You asked? Cock Rings

Chelsea Girl requested that I address the issue of cock rings. So, here goes.

Once upon a time, in Middle Earth, a Hobbit named Frodo went on a quest to destroy the One Ring that would rule them all… Err. Well. Okay, different ring.

A cock ring is a blood-flow restrictor for the penis. Cock rings are the original penis-enlargement procedures. So, for starters, there’s the size-increasing bonus plan that the rings provide. The real benefit, though, comes in the fact that the trapped blood causes the penis to require more stimulation in order to come. (And when you do come, one word: gusher.)

What does that result in? More playtime (for most men — read on). A longer-lasting, new, improved loverman with a harder cock and the ability to go for a little while longer. It’s a great toy, particularly for those wanting more marathonish experiences in the bedroom.

How does it work? Simple. A cock ring wraps around the very base of the shaft (with or without the testicles, depending on the type/size of ring used), which traps blood in the upper regions of the cock. If you want a see-for-yourself experiment, just wrap an elastic band around your finger. If you find the right amount of snugness, not only does your finger get a little larger and a little stubbier, it can also get more sensitive to touch. (Which is problematic for premature ejaculators, who may not be able to handle a cock ring, but there are men who are less sensitive, too, with cock rings, so it’s a user-specific experience.)

If you’re a guy and you’re nervous about putting on a cock ring and then imploding sooner than you want to, then I suggest trying it out during your Sunday morning masturbation routine as you get to know Jenna Jameson a little better, or something.

Now, I don’t know about using a hair scrunchy in the Loverman-Improvement-Plan, but go on ahead and try it, if that’s all you got kickin’ around the house tonight. Finding the right cock ring can be a challenge, since too much restraint can cause injury to the bad boy, and too tight a ring might prove a bitch to get removed.

(Just imagine that visit to the hospital emergency room, eh?)

Cock rings come in all sizes and any number of different materials and designs. You can get a nice leather strap with a clasp, very adjustable, and very safe, and every bit as good as any other ring. You can get a leather strap with a number of snaps on it, allowing for any number of girths, also a great, safe approach.

You can get metal rings, plastic rings, rubber rings, and they all need to often be sized for your shaft’s width. A little trickier, I’m afraid. You can get funky ones with mini vibes attached that offer clitoral stimulation during the sex act.

It really comes down to your personal style and what just feels right for you. Some rings are all flash, and that’s fine, but it’s pretty unnecessary. Some rings are a feat of engineering since they have elaborate designs that can do everything from tugging and restraining the balls to clamping off the shaft, and even clamping your nipples at the same time. Clearly the latter design’s for those who’ve ridden all the smaller rides in the park and are looking for a little more bang for the buck.

Experts recommend that a cock ring shouldn’t be too tight (for seemingly obvious reasons) and shouldn’t be left on for more than 20 minutes, definitely not more than 30. Now you’re thinking, “well, why not apply it during the act and really prolong our experience?” Nice thinking, but a guy’s got to be flaccid or only semi-hard to apply these bad boys.

If it’s a new experience for you, don’t use metal rings. It’s advisable to use adjustable or stretchable cockrings, since this is one experience you don’t want to have go bad because you’re bad at judging your size.

Cock Ring Emergencies: You got ballsy and decided to try a metal cock ring, and now it’s stuck ‘cos your billy stick got too big to remove the bastard? Fill the tub with COLD water and sit in it. In a couple minutes you’ll be happier about experiencing shrinkage than you’ve ever been, and you should be able to get it off. If not, you’re going to the emergency room, kids.

Cheap tricks: Why pay $20 for three rubber cock rings when you can spend $3 at a hardware store for the same product, sans packaging and spin?

Wanna read some guys’ accounts of using cock rings? Go here.

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14 Comments

  1. chelsea girl
    Posted September 24, 2005 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, dear Linguist.

    A half hour window of turgid opportunity, you say?

    Not nearly long enough…

    Cheers, and, uh, keep it up,
    CG

  2. scribe called steff
    Posted September 24, 2005 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    Y’know, it might be a good thing to use LATER in the evening, once you’ve already spent the poor bastard once or twice. :)

    Yeah, I think it’s a little underwhelming, the length of time, but later in the evening, after a round or two of play, to have him be bigger, harder, for longer, could really be a nice nightcap of sorts.

