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Nipple Clamps


In this day and age sex toys are not as taboo as they used to be. That’s why a thing such as BDSM nipple clamps are a widely popular equipment and have a lot of different versions on the market. Kinky couples love using nipple clamps but they are a great tool for solo arousal as well. Read on to learn more about this sex toy, its types, and how to use it.

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What are nipple clamps?

Simply put, nipple clamps are a form of sex toys that get attached to a person’s nipples. This way there is a restriction of the blood flow to the area which provides a pinching sensation. This nipple pinching ultimately causes pain which some people love feeling to a certain extent, especially in a BDSM play. It can also look ecstatically appealing to some. This toy can be used by any gender, regarding of the nipple size or breast size. A BDSM activity known for using nipple clamps is usually called breast torture. However, there is a lot more to nipple clamps than it seems.

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Types and main characteristics

There are several types of nipple clamps you can run into:

  • Connected – Usually by a chain, nipple clamps can be connected. The chain can add a little extra weight, provide additional control on the nipples, and it also looks really cool.
  • Separated – If you don’t like chains, you can always find nipple clamps that are separated from each other, while some have a chain that can be disconnected at any time.
  • Weighted – If you like the sensation of having some extra weight on your clamped nipples, you can buy weighted nipple clamps which are sold in several weight categories.

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Based on their mechanism, you can put nipple claims in these categories as well:

  • Clover nipple clamps are used by pulling down a chain that holds them together which adds to the pressure on the nipples being clamped. Not advisable for beginners.
  • Tweezers style nipple clamps are very adjustable and easy to use. Closer you pull the handles together, bigger the pressure.
  • Magnets – Not adjustable and provide strong pinching sensation. Only for experienced users.
  • Vibrators – Yes, there is such a thing as vibrating nipple clamps, and they provide a whole new sensation.

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How to choose the best nipple clamps?

Nipple clamps are one of the cheapest sex toys on the market, so there is no reason to consider your budget here too much. The average set will cost you about $20, but some can cost as low as 10 bucks. Go for brands such as Lovehoney, BASICS, Doc Johnson, Dominix, Bondage Boutique, etc. These are reputable manufacturers, and they know how to make the best nipple clamps. Since most of the nipple clamp sets are made of steel, they are pretty durable, and you won’t have to worry about breaking them. If you are a beginner, you should better search for adjustable clamps before looking into anything else.

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Choosing the right size for your needs

There aren’t too many sizes when it comes to nipple clamps as most of them are universal. Some provide the user with stronger pain while others can be mild. If you are a beginner, then it is best for you to start with adjustable nipple clamps first. This way you can start with only light pinches and then move to stronger levels if you feel comfortable with it. One thing you can measure in size though is the length of a chain that’s attached to your clams if there is one. Longer chains will pull more weight on your nipples, and they are easier to control since they have more leeway. Shorter chains are lighter, but they don’t have too much length to play within the first place. Some chains are there purely for aesthetic purposes but if you really want to use them for pulling, make sure to buy longer ones. Be careful as you pull on them though, as to not hurt yourself too much in the process. Magnetic clamps or orbs as some call them can be very strong and are usually just for advanced users, but if you really wish to start with them, go with the smaller ones.

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Choosing the right material, shape and texture

The most common material in the making of nipple clamps is definitely metal. Metal nipple clamps cannot shape or bend, and it provides the strongest sensation by far. This is where some people should be careful, as metal can cause certain allergies to the skin and the nipple itself. Other than that, the material is pretty safe to use, but if you are worried, you can go for clamps which have rubber tips instead. There are also some chains that are made from rubber, although most of them you will find to be metal as well. When it comes to shapes, things can get pretty interesting when you search to buy these toys. Nipple to clit tweezers set is pretty popular these days, and some nipple clamps can also be connected to mouth gags. As we already mentioned, some clamps don’t have chains attached to them but they can heave beaded structures that hang, and that can be pulled. There are also some double bar pinchers, rack compactors…but these are a whole other story really. As far as the color goes, since metal is the dominant material, almost all of these toys are shiny and grey. The rubber parts are usually black, but some other colors can be found as well.

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How to use nipple clamps?

Many people wonder whether nipple clamps hurt. Well, yes they can hurt, but that’s the whole point to them. If you are not comfortable with experiencing pain around your nipples, maybe this is not a toy for you. However, if you like just a little pinching sensation that can provide arousal, you can easily find it with clamps. The closer you put them to the nipples the bigger the pain you will feel. If you put them on the base or areola, you will have more tolerance and also a pleasure. It is advisable to “warm up” first before applying the clamps. You can do this by pinching your nipples with fingertips, rubbing, licking, orbiting them. Grab the nipple with your thumb and pointer finger and slowly put it between the clamps until you or your partner feel pleasure and little pleasurable pain. Be careful about the color changes on your nipples and don’t leave them on for too long. You can play with the chain as well and apply more pressure. Taking them off could temporarily be the most painful, but this is normal.

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