Needles and bloodplay questions

Discussion in 'Safety aspects of BDSM' started by kitty, Jul 13, 2011.

  1. kitty

    kitty New Member

    My girlfriend and I have recently decided to research more into bdsm, as we've been dipping in and out of it for a while and now want to get more serious about it.
    We've both got a fetish for blood (not menstrual), but want to keep things safe and clean. We've got hold of some sterile injection needles (22g) and sterile safety equipment (bandages, wound cleaner etc.)
    Cutting sometimes isnt practical for us so we have started to "take blood" using the needles through the vein on the inside of the elbow. Is this ok to be doing? We always apply pressure after taking to prevent bruising and also clean said area.
    We usually let it drip out but find the blood clots in the needle cap and stops play, is there any way we can get around this? We were thinking of collecting the blood in medical vials, is this possible and for how long can they be kept?

    As newbies to the site we would just like the opinion of more experienced people to guide us in the right direction.
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  2. sebastian

    sebastian Active Member

    Blood play is edge play. It's not something for those who are just getting their feet wet in BDSM. This is something you need to get some formal training in, either from a phlebotomy class or a BDSM practitioner who has experience with needles. Yes, you might manage to play without a serious incident, but you might wind up doing something that requires a trip to the ER.
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  3. kitty

    kitty New Member

    As much as we agree with the seriousness of the act, one of us has already medical experience with blood taking. without going into detail, blood taking is a regular occurence in our home due to medical reasons. Relatives are also based in the medical field so training and equipment is availible.

    Sorry if we didnt make it clear in the first post!
    We have taken part in BDSM for a while now, just didnt realise it was such a common thing (hence our research! ) :)
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  4. Smallest

    Smallest Moderator

    In the case that you're medically trained, I'll agree with Sebastian hat it's risky and you could end up in the hospital, but you seem to be a situation where you're a lot less likely to harm one another, at least.

    You'll do better consulting medical texts and so on than asking people here, for something like blood play. It's something where you should be thinking more about safety than BDSM, although obviously you'll have both in mind. We'll try to be great at answering non-bloody questions though!

    Play safe, and make sure you're ready for when something may go wrong.
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  5. sebastian

    sebastian Active Member

    It's still edge play, but you're trained, you understand the risks, and you're taking the appropriate precautions. So you're SSC, at least in my mind. But you might want to seek out a BDSM practitioner who has experience with it. S/he might be able to advise you of unexpected risks, interesting ways to work it in to play, and so on. BDSM players find a lot of unusual ways to apply medical training to play.
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  6. kitty

    kitty New Member

    Thank you for your replies, bloodplay is only a small part of our play, so hopefully there won't be too much chance for things to go wrong. We prepared our first aid kit a few days ago which is always within reaching distance when we are playing with blood and needles, so any disasters should be averted :)

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