Five Golden (Things About Using Cock) Rings

by Christopher J.

December 18, 2023

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If you have a penis and you’ve not yet experienced and enjoyed the heightened sexual experiences that a cock ring can provide you and your partner, you might want to think about giving it a go. Cock rings – aka, penis rings, pleasure rings, C-rings – sound more scary or intimidating than they are, and they can lead you to amazingly enhanced ecstasy in the bedroom once you learn a little more about their proper use.

In their beginner’s guide to employing the sensational penile power aide “How Penis Rings Can Help You Have Better Sex,” Men’s Health writers Carrie Borzillo and Sarah Field elevate the cock ring– to the “superfood of sex toys” status.

“It pumps up your performance and enhances your pleasure in many different ways,” they say. “And unlike other sex toys that require thorough preparation (e.g., butt plugs and anal beads), you can easily pop on a cock ring and be ready to go within seconds.”

So, how do they work, you ask? Why would I want to pull that contraption onto my cock? Good questions. Here’s a good answer from Gigi Engle in her 2022 article “How to Use a Cock Ring, Just in Case You Were Wondering” in Self:

“Well, this restriction can feel highly pleasurable for some people,” Engle explains. “It can also help make erections feel harder. Erections happen when arteries leading into the penis dilate, making the penis bigger than usual, while veins leading away from the penis constrict, trapping as much blood as possible in there. By adding another mode of constriction on top of that vein action, cock rings can help even more blood collect in the penis, resulting in more intense hard-ons.”

Engle offers four great suggestions for people who are contemplating or just getting started incorporating a cock ring into your love life:

1. Start with a simple cock ring made of something stretchy like silicone. “Silicone cock rings are flexible, easy to remove, and simple to clean, making them great for beginners,” she says. “Some cock rings are made of stainless steel or metal, but I only recommend those for people who are more advanced when it comes to these toys.”

2. Lube it correctly. The first rule of using any sex toys is to always lubricate them properly so they do not irritate or injure your skin or anything else. The same holds true with a penis ring. “Before putting on a cock ring, spread a few drops of lube around the inner part,” Engle advises. “This will help it slide down a penis or dildo more easily.” Remember to use a water-based lube so you don’t damage your ring if it’s made of silicone, which many of them are.

3. Place the ring on a flaccid or semi-erect penis. While it’s okay to slide a cock ring right onto a dildo (more on that later), Never place your cock ring directly on a fully erect penis. “Even with lube, that might be too uncomfortable and difficult, depending on how tight the ring is,” says Engle. “Placing the ring over the head of the penis and sliding it down the shaft will typically be easier if the organ is flaccid or semi-erect. You may have to experiment a bit to figure out what works best for better sex.”

4. Don’t leave a cock ring on a penis for too long. Because we’re talking about restricting blood flow to your sexual organ – as with any other appendage or part of the body – you want to keep that constriction minimalized. Experts suggest no more than about 20 minutes to be safe with your most special friend. When first using one, try it for about five minutes to make sure it feels secure and comfortable.

Engle says: “Theoretically, cutting off fresh blood circulation to the penis for too long could cause tissue damage, according to the International Society for Sexual Medicine, but people using cock rings shouldn’t have to worry about that as long as they follow the instructions and listen to their bodies.”

Be gentle while putting it on and taking it off, too. It doesn’t take a lot to damage your skin or strike a nerve strangely when you’re using a sex toy. And to round it off to 5, our final, very important ring tip:

5. Always be Mr. Clean with your lovemaking machine. Everyone universally agrees whenever using a cock ring or any type of sex toy, make sure that you thoroughly wash it and dry it afterwards to keep it as clean as possible. Use high-quality toy cleaner or a mild antibacterial soap for good results.

Healthline provides this useful and comprehensive guide “How to Correctly Clean and Store Your Sex Toys, According to Experts” that serves as a clear reference for all of you sex toy aficionados.

C-rings, solo style?

Have a favorite dildo but sometimes find yourself wishing it did a little something else to help you get off? C-rings don’t have to just be for your partner’s penis. Slip a vibrating couple’s ring like The Rabbit Company Love Ring or the Play Together Nubby Buddy C-Ring on your silicone friend and go to town! Many c-rings have special bits meant just for stimulating the clit, so their value in your solo playtime – even if you don’t have a penis – should not be overlooked.

For those with a penis, you can use c-rings in your solo sexcapades, too. Slip a basic stretchy one like the Nexus Enduro Plus around the base of your penis (or the Tantus Uplift which rings around your penis and testicles) just to see if they help you last longer and come stronger. You may also find you just enjoy the vibrations of a ring with a special feature for you, like the Nut Nuzzling Cock Ring from Play Together, or one attached to a butt plug like the B-Vibe Snug & Tug Plug, during masturbation.

Trying out a c-ring on your own first can be a good idea before debuting one with your lover. It will help you get used to putting it on and taking it off safely and comfortably, as well as prepare you for the sensations they create.

Some final mythbusting:

Some of the intimidation or concerns people may have about using cock rings arises from several general misconceptions about the orgasm-energizing objects. WebMD does a great job of dispelling the most common, such as the belief that they are only for use by older men with erectile dysfunction.

“Not at all,” the website confirms. “People with no medical issues use cock rings. They may want the erection to last longer, increase sensitivity, or add a new element such as vibration or texture for their partner.” In other words, these are not just your father’s cock rings.

No, they will not protect you from STIs…not that you’ve heard that they would, hopefully. And no, they cannot be used as a contraceptive device or to prevent pregnancy in any way. Everything still get through just as it always would.

And yes, you can cum while wearing one safely. This is a common concern, but there’s no merit to it. If used correctly, cock rings should not hurt or cause any harm, even if you orgasm with it on. If you have lubricated the ring properly and are applying it gently and it still hurts you, remove it immediately. “It may be a symptom of something else or simply an indication that you need a different size or style of ring,” WebMD counsels. 

Additional safety notes include wait at least 60 minutes between uses, and make sure you don’t fall asleep while you are wearing one, and don’t use while you are impaired by drugs or alcohol, as it could lead to injury.

Lastly, if you have erectile dysfunction and are using a cock ring as a sex aid, discuss your symptoms with your physician first. “Many health conditions can cause ED or make it worse, including heart disease, alcohol problems, and mental health issues,” WebMD says. “It’s important to get help for those conditions and not use a sex toy to mask the symptoms.”

As long as you’re keeping these golden rules in mind, enjoy your favorite rings on the fifth day of Christmas or any time at all! You’ll have some jolly fun exploring the exciting gifts cock rings can bring to your life!

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