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February 1, 2012
7:17 pm
xalyssamarie
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I have 38mm plugs, probably 39mm now with PTFE tape, and my right ear is starting to worry me because it's thinning a bit. I'm not TOO worried about it, because I've seen other people with way thinner lobes than me, but I don't want to get into a situation I can't reverse.

 

Most people sleep with their plugs out but I can't. I sleep with my plugs in every night, and I know its not good for circulation purposes but if I sleep with them out, there is NO WAY they'd go back in, in the morning. It seems like everyone else doesn't have this problem! I use jojoba oil as often as I can, does anyone have any other tips? I'd love to be able to sleep with them out, but what do I do if they don't go back in?

February 1, 2012
10:49 pm
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Rather than sleeping the entire night with your plugs out, have you considered taking them out for a couple hours during the day?  Take them out for an hour here and there, leaving them out for progressively longer periods of time, until you establish the point at which they start to close up.

 

The other thing that comes to mind is taking a hot shower just before you reinsert your plugs; that way your ears will be at their stretchiest when you put them back in.  You also may be able to use the oil to massage your ears while reinserting the plugs, which could also make it easier to do so.

February 2, 2012
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The only time i slept with plugs in after about an inch is when stretching, so if you have tape in i'd either return to 38mm, or get to your next size first. If you're thinning i'd advise downsizing tbh, it's worth being patient. When you are fully healed at a size you can look at taking breaks.

vampyremage is right, take breaks in the day first and build up. Your lobes will likely shrink a bit, so hot showers and lube are good. I used to have a smaller pair of plugs ready for the morning, so i could insert those without stretching too much, and after 15 minutes or so my lobes had relaxed enough for my normal size. I still do this if i go more than a couple of days without plugs in.

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February 2, 2012
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I took the tape off last night just to be safe. Even though its only 1mm, it'll help a bit. I'll wait until they feel better again before putting more tape on. Definitely gonna try the shower thing.

 

Thanks for the advice. Smile

February 7, 2012
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I keep them in at night, except for when I'm having trouble with them. 
Then I leave them out for one night so they shrink and heal a bit, I clean them and then I stretch again.
I could say I'm very slow on stretching, I'm really taking my time :)  

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February 14, 2012
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My ears are 52mm and sleeping with them out is so comfy. I just lube my ears and tunnels in the morning to make for a smooth insertion. I don't think its all that bad to sleep with your plugs/tunnels in I know many people who do, of course unless its causing you trouble (due to how one of my tunnels sits if I sleep with it in too many nights in a row it will eventually start digging into the back of my ear where the ear connects to the head and causes skin break down.) My one ear does the same thing and can be very stubborn in the morning when I am trying to put my tunnel back in. If you are one of those people who heals up really quickly you may want to look at getting silicon plugs. Comfy to sleep in, flexible, and you won't have to worry about shrinkage through the night. I live in Calgary, AB Canada and in the winter my poor ears go a terrible blue due to bad circulation. I used to give my ears little massages before bed and would soak them in hot water when they got really bad.

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