I've toyed with the idea for decades, but thoughts of the pain, plus the grief I would've gotten from my husband, caused me to not seriously consider the experience.
I was content to have several earrings & a navel ring for many years. I eventually 'retired' the navel ring, partly due to the mindset that I was 'too old' for it anyway.
Now, I'm on my own, making a new life for myself & indulging in daring, fun acts of pleasure are possible again!
I did lots of research & chose a reputable piercer that I've had good experience with. Even though I felt well-prepared, the anticipation was almost unbearable.
I'd discussed with my piercer that I wanted to have captive bead rings(CBRs), not barbells. It's my personal preference & I plan to keep the original jewelry in for a year or longer, during healing. He explained that he recommends barbells for healing, but rings can be used. He said many people think the proper-sized ring seems too large. When he showed me the CBR that would work best for me, I thought, Wow! that IS big!
I expected it to be 12g, but not such a large diameter.
He took some time marking placement & helped me be calm & breathe. I laid down & he used a clamp, but he didn't clamp it tight, just enough to hold firmly. More breathing reminders, which I needed, as I was more nervous than I expected.
On the third exhale, he thrust the needle in. What an intense experience!!! It was quick, but the pain had a high peak to it that I hadn't felt with other piercings.
I let out a subdued groan & he asked if I was OK. I just needed a moment to gather myself & he let me catch my breath before inserting the ring.
Then, it was time to get psyched up to do it again! I'd heard the 2nd one hurts more, so I really had to get braced & knowing I'd never forgive myself if I 'chickened out', I forged on.
Thankfully, the 2nd one wasn't quite as bad, but still very intense. My arm flinched involuntarily, but didn't affect my piercer's aim, as his placement was perfect.
This time, I gathered my courage & glanced down at the large needle impaled through my nipple!
Then, the jewelry went in & it was all over, except the 'afterglow'. I looked in the mirror & was delighted! The rings are just right & I'm glad they're not smaller.
I walked out into the night air, high on endorphins, feeling proud & empowered, as if I'd experienced a personal rite of passage.
It's been a few weeks now & I'm loving my new piercings more each day. Even though it was the most painful piercing I've endured, it was definately worth it! My breasts have never looked & felt so good...ever!