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    Asked Sep 26, 2008, 08:39 AM 14 Answers
    Okay, so I asked my mum if I could get my tragus pierced, she said yes. Now, I'm just wondering where it is on pain level.. I've had my cartilige done, and I'm just wondering if its more or less painful, I have a high tolerance for pain, also my friend and I got our bellybuttons pierced, and another friend said that it hurt them, but it didn't hurt me, I assume this was because the "pain" of the cartilige was a little more.


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    Sep 26, 2008, 06:05 PM

    The feeling of getting your Tragus pierced can be compared to the feeling of a regular helix piercing -- the Tragus might hurt just a tad more, but not much. But all in all, it does depend on your tolerance for pain. What hurts one person, may not hurt another. The only way to really tell if it will hurt YOU or not is to just get it done.
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    Oct 9, 2008, 11:50 AM

    NauticalStar is right - for me, one of my Tragus' hurt A lot more than the other one, which I didn't perceive to really hurt much at all. Same with my rooks... I had a different experience with each one.
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    Mar 26, 2009, 07:29 AM

    The tragus is a painful piercing, but yet again, as is any cartilage. It's more pain since it's not easy for the piercer to directly make it "fast", but it's just some extra pressure compared to cartilage or normal lobe piercings.

    It's worth it though, truly!
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    Aug 18, 2009, 04:36 PM
    With your tragus all you can feel is the needle piercing the skin because the actual cartilage inside has no feeling at all and you might be able to feel the pressure but for me it didn't hurt at all. But I might just have a high pain threshold.
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    Oct 11, 2009, 10:34 AM

    I got my tragus pierced 8 days ago. I'm going to tell you how it is, They put clamps on the tragus and they tell you to breathe in and the stick the needle in half way and while you are slowly breathing out they finish sticking the needle through. And yes it hurts, it's a lot more painful than a ear lobe piercing and the top cartilage piercing. The next day it hurts to move your jaw and sometimes eat. Please don't sleep on it because it will swell up, an it is sort of painful. But I guess in the end it is all worth it. Just make sure you stick with the aftercare instructions the piercer gives you, and your piercing should be fine.
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    Jan 19, 2010, 03:45 AM
    I had my tragus done a year ago now. I also have my navel done and 2 plain old piercings in the lobes of each ear.

    In my opinion, the tragus hurts a little more than the belly button. They clean your ear with alcohol and then put a dot where they are going to pierce. They then put a clamp on which feels kind of uncofortable. After that, they push the canular in. With mine, they got me to breathe in for a second and out for a second. I did that twice before the needle got all the way through. They do it pretty slowly so that they don't damage the tragus. When the needle is coming out, there is a kind of "crunch" sound which is a little ikky.

    They then remove the needle and leave a plastic like thinggy in your ear, thread a metal bar through the plastic, remove the plastic, and thread the actual libret through after that. All in all it takes about a minute.

    All of that tugging is uncomfortable, but the most painful thing is that instant where the crunching occurs.

    Also, decide what side you are going to get it on and don't sleep on that side for a week. Sleeping on it or getting your hair caught around it twinges more than a little, but you soon learn new habits.

    Hope you enjoy your new piercing!
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    Jan 8, 2011, 03:06 PM
    I pierced my own the other day and it wasn't that bad, I think I should be a piercer! I've cleaned it and stuff but it wasn't too sore or anything, also I sleep on it all the time and it doesn't bother me one bit, I love it!
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    Apr 14, 2011, 02:19 PM
    I got my tragus pierced 4 days ago, and I love it! But it only hurts when: the need goes through, the earring is put on, when I clean it and if I touch it or sleep on it. My jaw didn't hurt but the whole day I got it done it throbbed.
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    Apr 14, 2011, 03:24 PM
    Personally, my tragus piercing was the worst piercing for pain I've had and I've got my helix, forward helix, stretching lobes, daith, tongue, nostril, belly button and sternum. That's not to say it will hurt you as much though. When you get it pierced it feels like its under a lot of pressure and will feel very hot. You won't be able to wear a headphone in that ear and it will be uncomfortable to sleep on for quite a while, just make sure you clean it properly and try not to knock it or touch it too often, if you must touch it then make sure you have clean hands! When you get it pierced, have a hand to hold, that always helps me! Good luck.
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