When it comes to exploring our likes and dislikes as sexual beings, we often encounter something which piques our curiosity. Whether it be a certain dildo, heating gel or, in this case, nipple clamps, there is often some hesitation before deciding if we want to try it. Below is our guide to nipple clamps and nipple play for those curious souls
What are nipple clamps?
Nipple clamps are a type of sex toy that is applied to the nipples of a person’s body. It pinches the nipple to restrict the flow of blood and can cause pleasure when the clamps are removed from the nipple, thereby allowing the flow of blood to return. Weights can be hung from the nipple clamps to increase the sensation of the pressure and pinching.
Why Are Nipple Clamps Used?
Nipple clamps are used to increase the sensitivity of the nipple, as well as the sexual arousal of the person wearing the nipple clamps. The uses of nipple clamps can be anywhere from sexual exploration to see if the person likes using them to breast torture in BDSM. The reason nipple clamps stimulate, as mentioned above, is that they restrict blood flow to the nipple, trapping the blood that is already there. Then the nipple is stimulated to the point to where there is either heightened sexual arousal or they may have an orgasm from nipple stimulation alone.
How Do Nipple Clamps Work and Feel?
How Do They Feel
Depending upon the sensitivity of the person wearing them, the feeling may range anywhere from not feeling anything, to feeling an increase of arousal and sensitivity, to even not being able to wear the gentlest nipple clamp as it would be too painful. The reason many users experience an increase in nipple sensitivity and an increase in arousal is that the nipples are an erogenous zone.
What Are Erogenous Zones?
Erogenous zones are areas of the body which, when stimulated, can signal, or increase sexual arousal within an individual. These erogenous zones can be found all over the body, not just the genitals. Such erogenous zones are the feet, lips, ears, and neck. Have you ever been on your feet all day long and then slipped off your shoes but had the soles of your feet brush against the back of the shoe? For some people, that can either do nothing for them or that contact can be arousing, even to the point of orgasm. It all depends on the person’s sensitivity.
How Do They Work?
Have you ever had an arm fall asleep? Or, better yet, a leg that has fallen asleep? The pressure put on the limb restricted blood flow. Once the blood flow started coming back, it produced a tingling feeling, sometimes minor, sometimes to the point where it causes the person to shake their limb to alleviate the sensation. That, too, is stimulation. If done in an erogenous zone, it increases sexual arousal, and may even produce an orgasm.
Not Just For Sex!
While it can be fun to experiment with nipple clamps when you have a partner to share the experience, you don’t even need to have a partner to enjoy or experiment with nipple clamps. You can use them on your own to try them out and see if you like them or to get yourself used to the feeling of them because you want to incorporate them into your sex play. You can even wear them on your nipples while you masturbate and stimulate your own nipples.
There are advantages of using nipple clamps by yourself. One, you can figure out on your own if nipple clamps are something you would like to incorporate into your masturbation or sexual encounters. Two, you won’t feel pressured, directly or indirectly, to keep going, or to use them again if you don’t like using and wearing them. That being said, if your partner is pressuring you to do something sexual you don’t like, such as nipple clamps, then you need to have a talk with that sexual partner about respecting boundaries.
Types of Clamps
As with other types of sex toys, lubricants, and gels, there are a variety of nipple clamps as well.
Tweezer clamps are best for beginners as they are simple and adjustable. To avoid any accidental scratches or cuts to the nipples, these clamps have rubber tips for the comfort of the wearer.
Plain Alligator Clamp
The plain alligator clamp is weighted for extra sensitivity and there are adjustable screws so the wearer, or anyone else, can change the amount of pressure placed upon the nipple. This is also known as a clothes-pin style clamp.
Tickling Alligator Clamp
These types of clamps typically have feathers, or some other soft, light material attached to them for further stimulation of the nipples. As the nipples are stimulated by the clamps, the other person can either lick the nipple of the clamp wearer or tickle the nipple with the feather to provide the clamp wearer with more intense stimulation. If you can’t find tickling alligator clamps, you can always buy a tickler and either attach it or use it separately.
Nipple and Clit Clamp
With silicone tips for comfort, these clamps are a little bit different. Not only are there two clamps for the nipple per usual, but there is also one extra clamp that attaches to the clitoris of the woman for extra stimulation. Women know how sensitive that can be on its own. Some of these nipple and clit clamps have small weighted balls for extra weight and stimulation. If you do not wish to have a combination of nipple and clitoral clamp, you can always have a separate clitoral clamp.
Japanese Clover Clamps
These are typically not for beginners and are more geared towards those who practice BDSM. Since they are nipple clamps, they are being included. The Japanese clover clamps are made in such a way that the more they are pulled, the tighter they become. There is also the Butterfly nipple clamp for more advanced users.
For those with metal allergies or metal sensitivities, there are nipple clamps which do not contain metal. For those who do not know if they have a metal allergy or sensitivity, here are some common symptoms:
- Skin blistering
How to Start With Nipple Clamps
Keep in mind that the heavier the chain means the more weight your nipples will have to hold. While you will experience more intense sensations with heavier weights, it is best to work your way up to them if you are just starting out. Also, if you are brand new to nipple clamps, it is often best to start with adjustable clamps which can be used to increase or decrease the level of intensity to the nipple.
When To Take Off The Nipple Clamp
While it can be fun to wear the nipple clamps once you are used to them, or you want to get used to them, it is best not to keep the nipple clamps on for longer than fifteen minutes. While there is currently no medical research as to how long they can be on, it is safer to go with a shorter amount of time as they can cause nerve damage if they are left on for too long.
Even if the fifteen minutes are not up, remove the clamps immediately if the nipple starts to turn blue. This means the nipple is not getting enough oxygen. Similar to how your fingers react if you wrap them, or your hand, too tightly. If the nipple clamps start to become painful, be sure to remove them if they threaten to go beyond your pain tolerance and be certain to listen to your body about how to proceed.
Finding the right nipple clamp for you can make the difference between a bad experience or something you may like to try again. If you do try a nipple clamp for the first time and decide it is not for you, that’s okay too. There is nothing wrong with experimentation and you don’t have to keep doing something you don’t enjoy. Be sure to check out our blog to read more about what interests you.