Cock Rings: Your Questions Answered

Cock rings – also known as c-rings – are one of the few sex toys that are designed for the penis and they can be a practical and fun part of sex play for men and their partners. C-rings can change the way a man’s erections feel, how long their erections last and what their orgasm and ejaculation feels like, by restricting blood flow in the penis.

Curious? Here’s what you need to know.

What is a cock ring?
 C-Rings are placed around the penis and/or scrotal area. They are used to restrict blood flow out of the penis, while creating a pleasurable sensation.

Can c-rings cure erectile dysfunction?
 No, but some men do find that wearing them helps make their erections harder and/or longer-lasting.

What type of c-ring is good for a beginner? Solid c-rings are more constricting as a man’s erection grows and are therefore only recommended for men with experience with using them. Beginners should begin their experience with c-rings by using a soft, stretchy and flexible model which are easier to put on and take off, and don’t restrict the penis as much. If you find that you like the feel of a c-ring, you can upgrade to something sturdier and/or more exotic.

Does a man need to use a lube with a c-ring? To make the c-ring easier to put on, we recommend that men apply a small amount of lube on the ring or the penis before putting it on. This will also decrease the risk of pinching of the skin or pulling hairs in the penis area. Just go easy on the lube – applying too much can cause the c-ring to slide off.

How does the c-ring go on? Men may want to man-scape the area before putting on the c-ring to reduce the risk of snagging the pubic hairs, but using the lube should help. Just stretch the c-ring enough so that it can slide around the base of the penis, behind the testicles. It should fit snugly – but comfortably – around the penis and scrotum. If it feels uncomfortable at any time, you may want to try a larger c-ring or one that stretches more. You can also try sliding the ring around just the shaft of the penis.

Should it be tested alone before using with a partner? Before you attempt to use the c-ring with a partner, try it out on your own because it can be tricky to put it on and take it off the first few times. Getting used to using it by yourself will make things less stressful or awkward when you use it with a partner. Try masturbating with a c-ring on to get used to how it feels with movement and contact.

How long can it be worn safely? If there is any pain or discomfort, it should be removed immediately! Also, don’t wear it for too long – most doctors and manufacturers recommend a maximum of 30 minutes. And never, ever use a homemade c-ring – they can damage the skin and cause many other not-so-fun consequences! It’s not worth a trip to the emergency room!

Any tips or tricks when using a c-ring? Men should be careful when using condoms with a c-ring. The friction from it rubbing against the condom can cause it to tear. Also, try having your partner tug on your c-ring – this can feel good for you and serve as a power play for your partner. Be sure to ask them to be careful not to squeeze or pinch too hard (unless you enjoy it). Some c-rings are designed to pleasure both partners. Try a ring with a vibrating head – it will be pleasing to you, and will stimulate your partner at the same time!