November 30, 2022

How To Use Nipple Clamps

Learning how to wear nipple clamps can take things to the next level.
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Ella Dorval Hall
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The nipples are an erogenous zone that can feel highly pleasurable when flicked, sucked, squeezed, teased, bit, or kissed. Nipple pleasure can be enhanced even more if you use nipple toys, such as nipple clamps. Here’s how to use nipple clamps to intensify pleasure. \Editor’s pick: Nipple clamps for beginners

Editor’s pick: Nipple clamps for beginners

Sportsheets Chained Nipple Clamps
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Designed with nickel-free metal, Sportsheets’ Chained Nipple Clamps are an excellent introductory accessory for those curious about BDSM, and for anyone who wants to explore nipple play. The thumb screws allow for easy adjustment, and the connector chain serves as something to grip onto and a stylish add-on. Plus, you can use these clamps on other sensitive erogenous zones.

Very lightweight (1 oz)
Hands-free use
Does not offer added vibration
Chain can feel distracting to some
Some may prefer a more weighted toy
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  • Body-safe nickel-free metal and phthalate-free PVC
  • 1.1 ounces
  • 13 in chain

What are nipple clamps?

Nipple clamps increase the sensitivity of the nipples by restricting blood flow. While the name often conjures up an image of something painful, the intensity can range from a light squeeze to a painful pinch, depending on your preferences. For some, the fun of nipple clamps is enjoying the pinch, while most people enjoy nipple clamps in the moments after the clamps are removed, as the nipples are in a heightened state of sensitivity. People of all genders use nipple clamps and this toy works especially well for solo or partnered play because it’s hands-free. 

How to use nipple clamps

Learning how to put on nipple clamps can help you make the most of this kind of nipple toy. Here’s what you need to know about wearing nipple clamps to get started. 

1. Choose the right nipple clamps for you

Consider the level of intensity that you enjoy nipple stimulation. If you know you like a squeeze, start with standard nipple clamps. If you’re interested in an added feature, try nipple clamps with a chain, or bedazzled nipple clamps for kink or BDSM play. If you’re new to nipple play, consider first trying nipple sucking and other gentler forms of stimulation, and then move up to nipple clamps. 

2. Clean before use

Clean your nipple clamps with warm water and mild soap before and in between use. 

3. Learn to tighten and loosen clamps before wearing

If your nipple clamps are adjustable, set them to the lowest tension to start. Usually, there is a screw on each clamp to tighten and loosen it. Rotate the screw so that the tension is at the lowest point. 

4. Test the clamps on a less sensitive place

Before you place the camps on your nipples, test the clamps on another part of your body that is less sensitive to gauge the intensity. You can do this on your earlobes or the web between your pointer finger and thumb. If it feels intense on your earlobes, for example, it’s going to feel even more intense on your nipples because they are far more sensitive. 

5. Get your nipples hard

Don’t dive right into putting clamps on your nipples. Gradually warm up your nipples to get blood flowing. Use lube to glide your finger around your areola or nipple, or have your partner lick, kiss, or suck on your nipples. At the bare minimum, your nipples should be hard before you apply the clamps. If your nipples are erect and you’re turned on, this will help ensure the tension felt from the clamp feels pleasurable, not painful. (Unless you are seeking pain.) 

6. Apply the clamp at the base of the nipple

When you’re adequately aroused, open the clamp and gently place it on the nipple. Be sure to place it at the base of the nipple, against the areola. 

7. Adjust tension as needed

The first time you apply the clamps, remove them after 15-30 seconds to test how the clamps feel on your nipples. If the sensation was too intense, reduce the tension on the clamps further. 

8. Re-apply the clamps, and play for longer

If you enjoyed the stimulation of the clamps, place the clamps on your nipples again. This time, consider stimulating the tip of the nipples while the lamps are on. Or, enjoy the nipple clamps while you or a partner simultaneously stimulates your genitals. 

9. Remove within 10 minutes

Do not leave nipple clamps on for more than 10 minutes. Numbness or discoloration is a sign you should remove the nipple clamps and allow blood to recirculate. Once blood flow and coloration has been restored, you can apply the nipple camps again. 

10. Play immediately after removal

A lot of the enjoyment of using nipple clamps comes from actually removing the nipple clamps. When removed, blood flow restores in the area, making the nipple hyper sensitive to other kinds of touch. This can even create a throbbing sensation. Use lube to gently touch your nipples or have your partner kiss, lick, suck, or stroke them. 

11. Experiment tightening the clamps

As you get more comfortable with the nipple clamps, play with the tension of the clamps if it's adjustable. See if you like more tension, or enjoy a little less. You may find that you like more tension as you become more turned on. You may find pain to feel pleasurable, or you might find that you can only handle the intensity for a few seconds before needing to remove the clamps. 

What are nipple suckers?

Similar to nipple clamps, nipple suckers are designed to increase the sensitivity of the nipples. While nipple clamps do this by restricting blood flow to the nipples, nipple suckers heighten the sensitivity of the nipples by increasing blood flow. Nipple suckers are a great place to start if you’re new to nipple play, or if you want to try a new kind of stimulation. 

