Beginner’s Guide to Ball Gags

Enjoy a world of dominance and submission with a ball gag. These simple, yet wildly effective, bondage accessories are a BDSM must-have.

What is a ball gag? A gag is a type of bondage equipment designed to muffle the submissive partner during BDSM play. Although there are many different types of gags, ball gags are by far the most popular. While many couples are intimidated by gags at first, after trying one out they often find it adds an exciting edge to dominance and submission play.

Ball gags come in several different styles and offer varying levels of restraint. It's important you choose the right gag for you as some are great for beginners, while others are best suited to advanced S&M explorers.

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Why do people use Ball Gags?

Ball gags are an increasingly popular way to experiment with submission and dominance. Not only are they small enough to pop into your pocket, but they’re great for all types of fantasy play. Other benefits include:

  1. For the wearer, a ball gag increases mental and physical arousal by enhancing their role as a sub or slave.
  2. Large ball gags act as silencers, allowing the wearer to really let loose as far as moans and groans are concerned.
  3. Large, non-breathable gags force the sub to breath through their nose which, during heavy panting, limits oxygen for a more intense orgasm.
  4. Ball gags are a visual treat for the Dom.
  5. Gags are a perfect addition to specific role play scenarios, such as pony play.

Types of Ball Gag

While there are a range of shapes and materials to choose from, when buying a ball gag what you want to consider is your level of experience.

Sizing is important. Don’t go too big too soon and overwhelm yourself or your sub. Safety is key too. Certain materials and fastenings should only be introduced to your play when you’ve been around the ball gag block a few times.

To help you make the best choice, we’ve included a few different types to suit each level of experience.

Beginner Ball Gags

Beginners ball gags usually feature a small ball. They are made from non-intimidating materials and are easily adjusted.

First-time gags are designed for maximum comfort during wear, and provide the visual stimulation of gagging, without opening the mouth or jaw too much.

Your sub should still find it easy to breath and make some sound when wearing a beginner gag.

Gags with a flexible mouthpiece, breathable balls or flexible O-ring gags are great for beginner's play.

Try: Bondage Boutique Beginners Small Ball Gag

Intermediate Ball Gags

Intermediate gags tend to have a slightly larger ball, are usually made from more durable materials and often feature a buckle fastening.

An intermediate gag opens the mouth a little wider to heighten the wearer's experience, while durable materials, such as faux leather, ensure reliability during prolonged play.

Subs wearing an intermediate gag feel more restricted, but are still not 100% muffled.

Other popular intermediate gags are ones with larger, breathable balls and straight bit gags.

Try: Bondage Boutique Faux Leather Ball Gag

Advanced Ball Gags

The point of an advanced ball gag is to provide maximum restraint, usually by opening the mouth as wide as possible.

Most advanced ball gags feature a large mouthpiece, are made from hard-wearing materials like leather and metal, and some have a lockable buckle fastening for added reliability.

An advanced gag will leave your sub completely restrained and (most likely) muffled.

Try: Bondage Boutique Black Rose Pleasure Ball Gag

Dildo Gags

Dildo gags are also perfect for advanced bondage play. While some are fitted with a backward-facing dildo, designed to sit in the sub’s mouth, others feature a forward-facing dildo, allowing the sub to essentially ride their playmate’s face.

These gags require both users to have plenty of BDSM experience. It’s also essential you agree upon a hand signal rather than a safe word, as speaking will be out of the question.

Try: Bondage Boutique Large Silicone Ball Gag with Dildo

Open Mouth Gags

An open mouth option is a great choice for those just getting started with gag-play. Because they feature a ring rather than a ball, the wearer can breath easily while still being restrained.

Open mouth gags are also perfect for oral play. The rings are wide enough for cheeky blow jobs or a spot of face sitting. Just remember to organise your safety gesture BEFORE you jump on in.

Try: DOMINIX Deluxe Silicone Open Mouth Lip Gag

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