Piercing Pain Charts | Which body piercings hurt the most?

Piercing Pain Charts | Which body piercings hurt the most?

Piercing Pain Charts | Which body piercings hurt the most!

Piercing pain levels depend on the person getting pierced, so we can't tell you exactly which piercing will give YOU the most pain, because pain is subjective to each person. We have a few pain level charts that will provide a reasonable estimate of how much pain to anticipate when getting your next piercing. Just scroll down.

Piercings are usually a pretty quick process. And the pain you feel from it won't last too long! The healing process is more of a soreness that you feel. If you feel pain, you should go and see your local piercing professional for a checkup. When choosing which piercing to get, do not ONLY base it on the amount of pain you will feel but rather which you will enjoy the most on your body.

There is usually more pain where there are more nerve endings on your body. Nerve endings are there because they sense pain, touch, pressure, and temperature. More nerve endings in a location usually indicate there will be more pain. For example, genital piercings are really painful because those locations are filled with nerve clusters, which also mean more sensitivity.

Suppose a body part of yours is already quite sensitive. In that case, you can take an educated guess that if you are piercing that area, it will be more painful than an area on your body that isn't quite as sensitive.

Least Pain

Based on a scale of 1-1.5 stars out of 5 on a pain scale

  • Ear lobe piercing: These are the most common types of piercing and are also said to be the least amount of pain experienced. An earlobe piercing is done rather quickly. It has been reported that getting pierced with a piercing gun hurts more that getting a professional piercing with a needle. Please go to a professional when getting pierced. We offer piercing kits, but we recommend you take them to your local piercer.
  • Belly button (navel) piercing: A belly button piercing does not take place on the belly button but on the skin above the belly button. This area is only moderately sensitive compared to the belly button itself.
  • Eyebrow piercing: This type of piercing is done vertically or horizontally.



Mid Level Pain

Based on a scale of 2-3 stars out of 5 on a pain scale

  • Septum: This is the skin on the inside of the nose that separates the nostrils. The piercing is usually near the front or tip of the septum. This type of piercing is moderately painful. It’s not too painful because the thin layer of skin in the nose is pierced, not the cartilage.
  • Nostril: A nose piercing may cause more discomfort during the healing period. This piercing is also done relatively quickly and is said to be suitable for beginners.
  • Tongue: A tongue piercing is an uncomfortable procedure to go through. Have you ever bitten your tongue? You survived, right?
  • Labret
  • Dermal (these are surface piercings)
  • Cartilage, Daith, Helix is piercing on the ears: just as general knowledge, any piercing going through the cartilage will be painful.



High Level Pain:

Based on a scale of 4-5 stars out of 5 on a pain scale

  • Extra sensitive areas on your body
  • Nipples
  • Genitals


Here are a few tips to help get through the pain.

  • Get your piercing done by a professional.
  • Bring a friend or family member and use them for moral support and possible hand holding.
  • Try squeezing a stress ball.
  • Take slow and deep breathes: try and look up some calming breathing techniques.
  • Stay calm.

Below, we have a few pain level charts based on the general customer experiences and their reported pain levels.


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