Nipple Piercings: Nipple Rings, Aftercare & More
Whether you've decided to have your nipples pierced soon or already have pierced nipples, congratulations! This is a sexy, fun type of piercing that can increase sensitivity and excite your partner. Plus, with tons of cute nipple rings available, you'll have a blast shopping for nipple jewelry!
Nipple piercings can take anywhere from 9 months to a year to fully heal. During that time, it's incredibly important to baby your nipples, keep them clean, and avoid rough play in the bedroom.
First things first, make sure you have the right nipple jewelry. You may want to start out with straight barbells, since they'll put less pressure on the delicate, healing fistulas (i.e. holes where you were pierced) than things like captive bead rings. Just make sure the balls sit comfortably on either side of each nipple; if they're pressing in, it can cause necrosis (i.e. tissue death), but nipple jewelry that's too long can get caught on clothing and cause other problems like tears. In terms of size, you'll need to have your piercer fit you with a barbell in an appropriate length based on your nipple size. The gauge should be 14g or 12g to start, although you may stretch later, once you're fully healed. Anything smaller than 14g can lead to the "cheese cutter effect", where your jewelry slowly migrates out.
Next, be sure to keep up with your aftercare! You should be spritzing with a cleanser like Recovery Purified Saline Wash or H2Ocean 2-3 times per day for at least the first 4-6 weeks to keep the fistulas flushed and help loosen up crusties. Crusties are a natural part of the piercing healing process; that's just lymph, a clear fluid that your healing piercings excrete that dries to a whitish crust. Don't turn your jewelry or slide it side-to-side to break up the crusties! It's always better to soften them with warm water in the shower or saline solution before wiping them away with a clean cotton ball or swab. Avoid soaping up your piercings directly.
If you'd prefer to make your own cleansing solution, mix 1/4 tsp. sea salt in 1 cup boiled-then-cooled water, then apply it either with a series of clean cotton balls or by dipping each nipple in the solution for a few minutes. If your skin is dry, you can add a couple drops of tea tree oil to your sea salt solution to moisturize your skin. Tea tree oil is also a natural antiseptic that will aid in the healing process. Do not apply oils, creams or balms to your nipple piercings directly, though. Those things can clog the healing fistulas, trapping in bacteria and potentially leading to infection, or at a minimum, prolonging the healing process.
Unless you're having an allergic reaction to your jewelry, you should wait at least 6-9 months to change it, and then leave it alone until you're fully healed. If you have to change your jewelry sooner, get your piercer to help you and consider materials like stainless steel and titanium that are inert and less likely to trigger allergic reactions.
If at any point you suspect you have an infected nipple piercing, look for signs of redness (particularly streaky red), a thick, yellowish, pus-like discharge, and fever. If you have these symptoms, see your doctor about getting on an antibiotic. You don't necessarily have to take your nipple rings out while being treated; just keep up with the aftercare regime outlined above, and you should heal well. If you do decide to take out your nipple rings, continue cleansing with sea salt solution until the fistulas have fully closed.
This section showcases our entire selection of nipple jewelry. You can go through page-by-page or select a subcategory like "Nipple Shields" to see a specific type of jewelry.
These are a nice alternative to straight barbells, but they're more likely to show through clothing--especially for guys. Women can get away with different types of nipple jewelry in professional and other more conservative environments thanks to padded bras. Captive rings are not ideal for new nipple piercings that are still healing, because they can put downard pressure on the healing fistulas (holes where you were pierced) and sometimes cause migration or rejection.
These are a great alternative to captive bead rings, but like captive rings, they're not ideal starter nipple piercing jewelry. Circular barbells are U-shaped; they hang with the center of the U through the nipple and the arms of the U facing downward.
A D-ring is kind of a cross between a straight barbell and a captive bead ring. The part that goes through the fistula is straight, but the exposted part of the ring is curved. If you find straight barbells to be more comfortable in your nipple piercings but like the look of captive bead rings, then D-rings are the perfect nipple jewelry for you.
If you desperately want to wear some type of rings as your starter nipple jewelry rather than a straight barbell, D-rings will put a little less pressure on your delicate, healing fistulas than captive rings or circular barbell would.
Some people find that bent barbells suit their anatomy better than straight barbells. You can turn a bent barbell so that the balls on either end of the curve face your chest and work with the natural curve of your breast.
Our ornate seamless rings are the perfect example of beautiful nipple jewelry that you'll find outside of our Nipple Rings section. They're labeled as being for septum or ear piercings, but they make great nipple piercing jewelry when you're looking for extra sparkle but don't want to wear nipple shields. Seamless rings are easy to insert, too; just bend the ring slightly at the gap to widen it, insert it, and squeeze it shut again.
Tip: If you have trouble inserting a nipple ring yourself, you can put a tiny drop of water-based lubricant on the side of your nipple and the end of the barbell. Too much lubricant will make your jewelry completely unmanageable and impossible to insert, so be very conservative with it!
Helpful Nipple Piercing Resources
In addition to the nipple ring shopping pages listed above, you may find these other nipple piercing resources helpful:
Nipple Piercing FAQs - Due to the number of questions we get about nipple piercings on a weekly basis, we put together a frequently asked questions page to give you lots of helpful info in one convenient spot.
Female Nipple Piercing Pictures - Here you'll find photos of some of our female community members' nipple piercings. If you're looking for ideas for new types of nipple rings to try, you'll find inspiration in this section!
Male Nipple Piercing Pictures - Girls just wanna have fun... but so do guys! For aesthetics and pleasure alike, many of our male forum members have their nipples pierced, and they've posted pictures here.
Nipple Piercings Forum Section - Our forum is a place for body mod enthusiasts to come together, share ideas and tips, ask questions of the community at large, and read other people's stories. We have an entire section dedicated to nipple piercings where you can learn about other people's experiences and post questions for our knowledgeable moderators and experienced community members to answer.