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Published Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Things to Know About Nipple Piercings

Let's talk about nipple piercings. Get ready because this one is going to be a long one.

Piercing Process

While this is an exciting piercing to get, it is definitely not an easy one to care for and should be taken seriously. You’ll want to do research beforehand to not only find a reputable and experienced piercer but a piercer who you can trust and feel comfortable with. If you wish to do so, you may ask a friend or family member to go with you for support.

Depending on your anatomy, horizontal, vertical, or even diagonal piercings are options. Your piercer will take a look at your anatomy and recommend the best way to pierce your nipples, the gauge, and the length of jewelry that will be used.

This is a delicate piercing so consider getting high-quality jewelry materials like implant-grade titanium for your initial jewelry.

Does It Hurt?

Nipples have a lot of nerve endings, so as you can imagine, the actual piercing will hurt. Just remember it’s over in a few seconds.

If you are menstruating and usually experience sensitive breasts, you may want to avoid getting pierced during this time.


Once you get the piercing, the real work begins. It can take up to a year or even longer to heal this piercing. Being diligent about aftercare is crucial. It’s important to follow your piercer’s aftercare instructions. Even with a good aftercare routine, there’s still a chance the piercing may migrate or reject.

  • Generally, you’ll want to clean your piercing twice a day with a saline spray.
  • Avoid wearing clothes that could snag the piercing. Opt for wearing loose fitting clothes and if you’re someone who chooses to wear a bra, consider wearing a soft cotton bra or soft sports bra.
  • As with any piercing, hands off the piercing and jewelry until your piercing has healed and avoid any bodies of water like pools and beaches. Do not engage in oral nipple play either as this could increase the risk of infections and complications.
  • If at any point during the healing process you suspect an infection or that the piercing is rejecting or migrating, go see your piercer or a medical professional immediately.

Once your piercing heals, you can have fun with the jewelry. You can wear anything from barbells, rings, clickers, circular barbells, captive rings, nipple stirrups and nipple shields. At we have tons of styles to accentuate your nipples.


Common Questions About Nipple Piercings

  • What about pregnancy? Pregnancy can make your nipples more sensitive and potentially prolong healing. If you’re planning to get pregnant, you might want to postpone the piercing. Additionally, if you plan on nursing, you want to make sure your nipples are completely healed to avoid any possible infections.
  • Can you breastfeed with piercings? Yes, it’s still possible. Since the piercing is connected to the milk ducts, the larger piercing holes may cause a heavier and messier milk flow.
  • What about inverted and flat nipples? It may still be possible to pierce flat or inverted nipples. In some cases, getting your nipples pierced can help get inverted nipples back out, however inverted nipples are at risk of migration.
  • Can you get nipple piercings after chest surgery? Procedures like breast augmentation, breast reduction, or top surgery, can affect your nipples. Scar tissue may make it difficult to get your nipples pierced and sometimes it might not be possible. If your anatomy still allows for nipple piercings, then the healing process may be even more difficult and longer. You should wait a couple of years after a surgery before getting your nipples pierced.
  • Does this piercing affect sensitivity? It’s possible since the piercing makes the nipples more pronounced and makes you more aware of them. People do report increased sensitivity and more fun in the bedroom, however, this varies from person to person.

That wraps up nipple piercings! Nipple piercings are a bold and beautiful statement; however, they should be taken seriously. Always do your research to find an experienced piercer.

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