Thinking about a “clit” piercing?

February 6, 2010

I want to get my clit pierced!

I hear a ton of inquiries like this from curious women, but the truth is, almost no one gets the clitoris itself pierced. Far, far more sensible, easy, and common is to get the clitoral hood pierced; that is, the thin membrane of skin which covers the actual clit.

Most common is the vertical clitoral hood piercing (a “VCH”). A horizontal clitoral hood piercing (“HCH”) is also common. These are commonly referred to as “hood” piercings (not clit piercings).

A clitoris piercing is possible, but it’s rare for several reasons. First, it’s a pretty extreme piercing, with potential to cause damage to a Very Important and Sensitive Organ! Second, because very few women have clits large enough to accommodate one. Here’s an excerpt from The Piercing Bible* about clit piercings:

Piercing of the clitoral glans (visible beneath the hood) is rare, and it is serious business. A piercing mishap can result in the loss of your clitoral sensation . . . only a highly experienced master should perform this piercing . . . exercise extreme caution before embarking upon a clitoris piercing; this is not an area with which to take risks.

Out of the very small number of women who genuinely desire a clitoris piercing (rather than the much more common hood piercing), approximately 90 to 95 percent are not suitably built to accommodate jewelry through the clitoral head.

So, girls, if you are interested in getting a genital piercing, do yourself a favor. Find the best, most experienced piercer you can find, and ask for a consultation and evaluation of your own anatomy. They don’t all look alike and the piercing that is best for your BFF may not be the best piercing for you. A hood piercing is an easy piercing that can look and feel great, but a clit piercing is something different.

If you’re confused about anatomy, here is a link to Wikip on female genital anatomy:     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clitoris

Playdough vulvas from Dr. Janet Carroll’s photostream at Flickr.
*The book, The Piercing Bible, by Elayne Angel, is the best reference out there. You can buy it from Amazon.com.


Should I tell my husband or surprise him?

October 28, 2009

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Piercings, Partners, and Problems.

What happens when your partner disapproves of your lifestyle choices?  An interest in  piercings can seem incomprehensible to others.  Parents, friends, spouses who don’t “get it” can be a big problem for the piercee.   What if you are thinking about getting a piercing, say, a genital piercing, but are unsure about what your partner would think?  Should you, as one lady asked, spring it as a surprise or talk it over beforehand?

It’s a complex problem and unfortunately there is no single answer.  Similar to the plight of teenagers who want to modify their bodies, there’s the issue of whose body is it, really? Are you free to do anything you want to your body if you are in a relationship?  Does your spouse have any rights in that regard?

Here are my thoughts:

–If you are a single adult, your body absolutely is your own to play with and modify as you see fit.  There are other considerations, of course, such as employment, aesthetics, and health.  Further, there’s always a risk that your close compatriots will object anyway.

–If you are married, or in a committed relationship, your body is still your own.  That is, I still think you have the right to make decisions about your own body; BUT–I think you should take your significant other’s reactions and wishes into consideration. It’s like any other issue in a relationship and communication is important.  So is sex; and if you are planning to pierce nipples or genitals, you absolutely need to consider your partner’s feelings.

–Sometimes the piercing debate can be a symptom of other problems in a relationship.  A common scenario is a middle-aged couple who are growing apart after years of marriage.  One spouse feels restless, wants to spice up their sex life, and suddenly becomes interested in body art.  The other spouse is pretty horrified (“it’s deviant! you’re a pervert!), and a big fight ensues over the piercings, even though the real problem is more complex.  Marriages have broken up over less.

–It’s also worth mentioning you should never get a piercing just because your partner wants you to. No one should pressure you to alter your body; unfortunately it does happen.  It’s your body, and if you don’t want those holes in there for yourself, don’t do it!

I can’t give relationship advice, other than to be patient and considerate, and to communicate.  If you want a piercing but suspect your partner may not approve, bring up the subject.  And bring it up again, because it may take some time for your partner to get used to the idea.  Here’s the progression:

  • –Piercings?  That’s weird and perverted!
  • –Piercings?  Well, they’re kind of interesting–on other people.  Hmm, maybe they can spice up our sex life?
  • –Piercings?  MUST HAVE NOW!

And no, I don’t recommend surprising your husband with a shiny new VCH out of the blue.  Bring it up casually first, and if he recoils, you know you have some buttering up to do!

Disclaimer:  I’m single, so I don’t have to worry about this myself!


