I've been wanting to get this done for many years, but I finally think I'm ready...however, I'm a bit of a chicken when it comes to pain lol. I was wondering if there was anything out there I could use to numb them up a little so that it's not as bad. I know alot of people say it's just a quick intense pain and then it quickly subsides into just a burning feel, but I don't want another episode like the third time I had my ears pierced. I'm allergic to nickel so the 18k gold the first time gave me a bad reaction & I had to let them close; went back when I was 6 to have them done again with 24K & I had to take them out due to a reaction & let them close; the third time (10yrs old) I only had the courage to handle the one ear & couldn't go through with the other one until a later date, at which point I had to remove them again after 6mo since they were giving me a reaction again & they weren't healing b/c of it. I had them redone again at 12yrs & b/c all the places around here use gold I had a reaction, but I kept them in & it took 2yrs to heal them enough to switch jewelry. Anyways, that's not really the point of this thread. Looking back on it those probably didn't hurt anywhere near what I made it out to be when getting the pierced. I know the nipples are going to be a tough one to accomplish, but I want to do it in the hopes that b/c I want them enough maybe I'll be able to overcome some of my fear of needles and pain lol. However, I don't want to find that I'll be able to handle one & then be so prepared for the pain of the other one that I won't be able to go through with it because I'll know what's coming. I hate being asymmetrical with anything to the point where I'll do what I need to in order to be even...but I don't know if that determination will be enough to battle my thoughts of "you won't be able to go through with the second one." Such a long post for a small question. So can anyone point me in the direction of something I can do to lessen the initial pain? I've thought about just focusing on something else, but I have a feeling I'd be too distracted by what was about to happen. If anyone wants to share some good experiences to ease my nervousness, please do lol. It'll be about a month before I can actually get them done. We've already been in the shop a few times and my fiance had his nips done there Friday; everyone was really nice and funny. I felt really comfortable there & the piercer was nice and she has 8 years of experience (she's not much older than I am lol), so none of that is an issue. It's just my own doubts that hold me back...I want to get this done damnit! I've waited long enough. Sorry for the long post. To sum it up: What can I do to make the pain less noticable while she's piercing them? and... If you had yours pierced (females only) and had a good experience, please share it...hearing about the good ones makes me feel less nervous.