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There's a needle in my nipple!

I had never considered having my nipple pierced until my now ex-boyfriend suggested it to me a few months ago. I told him that I would have mine pierced if he had his pierced first, he said he would never have his pierced, and that was that. Over time, the idea started to grow on me and I decided that I really wanted it done. I have a fairly small chest which I don't particularly like, and I thought that this would be ideal to make it a bit more interesting. I loved the idea of a bar through my left nipple.

A couple of days ago I found that I had sufficient money and I was feeling brave enough to get it done so I decided to do it. I was quite nervous as I had heard that it was really painful but I thought that if I didn't do it then I probably never would. Yesterday my friend Chloe and I went to Tribal Voice to have it done. We only waited for a few minutes and then we were in. The piercer I usually see wasn't there, and I had never met the person who was there before, but she turned out to be really nice and helped to put me at ease straight away.

I took my top off and sat as she cleaned my nipple and used a gauge to work out the best sized bar for me. She thought that 12mm might be a little too long but that 10mm could be too short and could imbed into the skin, so we went for the larger size to be safe. She carefully marked me up and let me check that I was happy with it, which I was. Then I lay back to actually be pierced. At this point, Chloe was offering moral support from the other side of the room with her back to me, apparently to "preserve my modesty". The piercer and I both told her to come back and support me properly so she came to hold my hand and talk to me whilst it was being done because I didn't want to watch. The thought of looking down and seeing a needle sticking out of my nipple freaked me out a bit.

My nipple was clamped and then frozen. I wanted it as cold as possible to help with the pain. I think that the whole area was frozen because I could feel the cold from my breast to my ribs. I didn't want to be told what was happening so I didn't think too much about the pain. I felt a bit of discomfort when the needle went it. At that point I thought that it would be fine because I could put up with that sensation, but then I felt a really horrible shooting pain as the needle went through my nipple. It was definitely the most painful piercing I've had, and the only one that's caused me to make a noise whilst it was happening. Chloe told me afterwards that one moment I was quite happily smiling and talking to her, and the next I had screwed my face up with pain. The piercer told us that female nipples hurt more than male nipples because they actually have a use, so they're much more sensitive. Despite all of that, it was over pretty quickly. There was a bit more pain when the bar was put in, but that was nowhere near as bad as the actual piercing. I was told that I could look, and there it was, all done.

We all agreed that it looked nice, and I was really pleased that I'd gone through with it. The pain was certainly worthwhile. A dressing was put onto my nipple to protect it until I got home, and also to "stop me from flashing people." For the next few hours it was quite sore and throbbed a bit, especially when I accidentally bashed myself with my bag, right in the middle of my nipple. I keep looking at it because I'm so happy with it, and it hasn't quite sunk it that I actually did it. It feels a lot better today than it did yesterday, and so far it seems to be doing well. There was a bit of dried blood when I cleaned it this morning but that's it.

I'm really happy that I had it done. I was nervous but it was a really good experience. The piercer was great and gave me lots of really helpful advice, such as telling me that I can put a nipple shield onto the bar if I get bored whilst it's healing because that only involves unscrewing the balls, not taking out the whole bar. It was painful, but worthwhile and I'm really pleased with the end result. I plan on looking after it very well because I don't want to go through that again. It's been a really good addition to my piercings, and I really love it. It has also made me like my chest a lot more. Anyone who wants a nipple piercing should definitely get it done. It does hurt, but you'll love it afterwards. I'm so glad that I went through with it, despite the nerves.


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on: 22 Aug. 2007
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Artist: Amy
Studio: Tribal+Voice
Location: Plymouth

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