PA Panel

October 18, 2009

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This is a continuation of the PA Project Part 1.  Sorry it’s taken me so long to get this up, but I want to thank my friends, Bash, Jacobite, and DC, who have shared their wisdom and experiences with this piercing with us all. I asked them to discuss choice of jewelry, stretching and gauges,  condom use, sex with a PA, how they solved the “pee problem,” whether the PA is a “gateway piercing,” and other tips on living with a Prince Albert piercing.  Without further ado, let’s hear what these gentlemen have to say.

DC

I think that the wisest thing that should be done and probably seldom is, would be to determine the gauge of the jewelry that the piercee wants to end with. Then the piercee can discuss placement of the piercing with his pierer to make sure that there is enough flesh to accomodate the jewelry without fear of it ripping out.

There are many  suggestions as to how to handle the peeing problem.  If you look at the floor in public restrooms there must be a lot of men who cannot aim without having the P.A. problem.  My best advice is to just sit down and be done with it.

For the PDB crowed it seems that most started with a princie, myself included.  After that it often gets addictive.  If you get a Prince Albert, you have half an Apadravya.

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Prince Albert Piercing

Jacobite:

It wasn’t so many years ago I sneaked in the door[of  the Tribalectic forum] without any piercings, feeling I didn’t have much to add.  Yet look around now and see how many guys like me are getting a PA as their first piercing in their mid 30s. Having been informed by a colleague who already had a PA that there were benefits for both my partner and me in getting a PA, I did a little research finally getting my PA on my 14th wedding anniversary.  The hardest part was actually making the decision to get my closest & best friend of 38 years poked with a needle–my first piercing now 6 years later I have 9 piercings and 6 tattoos.

Just a quick pinch and the needle was through; a 3 or 4/10 on a pain scale (I’ve endured much more pain on a visit to the dentist).  The most uncomfortable part was the receiving tube and fitting the jewelry.   For preference, get pierced at 10 or 8 gauge and immediately stretch to 8 or 6 gauge to minimize bleeding using a CBR.  Try to gauge the diameter of the ring you require before you go visit your piercer, measuring while erect the difference between the frenum at the bottom to the urethra opening up at the to (some guys are growers some are showers when they gain an erection).

Being a keen cyclist, when I initially had my PA pierced, the vibration as I cycled along the cobbled (granite sets) streets of my home city[Jacobite lives in Edinburgh] proved uncomfortable enough that I avoided these streets or had to stand out of the saddle while healing for the first 10 days or so.  Once healed I knew where theses streets were for another reason–the sensations  were not all together unpleasurable; even stimulating perhaps.

For the most part I tend to go commando, only wearing underwear when the situation dictates a little support or restraint, and then I choose boxer briefs.  The only problems I’ve had going commando were the one time with a Tribal Dream Ring fitted and attending a Highland Celidh wearing a Kilt and dancing the evening away.  Got home to find the jewelry had worked loose, as it’s just held together by a wee bolt/screw.  Alas, condoms I can’t help you with.  I had the snip before my PA and only wore them for a month or so during healing, although I do remember being disconcerted to see a little blood in the condom, due to me being too impatient to wait for healing to try out my new toy after 6 or 7 days.  This continued on occasions until I stretched to 3.2mm (8 g) or 4 mm (6 g) when the cheese cutter effect stopped.

Sex, whether solo or sex with a partner– certainly it takes two of you to find out what works best for each of you.  This may involve compromises.  I’ve found that thinner gauges pinched her more. This lessened as I increased the gauge of the ring.  As you stretch you may be able to reduce the diameter of the ring overall.  Many guys I know have done this, and it makes it easier to insert as the jewelry hugs the glans more closely, as well as being more comfortable for oral with less risk to teeth.  Larger gauges do seem to be better received–upto a point of about 00 gauge, which proved less comfortable than 0 gauge.

It cannot be stressed enough that this is a piercing for both you and your partner and you both need input into making it work for you. That might mean that you have to take it out for some positions.  I do have to take mine out but I never forget to put it back in, even for solo sex there is just something missing if I don’t have my PA in.

Would I do it again?  Hell  yea although I’d do it 20 years earlier!

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Titanium Segment Rings

Bash

I wouldn’t conmsider a PA a “starter piercing” for one reason: Piercing genitals is a real gut check for most people.  Nearly pain free and a yawner to heal it may be, but there is a psychological chasm between an earlobe and a penis that all of the assurances in the world will not close. Gateway? Perhaps.  It was for me, but for many it will be all they need/want.

