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The First Hurt Worse

I decided to get my nipple piercings on a whim. Well, not really a whim. It was my 19th birthday and I wanted to do something special for myself since I did nothing on my 18th. I had always wanted something outrageous and attractive done, and while my friends weren't too sure about the attractive part they all agreed it was outrageous and never thought I'd do it. Obviously this meant that I had to hands down. I went out and did my research about it, seeing what other people's experiences were and finding the answers to all the myths about it.

One of the biggest things I was afraid of was pain. I'm a complete and total baby when it comes to pain. I've had other piercings done, mostly my ears multiple times, and it hurts (which by the way, avoid the gun). You may be wondering by now why I would want to have piercings done if I hate pain so much. I honestly love the aesthetic value of them and think it's worth it. You also might be thinking that adrenaline would kick in and block some of the pain. We'll get that particular topic later on.

Once I was assured that it was safe and had built up my courage, I talked to a friend who had multiple piercings done at different locations and asked her which she liked best. She recommended City Limits and we went down there. The atmosphere of the shop was really good and while I was nervous about everything, it did put me somewhat at ease. Everything was laid back and it was a slow day. The guy behind the desk was really nice, making jokes and talked to us until the guy who does the piercings came out and took us back.

Now, I am an extremely modest person. I was the girl who would hide in the bathroom stalls to change for P.E. I didn't like the thought of taking my clothes off in front of a stranger. Never the less, once I got back there and had it firmly in my mind that he was a professional and had done this time and again, it was surprisingly easy. That turned out to be the easiest part of the whole thing. I sat down on the bench, which I really think he swiped from a doctor's office because it was the exact same thing, and he pulled out the clamps. Those things hurt. They hurt a lot. Adrenaline did not help me like it does most people, which sucked. I asked the guy, and I honestly cannot remember his name, which one would hurt more, the first or second piercing. He was honest and said the second one because the first one gets you by surprise.

He got the needle out and stuck it in. I thought that was the worst pain in my life other than childbirth. I seriously had never felt anything like it. When people tell you that having your nipple pierced hurts like Hell, they are not lying. Then it got even worse. While he was threading the ring through, it got stuck halfway through. I don't know if it was threaded wrong or what, but about halfway through he could not get it through the hole. It took a whole minute to get it back on track and through the hole. A minute doesn't sound like a long time, but when you're trying to thread a steel ring through your nipple and it's trying to come out the center instead of the other side it's eternity. That adrenaline rush really would've been nice right about then, but it never came. I guess I'm just one of those people that aren't helped by that. Anyways, he finally got it through and I had enough by then. I was crying and in pain and generally upset. If it hadn't been
for the fact that I'd paid for two and couldn't get a refund I would've left right then. As it was, I decided to suck it and get the other done. Thankfully that one went through without a hitch, and while it hurt, it was not nearly as bad as the first.

I got all the proper aftercare stuff. The H2Ocean salt spray is amazing. Sea salt water in a cup works, but I love this stuff. It's the most soothing stuff for piercings that I have ever used, and I've used a lot. They were sore for a week or so, but after that it was fine. It took a long time to heal though. There was discharge for well over a year, but nothing bad happened.

All in all, I love my piercings. They're absolutely wonderful and perfect. While the experience wasn't the best, I still think they're great and I'm really glad I got them. I know that my "accident" wasn't a normal thing and I totally encourage people who want it to go for it. You should just know what you might be in for.


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on: 05 June 2008
in Nipple Piercing

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