I have some preliminary questions about possibly stretching my apadravya. I got it pierced middle of last may, so 10 months of healing is coming up soon. I still get a little bit of crust here and there, but nothing consistent and I rarely notice it unless the temperature drops drastically and I shrink on up. I had it pierced at 10ga. 1) How long do you suggest waiting to stretch after the initial piercing? 2) Do you suggest stretching it myself via the purchase of a taper that screws into the 8ga barbell, or just going and paying my piercer to do it? - If you suggest doing it myself, what procedure would you suggest? I've read about the use of lubing the barbell/taper with astroglide or other sex lube and doing it after a hot shower or soak. 3) What type of barbell should I purchase? I don't know exactly what I have now (I know, stupid me), but i'm willing to bet it's stainless. I'm not too concerned about the size, i'm more concerned about what material you suggest. (titanium v. steel [wtf is the difference between anatometal, industrial strength, LeRoi, etc?]) 4) How long does it take to re-heal a stretched piercing? I'd eventually like to get down to a 4 or 6 gauge barbell. Thanks, I appologize in advance for my general ignorance.