The Beginner’s Guide to Urethral Sounding

Stimulate nerve endings you never knew you had with urethral play.

Originally a medical procedure, you may have heard of urethral sounding but wondered why anyone would do it for pleasure. However, many people are exploring their bodies in new ways and discovering the arousing sensations associated with urethral play.

At Lovehoney, we encourage you to explore your body fully and get to know what you like but, as always, there are safety measures to consider. This urethral sounding guide will explain how to insert a urethral sound and how to use one as safely as possible.

What is urethral sounding or penis sounding?

Urethral sounding, also known as penis sounding or cock sounding, is the process of dilating the urethra by inserting a plug or probe (also known as a sound). This is a technique used in medicine to dilate the urethra for medical examinations. However, they can also be used for sexual pleasure. So, what is sounding sexually?

Put simply, people like urethral sounding because, just as the head of the penis is super-sensitive to touch, the urethra is also packed with highly-responsive nerve endings, which feel amazing when stimulated.

Take it from those who’ve tried it:

“It feels absolutely awesome! Using plenty of lube, either insert it horizontally while standing or let gravity do its thing while laying down. Either is an awesome sensation.” - says Lovehoney customer NotAWittyNick_._

Some urethral toys and urethral stretchers are designed specifically for stretched sensations, while others are long enough to reach otherwise-untouchable erogenous zones such as the prostate.

It's important to understand what to expect from urethral probing, and the differences between urethral plugs and sounds. While they are both designed to be inserted into the penis, they are suited to different sorts of play.

Penis Plugs vs Urethral sounds: What’s the difference in urethral play?

Wearing a Penis Plug: What is a Penis Plug?

A penis plug is a short insertable toy which is designed to be inserted into the first few inches of the urethra and is sometimes suitable for prolonged wear. Penis plugs are usually short (between 1-4 inches long) and stimulate the tip of the penis internally.

Wearing a penis plug can increase sensitivity, prolong erections and intensify orgasms. Often considered body jewellery, some men wear a penis plug to achieve the appearance of a 'Prince Albert' piercing without the need to actually get pierced.

Penis plugs come in an array of designs and styles. Some are designed with a glans ring to help keep it in place, while others are textured for heightened sensation. Some designs feature a hole through the middle to allow the wearer to urinate and ejaculate without removal, while others are solid.

Overall, no matter which design you go for, a penis plug will increase sensitivity, prolong erections and provide scintillating sensations during play.

Urethral sounding: What is a Urethral Sound?

A urethral sound is a tool used in medicine to dilate the urethra for medical examinations. However, they can also be used for sexual pleasure during urethral play.

Much longer than a penis plug, urethral sounds enable you to explore deeper nerve endings and discover an entirely new sensation. If you’re wondering how long you can leave a urethral sound in for, you should know that a sound is not designed for prolonged wear but can stimulate areas of the body which are otherwise out of reach.

Satisfied Lovehoney customer Jockedandready is a fan, saying:

“In time I was left shuddering and leaking pre-cum everywhere. Orgasm afterwards was so intense.”

Just like penis plugs, urethral sounds come in many different sizes and styles. Some are extra long for internal prostate and bladder stimulation, while others intensify arousal with vibrations or even electrical stimulation. Lots of men report they've been able to experience hands-free, direct-contact prostate orgasms through urethral penetration.

It's important to do your research and choose the right size probe for your experience level. Using a toy which is too slim or rigid could pierce the urethral wall, while a toy which is too thick could over-stretch your urethra and cause tearing.

Read more about choosing the perfect probe below, and shop Lovehoney’s full collection of urethral sounds and penis plugs here.

Which is the best toy for urethral play?

If you've decided to try a urethral sound, it's worth thinking about what features you're looking for before you buy. Scroll through the main types of penis plug and urethral sounds to get an idea of where to begin...

Urethral Play: Best Petite and Flexible Penis Plug - Beginner

SINNER 7mm Ribbed Silicone Hollow Penis Plug
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Petite and flexible, this beginner's penis plug is perfect for first-time urethral play. The slender design is easy to insert, while the O-ring base prevents over-insertion. Thanks to a 100% silicone finish, this plug flexes with your body for safe exploration and also features a hollow centre to allow the wearer to pass fluids during play.

What customers say: "Anyone thinking about trying cock stuffing for the first time, this product is fantastic. Wife loves it too".

Buy it here

Urethral Play: Best Textured and Girthy Probe - Intermediate

Vibrating Ribbed 7 Function Extra Quiet 8mm Silicone Urethral Dilator
(16)
£29.99

Longer and girthier than a beginner's penis plug, this textured probe is designed for steady progression with a focus on dilation and sensation. The totally flexible design works with your body for the highest level of safety, while the vibrating function adds extra buzz to your fun.

What customers say: "It's a nice size and width for beginners, lovely feel and strong vibrations. The beads give an added sensation as they slide in and out".

