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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    Morgan T

    I got my nipples pierced both at the same time, and it was honestly so much easier and less painful than I expected! My left one was done first, and I honestly barely felt the needle going through, just a warm pain afterwards. As with the right it hurt a bit, but was still bearable. I think the worst part of the piercing experience is the jewelry being put in after. I’ve had mine for over a year now and even now when I change the jewelry it still burns a little after.

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    Robin Simmons

    I have both of my nipples pierced and I have no regrets! I asked if they had two people who could pierce them at the same time. I was fortunate to have them pierced simultaneously. I closed my eyes before they even began. They put the forceps on and I believe that actually numbed my nipples. My husband watched the entire process and he said I did not even move when they pushed the needles through. I can honestly say that it was uncomfortable but not painful like everyone had told me.

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    I’ve had my nipples pierced twice. Both times by the same professional. It wasn’t nearly as painful as I thought it would be. I followed after care instructions and had no problems. Get over your fears, it is totally Hot!

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    I would rate nipple piercing pain a 20 out of 10! For me, it as excruciating. I really thought I as going to pass out. The healing pain, and time, were less than I thought it would be. Maybe that’s the trade off…..painful piercing, faster, easier healing time…..less painful piercing, a longer healing time. I’m happy with them now, but oooo-weeee, it hurt!

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    Lana Myers

    I had just turned 50, so I guess you could call this a mid-life crisis piercing. I had talked to my husband and he said it was up to me. So I mustered up some boldness and went to the first place that I thought of. Talked to a young man Dana, was very sweet, and knowledgeable. I said let’s do it. I had a breast reduction done so my nipples have scar tissue, it wasn’t as painful as I thought it would be.
    I love having them. One time I was at a Hot Springs, and there were a lot of women, and young girls dressing and undressing. I was getting ready to get in the shower. I suddenly noticed everyone was looking at me. Then I remembered that I had my big silver balls in, and they were shining like everything. I just walked into the shower like nothing was wrong. Kinda had a Mona Lisa smile on my face.

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