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 own a cock ring.

“Multitasking” should be the cock ring’s middle name. You may see them listed as “stamina rings”, “love rings”, or “penis rings”, but they all do the same fantastic job of boosting your erection and enhancing your pleasure.

(Most of our advice is pretty penis-centric, but fear not: clitoris-havers can also enjoy these fantastic toys!)

Cock rings work by preventing blood from flowing back down the penis, which in turn may help make erections feel harder and last longer than usual. Your individual experience may vary from cock ring to cock ring, but we can all agree this sounds like a pretty good thing.

Some people choose cock rings that are worn on the shaft, while others like the feeling of cock rings that go around both the penis and the testicles. Whatever type you prefer, this guide will show you the best tips and tricks on how to get the most out of your cock ring.

Video: How to Use a Cock Ring

In this video, our sexperts dispel 5 common myths about cock rings so you have less to worry about, and more to look forward to.

Try it on for size

Before relying on your cock ring in the bedroom, we recommend you try it on for size and fit. At no point should the cock ring feel painful or distractingly uncomfortable. If you see 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.

“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.” - LoverPlanet

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 (30 minutes) to let the blood flow in your penis go back to normal.

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. Again, 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.

Slide into a snug fit

You should put a cock ring on when your penis is flaccid, and it’s usually easier to slide your way in with the help of some lubricant. We generally recommend using a good quality water-based lube, which will be compatible with all cock rings, no matter what material they’re made of.

“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 you, stretch it, then slide it over right to the base and there you go, you're good to go.” - GooseJelly

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 of your shaft. When wearing a cock ring in front of the testicles like this, 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.

Anytime, anywhere

Cock rings aren’t just for increasing your staying power during sex with a partner. Try wearing a vibrating cock ring during your solo sessions to add mind-blowing vibrations to your personal good time.

“My partner did use this in solo play too. He had the cock ring on a different way with the bullet under his testicles. He said that this was simply amazing, as the vibrations were concentrating on one of his more sensitive areas.” - sexytime87

In fact despite the name, cock rings don’t even need to be on a penis to bring you and your partner pleasure. Slide 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.

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