What Does It Feel Like To Get Your Nipples Pierced?

by Body Candy

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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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    Kim M.

    I got my nipples and hood pierced all in the same session. The left bury worst than the right and i noticed months later the left nipple is thicker than the right. It’s been like 2 years and the left nipple isn’t fully healed it still scabs up a bit.

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    I just got my nipples pierced three days ago! I was really scared when going into the shop. I have a nose piercing, industrial piercing, daith piercing, And more so I’m pretty ok with pain. I heard a lot of people say it hurts so bad getting them pierced So that’s why I was feeling out. Well when they pierced the first one I literally thought to myself I got all worked up for this? It wasn’t bad at all and my second one wasn’t bad either. It may have been a little uncomfortable but the pain was not bad at all. My healing process has been pretty easy too!!

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    I have 3 years with mine and I love them, it was painful but worth it, I like the jewelry that I can wear with them.

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    NIcole Stevens

    I actually got my nipples pierced a week before the whole shut down of tattoo n piercing shops in New York due to the Covid-19 issues. I was very afraid of how much it was going to hurt but the Piercer was very good n actually helped calm my nerves. They catheter with my left nipple, cleaning, clamping, marking, and then the actual piercing. It was about a 7 or 8 out of 10 on the pain scale. I did actually almost pass out after the first nipple so had to sit for a few mins n actually almost decided to only do the one but after drinking a cup of mtn dew I was okay to continue. The second side actually to me didn’t seem as painful n once they were done they were tender. The day they had shut the shops down, my left nipple was swelling enough that the barbell they used was beginning to sink into my skin but all the piercing shops were closed so I have had to actually change my own piercing myself. That has been a pretty interesting process due to not knowing exactly what to order from the online shops so I have many sizes of barbells before I found the correct one. I have large breasts n seem to bump them often which has helped keep them tender but they are almost 6 weeks out n they are finally starting to get so they don’t hurt as often and as bad. Wouldn’t go back and change my decision to get them despite the craziness that has followed.

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    I just got both of my nipples pierced 2 months ago (a birthday treat to myself) and yeah, it hurt, but not the worst (my industrial wins that award). I’d say the pain level was a 6 or 7 out of 10, but there’s this moment after the needle first goes in and hasn’t come out the other side yet where I had enough time to think ‘oh god, it still has to come out the other side.’
    They were a little tender for the rest of the day and seemed to be more sore if I wasn’t moving around. My piercer warned they would probably be painful for a few days, but honestly, there was no soreness after the second day. (Remember, every body is different!)
    I slept with a sports bra on for two weeks since I sleep on my side and wanted to make sure everything stayed contained.
    I’m still cleaning them twice a day every day, and I can’t wait until that’s over. Sensitivity has been different, it’s not more or less, just different, and I can’t explain it any other way than that.
    All in all, it’s been a good experience so far.

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