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Cock rings 101

Oli Lipski

Cock-a-doodle-do you do cock rings? Also known as a couples ring, penis ring, ED (erectile dysfunction) ring, constriction ring, and pleasure ring, for many people, the cock ring is an essential device for the sex toy collection. 


They are most commonly worn over the shaft of the penis, though some also incorporate the balls too, penis rings create added pleasure, sensation, and stimulation during masturbation or sex with a partner. 


Now I know from my own experience with cock rings, they are sometimes fiddly pleasure tools, and can even get in the way of a smooth sexual encounter. 


Nevertheless, while these fun little sex toys might not be everyone’s cup of tea, it’s great to understand what they do, all the different types of rings that are out there, and why and how to use them—especially before writing them off completely! You never know, they might become your new favourite sex toy! 


Cock Rings: Sexy Science & Tempting Benefits


Traditionally, pleasure rings were designed to restrict blood flow inside of the penis to enhance and maintain an erection, making it also feel harder and stronger, and last longer. 


While one study showed that cock rings don’t necessarily help people with premature ejaculation, they can be beneficial for people with erectile dysfunction. One in five people will experience erectile dysfunction at some point in their lives, affecting roughly 30% of people in their 30s, 40% in their 40s, and 50% in their 50s. 


As the ring constricts the blood inside the penis, nerve endings are heightened, allowing the wearer to feel more sensation during masturbation, hand jobs, oral sex, or penetration.


The great thing about these rings is that they can also provide added stimulation for anyone being penetrated with a cock-ringed-penis, particularly adding stimulation to the external part of the genitals, namely the clitoris or perineum, while thrusting. These days many couples ring, such as the Lovely 2.0, come with a vibrating motor on the top, precisely for this purpose. This makes the cock ring an important device in the bid to close the Orgasm Gap


For those who may not know about the Orgasm Gap, it’s the gap that describes the disparity of orgasms between the genders. Studies have found that straight cis men climax 95% of the time, while cis heterosexual women on average experience an orgasm just 65% of the time. This is in part due to the centring of penis-in-vagina penetration during sex, as most people with vulvas need clitoral stimulation. 


Not only does the vibrator add to the partner’s pleasure, but by turning the vibrating motor around the penis, to sit on the underside of the shaft, and the wearer can experience even more sensation in this erogenous zone. 


To set the record (not so) straight, not just people with a penis can use a cock ring. If you don’t have a penis (to hand), vibrating pleasure rings can also be placed on a dildo or strap-on for added stimulation for the person being penetrated, and added vibration for the wearer.


Cock Rings: Confounding Concerns & Seductive Solutions


Right, now we know what they are and why they can be great, it’s worth dipping your tip into some of the potentially uncomfortable bits. In this section, we will cover some common issues surrounding cock rings, and offer some ways to overcome them. 


“I’m scared a cock ring will make my dick fall off.”


So, this is (thankfully) highly unlikely, however, cock rings are not recommended to be worn longer than 30 minutes as the tightness and blood restriction could cause tissue and cell damage if worn for hours at a time. And definitely don’t fall asleep with it on. 


“What if I can’t get the cock ring off?”


There are various types of cock rings. Some can be tied around the penis with an adjustable strap to accommodate your size, while others are simply rings that can come in different sizes. Make sure you are looking at the measurements when purchasing a ring for your penis. 


If it does get stuck, some cock rings are made from a material that you can cut, however, metal or harder ones won’t be. When trying to get it off, wait till your flaccid and use some lube to help it slide off. 


“Cock rings are too painful for me.” 


Sometimes the cock ring can feel too restrictive and uncomfortable, and that’s okay. Maybe a cock ring just isn’t your toy. If it, however, is to with the cock ring catching on pubes, the best thing to do would be to trim the pubic hair or use a lot of lubricants. 


“My cock ring keeps falling off when I try to put it on.” 


In this case, you may need a tighter or lighter cock ring. You could also try putting it on when your penis is semi or fully-erect as this may help it to stay on. 


“Can I wear a condom with a cock ring?”


Yes! Absolutely. To do so, place the condom on first, and then the cock ring. You may need to readjust things when they’re both on to make sure everything is secure. 


Cock Rings: From Ancient Materials to the Latest Sex Tech 


The oldest cock rings discovered were in ancient China and Japan 1200BC and made of jade, ivory, wood and even goat eyelid. I think we’ve come a long way since then, as modern-day pleasure rings are mostly made of rubber, silicone, or metal.


Ideally, you want to be using sex toys made from non-porous material such as medical-grade silicone or metal, so they don’t harbour any nasty bacteria and cause infections. Silicone is a great material as it can be flexible to fit around the penis or dildo, whereas metal rings are rigid and harder to fit on and take off. However, the harder the material, the more sensation you will likely get out of using it. 


If you plan to use a lubricant with your cock ring, make sure to pick one that suits your needs and is compatible with the toy. Never use silicone-based lube with a silicone-based toy, as this can create a chemical reaction and damage to the toy. Water-based lubes are your best bet, as it is compatible with all materials, but oil-based lube is best if you are engaging in anal sex. 


Most cock rings are for just around the shaft of the penis, but others incorporate the balls too. By pulling the balls away from the body during arousal, can help to prohibit ejaculation. 


In more recent sextech development, wireless remote controlled cock rings have also added perineum vibrators such as Lovense’s Diamo, OhMiBod’s Nex 3. OhMiBod’s devices being sound controlled.


MysteryVibe’s Tenuto is a wearable device with six vibrating motors: one for the clitoris, two for the underside of the shaft, two for the balls, and one for the perineum. 


Midnight Hyperion has two cock rings in one! One ring for the shaft the other for the base of the penis. And the Cock Cam has an actual camera on it for filming your most intimate moment if you’re looking to make from homemade POV blockbusters (as long as everyone involved is consenting). 


So, whether you’re a little softy, or like it hard sometimes, cock rings can be suited to your happenis needs. 

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