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All About Nipple Piercings

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Raye has many body mods, SFSI training, former CFR-D creds, and a decade-long stint as BellaOnline's body art editor under her belt.

Nipple Rings and Things

A woman flying from Texas was forced by TSA to remove her nipple rings with pliers. Even 20+ years after nipple piercing started to become mainstream, many people still don't know anything about them. In fact, the most an average person knows about nipple piercings is probably just a vague memory of something sparkling on Janet Jackson's breast during her unfortunate "wardrobe malfunction" during the Super Bowl back in 2004.

Nipple piercings are not casual body modifications. It's not like having your ears pierced. They take months to heal, and removing the jewelry often requires the use of specialized pliers made for opening and closing the thick rings.

Below, I describe the piercing process and answer some frequently asked questions. I also share tips about flying or being scanned or put through a metal detector. If you have questions, you can ask them in the comments at the bottom of the article.

How Are Nipples Pierced?

Nipple piercing is a fairly straightforward and easy body modification procedure. No anesthetics are used (as their use is regulated and restricted to doctors) so it is actually illegal for body piercers to use anesthetics. The piercing itself takes only a few seconds.

  1. First, the nipple area is cleaned and marked so that entry and exit holes for the ring are located and lined up properly. These piercings are most often set at the base of the nipple where it joins the aureola.
  2. Next, a medical clamp called a Pennington forcep is applied to the nipple, holding the tissue firmly and lining up the two dots for the holes as closely together as possible.
  3. Holding a cork on one side to catch the needle, the piercer quickly does the actual piercing with a slant-tip hollow needle. Nipple piercings need to be at least 14g in thickness to prevent tissue tearing.
  4. The clamp is removed and the needle is almost all the way through the piercing. Then the ring is butted up against the end of the needle and is used to push the needle out, allowing the ring to slide smoothly into place.
  5. The captured bead ring is then in place and is ready to have a bead inserted between the two ends and be pinched closed.

Nipple Piercing Aftercare & Jewelry

What Kind of Jewelry Is Best for a New Nipple Piercing?

When nipples are first pierced, the best jewelry to wear is a captured bead ring. This allows for the easiest aftercare and cleaning for the healing piercing.

How Long Does It Take To Heal?

For men, a pierced nipple can take three to six months on average to heal. For women, it can take six months to a year. Everyone's body is different, so be sure to discuss any specific concerns with your piercer BEFORE you get pierced.

What Size Jewelry Is Used in a Nipple Piercing?

Nipple jewelry should be 14g to start, as thinner wire may migrate out or risk getting caught and ripping the nipple tissue.

Can You Enlarge or Gauge Your Nipple Piercing?

If you wish to enlarge or "gauge" your nipple piercings, it's best done by going to a professional body piercer and having the piercings sized up one gauge at a time, with at least a month in-between enlargements. Go up too fast and you risk tearing the tissue and having to go through a prolonged re-healing period.

When Can I Change the Jewelry?

Once healed, the jewelry can be changed, and with nipples there are many options. The most popular options after captive bead rings are straight and circular barbells. Make sure with straight bars that the jewelry is about 1/16" longer than the nipple diameter for comfort, and so that the ball ends don't dig into the tissue. With barbells, dangles and nipple shields can be worn. Both of these are pieces of jewelry that hang from or held on by the actual barbell, so you'll want a tad extra length if you have either of these in mind.

How Do I Remove My Nipple Jewelry?

If you wear captive bead rings, be sure to get special ring spreaders (a form of pliers) and ball closure pliers so that you can change your jewelry yourself. These ensure the jewelry can be opened and closed safely for the wearer and keep the jewelry from being deformed or damaged by the removal process.

Will Nipple Jewelry Be a Problem if I Want to Fly on an Airplane?

Controversy about nipple rings and airline security stemmed from an incident in 2008 when TSA security screeners in Texas forced a woman to remove her nipple rings, telling her she would be barred from the flight if she didn't.

No one was sure why just nipple piercings were suddenly an air safety threat when nose, navel, or genital piercings weren't considered to be an issue, however TSA backed their agents up and refused to apologize to the traveler.

