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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.

Healing Time

A nipple piercing is delicate and can take up to a year or longer to fully heal. Proper aftercare is crucial during this time to prevent complications.




Follow your piercer’s instructions diligently. Generally, clean your piercing twice a day using a saline spray. Remember to:

  • Wash your hands before cleaning the piercing.
  • Spray the area with saline spray and let it sit for a few minutes.
  • Pat dry gently or let it air dry.
  • Avoid harsh chemicals like alcohol or hydrogen peroxide.
  • Avoid using gauze or cotton swabs that can leave fibers behind.

Clothing Choices
During healing, wear loose-fitting clothing to avoid snagging the piercing. Opt for soft cotton bras or sports bras for support, and ensure they are clean to prevent bacterial transfer.

Activities to Avoid
During the healing process:

  • Avoid touching or twisting the piercing.
  • Avoid oral nipple play and other activities that could introduce bacteria.
  • Avoid bodies of water like pools and hot tubs.
  • Consider taking a break from physical activities or contact sports.

Working Out
If you choose to continue working out, wait a few months to allow your piercing to heal. Avoid activities that irritate the piercing, and use a sports bra for support.

When to Seek Help
If you suspect an infection or complications during healing, consult 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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