The Best Aftercare for a Nipple Piercing

The best way to care for your new pierced nipples is to follow the instructions given here. You can read all the details about what to do and not do with your newly pierced nipples at our How To Care For Your New Pierced Nipples page.

If you are wondering whether or not you need any kind of aftercare product, then please visit our What Kind Of Aftercare Product Should I Use?


How Long Does It Take My Nips To Heal?

When you have a new pierced nipples, it takes about 2 weeks before they start to feel normal again. Some women may experience some minor swelling around their nipples during this period of time. However, most of them will be fine. They will probably go back to their usual self within a week or two. There is no reason why you shouldn’t enjoy your newly pierced nipples right away!

What Are The Signs That My Nipples Have Closed Up?

You might notice that your nipples are now very hard and firm. If you don’t want to wait for your nipples to heal completely, then you can try changing out your jewelry. Most of the time, if the jewelry fits well and doesn’t hurt anymore, then it’s enough to make sure that the piercing has closed up properly.

Can I Get A Second One? Can I Do It Again? Is It Safe To Change My Jewelry During The Healing Process?

If you want to get a second one, then it is definitely possible if you wait long enough. The most important thing you should consider is whether or not the aftercare for your second one will interfere with the healing process of your first one. If you are worried that this may happen, ask your piercer for advice.

Some women like to switch out their jewelry every once in a while. They may switch out from barbells to captive bead rings and then back again. Just because you’ve changed your jewelry doesn’t mean that your piercing has to heal again!

What Do You Mean By “Risk Of Discomfort”?

Anyone who has had their nipples pierced will tell you that the piercing itself is not the worst part. It’s also not the jewelry or any of the other stuff that is involved with getting a new piercing. The worst part is actually taking care of it. There is always a bit of discomfort that comes along with it.

What Is The Right Way To Clean It? Should I Use Antibacterial Soap?

Some of the more popular ways to clean a new piercing are by using an unscented antibacterial soap or an alcohol based product. Most women will use these during the first week of having their piercing, and then they can switch to a regular soap or body wash. Just make sure that your hands are completely clean before touching it, no matter what you use!

What Is The Best Way To Stop It From Bleeding?

This is a very common problem amongst women who get their nipples pierced for the first time. It’s best not to play with or adjust your jewelry while it’s still healing. If it starts to bleed, then you can lightly press a clean paper towel or cloth against it to help stop the bleeding. You can also hold a cold pack against it to help reduce any swelling or bruising. Never use ice, as this can cause more problems than it solves.

Why Didn’t You Mention The Actual Piercing Itself?


While some people find the actual piercing to be the worst part, others don’t find it to be all that bad. If you’ve already had any of your other body parts pierced before, then the actual piercing will be a walk in the park for you. However, if this is your first time, then you may want to brace yourself!

It isn’t extremely painful, but some women do find it to be a bit uncomfortable. If you’ve done your research, then you should know that the jewelry will most likely go in a lot easier than it comes out.

The only other potential problem for some women is the aftercare and healing period. As long as you’re careful with your piercing and you follow the advice from above, then you shouldn’t experience any problems or discomfort.

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