The body jewelry industry is about loving yourself and your body. Part of that is being aware when something is wrong so you can access it and stay healthy.
According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, one in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. However, if caught early, breast cancer is very treatable.
Currently, 62% of breast cancer cases are found when the cancer is still localized. When it’s in the localized stage (it hasn’t spread to other areas of the body), breast cancer has a 99% survival rate. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is about teaching women (and men) how to detect breast cancer early.
An estimated 41,760 women and 500 men will die of breast cancer this year. Breast Cancer Awareness Month aims to bring these numbers down by educating the population and making it women and Men are aware of the problem so that they can catch cancer growth before it becomes seriously life threatening.
All women – especially those whose relatives have been diagnosed with breast cancer – should know how to self-check, even if they are not old enough to have regular mammography screenings. Even men need to be aware that breast cancer can happen to them. An estimated 2,670 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States this year.
We encourage you to speak with your doctor, check your genetic predisposition to breast cancer, and learn more about breast cancer and its risks. Early detection could one day save your life.
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As we work to lower the death rate from breast cancer, we celebrate our body and one of the most playful piercings: the nipple.
Why should you have your nipples pierced?
Nipple piercings are usually surrounded by stigma. Although they are becoming increasingly popular, many still struggle to understand why you would have that part of your body pierced.
We are here to shed some light on the darkness.
While nipple piercings are sometimes chosen for sexual reasons – let’s face it, they can be sexy as hell – their nipple piercings have a much deeper meaning to many.
Piercing the nipples helps some take control of their bodies. When you pierce such an intimate area, you assume an empowering attitude. It goes beyond feeling sexy; It is an exclamation that they have the right to choose what to do with their bodies.
Nipple piercings also have feminist implications. If you have jewelry in your nipples, they will stick out, which means they will often be visible through a tight T-shirt, especially if you are not wearing a bra. With so much conversation about women’s bodies and what women should or shouldn’t wear, nipple piercings make the statement, “This is my body, and who cares if you can see my nipples?” and reassess the way we sexualize women.
Lastly (but certainly not least) some people just think the look is cute. There are tons of jewelry styles to choose from that will stick out great from your nipple. It’s like wearing sexy underwear; You may be the only one who knows you’re wearing it, but you still feel pretty and confident.
Can I have my nipples pierced after the operation?
Whether you are a breast cancer survivor, transgender, or have had breast augmentation or reduction surgery, you may be wondering if you can even pierce your nipples.
Unfortunately there is no simple answer.
According to Elayne Angel, author of The penetrating BibleIf your surgery was relatively minor and you don’t have scar tissue on or near the nipple, once you are completely healed from the surgery, you can likely get your nipple pierced.
If you’ve had radical breast surgery, depending on the type of surgery you received, you might not be a good candidate for nipple piercings. Once you are fully healed, you should consult a piercing expert who has extensive experience with nipple piercings, as well as your surgeon. They can look at your breasts or your chest and let you know whether or not you are a candidate for nipple piercings.
One reason it is so complicated is that an infection in your nipple piercing can spread to your implant and cause significant complications. In addition, if your nipple has been reconstructed with non-areolar tissue, having a piercing is not advisable as it will not heal as easily. Piercing can also be tricky if you’ve undergone areola reduction, which is common in woman-to-man breast surgery.
If you want to get your nipples pierced after breast / breast surgery, it is best to speak to your surgeon and a piercer you trust to see if you are a good candidate.
Which nipple jewelry should I choose and why?
Once you are fully healed and a piercer has verified it, there are a variety of body jewelry options that you can explore.
There are tons of styles to choose from, depending on your personal preferences.
These are a fairly common option as they are fairly easy to insert and draw attention to the nipple piercing, especially through a tight shirt. You can get creative with the pearl styles and choose gem settings, opals, Baltic amber, or even a luxurious diamond paving. This is a great option if you really want your nipple piercing to pop.
These offer similar aesthetics to the straight barbell, but because they are slightly curved, they follow your body’s natural anatomy a little better than straight barbells. If you have smaller breasts, these may be a better option because they won’t protrude as much. As with the straight barbell, you can have a little fun with the pearl ends and choose colorful options or beautiful gemstones.
These combine the best of the tire and barbell styles. The U-shape almost forms a full hoop that mimics the ring look. However, since it doesn’t close completely, you get the bold look of the double pearl ends.
Captive pearl rings
These make a full hoop, but they still have a bead that is used to close the ring. The pearl sticks out a little more and still draws attention to your nipple ring, but is often a little more subtle than the barbell options. The pearl also allows you to choose fun styles like pearls, diamonds or opals.
This is perhaps the most understated jewelry option you can choose for your nipple piercing. It consists of a simple hoop with the ends pressed together creating a seamless look. You can get seamless hoops with diamond inlays for a pretty accent, but they’re still hard to see under a shirt. One thing to keep in mind about seamless rings is that they can be difficult to change on your own and you may need to see a piercer if you want to change your jewelry.
Clicker and segment rings
These rings have since resembled seamless rings, but are a little easier to insert and remove yourself. Clicker rings consist of a flap piece that you open to insert the jewelry, while segment rings consist of a curved piece that you completely remove to insert the jewelry. You can choose standard tire options or get a little creative with dangling and other ornate styles.
These offer the most elaborate nipple jewelry styles. They consist of a straight barbell with a shield that goes completely around the nipple. Because they are so big, they can take on a unique look. However, they can be quite heavy so they shouldn’t be worn on a daily basis. Nipple shields are best worn for fun times in the bedroom or maybe at a costume party.
Our breasts and our bodies are something to celebrate! This month, to help educate yourself about breast cancer, take the time to educate yourself and encourage your friends – women and Men – to do the same. Breast cancer is very treatable if it is found early enough. All that is required is regular self-checks and annual check-ups with your doctor.