BDSM Advice Series: Nipple Clamps

April 18th, 11   •   Posted by Mistress Kay   •   2 Comments

Why would you use Nipple Clamps?

Nipple Clamps are an interesting sensory item. They end up cutting off the blood flow to the nipple which makes the nipples amazingly sensitive. When the nipples are so sensitive, even the slightest movement can cause a mixture of pleasure and pain to the wearer. Along with this, many people take a bit of submissive pleasure in the act of wearing nipple clamps. After all, most nipple clamps are made from metal which can make them seem “kinky”.

After nipple clamps are removed, many people enjoy the sensation of having their nipples played with because the skin is so sensitive. Others enjoy the pain that can come along with using nipple clamps. Because some nipple clamps are adjustable in strength, this sensory sex toy ends up being good for those who just want no pain to those who want to feel all of the pain. The type of nipple clamps you choose will make a large difference in the sensations you feel.

Safety

Because Nipple Clamps are effectively just cutting off the circulation to the nipple, you should be careful about how long you use them. Depending on how experienced you are with the sensation of nipple clamps, you will wear the clamps for a varied amount of time. For a beginner, I recommend nothing more than 10 minutes. Once you’ve had experience with the sensation of circulation loss (and how much is too much), you can go up to about fifteen or twenty minutes. (The length of use also depends on how tight the nipple clamp is. Best rule: Better safe than sorry.)

Something to consider is that the first application and the final removal will include the most pain. After the initial application, the skin will start to get used to the loss of circulation, so it will become more numb. Moving the nipple clamp around will cause more pain again. Removing the clamp will restart the circulation which will be painful as well, so the worst aspects are the first application and the final removal. Some people enjoy massaging the nipple after it’s removed, but others find this painful.

Types of Nipple Clamps

There are quite a few types of nipple clamps out there. With all of the choices, you’ll want to know what’s best for your pain tolerance as well as for your experience level and budget. Some cost more, some don’t cost as much, and some can be bought at your local mass merchandising store while others must be bought at a sex toy store. This Nipple Clamps guide will help you buy nipple clamps that are right for you and to know what types will work best for you.

Clothespin

Image from Wikipedia.com

The first type of nipple clamp is the Clothespin. You can purchase these at any mass merchandiser store with the laundry items. Clothespins work as a very general, very beginning nipple clamp, and they’re extremely cheap. You can usually get these for a couple dollars for hundreds of them. One of the best things about clothespins as nipple clamps is that they are disposable. Because of the cheap price, you can easily buy a clothespin, use it on one partner, then throw it away if it gets any bodily fluids on it or anything, so there really is no reason to share clothespin nipple clamps with multiple people due to their cheap price.

However, Clothespins are also very tight. Some people do modifications on the clothespins they buy, but the springing mechanism that makes it close can make it pretty unforgiving to people who dislike pain. Avoid purchasing any of the clothespins that have the grooved texture on the inside as those can hurt even more. Keep in mind that the bigger the clothespin means that the less painful it will be since the sensation will be spread out. Some people also like to paint or decorate their clothespins with choice words in order to set the scene even farther.

One of the biggest things kinksters use clothespins for is a zipper. A zipper is when each clothespin is attached to another clothespin by a long piece of string. All the clothespins are attached to a person, and for removal, the person just pulls at the string, and all of the clothespins come off at once. This is very painful (which is the point behind it), so make sure that you have your partner’s permission as well as think that this is something you’d be interested in before trying it.

Mini-Hair Clips

Depending on the size of your nipples, your local mass merchandiser may have hit the jackpot when it comes to the hair styling aisle. Mini Hair Clips can be purchased there. In fact, you can purchase them in multiple colors as well as multiple little designs, so you can have a lot of fun with it. These are more expensive than clothespins, but they are also very cheap compared to regular nipple clamps as well. Because of the cheap price, these also can be purchased and disposed of in case of blood or bodily fluids getting on the clips. However, almost all of these little clips have the little finger-holds protruding from the clamp (to keep it stuck in your hair), so these little clamps can be very, very painful, so do be careful if pain isn’t something you’re into.

 

Tweezer Nipple Clamp

Lavish Nipple Clamps from EdenFantasys

Now we’ll start in on the official nipple clamps. These all are clamps made by adult toy manufacturers specifically designed for use as nipple clamps. One of the easiest types of nipple clamps to start off with is the Tweezer Clamp. The Tweezer clamp is basically two long metal arms that come together. Much like tongs from your kitchen, there’s a little round circle that connects the two metal arms, and depending on whether you pull the circle up or towards the bottom, the Tweezer Clamps will become tighter or looser. Most Tweezer clamps also come with little rubber tips to avoid squeezing or pinching the skin during use, but some of the rubber tips are removable. To use these clamps, you just situate the nipple in between the two arms, and you slide up the rounded ring up the two arms up until where your partner enjoys the tightness. It’s very easy to loosen by just pulling down the ring some.

This type of nipple clamp can be painful, but for the most part, it’s usually very mild. Since you can easily adjust how tight these clamps go, they make a good choice for beginners since they are very straight-forward in use. However, it can be difficult to adjust the round-ring if your hands are covered in lubricant/bodily fluids, and this type of clamp also doesn’t grip too tightly, so it probably can’t carry much weight on it either, so that’s something to consider. The width of how open these clamps sit naturally is how large of a nipple it can handle. From my experience, unless you have very large nipples, most nipples should fit in these types of clamps. These clamps sometimes have a chain connecting the toy of them, but some of these clamps do not have a connecting chain. A lot of them are decorative Tweezer Nipple Clamps with decorative gems at the ends. There are tons of Tweezer Clamps to search out. A popular type of this is the Lavish Nipple Clamps (pictured.)

