Cock rings are one of the most popular sex toys for partners on the market today. But, it’s an often-misunderstood toy. Whether due to stigma or sheer fear, the cock ring is a toy that you need to have in your pleasure chest.

For those new to the cock ring world, the first question that always comes to mind is how to use a cock ring properly. Well, we got you covered.

Sit back and relax because our comprehensive cock ring guide is about to begin.

A Very Brief History Of Cock Rings

Ancient records prove that men have been tying things around their penis for erotic purposes dating back to 13th century China.

The first documented cock ring was made out of a goat’s eyelid, yes you read that right, a goat’s eyelid with the eyelashes still attached for their partner’s pleasure.

Since then cock rings have been made out of everything under the sun across the centuries. From jewel-encrusted rings to ivory, jade and bronze. But, it wasn’t until the sexual revolution in the 1960’s that they took their rightful place in the mainstream.

While a goat’s eyelid (with eyelashes!) might not be the most erotic thing to attach to your penis today, cock rings have been a source of pleasure since men figured out they could wrap things around their penis.

What Is A Cock Ring?

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A cock ring is a ring that is attached to the base of an erect penis to restrict blood flow to the surrounding areas.

The pressure the cock ring applies to an erection causes the blood to move slower through the penis and thus producing a longer, harder erection and orgasm that is stronger and insanely more pleasurable.

A cock ring, also known as a c-ring, penis ring, or shaft ring, has updated itself significantly since it’s goat eyelids days of yore. You can find rings made out of a variety of materials as well as significant technological advances that include vibration, attachments for anal pleasure, and other novelty purposes (but, more on that later…).

What Does A Cock Ring Do?

A cock ring acts like a natural Viagra, but in the opposite way. While Viagra pumps blood into the penis, a cock ring restricts blood flow that moves out of the penis. But, both help to keep your erection longer than normal.

With the pressure from the cock ring, blood moves a lot slower out of the penis, which allows the cock to stay fully erect.

In short, cock rings help to keep an erection harder, sustain a longer erection, and delay an orgasm. And, the most exciting aspect of a cock ring is that they promote the super erection.

Why You Need A Cock Ring

Some men might think that they don’t need a cock ring. Well, our response to that is – you don’t necessarily need ice cream, but the mixture of sweet, creamy and cold tickles your senses in all the right places and tastes oh-so-delicious; it leaves you cumming (see what did there – wink, wink) back for more.

And the stigma associated with cock rings should be left in the past along with their outdated (and misguided) views. They are not (only) an aid for men with erectile dysfunction or any other myths and misconceptions out there. Men deserve to enhance their pleasure and experiment with things they like, period – no questions asked.

Some men and women simply like the look of a big cock, and your c-ring can accomplish that satisfyingly well. Others, want staying power and to keep the erection longer to please themselves and their partners.

And, of course, there is the whole edging aspect. Edging is the art of delaying or stopping right when you are on the peak of an orgasm. A cock ring can deliciously aid in those all-consuming orgasms resulting from delayed gratification.

For couples looking to spice things up in the bedroom, cock rings are the perfect toy. They are easy to use and easy to find. Win-win.

Which Ring Is Right For You

You really are spoiled for choice when it comes to cock rings. It’s a great time to be a man with a penis. There are so many high-quality rings to choose from, so it all depends on your desired effect.

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  • Standard Penis Ring – This is a ring that sits at the base of your penis. It’s great for those who are new to the toy and it comes in different sizes. If you don’t purchase a stretchy material cock ring, such as metal or leather, then you need to measure your erect girth in order to find the perfect fit.
  • Cock and Ball Ring – This ring is exactly as it sounds. It fits around both the penis and the balls. This is for the more experienced user because the result is stronger erections and more intense pleasure.
  • Vibrating Rings – Those without a penis find this one to be their favorite. For good reason too! The cock ring can vibe the clit during penetration. Or you can turn the vibe part around and stimulate the balls or perineum. Either way, vibrating cock rings add a fun mutual layer to your sexy time. From a simple vibrating ring to a rabbit attachment – there is literally something for everyone. And you really can’t go wrong.
  • Cock Ring with Butt Plug – Like we said before, when it comes to toys, it’s a great time to have a penis – but, we forgot to add that it’s also a great time to have a prostate too. Cock rings that come with butt play attachments are for those who want to take charge of their pleasure. And let us just leave this right here – cock ring with vibrating butt plug…need we say more?
  • Quick Release Cock Ring – Worn around the base of the cock and balls, this ring is made out of super stretchy material with handles to take it off tout de suite.
  • Double Penetration Cock Rings – For the adventurous couple. This ring has an attached dildo for some full-on anal play. Just don’t forget the anal prep first!

Cock Rings Material

Cock rings come in all types of materials. However, we recommend to the novice user to start with stretchy material such as silicone, neoprene, nylon, latex or rubber. This will allow for easy and quick removal if it ever becomes uncomfortable for whatever reason.