There is no “best jewelry.”  I’ve tried just about everything, and they all have their pluses and minuses.  My favorite would have to be segment rings in titanium, because partners are more likely to find them comfortable/tolerable, urination is generally more easily managed; also the Ti is lightweight, and less prone to stretching the piercing.  On the subject of weight, the feel of that new weight swinging around “down there” is, at first, novel and pleasurable.  The body, however, adjusts quickly, and in just a couple of days it can no longer be felt.  Also, for me at least, there is such a thing as too much weight.  This is undoubtedly tmi, but when I was waring a 9 g stainless ring, it caused my penis, when flacid, to assume a long, thin profile.  I didn’t like the look at all.

Urination is a problem, but it is  manageable.  It varies from day to day with the jewelry worn, gauge of the piercing, how much oversize the piercing is relative to the jewelry, and whether the peen is pointing due north.  Feng shui is important! 😉  There are a number of strategies for dealing with this.  The most effective is to simply sit.  Next best is the twist and pee method; sounds awful, but it’t not, at all.  In all cases, a guy needs to pay attention. Wool gathering leads to accidents!

I don’t get many questions–most, I guess, deal with urination.  That, and some guys are really bugged when a bead disappears into their urethras. It should be a non-issue, but so far I’ve not had much luck convincing them of that.

I’m a patient guy, and go months/years between stretches, so they’ve been pretty non-eventful.  I actually don’t like this characeristic of PAs; they stretch on their own, and then don’t want to close up at least all the way.  This means you are stuck with whatever decision you may have made, good or bad.

Men are stupid; we’re obsessed with our dicks, and we do extreme things to them. I’m talking about stretching, here.  There is a point where jewelry begins to obstruct the urethra.  This has two effects, one demonstrable, the other theoretical.  The obstruction creates back pressure, which leads to “bypassin” during urination, complicating an already challenging situation.  Also, I believe that this obsruction inhibits the normal flushing of of the urethra by the urine stream, and sets up a sitution where bacteria can find a happy home.  This is, as I said, theoretical, and I have no idea what the critical jewelry size is, if in fact it’s a factor at all.  In my case, I stretched to 0g, decided to downsize, and the fistula retreated to about 4.

#1 Tip:  Patience, Grasshopper, Patience.

Again, thanks to my friends for sharing their thoughts on this very popular piercing.  I hope you can use some of these tips to make your own piercing a happy experience.

Pic of segment rings from Steel Navel.

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The PA Project Pt. 1

September 13, 2009

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The Prince Albert piercing is one of the most popular  genital piercings for men.  It’s decorative, it’s functional, and it really doesn’t go through all that much skin, so it’s a much less scary piercing than it might appear.

The eponymous prince was the husband of Britain’s Queen Victoria.  ( Wikipedia entry on Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg.) The story goes that men of those days used such a ring through the end of the their penis to tie it away in order to wear the close fitting breeches of their day.

This is a myth! Although there may be some tiny kernel of truth, more likely it was made up by Doug Malloy, an influential early piercing enthusiast.  I’m not a clothing historian, but it would be interesting to do some scholarly research on this and on the claim that some Victorian ladies pierced their nipples.  But I’m getting sidetracked . . . Regardless of satrorial utility,  it’s a very fun piercing and easy to get.  Maybe too easy–is the PA a “gateway piercing?” Maybe–piercings are habit forming!

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PA Piercing

A PA, or Prince Albert piercing is made on the underside of the penis at the juncture of the head and shaft, the jewelry rests within the urethra and is worn out the tip of the  . . . urethral opening,” according to The Piercing Bible (p. 156).   For further surfing, here is the link to the BME Encyclopedia entry:  PA. And here is the actual Wikipedia entry:  Prince Albert Piercing.

If you are considering this piercing, here are a few points to think about:

–This piercing stretches easily, and is likely to be permanent, so consider placement and stretching options carefully. Before the poke, discuss with your piercer how big you are likely to go.  There are also options for expansion or addition to this piercing, such as a Reverse PA or an apadravya.  A project with multiple piercings should be planned in advance with your piercer.

–A typical starting gauge would be 10 or 12, and healing is relatively fast–one or two months for the majority of healing to take place.  It’s a bleeder, so don’t be surprised if you need to keep things wrapped up for a few days.

–Urination may be permanently affected.  Just so you know . . .

Don’t overuse your new toy! Give it a rest and let it heal.