How to use nipple suckers

To use nipple suckers, take the small, silicone nipple suckers, and pinch the bulb, removing the air from the sucker. While pinched, place the opening on the nipple, and release the sucker. Leave the suckers on for 10 minutes max, and enjoy stimulating the nipples after they’re removed. Consider testing the suckers on your forearm before applying them to your nipples.

→ We recommend: Nipple Play Silicone Suckers.

7 techniques to intensify pleasure using nipple clamps 

Now that you know the basics of how to use nipple clamps, you can try some techniques to make your nipple pleasure even more intense. Applying these tips help some people achieve more intense nipple pleasure, climax, or even a nipple orgasm. 

1. Make use of the chain

If your nipple clamps come with a chain, incorporate the chain into play. You might fasten the clamps around your hard nipples and then gently pull on the chain for added stimulation. You might shake the chain, moving your nipples with it, If you are with a partner, you might let the cold chain drag over their body with the clamps fastened around your nipples. 

→ We recommend: Fetish Fantasy Alligator Nipple Clamps

2. Stimulate the nipples after removing clamps

Nipples are most sensitive immediately after the clamps are removed. Remove the clamps and try flicking your nipples or gently rubbing the tips with a finger, or tracing the outline of your nipple and areola. If you’re with a partner, try having them lick, suck, tease, gently bite, or kiss your nipples. Try using a feather tickler by lightly grazing it over the chest and nipples. Some nipple clamps even come with feather ticklers on them. 

→ We recommend: Sportsheets Feathered Nipple Clamps 

3. Add vibration

Vibrating nipple clamps not only stimulate the nipple, but the vibration also permeates into the chest or breast. The vibrating sensation combined with the heightened sensitivity from the nipple clamps can be so intense it even makes some people climax or have a nipple orgasm. If you enjoy using a bullet vibe on your nipples, for example, vibrating nipple clamps can give you hands-free nipple vibration. 

→ We recommend: Cordless Vibrating Nipple Clamps 

4. Try weighted nipple clamps

Weighted nipple clamps can recreate the feeling of someone tugging on the nipples, which can be a very pleasurable sensation to some or be used during kink or power play. If you’re using weighted nipple clamps during partnered sex, it frees up your partner’s hands to stimulate other areas of your body while you’re experiencing the feeling of your nipples being tugged or pulled. 

→ We recommend: Fetish Fantasy Butterfly Nipple Clamps 

5. Explore other parts of the body for dual stimulation

One of the best features of nipple clamps is that they are hands free. You can leave them on while pleasuring other areas of your body. Try playing with your clit or penis while the clamps are latched on your nipples. Some people feel tingling or pleasurable sensations in their genitals when their nipples are being touched. Adding to that stimulation can make it even more intense. You might even add another toy, like a small vibrator. 

→ We recommend: Le Wand Bullet 

6. Incorporate nipple clamps into kink or BDSM play

Nipple clamps not only can feel great, but they can be decorative and a good way to intensify a BDSM or kink scene. There are bedazzled nipple clamps, and nipple clamps attached to a collar, meant to enhance power play. If you enjoy impact play, you might wear the nipple clamps and collar, plus a blindfold, and let your partner use a flogger or whip on your butt.

→ We recommend: Sportsheets Collar With Nipple Clamps 

7. Experiment with temperature play

Nipples are one of the best places to explore temperature play, and doing this when your nipples are highly sensitive from clamps can bring intense pleasure. Apply the nipple clamps for up to ten minutes, then, while removing the clamps, have your partner put ice chips in their mouth and kiss and suck your nipples. Alternatively, your partner can sip warm or hot tea before using their mouth on your nipples. 

How to use nipple clamps with a partner 

The options are nearly endless when it comes to how you can incorporate nipple clamps into partnered play. To start, you can let your partner warm up your nipples, apply the clamps, and play with other parts of your body. Your partner might go down on you, eat your ass, use their hands, fingers, or another toy to stimulate your genitals — all while you’re still wearing the clamps. Let your partner then remove the clamps and immediately apply stimulation to your nipples, like licking, kissing, or sucking. You can use your hands at the same time to stimulate your genitals. 

If you enjoy penetrative sex, allow the clamps to squeeze your nipples while you receive (or give) penetration to your partner. If you’re enjoying penetration from the top, you may find that bouncing around while wearing nipple clamps can add extra stimulation— especially with weighted nipple clamps or if you have breasts. 

The bottom line 

Nipple clamps are used to heighten the sensitivity of nipples, leading to more intense nipple pleasure. Now that you know how to use nipple clamps, you might want to try some of your own. Browse our selection of nipple clamps to find a pleasure product that’s right for you.

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Ella Dorval Hall (she/they) is a white, eating disorder recover-er, sex and pleasure educator. She's worked at a national sexual health organization, Healthy Teen Network, training educators how to teach evidence-based sex education curriculums. Ella now hosts workshops, writes, and does 1:1 education that brings people the information and skills they need to actually enjoy sex. You can find more of Ella’s work on Instagram @unlearnings3x.

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