Nipple orgasm: how to have an orgasm from nipple play

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Photo credit: Cameron - Getty Images
Photo credit: Cameron - Getty Images

From Netdoctor

Not only is a nipple orgasm entirely possible, it has the potential to be just as intense – if not even more so – than any other climax. While nipple play may be frequently overlooked, nipples are a major erogenous zone and can be extremely pleasurable for anyone who has them.

Here, anonymous sex blogger and expert Girl On The Net delves into the details behind a nipple orgasm, shares tips for getting started with nipple play, and explains how you can take the experience to the next level – with or without a partner:

How does a nipple orgasm work?

Although they don't contain quite as many nerve endings as your average clitoris or penis, your nipples – and the surrounding tissue – are still packed with hundreds of them, and this is what makes them so incredibly sensitive, says GOTN. Like nipples, nipple orgasms are not gender-specific.

‘Whether you’re able to have a nipple orgasm depends less on your gender than it does on your individual sensitivity – and how much you like your nipples being touched,’ says GOTN. ‘Men, whether cis or trans, can potentially achieve a nipple orgasm if their nipples are highly sensitive and they enjoy the stimulation.’

What does a nipple orgasm feel like?

While a nipple orgasm is an entirely personal and individual experience, many people report this kind of climax feeling similar to any other.

When combining nipple play with other forms of stimulation – for example, clitoral or vaginal stimulation – the orgasm ‘feels a lot more full-body, like the waves of orgasm are radiating from everywhere rather than just one place,’ says GOTN.

‘Tongue, fingers, occasionally the addition of a rumbly bullet vibrator; all these things can enhance pleasure during play and mean that the orgasmic waves that usually build from the crotch and hips start to tingle from the chest instead,’ she says.

Nipple play: 6 tips to get started

If you feel like incorporating some nipple play into your self-love sesh but don’t know where to start, try the following tips.

Remember, your other hand is free to explore the surrounding area, or even other erogenous zones, at the same time.

  1. Start by taking long, deep breaths until you feel relaxed and calm.

  2. Tease yourself by teasing other erogenous zones, such as your navel and lower stomach, allowing the sensations to build gradually.

  3. Make light circles around the outside of your nipples, called the areola. It may help if your fingers are wet – with lube, for example.

  4. Start to rub your nipples slowly, gradually increasing the speed and pressure.

  5. Try pinching, pulling, twisting or rolling your nipples to see what gives you the most pleasure.

  6. When you feel as though you’re about to climax, slow it back down, and then repeat until you’re ready to let go.

These techniques can also be used with a partner. If you’re on the giving end, remember that nipples and their sensitivity vary from person to person. When you’re experimenting with different sensations, always listen to your partner. ‘Some people will really enjoy rough stimulation – strong sucks or even biting – while others may want a much more delicate touch; think soft kisses and licks,’ says GOTN.

And remember, not all sex (or masturbation) has to lead to an orgasm. Focus on the pleasure in the moment, GOTN continues. ‘Experiment with different types of touch, and build gradually from gentle pressure to firmer depending on your partner’s direction,’ she says. ‘Give yourself a lot of time and try not to be impatient. If someone is capable of having a nipple orgasm – remember, not everyone is! – they will likely take a bit of time to get there.’

How to take nipple play up a level

There are many different ways you can add to the experience of nipple play – whether the nipples in question happen to be yours or someone else’s – either as part of foreplay, or right before you orgasm during intercourse.

Certain sex positions work especially well for nipple stimulation, says GOTN. For people with vaginas, this might mean ‘going on top on a chair or sofa facing your partner, so they can use their mouth to stimulate your nipples while you ride them, or lying on your back on a raised surface such as a table, so your hands are free to reach each other’s nipples.’

If you and your partner would like to, you could also incorporate sex toys such as nipple clamps and vibrators, and experiment with different warming lubes, oils and lotions. Bondage is also a great addition to this kind of play, suggests GOTN.

‘Tying someone up – if they're up for it! – and teasing their nipples with your mouth, hands, and possibly a vibrator if you have one to hand,’ she says. ‘The fact that they're tied down – and blindfolded too, if that's your kink – will focus them on the physical sensations you're providing and potentially get them incredibly hot and frustrated.’

Another great way to enhance nipple play is with temperature, GOTN continues – ‘holding an ice cube in your mouth, or putting a glass or metal sex toy in ice water then trailing that over their nipples, gives a delightful sensation. You can even alternate warm and cold to keep them guessing, and keep those nipple-based nerve endings thrilling with sensation.’

Last updated: 29-07-2020

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