For those more experienced and skilled with their cock rings, metal is the material of choice. But this requires a person to really understand themselves well and have a good handle on self-control. They are a lot more difficult to put on and take off than their silicone counterpart.

Other materials include leather, wood, glass, plastic, ceramic, and semi-precious stones. There is no dearth of choice when it comes to what you want to put around your cock.

How To Put On A Cock Ring, Safely

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To put on a cock ring properly you have to understand what is the purpose of a cock ring first and foremost. Improper use of any c-ring can result in injury or pain, and we don’t want put you off these little guys.

A ring should never be worn to the point of numbness or tingling either, and the recommended time worn is 20 to 30 minutes max. Remember you are restricting blood flow for a harder cock not trying to make your penis fall off.

Along with some high-quality lube (just a friendly reminder: if you are working with a silicone c-ring don’t use a silicone-based lube, you’ll ruin it), you want to start with a flaccid or semi-erect penis. This is a super important rule to not forget!

Slide the lubed-up ring over the head of the penis, down the shaft and rest it comfortably at the base.

For cock and ball rings, you start with the lowest-hanging testicle and put it into the ring, followed by the other testicle. Then fold the penis into the ring and pull it through. Here is a very educational gif (NSFW) on how to correctly put on a cock and ball ring.

Once you’re hard, the pressure should feel tight, but nothing crazy. Again, if there’s any discomfort – take it off immediately.

Voila! There you have it. Putting on a cock ring may take a little work at the beginning but once you know how to wear a cock ring safely, it’s, in a word, unforgettable.

For Those Without A Penis

So, how does a cock ring work when you don’t have a penis? Well, so glad you asked!

A vibrating cock ring makes the perfect hand-held toy for clits in solo acts. The ring part just slips through the fingers and you vibe yourself to O-town.

They can also be attached to dildos and strap-ons for solo and partner play.

Creative Play

Take a vibrating cock ring and turn the vibe part on the balls while your partner gives you head. Don’t say we didn’t warn you when you just about to lose your mind.

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Helpful Tips and Tricks

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We really can’t stress the importance of safe practices when using a cock ring. This is the difference between a deep and powerful orgasm and a trip to the emergency room.

If your cock ring is too tight or worn longer than you should, you could do serious damage. Priapism is a grim condition that sees the penis erect long after orgasm and can cause irrevocable damage to the nerve and erectile tissue.

Only you can understand the tightness of your cock ring. The tighter the cock ring, the harder and the longer the erection. So, the tightness is subjective amongst users. But, again, this should not be done to the point of pain.

For beginners start low and slow. Keep the tightness to a minimum and don’t wear longer than 20 minutes maximum. However, you may start off with less time and build yourself up from there.

Cock rings should never be used if you suffer from diabetes or any other circulation issues. Best, check with your doctor in those cases.

The more comfortable you get wearing a cock ring, the more at ease you become with these heightened sensations. And from there you are able to ante up your cock ring game.

We are all about sex positivity when done safely – so don’t forget your condom if you aren’t with a partner you swapped DNA with.

How To Take Off Your Cock Ring

Once you reach your orgasm and ejaculate, it’s time to take off the ring.

If you are wearing a silicone or any other stretchy material, they are easy to just pull off. Also, if your cock ring has any snaps, buttons, or Velcro – you can just pop that guy right off.

Metal and other immovable cock rings need a flaccid penis before removal. Thus, we leave those for the seasoned pros.

When removing your ring watch out for any pubic hair or skin, but other than that congratulate yourself on an orgasm well done.

How To Clean Your Cock Ring

When you are finished it’s always important to clean your toy. Because the next time you want to use it, you don’t want to be wasting time cleaning. Also, the more you take care of your toys, the longer they last.

Depending on your material, you will need to care for it specifically.

Porous and non-porous materials each have a special way of cleaning, but typically soap and water, or a good quality toy cleaner should do the trick. Make sure you read the instructions that come with you cock ring to ensure the nasty bits will all be washed away without any damage.

Here’s Your How To Use A Cock Ring Cheat Sheet

  • Lube, lube and more lube. Slather up that cock ring – you don’t want to pull any skin or hair. Think about using a water-based lube to protect the goods.
  • Flaccid penis (semi-erect is ok) or it’s a no go.
  • Penis rings go on down to the base of the shaft. These are great for beginners.
  • If your cock ring is designed to go around the balls then start with one testicle and then the other, followed by the penis. These are more for the seasoned pros.
  • Have intense, more pronounced orgasm from the delayed gratification.
  • But, make sure you don’t wear it for more than 20 to 30 minutes. And definitely, don’t sleep in it.
  • And just like putting it on, take it off when you are soft. Watch out for your hair!
  • Clean it.