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”.


Real Life Examples

"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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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.

Got a beef with our definition?

Of course we don't speak for everyone! If you feel we are missing additional info, context, facts, history, or data, please email us and let us know!


While we can't promise every suggestion will make it, we'll always be working to keep this glossary thorough and inclusive!