Having trouble deciding whether to get that tongue piercing? We’ve all been there. Trust me!
What a tricky decision. Getting a piercing is a big commitment so you need to be certain. There are so many things that you need to consider. Will it suit you? Will it affect your work? Will you be able to look after it properly? The list goes on.
How about if I help you decide?
Let’s talk through this decision together. That way you can reach a more certain outcome.
What I’m going to do is tell you everything about the tongue piercing. Positive and negative.
Let’s get started…
Rumours and Myths BUSTED!
There are rumours floating about about wearers of tongue piercings. Many people believe that having a tongue piercing has a hidden meaning.
Before I give you the details, let me say that this is not at all true. It is merely a rumour and shouldn’t be taken seriously!
If you decide to get your tongue pierced, prepare to be asked if it’s for oral sex. Of course, you know it’s not. You will get asked this question though. You have to learn to ignore these kind of remarks. Anyone insensitive enough to ask this is not worthy of your friendship (unless you’re into that kind of humour). Drop them out!
Will Your Work, School or Parents Mind?
Having piercings is strictly forbidden in certain organisations and many schools.
If this rule applies to where you are currently working, getting your tongue pierced is a bad idea. Is it really worth getting fired for the sake of a piercing?
If you are currently job hunting, be mindful as to what piercings you get. Is there a particular line of work you are aiming to get into? If so, do your research! Find out what their policy on body piercing says. It varies drastically between different companies. Some are lenient whereas others are strict. Some even fall halfway, meaning they don’t mind you having piercings, as long as they are not too obvious!
A word of advice; for job interviews you should take your body jewelry out. It is paramount that you turn up looking professional! This also goes for companies that allow piercings. This will drastically increase your chance of landing the job.
Word of advice: Aim to get a job where you can have piercings. Any job that doesn’t is the wrong job for you!
Even if you are still in school, this applies to you.
If it is you parents who oppose the piercing, be respectful! Yes, they will get over it eventually, but you don’t wanna cause family warfare over a bit of jewelry do you?
Other Pros and Cons
Let’s have a look at the main pros and cons for the tongue piercing. I’m going to lay them out in list format. This will make it much easier for you to make your final decision!
- Easily hidden. Don’t open your mouth too wide and no one will see anything.
- Can provide pleasure during oral sex.
- Show off your individuality. Piercings are a great way to express yourself!
- Fast healing.
- Some people find that piercings raise their self esteem.
- To get the look you desire or create your own individual style!
- Vast assortment of awesome jewelry. There is something for everyone!
- Can chip your teeth if jewelry is too long.
- Heightened risk of infection in oral piercings. Avoid this issue by keeping good oral hygiene and following your aftercare instructions.
- You have to avoid certain things during the healing period. Such as crunchy and spicy foods, making out and oral sex.
- Your tongue will swell a bit for a few days. This may cause you to talk with a lisp. This will pass.
- Speaking may feel a bit weird for a few days. This will pass though. You will get used to it.
Only You Can Decide
You now understand the positive and negatives of the tongue piercing. Hopefully this has made things a little clearer in your head.
Make your decision once and for all. Ask yourself:
“Are the pros worth putting up with the cons for?”
Note down your intuitive answer to that question. That would be the first thought that popped into your head.
If your immediate answer was “yes”, the tongue piercing is for you. If you answered “no”, don’t rush into anything. Wait a few weeks and see how you feel about it. Reread the list of pros and cons. If you’re still not convinced, you could always consider a different piercing!
If you do get your tongue pierced, go to a professional and take good care of it!
Everyone experiences piercings differently. What are your personal pros and cons of the tongue piercing? Let us know by dropping a comment below.
Hannah – founder of Pro Piercing Kits.