Once you’ve got a pair of nipple clamps, you’ll probably be eager to start using them right away!
While putting on and using your nipple clamps might seem like something quite simple, it’s worth taking a little extra time to go over it and make sure your experience will be as good as you’re expecting.
Testing Nipple Clamps Before Use
The very first thing you’re going to want to do with your clamps is test them.
Even though you’ve already bought them, it’s important to make sure that you’re going to enjoy the clamps. Even if you’ve used some before, each set is different and some might be a little more painful than you expect.
It’s always a good idea to do a “patch test” just like you would with hair dye. The best way to do this is to place the clamps on your earlobes for a few minutes.
This is a great way for you to experience the feelings the clamps will provide, without placing them on your nipples which are much more sensitive. If you enjoy the sensation on your ears, you’ll probably enjoy it on your nipples, so you can proceed!
Should Your Nipples Be Erect?
One common question we hear all the time when people are using nipple clamps is whether or not they should have erect nipples when they put them on. This is a reasonable question. After all, as you become aroused your nipples will grow, which can change the feeling the clamp has on them.
The answer then, is that you should try to get your nipples as erect as possible before putting the clamps on.
Not only will this make it easier to actually clamp them on, but if your nipples begin to swell after you’ve put them on then the pressure will be much greater. This makes what was a comfortable squeeze something much more intense and possibly even painful.
Putting on a Nipple Clamp
Actually putting a nipple clamp on is actually quite simple.
All you really need to do is slide them into place, and then adjust the pressure until you’re happy with them!
Most of the time, it’s recommended that you start with the clamps on the base of your nipple, or the areola. Not only is there more skin for the clamps to hold onto, but the tips of your nipples are much more sensitive than the surrounding skin.
If you were to put the clamps straight on to the very end of the nipple, it’s likely that the sensation would be too much and quickly become uncomfortable. It’s much better to start further out, then gradually work your way up to the tips if you’re in the mood for it.
Another useful tip is to keep some lube handy. While covering yourself in the stuff will make it much more difficult to keep the clamps on, wearing them for longer than a few minutes may begin to irritate and chafe your nipples. Adding just a slight bit of lubrication can allow the clamps to move around slightly without rubbing too hard on your skin, making the experience that much more enjoyable.
This might not work for everyone, but half the fun of sex is experimentation!
Nipple Clamps and Masturbation
Thanks to the link between your nipples and many other sexual areas of the body, nipple clamps are a great accompaniment to almost any kind of sexual stimulation. This is also true for masturbation.
You can combine your nipple clamps with nearly any kind of maturbation you would normally enjoy, but the heightened sensitivity they provide can make them feel amazing when you use softer, more teasing touches. It’s very easy to bring yourself to the brink of orgasm while barely touching your own skin.
Another interesting part of nipple play is the possibility of having a “nipplegasm”. These are orgasms generated entirely through touch and stimulation of your nipples, rather than the usual sexual organs.
When exploring new kinds of orgasms, it can take a lot of experimentation to reach your goal, so it’s often a lot easier to explore these things on your own. That way you can experiment and find exactly the right way to stimulate your body before another person starts to get involved.
Nipple Clamps and Sex
Of course, the primary goal for a lot of people when they explore different kinds of sex toys is simply improving sex. So you might be wondering if clamps are something you can use in the throes of passion.
There are very few toys that you can’t use during sex, and nipple clamps aren’t one of them. However, there are a few things you should bear in mind.
Firstly, you’re going to need to be comfortable wearing them. While having sex there is a lot of movement, and it could be quite easy to catch the clamps on your partner, bedsheets, or anything else nearby. Get used to moving around while wearing them to get a better idea of when they might get caught, and you’ll be able to move much more confidently.
It’s also important to have strong and open communication with your partner. It doesn’t take much for the clamping pressure to move from pleasure to pain, and being able to make it clear that you need to stop and remove the clamps is paramount!
You should also carefully consider exactly which kind of nipple clamp you want to wear while having sex, as well as which position you’re going to use. Thanks to the massive variety of clamps available, there are many different shapes and sizes to choose from. Some of these will be more suited to different positions than others.
For example, tweezer clamps aren’t going to be great during sex. They are quite long and it will be very easy to get them caught on something or even pull them off!
On the other hand, a smaller set of alligator clamps will be much easier to keep out of the way.
