Blood Play

Blood Play

Our Definition

the practice of using blood from a participant in a sexual or kinky encounter for pleasure. Often but not always involves knives or other sharp implements. Frequently overlaps with “Edge Play”; almost always overlaps with “Fluid Bonding”.

Common Practices

Everyone is different - you'll see this repeated throughout our website and glossary.
Common blood play practices include, but certainly aren't limited to:
  • Seeking out safety information and/or instruction 
  • Sterilization of instruments
  • Keeping medical records up to date, and sharing them with your partner.
  • Educating oneself on safer and less safe areas of the body to cut.
  • Keeping a first aid kit near by.
  • Cleaning any cuts or broken skin as part of aftercare.

"I don't necessarily seek out blood play, but I enjoy hard floggings and don't mind a trusted partner breaking the skin, so blood play is not a limit."

"Phillis likes to role-play as Carmilla the Vampire during blood play scenes with her partner, with whom she is fluid bonded." 

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Real Life Examples

We're gathering short anecdotes on this topic from experienced kinksters!
If you'd like to be quoted in our glossary, please email us a single paragraph describing the practices you'd like to share, along with whatever name you'd like to be credited with.
If your definition differs from ours, tell us how and why! We want to illustrate as many sides of kink as we can to both normalize kink and the diversity within it.

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