Female Nipple Piercings
The placement for women’s nipple piercings is at its base, where the nipple meets the areola. If the piercing is placed too deeply into the areola, healing times can be much longer—if the piercing heals at all. Likewise, if the piercing is done too far forward, toward the tip of the nipple, there is a greater risk the piercing may migrate—sometimes so much so that the jewelry must be removed and the piercing abandoned. Placed properly, this piercing will usually give the wearer perky, slightly larger and much more sensitive nipples; that sexy, “just-in-from-the-cold” look!
For women, the thinnest jewelry we use for initial piercings is 12 gauge. (10 gauge is also appropriate for larger nipples, or for women interested in heavier play.) This is slightly thicker than jewelry for male nipple piercings, as women’s nipples are not only larger but are subject to more abuse from tight clothing, bras, etc. Rings can sometimes be worn after healing, but for initial piercings barbells are always recommended as they tend to be the most comfortable, least obtrusive, and most suitable for healing.
Nipple piercings can take anywhere from six months to one year to fully heal. For many women, discharge is not uncommon anytime in the first twelve months, and is sometimes more common around their period—though both men and women may notice more discharge if they are stressed, getting sick, not getting enough sleep, etc. As with other piercings, salt water soaks work wonders to soothe sore nipples and speed healing. You will also want to avoid touching your piercings with dirty hands (and make sure your partner does the same) and, most importantly, make sure you avoid any oral contact on your new piercings until they are healed. (This is the fastest way to get them irritated and/or infected.) As tempting (and tasty) as they look, it’s best to leave them alone until they’re healed!