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There’s no more powerful image of bondage play than a red ball gag in the mouth, but there’s so many more options out there. For a complete guide to gags, look no further.

As ever: play safe. Gags will generally muffle your sub’s voice, so the ability to intelligibly pronounce a safeword is drastically reduced, if not downright impossible. The accepted practice is to establish a non-verbal action, like ringing a bell, dropping something, or perhaps tapping your foot three times. Never leave someone unattended while gagged. 

Ball Gag

Beginners should start here. The traditional ball gag is the most recognizable type of gag, but they come in a variety of sizes and materials, and in-fills. A solid rubber ball will muffle your sub, but also prevent drool from escaping.

If you’d like them to suffer the humiliation of drooling, consider a ball gag with holes –this obviously also helps with breathing, if that’s something they’re afraid of. However, when made of rigid plastic, the holes can dig into your lips after a while. Silicone is the ideal material, being both non-porous and easy to clean (you can even boil it). Ball gags start at around 1.5″/38mm in diameter, but can go as high as 2″. You may have trouble inserting the largest, and they will cause jaw ache after a few minutes. Start small!

Pictured: Our beginner ball gag pick, the pink silicone ball gag with breathing holes – $10 on AliExpress, with three sizes to choose from.

Bit Gag

The bit gag is usually a long rubber piece that protrudes out either side of your mouth, such that you can bite down on it. They’re not quite as silencing as other kinds of gags, but may be more comfortable if your sub has issues with a ball. You’ll also find specialist bit gags, such as bone shapes for pet play.

Pictured: basic black silicone bit gag, $6 on AliExpress.

O-Ring Gag

O-rings are tricky to get in, depending on the size chosen, should allow complete access to your sub’s mouth and throat. Not only do you get access to do as you wish, but they’ll be helpless to stop any drooling, yet will still be able to breathe correctly. The best strongest O-ring gags will be made of metal, and rubber or silicone coated so as not to chip your sub’s teeth.

Pictured: Black open mouth gag, $3

A variation on the O-ring gag is the spider gag, which has hooks that extend outwards.

Inflatable Gag

Inflatable gags can be quite intense, since they fill a larger portion of your mouth. Overinflated, the sub could choke; inflated just right, and they’ll teeter on the sensation of complete fullness and utter helplessness, unable to make a sound. Personally, I love inflatable gags because they add another point of interaction for the dom to exert control: slowly inflating it more and more as the session goes on, or inflating too much, leaving you choking for a few seconds, before releasing just enough out. Inflatable gags will almost always be made of latex rubber, so extra care should be taken when washing and storing them (they’ll discolor if touching something plastic, for instance).

Two types of inflatable gags seem to be common: penis shaped, and simple balloon types.

Pictured: inflatable silicone penis gag, $17.

Airway / Tube / Funnel Gags

I’ve grouped these into the same category since they can all essentially be the same thing. The gag includes a hollow center, with a tube coming out. The end of the tube can either be left as is, or attached to a funnel for feeding all manner of juices to your sub. These are different from O-ring gags in that they typically don’t open enough space to fit a penis through.

Jenning’s / Dental Gag

Used in dentisty, Jenning’s gags use a ratcheting metal system to slowly pry open the patient’s mouth, then lock in place. They look quite intimidating, but offer ultimate access levels for sadistic mouth and throat play. As with O-ring gags, you’ll find some bare metal and rubber-coated varieties.

 

Panel Gag

Panel gags don’t require inserting anything into a sub’s mouth, and instead just cover it. They’re effective at silencing a sub, but don’t allow for other interaction with their mouth and don’t give the sub any feeling of fullness.

Urinal Gag

For those into piss play, a urinal gag contains a funnel component to catch all the juices and direct them into the sub’s mouth, where they’re left with no option but to drink it all down.

The Oxballs Urinal gag, available from UberKinky for a somewhat outrageous £160

Harness

Nearly any type of gag can be taken up a level by adding a harness to it. Harnesses will usually add straps under the chin, over and around the head; they may have a collar, too, and may include some kind of blindfold element. Some will even provide a D-connector or ring on the top. Never suspend someone completely using these, but they can be used to restrict movement or attach hands to. The harness allows you to lock the gag in place more tightly, providing a restricting on their whole head rather than just around the mouth.

You’ll find harnesses in leather, imitation leather, and PVC (even clear PVC).

A Word on Material Safety

Most gags will be made of rubber or plasticised PVC (jelly), but rarely silicone. Always buy silicone if the option is there – it’s easy to clean and sanitize – but in many cases that just won’t be possible. You may need to experiment a bit, unfortunately. I’ve found some PVC gags that leak nasty chemicals and leave a burning sensation in my mouth; others have been completely fine. Like most sex toys, this is an unregulated industry. Generally though, you’re less likely to harbor harmful bacteria on a gag, than you are on say, dildo inserted anally, so the material safety isn’t as much of a worry.

 

 

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TigerLily is a sex-positive sissy kinkster into all kinds of nasty stuff, who especially loves combining her love of hardware, programming, and sex.

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