Ok there are always comments and questions when it comes to this but want you to know that the artist we use is very professional and his shop is always clean and neat. He always passes health dept inspections and even takes blood borne pathegone classes to help prevent infections.
My wife finally consented to having her nipples pierced again. She them done several years ago when this first started out and the guy did them with a gun and only pierced the very end of her nipples. It was never something she liked and she finally stopped wearing them at all. Mine had been done with larger rings and made my nipples very responsive. We arrived at the shop and I let her pick out her rings since they did not really suggest barbells because they tend to seal off the piercing at first if the nipple swells. I know lot of people do not agree but we let him give us reasons and went with it. She ended up with 14ga to start with and had to have a larger diameter ring since her nipples are very long and very large. We moved back to the piercing room and she removed her blouse and bra and sat in a high back chair. He cleaned her nipples while his wife put the rings in sterile solution. He carefully marked each nipple and has us check to make sure it was right. He explained that since her nipples were so large he was not going to use forceps that way it helped to make sure the needle was straight. He placed a cork behind her nipple and had her take a deep breath and exhale as he pushed the needle thru. My wife gasped with the sudden pain and tried to move back but the chair kept her in place. He soon had the ring inserted and the blue bead in place. He asked is she was ok and as soon as she said yes he moved to the other nipple. I watched as he positioned the nipple and had her take a deep breath and quickly shoved the needle thru. This time she yelled from the sudden intense pain. I had not told her that the second one is usually more painful do to endorphins building from the first one. he quickly pushed the needle back and had the second ring in place. She sat for a couple minutes to compose herself as the covered the piercings. It has now been a week and things are healing fine. the left side is still a little more sensitive than the right but no infection or anything so can not wait to play with them.
If you are considering this be sure that the person doing this is qualified and uses sterile equipment and please do not go to a house party and have it done. I am retired paramedic and have seen the sad results of these things.