Will My Nipple Ring Set off a Metal Detector?

Body piercings aren't detectable by walk-thru doorway-style metal detectors, but will register if a person is scanned with a hand-held wand. What this means is that hundreds of nipple piercings a day fly without being detected, but pierced people who get randomly selected for extra screening may have to endure having their pierced parts inspected. Remember, inspections should be done by same-sex security agents (guys check guys, women check women) and they are supposed to request that you only disrobe enough to show the nipple piercings. They shouldn't have to touch your body.

About Nipple Piercings

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2008 Raye

Nipple Piercing Q&A - also comments and feedback

Raye (author) from Seattle, WA on March 15, 2012:

JJ, whether you wear ring or barbells is your choice. I recommend rings for initial healing as it allows you to clean them more easily but once healed, it's whatever you want.

JJ on March 13, 2012:

Does it matter what type of rings to wear? Is it better one type then other, like curved or straight?

Simplicity4All from Rhode Island, USA on February 07, 2012:

This is great! I have mine pierced and am glad to see some good information out on them. Also thanks for the links I would like to get some new ones soon and wasn't really sure where to order some, I think im going to order the key ones you put up although im nervous to do it myself and may go to a shop. I had them done originally two years ago and after a year one came out and I couldn't get it back in so when I got them done a second time about 9 months ago Ive been a little nervous because there is no way im getting stabbed a third time haha..

Raye (author) from Seattle, WA on February 07, 2012:

tcmarie, no one can predict how another person will feel pain or intensity. I always say if you are scared about how much it's going to hurt, then just don't get that piercing.

Raye (author) from Seattle, WA on January 30, 2012:

erin, using clamps is a means of steadying tissue and aligning the piercing. Sometimes it's a matter of anatomy, sometimes it's a matter of how the piercer is choosing to pierce. Why would you think use of clamps is a legal matter? Your best answer would come from asking the piercer why they did what they did.

Raye (author) from Seattle, WA on January 30, 2012:

JadezHunter, yes it could take up to a year to heal. Yes, you could lose sensation, but you could also become overly-sensitive too, or everything could just be fine. I tell people who are really concerned to just wait, learn more and trust their instincts. After all, piercing isn't for everyone. A piercer who becomes offended by you asking questions about the process or their skills is the one not to patronize.

tcmarie on January 26, 2012:

Hi im going in to get my nips pierced excited but scared...pple have told me horror stories!! The pain cant be worse then getting a cristian?? RIGHT?? Or can it

erin on January 26, 2012:

i got my nipples pierced at a tattoo and piercing place and they didn't use the clamps to pierce them is it illegal for them to do that in michigan.

JadezHunter on January 17, 2012:

I have wanted to get pierced for years. But I'm concerned about the length of healing time. Can it really take up to one year to fully heal?? Also, I have been told that there is a chance that I could lose ALL sensation and possibly the ability to keep an erect nipple. Is this true or a fluke? Are there any questions that I should be asking the piercer about their skill or ability? Do you think they'll get offended?

Raye (author) from Seattle, WA on January 10, 2012:

Sarah Sells, once you are all healed, you should have no problem changing your own jewelry. At least that's been my own experience.

Sarah Sells on January 10, 2012:

Can I change my own nipple rings? I was told by a friend that I had to go back to the piercer if I wanted to change them. Is that true? I only had them done a week ago, so I have no plans to change them anytime soo.

Raye (author) from Seattle, WA on January 08, 2012:

akoulelo, I'd recommend you go see a piercer to find out if your piercings are even open anymore or not (chances are they've healed shut) and not just explore on your own.

akoulelo on January 04, 2012:

I got my nipples pierced in Febuary 2001 and i took them out in August 2001 due to a pregnancy,and now i would like to put hoops back in should i go get repierced by a proffessional or should i try to put the hoops in myself?

