Cock Rings: the complete beginners guide

Cock rings may not have been the thing Beyonce had in mind when she sang:”If you liked it then you should have put a ring on it”, but fact is that more and more guys are buying cock rings to spice things up in the bedroom.

What is a cock ring?

Like the name suggests a cock ring is a ring that you wear round your cock. Cock rings are usually worn round the base of the penis, but there are also versions that are worn behind the testicles, some even have built in vibrators or attachments for additional stimulation.

What does a cock ring do?

The main goal of a cock ring is to restrict the base of the penis and put pressure on the blood vessels to slow the flow of blood out of the erect penis. This can help men to temporarily get harder erections over a longer period of time. Some men even say that wearing a cock ring increases their sensitivity and helps to heighten their orgasm.

Where do you put a cock ring?

Rings can be worn around the base of the shaft of the penis, making sure the ring is as close to your body as possible. However they tend to be more effective when you wear them around both the shaft and the testicles, constricting your whole genital area.

There are also cock rings which are worn at the top of the penis, just below the glans. These however are usually worn to support a sound or a plug, which is something different altogether.

What are cock rings made of?

Cock rings are made from a wide variety of materials. There are cock rings which are made from stretchy materials such as rubber, silicone, neoprene, leather and imitation leather as well as more rigid and stiff materials such as steel, titanium, acrylic or even wood.

Whatever material you choose for your cock ring really depends on your personal preference and taste. Some guys like narrow rings, some like wider ones; others like stretchy rings while others prefer a rigid stiff ring. It all comes down to what you like.

As a general recommendation we suggest people to start off with softer stretchy materials or rings that have a quick release mechanism like snaps or a toggle, these rings tend to be far more forgiving for beginners.

Once you get more experienced with cock rings and how they feel you can always move on to more solid rigid materials like steel or titanium. The solid cock rings are also usually chosen in a size that fits snug and close to your own personal anatomy, pretty much like you would buy a ring for your fingers.

If you are going to wear a metal cock ring or one which has bare metal parts that are touching your skin, make sure that it conforms to BS EN 1811:2011+A1:2015. This is the British Standard (the little kite mark) and European Standard which specifies the reference test method for release of nickel from products intended to come into direct and prolonged contact with the skin.

It is the quality standard that applies to all metal jewellery really, be it general jewellery, body piercings or intimate jewellery to make sure that they don’t contain metals that can cause allergies when in contact with your skin.

What size cock ring should I get?

Before you go out and buy a cock ring, especially the more rigid rings it is best to measure yourself to get the right size. Measuring is important and will guarantee that you find a ring that will fit you more appropriately and that will function properly for your penis.

In our previous post: Get the right size cock ring: how to measure yourself we looked at the best way of measuring yourself to ensure a good fit. So if you want to know the best way to measure, you might want to check that post out.

How do I put a cock ring on?

There are a few different methods to put a cock ring on depending on the type or style, but one thing all cock rings have in common is that you put them on when your penis is still flaccid or only semi-erect. So a bit of forward planning on your part may be required.

Variable size cock rings

If you have a ring which has a variable size then you simply place the ring over the base of your penis and tighten it to your personal preference. These type of rings can be varied in size by means of a drawstring and toggle, snap poppers or a slider system like the Perfect Fit Speed Shift 17 Adjustments Cock Ring.

Stretchy cock rings

If you are using a stretchy ring then all you have to do is take the ring and slightly stretch it between your fingers to make it bigger; a bit like stretching an elastic band. Place it over the base of your penis and let it go back to its original shape.

Some stretch rings like the Titanmen tools C ring set have easy grip side tabs that help you stretch the ring more easily.

Solid cock rings

If you have a rigid, solid ring like the Tom of Finland solid aluminium cock ring then it is best to put it on when your penis is semi-erect. Put some lube on your penis, slide the ring to the base of the shaft, hold it in place and wipe off any excess lube to stop the ring from sliding about. Then you can proceed to bring yourself to a full erection which will keep the ring in place.

The same goes for solid rings that go below your scrotum. In that case the process is similar only you start by putting one testicle through the ring first, followed by the second followed lastly by the penis. Cock rings that restrict both the penis and the testicles can take some practice to put on and they are best fitted when the penis is completely flaccid.

How long can you wear a cock ring for?

The length of time you can wear a cock ring really depends on the type and the fit. Very tight rings or very restrictive solid rings should never be worn more than 20-30 minutes maximum at a time to avoid permanent damage to your penis.

Bespoke decorative rings or rings specifically fitted to your own personal anatomy may be worn for longer periods of time, provided they are not the restrictive type. It goes without saying that you should pay attention to any signs of discomfort that may occur.

If at any time during the use of your cock ring your penis should feel numb, cold or in discomfort then we strongly recommend you remove it asap. Trapped nerves or blood clots can be a real risk if you don’t pay attention or misuse your ring and are certainly not part of good sex.

Are there any medical restrictions on wearing cock rings?

In general it is recommended that you don’t use cock rings if you are diabetic, have any kind of blood or nerve disease or if you are taking any type of blood-thinning medication. If that is the case then you should always speak to your doctor first before you decide to use a cock ring.

It goes without saying that you also shouldn’t use a cock ring if you are injured, swollen (other than an erection) or sore in your groin/genital area.

How to remove a cock ring?

Remove a cock ring is usually a very simple procedure. If you are wearing a soft, stretchy ring or a ring with poppers or snaps, removal is quite straightforward. Simply stretch the ring or open the poppers and remove the ring from your penis.

If you are wearing a rigid or seamless ring, you may need to work a bit on your removal technique. The best way is to relax yourself, slow down or stop what you are doing until your erection goes down far enough so you can remove the ring.

Adding some lube will help to slide the ring off more easily. If you can’t relax yourself enough then splashing some cold water on your genitals can help to shrink things down to a more manageable size.

Where to buy a great cock ring?

Cock rings are a great addition to any guys toy box, they can be a lot of fun and will certainly add some spice to your sex life when used properly. Why not have a look at the full range of  cock rings on offer at kinkybuddies and experiment to see which one is the best for you.

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