A Beginner's Guide To Nipple Clamps and Suckers

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Ever heard of a nipplegasm? No? Then you’re missing out on one of the many types of orgasm possible to us! Nipples, like our genitalia, are extremely sensitive. Both women and men have nipples packed with nerve endings that react quickly and intensely to the touch.

But is that enough to orgasm? Well, that all depends on the tools you have at hand.

Studies have shown that stimulating the nipples arouses the sensory cortex in the brain, leading to arousal in the genitals. Thus it is quite possible to actually achieve orgasm through nipple stimulation alone.

For many of us, however, the nipplegasm remains a distant dream. But that’s not to say it’s not incredibly pleasing to play with them - it is! And, for many people, to go one step further with the psychological thrill of mixing pleasure and pain.

Nipple play is a great way to explore this area and experience a world of varied sensations. It’s perfectly fine to use fingers, lips and even teeth to stimulate yourself and your partner, but if you’re interested in taking the next step, then read on further to learn about the tools to help you do so.

Clamps, like most sensory-enhancement tools, increase circulation in order to increase sensitivity to a specific area. During wear, they’ll make a pinch-like sensation on the nipple which, depending on the style of tool you choose, can be anything from gentle to super intense. This alone can be extremely satisfying. However, the real party pleaser comes after removing them.

Upon removal, blood rushes back into the area and the nipples become pert, hard and ultra-sensitive to any subsequent touches. This offers the perfect opportunity to continue with finger strokes, licks and pinches, maximising the newfound sensitivity and receptivity to touch.

Nipple clamps are a great way to not only provide new and intense sensations, but to enable hands-free play so your fingers can explore other areas, and give yourself or your partner even more stimulation!

Most clamps are adjustable and there are plenty of different designs offering all sorts of experiences and sensations. A great option for beginners is the Bondage Boutique Adjustable Nipple Clamps, which provide a custom pinch that can be increased when you are ready.

If you’re looking for something a little more advanced, then Lovehoney has a wide range of styles including non-adjustable clamps which are designed to exert maximum pressure, vibrating nipple clamps which add a whole new dimension to your nipple play, nipple tweezers which have rubber tips to protect the skin, and nipple weights, which are great for the experienced user looking to increase the levels of pressure and pain during wear.

If clamps are a little too daunting, this is where suckers come in. Also known as pumps or vacuums, suckers act like little mouths on the nipples and latch on to them, gently increasing the blood flow with their strong suction. When used for a few minutes at time, the increased blood flow will increase sensitivity and cause the nipple to become engorged and more pert. Easy to use, all you need to do is depress the bulb, place over the nipples and allow the suction to do the rest. Then, when you take them off, continue with your caresses. If you’re having trouble making them stick, apply a small amount of personal lubricant to the nipple to help the sucker take hold.

As with any kind of constriction play, it’s important to play safe. Nipple clamps should never be worn for more than 10 minutes at a time to allow circulation to the nipples to return to normal. If you experience any prolonged discomfort then consult a medical professional.


Anna Lee is a blogger and sex toy expert who writes for Lovehoney Australia. You can see a list of their best-selling products here.


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