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Belly Button Ring

By Natasha Ivanova

In the 1940's Hollywood faced a restriction - there was to be no bare navels displayed on the silver screen. Where there is a will there is a way and Hollywood got around the prohibition by having actresses place a jewel in their belly button. This presentation of navel bejeweled belly dancer lent the American public to assume it had some kind of authentic association with Middle Eastern dance.

Belly button jewels are not an authentic part of Middle Eastern dance. That fad is largely a thing of the past now but it seems to have been replaced with the belly button ring. Many belly dancers wear belly button rings, and I happen to be one of them!

Belly dancing and belly button rings may find each other coincidentally, or a dancer may seek it out for the look it lends in a costume, or for many other reasons. In any case, I did some research on care and related information that may be of help if you are considering a belly button piercing.

  • What is a belly button ring?
  • Belly button ring pictures.
  • What risks are involved when getting a belly button piercing?
  • Who should not get their belly button pierced?
  • How can you take care of a new belly button piercing?
  • How long will your belly button piercing take to heal and why can healing be difficult?
  • During pregnancy can you leave your belly button ring in?
  • Can you remove your belly button ring?

    What is a belly button ring?

    A belly button ring is an adorning decoration for the navel. Belly button rings typically come in a curved barbell or circular shape. Metals for belly button rings include surgical steel, solid 14k gold, silver, niobium, titanium etc. Gold or silver plated metals may break easily or cause irritation to your belly button. See example pictures below.

    Belly button ring pictures.

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Amber belly button ring
    Amber belly button ring picture
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Anodized belly button ring
    Anodized belly button ring picture
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Black line belly button ring
    Black line belly button ring picture
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Dangling belly button ring
    Dangling belly button ring picture
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Flashing belly button ring
    Flashing belly button ring picture
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Gold belly button ring
    Gold belly button ring picture
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Gold plated belly button ring
    Gold plated belly button ring picture
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Logo belly button ring
    Logo belly button ring picture
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Nickel free belly button ring
    Nickel free belly button ring picture
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Rhodium belly button ring
    Rhodium belly button ring picture
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Silver belly button ring
    Silver belly button ring picture
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Surgical steel belly button ring
    Surgical steel belly button ring picture
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Titanium belly button ring
    Titanium belly button ring picture
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UV belly button ring
    UV belly button ring picture

    What risks are involved when getting a belly button piercing?

    Risks can include painful and potentially serious infection of the abdomen and blood poisoning. Improperly sterilized equipment can spread infections. An amateur body piercer can also cause nerve damage or scarring. Infection can still occur even when properly sterilized equipment is used. An infected piercing hurts, looks red and swollen, can weep and may feel hot to the touch. If your piercing looks infected, see a medical professional or body piercer for treatment.

    Who should not get their belly button pierced?

    If your belly button does not have the skin for the piercing to hold, the ring will likely migrate out. It will not let the belly button ring lye flat against your navel. An "outtie belly button" has more surface scar tissue to deal with, but a seasoned body piercer can pierce an outtie belly button. Most people choose a vertical piercing that enters inside the belly button and exits through the skin above the belly button.

    How can you take care of a new belly button piercing?

    To help the healing process of your belly button piercing, wash it twice every day. Note, over cleansing can interfere with your body’s natural ability to fight off infection. Always sanitize your hands before touching your belly button ring. Apply a diluted salt solution to your piercing for five minutes in order to soak off dried material. Clean with soap that contains antibacterial properties and rotate it through the piercing for approximately one minute. Rinse your belly button piercing thoroughly; make sure no traces of soap are left, and then pat it dry.

    How long will your belly button piercing take to heal and why can healing be difficult?

    A completely healed belly button piercing can take up to one and a half years. Belly button piercings can be difficult to heal because of exposure to poorly chlorinated waters; also clothing and sweat can irritate the piercing. Factors that can slow the healing process include bad quality jewelry, stress, illness, lack of proper care and a poor diet. If not cared for properly a belly button piercing can take 1-2 years to heal and is an easy target for recurring infection.

    During pregnancy can you leave your belly button ring in?

    If you are pregnant you can wear your belly button ring up to the 5th or 6th month. Once the skin on your abdomen begins to significantly stretch you should take it out or upsize the gauge.

    Can you remove your belly button ring?

    If your piercing is new you will most likely be wearing a captive bead ring. I suggest going back to the shop you got the piercing at and ask them to remove it and replace it with your new body jewelry. If your belly button piercing is healed then wash your hands, your navel and the new body jewelry that you will be inserting. Next unscrew the ball that is in your piercing and pull the barbell down and out, then insert your new body jewelry into your piercing from the inside of the belly button up and out and screw the ball on.