What Are Nipple Clamps

A nipple clamp is like a nipple piercing, but with an added pinch that some find super pleasurable. They come in a variety of styles, from the classic tweezer clamp to ornate nipple rings that look like nipple studs. Some even have chains, which can be a hot addition to BDSM play or add a touch of kink to a romantic scene.

It’s important to prep the nipples before putting on clamps, just as you would the genitals. Stimulate the area, including touching all over the breasts and sucking on the nipples themselves, before applying the pressure. And be careful, it may take a few seconds to feel comfortable with the slight pain of the pinch. Once you’re ready, close the clamps slowly while breathing in. If you want to take things up a notch, try adding a vibrator for an extra kick of sensation.

While the hottest nipple clamps tend to be made of high-quality metals that are nickel-free and have a soft, velvety finish (like these rose gold ones), the type that feels best really comes down to your personal preference. Some people prefer the #lewk of tweezer clamps, which can be a little less intense than other types because they’re covered with rubber tips that prevent the hard metal from digging into sensitive skin. Other people like the weighted cylinders on some clamps, which can increase the sensation of being pinched, especially for kinky masochists.

You can also try nipple clips that have a built-in vibrator for extra sensual pleasure. And for ultimate kink, there are nipple clamps that are designed to attach to a collar and enhance power play or kink bondage. You can even try nipple clamps attached to a whip for impact play.

Once you’re a pro at handling nipple clamps, there are plenty of other ways to use them in partnered play. For example, you can have your partner clamp the nipples and then gently apply stimulation to other parts of your body—like the clit or penis—while you’re wearing them. You might also want to have your partner lick or kiss the nipples while you’re wearing them.

Nipple play releases oxytocin, a feel-good chemical that boosts sexual arousal. And when the nipple clamps are removed, they can bring a rush of sensation to the area that’s almost as intense as an orgasm. It’s why nipple clamps are often used in kink-heavy fetishes.

If you’re a newbie to nipple play, Cobb recommends starting with tweezer clamps, which are easy for beginners to use since they only have one control knob to tighten. Once you’re a bit more experienced, try out vibration-enhanced nipple clamps such as these from Lovehoney. With their Bluetooth connectivity, you can use them from a distance and adjust the intensity to your comfort level. And if you’re feeling ambitious, there are even nipple clamps with a weighted chain for added intensity. Just remember that no matter what kind of nipple clamps you’re using, listen to your body and don’t push yourself too hard. If it starts to hurt, remove the clamps and start over again later.

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