Which Body Piercing Hurts the Most?

by Jodie O

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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  • J


    I did my earlobes myself when I was 12. Didn’t hurt at all. Got my navel pierced 20 years ago, didnt hurt at all though it was sore for weeks. Got my VCH yesterday and that HURT! But the slight aching was gone 2 hours later and it feels fine as of the next day.

  • A


    How badly do tounge piercings hurt?

  • C


    It’s amazing how every body is different and that includes pain tolerance. I will say, I have a high pain tolerance. My friend and I got one nip pierced (asymmetry ftw), but she reported feeling like she was dying. I got mine and it wasn’t bad at all. Initially I thought it would be cool to get this super painful piercing and “feel alive” for my first one. I was a little relieved, but more disappointed that my nip didn’t hurt. Multiple lobe piercings were fine as well as helix. I had my labret and I was somewhat worried because I have full lips. That was fine too. Septum was okay (just weird to tear up), and also had my VCH done. That one (and the septum) healed the easiest too and VCH was not painful. My most painful, was probably my nostril piercing, followed by the lobes. I think the lobes, being done at the same time, the adrenaline wears off? The nostril, just kinda hurt. This article is nice, be prepared that there will probably be even a little pain, but if you’re going to a reputable piercer and they are using the right equipment, placement, etc, you should come out okay.

    I like a little pain though, so what do I know lololol? Piercings are addictive.

  • A

    Alley (Body Candy Team)

    Hey Annabell!

    All piercings hurt, at least a little! It’s just a quick pinch.

    Navel piercings are generally considered one of the easier piercings to tolerate :).

  • A


    does belly button peircing hurt?

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