What Are Cock Rings

I’m sure you’ve gotten enough spam mail to realize that the “long, thicker, longer lasting” header is really just a scam. Well, in most cases it is, but not with cock rings. Cock rings are rings of varying materials that are designed to go around your cock and make you last longer and feel thicker.

What started in China as a goat’s eye socket (yes, with lashes still intact) has since evolved into a wide range of products that may look intimidating to new users. But fear not! I am here with a guide on the different types, uses, and how to wear them.

Why Use a Cock Ring

Cock rings originate from China, where they started as a goat’s eye socket and were designed to trap blood flow in the shaft creating a harder penis and a longer lasting sexual experience. Today there are a variety of options available and, thankfully, none of them are made from the remains of animals.

Cock rings have a variety of uses and can enhance any sexual encounter, no matter your level of experience. With just a little bit of practice with putting them on, you’ll be harder and lasting longer in no time. Just be sure that you practice putting them on once or twice before bringing out in the bedroom, as they can be a bit of a hassle for new users.

How Do Cock Rings Work

Cock rings rest at the base of the shaft or around the shaft and balls. They are a little tight and restrict blood flow from exiting the penile shaft. The cock ring traps blood inside the shaft, creating a harder erection, and despite sensitivity being increased – it helps the user to last longer as well! While cock rings do have a reputation with erectile dysfunction, don’t let it deter you from trying it for the mere pleasure of its other benefits.

How To Use a Cock Ring

To use a cock ring you first need to know what your size, especially if you’re looking at a cock ring made from hard material. Picking the right size for you will help to avoid an embarrassing ER visit. To measure yourself you should be full erect and measure the circumference at the base of your shaft as well as around your shaft and scrotum – write these measurements down and use them while shopping to ensure you get the right fit!

Once you get your cock ring don’t use it for longer than 20 minutes until you’re used to it. Watch out for red flags (numbness, color changing, pain, etc) and ease into it. You should start with a couple of masturbation sessions to get used to the sensations before jumping in the sack while wearing one. To put on the cock ring you slip it on while you’re soft, if you have one that goes around your scrotum and shaft, you should slip in one ball at a time before getting it over your shaft.

If you’re going to be using your cock rings with a penis pump, you should keep a couple of sizes on hand to account for your engorged penis after pumping. Since pumping will change the size of your penis, it is best to use a slightly larger ring than normal. You should measure yourself frequently, if you’re pumping, to avoid cock ring accidents.

Different Types of Materials

Cock rings come in a lot of different shapes and material types. To name a few, there are wood, metal, and silicone. There are also the standard shape, dual pleasure, and self pleasure. Choosing one may be a little intimidating, and I recommend going with a standard, silicone ring to start out with. Cock rings are cheap enough that you’ll start amassing a collection soon enough, so it’s best to start with something easy to use and simple.

Silicone

Silicone cock rings are the most abundant and common type of cock rings. They come in all different shapes and sizes and are easy to use. They are the most easy to get out of in case of an emergency and cause the least discomfort. If properly cared for, silicone will last a long time and can be used with any type of lubricant.

Metal

Metal cock rings are the most popular for their durability and aesthetics. They do provide a bit of a learning curve, but once you know what you’re doing, it’s like riding a bike. To put on a metal cock ring you should start with lube and your scrotum. As I mentioned before, you should slip in one ball at a time and then slip in your shaft. Be gentle while doing this and try to do it when you’re soft. If you try to put on a metal cock ring while erect, it may be difficult, if not painful.

Standard

The standard cock ring is probably what you imagine when you think of a cock ring. It is a simple circle that either rests at the base of your shaft or around both your shaft and tesiticles. It’s sole purpose is the trap blood into your penis, increase your girth and sensitivity, while making you last longer in bed. It is the most popular type sold and the easiest to use.

Dual Pleasure

This is another incredibly popular type of cock ring that is designed to stimulate both the wearer and their partner. Usually a dual pleasure cock ring traps blood in the penis, like a standard cock ring, and vibrates to stimulate the receivers clit – or genitals. A lot of these are weak and hardly please the person who isn’t wearing or are too stretchy to act as a cock ring – but if you’re willing to drop a pretty penny, you’ can find some that are well worth it!

