My Nipple Piercing Experience
Getting my nipples pierced was definitely an experience. I had decided on Wednesday that I wanted them done and made an appointment on Friday. This is probably the bravest thing I've done, and I'm not one for doing shocking things. I was debating on getting my tongue done, but I decided on my nipples because I think pierced nipples are beautiful. On the way there I was very nervous and kept telling myself that it wasn't going to hurt that bad. I have three piercings in each ear, just in the lobes, and even though they hurt the pain was bearable. I got them pierced at the Waukesha Altered Evolution with needles instead of a gun.
I am 18 and I go to the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and took the bus there. I wasn't nervous when we left, but we ended up getting off at the wrong stop, and had to backtrack to make it to the other bus we had to take. When we finally got to the studio we had to wait for about thirty minutes, which made me even more nervous. The cost of getting your nipples pierced is $70.00 there and I decided to tip $15, so the total amount I paid was $85. I decided on getting a twelve gauge barbell because I did a lot of online reading from several sources and they said that the larger jewelry has a less likely chance of being rejected. I also like the appearance of the larger balls on the end. I don't have inverted nipples, but I think they are more flat than "normal" and I read also that the higher gauge makes them stick out more. I went with a friend who was getting her nose done, and her mom ended up showing up. She went first because I was a little scared. She did great, hardly flinching at all.
When it was my turn Katie, my piercer, took me into the room and told me to remove my shirt and bra. I opted to brave it alone; I really didn't want her mom watching me get my nipples pierced. It was not as weird as I thought it would be to expose myself to a total stranger. I lay down on a sort of reclined doctor's table in case I happened to pass out. She was very professional: changing her gloves a lot and sterilizing everything that would come in contact with my breasts. She cleaned the area with surgical sterilization gel and then dried the area off. She marked the spots where the needle would go, and had me stand up to make sure they looked straight and even. This was the only part where I felt a little uncomfortable because she was staring very intently at me. Katie spent about ten minutes doing this, making sure the marks were precise and replacing remarking them a few times. She answered all of my questions about the procedure and explained every step. The clamp she placed on wasn't too uncomfortable but I asked her to make it tighter thinking that it would dull the pain of the needle going through. All too soon it was time to pierce it. I was told to take a deep breath and then let it out. There is really no way for me to describe the pain, it hurt a lot worse than I thought it would. I wouldn't say I have a high pain tolerance, but I'm no baby about it either.
Before she pulled the barbell through, I looked down. There's nothing like seeing a needle sticking through your nipple! Placing the jewelry through hurt, but it was nothing compared to the actual piercing. Before she pierced the other one, I asked her if it was going to hurt worse, and she lied and said no. I'm really glad she did because at this point it took a lot for me to go through with the other one. Well, it only hurt a little bit worse but if she would have told me that I don't think I would have done it. For a few hours afterward they burned, and now its four days later and they haven't hurt since.
Overall, I'd say it was way more than worth it. The look on my boyfriend's face was priceless when he saw them. The aftercare is not too high maintenance and I did experience a lot of bleeding. I have yet to do the sea salt soaks, and I'm kind of apprehensive that it is going to sting because of the salt. My advice to anyone who is thinking about getting their nipples pierced: for everyone the pain is different; for me it hurt a lot but I'm so glad I did it. My nipples look beautiful if I do say so myself. I hope this helps you in your decision and good luck!
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 11 Feb. 2008
in Nipple Piercing