Raye (author) from Seattle, WA on December 15, 2011:

nick, I can only guess over the internet, it would be better for you to go back to your piercer and have them take a look in person.

nick on December 10, 2011:

i got my nipple done last week and now one side of the bar appears to be deeper in the skin and the other side looks fine.. i think it due to swelling but i am not entirely sure.

Raye (author) from Seattle, WA on December 09, 2011:

Rebecca, as I'm not a professional piercer, I can't answer your question.

Rebecca on December 08, 2011:

If a nipple is pierced with a 14g needle should you put a 14g piercing in it? Or should it be pierced with a 12g and a 14g should be put in it?

Raye (author) from Seattle, WA on December 04, 2011:

Melinda, never wear earrings in any body piercing except for ears. Earrings are too thin and the metal is often not good for body piercings. Chances are your piercings shrunk down from wearing improper jewelry which is what gave you trouble getting new jewelry in place. There's a chance you could tear the inside of the piercing so really you want to see a piercer for help.

Melinda on December 02, 2011:

I had my nipples pierced in 2003 but they were taken out during an emergency surgery in 2009. I have been able to insert regular ear rings without a problem as the holes are still completely open. I always wore rings but have new jewelry that are bars and as I attempted to insert the first one I was unable to insert without having to force it through. It was not a bad hurt, I just wasn't sure if I was going to hurt myself. Will I cause damage by forcing it through myself? Is there any way I can do this myself without having them re-pierced? I enjoyed having them pierced and so badly want to have my jewels back in. Your help is greatly appreciated...thanks

Raye (author) from Seattle, WA on November 30, 2011:

new, nipple shields put tension on piercings and this is totally not recommended while healing as you might actually encourage the piercing to migrate out or reject.

new on November 27, 2011:

i just got my nipples pierced and i think the plain barbell is ugly and i want one of the little shield things....can i put those on before its healed?

Raye (author) from Seattle, WA on November 24, 2011:

karen, you should be able to get your jewelry measure for gauge (thickness) and length at a body piercing shop. Then you can either buy new jewelry from them, or go online and find what you want.

karen on November 10, 2011:

Hi,I was pierced in June,love them and they are healing well,I would like to change the straight bars to stirrups,but am wondering how you choose the right size?

Thanks in advance.

Faith on October 18, 2011:

as i ponder it, i am getting more attached to the idea. ive had multiple piercings before. lips pierced four times, eyebrow twice, tongue, plus gauges in my ears. I am normally not afraid of pain but just nervous about the area.

Raye (author) from Seattle, WA on October 18, 2011:

Faith, number one, no one should ever get pierced if someone else wants them to do it, a person should only get pierced if they themselves really want to be pierced. As for pain, that's subjective, but I tell people who are really worried if it's going to hurt that they should just not get pierced if that's such a huge fear or concern, because there's no avoiding the pain. There is a risk of infection as with all piercings and again, if you are really concerned about that, the only sure-fire way to guarantee you won't ever get an infected piercing is to not get pierced.

Faith on October 17, 2011:

My nipples arent that sensitive and my boyfriend wants me to get mine pierced. Im Scared because ive been told the pain is unbearable plus the risk of infections. Am i just being a wuss? Would it be worth it?

Raye (author) from Seattle, WA on October 09, 2011:

rebelgurl10002003, human mouths are one of the most germ-laden environments on the planet and unless you'd like to chance an infection, boyfriend needs to keep his mouth to himself for the first six months.

Raye (author) from Seattle, WA on October 09, 2011:

Lorraine, I've been pierced for over twenty years now and still get some lymph fluid build-up on my rings. I found that having rings that were smaller in diameter made it much worse even though they felt like they fit fine. Switching to a slightly larger size really reduced the "crusties."

rebelgurl10002003 on October 08, 2011:

ive had my tongue pierced for 5 days now and i have realized it takes a few months to fully heal, i am trying to find out if it is a good idea or not to let my boyfriend lick/suck on them after 2 weeks or should i wait until they are fully healed, i use bactine like 3 or 4 times a day and i have not turned nipple rings like twist them like people say in the shower should i do that i mean i push them from side to side and spray the bactine on the side i push out and push it back into my nipple so it will go on the inside should i still twist them though, and do you know anything about tongue piercings?

