Cock Rings: If you liked it then you should have put a ring on it. Wait, a what on the where now? Don’t freak out. A Cock Ring, or C-Ring, is pretty much exactly what it sounds like, it’s a small, often silicone ring that you place around the base of the shaft of the penis. To what end you ask? No not the end, the base! Primarily a cock ring is restricting blood flow to the erectile tissues, blood goes into the penis but it has a hard time getting back out, this assists with increased girth, decreases sensitivity and thereby delaying orgasm, often leading to longer lasting erections.
Due to the way cock rings work, they’re also great at staving off premature ejaculation (PE), which is known to affect at least 25% of men and is defined as the inability to “last” longer than 2 minutes. PE can affect a man for short periods or sometimes for life, in either case using a cock ring is an effective method of improving the length and strength of an erection. (There are other great treatments for PE Like pumping which you can find info on HERE).
Rings come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, the smaller rings can generally be assumed for use purely around the shaft of the penis, but what about the larger ones? We often see people looking rather shocked at the sight of rings that could fit around their wrist, these larger rings are designed to go around the scrotum (testicles) as well as the shaft. The idea here is to increase the intensity of the male orgasm. When a man ejaculates his testicles pull up closer to the body, by stopping them from doing this you can slightly increase the length of the orgasm while also increasing its intensity. Ball stretchers are also a great option for this as well.
You might see rings that have two rings attached by a small spine, these also work as a ball stretcher and are kind of a two in one deal, you place the larger outer ring around the balls and the other inner ring around the shaft. A small spine connects the two rings, this should sit in between your balls and your shaft ensuring it stays in the right spot and conveniently adding a little pressure to another sensitive area.
If you’re looking to ramp it up a notch, some styles have texturing for an even greater sensory experience for your partner, while others might also include vibrating bullets which will help both sexual partners come to climax quicker. Other vibrating cock rings are designed specifically to stimulate the perineum, in case you don’t know that’s the spot between a males anus and perineum, often called the P-spot, and it’s very sensitive to touch. . The We-vibe Verge is a great example of this but there are other products out there, often referred to as taint teasers.
Like most sexual stimulation products, cock rings are available as disposable single or limited use rings, or you can purchase more sustainable products made from stronger materials, have replaceable batteries or are even rechargeable. The We-Vibe Pivot being a great example of a rechargeable C-ring that is also app compatible!! What will they think of next?
So what about materials? There’s a lot of different types on the market, and what you choose will likely depend on your desired outcome. Typically, Silicone or Rubber is the most common materials used, these stretchy little guys are great for first timers and guy who are unsure of the girth needed. Even though they’re stretchy, if it’s your first time using a cock ring it’s important to be aware that you don’t want something too tight which is why we recommend a set of rings like the Optimale silicone 3 ring set so you can try a few sizes and decide what works for you. Nitrile is another common material, Nitrile is comfortable, can be quite thin and very strong but isn’t stretchy at all, so we don’t recommend this for first timers. If you (or your partner) are looking for something that “won’t get in the way” and you have a preferred diameter you like then Nitrile might be a good option.
Then there are Leather rings, these are great for a bunch of reasons. They are usually adjustable, often with Velcro or snap fastenings to hold them in place, they’re very strong, and they’re easy to take off and put on, no delicate removal procedures! Not to mention they look pretty hardcore and these days if you want the look but are adverse to leather there are eco-leathers and synthetics available too.
And there’s metal, plastic, and glass. While these rings are certainly still used for sexual pleasure due to their strong rigid structure, many people also buy these rings as sexual or genital jewelry. Not only do some of these products look stunning, like the Rosebud collection, but they also provide a weight that can be quite pleasurable and even comforting. If metal sounds like your thing make sure you are buying quality surgical stainless steel, the last thing you want is a rash from cheaply coated metals or a rusty ring, likewise with plastic and glass ensure your ring is free from chips or cracks, trust us.
So how do I put it on and remove it safely? For a start, DON’T ROLL IT! The last thing you want is a friction burn or worse for the loose skin on the penis to get caught and tear. Ideally, to put on and remove a cock ring you should carefully hook your little fingers inside the ring and stretch it out, and slide it directly over and down the penis, this method will only work with stretchier materials, for rigid materials like metal and glass the ring should be placed on a flaccid penis. A little bit of lube might also help if you’re feeling clumsy or having a bit of trouble, and if you get desperate during removal try slowly cooling your penis to initiate a bit of shrinkage. For ball rings and stretchers put in one testicle at a time, if the ring is designed to go over the penis as well leave the penis til last, and obviously, be gentle.
And now, the word of caution that we really hope you don’t skip over.
Before thinking about using a C-ring there are a few things you NEED to know! It’s not ever recommended to use a cock ring that is restricting blood flow for more than 20 – 30 minutes. You might think this isn’t a very long time, but think of it like putting a rubber band around your finger, you wouldn’t leave that there for very long would you? Speaking of rubber bands, its very important that you don’t try to substitute with a rubber band or anything else really, there are a lot of blood vessels in this very delicate area and the last thing you want to do is cause any serious long-term damage. To this end it might be best to try not to wear a ring in public where it may become “inappropriate” to take it off, especially through airport security which might not end well when you have to try to explain what the metal thing in your pants is. Always make it a priority to take it off after sex, don’t risk falling asleep and forgetting about it. And lastly if you start to feel any discomfort, or loss of sensation and even loss of heat in your penis carefully take your ring off as soon as possible. The biggest risk for improper use of a cock ring is Priapism, caused by coagulated blood in your blood vessels which results in a prolonged erection but not in a good way. Priapism can be extremely painful and can cause permanent damage to the erectile tissue.
With proper use however a cock ring is a safe and fun addition to your toy box!
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