If you have a belly button ring, you can easily remove it on your own. Whether you’re tired of having it and want it out for good, or you simply want to switch it out for a different ring, removing the ring requires some care.

Things You'll Need

Wash your hands with antibacterial soap and water. You want your hands to be clean in order to prevent infection.

Hold the base of the belly button ring with one hand. Place the forefinger and thumb of your other hand on the small ball at the end of the ring.

Unscrew the ball by turning it counter-clockwise. Though less common, some belly button rings unscrew if you turn them clockwise. Gently test the ring to determine which way to turn the ball.

Remove the ball from the end of the ring once you have fully unscrewed it.

Pull the barbell portion of the belly button ring down. While you pull it down, bring it away from your body, effectively removing it from your belly button hole.

Go to a professional piercing shop or a doctor’s office if you have difficulty removing the belly button ring. Never force the ring out as this can tear your skin and lead to scarring.


  • If the belly button ring doesn’t come out easily, try lying down with your back flat against the floor. It may come out more easily when your belly is completely flattened.