When I decided to finally get my nipple pierced, it was a power move.
I did it to empower myself. I was about a year out from my first relationship, which was abusive in many ways, and left me with my fair share of trauma.
In the time following that relationship, I’d delved into a dedicated project of falling head over heels in love with myself. It was a really beautiful time for me to recuperate and reestablish my self-confidence and femininity.
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And what better way to reclaim my self-love, and my body again, than by getting a sexy piercing in celebration?
After plenty of research, and being well-educated in my options, I did it. I bit the bullet and got my right nipple pierced — and it all started out fine. Until it wasn’t.
But here are some details I wish I knew about before getting a steel bar through my right nip.
1. The shape of your nipple makes a difference.
The shape of your nipple makes a difference in this equation.
When it came to choosing which nipple to pierce… how do I say this? I chose the one that looked the weirdest.
I’ve questioned since puberty if I have weird looking nipples… there’s not much definition between my areolas and nipples. Simply, my nipple-area looks very different from Kate Winslet’s in Titanic, any set of boobs on every HBO show, and most breasts in porn videos.
I thought I would like my right nip a better with a sexy metal bar through it. The thing is, my lack of defined nipple made it harder to pierce at the end of the day. Truthfully? I should have pierced the more defined nipple.
The piercing, which was professionally done (no question about that) went through more of the nipple/areola area than I thought it would.
2. They will take far longer to heal than you’d anticipate.
I am no newbie when it comes to piercings. At the time I got my nipple piercing, I already had seven in my body: five in my ear lobes, one in the orbital cartilage of my ear, and one rook piercing. The rook is the thickest cartilage that exists in the ear.
All seven of these piercings are still in my body, and have all successfully closed. I’m a veteran of this sh*t. But wowza, I was not prepared for the nipple ring.
Want to hear a depressing statistic? Nipple piercings take on average nine to 12 months to fully heal. The average lobe piercing takes six weeks to heal.