–After the initial healing period, a certain amount of trial and error may be needed to determine the best jewelry for you.  Circular barbells, captive bead rings (CBRs), segment rings, and curved barbells are all possible choices.Here’s a pic of a Tribal Dream ring from Wildcat, which PA newbies can aspire to.  And a link to more info at Steel Navel.

Tribal Dream Ring

Tribal Dream Ring

Unfortunately, not having the equipment, I’m not an expert in male genital piercings, so I’ve asked some friends of mine to share their experience and advice with this piercing.   In Part 2 of the PA Project, they’ll share some drabbles of wisdom:  pearls, drops, or just shaken off.

I’ll be back for Pt. 2!

Statue pic from mira66’s photostream at Flickr.  Drawing by cloudlb, after the much nice drawings by Jennifer Klepacki in The Piercing Bible.  Jewelry pic from Steel Navel, with permission.



Nipple Piercings and the Long Haul

September 6, 2009

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As I said in the last post, nipple piercings are great all around body piercings.  (Note:  this is “part 2”– see previous post for more general info.) True to the old piercing adage, “If It Protrudes, Pierce It,” they stick out, are conveniently located for admiration and play, enhance sensuality and sensation–what’s not to like? But:

  • Nipples are slow and fussy healers. They take a long time to heal, and are prone to flare ups and crusties,even years after being pierced.

Nipples, navels, and cartilage piercings are probably the ones that take longest to heal.  Out of these, nipple piercings  seem to be the ones that really act up for the longest time.  Nipples are constantly changing shape; swelling, erecting, and relaxing with changes in temperature and arousal. This puts stress on a fresh wound with a foreign object in it.   Nipples reflect what is going on in the body and react to hormones, menstrual cycles, and health.  So perhaps it’s no wonder that the healing process can seem to go on forever.

With nipple piercings, you may experience:

–Healing to take a year or more; with the third stage of healing (toughening) to take a few more years.  (Review the stages of healing here.)

–Crusties possibly throughout the life of your piercing, apparently healed or not.  (“Crusties” are dried lymph and dead skill cells exuded by a healing piercing, which dry sharp and crusty on your jewelry.)

–Regular flare ups with menstrual cycles; and flare ups related to stress or illness.

–Frustration because they shouldn’t be played with during healing; or even relationship problems.  (Whose boobs are they?)  Healing nipple piercings should not come into contact with bodily fluids, lest they become infected.  Review how to have safer sex with piercings here.

The Bling Problem

Here’s another tip:  Nipple piercings don’t really like jewelry changes. The flesh tube in a nipple seems to be especially delicate in comparison with some other piercings, and reacts negatively to rough handling, excessive movement, and removal and insertion of jewelry.  Externally threaded jewelry (which has sharp threads being pushed through the piercing) is never a good idea in nipples.  Furthermore, jewelry tends to sit tightly in the flesh tube, which can shrink rapidly upon removal.  If you are planning to change your own jewelry, an appropriate taper and lube are advised.

I cannot tell you how many sob stories I have heard about nipples rejecting, migrating, or simply being too sore and fussy for comfort.  It’s really a shame, because healed nipple piercings are a treasure.  An abandoned nipple piercing is a sad, sad thing! In my opinion, most of these problems can be traced to improper jewelry considerations:  Wrong size, wrong material, or simply changing too often or too soon.

I hear stories about guys who take jewelry out of their fresh nipple piercings daily for soccer practice, and then they wonder why they won’t heal.  I recently saw a post about  pretty new nipple jewelry, with a picture of some very small diameter rings with gems.  Pretty indeed, but these were only 6-week old piercings, the diameter of the ring looked too small to me for comfort, and the jewelry itself did not look like good quality.  I predict an unhappy experience for this lady who may have sacrificed her lovely piercings to impatience.  Therefore:

Clouds #1 tip for happy nipple piercings is:

Make sure you have a well-fitting, premium quality piece of body jewelry in your new nipple piercing, preferably a straight titanium barbell, and leave it there for at least a year!

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Although I wear premium stainless steel barbells in mine, many of my friends report that switching to titanium has eliminated crusties and helped calm their piercings down overall.   By well-fitting, I mean that a ring’s diameter should be large enough for the part that passes through the nipple to be almost straight; or that a barbell should fit with just a little bit clearance on either side of the nipple, and the balls should not be pushed into the flesh tunnel or otherwise create a problem.  Sometimes adjustments need to be made after being pierced, so a visit back to your piercer may be in order.  As always in piercing, one size does NOT fit all, so a good piercer can order individual bars or balls to suit your anatomy.  But once you have a nice piece in there, leave it alone!

