How To Use a Cock Ring

Many folks equate sex toys with vibrators, and vibrators with women. But men enjoy all kinds of sex toys (including vibrators) and one of the staples of their toy box is the cock ring. A great toy for solo or partner play, the cock ring (also known as a penis ring)  is a strip of material or a continuous O-ring designed to restrict the blood from flowing out of the penis, which can prolong an erection. Why wear a cock ring? Lots of reasons! They temporarily create more sensitive, intense and hard erections, and can even help some men delay ejaculation. (Of course, everybody is different, and not all men respond to cock rings the same way. For some, the intense sensations caused by the cock ring make them come faster.) Will cock rings make your penis bigger? Sorry guys, but not in the long run. They may enlarge it temporarily, but repeated use of cock rings won't result in any permanent changes.

Pick a Style, Any Style

There are many kinds of cock rings, but if you're new to cock rings, you'll want to choose one that's adjustable and easy to remove.

  • Adjustable cock rings. An adjustable cock ring is great for beginners because it's easy to put on and can be removed in a snap. Julian's Stud Ring works like a little bolo tie, with a bead that slides along and adjusts the tightness easily and comfortably. When you're done, just loosen and remove!
  • Continuous, O-ring-style cock rings. The less expensive styles like the Nitrile Cock Rings  are great for first-time users. They range in size (and despite their small diameters, they do stretch a lot), and they're not too difficult to get on.
  • Vibrating cock rings. These offer an extra buzz to the penis or testicles, and are extremely popular for the clitoral stimulation they add for women during partner sex. They're typically rings with a small vibrating attachment, like the translucent Duet Vibrating Cock Ring (which has two vibrators — one for his balls, one for her clit) or the Sonic Ring Kit.
  • Firm, non-stretchy cock rings. Experienced cock ring fans can delight in rings made of metal, acrylic, or hard plastic. We love the 14K Gold Cock Ring for its elegant good looks and wonderfully effective function!  

Get it On, then Get Off!

  1. Prep your gear. If you're using a stretchy O-ring like the Nitrile Stretch Cock Rings, you might want to stretch them out over a shampoo bottle for a few hours. Masturbate or fantasize in order to perk up your penis, as cock rings are easier to put on if you're semi-erect.
  2. Lube up. Particularly if you're using a rubber or seamless O-ring, put some lube on your penis and balls, so the cock ring will slide on more comfortably.
  3. Location, location, location. Cock rings typically are worn around the base of the cock and the balls. You can just wear it on the shaft (and by all means, experiment!), but cock rings function the most effectively when secured around both the scrotum and cock. This allows blood to flow into the erection, but not out, so hardness and sensitivity increase.
  4. Put cock rings on when you're semi-erect. If you've got a solid cock ring, first pull the loose skin of your scrotum through, then drop one testicle through, then the other, and finally push your penis through.
  5. Masturbate. Once you've become accustomed to the sensations your cock ring creates, try masturbating.  If your ring is the vibrating type, you can experiment with pointing the vibrating portion on your testicles for an extra buzz.
  6. Make a statement. Get into the fantasy surrounding your cock ring. Whether you're showing off a festive adornment as part of a striptease, wearing it under your clothes to show off your package, or telling your lover you're proud to be submissive by wearing a locking cock ring, play up the erotic potential of your toy.

    Cock rings are fun for silicone dicks, too! Strap a colorful or sexy leather ring on a dildo to dress it up.

  7. Share it with a friend. Vibrating cock rings like the Sonic Ring Kit and the Tor vibe are designed to offer female partners clitoral stimulation during intercourse. Position the vibrator near the top of your cock (or the dildo if you've got a strap-on) so that during intercourse it bumps up against her clitoris. Keep your body down parallel to hers and try slow, shallow thrusts to make sure she receives consistent contact with the vibrator. Or try it with her on top, moving in more of a grinding than up-and-down motion.
  8. Accessorize. Cock rings lend themselves well to other sex toy combinations. Try using a penis pump first and then applying a cock ring, or adding a Babeland Toy Cleaner.

Worn to look hot and ready for sex, or just to feel good, cock rings can double your pleasure and create a sexy package — think of them as form and function in one!