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How to Use a Cock Ring for Longer and Harder Erections

If you’ve ever visited a sex shop, you’ve probably seen a cock ring (or a penis ring) – even if you don’t know how it looks like.  Cock rings are precisely that – rings that are (generally) worn at the base of the penis and can be made from a number of materials.  You can look at cock rings sort of as the wingman to your penis – they can help you maintain longer erections, enhance performance, make your erection bigger and harder, and they can also help you last longer in bed!  I mean, it’s like you’ve found the holy grail of sexual performance, right? Plus, they can even help your partner reach an orgasm! So it provides sexual satisfaction on both sides.  But (yeah, there’s always a “but”), you must know how to use this toy. Usually, cock rings shouldn’t be worn more than 30-minutes because they restrict blood flow in your penis. So it’s only natural that some men will be reluctant to try it in the first place.  But, if you’re even a little bit curious, please read on! I’ll tell you all you need to know about cock rings – how to use one, why it’s a good novelty for your sex life, and the varieties you can find on the market! Trust me, if you know how to use one the right way, it’ll definitely take you (and your partner!) to some new sex heights!  Let’s go! 

Why Use a Penis Ring?

First, let’s see why it’s a good idea to try this little devil. I want to tell you about why you should use a penis ring and how it can benefit your sex life. 

#1 It Helps You Maintain an Erection

Even if you’re already struggling with sexual anxiety, and/or erectile dysfunction, penis rings can still work.  This is because, as I mentioned earlier, cock rings work by trapping blood inside your penis shaft, and all of that helps you keep an erection longer.  Cock rings can be pretty helpful for different types of erectile dysfunction, including the one called “venous leakage” (typically more present in younger men). It’s a condition where the veins in the penis don’t constrict enough to hold blood flow and thus also hold the penis erect long enough.  Using a penis ring can really help people struggling with this condition. 

#2 Penis Rings Can Make You More Confident 

Having a penis ring on, especially when you’ve struggled with sexual dysfunction, can really boost your confidence during sex.  If you know all of its benefits, how it makes you harder and makes your penis look longer, how it’ll help you last longer in bed – well, all of that gets in your head and makes you less stressed that you’ll somehow screw up during sex.  A lot of the time erectile dysfunction also happens because of stress and anxiety. And maintaining an erection means you’ll have to be relaxed about it and not stress every second that you’ll lose it.  Cock rings can work on your confidence size-wise as well. Because of the restricted blood flow, your penis will become more engorged and it’ll also appear bigger in size. 

#3 They Can Affect Your Orgasms

Penis rings also affect the way you achieve orgasm and its duration.  Again, because of the restricted blood flow, cock rings can act like that squeeze technique some men use to delay orgasms. It’s a technique where you squeeze the base of your penis to cool down as you approach orgasm.  This is one of the ways it helps you last longer in bed (the other being helping you have a longer erection). 

#4 They Can Make Sex Better for Your Partner as Well 

Your wife or your partner may also thank you if you decide to get a penis ring.  Because there is a variety of cock ring types out there, you can get a vibrating one which will also stimulate your partner’s clitoris.  And most of us know by now that a minority of women can actually orgasm solely from vaginal intercourse and that most of them need clitoral stimulation as well.    So, vibrating cock rings may definitely help you stimulate your partner’s clitoris more efficiently during sex. Depending on the model, some cock rings also have outside girth extenders.   This can also be pleasurable for some women when you’re inside them since they serve to make your penis wider. And while we’re at it, you may also wanna look at penis extenders and penis sleeves. There is a pretty interesting world out there for penis accessories that you might want to explore! 

Types of Cock Rings 

Before I cross over to the instructions on how to use a cock ring, I want to give you an overview of the basic type of cock rings. Cock rings are usually made from silicone, rubber, leather, nylon, or metal.  Knowing what types are out there will help you choose the one best suited for your needs. And, if you’re a beginner in the field of cock rings (which I assume most of you reading this article are), it will definitely aid you in finding the right one for a beginner. 

