How do you take hoop belly button rings out?

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How do you take hoop belly button rings out?
Belly button piercings are a common choice for first-time piercings. (piercing image by Vasily Smirnov from

Body piercing is a popular way to express yourself. Navel or belly button piercings are among the most common piercings for women. There are many types of body jewellery available for navel piercings. One type of body jewellery for navel piercings is called a captive bead ring (CBR), which is a circular bar that is enclosed with a small bead. Being able to change your own body jewellery is an important part of taking care of your piercing.

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Things you need

  • Fresh paper towels
  • Piercing solution (saline solution) or a mild antibacterial soap
  • Clean and sterile replacement jewellery (optional)
  • Piercing pliers (optional)

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  1. 1

    Wash your hands thoroughly and pat them dry. Paper towels are ideal for drying your hands as they do not have as much of a risk of carrying bacteria as reusable towels do.

  2. 2

    Clean your piercing as normal. Use saline solution, or a mild antibacterial soap to clean your piercing. The Association of Professional Piercers recommends soaking the piercing in a warm saline solution or soaking a clean piece of cotton in the saline solution and using that to clean the piercing.

  3. 3

    Pat your piercing dry with a clean paper towel.

  4. 4

    Using both hands, hold each side of the CBR on the circle near the bead. It is easiest to do this if the bead is in the centre and not near one of the entry points of the piercing.

  5. 5

    Gently pull each side of the ring in the opposite direction. For instance, go left with the top portion and go right with the bottom. Because the bead in a CBR is held in place by the tension created at the two ends of the circle, pulling them apart will release the tension and remove the bead. Now there is a gap where the bead was held in place.

  6. 6

    Place the bead on a clean paper towel to avoid losing it. Slowly rotate the jewellery so that the open area is brought to the entry point of the piercing. Once the open area is turned so only the ends of the circle are touching the piercing, slide the jewellery off your navel. If you are concerned that the gap is not large enough, use your fingers to open the gap more or use piercing pliers to widen the gap, making it easier to slide the jewellery away from your body.

Tips and warnings

  • Most navel piercings are done with a 14-gauge needle and jewellery. The size of the jewellery will be noted on the package when you are looking at jewellery in stores.
  • If you are nervous about taking out your body jewellery on your own, visit your piercer to have him help you.
  • If you plan to keep your navel piercing open, put in new jewellery as soon as possible to keep the piercing from closing.
  • If your piercing is infected, do not remove the jewellery. Consult your piercer or your health-care professional as soon as possible. Ideally, you will want to keep the jewellery in place until the infection is gone.
  • Always clean your body jewellery before wearing it.

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