Buy it here

Urethral Play: Best Long and Rigid Urethral Sound - Advanced

ElectraStim Uni-Polar 5mm Small Urethral Sound Probe
(5)

Designed for advanced urethral play, this long, rigid sound reaches areas of your anatomy which would usually go untouched. The rounded, metal dilator makes insertion smooth and slick, but it won't flex with your body. When connected to an ElectraStim Power Pack, this probe creates unbelievable climax-inducing sensations.

What customers say: "It was tough to find the sweet spot, but when you do, your whole body is shaking and the orgasm you get is so powerful".

Buy it here

Recommended Urethral Sounds to Buy

Browse Lovehoney’s full range of urethral sounds and penis plugs here.

Using Urethral Sounds: How to Use a Urethral Sound

Take a look through our step-by-step guide to using a urethral sound below. But first, watch our handy video to find out the ultimate dos and don’ts when it comes to urethral sounding.

Video: How to Use a Urethral Sound Sex Toy | Penis Plugs and Urethral Dilators | Bondage Gone Wilde

Discover how to use a urethral sound properly with Jess Wilde's top list of do's and dont's. This video gives you all the info you need to be able to try urethral play safely on your own, or with a partner.

Using Urethral Sounds: 1. Choose wisely

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It’s important to make sure you start with the sound which fits your urethra best, with minimal stretching or resistance.

First-time sounders should choose a medium-sized flexible urethral sound. Until you're practiced in this play, choosing something too rigid or too slim can increase your risk of puncturing the urethral wall.

Using a toy that is too thick is just as risky as using one which is too slim. Listen to your body and take it slow while deciding the right size for you. That’s exactly what one Lovehoney customer did:

“After researching safe, hygienic use of sounds, I lubed up and proceeded. 6mm seems like the perfect size for me, a complete newbie, and as long as I took it slow I caused myself no pain. The sensations were very pleasurable and were increased when I turned it whilst inside me.” - Onlywhenisayso

Using Urethral Sounds: 2. Keep it clean

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Always ensure that your toys are completely sterile before play to avoid contracting a UTI (Urinary Tract Infection). Toys that are safe to boil (surgical steel and silicone) should be left to simmer for 10 minutes between uses.

Ensure your toy is completely sanitized before play, and make sure you have plenty of sterile lubricant handy.

Clean your hands and genitals before play, and you may even want to use surgical gloves for ultimate cleanliness.

Using Urethral Sounds: 3. Lube up before you get down

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Always use a sterile lubricant to further reduce your risk of getting a UTI. Add a generous squeeze of sterile lube to your penis opening and the first few inches of your toy.

Remember you should also remove and re-lube whenever necessary.

Using Urethral Sounds: 4. How to insert a Urethral Sound

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Stabilise the sound with one hand, and place one end of the toy into your penis opening (you may find this easier while flaccid to begin with). Let the sound gradually "fall" into the hole with gravity's help.

The sound will reach a point where it naturally stops. Leave it for a while and allow your urethra to relax around your toy. You can now experiment with gently moving it in and out about half an inch.

For deeper exploration, you may need to change the angle of penetration due to the natural bend in your urethra. Anatomically, the opening in the glans is slightly wider than the urethra itself, so never force a toy that's too big into your urethra.

Urethral stimulation: 5. Take it slow and keep it safe

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It may take some practice to find the perfect angle of play for you, so take it slow and steady. Never rush. If you feel a sharp pain, stop immediately.

You may experience some burning during urination for a few hours or a day after play (especially the first few times). This is normal, but you may like to use more lube next time. If these sensations continue for more than a day, speak to your doctor.

If you experience unusual discharge, heavy bleeding, fever or cramping, seek medical attention.

Lovehoney customer Jockedandready agrees that taking it slow is the way to go:

“There's a certain mixed feeling of having your cock penetrated, but at the same time it's a pleasurable sensation that gives me tingles down into my toes. Fully recommend getting relaxed and warm and giving yourself time.”

Is urethral sounding a safe practice?

Exploring male urethral penetration can be extremely pleasurable, and urethral sounding can be practised safely if you make sure you follow the correct safety advice laid out below.

So, before you, erm, delve in, take a look at our top safety tips:

  1. Never insert anything into the urethra which isn't designed for that purpose. Inserting random objects can be extremely dangerous and cause serious injury, so don't do it!
  2. Always ensure that your toys are completely sterile before play to avoid contracting a UTI (Urinary Tract Infection). Toys which are safe to boil (surgical steel and silicone) should be left to simmer for 10 minutes between uses.
  3. Always use a sterile lubricant to further reduce your risk of getting a UTI.
  4. We don't recommend urethral penetration play for those prone to urinary tract infections.
  5. First-time sounders should choose a flexible, medium-sized plug or sound. Until you're practiced in this play, choosing something too rigid or too slim can increase your risk of puncturing the urethral wall.
  6. Using a toy which is too thick is just as risky as using one which is too slim. Listen to your body and take it slow while deciding the right size for you.
  7. If you feel a sharp pain or that one particular area hurts more, stop immediately.
  8. You may experience some burning during urination for a few hours or day after play (especially the first few times). This is normal, but you may like to use more lube next time. If these sensations continue for more than a day, seek medical attention.
  9. If you experience unusual discharge, heavy bleeding, fever or cramping, seek medical attention.

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