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Posted by: Martin | 2003/02/17

Cock rings

What is a "cock ring"?

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Cock rings are used to restrict blood flow out of the penis, which creates sensations of tightness and pressure that many men find pleasurable. Although some men find that wearing a cock ring can make erections firmer or longer lasting, I do not advise using cock rings to “cure” erectile difficulties without first consulting a physician. Because of individual anatomical differences, cock rings will not fit all men equally well, but here are my tips for putting on some of the different cock rings.

Cock rings are usually worn at the base of the penis, behind the scrotum, although some men wear them around the shaft of the penis only. Most men find it easier to put on a cock ring when the penis is placid or not fully erect. You may want to trim or shave the hair around the base and /or scrotum to decrease the likelihood of catching hair in the ring or snaps. I recommend wearing cock rings for no longer than they are comfortable, or 20 minutes, whichever is shorter. If you’re using a ring for the first time, you may want to remove it after five or ten minutes so you can become familiar with the various sensations cock rings provide.

Single – strap cock ring (adjustable):
Place behind the scrotum and fasten over the top of the penis. Adjust for snugness. Because these are economical, easy to put on, and quickly removable if sensation become to intense, I recommend these for men who are trying cock rings for the first time.

Single cock ring (solid):
These should only be used by men experienced with other types of cock rings. When the penis is soft, tuck testicles (one at a time), then the penis, through the ring. Lubricants can be helpful in removing solid cock rings from an erect penis. Ejaculation, cold water or an ice compress will reduce the size of an erection and may also aid in removal. I also recommend keeping a blunt – tipped safety or paramedical scissors on hand to cut the ring, if necessary. (or dial the fire brigade)
To remove from a flacid penis, push penis back through the ring and “untuck” testicles.

Testicle spreader (double crown):
Place the longer strap behind the scrotum and snap closed on top of the penis, forming a ring. The short straps should be hanging down, behind the scrotum. Snap each short strap to the ring, using one hand to hold a testicle and the other to bring the strap between the testicles to the side of the ring.

Ball – stretcher (triple crown):
Place the longest strap behind the scrotum and snap closed on top of the penis. Pull the testicles to the bottom of the scrotum and snap the ball stretcher - the widest piece of leather – around the scrotum above the testicles. Bring the thin strap between the testicles and snap to the ball stretcher. Sensations of pressure can be increased by adding small weights or a leash to the attached D – ring.


Double – strap (Duet crown):
Place the longest strap over the top of the penis and behind the scrotum. Snap closed with the strap connecting both rings on top of the penis. Snap the smaller strap around the penis shaft.

Good and bad points:
Some men find straps can be very useful if their erections soften before they are ready, or if they never fully harden. But, like other aids, they can also simple be fun. They look dramatic and can add visual spice to sex.

However, care is needed. These devices can be cold, hard and uncomfortable. You can’t guarantee that a condom, if used, will not be snagged or damaged, so they may not be suitable if that is your method of contraception or you would like to use one for safer sex reasons. You might also like to check that if your partner has entered using a four – ring gate, he hasn’t left with only three. If you lie together for some time after orgasm and he does begin to go soft, a ring can slip off as he withdraws. Some of the devices release by snapping open, so watch you don’t nip a tender spot.

WARNING!!
Do not use cock rings if you bleed easily or have a blood clotting disorder, if you are a diabetic, or if you suffer from any peripheral vascular or nerve disease. Do not use these toys if you are taking anti-coagulants, aspirin, or any other blood – thinning medication. In the event use causes discomfort or any unusual body changes – including bruising, pain, bleeding or loss of sensation - discontinue use immediately and check with a sex – positive doctor. Do not place over a sore, swollen or infected areas or areas without sensation.

The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical exmanication, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.

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