Cock Ring 101: Everything You Need To Know

What is a Cock Ring

A cock ring or cock ring (also called C rings, erection rings, penis rings, shaft rings, or tension rings) is a ring worn around the penis, usually at the base. The primary purpose of wearing a cock ring is to restrict the flow of blood from the erect penis in order to produce a stronger erection or to maintain an erection for a longer period of time. Genital adornment is another purpose, as is repositioning the genitals to provide an enhanced appearance.

Cock rings are also called C rings, penis rings or shaft rings. When used in cases of erectile dysfunction (ED), they are known by various other names, such as erection rings and tension rings.

Cock rings worn just behind the corona of the glans of the penis are known as glans rings, head rings or cock crowns. A ring that is worn around the penis and scrotum is also usually called a cock ring, but is sometimes referred to as a cock and ball ring. Rings that are worn just around the scrotum, in order to hold the testicles, are usually called testicle cuffs or ball stretchers.

Medical Use For Cock Ring

A man may wear an erection ring because he has erectile dysfunction (ED). When used for ED, a purpose-designed vacuum pump is used to produce an erection by simple mechanical and hydrodynamical action in spite of vascular or nerve damage, and the ring is slid off the pump’s cylinder onto the base of the penis to maintain the erection before it is lost. The testicles are not ringed in this case.

Recreational Use For Cock Ring

A cock ring may be used during sex or masturbation to prolong or enhance erections, delay orgasm, or for the sensation of tightness and engorgement that wearing one produces; vibrating models apply vibration to the base of the user’s penis and to their partner. They can be worn as sex toys or for aesthetic reasons.

How to Use a Cock Ring

The purpose of a cock ring is to trap blood inside the penis in order to maintain an erection, or encourage a stronger erection. In order to do this, it must be placed at the base of the penis.

A ring made of stretchy material is simply stretched over the penis (and optionally also the scrotum, except when used with a pump for impotence) and situated against the body. Rigid rings are used differently: first each testicle is fed through the ring and the entire scrotum is pulled through, then the flaccid penis is pushed through the ring and situated against the body. When used with a pump, a lubricating gel is always used to help the pump maintain a vacuum, in the same way vacuum grease is used with a vacuum pump in scientific applications. The gel also makes it easier for the ring to slide off the pump, and later, to remove it from the penis.

Different Kinds of Cock Rings

Some models include a protruding clitoral stimulator, designed to tickle the clitoris, vulva, or anus during sex (and during masturbation while the ring is used on a dildo). Others, such as the vibrating ring, vibrate, either vibrating the ring itself, or using two removable bullet vibrators to provide stimulation to the testicles and clitoris. Some cock rings have vibrators attached that can be worn to stimulate the scrotum or perineum of a partner during sexual intercourse. Many women find that rings with vibrator attachments provide clitoral stimulation that is needed for achieving orgasm.

Another variation is an inflatable cock ring for added control of adjustment.

A triple cock ring or triple crown is a cock ring that has additional rings for restraining the testicles. In orgasm, the testicles usually retract towards the body before ejaculation. A triple crown changes and intensifies the sensation of orgasm by forcing the testicles to stay away from the body.

Risk Of Using Cock Rings

Vendors of cock rings and medical sources indicate that cock rings are not to be worn for more than about 30 minutes. Falling asleep or using illicit drugs at the same time is very dangerous. The first sign of pending problems is when the penis starts to become numb, painful, or cold. As soon as this happens, the cock ring must be removed

Medical Issues With Cock Rings

Cock rings that are too tight, or worn for too long can be dangerous: this may cause priapism, a medical emergency that, if not treated promptly, can result in severe and permanent damage, including penile gangrene that can result in the destruction and possible amputation of the penis. Rings for erectile dysfunction are invariably supplied with the instruction that they should not be left on for more than thirty minutes. Falling asleep with a ring on is a particular danger. This may lead to temporary or permanent nerve damage. Numbness in the glans penis, penis becoming cold or penis becoming white may be signs that a cock ring has been worn for too long and medical advice should be sought.

