Which Body Piercing Hurts the Most?

by Jodie O
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Your first piercing can be scary. It's totally okay to be nervous! There's a needle getting shoved through your skin, so it's probably going to hurt, right? There's so many questions that go through our heads the first time we get pierced.

How bad is it going to hurt?
What if it doesn’t heal?
Will it look good on me?

Cartilage Piercings

These are all questions that can absolutely detour someone from going through with a piercing. Let's clear up the questions about pain!

How bad is it going to hurt?

Well, it's going to hurt. Will it be the worst pain of your life? No way, but it's better to go into your piercing knowing that a tiny bit of pain is a part of it. If you're not very tolerant of physical pain, you might want to bring a friend along to calm your nerves, you'll totally want to plan out some rest and relaxation time after your piercing, and above all else - talk to your piercer! Let them know how you're feeling throughout the process so that they can be sure you're as comfortable as possible.

Nose Piercing

You can’t always trust the opinion of a friend on this. As a teenager, I went into my navel piercing thinking I "wouldn’t feel a thing," because that’s what my girl friends told me. I felt a lot of things, but I was completely fine afterwards. Every body has a different tolerance for pain.

Belly Button Piercing

As a general rule of thumb:

  • Earlobe, navel, tongue and eyebrow piercings are the least painful.
  • Septum, labret, dermal (surface) piercings, cartilage piercings, nostril and male intimate piercings are typically a medium level of pain for most.
  • The most painful piercings are in sensitive areas, ie. nipple and intimate piercings (for females.)


I think it goes without saying, piercing an area of your body that's already sensitive is going to be the most painful. Don't let that scare you off, though. Your body will naturally react to stimulation, and if you're someone who is very in-touch with your body, you'll probably feel a bit startled. None of this means you're going to feel like you're literally dying just because you got your nipples pierced.

Just for good measure, I thought I'd share this totally awesome piercing video that demonstrates all of what I just said. Check out BodyCandy's own Snapchat queen, Ann, getting her nipples pierced!

If this is your first time getting pierced, there's a few things you can expect to happen, and ways to prepare yourself your induction into the pierced and proud crowd. 

  • Paperwork. You're going to need to show ID and sign some forms.
  • The piercer will explain exactly what they're going to do.
  • Sizing, positioning and a bit of waiting before the actual piercing happens.
  • Picking out your jewelry! This part is fun, but listen to recommendations your piercer makes before you get stuck on a piece you really want. Some jewelry can't be worn in fresh piercings, so you may have to wait.


For more information on what to expect, visit our guide to first time piercings:
First Time Piercing: What to Expect, How to Prepare

by Jodie O

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  • A

    ALLEY (BODY CANDY TEAM)

    Hi Mariah!

    You’re no stranger to piercings, so I’m sure you know that all piercings are going to hurt in some way or another!

    Suggestions from us – get your tragus done! Cartilage studs are beautiful and come in so many varieties so you can super customize your ear.

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    Mariah

    So l have my earlobs, daith, nose, nipples and belly button. in all honesty, my daith hurt worse than my nipples they didnt hurt as much as l thought they would at all. l want to get my snake eye on my tongue and my tragus but l feel like they will hurt. any suggestions?

  • K

    Kimberly

    Wanting belly button, tongue, and vhc piercings! Already have nipples and nose done. Nose didn’t really hurt that much at all, just a tiny pinch where as nips omg they felt like they were on fire.

  • C

    Cat

    I have my earlobes pierced twice, my left eyebrow, a set of snakebites, and more recently my septum… and in all honesty, my septum and eyebrow hurt the least while my snakebites obviously hurt alot more 😅
    Love all of my piercings though and debating on what to get next. Thinking of an ear cartilage piercing but I’m a bit scared to get one done.

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    Isabelle

    I am really scared to get my
    Tongue done, but I really want it doing I have my
    Belly done but now my tongue. Any advice. X

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