Lorraine on October 07, 2011:

I had my nipples pierced about 3 years now and they still ooze everyday. The stuff that oozes hardens and my ring is stuck to my nipple which hurts. I went to a real reputable place thats been in business for years. Should I go back and have them check it out or is it part of the healing process.

Raye (author) from Seattle, WA on October 06, 2011:

Greg, I've had pierced nipples for over twenty years now and I find that if I get sick, my piercings can flare and act up even though they are totally healed.

Raye (author) from Seattle, WA on October 06, 2011:

ba, clearly that second nipple piercing is having some issues with the jewelry and healing. My best recommendation is that you go see a reputable piercer and have them evaluate what's happening.

Greg on October 04, 2011:

I got both of my nipples pierced on May 30th. Just tonight I took the left piercing out, because it has healed far better than the right, and I wanted to test it. (They were pierced a tad unevenly, and the right in through a bit more flesh).

I have no idea why, but doing it scared the crap out of me lol. My stomach was even upset after I put it back in. I guess I'm just a wimp. :P

Anyway, when I first had them pierced, I had to sleep on my side, and with a shirt on. But after oh, I dunno... a week or so, I slept with a shirt off (as I usually did) with no problems. They were EXTREMELY sensitive, either way, for about two weeks. Afterwords they were only sensitive at random times. Even now they'll be highly sensitive one moment, or just as they were before I had them pierced the next.

One odd thing is that they'll get "infected" ever so often. One every other week, nothing serious. Just little bumps at the end, a bit of leakage, and a tad of blood. It'll go away after a day or two, three max.

A funny story, though. My brother got his pierced at the same time, we did it for his 18th birthday. We had a 40 minute drive home, and it was sooo weird. They were beyond sensitive then; anything rubbing up against them at all was uncomfortable. It was hot out though, and we had the A/C on. Right as we pulled into the drive way, I suddenly yelled out "THE A/C!" We both stopped and laughed, because we realized that having the A/C on, directed at our chests, probably did NOT help that drive home. It hardened our nipples and... well, I'm sure you remember the cold when you first had yours done.

Ahh, it was hilarious. Glad I got them pierced, though!

ba on October 01, 2011:

i got my nipples pierced last december. my left one healed wonderfully, but my right one, not so much. on each side, it looks like the "insides" of my nipple are coming out the ends of the piercing on each side. it kind of hurts, and is bleeding, but i can't wipe it away, because it's skin. what's causing this..should i take my ring out..i don't want to, but it's not healing :(

Raye (author) from Seattle, WA on September 30, 2011:

jill, it's a mix of not just dead white blood cells but also skin cells that have sloughed off inside the piercing canal. As there is now healed outer skin inside those channels and things can't freely wash off like it can on a surface like an arm or leg, most likely the process will continue.

jill on September 29, 2011:

I have had my nipples pierced twice on the left and once on the right. Thought I would try it out on one before going all in! It's been 6 years since I took out the jewelry and I can push on my nipple like a zit and a white substance comes out. Even when I was nursing this would happen. I've heard it's just dead white blood cells b/c my ear piercings do it too sometimes. Will this ever go away?

Raye (author) from Seattle, WA on September 29, 2011:

nickey, as your piercings are still so new as to have barely started healing, some slight bleeding is perfectly normal. Just be gentle and try not to snag the jewelry.

Raye (author) from Seattle, WA on September 29, 2011:

Marni, you shouldn't have to force any new jewelry into piercings. As the body tissue is flexible, they healed piercings should be able to adapt to the slight change in shape.

Raye (author) from Seattle, WA on September 29, 2011:

Emma, body piercings should NOT go through any veins, that's a serious mistake and can cause terrible bleeding. So, I hope you go see an experienced piercer and avoid such complications.

Raye (author) from Seattle, WA on September 28, 2011:

Liza, you're going to have tenderness for a while, I was a stomach sleeper who had to toss and turn a lot when I first got pierced, but things will slowly get less tender with time.

