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Nipple Piercing Reasons, Pain and Healing

Nipple Piercing is among body piercing form of beauty enhancement that is typically centered around the nipple. They can be pierced at any angle but is usually done horizontally or, less often, vertically. It is also possible to place multiple piercings on top of one another.

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celebrities with pierced nipples

Body piercing is usually associated with so many myths depending on each ethnic group that values these activities since it has its benefits. However, this article focusses on a few areas concerning the nipple piercing for both male and female regardless of its importance or myths and the race you are coming from.

Why go for this piercing

Before you consider piercing your nipples, there are several questions that come to your mind such as; does it hurt? What does it entail? Can you still breastfeed one day? The following things need to be understood:

  • It hurts little when having the pinch of the needle into your nipple.
  • It helps you realize the present on nipples on your chest in case it is tiny due to the ring.
  • It makes you to feel good.
  • It won’t prohibit you from breastfeeding
  • It closes up fast between two to three months

Read more things to know before you get your nipples pierced

Pain level 

What can I expect in terms of pain? Yes, there is the pain but most people consider the pain in different ways since some say it hurts a little while others say its painful because it tends to be sore.

One of the reasons there tends to be less painful than expected is due to the way our bodies release the stress hormones epinephrine and norepinephrine into the bloodstream when we’re afraid. When adrenaline starts coursing through your system, it can be somewhat numbing and help you bear whatever pain may come immediately after your body’s fight-or-flight response kicks into high gear.

Even if you’re just mildly nervous when it’s time to begin your nipple piercing, your body will likely release enough adrenaline and endorphins to help take the edge off the pain. Keep in mind that the process of putting a needle through the nipple is relatively fast a mere second’s pinch really. They will likely be sore for a while afterward, but if you experience any sharp pain, it will be fleeting.

Healing and aftercare

It takes longer to heal depending on your gender such that for men it takes three months while women it takes six months. You must be particularly careful during the healing process.

Cleaning can be tedious, but good aftercare is necessary and important if you want to maintain good health and avoid infection, irritation, or rejection. Here are guidelines on how to clean the pierced nipple daily:

  • Wash your hands with hot water and antimicrobial cleanser or Castile soap before touching the piercing site.
  • Rinse the area with hot water. This is often easiest to do in the shower. Let the water loosen any dried and crusty material around the ring.
  • Place a few drops of antimicrobial cleanser or Castile soap on either side of the piercing jewelry. Wash both the exposed parts of the jewelry and the entrance and exit holes carefully.
  • Rinse thoroughly to remove all traces of soap residue. Let air dry if possible; otherwise, dab dry with a paper towel.

What if you are breastfeeding

Pierced nipples, in most instances, do not pose a problem to breastfeeding mothers, according to HealthyChildren, a website associated with the American Academy of Pediatricians. There is limited research done on the effect in relation to breastfeeding but according to a small study done by La Leche League International, the impact of feeding with jewelry still in the nipple include:

  • May lead to a reduced milk supply.
  • Milk leaking from your baby’s mouth, gagging, and slurping.
  • Can cause choking to the baby due to jewelry on the nipple.
  • The jewelry may cause injury to the baby’s gums, tongue and/or palate.


Nipple piercing is more common in women than men since it is easier to hide rings. Here are some of importance’s associated with it:

  • It enhances aesthetic feeling since a wide variety of rings will help to create a great visual appeal.
  • They are easily concealed or are easily hidden.
  • In case you desire to maintain your youthful appearance
  • In women, it is believed to increase sexual stimulation
  • It enlarges the size of the nipple

When it gets a pimple

In case you notice a pimple after piercing could be due to:

Breast abscesses

According to the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, nipple piercings predispose you to recurrent abscesses in this area. These bumps can start appearing even years after you pierced the area.

Infected oil glands

With an infection building underneath, the small sore will start to produce a discharge or white stuff. Since most people squeeze or try to pop pimples, pus will ooze out of the infected oil glands. This should not worry you, but if the white spot comes back; see a doctor for treatment to get rid of it.

Milk blister

Refers to a small pimple that has developed due to trap milk under the skin on the nipples or areola area. Milk blisters are characterized by; appear as yellow sore that is painful and may end up being a zit.


Acne triggers pimples almost anywhere on the body. When pores on the nipple get clogged with dirt, dead cells and oil, a pimple will develop. In a big percentage of people with pimples, the main cause is acne.

Infection treatment

If you notice symptoms of an infected nipple after piercing, then the following can help in treating them:

2. Daily cleaning

Wash your hands, then gently clean and dry the area around your piercing. Use soaps formulated for sensitive skin, as these are less likely to irritate the affected area.

1.  Use a sea salt soak

You can soak the nipple in warm water mixed with sea salt. Do this thing for several minutes two to three times per day. Afterward, gently clean, wash, and dry the piercing area.

3. Avoid using over-the-counter (OTC) antibiotic creams or ointments

These products can actually trap bacteria into the piercing and under the skin and can make the infection worse. Only use topical antibiotics prescribed by your doctor.

4.  Proper aftercare

Ongoing care of any piercing is important, especially with a new piercing. Follow other instructions given by your piercer for best results.

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