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Put a Ring on It: Cock Rings 101

Put a Ring on it | What you need to know about cock rings

What is a cock ring anyway?

Cock rings are exactly what they say they are - a ring, usually made of super stretchy and soft material like silicone. They're a simple sex toy that can go a long way - for both partners. They have multiple benefits for men - making them harder and able to last longer. 

A well fitting cock ring gives a man more control over his erection and orgasm - helping to delay ejaculation and to sustain and maintain erections.  Cock rings also provide lots of visual stimulation - they trap the blood flow in the penis, making the veins along the shaft stand out and often come in fun and funky colors.  

How does it work and how do you use 'em?

Cock rings can come in a variety of structures and materials, but ultimately they are all a semi stretchy ring that is placed at the base of the penis (and sometimes around the balls for an extra snug fit).

Since the ring is tight around the base, it restricts any blood flowing away and keeps everything in the same place - making the penis harder and often providing an illusion of an increase in size. One great thing about cock rings is that while they certainly spice things up, they don’t overstimulate the person wearing it. This restriction also helps to delay orgasm and can also prevent men from losing an erection.  Cock rings are a great alternative to desensitizing and numbing sprays. 

How do you put a cock ring on?

Start with a flaccid or semi-erect penis, stretch the ring wide and pull your penis through - you'll be able to readjust when it's secured around the base. Add some lube for some extra comfort! You'll feel the ring tighten as your penis becomes more erect.  We recommend a little bit of man-scaping before wearing a cock ring - keeping pubic hair short and well trimmed will prevent the ring from snagging on any loose hairs (ouch!)

Does size matter?

The rule of thumb is to choose a cock ring that has a slightly smaller diameter than the base of your penis - but as we said earlier, most penis rings are made to be super stretchy, so there's definitely some flexibility to work with!

How can they please your partner?

Your harder and longer lasting erections are certainly perks for your partner too, but there's more! Vibrating cock rings can also stimulate the clitoris of your partner - think twice as nice stimulation!  Vibrating cock rings exist to provide even more stimulation for you and your partner and come in a variety of options - single speeds, rechargeable, remote control, there's even one with a bluetooth app.  It can be a little hard to choose the perfect cock ring for your needs, but we've picked a few of the best to help you get started.

Which ones are our favorites? 

There are many cock rings to choose from, but these are some of our faves:

Screaming O Super Stretchy C-Rings are basic and budget friendly! It's snug, smaller in size, and has intense hold. It's made from soft and flexible silicone, so pair with a quality water based lube!  This ring is ideal for erection control and a perfect choice for showing off an eye-popping erection.

Screaming O Super Stretchy C-Ring

Tantus' Vibrating C-Ring is made from super soft silicone making everything smooth and comfortable! It's extra stretchy making it perfect for beginners. This c-ring comes with a removable 3 speed bullet vibrator for extra stimulation!

Tantus Vibrating Super Soft C-Ring

We Vibe Pivot is made of soft and stretchy silicone, provides deep vibrations, and it's shape offers hands-free clitoral stimulation. It's also rechargeable can be paired with the ever so convenient We Vibe app!

We Vibe Pivot Vibrating Cock Ring

How do you care for it?

Unless stated otherwise, many cock rings are meant for multiple uses, you can keep them clean with warm and soapy water and try to keep them away from dust. Since many are made with soft silicone, stay safe and stick to water based lubes; we recommend Sliquid H20!