Clamps with chains between them will get in the way quite a lot if you’re having sex in the missionary position, but they’ll be free to dangle and pull on your nipples if you go for doggy style.
While it might not be a huge turn on to plan your sexual encounters, taking the time to think about exactly how your nipple clamps will fit in can save you some painful mistakes later in the night!
BDSM Nipple Clamps
We can’t possible talk about using nipple clamps without discussing BDSM.
BDSM stands for bondage, dominance and submission, and, sadism and masochism. Most people consider BDSM quite a fringe or strange thing, but elements of it are fairly common in nearly all relationships.
When using nipple clamps, you can very easily bring in almost all aspects of BDSM.
Bondage can incorporate nipple clamps, using ropework which surround the entire body. When the tied up partner moves in certain ways, the ropes can tug on the clamps, sending waves of pleasure or pain through their body.
Dominance and submission come hand in hand, and involve the transfer of power from one person to another. The submissive partner will usually be at the mercy of their dominant, and may be made to wear nipple clamps even if they don’t particularly enjoy it.
Sadism and masochism are also closely related, as one involves enjoying pain and the other enjoys inflicting or watching it. Some people who don’t enjoy the pleasurable uses of nipple clamps might still choose to use them, as they enjoy feeling pain during their sexual encounters.
When couples who enjoy BDSM use nipple clamps, things tend to be a little more hardcore than normal. They often use much more elaborate clamps, which grip tighter, have longer chains, and can inflict a lot more pain.
Before starting any sexual play of this kind, you should always make sure that a safe word is in place. This should be a word which you aren’t likely to say during the encounter, and as soon as the person wearing the clamps says it, the other is expected to stop and bring things back to normal as soon as possible.
You might enjoy pain, but it’s easy for someone to get a bit too into the moment and for things to go a little too far. The safe word gives everyone a clear signal that something is wrong, and allows you to take a break before continuing.
Another incredibly important aspect of these kinds of relationships is trust. Whenever someone submits to another, and allows them control over the pleasure, and pain, that they get to feel, it’s important that you trust them completely.
Not only does this knowledge help you relax and enjoy everything more, but in the unlikely event that something does go wrong, you need to be sure that they will stop immediately.
BDSM play should never be taken lightly, and each part should be carefully discussed and planned out before you start!
The final element of BDSM nipple play (or any other BDSM play) is aftercare. As things tend to be rougher, and may go on longer than normal, it’s very likely that the receiver will be quite sore by the time you finish.
You should always give yourself a thorough checking over afterwards. Applying some moisturiser to your nipples can help with any stinging leftover from wearing the clamps. If you notice anything unusual about your nipples, you should have it checked out by a doctor.
Cleaning Nipple Clamps
Although nipple clamps aren’t used inside your body, it’s still important to keep them clean and hygienic.
Most stainless steel or silicone nipple clamps can be cleaned very simply with warm soapy water. Be sure to get into all the cracks and crevasses as these are bacteria hotspots.
Some clamps can even be boiled to completely kill any bacteria that may be present. You should check with either the instructions that came with your clamps, or the manufacturer if you plan on doing this. Boiling clamps that weren’t designed to withstand the heat can quickly warp and damage them.
String nipple clamps are a little more difficult to clean with soapy water, as it’s very easy for dirt and bacteria to get inside the fabric. Luckily though, these are usually fine to just be put in the washing machine with your other clothes. Just make sure any metal parts have been removed first!
Once you’ve cleaned your clamps, it’s important to make sure they are completely dry before you put them away. The best way to do this is to simply leave them out to air dry.
If your clamps are damp and you put them into a bag or box until you next use them, mould can build up on the surface which you definitely want to avoid!
Storing Nipple Clamps
It’s also important to store your nipple clamps properly, and no, we don’t just mean throwing them in a drawer until you next use them!
Ideally, each set should be stored in their own container. Be it a plastic bag, tupperware pot, or even a cardboard box. Sometimes different materials can react with each other if left touching for a long time, which is why it’s best to make sure they are all kept separate.
You should also try to store them in a place where they aren’t likely to be squashed, crushed, stepped on, dropped, or swung around by an enthusiastic member of your household. While clamps are much less likely to be damaged than some other sex toy, it is still a possibility.
In particular, if the pads that rest against your nipples become damaged or rough, then the next time you use them you could find it quite painful!
And there you have it! Everything you’ve ever wondered (and a few things you probably didn’t) about wearing nipple clamps!