Navel piercings are very common these days. Some people choose to do it themselves, for a number of reasons, rather than going to a professional, which is the preferred option. If you choose to do it yourself, here’s how to pierce your belly button.

Things You'll Need

Research the piercing as much as you can to determine you are sure that you want it and be certain that you want to do the piercing yourself before you attempt this. Gather the items that you will need and continue to Step 2. Do not substitute any items on this list.

Wash your hands and put the gloves on. This is to ensure that everything stays clean and sterile.

Cleanse the area with the alcohol pad to make sure it is free from bacteria. In front of a mirror, mark the desired placement area with your body ink marker. Mark the point of insertion from the top, and mark the area where you want the piercing to be on the bottom.

Clamp the area with your desired mark in the center, to keep the skin taut and make sure your angle is correct. Check your placement and markings once more to be sure.

Place the needle through on the point you marked. Push through. The painful part is over! Push with even pressure and avoid hesitation.

Thread the jewelry through the back of the needle and push to remove the needle to allow the jewelry to take its place.

Secure the ends of the jewelry snugly to ensure that the jewelry will stay in place. You’re done. Follow after care instructions (in tips section below) and you can expect your piercing to heal within 6 to 12 weeks.


  • Wash your hands before cleaning the piercing.

  • Cleanse the area with anti-bacterial soap a few times each day.

  • Do not manually turn the ring for a few days, but you should manipulate the jewelry to ensure that the cleansing reaches portions of the barbell situated inside the body.

  • Do not touch or play with the jewelry (aside from cleaning), especially with dirty hands.

  • Allow the piercing access to fresh air to aid in healing.

  • Wear loose clothing to avoid snags and injury to the piercing.

References and Resources

Belly Button Piercing Information