Liza on September 28, 2011:

I had my nipple pierced 5 days ago. Hurt like a biotch for a few hours, and sleep the first two nights was horrible...had to sleep on my back when I normally sleep on my side/stomach. I have been leaving the piercing alone...just washing gently with soap in the shower and soaking 2x/day with sea salt solution. But so far, so good! I hope this thing takes!

Raye (author) from Seattle, WA on September 20, 2011:

Skye, it's hard to tell when pierced nipples have healed inside as they are deep tissue punctures. Most people agree it's about six to nine months to be sure.

Skye on September 14, 2011:

So...i had an apprentice do my nipples and one was loppy and the other started migrating (though that may be due to my intense physical activity with sports and such) so I have taken them out and plan to get them re-pierced as soon as they're healed. How long does it take for them to fully heal- on average?

nickey on September 13, 2011:

I just got my nipples pierced abouta week ago and one just started to bleed is that normal

Marni on September 12, 2011:

I have both my nipples pierced and the bars that i have are curved. i really want sheilds but those bars are straight. can i still use them and force them in?? without damaging my nipples??

Raye (author) from Seattle, WA on August 19, 2011:

Ms. Mo, I said it before, I'll say it again... no one can tell if it's going to hurt more or less or whatever for you. Size may or may not be a factor, but again, it's just one of those experiences where you can't predict how it's going to be ahead of time.

Ms. Mo on August 17, 2011:

After reading the comments, I understand that the pain is different with everyone but was wondering if the size of the brest matter. If bigger breasts would hurt less than smaller breasts. I have had my nose pierced for about 7 years now and "had" my eyebrow pierced. I am always rigid and scared to do it but know I will love it once it is done. Any thoughts???

Steve on August 10, 2011:

An update - I got some CBRs put in at the place I originally got my nipples pierced. I didn't fancy trying to change the jewellery as I have always had the same barbells in.

I am pleased with how they look and they haven't caused me any trouble at all. I soon got used to them and they have sat flat. I was expecting them to feel a bit heavy but haven't noticed them.

My wife came with me and helped choose the rings. Whilst we were there she got her nose repierced. She had a nose stud through uni but took it out three years ago when she got a job and has missed it. A lady has joined her company recently who has a nose stud so my wife decided that she fancied getting one again. She is now wearing a tasteful little diamond in her nose which looks great and her work have been absolutely fine about it.

Raye (author) from Seattle, WA on June 30, 2011:

Steve, to answer your questions:

1) it might take a bit but yes they will adapt and lie flat.

2) that's your call if you are comfortable doing it yourself or not

3) maybe. some people get sore when they change jewelry,some don't.

Emma on June 18, 2011:

I am really considering getting my nipples pierced. I was feeling around the area just to get a figure on what all would be going on, and there seemed to be some type of vein like object directly under the nipple. Would the piercing go through this? And if you know, what is it?

Steve on June 17, 2011:

I got my nipples pierced 5 years ago and still have the same straight barbells that were put in when I got them done.

For a long while I have wanted to change swap them for CBRs.

Will a CBR sit flat once it has been put in? I am a branch manager for a bank and so do not really want it to show through my shirt too obviously. I've had no real problems with the barbells showing although the staff know about them so they do show through a little bit. I tend to wear shirts with front pockets!

Should I get the jewellery and put it in myself or would I be better to get a piercer to put it in?

Will I have any soreness or need to take care of them?

I'm off on holiday with my wife in a month and want to get them in for that so that I can show them off when I'm away from the boring staid bank!!

Raye (author) from Seattle, WA on March 29, 2011:

Moe, I can't say for sure, but I'd be willing to bet that getting pierced would not help anything feel better, and you have a great deal of discomfort during PMS while the piercings healed. There's also a strong chance they would still be quite "cranky" even after healing. I've been pierced for over twenty years and can still have fully healed piercings flare up angrily when I get sick.

Raye (author) from Seattle, WA on March 24, 2011:

KATIE, nipples are a deep tissue wound and can take up to a year to heal, so try and be patient and gentle with them.

