Thinking about getting your tongue pierced but not sure what to expect? Read my day-by-day account of my piercing, healing and after-care.

If you’ve ever wanted to get your tongue pierced but you’ve been put off by conflicting accounts of the pain, confusion about the healing process, or because you’re unsure of how to look after it, then this article could help you decide if this piercing is for you.

I put off getting my tongue pierced for years because of the above reasons. I had heard horror stories of people contracting hepatitis, I was worried I wouldn’t be able to ever eat solids again, and I was reluctant to pay for something that might end up as an infection. I was also worried that the information from my piercer would be biased, since he ultimately wants me to get it done.

In the end though, I decided that it’s better to regret something you have done than to regret something you haven’t done. After I made up my mind to get pierced I spent hours trawling the internet to find some reliable accounts of the healing process, but I couldn’t find all the information I wanted in one place. 

So I decided to keep this diary for anyone who wants a true, unbiased account of what it’s really like to have your tongue pierced!

Day 1, Saturday - Getting Pierced: I was a bit nervous about getting my tongue done since it’s such a thick muscle, but I’ve been pierced quite a few times before now so I thought I’d be O.K with the pain. I went to a piercer who’s pierced me many times over the last eight years or so, and he’s pierced lots of other people that I know too.

I went with a friend who’s also been pierced lots of times. We arrived at the studio quite late in the day, around four o’clock, and I was due to go to work in the pub at seven o’ clock, so I hadn’t left much time to call in sick in the case of extreme pain. I sat on the bench and the piercer went through all the after-care instructions with me. I asked how much it would swell and bruise as I’d seen some hideous pictures. There are some things you can do to reduce swelling, like sucking ice and taking ibuprofen, but ultimately it depends on the individual. 

I wanted the pain over and done with, and after a few minutes of ‘Are you O.K, is there anything you want to ask’, I lost my patience and demanded ‘Just do me!’.

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  • haley on May 7, 2009

    my sister just gor her tongue pierced…

  • Mags on May 19, 2009

    Where is the rest of your story…..everything you described, I am experiencing, im on day 4 also, and now you have stopped….please fill in the rest.

  • Mary T on May 20, 2009

    On it’s way, I’m having the final downsize today so I’ll put the rest up tonight. :-)

  • amber on Jun 30, 2010

    i was completely scaired about the whole white stuff around my peircing hole but then i read this and asked around and all my friends says its pretty much normal and it would go away. i really wished i would have researched for someone better. if i could walk in and get it removed in a heartbeat i would but i dont have anyone that would do that .. at least im pretty sure i am on day 4 and it is really swollen and pills wont help and the ice.. well slightly but so far so good i hope so atleast.

  • Kate on Oct 1, 2010

    I am on Day 4 and I wish I could take the thing out. I can’t talk, I can’t sleep, I can’t eat. I can’t do anything. And my poor tongue has a tear in it from my futile attempts to eat solid food. My piercer says this is normal, and thank goodness, so does Mary T’s diary! I am getting pretty tired of this. Life better start resuming to normal pretty quickly. So not happy right now…

  • lisa on Nov 1, 2012

    Got my tongue pierced on tuesday its now thursday! Jus had swellin and the white tongue but I researched all this and its pretty normal! Swellings going down, alttho I havnt ate very much I’m still drinkin plenty and eating little! Today would of bn the best day so far of eating had soup 4 lunch and potatoes and beans for dinner so yeah so far so good! Just one question tho does the intend on your tongue stay there or does it go away??

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