Stretchy Rings 

Stretchy cock rings are usually made of rubber or soft silicone material.  They’re shaped as a closed circle that you can put on your penis, and your scrotum, by stretching it.  Stretchy types of penis rings are among the most popular types of cock rings, firstly because they’re easy to use, but also because they’re easy to remove. So it’s not surprising that they’re a favorite of cock ring beginners.  For guys who like to find the perfect fit, however, looking for something more adjustable might be a better idea. 

Adjustable Rings

And so, I present to you the adjustable cock rings!  These cock rings have a sort of cowboy aesthetic to them, and they’re made to be perfectly adjustable to the size, width, and shape of your penis.  The adjustable element usually relies on snaps, Velcro, lasso-type of adjusters, or D-rings. So it’s really easy to put them on and get them off, making them another perfect type for cock ring beginners. 

Solid Rings

Now we’re getting into more advanced territory. Let me give you a disclaimer at the beginning – solid cock rings are not recommended for beginners.  This is because they’re usually made from metal, chrome, or titanium, and they’re much harder to remove if you’re still new to the thing.  And if there’s a case of emergency, like leaving the cock ring too long, and if the cock ring is too small for the penis, it’s also going to be much harder to take off. This can further cause damage to the penis and the nerves inside.  So you should be pretty careful with it no doubt, although solid rings look pretty sexy and powerful, I have to admit. 

Vibrating Rings

Yep, there is also the type of vibrating cock rings, something your lady might actually like quite a lot.  These types of cock rings produce vibrations that’ll stimulate both your penis and your partner’s vulva, along with the clitoris, providing both of you a whole new level of pleasure.  These are arguably the most preferred cock rings by women because they provide stimulation to the clitoris as well, so what’s not to like, right? And they’re usually bought by guys who want to make their wives/girlfriends/partners extra happy and satisfied, although some men also enjoy the vibrating sensations.  These types of rings are mostly worn at the base of the penis, and not below the testicles like it’s possible with the other type of penis rings.  Tip: When you’re having sex with the vibrating cock ring on, it might take a little practice to properly stimulate the clitoris.  This means that you may need to stay inside your partner longer as well as penetrate deeper. Also, you will need to move your hips side to side, and not so much moving them in and out.  So, the best sex positions for clitoral stimulation when using a vibrating cock ring would be missionary and having your woman on top.  

How to Use a Cock Ring 

Okay, now that I’ve covered the basic reasons why you should try a cock ring, as well as the basic types of cock rings out there, it’s time to see how you can actually use it. 

Are penis rings safe to use?

But firstly, I understand some of you may ask yourselves this question throughout the article. And I wanna reassure you – I wouldn’t have written this article without thinking so. Yes, penis rings or cock rings are safe to use, IF you use them properly. So, follow the instructions and there will be nothing to worry about. 

1. Choose a beginner’s cock ring 

If you’re a first-time cock ring user, choosing the right beginner’s cock ring can be incremental.  I’d recommend you going with the most basic type of cock ring made of rubber or silicone. Why? Because it’s quite easy to use and to wear, and because it’s more stretchy than other types. Also, even the tightest of stretchy cock rings still leave even a bit of room for blood flow, unlike the solid ones.   Also, if a mishap happens, like leaving the ring too long, it’ll be way easier to take it off immediately than a metallic one, for example. 

2. Choose the right size 

Another reason why you should choose the stretchy or adjustable type of silicone is the size. As a first-time user of this type of sex toy, naturally, you’ll have some trouble determining the perfect size for your penis.  But the guidelines are pretty simple: the cock ring you choose should be snug enough not to move when you’re having sex.  But, it also mustn’t be too tight because it might restrict your blood flow a little too much. Otherwise, you’re risking some mild or potentially pretty serious injury to your little friend down there (don’t make me go into details on this one please, just trust my word on it).  Tip: When buying a cock ring get a pack of several sizes and test it out at home which size fits best. 