KATIE on March 24, 2011:

I have had my nipples pierced for 4 months they are still sore but i love them so much. the after care hurts worse than the actual piercing.

Moe on March 19, 2011:

I want to get my nipples pierced but my breast including my nipples hurt right before my menstrual cycle and i'm wondering if it will be unbearably uncomfortable with the piercing?

Raye (author) from Seattle, WA on March 01, 2011:

Nana, no one can tell you how much something might hurt. My advice ia always, if you are really scared, then it means you shouldn't get pierced.

NANA on March 01, 2011:


trickyrich on February 16, 2011:

i had mine done two months ago (cbr) without a hitch with a girlfriend. she loved them and so does my new girl. it didnt hurt a bit and from what i remember piercing my ears hurt worst and bled like a .........

micheal on February 06, 2011:

I'm a man with pierced nipples, I got them pierced 10 yrs ago on a bet. Never knew what a turn on they would be, since then I've strecthed them out enough to accomodate 2g bar bells and for the last two years have been strecthing them to 0g. Manliness has nothing to do with it, it's tolerance to pain that matters.

Raye (author) from Seattle, WA on January 24, 2011:

I too started with barbells and switched to rings to snap less. There is often discomfort as it changes the healing pathway from straight to curved. And a lot of people find it takes close to a year to heal nipples so the fact that they are still crusting isn't anything out of the ordinary. I guess you don't want to hear that after 20 years with pierced nipples, I still find they can crust up after a day of wearing a tight bra...

Pritgurl022 on January 24, 2011:

I have had my nipples pierced for 7 months now. I am a B cup, but my nipples are naturally erect. I started out with very long barbells which after 6 months were very uncomfortable. I kept snagging them on things and could only sleep on my back and I'm a side sleeper. I just changed to the hoops with 1 ball and now my nipples hurt constantly. Is this a part of the healing process because I changed my jewelry, or should I prepare myself for rejection?? I really like them and would rather keep them, but this pain is not my cup of tea. They are also still crusting :-( Please help!!!

Raye (author) from Seattle, WA on December 29, 2010:

DAS, gauging up a piercing can thin the amount of skin between where the piercing is and the surface, so in your case, that might be a liability. As for manliness, that's gonna have to be your call. Do you think I'm more manly as a woman for having 10g rings?

DAS on December 28, 2010:

I am a guy and currently have 14 gauge nipple piercings. I am considering going to a 12 gauge, but I have a concern. When one of my nipples was pierced it didn't go straight through (base to base). The piercing comes somewhat close the top of my nipple on one side. My question is what happens when the bigger gauge goes through. Will it possible rip the hole or what? Also, is it more "manly" to have the 12 gauge Vs. the 14 gauge anyway? Thanks for you feedback!

Raye (author) from Seattle, WA on December 12, 2010:

KaTeRz, to answer your questions: 1) Pain is subjective, everyone feels it differently based on their own tolerance, 2) no and 3) that depends on what you do to them.

KaTeRz on December 09, 2010:

I am really wanting to pierce my nipplea but I have a few concerns. How bad does it hurt? Dont you have to take them out if you go through airport security? Is there a high risk of them getting ripped out? I would love some answers.

DAS on December 01, 2010:

I'm a guy and I got both my nipples pierced a week ago. I got mine done because my wife said that she has always had a thing for nipple rings. I was apprehensive, but figured if she liked them them I could give them a try. After the first week I have to say that I personally enjoy the sensation they give me all day. It is also a great turn on watching the wife react when I take my shirt off around the house; not to mention the bedroom!

Raye (author) from Seattle, WA on November 14, 2010:

Marir, go see a professional piercer for help. They will be able to determine if the piercings are closed or not, and if not, get the jewelry back in place.

Marir on November 14, 2010:

I had my nipples pierced for 8yrs, I took them out for 6 days and now I cant get it back in w/out hurting myself. Do i need to repierce? and do they close that quick after 8yrs?