Bull Nose Nipple Clamps

Bull Nose Nipple Clamps (and image) from EdenFantasys.com

So what’s the next big nipple clamp of the day? Bull Nose Nipple Clamps. These types of clamps are sometimes also called “Adjustable Nipple Clamps”. These clamps have a little adjustable pin in them. Basically, this pin allows you to screw it tighter or looser so the clamp won’t actually close any tighter than the clamp is screwed. So if you screw it all the way open, the screw holds the two sides of the clip open, and it’s impossible to shut them because the clip is in the way. This allows you to screw to the size you need beforehand, and it will stay at that size any time you pick up the clamp which means that these don’t require nearly as much adjustment in-the-scene as the Tweezer clamps do.

Bull Nose Nipple clamps are very beginner-friendly. Since you can easily adjust how tight or how loose these clamps are, they work well for beginners. They also “age” with you well because you can slowly tighten the clamps as you become more experienced and want more pain. This type of clamp, just like the Tweezer kind, is also made in decorative versions that have decorations hanging off of it. It also comes in chained-together in unchained varieties. This and the Tweezer Nipple Clamps are the two clamps that I’d recommend most for beginners. A popular nipple clamp of this type is the Bull Nose Nipple Clamps (pictured).

Clover Nipple Clamps

Clover Nipple Clamps (and image) from EdenFantasys.com.

One of the least-beginner friendly clamps out there are the Clover Clamps. Otherwise, these are sometimes known as Butterfly Clamps as well. These clamps are basically small, metal clamps that have a little pulling system devised to open up the clamps when the clamps are squeezed. These little clamps usually have rubber pads that are sometimes textured on the gripping pad that touches the nipple. They also have no way to adjust them – when it opens, it opens, and when it closes, it closes as tightly as possible. If you aren’t into pain, this could be a problem as there’s no way to adjust these clamps, so they do not work well as beginner-friendly toys.

However, these are also the types of clamps that most advanced kinksters use. These clamps are used so widely because they do hold so tightly. This makes them pretty difficult to remove, and for that reason, these are the types of clamps you can tug on without them falling off. Some kinksters also add some weight to the clamp as well in order to increase sensation. These clamps do not fall off easily, and for that reason, if you want something that can withstand a lot of tugging and roughness, these nipple clamps are the perfect ones. A popular type of this type of nipple clamp is the Clover Nipple Clamps (pictured).

There are some other varied nipple clamps as well. While those are the three basic adult sex toys types, there are other types that are out there once in awhile. If possible, try to try the nipple clamps on the skin between your pointer and thumb finger before purchasing a set. If not, try to read reviews over the clamps you’re looking at. If you are looking for something lighter, try to find something with “adjustable” in its name and avoid anything with “endurance” or “rough” in its name. Clamps come with different varieties as well as different types too. There are some nipple clamps that vibrate and there are even some that can be attached directly to weights. Others come attached to a genital item such as a clit clamp or a cock ring. Whatever floats your boat, there are a ton of different types of nipple clamps out there for you to see. Some of these varied nipple clamps include the Endurance clamps, the adjustable clamps, the Y-style nipple clamps and cock ring, and the micro heated vibrating nipple clamps.

 

How To Use Nipple Clamps

Nipple clamps are extremely easy to use. You and your partner should first discuss the sensation you are hoping to get from nipple clamps. Some people really enjoy really numb sensations and lots of pain while others just enjoy the decorative aspect of the nipple clamps. You wouldn’t want to purchase the wrong type of nipple clamp and end up finding that the sensation is not at all what you expected. As a beginner, I’d recommend adjustable clamps or tweezer clamps. Both are very easy to adjust and make them stay on without getting too painful.

The nipple clamps can easily be attached to the nipple. Depending on the nipple, you can either just open the clamp and grip it on, or you’ll need to grip the nipple to give your clamp a good area to grab onto. (Female versus male nipples cause this issue. Weight is also an issue.) You can grip the clamp onto the nipple. Expect the first minute or so to be intense for the nipple clamp wearer. Be sure to periodically check-in with your partner while they wear the clamp. Make it clear that they are supposed to let you know if things get too painful; it’s a sign of too much circulation loss. If the area starts turning blue, it’s beyond time to take off the clamp. Again, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

While your partner is wearing the clamp, the body will adjust to the sensation quickly. It will probably become a background annoyance. In order to bring it back to the surface, you can do something with the clamp. For example, some people enjoy flicking the clamp to make it move. Others will add weight if there is a chain going between the clamps. Some others will turn on the vibrating feature or let a vibrator gently rest against the clamp to transfer the vibrations. Doing something else to your partner (flogging, caning, oral sex, intercourse) to your partner will add to the sensations that the nipple clamps are providing.

When removing the nipple clamp, do remember to warn your partner about the impending painful sensation. Taking the clamps off quickly is best. In order for the nipple clamp wearer to process the pain better, I do recommend having the partner take a deep breath when the clamp is removed. If the clamps irritated or chaffed the nipple, body lotion can be applied to soften the skin again. If clamps are new to your sexual agenda, make sure to leave time after your playtime to discuss the clamps. Talk about your partner about how the clamps felt, if they were too tight, if they enjoyed the sensation, and what could be done in the future to make your nipple clamps experience more pleasurable.

2 Comments on "BDSM Advice Series: Nipple Clamps"

Kit OConnell says...
April 23rd, 2011

I am going to save this for reference use later if someone asks me about nipple clamps. A great introduction to the toys.

Jake says...
February 17th, 2014

A top seller is my store, i recommend this specific model to anyone.
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