  3. scribe called steff
    Posted September 24, 2005 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    And I wonder, actually, if applying it DURING the act with a strap-on ring might well be possible, but I haven’t had the opportunity to try that trick.

    Any guys willing to share their experiences regarding this?

  4. Mr. W
    Posted September 24, 2005 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

    I’ve never used cockrings. Not that I haven’t given it thought — but just never got there. If anything I’ve had the complaint that I can take “too long”. Maybe that’s a journal entry there in itself, but as far as this is concerned — I would have to say no to metal, and yes to the vibrating fun toys cuz that’s double the pleasure.

    As always a nice post! :)

  5. RuKsaK
    Posted September 25, 2005 at 12:51 am | Permalink

    I also have never used cockrings, but, surprisingly actually, nobody has ever proposed to my penis. I’ve not given up though and so will wear one as soon as it gets married.

  6. scribe called steff
    Posted September 25, 2005 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    Mr. W — Thanks! Yeah, the metal rings sound like gambling to me. I suppose they offer more restraint, for lack of a better word, than other more flexible forms of rings, but at what price? I’d hate to be a guy and have THAT go wrong on me.

    Ruksak — Tee hee. Nice comment. How traditional of you. :)

  7. Grover
    Posted September 26, 2005 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    God, just the thought of having too small of a metal one on makes me want to vomit. I can’t imagine how that would hurt! :-O

  8. GayBoy
    Posted September 27, 2005 at 2:09 am | Permalink

    been there, done that, got the tee shirt and a video!

    (giggle)

  9. haretoday
    Posted October 4, 2005 at 7:32 am | Permalink

    simple stainless steel. you go to your nearest leather rack and ask the associate what size you ought to have. they will give you a leather strap with snaps on it at various places. kinda like a braclet but with lots of snaps. the associate will then tell you to go into the dressing room if you’re too shy and wrap it around both balls and cock. then snap at the nearest and most comfortable location. your nerves ought to be at a point where you are not hard and aroused…long and stiff.…excited and messy…and actually somewhere near flacid will be expected. when this is done, you take the leather strap with the snaps snapped where you snapped it and proudly display it to the associate. they will use their learned knowledge and then sell you a round ring. stainless. simple. this of course ought to be for your first time. aftwards, you can get crazy and go for other materials and colors or home modifications if you like.

    there of course is the local hardware store. find an aisle, any aisle with little metal bits…close your eyes.…turn around three times.…stick your hand out and grab the first thing you touch and buy it. take it to your “place” and “learn” it.

  10. scribe called steff
    Posted October 4, 2005 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    Hare — Thanks for the valued insight. :)

    I’ll make note of that if ever the opportunity to cuff my cock should arise.

    Maybe my fantasy life is getting too rich.

  11. ZGD63
    Posted October 5, 2005 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    My wife and I have really gotten into these lately. I’ve never had a hardness or longevity problem…it’s more for her pleasure as we use one with a vibe and another that just has all sorts of ticklers on it. I put ‘em on when hard by lubing up. It isn’t that tight as the silicone gives a bit.

  12. Walking Wounded
    Posted October 6, 2005 at 6:31 am | Permalink

    Cock rings can be alot of fun. But like everything else, I have a firm belief in moderation for the sake of enjoyment and safety. Besides enhancing the girth of the penis it adds sensation to the penis which makes something like this a win-win for both partners.

    I agree with the importance of sizing and using different positions for the ring to find what is most comfortable for you. For a beginner I would definitely stick to a stretchable ring. Once you get in tune to how your penis responds to being constricted during arousal you can upgrade to metal rings.

    Done right, can be a very good experience indeed!

    Peace

  13. Silly Old Bear
    Posted October 11, 2005 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    I had once sent an e-mail to Chelsea Girl about this exact topic, I wonder if that prompted her question for you.

    I’ve recently purchased one but not had a chance to use it yet…

  14. Anonymous
    Posted March 28, 2008 at 3:49 am | Permalink

    On the hardware store note I would think you could get rubber o-rings for under a buck in whatever size you want. You might need to go to somewhere like a plumbing store for those.

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