Raye (author) from Seattle, WA on October 27, 2010:

Tresjure, I can't comment on your sex life. That will be for you to figure out.

tresjure on October 24, 2010:

will shields get in the way of sex?

Raye (author) from Seattle, WA on September 16, 2010:

Auburn, some people find that piercing increases sensation and some find it decreases it. No one can predict which will happen for you.

Auburn on September 13, 2010:

I really want to get my nipples pierced but I'm scared.. I want to get them done because during "relations" My husband has to almost bite them off for me to get any real sensation. will piercing my nips help with this? LOL

Raye (author) from Seattle, WA on September 11, 2010:

J, a lot of nipple piercings take 6 months to a year to heal. Rejection is when the body starts to force the ring to the skin surface, and it's really obvious when that happens.

J on September 01, 2010:

Im a 18 yr male n i got my left nipple pierced about 3 months ago with a friend and i startd off with a barbell as with hers n i love it very much since its made my nipple very sensative and feel amazing at times. I started to notice it was starting to cause craters and the barbell ends were getting pushed into the hole so i switched the balls to larger ones to hope that would help but in the end i completly switched to a ring to hope it would give it room to heal. The whole time i have had it it hurts most of the time and seems as if its not healing even with the ring in. Any tips you can give me to if this is normal in the healing process or if my bodys rejecting it and i should just take it out. My friends piercing seemed to heal fine with the barbell(shes female with a much longer bar then mine). But i love it to much to want to take it out and waist the money i spent. Iv been cleaning it as much as posible hoping it would heal but it just hurts.

Raye (author) from Seattle, WA on August 24, 2010:

Mary-Jane, it's completely normal. First off, you may still be healing. Secondly, many people experience a permanent increased sensitivity, which is why a lot of people choose to get pierced in the first place.

Mary-Jane on August 16, 2010:

It's been four months sense I got my nipples pierced.Both of my breasts are very sensitive now. Is this normal?

Raye (author) from Seattle, WA on July 23, 2010:

Kari, find a reputable piercer in your area and talk to them about it. They'll know more than I.

Kari on July 22, 2010:

Hi, I have verrry small nipples that are nearly flat unless they are erect. Is it possible to even get them pierced? I really want them pierced! Thank you!

Han on June 16, 2010:

I got mine done 3 days ago. I was really scared but it hardly hurt, just a quick pinch and that was it, It only hurt for about 2 hours after and that was it, I love it now.

Raye (author) from Seattle, WA on June 09, 2010:

Maria, rejection is most often EXTREMELY painful, and the body literally is pushing the rings to the skin surface, trying to be rid of them.

maria333 on May 16, 2010:

I got mine done a few months back, and was the best decision I've made :) It barley hurt which was the opposite of what everyone was saying. My boyfriend also really likes them.... But I'm really scared of them getting rejected as I've had problems with my ear piercings, how can you tell that they are getting rejected?

JR on April 18, 2010:

I just had mine pierced this weekend and it was wonderful. Very little pain and I can't wait to be able to change them out to the different kinds of jewelry available. If you have ever thought about it---DO IT!

Mary Krenz from Florida's Space Coast on December 16, 2009:

It is a great article, but I all I can think of is owww. I am a big chicken! I love tatoos, but haven't got one because of the needles.

Ken on December 05, 2009:

I have a 6 gage nipple CBR and a 0 g PA. In 2006 on the way back from Kona HI we were late and I did not remove the jewlery and it set off the detector. Opps!!! I was scaned but not one wanter to see.

Phil on October 14, 2009:

I had my nipples pierced about 2 years ago with captive bead rings, one side was healing however the other side was not and became infected dispite the salt soaks. About a year later I got just my right nipple pierce again this time with a 12 gauge barbel at an angle it has healed nicely, so much in fact and decided to get the left one done again too..Right now I have 10 gauge barbells, I would say for me, barbells were better for healing and dont easily get caught on stuff as the rings did.