Self Pleasure

Self pleasure cock rings usually have an arm that extend backwards from the rings and is meant to be inserted into or stimulate the anus. These are popular among individuals who enjoy prostate massage. They can be used with or without a partner. Their intended use is to aid with an erection while providing hands free back door play.

While cock rings may seem intimidating to a new user, and there are a lot of options out there, they are well worth their benefits. Before buying your first cock ring you should measure yourself and go with a pliable material for your first purchase. Cock rings are great for solo or partnered play and even come in options that can help you explore back door play! No matter what you choose, you’re bound to find something you enjoy about cock rings.

76 COMMENTS

  1. My wife bought my first cockring for me and I thought she lost her damn mind. She told me to just try it out once and I gotta say I’m really glad she did. I had no idea there was this amazing benefit of keeping me harder for longer. We actually even ended up getting one of the dual pleasure types for my birthday and she loved it so much. The first one we got was pretty cheap and broke after just a few times but we’ve gotten one of the higher end ones since then and it is absolutely worth every single penny we spent on it. It makes sex better and the dual pleasure one makes my wife want sex more often. I’m a lucky guy.

    • What higher end one did you get after the second one broke? My GF wants to get a dual pleasure cock ring, but I’ve heard bad things about the cheaper ones and really want her first time trying one out to be amazing!

  2. I have never used any type of cock ring other than silicone. The idea of something that completely restricts my cock scares me. What happens when you get hard if you can’t get soft enough to get your cock back out of it?!?!? But the silicone ones are a lot of fun and are really comfortable. I started using sex toys for men when I was a teenager before I was even sexually active because I wanted to get an idea of what felt good and try to practice getting good at sex before embarassing myself around a girl. (Yes, I used blow up dolls and those masturbators) It might sound funny or dumb but it really did work getting that kind of practice in and I find that using the cock ring during sex makes me and my partner feel good. If you or your partner is feeling extra kinky it can even be fun to have your partner put your cock ring on for you to have a type of submission to her and the silicone ones are so easy to use that it’s not too much effort for someone else to do it to you.

    • I got a cock ring for my fiance that has a loop on the bottom of it so that I can attach an leash and lead him around the bedroom by his cock! Cock rings are a LOT of fun for BDSM play.

  3. I really like to use the silicone cock rings but I just recently got my first “self pleasure” cock ring. It was weird at first because it didn’t have that extra give or stretch that the silicone ones I’ve used have but I did measure myself before getting it so it is a good fit, just takes more effort to get it on. I even measured the distance from my balls to my anus just to make sure it would be perfect for me. It took a while to find a cock ring with that end to it because I guess my size isn’t a common one but now that I have the right one it feels really good. I’ve always enjoyed anal play and have butt plugs and beads and even a small vibrator for it but it was always a pain in the butt (ha) masturbating and using those for anal play and sometimes it took away from my enjoyment. Having something for anal play along with a cock ring that gives me that extra stimulation and sensitivity with it being so erect really makes it feel so much better and because the material is easy to clean too I don’t have to worry about a lot of work scrubbing it down to make sure it’s ready for next time. I’m looking forward to actually getting around to using it with someone else but I haven’t done that yet.

    • Since you got a silicone one, you can boil it! Cleaning silicone is so easy.

      That’s a really good idea to measure from your testicles to your anus. I never would had thought of that. I’m looking to get a self pleasure cock ring and now I’m worried about finding one that fits. What if I’m not a common size? How did you find one that fit you? Did you have to buy and try a lot before you found the right one? Which one did you buy?

  4. Metal cock rings have always been my favorite. I’m really big into BDSM and I have a Mistress who has ordered me to use a cock ring sometimes. She prefers to make me use the metal cock ring before it keeps me very rigid and confined so that She can tease and torment me from the moment I am with Her. Using a metal cock ring also prepared me for the cage She custom made to wrap my erection in so that I remain hard for Her but I am unable to touch myself in it. I of course use a cock ring without my Mistress as well and I enjoy using it just for masturbating and sometimes try to see how long I can keep a stimulation going with the metal cock ring and an anal vibrator before I give in and have to masturbate.

