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How to Use a Cock RIng

With the power to potentially increase stamina, enhance erection size and delay orgasm, we think absolutely everyone (with a penis) should not only own a cock ring but also know exactly how to use it.

That’s where we come in. If you’ve heard of cock rings but are unsure how they work and what they can do for your sex life, you’re in the right place. To give you best knowledge on how to wear a cock ring, we’ve put together this handy go-to guide. Plus, for those with vaginas, know that there are plenty of ways these pocket rockets can enhance your sexual experience too (whether you’re with a penis-owning partner or playing alone).

What is a Cock Ring?

Let’s start this off by answering that ever-elusive question – what is a cock ring? Known by many terms, including erection rings, penis rings, shaft rings, tension rings and c-rings, these pleasure boosters are (you’ve guessed it!) rings, that are worn and usually positioned around the base of the penis.

Made from a variety of materials from soft flexible silicone to rigid stainless steel and everything in between, they are designed to enhance pleasure and maximise sexual performance for the wearer, the pace for intense long-lasting sex.

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What does a Cock Ring do?

“Multi-tasking” should be the cock ring’s middle name, now more than ever. With a primary purpose to prevent blood flow from escaping an erect penis, the cock ring has long been a firm favourite amongst penis-owning wearers, but today, thanks to a touch of sex toy innovation and a little imagination, there are many cock rings that can be used for other pleasure inducing reasons – no penis required.

Perfect for playing alone, or with a partner, cock rings are a must-have toy. With vibrations, textured pads and varying intensity levels now all inclusive with some of the best-selling cock rings on the market, there’s limitless possibilities for what a cock ring can do.

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How does a Cock Ring work?

Cock rings work by applying pressure, preventing blood from flowing back down the penis, meaning that blood is trapped in the penis for longer. This increased amount of blood in the penis results in a stronger erection and can heighten sensitivity, which may help to make erections feel harder and last longer than usual. No bad thing, right?

Your individual experience might vary depending on the cock ring you choose (more on the different types below), but one thing’s for certain: cock rings can open up a whole new world of pleasure for you to explore.

Do Cock Rings make you last longer?

Many people find cock rings useful for managing erectile dysfunction, others wear a penis ring purely for additional pleasure gains. In theory, cock rings will almost indefinitely help you maintain your erection and may help delay ejaculation – although the outcomes for longer-lasting sex are dependant on many individual factors.

Cock rings mimic the ‘squeeze’ technique for delayed ejaculation, which many people believe helps them to last longer during sex.

How to wear a Cock Ring

Some people choose cock rings that are worn on the shaft of the penis, while others like the feeling of cock rings that go around both the penis and the testicles.

Whichever type you decide to try (or maybe you fancy giving both a whirl), our handy guide below will take you through the best tips and tricks on how to wear a cock ring, and how to get the most out of your shiny new toy.

How to put on a Cock Ring

Lube up

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You should put a cock ring on when your penis is flaccid, and it’s usually easier to slip your way in with the help of some lubricant.

We generally recommend using a good quality water-based lube, as this is compatible with all cock rings, no matter what type of material they’re made from. Coat yourself (and your penis ring) with plenty of lube to make it easier to fit and wear your cock ring.

Slip on the ring

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When putting on a cock ring, simply slide the ring over the head of your penis and then down the shaft, making sure it rests at the base. When wearing a cock ring in front of the testicles, you can also put it on once you’re partially erect.

If you’re wearing a cock and ball ring, which sits behind your testicles at the base of the penis, put the testicles through first, one at a time. You can then gently fold your penis up through the ring and slide it into position.

Looking for a tried-and-tested method for how to put on a cock ring? Take tips from customer GooseJelly, who says: “The rings stretch quite far and are easy to put on. Just put a bit of lube on the inside of the ring and then on your penis. Stretch it, then slide it over right to the base, and there you go, you're good to go.”

Cock ring first, condom second

If you’re using protection the same time you wear your cock ring, always put your ring on first and condom second. Sliding your cock ring on to a flaccid or semi-erect penis is much more comfortable, and will allow you to get hard before rolling on the condom. For best practice and ultra-safe sex, the condom and cock ring should ideally not touch one another.

Putting the condom on under the cock ring can cause unwanted friction and pressured stretch, leading to rips and tears in your condom and preventing your protection method from working as it should.

Time your session

Never wear your cock ring for too long. It’s recommended that you only wear your cock ring for up to 30 minutes at a time. Wearing for longer than this could cause damage to your penile blood valves and vessels. Never sleep with your cock ring on, as this could become dangerous.

How to Fit a Cock Ring

Knowing how to fit a cock ring is paramount to reaping the full benefits of your new pleasure toy. Before relying on your cock ring in the bedroom, we recommend trying it on for size and fit. At no point should the cock ring feel painful or distractingly uncomfortable. If you see a visible narrowing of the penis where the cock ring sits, or your penis becomes very red or blueish, it’s too small and you should remove it right away.

You might find that you need to try a range of cock ring sizes before finding the one that’s right for you.

Take it from someone who’s tried it, such as customer LoverPlanet who says: “The large ring is a nice fit, enough to know it's there but not too tight. The medium ring is very good at making my erections very strong. The small ring is too small for me.” So, test out a few different sizes if needed and see which one feels the best.

How to use a Cock Ring for solo play

Cock rings aren’t all about how to stay harder for longer, or for just for increasing your staying power during sex with a partner. Try wearing a vibrating cock ring during solo sessions to add mind-blowing vibrations to masturbation. You might find wearing a cock ring is particularly beneficial if you generally struggle with erectile dysfunction.

Cock rings can be a great companion to solo adventures for vagina-havers too. In fact, despite the name, cock rings don’t even need to be on a penis to bring you and your partner pleasure. Why not try sliding a stretchy vibrating cock ring around two or three fingers to turn it into a titillating clitoral vibrator?

You can also pop a vibrating cock ring onto your favourite dildo to create a custom rabbit vibrator for completely tailored blended play. Plus, most cock rings are small enough to fit in your pocket, making them ideal for weekends away or for keeping on hand in case the mood takes you.

Plus, if you buy a cock ring set and find the smallest size doesn’t fit your shaft, you can try slipping your balls through it one at a time and using it as a testicle ring instead. The options are truly endless!

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Are Cock Rings safe?

Yes, a cock ring is perfectly safe to use as long as you follow the instructions on how to wear it and ensure that you’re not wearing it for longer than recommended. Always check the packaging, which should provide guidance on this.

At no point should the cock ring cause painful restriction. A cock ring that's too tight can do more damage than good, and your VIP is too valuable to risk.

So as long as you’re playing safely, you can sit back, relax and enjoy.

How long can you wear a Cock Ring for?

You can wear a cock ring for up to 30 minutes. Anything longer than this and you run the risk of restricting blood flow too much, so don’t overdo it. Since cock rings restrict blood flow, it’s generally safe for your penis to have a slightly engorged look when you wear one, with pronounced veins and a reddish blush.

However, it’s important to always remove your cock ring after half an hour to let the blood-flow in your penis go back to normal. Ideally, only wear your cock ring once in any 24 hour time frame and if ever your erection lasts longer than 4 hours (with or without a cock ring) seek medical attention.

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