How to Safely Use a Cock Ring (Plus, 8 Options to Try)

How to Safely Use a Cock Ring (Plus, 8 Options to Try)

The bold term «cock ring» may leave some blushing, but we’re here to ensure you don’t shy away from this trending sex toy. Here’s what you need to know.

What Is a Cock Ring and What Does It Do?

Cock rings, also called penis or c-rings, are round devices meant to be placed at the base of a penis or dildo or around the shaft and testicles. «Cock rings constrict the blood flow through the penis during an erection. This results in fuller, longer, and more intense erections,» says Zhana Vrangalova, Ph.D., professor of human sexuality at New York University and sexpert for sex toy brand LELO.

That’s just one reason cock rings can be used to amplify the sexual experience for both partners during partner play. «The penis-owner feels the constriction, which can be pleasurable in and of itself, and both partners will feel and appreciate the fuller, longer, and more intense erection,» says Vrangalova. «If you’re using a vibrating cock ring, the vibration is an added bonus for both the wearer and their partner.» Depending on the position, you can strategically place the vibrating cock ring so that it comes in direct contact with the other partner’s clitoris, «which is amazing-it’s basically like having a hands-free clitoral vibrator while having sex,» she says. (Speaking of hands-free vibes; you need to check out these vibrating panties and wearable vibrators.)

That said, while some cock rings can extend an erection, some users may find their penis is extra sensitive and actually orgasm faster and more intensely.

«Many penises reach orgasm and ejaculation more quickly because it feels so good, especially if there are additional vibrations against the base or perineum,» says Jess O’Reilly, Ph.D., sexologist, relationship expert, and We-Vibe sex expert. «Not everyone wants to last longer during sex; some people enjoy the increase in pleasurable sensations regardless of redaction.»

How to Use a Cock Ring

Available in all shapes, sizes, materials-and even extra accessories, such as butt plugs-cock rings are typically applied before arousal. Some designs (think: snap-on) allow for the c-ring to be placed after arousal. Regardless, be sure to use a lube to eliminate any friction. (You’ll want to use non-silicone lube if your cock ring is a silicone product; using silicone lubes with silicone toys can cause them to break down. Opt for water-based, oil-based, or even aloe vera-based lube instead.)

You can use cock rings with or without a condom (having safe sex is more important than ever); however, if you’re using a condom, be sure to arrange both so that the cock ring doesn’t tear the condom, or use a cock ring that only goes around the testicles instead. The ring should go on first (usually when flaccid), then roll the condom on (when the penis is hard), and make sure the two aren’t rubbing, according to condom brand Durex. Once in place, the c-ring can enhance foreplay, including oral sex, as well as intercourse-and while one of it’s perks is delaying ejaculation, this doesn’t mean you can keep the ring on all night.

«Generally, it’s only recommended for [consecutive use] for up to 30 minutes,» says Kate Balestrieri, Psy.D., sex therapist and founder of Modern Intimacy, a mental and sexual health therapy platform. «It’s always a good idea to consult a physician to ensure a cock ring is bicupid ne demek safe for you to use,» she says. «If left on too long, a cock ring can lead to numbness, discoloration, or pain.»

If you’re wondering how to approach your partner about using a cock ring into your partnered play, check out this guide on introducing sex toys in your relationship.

The Best Cock Rings to Try

Now that we’ve established the basics and captured your attention, check out these expert picks for cock rings and vibrating cock rings. You can thank us later.

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