    • I, also, make My sub use a cock ring. It keeps him very sensitive but helps him to last longer so that I can play with him more. I usually make him wear it while I use a vibrator on his head. It drives him NUTS.

      I also have one that fits him when he is soft and I make him wear it almost daily. It’s like a collar…. for his junk.

  5. The first and only toy for guys I’ve ever used is a cock ring. I think I have one of each type mainly because I wanted to see if they gave different sensations. I personally find that they do different things for me since the tightness or restriction varies and even the temperatures and textures make a difference for me. I don’t really use them when it’s just me but I do use them during sex with my girlfriend. When she really wants to go at it for a long amount of time I’ll go as long as I can and then after I cum I use the cock ring to make it easier to go again for her. Her favorite is the one that vibrates because it hits her in just the right spot so I can get her to cum and she’ll let me go as deep as I can so it adds pressure with the vibrating part. Overall they have a big impact on our sex life.

    • My husband has one that vibrates really strongly and makes his dick vibrate too. It feels like I’m being fucked by a vibrator without having to do any of the work myself. And he is curved so is cock hits my g-spot a lot and I can get off so easy when he wears that cock ring. It’s great!

  6. Measuring my penis was the single weirdest thing I have ever done. And it is really uncomfortable to do but when I decided I want a hard wood cock ring that didn’t have any flexibility to it I had to do it because I couldn’t take any chances on getting the wrong size or doing something to hurt myself. I’m glad I measured because having a perfect fit cock ring really does so much more for me than the silicone one so I’m really very satisifed.

    • Wooden cock rings are my absolute favorite! I had my lady help me measure myself. It was a lot of fun, if you know what I mean. 😉

      If you haven’t gotten a wooden cock ring yet, be sure to get one from a trusted seller. Not just off of amazon. Some of them are SUPER cheap and don’t come with proper slickness and can give you splinters.

  7. I’m a little confused about how the cock rings without elasticity work. It says you shouldn’t keep a cock ring on for more than 20 minutes or whatever but what if I’m not finished or still hard how do I get the cock ring off? I’m sure a lot of men use them but that part just doesn’t make any sense to me and I’d really like to try a harder one because I think it could enhance the erections I get. I do have silicone ones that I use and I mean it doesn’t happen often but there was one time where it started to hurt when I had it on and I couldn’t get it off without breaking it. I couldn’t do that with a harder one and that scares me. I like my cock and wouldn’t want to do any damage just because I wanted a little extra fun when playing with myself or my boyfriend or whatever and he’s in the same confused boat as me.

    • Measuring is really important if you want to try something different but you shouldn’t really have any issues with getting it back off. As long as you make sure you get the right size and put it on right you’ll see it’s not as scary as you think.

      • If you don’t measure you run the risk of getting one that is too tight and trapping blood in your penis and not being able to get it back off.

        You should measure first. Always. Especially if you’re getting one that doesn’t have any elasticity.

        Measure when you’re hard and when you’re soft. That way you are sure of your size.

  8. Cock rings are my favorite sex toy! I can use it with just about anything and for anything like by myself or with a girl during sex or making my dick super hard for when she going to suck me off it’s just so hot! I use them with other toys like butt play stuff and masturbators and my super life like sex doll. They just make absolutely everything better and I don’t care if I’m preaching to non-believers or the choir but cock rings are the most amazing thing ever!

    • For some reason it never crossed my mind to use it when my girl sucks me off. That sounds like it would add a whole nother dimision of pleasure cause they do make you super sensitive.

    • I’ve only used couples rings. I didn’t realize that you could use them with everything else! I need to check out some rings for alone time.

  9. Why would anyone get a cock ring that wasn’t silicone? lol they’re easy to take care of, they’re fun, they’re cheap, and they aren’t going to permanently trap your dick so that you have to go to a hospital asking for help getting your dick out of a tight situation. Yeah silicone ones might break once in a while but at least you can replace them easy and breaking isn’t always a bad thing cause it means you’ll never actually get stuck in one.

    • Silicone cock rings have a good bit of give and after some time lose their elasticity. If you measure your dick right and use it as directed, you won’t wind up at the hospital. You just have to be careful with it and follow the directions.

