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Q&A: Exploring Cock Rings

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If you have a penis or know someone with one, you might want to seriously consider giving cock rings a try.

Despite looking so simple, this little extraordinary toy can be a great way to erotically charge that particular body part through increasing sensitivity, as well as helping to achieve and maintain an erection.

5 Questions about Cock Rings

1. What are cock rings?

Even though a lot of work may go into the design and manufacturing of cock rings, the actual form isn’t that complicated—a ring that’s looped around the base of the penis, or both cock and balls.

How they function is equally simple—through gentle constriction, they cut off a small percentage of blood flow to and from the penis. Thus, blood pressure there is kept elevated, resulting in the benefits I’ve mentioned.

2. What should I consider when buying a cock ring?

If you’re new to using them, it’s best to select one that is nice and stretchy, such as latex or the soft jelly variety. These both are pliable and come in a rainbow of snazzy colors.

I recommend choosing a larger size to begin. Ideally, it should be easy to get on, easy to get off, and not painfully constrictive. And if there’s a lot of hair down there, think about passing on the jelly type as these love to get tangled up—ouch! If you keep things neat and trim, I would still use a little lube for sliding a ring on and off.

Other types of cock rings, though not actual rings, are made from narrow strips of leather or Velcro and can easily be adjusted or removed if things get uncomfortable.

If this sounds like a lot of options, keep in mind that cock rings aren’t usually expensive, meaning you can pick up and try a variety of styles and designs without breaking the bank.

3. What types of cock rings are there?

Beyond latex, jelly, and leather, there are steel cock rings with complex designs and elegant ornamentation, and even a few that can be attached to butt plugs.

I don’t suggest the steel kind, especially for newbies, as they don’t stretch at all. So, if anything should get uncomfortable, you can’t just remove them but have to wait until the erection subsides—not fun if you’re in any kind of discomfort.

And let’s not forget about vibrating cock rings that give you a physical sensation in addition to a prolonged erection. Go for the non-vibrating rings first to experience the basics, and if you love it, graduate to a vibrating ring.

4. What can I expect from my first time using one?

You may luck out and find the ring that’s right for you the first time. Or you might find the first one too tight, not tight enough, or that the material it’s made of is more irritating than arousing.

I recommend going into a sex shop, where the salespeople will not only be able answer your every question, but where you will be able to see rings up close. If you discover you love cock rings and the kind that’s right for you, you can shop for rings online from the comfort of your home.

5. What safety measures should I take when using a cock ring?

If used correctly, cock rings pose very little risk.

While some men boast about keeping them on for hours, this isn’t a very good idea because a too-tight cock ring left on for too long can damage the shaft and lead to difficulties in achieving and maintaining an erection afterward. Instead, try it for a few minutes to begin and then a bit longer each time, as you get used to how it feels.

Also, remove the ring immediately if there’s excessive itching, pain, numbness, or anything that makes the use unpleasant or uncomfortable.

Now, if you’re into cock-and-ball torture (CBT), cock rings may very well already be part of your life. But if this is merely at the fantasy stage, it’s best to find experienced BDSM practitioners to show you the way.

Cock rings aren’t for everyone, but I encourage kinky folks to give them a shot. They are a wonderful way to give penis play an extra pleasure boost.

Do you ever use a cock ring? What kind do you prefer and why? Please share in the comments!

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