Nipple piercing pain level differs from one person to another since some people consider it the least painful while others say it is the most painful ever since it is the most sensitive part of the body.
This kind of piercing is among is becoming more popular in the world and it is being done by young and old, men or women.
There are other types that are very popular practice in the world today such as lip piercing, navel piercing, ear piercing and belly button piercing among many others. However, the article focusses mainly on the nipple piercing pain and I hope the information will be useful to you.
Nipple piercing pain and pus
A nipple piercing is a great option for both men and women who are looking for a body piercing that they can easily disguise. Sometimes it is risky if proper aftercare is not considered.
Pus discharge of a nipple afterward could be due to infection. An infected nipple piercing is characterized by redness, persisted irritation and inflamed breast tissue which is painful.
This pain that causes discharge is caused by frequently touching the pierced site. This can introduce bacteria to the delicate tissue, which increases your risk for infection.
Also, tight clothing may easily catch onto or irritate the spot inflicting a lot of pain. Exposing it to saliva or other bodily fluids may also cause infection.
Pain and discharge may lead to the appearance of keloid, it may also cause trigger bleeding, nerve damage and even interfere with breastfeeding.
The following are ways on how to treat an infected nipple pain:
- Clean the areas with soaps formulated for sensitive skin and avoid cleaning using hydrogen peroxide, ointments, alcohol, harsh soaps, detergents, or cleansers.
- Improve the drainage of the infection by applying a warm compress to the nipple.
- Avoid using over the counter antibiotic creams or ointment
- Stick to the instruction given by the piercer.
Pain before period
Ovulation or menstruation causes hormonal imbalances in the body of most women. These changes in hormones added an additional layer of discomfort to healing nipple piercings which make the breast to be tender and sore.
There are two main hormones known for causing this condition that is progesterone which increases the size of the milk glands and estrogen which causes the breast ducts to enlarge leading severe pain after the procedure.
This circumstance is not experienced by all women but only affect those women with large breast. If you’ve never encountered this problem, having your nipples pierced won’t trigger it to start.
However, if your breasts tend to be swollen and sore around your time of the month, then be forewarned that getting your nipples pierced could exacerbate your discomfort level. If you can tolerate it, just take the directed dose of a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug like ibuprofen before and during your menstrual cycle to reduce swelling and address any pain you experience.
If you encounter swelling during your monthly cycle or at any other time after having your nipples pierced, keep an eye on how your jewelry fits as the swelling intensifies. If at any point the ends of your jewelry begin to press into your nipples, see your piercer right away and ask him or her to insert longer barbells.
Nipple piercing pain and breastfeeding
There have been little studies made on how nipple piercing can affect breastfeeding. According to one of the research, the pain can lead to reducing milk supply. It is thought that this is because the pain may reduce how well breastmilk can be removed from a breast.
When the baby sucks the nipple barbells or jewelry, it may cause a lot of pain or even chock the baby while breastfeeding. Also, the baby’s gums tongue and/or palate may potentially be injured by the jewelry.
The risks that apply to body piercing in general also apply to the one on this and need to be thought about by anyone wanting to get them (e.g. the risk of infection).
Pain after 6 Months
This period is known as the healing process. However, the amount of time it takes for your nipple piercing to heal depends on your gender.
Female nipple piercings take, on average, between 6-12 months to heal completely to the point where you can remove jewelry and put it back in while in the male one take roughly 3 – 4 months to heal completely. This difference in healing periods is directly related to the anatomical structure of a female and male nipple.
In addition, during the first 4-6 weeks, the following steps to be followed to facilitate healing process:
- Wear comfortable sports bras and loose clothing
- Soak it in salt water solution twice a day
- Keep the piercing clean
- Avoid swimming pools, hot tubs & saunas
- Be careful not to catch/knock it
- Do not let anybody suck/lick the area as germs from the mouth could cause an infection
Pain in male
This practice among many men like celebrities such Tommy Lee and Lenny Kravitz are a common body modification choice that is said to have helped popularize the phenomenon.
Men’s nipples are easy to pierce, provided they are not flat or inverted, and even these conditions can be accommodated by an experienced artist.
Piercing the nipple can increase sensation and sensitivity, and some men do get it for this reason. Others merely enjoy the visual appearance or the sense of customizing their body.
Male ones take about three to six months to heal. Follow the aftercare procedure recommended by your piercer.
The risks of male nipple piercings are similar to the risks of piercings elsewhere on the body and mostly revolve around the chance of infection and pain.