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Question of the Week - Piercings and Bleeding

By October 4, 2003

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Q: Do nipple piercings bleed? And if so, how bad?

A: My answer is actually going to apply to almost all piercings. As far as bleeding goes, the amount should be very little unless you are on some kind of blood thinner or have consumed alcohol in the last 24 hours. Bleeding caused by piercings is generally minute enough to be wiped off once or twice and that's the end of it. The only exception to the rule may be male genital piercings that puncture the glans (head) of the penis, such as the Prince Albert. These piercings may bleed a little more and require attention for a couple of days, although excessive bleeding should still be a cause for concern. In general, most piercings cause less than a few drops of blood to be lost.


February 11, 2009 at 2:41 am
(1) SmasH says:

I got my nipples pierced about 2 days ago and yesterday they started bleeding. The first day they were perfectly fine but for whatever reason they just started bleeding and have been a pain to keep clean. Is this normal?

February 22, 2009 at 11:22 am
(2) Gallanta says:

I’m female and it bleed a very little when I got it done. When I went to clean them that night I started on the right and it was fine, no blood, but then the left started bleeding and I fainted. I have no idea why I fainted because I never get that way from seeing my blood from a cut or something. Now a few days later my right has started to bleed when I clean and my left bleeds more than when it originally was pierced! :(

April 12, 2009 at 6:12 pm
(3) brian says:

I have the same prob my left nipple bleeds quite a bit every so often! Just wonderin if that’s normal?

June 5, 2009 at 9:05 pm
(4) cody says:

i got my cartilage pierced today with a horseshoe and it bled like HELL, i could feel the blood running down my neck and everything. normal?!

June 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm
(5) Sofi says:

I got my nipple pierced 2 days ago as well and it started bleeding today – not a great amount but enough to need to wipe it a few times through out the day. when i got it pierced it was ablsolutly fine, until now. i did take some aspirin in the morning due to a headache so wondering maybe if thats the reason behind it or maube thats a coincidence. I am a bti worried about it as i do not want to have to take it out. is this normal?

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