea.
    But totally love the piercing well worth the pain and the pain is only temporary. And was my quickest and easiest piercing to heal.

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    Sarah

    I got both my nipples pierced on the same day two years ago at this point. I bought two pairs of nipple rings before I went ( this was I would not back out). It took a while to find a studio close to where I lived at the time that would do it, I researched and looked at the piercers work, after all that I felt comfortable. I got there and the piercer was awesome! He walked me through everything, and he told me his own experiences, oddly it helped. He marked them and asked if I liked the placement, I said yes and said let’s do this! He did my left nipple first, at first I thought he was lining everything up, after the breath I felt it god through my niple and I was pierced, it wasn’t as bad as I was expecting, but like all piercings it still hurt, I say 5/6 out of 10. He said I will give you a mineut before we do the second one, because he said a lot of clients say they want both, but after the first back out. I took maybe 30 seconds and said I am ready, went through the same process as my left nipple, but like others have said the second one hurts a lot more. This was a 7/8 out of 10. Thinking back on everything now, I psyched myself out a lot before I went to get it done, mostly with the pain I perceived vs what I actually experienced. I always tell people who are thinking about doing it, do it! To me this piercing was worth it and is deffinatly one of my favorite piercings!

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