The decision to get my nipples pierced was a somewhat random one. Random in the sense that I swore up and down that I would never, ever do such a thing to cause such pain to my tender nipples (I adore my breasts) and that I'd rather get my eyelid tattooed.
Well, I lied.
One of my best friends got her nipples pierced in March for her 18th birthday, and after she showed them to me, I thought to myself, "Whoa, those are kind of hot". It was then that I made the decision to get my nipples pierced.
I decided to get them done last week on my 18th birthday. I carefully researched everything that had to do with nipple piercings: jewelry type, gauge size, placement, infections, the implications on breastfeeding (which are a myth, by the way!), healing time, aftercare, etc. I wanted to be one hundred percent sure that I knew what I was getting myself into. The only thing that I didn't know, however, was how bad it would hurt. I have a somewhat low pain tolerance, and I've heard from many people that your nipple is one of the most sensitive, most painful places to pierce. I thought I'd be able to handle it, though, and that I was going to get myself worked up for no reason just like I'd done last year on my 17th birthday when I went to get my tongue pierced. I was so sure that it would be the worst pain ever, but it was more like a pinch. So with my previous experience to rely on, I came to the conclusion that my nipples weren't going to be too bad, either. Big mistake.
The morning of my birthday, I woke up thinking, "Holy shit...I'm getting my nipples pierced today." I was tense and uncomfortable for most of the day. My nerves were building up and I was beginning to feel nauseous. Four of my roommates decided to come with me and get piercings, too, and that helped ease my tension a little bit.
We arrived at the piercing/tattoo parlor around 6pm, and the moment I stepped inside I felt this cool surge of relaxation. I felt better, I could breathe, and I just knew everything would be okay. I met the piercer, and she was nice (I forgot her name, though...I'm going to call her "Crystal"). She made us sign papers, checked our IDs (she told me happy birthday and even gave me a discount), then took my friends and I to the back room.
I decided to go first and get it over with. My jewelry was a 1/2 inch 14G black titanium barbell. I really wanted the circular barbells (the ones that look like horseshoes), but "Crystal" said that they were too small for my nipples and would make my nipples heal in a weird shape. So I agreed to use the straight barbells instead. She then proceeded to get me all cleaned up and marked the points of entry and exit.
Then came the hard part. "Breathe," she said. "Take long, deep breaths. I'm going to pierce you as you exhale. It'll hurt less that way." She clamped my nipple and I did as she said. I closed my eyes and began to breathe.
First breath. Exhale. Nothing.
Second breath. Exhale. Nothing again.
Third breath. Exha-
"Oh my fucking motherfucker!" came flying out of my mouth as I bumped Crystal in the head. It hurt. Bad. Totally not what I had been expecting, either. On a scale of 1-10, my tongue had been a 2. These sons of bitches were a fucking 12.
I started my breathing again, and allowed Crystal to finish with that nipple. She got the needle through and I winced as she put the barbell in. I had never felt such a sharp, raw pain before. After the jewelry was in, I looked down at my tit. I smiled. "Hot," I thought. And then the pain was gone. All in all, I would say that the needle part lasted about two seconds. Not too bad, I guess...
One down, one more to go.
Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Ex-prick-hale. I winced again. The second one was definitely much better than the first. I knew what to expect and my adrenaline was rushing, so I didn't feel it as much. Let me tell you, endorphins are amazing little things...
"You're all done." I got up, walked over to the mirror, and examined myself. They looked great. I'm African-American, and the black barbells looked great against my golden brown skin. I was excited for them to heal.
Crystal then pierced my friends (two nose and one tragus; the fourth one chickened out), explained to us the aftercare process, and then gave us some information sheets. We walked out of the room, and then we paid her. I only had to pay $40! Sweet.
My piercings didn't really hurt much after that. They throbbed a little for about 20 minutes, but after that, I didn't feel much of anything. It's been a week now since I got them done, and they still don't cause me much trouble. The after care is easy, and I'm sure they're going heal up just nicely. But despite my love for my new additions, I doubt I would go through that whole process again. If these piercings closed up, then it would be no more pierced nipples for me!
I advise anyone, male or female, to get their nipples pierced, especially if you're a girl with a great set of boobs. I thought my breasts looked great before, but now they look perfect. I love my nipple piercings. They're so cute and adorable. It hurt like hell to get them done, but trust me...they are SO worth the pain. Good luck to all with your piercing ventures!
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 04 Oct. 2009
in Nipple Piercing