Nipple Play: The Gateway to Increased Arousal!

Oftentimes we look to a woman’s breasts as a sexual part of the body, forgetting that the nipples are too a source of nourishment for offspring. Big, full breasts and hard nipples have the ability to drive people wild, while some women can even climax from nipple stimulation alone. Basically, a woman’s nipples are wondrous and beautiful.

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But what about men? They also have nipples, right? Why? Well, nipples are also considered an erogenous zone for males, but they don’t actually have any purpose… just like the clitoris (hold on, keep reading). 

Then, why do men have nipples? Interestingly, nipples are formed early in gestation, before the genes responsible for the development of reproductive organs get to work, leaving both sexes with nipples.

Either way, it’s a given that nipples, on both men and women, can be a source of pleasure during play time… a somewhat underrated source of pleasure! 

Did you know that nipple tissue itself is actually erectile tissue, just like the clitoris and the penis? That means that, when stimulated, they become filled with blood, erect, and sometimes sensitive. 

Your Go-To Guide on Nipple Play

Long story short, nipple stimulation can be a lot of fun for everyone involved. Which is why we’ve compiled a little guide on nipple play so that you can give some extra love to those tatas during foreplay and beyond.

Get Handsy

Diving right in for the nipples is fine, but it’s probably not the best way to build up sexual tension and enjoy the full benefits of nipple play. Start off slowly by caressing the area/breast before you move onto broader strokes over the nipple. 

Try to avoid pinpointed nipple stimulation at first so that the area can take time to adjust, and remember: it’s a journey, not a race.

Teasing Tongues

After you’ve had your hands full, you can start using your tongue to stimulate the nipples. Try a strong, pointed tongue to flick, a flat tongue to lick, and a floppy tongue to lap. Circling it with your tongue is also a great technique. 

And if you and your partner are into it, you could persist to nibble or bite the nipples for even more stimulation.

Forget Friction

Nipples are great and all, but they too have their flaws… that is, their ability to chafe. When the nipples are stimulated excessively, it causes a lot of friction, which can be extremely uncomfortable. 

To curb this, consider using your favourite lube. Don’t have a favourite? A silicone-based lube that contains vitamin E will not only reduce or remove the effects of friction, but also leave the nipples well-moisturized. Or, you could try a flavoured lube, which is a treat for everyone.

Clamps!

Nipple play is not just about getting handsy or using your tongue! You can experiment with different props and toys too that some find incredibly arousing. 

Nipple clamps not only provide stronger stimulation, but they also give you the chance to enjoy nipple play hands-free. There are tons to choose from, all with varying degrees of squeezing and pressure, so finding your muse is all part of the fun too. 

The most important thing to note however is that you should clamp closer to the tip of the nipples as opposed to the base. The latter will trap blood in the nipple, whereas the former will give off a combo of pain versus pleasure.

Pump it Up!

Another great prop to use during nipple play is a nipple pump. These work by latching onto the nipple and sucking in order to get the blood flowing. 

Nipple pumps can be worn for a few minutes to experience the ongoing stimulation, or they can be removed which will bring about a gushing sensation.

Second Wind with Your Sex Toys

Vibrating sex toys aren’t just for below the belt! You can use all kinds of vibrators or sucking sex toys to stimulate the nipples too. 

As mentioned, nipples are made of erectile tissue, just like the areas sex toys usually target, which makes them perfect for the nipples and areola. 

Grab your wand, bullet vibrator, sucking toy, or any other buzzing pleasure product and experience a second wind with your sex toys.

Nipple Play Hot and Cold

Another fun way to stimulate the nipples is with temperature play. Because the nipples are so sensitive, they react to different kinds of heat and stimulation. For example, going out on a cold day and noticing that your nipples are fully erect. And this is what temperature play is all about.

You could experiment with ice cubes or with candle wax, whichever temperatures tickles your fancy. Or you could consider using a warming and cool lubricant, which can give off a feeling of warmth when applied to the nipples and pinched, or a feeling of coolness if applied to the nipples and blown on.

Get Pierced!

This one is a hit-or-a-miss, granted, but some admit that having their nipple pierced actually increases their sensitivity. If you like the look of a nipple piercing, it can’t hurt to give it a try (well, it could hurt a little). 

Just remember to give it time to heal before allowing a partner to lick or play with it.

Cold Hard Facts About Nipples

To conclude, we thought we’d add in a few random nipple facts just for the heck of it. Did you know that…

  • Your nipples can change colour due to different circumstances, such as pregnancy, temperature, and age?
  • Breastfeeding women can start leaking milk if they hear a baby cry?
  • There is a person that holds the Guinness World Record for using their nipples to lift almost 72 pounds?
  • There are four to eight types of nipples, ranging from flat, protruding, inverted, or unclassified, then one nipple being different from the other, creating eight possible nipple types?
  • Both men and women have hair follicles on their nipples, meaning that having nipple hair is possible?
  • 1 in 18 people have multiple nipples (including Mark Wahlberg)?

Evidently, the nipples are a gateway to increased arousal and some seriously sexy play! Which kind of nipple stimulation gets your motor going?

Written by: Helena Lorimer

Helena is a sex-positive freelance copywriter in her early 30’s from Cape Town, South Africa. She’s travelled and lived in various countries in Asia and Europe for almost a decade, and continues to live her dream — traveling the world independently as a copywriter. Having written for various companies and magazines within the industry, she has extensive knowledge in the field of sexual health, the escort industry, and sex toy marketing.

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