Cock rings must not be used without medical advice by those who have cardiovascular problems or who take blood-thinning medication

Why You Should Try A Cock Ring

What if I told you I had an item that could make your erection harder, make your sexual sessions last longer, make sex feel better for both you and your partner (male or female) and would only cost you about $10 to $25 one time? Would you believe me? You should because it’s true. Let me tell you about the joys of a simple device, the Cock Ring.

My adventures with this wonderful toy started with a simple gesture by my girlfriend. She wears about 12 industrial rubber belts around her wrist as bracelets. She gave me one of them as a kind of remember-me-by item for when we were apart. One day I was thinking about her, and the last time we were together, and the amazing sex we had, and I began to masturbate. I had the bracelet on and my mind recollected an article I had read about cock rings and how they worked. I took the bracelet from my wrist and stretched it over the top of my erect penis, and under my testicles. It felt interesting to have my balls lifted forward like that, but it was not tight enough to restrict the flow of blood back into the body, as a cock ring should. I put one finger under the band at the side of my balls and twisted it around once to tighten it. I felt my cock grow harder, the head swelled, and the veins on the sides stood out and became really sensitive. It felt amazing! I used a lubricant and masturbated. Usually using a lube I don’t last long by myself, normally coming in about 3 to 5 minutes. This lasted for 15 minutes and it was intense. When I did finally come it was a bed shaking, moaning, shoot-the-wall-behind-me orgasm. It was the first masturbatory orgasm I have ever had that I had to recover from before being able to just get up and do the next thing.

I went out and bought a commercial cock ring the same day, a simple ½” wide 12” long piece of surgical tubing with a plastic tension bead keeping it in an adjustable loop. I tried it again by myself and it worked even better since I did not have to keep my free hand there to keep the tension up. I loved it and was able to keep it tighter longer than with the bracelet.

The next time I saw my lovely girlfriend I had the smile of a man with a devious plot on my face. She was giddy with excitement when I sat her on the bed and put a blindfold on her (another toy I highly recommend). I put on the ring and waited a few seconds for it to take full effect, and then I put the head of my cock to her lips. She usually likes to suck my dick with a certain enthusiasm, but this time she felt the head swollen and the veins popping and she was overcome with lust. She sucked me like a starving woman devours a doughnut. She took off the blindfold, looked at my throbbing member and without a word put a condom on me, lies back, and spread her legs wide. We are usually sensitive and caring lovers, but that night the sex was animalistic. She was able to come from penetration, which is unusual for her, and it lasted a good long time before I came. When I did come it exploded out of me. She said she could feel every contour of my penis and when I came she felt me pulse and swell more than usual. That last feeling of me swelling is what made her come.

The way the cock ring works is by restricting the flow of blood from the penis back into the body. Blood flows into the penis through the center of the shaft, but flows back through the outer veins. By tightly restricting the outside you let blood in but not out, and your cock gets really hard and textured. It also makes the nerves more sensitive.

There are a few varieties of rings to consider. I recommend the basic one loop adjustable type as they work well, are easily adjusted and removed, and are practically impossible to get stuck in. Some are still rubbery but are a one-piece loop that is not adjustable. These can work if the size is right, but may not fit correctly. There are also some varieties that are made of hard plastic or metal and are not adjustable. I do not recommend these as it is very easy to get them stuck and not be able to remove them. Metal ones that get stuck routinely end up getting cut off in emergency rooms accompanied by much laughter by the staff and humiliation by the patient. Stay with adjustable ones for your safety and sanity. Lastly there are varieties which have multiple loops to secure your cock, spread or stretch your scrotum downward, constrict the base of the penis and around the cock and balls together. I have yet to try them, but experiment and see what you like.

Sex is wonderful and should be good even without all the bells and whistles, but if you’d like to try something fun and inexpensive to spice things up, give a cock ring a try.

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