Cock Rings: What are They and How to Use Them

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Cock Rings: What are They and How to Use Them

Cock rings are one of the most common and effective sexual wellness products available for men. These over-the-counter performance-enhancing rings go around the base of your penis and can help give you fuller and longer-lasting erections. This sounds great in theory but you might be wondering what exactly they are and how they work.

You should always do your homework before making a purchase. When that purchase gets wrapped around a sexual organ, you need to be in the know.

Before using one, it helps to understand how cock rings work, which type you need and how to use one safely.

What is a Cock Ring?

Cock rings are sexual devices (sex toys), designed to fit around the base of the penis to improve the fullness and duration of erections. They work by restricting the blood flow out of an erect penis and are also known as penis rings, constriction rings or tension rings.

Their use can lead to a larger and longer-lasting erection, increasing pleasure during sexual intimacy. Cock rings come in different varieties, with some made out of stretchy soft rubber and others constructed with hard plastic or metal.

Why Do People Use Cock Rings?

People use cock rings to increase the size of erections and to make them last longer. Having a larger erection and the confidence that it will last can be a real turn-on. Some cock rings have built-in vibrators, enhancing stimulation during intimacy.

Cock rings are now the most widely used sex toy by men around the globe but they were originally designed to be used by men with erectile dysfunction

Cock rings are now the most widely used sex toy by men around the globe but they were originally designed to be used by men with erectile dysfunction. When combined with a penis pump, cock rings will keep your erection firm and ready for sex.

Using a penis pump will draw blood into the penis causing an erection, once fully erect, you would use the cock ring to keep the blood into the penis. For men with erectile dysfunction, this method allows them to overcome the inability to have penetrative sex due to the lack of an erection.

Benefits of Using a Cock Ring

Maintain a Firmer Erection

Due to the restriction of blood flow, penis rings help maintain an erection even if you struggled to get one. As a result of the cock ring’s tension, erections will be large and long-lasting. This holds true whether you became erect naturally or used a penis pump. As much as you may love the firm erection, make sure you never wear a cock ring for over 30 minutes.

Give You More Confidence

Knowing an erection is larger and there to stay can give men a huge confidence boost. For those who struggle to maintain an erection, the fear of losing it can be daunting. Instead of worrying about keeping your erection, cock rings help you relax and help make your sex stress-free.

For those who struggle to maintain an erection, the fear of losing it can be daunting

Delayed and Intensified Orgasms

With the base of the penis compressed, orgasm can be delayed and feel more intense. There are many popular techniques for delaying orgasms. Examples of these include edging and squeezing, where you come close to ejaculating before stopping yourself. The tension added by a cock ring is great for achieving a deferred orgasm that feels amazing.

Enhanced Pleasure for Both Partners

Cock rings can provide pleasure for both partners. Only a small percentage of women can reach orgasm from penetration. If your partner is female, she may rely on clitoral stimulation to climax. Wearing a vibrating cock ring can help you target the clitoris and give your partner an enhanced orgasm. The vibrator can also be used to increase pleasure during foreplay.

Wearing a vibrating cock ring can help you target the clitoris and give your partner an enhanced orgasm

5 Types of Cock Ring

Stretchy Cock Ring

The most common type of cock ring. Usually made from soft materials such as rubber or silicone and do a great job of balancing comfort with constricting penile blood flow.

Pros and cons of stretchy cock rings

Pros Cons
Great for beginners   Poor quality stretchy rings can lack durability
Easy to put on and take off

Solid Cock Ring

Made from solid materials such as hard plastic or metal. These are only for advanced users and are riskier than stretchy cock rings.

Pros and cons of solid cock rings

Pros Cons
Highly durable  More risk of getting stuck
 Difficult to remove when they get stuck

Adjustable Cock Ring

Allows the user to adjust the size of the ring using velcro or lasso style fasteners. These often have slots separated by adjustable beads to fit any penis size.

Pros and cons of adjustable cock rings

Pros Cons
Fit any size penis A little untidier than regular cock rings

Vibrating Cock Ring

Fitted with a vibrator inside, vibrating cock rings can stimulate both partners during intercourse or foreplay.

Pros and cons of vibrating cock rings

Pros Cons
Extra pleasure during intercourse and foreplay  Slightly slower cleaning due to electronic parts

Cock and Ball Ring

A dual ring construction. One ring is for the penis and the other for the balls. They offer extra support for those who like to involve the balls during constriction.

Pros and cons of cock and ball rings

Pros Cons
Additional comfort and support for the testicles

How to Properly Use a Cock Ring

    Trim Your Pubic Hair

      The cock ring will be effective with or without pubic hair. However, having the hair snag against the cock ring can cause pain and discomfort. If it’s your first time using a cock ring, trimming your pubic area will help make sure the experience goes smoothly - no pun intended.

