An example of breast bondage
An example of breast bondage

Breast torture (also called breast play, nipple torture or tit torture) is a BDSM activity[1] in which sexual stimulation is provided through the intentional application of physical pain or constriction to the breasts, areolae or nipples of a submissive.[2][3] It is a popular activity among the kink community.[4]


Nipple torture is a popular element of breast torture.[1][5] During the 1970s a study of S&M-themed contact magazines and club members in Germany identified nipple torture as one of the six most popular activities.[6] BDSM literature sometimes shows household items attached to erect nipples to provide a pinching sensation. These include clothespins, mouse traps,[1][3] clothes hangers with integral clips, or pairs of chopsticks with elastic bands wrapped around each end.[7] Alternatively commercially produced nipple clamps (a type of sex toy) can be used, and these may be attached to ropes, chains, or wall fixtures.[5] With many types of nipple clamps the degree of tightness is variable and the amount of pain produced is dependent upon how tightly they are applied.[8] The pinching restricts the blood flow and, when the attachments are removed, further pain may be caused by the return of normal blood flow.[9] Nipple pumps, devices designed to provide an erotic nipple sucking sensation, can be used to sensitise the nipples for subsequent nipple torture. Some models allow the suction level to be increased enough for the pump itself to be used for nipple torture.[10]

Twisting the nipples produces a painful sensation[8] and nipple pain can be intensified by twisting nipple clamps, an action which pushes the nipple into the breast.[11] A titty twister is a BDSM device used to inflict pain on the breasts and especially the nipples in this way. They are made in a variety of styles, but all have nipple clamps that can be made to rotate once in position, twisting the breasts and nipples of the person wearing the device.[12]

Nipple piercing is sometimes used to facilitate breast torture, often accompanied by the insertion of piercing rings which can be attached to heavy chains or to nipple cords (pieces of thin rope or heavy string). The other end of these chains or cords can be attached to screw eyes or pulleys to allow the nipples to be put under great tension. Alternatively unpierced nipples can have nipple rings or nipple cuffs placed around them and tightened to create and sustain nipple erections and also to cause pain.[5]

Erotic electrostimulation of the breasts is considered unsafe due to the risk of electrocution.[13]

Breast bondage is sometimes be used to produce painful sensations in the breasts, both as a show of power on the part of the dominant person and a way to inflict torture and punishment.[14] Breast torture may include binding the breasts with ropes or chains[3] or bondage tape[15] or improvised materials such as elastic bands.[citation needed] Tight breast bondage is often depicted in BDSM imagery, usually using rope bondage techniques[1] which are often derived from Japanese bondage,[7] although breast bondage differs from most bondage techniques in that it is not intended to restrict mobility. A rope is commonly tied around the base of each breast causing them to bulge outwards[16] or rope is used to flatten them against the chest.[17]

Breasts are sometimes compressed using a breast press. This device consists of two parallel bars separated and fastened at either end by steel bolts[3] or adjustable screws. The bars are slightly longer than the body is wide and are typically made of wood. Many of these devices are homemade.[18] The breasts are placed between the bars and the bolts or screws are tightened to painfully compress them.[3] The device is most effective on larger breasts. Sometimes the inside of the bars is lined with sandpaper or other uncomfortable surfaces for additional pain.[18]

Tit whipping is a type of breast torture that involves the flagellation of a submissive's breasts, usually with a small cat o' nine tails.[12] Other types of impact play that are applied to the breasts include slapping, punching, kicking, spanking and caning.[19] Clothespins are sometimes attached to the breasts in large numbers to pinch the skin in multiple places. When they are removed and the blood flows back a sensation of warm pain is experienced. The clothespins can be attached together using a string or wire and pulled off, creating a BDSM device known as a zipper.[7] Alternatively the skin of the breasts can have nipple clamps, a wartenberg wheel or play piercing needles applied to it.[11] Certain types of hot wax can be dripped onto the breasts as part of wax play, in some instances producing a wax mould of the nipple and breast.[20]

The recipient of such activities may wish to receive them as a result of masochism,[21] a desire for erotic humiliation, or the knowledge that the play is pleasing to a sadistic dominant.


Some forms of breast torture, such as the use of clothespins on nipples, light flagellation and simple breast bondage, are considered to be relatively safe and benign.[21]

The most common consequence of breast torture is bruising[22] but aggressive caning can result in welts,[19] and heavy impact play applied to the breasts can rupture the mammary glands and lymph glands and cause breast cysts.[7] Wax play can produce irritation, burning or blistering of the skin.[20]

Using conventional rope for breast bondage can result in rope burns. Ropes designed for BDSM use are typically made from soft cotton that lies flat against the skin to avoid this. Breast bondage also risks cutting off the blood circulation to the breasts.[23] When breasts are tightly bound they can become swollen and darker, which some people like.[14] However, if they turn purple or blue, or if there is a lack of sensation in the breasts, this indicates that blood circulation has been cut off which can be damaging if done for too long. Scissors can be used to remove ropes quickly if needed.[24] It is also possible for breast bondage to restrict the flow of blood to the arms or legs, leading to nerve damage, muscle destruction, and eventually blood clots.[25]

Nipple bondage can result in damage to the nipples[22] and tearing the skin of the nipples can cause scarring.[8] Regular heavy nipple play that produces scabbing and bruising can cause internal scar tissue and de-sensitization, resulting in permanent nerve and tissue damage.[26] During pregnancy the nipples may be too sensitive for nipple clamps, and nipple stimulation can cause the release of the contraction-inducing hormone oxytocin.[27]

Some forms of breast torture, such as severe caning, amateur piercing, or being suspended by the breasts, are considered to be activities that include great risk.[21] Adequate precautions are needed to prevent injury or blood loss, though the activity has fewer health risks than those associated with pussy torture or cock and ball torture.


See also


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  2. ^ Aggrawal, Anil (2008). Forensic and Medico-legal Aspects of Sexual Crimes and Unusual Sexual Practices. CRC Press. p. 149. ISBN 9781420043099.
  3. ^ a b c d e Murray, Thomas; Murrell, Thomas (1989). The Language of Sadomasochism: A Glossary and Linguistic Analysis. ABC-CLIO. p. 44. ISBN 9780313264818.
  4. ^ Brown, Ashley; Barker, Edward D.; Rahman, Qazi (July 2020). "A Systematic Scoping Review of the Prevalence, Etiological, Psychological, and Interpersonal Factors Associated with BDSM". Journal of Sex Research. 57 (6): 781–811. doi:10.1080/00224499.2019.1665619. PMID 31617765. S2CID 204740964. More than 50% reported they had participated in sadomasochistic activities like breast play...
  5. ^ a b c Murray & Murrell 1989, p. 97–98.
  6. ^ Arndt 1991, p. 363.
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  12. ^ a b Murray & Murrell 1989, p. 134.
  13. ^ Williams, D. (1998). "Guide to Erotic Electrostimulation". Zity.
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  16. ^ Aggrawal 2008, p. 147.
  17. ^ "BDSM And Kink Terminology: A To Z". Rekink. Retrieved 21 May 2022.
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  19. ^ a b Kassel, Gabrielle (22 October 2020). "A Beginner's Guide to Impact Play". Healthline.
  20. ^ a b "Wax Play". Sex Talk About. 24 June 2018.
  21. ^ a b c Aggrawal 2008, p. 149.
  22. ^ a b Murray & Murrell 1989, p. 133.
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