Patience with this piercing is critical.  This does present a problem for those of us eyeing those cool nipple shields or  pretty dangly/sparkly  nipple jewelry.  As always we are tempted, but we must resist!  Do not change jewelry for at least one year, and maybe more if you continue to experience unhappy nipples.  Realize that most of this type of jewelry is not meant for long-term wear, only “special occasion” wear.  And refer to the above “nipples don’t like jewelry changes.”

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Some more details to consider:

Male nipples are smaller, and may take less time to heal than female nipples. Male nipples are usually pierced into the areola.

–There are a lot of variables in size and shape, particularly in female breasts (for which there are a lot of thankful people out there); but this needs to be considered.  There’s no reason that really big breasts or big nipples; or conversely, really small nipples can’t be pierced, as long as, as Elayne Angel says, they are pliable and can be pinched up.

–You can breastfeed with pierced nipples, although for safety’s sake, usually the jewelry must be removed. You must also remove all jewelry for a mammogram.

Sea salt soaks can be a boon to pissy nipples–long flesh tunnels can trap hair, dead skin, and other debris that can be drawn out with salt soaks.  Frequent crusties must be soaked and cleaned off–frequently!

–One of the more serious consequences of a piercing gone wrong is an infection in the tissue of the female breast.  If you suspect an infection which is not responding to soaks or lasts more than a week or two, see a medical professional immediately.

–Although not as prominent as you may think, the jewelry can show through clothing, especially with thin, light colored clothing and large jewelry.  If this is a concern, minimize the profile of your jewelry as much as you can without compromising fit or healing (e.g., choose smaller balls),  pad your clothing with layers or padded bras/inserts, and break up the effect by wearing dark clothing/patterns.  And if your boss is staring at your nipples at work, you need to get a new job anyway!

–Nipple piercings may not be compatible with active sports or some lifestyles.  We  piercees couldn’t much help the guy who had to wear body armor for work, for example.  Some women swear by tight-fitting sports bras for support during the healing period (although I prefer no bras and no pressure on the piercing).

–Pierced nipples can “develop,” that is, grow larger in response to being pierced.  Not only does the insertion of the jewelry raise the profile, but the nipple can actually grow.  Although it’s not true that pierced nipples are always erect, they can become more prominent permanently, but how much is impossible to predict.  This seems to be a concern especially for men.

–For technical details on placement and sizing of jewelry, consult a good piercer or the The Piercing Bible, by Elayne Angel, as always (and all this stuff is in there anyway, so where’s your copy?)

So, is all this worth it?

Oh, Yes!  Yes,  yes!,  . . . well, you get the idea.  A well healed, perfectly placed nipple piercing is a thing of beauty, a joy to touch, and a source of potentially life-long pleasure. Pierced in a suitably sturdy gauge and well-toughened, they can withstand a good deal of rough play.  It is discrete and a perfect piercing for older or professional piercees.  It is well worth the extra care and patience to heal!

If you are interested, my 8-month old  nipple piercing (described here) is still in the second stage of healing, I think.  Although it is doing well, it is still sore occasionally, and benefits from intermittent soaking. My vertical nipple piercing, which is about (thinks) 5 years old has never given me any problem, has toughened up nicely, and has made my nipple very happy!

What are  you waiting for? Find a good piercer and do it!

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The copper nipple pictured above is from Ctd 2005’s photostream at Flickr.

Stock jewelry pics are from Steel Navel, with permission.


Let’s Talk About Nipples!

September 5, 2009

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Nipple Piercings, that is.

I have been noticing sooo many questions about nipple piercings.  They’re great piercings, but fussy healers.  Here are some pointers for the curious or sore:

Nipple piercings are great all-around piercings.

Almost anyone can get their nipples pierced, whether you are a man or a woman; whether you have tiny man nipples, large breasts with heavy nipples, or small breasts; even inverted nipples can usually be pierced.  Nipple piercings look great and FEEL great! Many piercees report increased sensitivity and pleasure with their pierced nipples.  I certainly enjoy mine!

You must,  of course, be 18 years old (in the US) to get a nipple piercing, and visit a professional piercer.

A Word about Pain

Are you concerned about the pain of piercings? Nipple piercings are widely reported to be one of the most painful piercings around; and it’s true, they can be quite painful.  But keep in mind 1) that perception of pain differs from person to person,  so that one person may report such-and-such a piercing as the most painful eva! and the next person could say, meh–pain? what pain?; 2) The actual push of the needle only lasts a few seconds, and is completely bearable.

