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It’s fake news that you can only get off via private parts. You can actually orgasm through various erogenous zones, including your nipples.

Stimulating the nips can trigger pleasure throughout your entire body. Here’s everything you need to know about nipple play to get to the big finish.

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The nipples are an erogenous zone, an area of the body that feels extra great when it’s touched. Some examples (other than nipples) are the lips, earlobes, neck, and inner thighs.

Nipples are super sensitive thanks to nerve endings. This is good news for women and men because they both have these nerve endings throughout the breast area.

How it works

When your nips get aroused, they send a message to your genital sensory cortex. That’s the same part of the brain that’s in charge of genital stimulation. That’s why stimulating nips can lead to bangin’ orgasms.

Think of nipple orgasms as a wave of pleasure. The sensation spreads across your erogenous areas, building up and up until it crashes across your body. (Basically, it feels awesome.)

If you have a vagina, nipple orgasms may be more intense when the crimson tide comes rolling in. The hormonal fluctuations that come with your period can increase breast and nipple sensitivity, which can heighten your sensations (or make your nipples too sensitive).

Everyone (usually) has nipples and therefore nipple orgasms are for anyone.

There are no exact stats on who is more likely to orgasm through nipple play. But it’s a normal part of sex to have your nips flicked, pinched, and sucked. When it comes to anything sexual, it’s about what works for you. Maybe nipple play isn’t your thing (but don’t knock it till you try it).

Even if you don’t climax from nipple tuning alone, it may still enhance your orgasms.

  • Happiness and heart health. There are benefits to having sex and orgasms, period. Studies have found orgasms release happiness promoting chemicals in your brain, which can enhance your mood and overall health. They may also reduce your risk of cardiovascular issues later in life.
  • Multiple Os. Nipple play is also a great way to achieve multiple orgasms. You can climax through nipple play and then move on to your other erogenous zones. Or try a combo approach.
  • Spice up your (sex) life. Additionally, nipple play is a great way to spice up your sex life. During a whoopie session, nipples often get 30 seconds of attention, if any at all. Nipples deserve more. Make nips the star of the show.

Not all sex or masturbation has to lead to a climactic conclusion. But if you can get there, that’s even better. Here are some tips to take you to Pleasure Town.

  • Ambiance, baby. Setting the scene can put you in the mood. Dim the lights, put on some sensual music, and get comfy. This can be in the shower, your bed, a couch, or your floor, wherever you prefer.
  • Positions galore. Try switching it up. Get on all fours or lie on your stomach. If you want to be on your back, use some pillows to prop yourself up. Different positions can lead to more intense orgasms.
  • Let your mind wander. Fantasize about whatever gets your sexy engine running. If porn is your thing, give that a go.
  • Take it slow. You don’t have to jump right into nipple play. Take your time and gently caress your entire body. Then move to your breasts. Give those things a nice twist and shout before easing your way over to the nips.
  • Enhance the feelings. Try out different lubes and lotions. If your nipples are wet and you blow on them, they’ll get extra sensitive. Try gently stroking a feather over them too (intense but amazing).
  • Up your toy game. Fingers are great, but have you considered nipple toys? You can run a vibrator over your nips or invest in suction cups or nipple clamps. Clamps leave your hands free to explore other fun zones.

Now that you know how to get started, here’s how to take your nip-gasms to the finish line. Just keep in mind before getting started, your hands aren’t glued to your boobs. You can play with your other areas simultaneously!

Going solo

If you’re in the mood for some party-of-one time, consider your nipples. Here’s how to climax through nipple play during your next self-love sesh.

  1. Get relaxed. Take some deep breaths and get in a calm headspace.
  2. Move your hands up and down your inner thighs and then your stomach. Start teasing other erogenous zones. Let the sensations build up gradually until you’re super turned on.
  3. With your finger tips, start making circles around the outskirts of your nipples. It helps if you get them wet first, either with saliva, lube, oil, or lotion. The slippery effect will really amplify the good feelings.
  4. When your nipples are hard enough to cut ice, start slowly stroking them. Increase the speed gradually.
  5. Start gently pinching them. You will feel a sudden rush every time you give them a squeeze. Depending on what you like, pinch them harder as you go.
  6. Place your nipple between your thumb and index finger. Start rolling the nipples between your fingers while tugging on them.
  7. When you’re on the verge of climaxing, slow it back down. Do this again and again until you can’t take it anymore. Once you give in, you’ll feel that tidal wave of pleasure.

With a partner

The same techniques used during a solo nipple sesh can also be used with a partner. A partner can really add to the fun because let’s be honest, you probably can’t put your own nipples in your mouth.

Here’s how to share nipple orgasms with your partner.

  1. First things first, always ask consent before trying something new with your partner. Let them know you want your nipples played with, or tell them you want to play with theirs.
  2. Start by rubbing and squeezing their chest. Gently make little circles with your tongue around their nipples.
  3. Once their nipples are hard, you can start licking them harder. Then, pull back and start blowing on them. This will be super stimulating.
  4. Once they’re already on edge, you can start sucking. This will increase blood flow to the nip zone, which adds to the sensations.
  5. If they’re down, gently nibble on them. Again, nibble, not chew. Unless that’s what they’re into, then go for it. But you need to ask what they like first.
  6. Use their reactions as a gauge. The more they’re into it, the further you can go.

When it comes to nipple sensitivity, it’s luck of the draw. Some people have more sensitive nipples than others. Certain factors can also come into play. People who’ve had breast augmentation surgery may see a decrease in nip sensitivity.

There are some tools to help you increase your sensations. Try these out for size:

  • Lube and oils. Warming oils can give you a cozy sensation all over your breasts, which can add to arousal. Certain lubes also offer a tingling sensation, which can really take your nipple play to the next level.
  • Ice, ice, baby. You know how your nipples get hard in the cold? If you trace your nips with ice cubes, get ready for the headlights to pop on.
  • Nipple vibrators. These little buddies are a hands-free way to stimulate your nipples. There are nipple vibrators that come with a suction action as well.

Even if you can’t climax through nipple stimulation, it can still feel great and may lead to better genital orgasms.

Rubbing your junk isn’t the only way to achieve a bomb orgasm. Nipple play is a great way to elevate your sex life, whether you’re thriving solo or sharing the ride with a partner.

Now that you know the ins-and-outs of nipple play, try it out. It may take some experimenting, but you’ll have a ton of fun along the way.