  10. I can’t believe cock rings started as goat eye sockets. How would anyone cut it off the goat much less think to wrap it around their penis it’s just crazy. Whatever crazy person came up with it I’m glad they did and I had no idea it started in China. I’m glad they figured out how to make it out of something that isn’t animal body parts now, it’s as crazy as those people that came up with using sheep bladders or something as condoms. Talk about using every part of the animal. I wouldn’t go sticking my penis in animal parts but I do enjoy a good cock ring now. I only use the ones that vibrate because that is the only type that really makes it feel like a different sensation for me and I don’t really care about my erection lasting longer than normal.

    • Do you use just regular cock rings without any bells or whistles or do you use one that gets her off too? It seems like it would get in the way. When you buy a cock ring, do you have to measure length, too? I feel like the length would mess with how deep you could go.

  11. I bought my first cock ring when I was in college. Not a month later, I bought another. And another. And another. This article is so true when it says you’ll buy more cause they’re cheap and versatile.

    I use one of mine almost every time I get off. Whether I’m with my partner or not. My favorites are the metal ones.

    This article gives a lot of warnings about measuring and I wish I would had read it before I got my first metal one. I did not measure properly and it was too big. Thankfully, it was easy to exchange and I got one that fit me better.

  12. I have the metal one with the anal probe. It is amazing. I use it when I play pitcher with other dudes and it really helps me to get into the right mindset and enjoy myself even more.

  13. Oh boy do I have a story for y’all.

    I asked out this really hot chick and things were going really well. So I asked her out again and for our second date I bought a cock ring. It came in the same day as our date, so I just put it in my pocket and went out. Later, we went back to her place and I pulled out the cock ring. Trying to impress her. She was excited and got me hard before we put it on. Then we spend 20 minutes trying to get the damn thing over my balls. When it was all said and done, I was just sore and we didn’t do anything!

    TL;DR: always practice before using in bed.

  14. Cock rings can make you last longer? I had no idea! I thought they were just to trap blood in shaft and make you harder. I may have to look into this. My lady says that I last just enough time, but I wanna last longer for her. Would you recommend starting out with something stretchy or something that vibrates?

    I am NOT starting out with an eye socket. People used to do some weird shit to get their rocks off.

    • I would recommend starting off with a silicone cock ring, but make sure you measure yourself first! Silicone is simply and you don’t have to worry about learning which vibration pattern works best. It’s just put on and go. Just to see if you like it.

  15. Whoa! A METAL cock ring with a anal hook? WTF! What happens if that thing gets stuck? How do you even get that thing on? That picture is terrifying! I think I’m interested in some of these. I’ve never used a cock ring before. But that last pic looks like a bad trip to the ER.

  16. I prefer the vibrating cock rings. You can use ’em with just about any bullet. They feel good on you and basically turn you into a toy for your girl. It’s amazing.

    • I’m trying to find one that is strong enough to make my whole dick vibrate! I want to feel like an insertable hitachi wand for my fiance.

  17. My only experience with a cock ring was a cheap vibrating one from my local sex store. It was too tight, kinda hurt, didn’t do anything for my girl. We had to keep changing positions and trying to find something that worked for both of us. Neither one of us could enjoy ourselves because we both were too concentrated on making the damn thing work for us. Both of us winded up not even being horny anymore. Then when I tried to take it off everything had dried up and the ring took some of my pubes with it. It was just a terrible experience. Not one that I want to repeat with any kind of cock ring ever again.

  18. The only cock rings I’ve ever seen before this article were jelly and had cheap af bullets attached. I kinda wanna give these better quality ones a run for their money. I’ve never touched the other kinds.

  19. I got the Atom for my boyfriends birthday and it is so freaking powerful! It’s really big, but that’s because its motor is huge and its gotta house it somewhere. It’s pretty heavy too. It isn’t very stretchy, which we thought was going to be a problem. But it isn’t. You just gotta stretch it out a bit first and put it on when he’s soft. And use a lot of lube. Even on its lowest setting this damn thing could get me off. And on its highest setting it turned my boyfriend into a vibrating dildo.

  20. Be SUPER careful about which ring you buy if you have latex allergies. I didn’t think about it and wound up with a swollen cock. Not in the good way.