A good piercer who is experienced and deft makes all the difference, too, so spend some time searching for and vetting your piercer for a less painful experience. The second nipple piercing is likely to hurt more if you are getting both done at the same time, so some piercing studios offer simultaneous nipple piercings with two piercers.  The idea here is to get through all the pain at once, so if you are very concerned about the pain, this might be an option for you.

If you’re still concerned about the pain–maybe piercing isn’t for you.  Pain is part of the point!

One or two? Up, down, or all around?

People question whether they should get nipples pierced one at a time, or both at the same time.  Or even if they should get both done at all.   This is really a matter of personal preference; some people like to be symmetrical and feel they would be “lopsided” with only one; others like the quirkiness of just one.

The other big consideration is that freshly pierced nipples shouldn’t be played with, or contaminated with mouth or hand contact during the initial healing period.   This  means leaving them alone for at least a few months, and limited play for many more months.  Some people are really “boob” people and therefore want to get one at a time; one to heal; and one for play.  Or, you can get them both done at one time and get it over with.  The choice is yours.

A piercee also faces another choice:  vertical, horizontal, or somewhere in between.  If you want to wear ring style jewelry, go with the traditional horizontal placement.  However, vertical or diagonal piercings are also perfectly fine.  I myself have one vertical and one horizontal nipple piercing, which worked for the size and shape of my breasts.  Discuss your options with your piercer.

Choice of jewelry

Rings: CBRs, or ring-style jewelry, used to be the jewelry of choice for nipples.  There are two problems with rings, however, which should be taken into consideration and discussed with your piercer when deciding on jewelry.

First, the diameter of the ring must be big enough so that the part that goes through the flesh is fairly straight.  This makes for a diameter much larger than you might expect, especially for large nipples, and unfortunately, many people have been pierced with rings that are too small, causing them to “salute” and not heal well.

The second problem with rings as initial jewelry is that they are big, and they move.  In other words, they get twisted around, flip up and down, get bumped by things–all to the detriment of the healing flesh tunnel inside.  Most piercees have found through experience that during healing, the less the jewelry moves, the better.

This is not to say that you can’t heal nipple piercings with rings; many people have, but personally, I would go with . . .

Barbells: A well-fitting barbell is a great choice for initial jewelry.  They are low-profile and don’t move around much.  Properly sized, they allow for a little space at either end to allow oxygen to get to the wound.  You don’t want the balls smashed up against the nipples and they must be big enough so they are not sucked into the flesh tunnel.  Good measurements, and sometimes further adjustments are necessary. (Avoid piercers who use a “one size fits all” approach.)  Some piercers like to use curved barbells, which they feel conform to the shape of the breast well (especially larger female breasts).

Material: As always, quality jewelry is a must!  Look for good quality, internally threaded highly polished steel or titanium. (ETA:  Bioplast is also an option for new piercings.  See comment below.)

A straight titanium barbell is a fine choice for initial piercing, and for long-term wear.  Highly recommended!

What gauge to get?

A “standard” nipple piercing is usually 14 gauge.  You can get a bigger initial gauge if you have large nipples, and your piercer agrees.   Male nipples are usually pretty small and therefore pierced a bit through the areola, and so could support slightly larger, perhaps a 12 gauge.

Both my nipples were pierced at 8 gauge, which is unusually big.  But I like large gauges and sturdy piercings.

But wait! There’s more!

In my next post, I’ll discuss healing,  long-term wear, and I’ll give you my top tip for successful nipple piercings!

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This fine pic is from Bobster855’s photostream at Flickr. He says they both rejected on him, “I guess you need to leave them alone in order for them to heal properly.”  Yup.

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Voila!

July 13, 2009

I thought I was done when I stretched my lobes to 8 gauge.  Apparently not!

I got a nice little cheapo stretching kit, with two 6 gauge plugs and a taper.  I also got some Teflon tape and I was going to use it to gently stretch.  But I didn’t need them–this morning those 6 gauge plugs just slid right in.

I love it when a plan isn’t needed! Must be all that time wearing my heavy Little Seven swans.  Now I can buy those fantastic tribal hoops from OneTribe I’ve been wanting!

Meta note:

This is just a “feet in the water” post.  Yes, I know I haven’t been posting.  I haven’t abandoned the blog, just needed a break.  I refuse to feel guilty about it, but I hope to start posting regularly again.  Hope to see you!