Your Piercing Questions Answered: Everything You Wanted To Know But Were Afraid To Ask
Despite the fact that a lot of us have many piercings, it can sometimes feel awkward asking questions about them – certain intimate ones in particular. In this post, we’re hoping to make your life just that little easier by compiling the answers to some of the most popular piercing questions that you were too afraid to ask! Covering everything from mysterious piercing lumps to post-nipple piercing breastfeeding, we’re hoping you’ll at least find some of the following answers helpful!
And remember, if you’re in doubt about anything related to your piercing, it’s always a good idea to visit a professional piercer. In almost every case, they are the best person to give you advice on anything piercing related.
So without further ado, here are your top awkward piercing questions answered…
Q. How long should I wait for some… ahem… action following a genital piercing?
A. This can vary depending on the type of genital piercing, though as a rule of thumb you should always wait until the end of the recommended healing period for your piercing before engaging in any intimate activities. You should also make sure there is no redness, soreness or irritation present around the area. If you or your partner display any signs of discomfort whilst in flagrante, cease the act immediately! Pushing through the pain is just going to cause problems for you and/or your partner.
Strong aftercare and hygiene routines are also good ways to keep contamination risks low – because trust us when we say it’s really not worth risking an infection!
The healing times for piercings can vary from person to person, however, vertical clitoral hood piercings usually take 4–8 weeks to heal, Prince Albert piercings 6–10 weeks, Christina piercings 3–4 months and Ampallang piercings 3–6 months. Some of these may seem a long time, but it’s definitely better to play it safe than end up with a nasty infection!
Q. My piercing is infected, but I’m too scared to see my piercer… What can I do?
A. To put it bluntly, you should always see your piercer. Always. There are a number of cleaning routines you can undertake which may help – in particular, holding a soaked chamomile tea bag against your piercing can help settle inflammation – but generally, seeing your piercer is your best option. We understand that you may feel scared or awkward about returning to your piercer, but you have to trust when we say that it’s a worthwhile move. In severe cases, it’s recommended that you go to see a GP for antibiotics and further treatment.
Infections can happen, even when you stick stringently to an aftercare routine – it’s just one of those things. So if your piercing does get infected, it may not be your fault, it might just be bad luck. The most important thing is to deal with it in a quick and sensible manner. So remember: go see your piercer!
Q. I have a low pain threshold and I’m worried what the piercer will think of me if I cry when I have my piercing done… I don’t want to look like a wimp!
A. Trust us when we say that all of our piercers are pros. They’ve seen just about every kind of piercing reaction under the sun, so there’s no need to feel worried about how you may act during the procedure. They will never judge you or make you feel uncomfortable in any way – it’s their job to make sure that the piercing process is as stress-free for you as possible!
Getting a new piercing can be an exciting experience some people and a nerve-racking one for other, it’s different for everyone! Our piercers won’t judge you for crying when you have your piercing done. It’s likely that some of them have been in the same position when having a piercing done themselves!
Q. My piercing has a lump on it, what should I do?
A. We again recommend that you visit a piercer to properly ‘diagnose’ any lumps around your piercings. It’s impossible to provide all-in-one solutions to piercing lumps, as there are a number of different types that might pop up. A piercer is the best person to diagnose which sort of lump is on your piercing and how to deal with it.
Two of the most common types of lumps are piercing pimples and keloids. Piercing pimples are small pockets of puss that can appear near a piercing and they should generally be dealt with in the same way as normal pimples. Performing mild saline soaks and applying warm, moist compresses can encourage natural drainage of pimples and reduce inflammation We strongly recommend that you do not pop piercing pimples, as this can expose sensitive skin and potentially cause infection.
Keloids are more bulbous and large than piercing pimples and can be more difficult to deal with. It is recommended that you contact a GP if you believe you are suffering from one. Acting as soon as possible on any keloids, or piercing lumps in general, is a good move. And remember if you’re not sure, do get in touch with a piercer!
Q. I really want an ‘intimate’ piercing, but I’m a bit weirded out at the possibility of someone of the opposite sex piercing me. Can I request a same-sex piercer?
A. Of course you can! If the thought of someone of the opposite sex piercing you in certain areas makes you feel uncomfortable, we should always be able to find a same-sex piercer to perform the procedure instead. However, it is worth bearing in mind that you may have to come back later on the same day if a same-sex piercer isn’t currently available, or, rarely, on another day.
It is also worth mentioning our chaperone policy when it comes to genital piercings. If you’re having a genital piercing performed at any Blue Banana studio, then by law there must be a chaperone present. This chaperone will be a same-sex member of staff who needs to be in the room simply for the protection of the customer and the piercer. They will not actively participate in the piercing in any way, however, it is a legal requirement for them to be present. No genital piercing can or will be performed in our studios without a chaperone present.
Q. Will I retain full sensation if I have a nipple piercing done? Also, will this prevent me from breastfeeding?
A. Sensation is generally heightened rather than lowered, meaning that there’s no reason to worry about your piercing dulling the sensitivity of your nipple. Additionally, we’re happy to say that having your nipple pierced will in no way prevent you from breastfeeding. However, it is strongly recommended that you remove your jewellery before feeding, as leaving it in can pose a potential choking hazard, as well as possibly inhibiting latching which can provide discomfort to the baby as well as the mother.
So there you have it! Hopefully, we’ve been able to answer all of your burning piercing questions, but if not feel free it hit us up on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram! We’re always happy to help you will any piercing queries!