Sex Q&A: “What is figging?”

Sex Q&A: “What is figging?” 1

Reader “ME”, who is a wife, wrote to Sexy Corte with this question:

I am curious about a type of “funishment” that involves a peeled piece of ginger inserted into the vagina. Do you or your husband have any information about this?

Thanks again for the wonderful website!

Neither one of us had heard of this practice, so Sexy Corte passed the question to me. A little bit of NSFW internet research revealed that the activity is called “figging”.

Figging is the practice of inserting a piece of skinned ginger root into the human anus or the vagina in order to generate an acute burning sensation. Historically this was a method of punishment, but has since been adopted as a practice of BDSM. [snip] The effect reaches climax within two to five minutes after insertion, and persists for around thirty minutes before gradually easing.

The intensity of the burning can be modulated by rinsing the root before inserting it, and some people apparently find the feeling to be quite pleasurable. Figging seems to be particularly popular practice when combined with light spanking. Maybe the heat is similar to the sensation created by “warming jelly” lubricant?

Sexy Corte says: “Sounds like it could be interesting!”

Hopefully it doesn’t turn into another serrano pepper incident.

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1 comment

  1. I have tried figging, both administering it and receiving it, but only in the anus, not the vagina. It burns … a lot … and some people cannot take it at all. Other people accept figging as part of their punishment, and still others actually enjoy the burn. In my experience the burn is so strong that you can’t pay attention to much else; you barely feel spanks, for instance.

    As mentioned, the burn is reduced if you wash the ginger in water first, or if you scrape off the skin and then let it “rest” for a while. For the strongest burn, insert immediately after taking off the skin.

    It also is important to shape the fig so that you can remove it! Best in my experience is two bulbs, sort of like an hour glass ore a figure-eight. The first bulb holds it inside you (otherwise it is slippery enough that it can slip out). The second bulb stays on the outside of your rectum and keeps the ginger from getting lost inside you and is available to be grasped to remove the ginger.

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