How long after the piercing can I swim?

I am planning on getting my belly button pierced sometime either this week or next. I am on 2 swim teams that both start up again on January 5th. I am really keen on getting the piercing done, but I do not know how long I should wait until I can go swimming again, any advice? I've heard some say that chlorinated pools help, while others advise to stay away from them totally.

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  1. nicole Says:

    you can swim with them in. i just got my ears triipled pirced and it is not bad. i even asked th lady, and she said you can swim no matter what type of piercing, cuase i am a swimmer and swim everyday/

  2. ElizabethMichele Says:

    My piercer recommended 2 months (public pools are actually pretty nasty and a fresh piercing is an opening right into your body) plus the chlorine will dry out the tender healing skin. If you have to start swimming on the 5th now is not the time to get a new piercing.

  3. Xai Says:

    A piercer will advise you not to swim until you have healed (belly buttons can take up to 6 months). They are chlorinated for a reason and are generally full of germs.

    On a more practical level, I would say it’s probably not necessary to wait quite that long, but I think you have definitely left it too late to do it before the season starts again. It will not have healed enough to be exposing it to those sorts of bugs.

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