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Exploring Ball Gags: A Beginner’s Guide to a Popular BDSM Tool

The ball gag, a staple in the world of BDSM, has a rich history that dates back to the Victorian era, where it was used as a tool for both punishment and pleasure. Its design, featuring a ball that is placed in the wearer’s mouth, is intended to restrict speech and create a sense of vulnerability, enhancing the dynamic between the wearer and their partner. Despite its controversial nature, the ball gag remains a popular choice for those exploring the boundaries of consent and control within their intimate relationships.

What exactly is a ball gag?

A ball gag is one of the most well-known forms of gags, typically comprising a rubber ball inserted behind the teeth. It is secured in place with a strap fastened behind the head to prevent it from being spit out or pushed out by the tongue. Like other gags, it allows the gagged individual to produce sounds, but their ability to articulate is severely restricted. The size of the ball determines the degree to which the mouth must be opened, making speech even more challenging.

Compared to ring gags or mouth spreaders, ball gags appear less uncomfortable and brutal, making them suitable for beginners and soft BDSM enthusiasts.

Breathable Ball Gag "Elpis" Red

What is a ball gag used for?

Beyond silencing the wearer, a ball gag intensifies feelings of surrender and humiliation. One of its most recognized effects, desired by many, is the increased salivation and difficulty in swallowing, resulting in drooling. This effect can be heightened by moistening the ball gag with substances like lemon juice or food-grade ginger spray, which also induces a mild burning sensation in the oral mucosa.

To augment the humiliation factor, popular additional tasks include reciting a poem or discreetly wearing the ball gag in public, such as under a thick scarf or mask.

What precautions should be taken when using it?

As with any BDSM activity, safety is paramount when using a ball gag. The gagged individual should never be left unattended and must be able to breathe freely through their nose. Proper airflow is crucial to prevent the risk of choking from saliva buildup. In case of panic or breathing difficulties, the ball gag should be removable without delay. Instead of a safe word, a predetermined signal, such as dropping an object, should be established.

Typically, the strap, often made of rubber or leather, prevents the ball from being expelled by the tongue. However, for beginners, a snug yet stretchy band may be preferable to a tight strap.

Individuals with diabetes, heart or lung conditions, a history of seizures, hyperventilation, or claustrophobia should avoid using ball gags. Gagging under the influence of strong medications, drugs, or alcohol is also discouraged.

Before initial use and after each use, the ball gag should be cleaned with hand soap or dishwashing detergent and water, then dried. Leather straps and connectors should be maintained with a neutral care product like Vaseline.

Pink Silicone Ball Gag "Cythia"

What factors should be considered when purchasing?

Ball gags come in various materials. Plastic ball gags are durable and easy to clean, while natural rubber ones offer a softer, more comfortable feel, especially during extended wear.

Silicone ball gags, tasteless and skin-friendly, resemble rubber balls in texture. They are also hypoallergenic, lacking plasticizers or similar substances that may cause allergies. Wooden or metal ball gags are rare due to their hardness and discomfort, potentially harming teeth.

Some ball gags feature breathing holes to facilitate mouth breathing. Regardless, ensure that straps and connectors are sturdy with no sharp edges. Metallic components should be stainless steel and preferably nickel-free.

Sex toy stores like offer interchangeable gag balls in various sizes:

38 mm: Suitable for novices, individuals with small mouths, or those with limited jaw opening.
40 mm: Standard size, fitting most users.
52 mm: Larger standard size, suitable for many users.
55 mm: Considerably large, more suitable for advanced users.
60 mm: Note the size carefully; preferences may differ between tops and subs.
70 mm: As large as a tennis ball, challenging for some but feasible for others.

size guide of ball gags

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