A cock ring is a ring that goes around the penis for those who don’t know, usually at the base, but some are designed to be around the scrotum “testicle cuff,” mid shaft, and tip. When used for erectile dysfunction, they may also go by the name “erection ring.” They are used to keep an erection, or to maximize an orgasm’s experience. It traps blood inside the penis when commonly used on the base, causing the penis to become more engorged and stay erect even after orgasm longer.

Cock rings come in different materials, but you should use a stretchy material like silicone to make sure it doesn’t get stuck. Another advantage of using a high-quality material such as silicone is that it is safe, hypoallergenic and easy to clean. Some may include vibrators, either on the ring or from the ring, perineum, scrotum, or anus massaging. Similarly, the vibrators can give the partner pleasure because it sometimes gives the additional stimulation needed to achieve an orgasm. A cock ring with three rings can intensify or change the feelings associated with orgasm, used to restrain the testicles. The one downside of these add-ons is that the risk of discomfort can be increased.

Some tips to use a cock ring include:

  1. Purchase a quality product; you don’t want to buy anything that breaks or gets stuck during erection. Be aware of the sizing guides and, if necessary, contact customer service with any size or material questions. When it comes to safety, an honest business will be transparent.
  2. Stay away from metal or glass if you can, unless you are confident about sizing and your ability to use the product. You want a material that you can cut off in an emergency unless you want to explain why your dicks are blue to the 911 operator;)
  3. USE LUBRICANT! Like any sex toy, lube is your friend, your real love, the sex world’s duct tape. It will help to make the ring easier and easier to get off. Also be sure to use the material’s proper lubricant, water based only on silicone.
  4. Do not wear your ring for 20-30 minutes longer than that. Wearing it longer can cause a bruise to form (bruises are popped ships after all) or permanent harm to your penis (yikes!)
  5. If you lose feeling in your penis or testicles at any stage, they become discolored, cold or tingly, or you have any other pain, take off the ring instantly! If these feelings continue to go immediately to the ER. Again, while using toys is nothing to be embarrassed about, most people don’t want physicians with sharp instruments to swing around a precious body portion.

Below is a list of sites you can trust to purchase your very own ring, and who will also help with sizing concerns.

Tantus Inc.

LoveHoney

GoodVibrations

Lelo

Kink Supply