Raye (author) from Seattle, WA on October 05, 2009:

Caleb, piercings laws are at the state level, so they vary. However, most states have now banned any piercing below the neck for minors.

caleb on October 04, 2009:

Thanks for the info, relache! When was the law put into effect? Because when I got mine done they said I just had to have a parent or guardian there. Oh well, can't do anything about it now! ;)

Raye (author) from Seattle, WA on October 03, 2009:

Caleb, some people's piercings take 1-2 years to heal, and I can't say why. Different bodies heal at different rates. If you take them out and get re-pierced, you'll be starting over from day one. I'm surprised you got them done so young as piercing nipples on people under 18 is illegal in the US now. The fact that your body is still developing and you're in the midst of puberty may be a factor in your slow healing.

caleb on October 03, 2009:

I've had my piercing for a little over a year (since I was seventeen) and they still haven't healed completely. Why? Do I need to take them out and get them re-pierced? I've kept them clean like my piercer professional told me too. Can anyone help me?

Anamika S Jain from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India on June 15, 2009:

I have my ears pierced and even my nose . But can't think of ever doing a nipple piercing.

Robert on April 24, 2009:

I am a guy and I had my nipples pierced back in February. I am glad that I did it as I like it. I am a professional and not the stero type that would have a piercing done although it is stimulating to me in a number of ways. I love the feel of them and I like the fact that it's not the norm, especially for me. The women that I have been with seem to adapt and think that its hott for a guy. Each one of them can't seem to keep their hands off of them. As far as being in public with my shirt off I guess that has yet to come and will find out when I hit the beach soon. To me it really does not matter though as I am 43 and did it for myself. I would do it again without a hitch. The healing process is going well with absoulty no conflicts as of today.

Rebecca Furtado from A Cornfied in the Midwest on April 05, 2009:

Just had mine redone. The healing time is significantly less if you have holes that have not closed up. I have to say the selection of jewlry is pretty disappointing and changing out rings is expensive and time consuming.Still if peircing is your thing the nipples should not be

Raye (author) from Seattle, WA on April 05, 2009:

People's physical reactions or any changes from piercing can be quite individual. You won't actually find out if piericng makes your nipples more or less sensitive until after they have been pierced and healed. Since that process can take up to a year or more, and you won't find out about any sensitivity changes until then, I'd have to say wanting a change in sensitivity is probably one of the lesser reasons people give for wanting to be pierced. Or at least that's been my experience as a pierced person who's talked to lots of pierced people for the last 20 years.

If you want to find out why men pierce their nipples, you'll have to ask some of them directly, and then don't expect them to speak for anyone but themselves in giving their reasons.

Gary Anderson from Las Vegas, Nevada on April 05, 2009:

Many men are not big on nipple stimulation. It isn't the same for most men as it is for women. So, why do men do it?

jjrubio on April 04, 2009:

OUCH....Just the thought of Nipple piercing makes mine hurt!! LOL

Julianna from SomeWhere Out There on April 04, 2009:

relache, Thanks so much for clarifying now I completely understand and am looking forward to the experience.:)

Raye (author) from Seattle, WA on April 04, 2009:

I've had pierced nipples for just over twenty years now and in my experience, I think everyone's individual experience comes into play even more than gender differences. Talking to people, no two have ever had the exact same sensations or lifestyle integrations.

Raye (author) from Seattle, WA on April 04, 2009:

I've had pierced nipples for just over twenty years now and in my experience, I think everyone's individual experience comes into play even more than gender differences. Talking to people, no two have ever had the exact same sensations or lifestyle integrations.

Gary Anderson from Las Vegas, Nevada on April 04, 2009:

Wow, Relache, this is an amazing experience right? I wonder if it feels the same for women as for men. It makes me squirm just contemplating it. I know that people pierce even more private parts than nipples. I can't imagine. Ouch.

Raye (author) from Seattle, WA on April 04, 2009:

AEvans, I think the biggest reason people start with starter rings and then change them later is due to sizing. You can't really decide what gauge and diameter ring you like best until you are pierced, and most people like to get some basic jewelry to start and then once the piercings are healed, then invest in the specific metal, sizing and decoration that they like best.