I got my ears pierced when I was 6, and in the end, I didn't think it hurt too much. I felt a little pinch.I got both my ears done at the same time, so I didn't have to sit through 2 piercings. It was just a quick feeling of pressure and then gradually wore off within a short amount of time. If you want to take Advil or use a cream go ahead, but I doubt you will need to. Getting your ears pierced is totally worth it. As long has you don't go a long while without wearing earings, you can wear them for the rest of your life! I love earings and they are a beautiful, girly, and there are so many different types of them.