Nipple Clamps: Your Step-by-Step Guide

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For many women and men, the nipples are an erogenous zone that are full of pleasure and waiting to be stimulated. Stimulating the nipples can be done in different ways. You can do it yourself, your partner can play with your nipples or you can try using a toy made for nipple play, such as nipple clamps.

Although nipple clamps seem quite simple, learning how to use them properly will make the difference between fumbling around with them awkwardly or having some stimulating nipple play. Keep on reading to learn more about nipple clamps, different types of clamps and how to use them.

What Are Nipple Clamps?

As the name suggests, nipple clamps are a toy that are attached to your nipples tightly. This can create sensations like varying degrees of pain or pleasure, making them a popular choice in BDSM play. By pinching the tips of your nipples, blood flow to them will be restricted causing them to swell up and become more sensitive.

Nipple clamps usually come in pairs, if you’re new to nipple play you can try using one at a time to get used to the sensations without becoming overwhelmed. Once you’re ready, you can use both at the same time.

Do Nipple Clamps Hurt?

Nipple clamps can cause more pain than pleasure when used, if they are too tight or if your partner is rough with them. Most nipple clamps can be adjusted though, so you can choose how tight you want them to be. Starting slowly is highly advised for newbies, as it is a lot easier to slowly tighten the clamps than it is to recover from ruining the moment.

The pain caused by using nipple clamps is like being pinched, and can be seen as similar to pain caused by spanking or your hair being pulled. Just remember that if the nipple clamps slightly hurt before you orgasm, they may become extremely painful afterwards. As long as you are aware of this, you can keep it in mind and be ready to swiftly remove the clamps before they become too painful.

How to Use Nipple Clamps Properly

Nipple clamps could possibly become your new favourite sex toy once you know how to use them properly. Here are some tips for how to successfully stimulate yourself using nipple clamps.

Adjust Your Nipple Clamps

Nipple clamps come in many different shapes and sizes, with some being tighter than others. If you are new, make sure you start with the nipple clamps as loose as possible and slowly tighten them so you don’t hurt yourself.

Testing the nipple clamps using your fingers can give you an idea of how tight they will be, and what it will feel like. It won’t feel exactly the same, but it may save you from a world of pain if you’ve accidentally made them too tight.

Preparing Your Nipples

Playing with your nipples before you use clamps can encourage blood flow and make them bigger and more sensitive, enhancing the effects of using nipple clamps. If you have a partner, this is great to do for foreplay as they can massage, flick, suck and lightly bite your nipples until they’re ready to be clamped.

Putting Them On

Once you are ready for it, gently attach the clamps one at a time. If you find that you are sensitive, take your time getting used to the feeling of wearing them before you start playing with them.

Move and stimulate the clamps

Once you are feeling comfortable wearing your nipple clamps, it’s time to have some fun with them. There are many different things you can do, here are a few examples:

  • Rubbing their nipples
  • Flicking their nipples
  • Licking their nipples
  • Putting pressure on the nipple clamp
  • Pulling on the nipple clamp

If the nipple clamps have a chain attached to it, you can even multitask and tease your partner somewhere else at the same time as playing with their nipples.

Know When to Take Them Off

Your partner may be open to trying nipple play with you, but that may not necessarily mean that they want to wear them for the whole session. You should know when your partner wants to take them off beforehand, and it doesn’t hurt to ask them how they’re feeling during the session too.

Aim to take them off when they are close to their orgasm, or even during it. This can send an additional rush of pleasure through their body and give your partner an experience to remember.

Make sure you have a clear understanding of how your nipple clamps work and how to take them off. If you are nervous about taking the clamps off smoothly, you should practice it before or during your session so you can take them off immediately without having to worry about hurting your partner.

What types of nipple clamps are there?

There are a variety of nipple clamp styles out there for you to try. Here are some that we suggest you have a look at.

Tweezer Clamps

Tweezer clamps resemble tweezers, which is why they are named as such. They usually have rubber tips and are adjustable, perfect for beginners as they have a smooth pinch that can be customised to your partner’s needs.

Alligator Clamps

Alligator clamps have clamps that resemble alligator teeth, which is where they get their name from. You should try them out if you want a nipple clamp that has texture to it and not just a smooth pinch. These types of clamps aren’t normally adjustable however.

Magnetic Clamps

As the name suggests, these clamps use magnets to stay attached to your nipples. Because the magnets will constantly be attracting each other, your nipples will be constantly pinched as they are the only thing in between the two magnets. If you’re looking for some more advanced nipple clamps, keep these in mind.

Vibrating Clamps

Just when you thought nipple clamps couldn’t do anymore to please you, these ones will vibrate for extra pleasure. You can adjust the speed and strength of the vibrator depending on the experience you want, just make sure you can handle it as these clamps are usually pretty tight. Test them out on a less sensitive part of your body before using them on your nipples to see if they’ll be too tight or not.


Using nipple clamps can be an extremely fun time for you and your partner, exposing you both to new sensations of pleasure and slight pain. As Australia's largest BDSM store, we provide a wide range of nipple clamps suitable for beginners right through to experienced enthusiasts so there’s no excuse to not give it a try today.