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Being rebellious getting my nipples pierced

I've got two tattoos and want more but am not sure what or where I want it so I decided to get my nipples pierced since it's semi-permanent. I don't have a high pain tolerance and had no idea how this would feel. I nursed two babies so I figured how bad could it be, right? I had my belly button pierced about 10 years ago and had nothing but problems with the healing. After a year and a half of almost constant infections, I took it out. Given my history with body piercings, I made sure to tell the studio and get their advice.

I went down to the shop that had the best reputation in town. I didn't know anyone in particular but the shop was highly recommended. I talked to the girl behind the counter and we discussed the metals used (she suggested Nairobium (sp?) or titanium since the general stainless steel has a bit of nickel in it which causes a lot of people problems). We talked about aftercare (this shop uses Xpressions spray after sea salt soaks), possible problems and the pain! She said it wasn't that bad. I told her I had to think about it and discuss it with hubby.

I went home and talked it over with hubby briefly. He wasn't thrilled with the idea. To tell the truth, I think it kind of freaked him out since he got kind of pale when I had my belly button done. I was pacing and couldn't get it out of my mind so I went right back down to the shop (by myself) that night (about 7 pm). I told them I was ready so they wrote me up and I signed all the release forms and picked the jewelry (two purple, 14g Nairobium CBRs.) I was nervous but not as bad as I had thought I would be. There were two younger girls there getting belly button rings and when they asked what I was having done, they both crossed their arms and said they wanted to watch. I don't think I want an audience - especially two young girls.

Armen was free so he told me to hang out a second while he got the room ready. He called me back to this sterile white room in the back of the shop. He explained to me what was going to happen and then told me to lose my shirt and bra. I felt very comfortable about taking my top off. He was very professional. He had me stand straight up while he knelt down (unnerving for any woman!) and marked the entrance/exit points. I looked in the mirror and thought they looked ok.

He had me lay on my back on the bed and he started on the right side. He told me this might feel a little uncomfortable and put the clamp on my right nipple. I didn't really feel a thing so I thought this was going to be a piece of cake. He had me take a deep breath and then blow it out then a deeper breath and blow it out. On the exhale he pushed the needle through. I have to tell you, this was the most intense, searing, make-me-black-out pain. I've had two babies and this was way more intense than that. Luckily, it only lasted about three seconds and was over. I think I would have preferred not knowing when he was going to actually do it. He put the ring in and moved to the other side. He repeated the same thing. The second side was just as bad but again, it was over quickly. As soon as he was done with both sides, they both started throbbing.

He had me get dressed...carefully. Told me to wear a bra as much as possible. I got my aftercare instructions and was on my way. That first night was pretty tender and the next day I was very aware that they were there. The two days following, I barely felt them at all. They've started getting a little sore again but I think I'm just becoming more comfortable with them so I'm not as gentle. I haven't had any swelling but I've had some bleeding and what looks like bruising of my nipple. I DEFINITELY love the sea salt soaks - they make them feel a lot better. I love the way they look...and so does hubby! I didn't mind going by myself. Hubby would have just made faces and ask me how much it hurt.

In comparison to my belly button, this was way worse. My belly didn't hurt hardly at all (except for the infection). I was told later that belly's are common places for infections. I've told my friends but not my mother. I can imagine her response. Hubby's told pretty much all of his friends and the guys he works with.


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 31 Jan. 2008
in Nipple Piercing

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Artist: Armen
Studio: LaRox+Tattoo
Location: Akron%2C+OH

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