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Nipple Piercings: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know

…and what they can do for your sex life.

By Zahra Barnes and Claire Lampen Jul 5, 2018 310

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If the phrase “living your best life” conjures up images of bedazzled nips, then you’ve come to the right place. And you’re certainly not alone: Nipple piercings have some hearty celebrity endorsements—areola style icons include Rihanna, Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, and Kristen Stewart.

But yeah, it’s totally normal if you have some questions before signing on for a nipple piercing of your own, like…

Is it going to hurt?

While nipple piercings may feel great afterward—or, eventually—the actual moment when a needle goes through your nipple feels, well, exactly as you’d imagine it to. “Nipples are packed with nerve endings, so be ready for the pain,” says Debra Jaliman, MD, a New York City-based dermatologist.

“The pain was sharp and searing, but in the grand scheme of things, it was still manageable.”

After the fact, there’s also the potential for it to catch on something and come out (ouch!). Jaliman recommends embracing cotton bras, which should be less irritating and less subject to snag than your nylon lace collection.

Also, keep in mind that it doesn’t have to be forever: “It’s not like a tattoo,” Jaliman says. “If you don’t like it, you can just take the piercing out and the whole will eventually close. There is no lifelong commitment.”

Are there any risks associated with nipple piercings?

A piercing punctures your skin, poking a hole in your immune system’s first line of defense: Wherever you get one, there will be risks. If you plan to get a nipple piercing, Jaliman says infection—whether bacterial or viral—bruising, and irritation are all possibilities.

6 Weird Facts About Nipple Piercings To Know, According To A Professional Piercer

ByPhoebe WallerDec 15 2016

So you’re contemplating getting your nip pierced and you’re a little apprehensive. Before you go under the needle, you may want to know some weird facts about nipple piercings, so you understand more about the procedure ahead of you. Because nobody likes to be left in the dark, especially when it comes to body mods in more unusual places.

Like anything in life, there are pros and cons to getting your nipple pierced. Of course, if you’re a private person, the whole event of actually getting your nipple pierced may be a bit nerve-wracking for you, considering a stranger is going to get an eyeful of your cleavage. Sure, they’re professionals, but I’d guess it’s not quite the same as visiting your doctor. Plus, having a piece of metal in your nipple may make everyday life a little trickier; things like getting dressed without snagging yourself or wearing a top braless may become issues for you. However, IMO, nipple piercings look badass and super sexy. Fellow Bustler Kaitlyn Vagner asked a bunch of women how their pierced nipples affected their sex lives. Although there were mixed answers, for the most part, the answers were pretty positive, with one woman answering, “Its almost like having another clit.”

So I spoke with TJ Cantwell, a pro piercer from Studio 28, regarding weird facts about nipple piercings you probably want to know.

1. Nipple Piercings Are High On The Pain Scale

“Nipple piercings are higher on the pain scale, but the best way for anyone wanting to get the piercings done is to not think about the pain.” Cantwell tells me over email. With that in mind, it may be a good idea to take a friend with you if you’re feeling nervous.

2. They’re Super Fast

“The piercing is done incredibly fast, less than an second for the needle to get through.” Says Cantwell, “Deep breath in and deep breath out and it is done.” Perhaps try to channel your inner yogi and swot up on some deep-breathing exercises.

3. The Pricing Varies Depending On Where You Go

Cantwell explains, “Pricing varies from shop to shop but here at Studio 28, we only use high quality implant grade materials for our jewelry, to ensure that our jewelry is hypoallergenic and of the highest quality for our clients.”

When it comes to Studio 28, Cantwell tells me, “Pricing starts at $60 for a single nipple and that includes the basic jewelry with it. We also have many other options that our clients can choose from if they wanted to upgrade to something else.”

4. There Are Tons Of Embellishments Available

“There are so many different options for jewelry but most people tend to like wearing a barbell.” Says Cantwell. In fact, the world of nipple adornments is your sparkling oyster, as there are plenty of options to suit a variety of tastes.

“They can be as simple as a steel barbell, all the way to solid gold with diamonds and genuine gems. With body jewelry these days, the jewelry is only limited by the client’s imagination as we work with companies like Anatometal, Industrial Strength, and Body Gems to make custom gem configurations and sizes for the jewelry.” Cantwell explains.

5. Nipple Piercings Don’t Affect Sensitivity

“We can let everyone reading this know that a nipple piercing, when properly done and placed, will have no effect on nipple sensitivity.” Says Cantwell, which is certainly good to know.

6. You Can Still Breastfeed

“We get a lot of questions about breast feeding children in the future,” Cantwell elaborates, “and a nipple piercing will not interfere with that.” This is amazing news for fans of breastfeeding.

So there you have it, a few weird and wonderful facts you may be interested in, whether you are contemplating pierced nips, or you’re already rocking some rad nipple jewelry!