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Nipple Clamps

Updated: MARCH 23, 2022
Reviewed by Kinkly Staff
on January 5, 2022

Nipple clamps are a sex toy that squeeze erect nipples to restrict the blood flow and increase arousal. They are most often used on women but can be used on men. The nipples are highly sensitive and are considered an erogenous zone. Those who enjoy nipple clamps find that the painful pinch increases sexual stimulation. Nipple stimulation has been found to increase oxytocin levels, which can cause uterine contractions; the uterus also contracts during orgasm.

Nipple clamps are often associated with BDSM because of the pain/pleasure aspect of the toy.

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More About Nipple Clamps

There is a huge variety of nipple clamps available, each of which create different sensations and experiences. Some of the key types of nipple clamps include:

  • Clothes Pin Style: This type works and looks a lot like a household clothespin (and you can try one of those as well!). It often includes a rubberized tip to protect the nipples and may also include a screw in order to adjust the intensity of the clip.
  • Tweezer Clamp Style: This type of clamp resembles a set of tweezers, with two lengths attached at one end. It may also include rubberized tips to improve grip and protect the nipples. The tension of this type of clamp can be adjusted based on how it's applied; the closer the nipple is to where the two ends meet, the more pressure there is on the nipple.
  • Clover Clamp Style: This type of clamp is often a set of two joined by a chain. The clamps tighten when tension is applied. This type of clamp is quite intense and painful, so it may not be the best bet for beginners.

Nipple clamps may also include weights attached to increase sensation.

Because nipple clamps cut off blood flow to the nipples, they should be used with caution. It is recommended that they not be left on for more than five to 10 minutes at a time. For those who are able to tolerate this without issues, that time can be gradually increased.

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