Ball gag: The most popular way to gag

Author: Ginger San
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What is a ball gag?

A ball gag is the best-known form of gag and usually consists of a rubber ball that is pushed behind the teeth. A strap secures it behind the head so that it cannot be spat out or pushed out with the tongue. As with almost all gags, the gagged person can continue to make sounds, but their articulation is severely restricted. The larger the ball, the wider the mouth has to be opened. This makes speaking all the more difficult.

Compared to ring gags or mouth spreaders, ball gags do not look as uncomfortable and brutal and are therefore also popular with beginners and in soft BDSM.

What is a ball gag used for?

A ball gag not only prevents the passive part from speaking, but also significantly increases the feeling of delivery and humiliation. The most well-known and desired side effect is increased salivation and difficulty swallowing, which causes saliva to run out of the mouth: The gagged person drools. This effect can be further enhanced by moistening the ballgag with a saliva-stimulating substance, such as lemon juice or this food-grade ginger spray from Naturally Naughty, which also triggers a slight burning sensation in the mucous membranes of the mouth.

Photo: NaturallyNaughty

To increase the humiliation effect even more, additional tasks are also very popular, such as reading out a poem or wearing the ball gag secretly in public, for example under a thick scarf or mask.

What do I need to consider when using it?

As with almost all BDSM practices, safety plays a major role when gagging with a ballgag. The gagged person must never be left alone and must be able to breathe freely through their nose. Saliva must be able to flow freely from the mouth to avoid the risk of suffocation. In the event of panic or breathing difficulties, it must be possible to remove the ballgag quickly. Instead of a safeword, a safe sign, such as dropping an object, must be agreed.

As a rule, the strap, usually made of rubber or leather, prevents the ball from being spat out or pushed out of the mouth with the tongue. For beginners, however, a taut but elastic band may be a better choice than a tight strap.

People with diabetes, heart or lung problems, a tendency to seizures, hyperventilation or claustrophobia should not be gagged. Gagging under the influence of strong medication, drugs or alcohol is also taboo.

Before first use and after each use, the ball gag should be cleaned with hand soap or washing-up liquid and water and then dried. Leather straps and connectors should also be treated with a neutral care product such as Vaseline.

A ball gag prevents the bottom from speaking.
A classic ball gag with silicone piece.

What do I ned to consider when i want to buy one?

Ball gags are available in a wide variety of materials. Plastic ball gags are very robust and easy to clean. Ball gags made of natural rubber have the advantage of being softer, which is more comfortable, especially when worn over a longer period of time.

Ball gags made of silicone are also easy to clean and have a similar consistency to rubber balls, but are completely tasteless. Silicone is also extremely skin-friendly as it does not contain any plasticizers or similar substances that could cause allergies. Ball gags are rarely made of wood or metal, as these materials are not only very hard, but also quite uncomfortable to wear and can be bad for your teeth.

Some ball gags have additional breathing holes in the ball to allow breathing through the mouth. Otherwise, as with the other types of gags, make sure that the straps and connectors are sturdy and have no sharp edges. Rivets and other metal parts should be made of stainless steel and preferably nickel-free.

Shops such as Baumwollseil even offer interchangeable gag balls in various sizes.

Source: Baumwollseil.de

  • 38 mm – Suitable for newbies, small mouths or if you have problems with the opening width of the jaw.
  • 45 mm – The standard size, fits most.
  • 52 mm – Large standard, fits many, not to be underestimated.
  • 55 mm – Already quite large, more suitable for advanced users.
  • 60 mm – Please note the size! Remember, the dreams of the top are sometimes bigger than the mouth of the sub.
  • 70 mm – As big as a tennis ball! For all doubters: some actually get it in their mouth. For comparison: the tennis ball in the picture is 7.3 cm in size.

Parts of this text were first published on Baumwollseil.de, one of Germany’s first online shops for kink, eroticism, and BDSM, and were kindly provided to Deviance.


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