3. Putting it on

So, the only way you can properly put the cock ring on your penis is when it’s not in full erection. It can either be semi-erect or flaccid, but otherwise, you won’t be able to get the ring to its base.  Take your penis into one hand, stretch the cock ring over it and roll it down to the base of the penis, below the balls. Make sure it feels comfortable and snug, that it doesn’t pinch you or feel too tight in any way.  If you’re using a condom, put it on once you put the cock ring into place. 

Don’t forget to put a lube first before you put your penis ring on! 

When you or your partner puts the cock ring on your penis, use lube. Whether you use a bit of lube or a lot is up. I’d recommend using more because it makes the ring get on and off more easily. Also, it doesn’t make it stuck to any (leftover) pubic hair, or excess skin, which can be a rather painful experience.  And don’t worry about the ring falling off with lube. If it’s the right size, it won’t. As I mentioned earlier, if it’s snug enough but not tight as to make you feel uncomfortable, it’s good to go.  NOTE: If the cock ring is made from silicone, don’t use silicone lube on it. It might damage the material. Go with a water-based one instead.  For more info on lubes and why they’re good for your sex life, check out my article on why lube makes sex better! 

Consider manscaping

It’d be a good idea to trim that hair lying around your jack. Manscaping (the official term for grooming your genitals) can help you avoid any uncomfortable sensations when you put the cock ring on, like pulled hair or skin. 

How long should you wear a cock ring? 

You should wear a cock ring not more than 20-30 minutes tops. When you get the cock ring out, make sure to make a one hour pause between using it again, to let the circulation get back on its track.  If it becomes too painful shortly after you’ve put it on, remove it. It might mean it’s just too tight and that you’ll need to get a bigger size.  In any event, DON’T fall asleep with your penis ring on because you can lose a sense of time and won’t be able to feel when it becomes too uncomfortable to wear the ring. Besides, leaving the penis ring for more than 30 minutes can cause serious troubles for your dong, I can’t stress this enough.  You can, of course, use it every day, that’s not an issue at all. Unless you’ve had an injury, then let it rest for a while. 

4. Taking it off

You can ejaculate and have an orgasm with the cock ring on, no doubt. After the 30 minute mark, however, you should remove it.  Removing it should be easy, especially if it’s silicone, rubber, Velcro, or leather strap material. You can, again, use lube for the process of removal, which should be rather short. Also, you can remove it even if you’re still hard.  But, if the material you’re using is plastic or metal (or titanium, steel…) then the penis has to be flaccid in order to take the cock ring off. Take out the penis first, and then continue on with the balls. Also, use lube because it’ll make the whole experience easier. 

Final Thoughts

As we’ve come to see in this article, cock rings come in lots of shapes and sizes. I recommended you use something that’s more flexible and stretchy for starters (rubber or silicone).  It’s ok if you feel it kinda weird at first (just make sure it’s not too tight or too physically uncomfortable). It might take a few tries to get used to it fully.  It might be a good idea to try it on by yourself first if you’re afraid you’ll screw something up in front of your partner – although they should be supportive anyway!  I hope you’ve realized it’s not at all complicated to use, and as long as you’re careful with it, there’s nothing to worry about.  Now, even if you end up using it every day, it’s good to take a pause once in a while. I’m saying this because it’s not good to become reliant on one thing only for your sexual pleasure. I mean, it’s great if it helps your sexual anxiety and your sexual dysfunction, but over time, don’t make it the only thing that helps you get turned on.  

Still interested in getting a cock ring? 

Why not! Who can deny the great benefits it has for your sex life?  The great thing about cock rings is that they’re small and discreet. They can be a pretty fun and beneficial entrance into the world of sex toys if you’re willing to explore.  You can carry it practically everywhere you go and travel. It’ll boost your confidence and performance quality.  Also, it’s a great way to freshen up your sex life, because you’re introducing something new that you haven’t tried before.  Give it a shot!

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