      Make sure to have a suitable trimmer for pubic hair. A well-kept pubic area can make your penis look bigger and reduce irritation when wearing a cock ring.

      When trimming your pubic area, do so a couple of days in advance. If you accidentally cut yourself when trimming or shaving, you get recovery time before using the cock ring.

        Use Lubricant

          Using lubricant also prevents pain and discomfort when using a cock ring. It helps reduce friction between your skin, hair follicles and the cock ring.

          The lube needs to be compatible with your cock ring and any condoms you use. If in doubt, opt for a water-based lubricant. They work with a range of cock rings and make it less likely that you (or your partner) will have an adverse reaction to the lube.

          Simply rub the lubricant around the circumference of the cock ring, and once it feels slippery in your hand you’re good to go.

          The lube needs to be compatible with your cock ring and any condoms you use

            Slide on the Cock Ring

              Slide the cock ring down your shaft until it’s sitting snugly around the base of your penis. Putting the penis ring on when you are either flaccid or semi-erect will usually be the easiest way to get it on. From there, you can work up to a full erection.

              For first time use, get yourself comfortable with having your penis in the ring. This will allow you to build a feel for the ring before putting the testicles through and it becomes tighter. A tighter fit can lead to an even firmer erection and more overall pleasure.

                Have Fun

                  A fuller and more durable erection is something many people strive for. Using a cock ring will heighten the sexual experience and now that yours is fitted safe and snug, the only thing left to do is enjoy yourself.

                  It can be great fun for your partner to help you put the ring on. If you’ve opted for a vibrating cock ring you can use this during foreplay to help build anticipation before you wear the ring.

                  Using a cock ring will heighten the sexual experience and now that yours is fitted safe and snug

                  If you’re using the cock ring with a penis pump, you can still follow the steps above.

                  Safety Tips When Using a Cock Ring

                  • Never wear a cock ring for longer than 30 minutes at a time.
                  • If you have underlying health conditions, discuss the use of a cock ring with a doctor before using one.
                  • When using a cock ring for the first time, use one that is stretchy and soft. These are the easiest type of cock rings to remove
                  • Using a lubricant will reduce friction and help you get the ring on and take it off.
                  • Make sure you understand the different types of rings and which size you need before buying one.
                  • Check the cock ring's material to make sure it won't trigger any allergies.
                  • Make sure you’ve followed instructions like the ones in this article and know how to put a cock ring on.
                  • Remove the cock ring if you feel pain or bruising occurs.
                  • Wash the cock ring every time you use it. This applies whether you have single or multiple sexual partners.

                  Cock Ring Care and Hygiene Tips

                  It’s important to keep the cock ring clean to reduce the risk of spreading infections. Cock rings need to be cleaned after use right away.

                  Be cautious that cock rings with vibrators may not be suitable for being submerged in water. Many cock rings will allow you to remove the vibrator for cleaning, but if you’re unsure refer to your products handbook or website.

                  Cleaning a cock ring is simple and all you need is some household dish soap. Remember unlike the dishes, you can’t leave cleaning the cock ring until the next day.

                  How to clean a cock ring:

                  1. Remove the vibrator if your cock ring has one.
                  2. Scrub the ring inside and out with mild dish soap or antibacterial hand soap.
                  3. Wash the soap off using lukewarm water.
                  4. Dab the ring dry with a clean towel and allow it to air dry.
                  5. Keep somewhere cool out of direct sunlight.

                  Cock Ring FAQs

                  How long can you wear a cock ring?

                  Guidelines state that you should wear your cock ring for a maximum of 30 minutes. Wearing it for any longer than this puts you at risk of injury.

                  Can a cock ring strangle my penis?

                  There have been cases where cock rings have caused penis strangulation, with metal rings getting stuck. These situations required medical attention but there were no reported erectile problems after the removal of the ring.

                  What are the best sex positions to enjoy a cock ring?

                  Most positions feel even better when wearing a cock ring. For vibrating cock rings, positions such as missionary and legs above shoulders are great for pushing weight between the vibrator and your partner. This helps take stimulation to the next level.

                  Which cock ring should I buy if I am a beginner?

                  Beginners should get a stretchy cock ring. This will allow you to put the ring on and remove it with ease. You want to be sure that if you’re in any pain or discomfort, you can easily slide the ring off.

                  Should I use lubricant with a cock ring?

                  You should use a lubricant to help slide the cock ring on. The lube will reduce irritation between the ring and your skin/hair follicles. Make sure the lubricant is compatible with the cock ring and any condoms you use. If you are in doubt, use a water-based lubricant.

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