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Genital Clamp

Updated: MAY 18, 2021
Reviewed by Dr. Sunny Rodgers
on May 18, 2021

A genital clamp is a type of wearable sex aid worn on the genitals either before or during sex. People of any gender can wear genital clamps. They can be used as a form of sexual pain/pleasure during a BDSM scene or just to increase sensitivity.

How Do Genital Clamps Work?

Genital clamps work by applying pressure to the genitals and restricting blood flow in this area. The wearer feels pleasure when the pressure is applied and again when the genital clamp is removed and pressure is released. Genital clamps can also make parts of the genitals more accessible for stimulation. Genital clamps can be applied to the base of the clitoris, labia, or the skin of the scrotum.

People may apply genital clamps to themselves or to their intimate partners who want to wear them during foreplay. They may apply them in the privacy of their home or wear them out, underneath their clothes, to add a sexy twist to date night.


Which Genital Clamps Should I Buy?

There are a number of different styles of genital clamps. Many of them are spring-loaded metal clips with rubber tips to prevent serious injury. Genital clamps with tension adjusters let you customize the sensations you or a partner feel. Some genital clamps have weighted beads attached which swing to enhance pleasurable sensations.

Battery-powered genital clamps add vibrating sensations to the genitals. Some genital clamps can also be attached to nipple clamps with chains. However, people who are looking to try genital clamps for the first time need not spend a fortune at first. Simple clothes pins can serve the same purpose as commercial genital clamps. Nipple clamps that apply gentle pressure can also double as genital clamps.

If you’re ready to try commercial genital clamps, do your research carefully. Think about the material, weight, and size of the clamp. Smaller, lighter clamps are recommended for newbies, while people more familiar with genital clamps may appreciate the extra stimulation of larger, heavier clamps. Also consider whether you want any extra features, like nipple clamp attachments or batteries for vibration.

Specific genital clamps have different names and nicknames. For example, a clitoris clamp (clit clamp) or labia clamp is a type of genital clamp. They are similar to nipple clamps.


More About Genital Clamp

Genital clamps can add another dimension of intensity to your sex play, alone or with a partner. Some clamps are simple, resembling clothes pins or alligator clips, while others can be more intricate, with straps that wrap around the thighs or integrate into a harness system.

How to Use Genital Clamps

Wearing genital clamps should not be painful, although they may be uncomfortable at first. You can get used to the sensations by trying the clamps on less vulnerable parts of the body, such as a fingertip or an earlobe. Once you feel comfortable with these sensations, try stimulating your genitals, either through masturbation with fingers or a sex toy or oral sex, to stimulate blood flow. After you feel aroused, you can move the clamp to your genitals. Adding some lube to the clamp can make it feel more comfortable.

Once the genital clamp is in place, you can enjoy whatever sexual activities feel comfortable for you. Many people have penetrative vaginal sex, anal sex, and oral sex while wearing genital clamps. It’s a good idea to remove the genital clamp just before orgasm. Try timing your orgasm with removing the genital clamp to intensify the sensations of your climax. Remove the clamp by opening it, not by pulling it off.

To spice up your play with genital clamps, consider heating or cooling them. Putting your genital clamp in the fridge or freezer or warming it by pouring warm liquid over it is a great way to further enhance the sensations of using genital clamps. Make sure the genital clamp feels warm, rather than hot, to prevent burns. Note that some materials, like stainless steel, hold heat and cold better than others (like silicone), so experiment with different genital clamps to find the ones that work best for your preferred temperature play.


You can also add weights to some genital clamps. Adding weights pulls at the genitals, creating a kind of pleasure-pain response. Take care when adding weights though, as too much extra weight can tear the skin.

Genital Clamp Safety

Applying genital clamps to parts of the genitals other than the labia, base of the clitoris, or skin of the scrotum may cause nerve damage. Also, genital clamps should not be worn tight for too long. If you’re planning on wearing a genital clamp underneath your clothes for an extended period, loosen the clamp so it doesn’t overly restrict the blood flow. Otherwise, you may cause some nerve and tissue damage. Monitor the skin and remove the clamp if it becomes dark in appearance. Also make sure you only choose genital clamps made out of safe materials, such as aluminum, steel, and gold. Other materials can react with your skin and possibly cause infections and irritation. Genital clamps also should not have sharp edges which could hurt the wearer or their partner.


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