5 Steps for Choosing Nipple Clamps

Published: SEPTEMBER 26, 2018 | Updated: JANUARY 9, 2024
Curious about walking the line between pleasure and pain? Consider trying nipple clamps.

Nipple clamps mystify a lot of people. They can be painful and pleasurable. They can also function purely as jewelry for the nipples. Some are designed for intensity while others are beginner-friendly, with precise pressure adjustment. If you are interested in nipple clamps, but aren't sure where to start, here's a short guide to help you start experimenting.


Before using nipple clamps it's important that you understand some basic safety information. Of course, clamps aren't that hard to use (which is part of their appeal!), but they work by reducing blood flow to the nipples, and can be potentially dangerous if left on too long. For this reason, most experts recommend starting slowly; only use the clamps for 10 minutes the first time and gradually increase the time as you figure out what your body can handle. Promptly remove the clamps if the skin is turning purple. It's much better to be safe than sorry when playing with your new toys.

Now that we have that important safety information out of the way, let's get to the fun stuff and look at how to choose nipple clamps that you'll love.

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Consider Adjustability

Every pair of nipple clamps will vary in pressure intensity. Some clamps are adjustable, from gentle to more intense pressure. Other clamps may only provide a single pressure setting. It's important to determine how much intensity you want before selecting a pair of nipple clamps that will work for you. Alligator, tweezer and butterfly-style nipple clamps may be best for beginners as they allow adjustment of the pressure and intensity they provide. Clover, electrified, and clothespin nipple clamps are rarely beginner-friendly because they are intense and do not have much capacity for pressure adjustment. When buying online, make sure to look at product pictures to see whether the nipple clamps are adjustable.


Contemplate a Connecting Chain

Some nipple clamps are pairs of individual clamps that do not attach to one another. Other nipple clamps are attached by a long chain. If you're hoping to use the chain as a sensual "leash" to pull your partner around or you want to see the chain draping over your partner's body, you may wish to purchase a pair of clamps with this feature. A chain can also keep your nipple clamps from getting lost under the bed.

Pick a Design

Many nipple clamps vary in their appearance. Depending on your fantasies and what you find erotic, you may prefer one design over another. Some clamps dangle from the nipples while others look similar to nipple piercings. Clamps are also available in a variety of colors. You may wish to choose a bright and vivid color, or you may love the simple look of chrome. If you have a specific look in mind, it's likely that there are clamps out there to fit your fantasy.

Think About Versatility

After you've picked out your favorite nipple clamps, be aware that many clamps can work on other parts of the body as well. If you've ever wanted to experiment with a clitoral clamp, now is your chance. Just make sure to thoroughly clean your clamp after you're done with it. If you plan on using your nipple clamps on other parts of the body, ensure that the clamps are adjustable. (Check out An Introduction to Genital Clamps for Women to find out more about clamping other parts of the body).


Special Features

While you may not have considered it, some nipple clamps actually come equipped with special attachments such as bells that ring with every step, lights that provide a unique light show, or even small vibrators, embedded in the clamps. If you're looking for something a bit more exotic, consider one of these playful additions.

Now that we've covered some factors to consider when choosing nipple clamps, you can start your quest to find the perfect pair. Lucky for you, nipple clamps are pretty affordable, so you can easily pick up a couple different sets and experiment with various intensities. If the first set doesn't work for you, don't give up! Every set of nipple clamps provides a unique sensation and feel, and it might take a couple tries before you find that magical fit.

Mistress Kay

Mistress Kay has a fondness for all things sexual. With a house that's quickly running out of room for all of her reading and vibrating pleasures, she spends her free time reading, writing, and learning about the sexual universe with her partners. She can be reached at Kinky World.

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