Anonymous asked: Hi! Yesterday I tried stretching to 12g (after waiting a descent amount of time). The taper went through very easily, and I didn't feel a thing. I tried pushing the plug in, but only the taper would go through. The plug would stay out of the hole completely. Since I'm new to stretching I'd like to know if there's something I could do, something I did wrong, or if it's just plain bad luck. Thanks!
First thing, don’t use tapers yourself. Most of the time the “tapers" you can buy in stores or on websites are not appropriate for stretching a piercing. Just because something is pointy on one end does not mean it will work the way you need it to. Professional tapers have a very long smooth graduation, and usually a back end that helps connect or couple to the jewelry in some way.
Save your money and your piercing’s health, don’t bother buying tapers. Simply visit a professional piercer and have them stretch your piercing for you. Many studios will insert jewelry or stretch for free if you purchase your jewelry from them. If they charge a stretching fee it will almost always be less than the cost of purchasing a taper, and you can have it stretched correctly.
Ryan Ouellette, APP outreach