Does it hurt getting your belly button pierced? Having a navel piercing is becoming increasingly popular with teenagers and adults. Once upon a time, having ears pierced was typical, but having a belly button pierced was strictly for those rebellious types who simply wanted to shock their parents and peers. The actually piercing was usually carried out under the influence of alcohol and the whole affair was likely to end up in tears and antibiotics.
Thankfully, these days, a belly button piercing is almost as common as an ear piercing and every summer, millions of young girls flaunt their pretty belly button rings and navel jewelry.
So does it hurt getting your belly button pierced, or is it no worse than an ear piercing?
The level of pain you will experience very much depends on your own personal pain threshold. Whereas one person might faint at the sight of a needle coming anywhere near their belly button, another will not even notice. If you have already had your ears pierced, think back to how that felt. Was it painful and did you cry a bucketful? If that sounds about right, you can expect something similar when you have your belly button pierced. The level of discomfort for having either your ears or your belly button pierced is pretty much the same. No more; no less.
Does it hurt getting your belly button pierced?
Most people agree that having your belly button pierced is not all that painful and as long as you do not have a serious needle phobia, you will be absolutely fine. The biggest disadvantage of having your navel pierced is the length of time the piercing takes to heal—normally about six months.
The procedure is very simple and quick and is likely to be over before you have even had a chance to think about how much it hurts. The person doing the piercing will mark where the needle is going to be inserted before disinfecting the area. A clamp is placed in the strip of flesh to be pierced and a needle is quickly inserted through before the bar is placed in the hole.
Never be tempted to try piercing your own belly button as this can lead to infection or scarring. Before making the decision to have your belly button pierced, check you are legally allowed to have a piercing—the law on minimum age varies between different countries. Always choose a salon that practices scrupulous hygiene. The person carrying out the piercing should always wash their hands and wear latex gloves before carrying out the procedure. They should also give you instructions on how to take care of your piercing after the procedure has been carried out.
Finally, one important thing to be aware of prior to having your belly button pierced is that whilst navel jewellery might look great when you have a lovely taut, flat belly, it will look somewhat different when fifteen years later everything has slipped south and your belly button is hanging somewhere around your knees!