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Nipple rings

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!

  • C

    I was an apprentice body piercer when I got my nipples pierced so I knew the pieces and trusted him immensely. He did the first nipple and I almost told him not to do the other one. I instead sat there stoically and acted like it didn’t hurt a bit. However I did walk around my house for the next week every chance I got with two bowls of salty warm water.

    I really loved having those piercings and to be honest they were a big erogenous zone for me. I always bought my nipple rings from BodyCandy and usually bought jewelry that was unique looking or had a chain that went from 1 breast to the other.

    Unfortunately a few years ago I was in the hospital and had to have X-rays and scans and ultimately surgery. Of course the jewelry had to go during all this and to my surprise after years of having the piercings they grew back just enough that I couldn’t take the pain of almost having tor repierce them!

    I highly recommend getting nipple piercings if you can stand the pain during and for a week or so after. Like I used to tell ladies when they couldn’t make up their mind between getting their tongue pierced or their nipples…if it’s all about pleasing your partner go tongue, if it’s all about pleasing yourself do the nipples!

    CRISTI on

  • K

    I got mine done the day after my 18th bday. The actual piercing itself was not bad at all- more uncomfortable than it was painful. You can feel the needle tugging all the way through, a very odd feeling but not very painful. The aftermath, however, was pretty rough. After I got back home and did a SSS I felt fine. It was a little sore the next day but after that, it felt normal unless something touched it (not the bra or anything). Definitely bring a sports bra, the pressure helps with the aftermath. But overall not a bad experience!!

    Karley on

  • R

    I got mines done around August or September I got my nipples piercing. I saw a Facebook post of these local tattoo shop was doing a lady’s only end of summer blowout. Piercings prices are where at least $15 to $20. I can say that I waited 6 hours for it because of how crowded and packed the place was. Let me say I was in the booth finally at 10pm. I signed my forms and everything at 4 pm. I was over it. Once I got in the chair it was a lot going on. In the room were a bunch of people, the guy who’s doing the piercing he’s having a full conversation with some else. I have my nipples out. It was already uncomfortable because my nipples out in front of random people. Anyways, one hurt more than the other. My left didn’t hurt me but my right nipple hurt more because he was grabbing and moving with the clamps. I wore not bras for about a month, I slept with ice packs in my sports bra. I love them now. I’m ready to change the rings now but kinda nerve.

    Raven “RaeRae” Jenkins on

  • C

    had both nipples pierced about 6 months ago. not new to piercings but this was the first time getting these done. the procedure itself hurt! quick but damn it hurt. pain/soreness went away after about a half hr and by the next day i could touch them, rub them, wear a bra, completely normal feeling. definitely more sensitive now w. the piercings in a good way. my fav piercings by far.

    Catherine on

  • A

    I was in Las Vegas celebrating my 30th birthday with my sister. After getting pretty intoxicated, I decided to get my right nipple pierced to commemorate the occasion. When the piercer clamped my nipple I knew I was in trouble, then came the excruciating pain. I’ll give it an 8 out of 10. It came out so cute, so i deemed it totally worth it.
    For the next year and a half every time I got sick, my nipple got sick. It would get sore and puss a little. After that it hasn’t been a bit of trouble.
    Seven years later I got my left one done. I was sober and that pain was a 10 out of 10. I wanted to punch the piercer! Ironically enough, it has never fully healed. 4 years later, and it still pusses and gets tender. But the look is totally worth it.

    Alicia G on

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