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First Body piercing

Well, the title is pretty self explanatory, but I'll explain it anyways. My first body piercing other than my ears was my navel. This is because it's the only piercing I could get my mom to approve as she wouldn't have to see it everyday. I did not always want a navel piercing, but I figured once I got a piercing then it would be easier to convince her to let me get others. I was supposed to get my navel done for my 16th birthday present, however, the piercing studio around me won't take ANYONE under 18. When in the bahamas, we checked out a couple of piercing places, and my, they were DISGUSTING! Nothing was sterilized, needless to say, this disturbed my mom to the point where she wouldn't even contemplate letting me get pierced.

A year later, my 17th birthday, I brought up the piercing again and mentioned a well renowned parlor, saying I "just wanted to check it out". We went to Portsmouth Piercing Co. in New Hampshire to have a look see. It was very clean, the piercer very knowledgeable and all the equipment and jewelry was in sterile packages. This was it. My mom signed the papers and the piercer put on a fresh pairs of gloves, cleaned my navel and put a mark. She had me check it in the mirror and it looked just fine to me. Then she had me lay down and began to lay out all the instruments. She showed me the hollow needle still in it's sterile packaging and then put a clamp on my navel.

At this point I was starting to get a little nervous. I don't have a fear of needles as long as I can SEE them, but there wasn't a way for me to lift my head to see her with the needle. I made myself stare at the ceiling as she talked me through what she was doing, so I could imagine seeing her with the needle and all. She told me she was going to push the needle through on the count of 3, but she pushed it through at 2, not that it surprised me at all anyways. She told me I was going to feel some pressure as she pushed the needle and jewelry through, and it didn't really hurt at all, more of a slight burning sensation. She used a captive bead ring as my jewelry and once she had clamped it closed I looked eagerly in a mirror. I was very happy with what I saw.

There is one thing about this piercer that I do not like though, she REFUSES to use banana bars as starter jewelry for navels piercings. I do not agree with this as I feel it should be a choice. Mostly because I have a lot of animals and I ended up getting my navel infected when both my ferret and cat managed to get their claws caught in the ring and yank it quite hard.

I got my piercing done at the end of April 2008 and 2.5 months later it wasn't healing. I felt this was because of the ring and I went and purchased a plain surgical grade titanium belly bar from the local piercer. I asked him if he had sterilized it and he assured me he had, I don't know why I believed him....I put in the new belly bar and instantly got a major infection. He hadn't sterilized it AT ALL, later he even told me that only equipment was ever autoclaved, not jewelry. I have learned NEVER to purchase jewelry from him again and I will NEVER get a piercing done by him, he is HORRIBLE at it!

Anyhoo, it has been a month since I changed the jewelry and now that I have conquered the infection brought on by unclean jewelry, my piercing has healed right up. I still believe the cause of it's prolonged healing to be the ring and that if I had been started with a belly bar that it would've been a lot better. It looks great healed and I'm not going to change the belly bar again until I've had it for 6 months, just make absolutely sure it's all healed up. All in all, I love this piercing and it makes me feel sexy, even though I do not walk around showing off my belly. My piercing has also inspired me to lose a little weight so that I can feel I look good with it. I'm a little overweight, but I have recently lost 7lbs and all of it from around my stomach, making my piercing look even better than before. I would suggest a navel piercing as a way to encourage yourself to lose a few, because once you have one, you'll want to show it off at least sometimes ^_^


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 01 Sept. 2008
in Navel Piercing

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