  21. I have ED and my DR suggested I try a penis ring with my meds. It has changed my life. When you have ED your body cant maintain the blood flow to keep you hard. With a penis ring it puts pressure around the veins that carry blood out of your penis and makes it stay in there. That way you get a longer, stronger erection. Espec. if you pair it with your ED meds.

  22. If youre using a cock ring, I came across these tips and they have helped me find one that works for me!

    1. It should fit against your body without any gaps.
    2. It should stay in place when you stand up even if you arent hard.
    3. It shouldnt be too tight.
    4. Take a hot bath or shower before you put it on to help with your bloodflow.
    5. If you shave first it wont pull out your pubic hair.
    6. Always use it alone when youre jerking it before you use it with a partner.
    7. If you use it while youre standing up or youre on top it can help pull more blood into your penis.
    8. Always use lube when putting one on.
    9. You can take it off any time during sex.
    10. Vibrating rings arent just for her they can help you get horny too.

  23. Doctor here. If you are ever using a device to help maintain your erection be aware of any pain, numbness, feeling of pins and needles, or unusual swelling. Any of these signs can lead to serious issues and you should stop what you are doing and remove any erection aids immediately.

  24. i have tried all of the cock rings and if u wanna get one just to try out u gotta get a good 1. even if u wanna save some $$. dont buy a cheap 1 just bc it is cheap. the bionic bullet is rly good. so is the basics vibrating rabbit cock ring. i rly like the desire luxury rechargeable 1 tho. it works best for me. it costs a lil more $$ but it is rly worth it.

  25. My wife has the Mimi by Je Jou, I didn’t know they made cock rings too! She loves using the Mimi when we have sex together, I bet the cock ring would work even better!

  26. When I first started taking an interest in sex I tried a lot of the things that are supposed to end up in your spam box. I don’t know why I thought they’d work. None of them did. One day I was talking to a friend and he said that he swears by cock rings. I got one and it changed my entire life! It is rare that I have sex or get off without one these days.

  27. I got the three ring set that comes sm, med, and lrg. The sm goes around your dick, the med goes around your ball, the lrg goes around everything! I haven’t gotten where I can use them all at one time, but they’re great used on their own.

    If you’re going to try a cock ring, do a little man-scaping first. If you have longer hairs they WILL get pulled out.

  28. My wife was skeptical of using a cock ring for the longest time. She didn’t think we needed any sort of sexual aides. I finally talked her into giving it a shot and she said I am so much harder when I do.

  29. When I was a teen I stole one of my sisters hair ties and would wrap that around the base of my cock. It made jerking off feel so much better. I was harder and usually lasted a bit longer when I used the hair tie. I had no idea that cock rings was a thing back then. When I got older I showed a girl my trick and she suggested I try a cock ring. I did and it’s so much better than using hair tie.

  30. I got a rly good metal cock ring. It was made of titanium. I used it a couple of times before the incident and it was a little snug but nothing too bad. One night, I guess I had more blood flow down there than normal, I couldnt get it off and my manhood started to swell up. After trying for a few hours it rly started to hurt so I went to the ER. They couldnt get it off of me either. They tried to use a bone cutter but it wasnt working cause the metal was too good. The ER had to call the fire department and they used something for cars. It was so fucking scary dude. I just knew they were going to cut my manhood off. Anyway, i dont use cock rings anymore.

  31. I recently got a cock.

    I think I put it on right before getting an erection. I put it on around my shaft and balls but it didn’t make it look bigger or anything.

    I think I’m about average to begin with, but I really just wanted to try it out. I got the pack of 3 silicone. I’m kind of thick so I think it was a bit too tight. Do I need to find something bigger? The orgasms feel the same. Am I doing something wrong?

  32. I don’t think it will make you any bigger, but it makes me last longer.

    I bought a 2 inch stainless steel ring. It’s hefty and feels good. My girlfriend enjoys the sensation.

  33. I’m a pretty well endowed dude and I use cock rings to keep from bruising my gf’s cervix.

    When we are fuckin if I go too deep and hit her cervix, an she finds it rather painful. So if I wear a cock ring at the base of my dick I can fuck freely without worry of going to deep cause it is thick enough to be used as a buffer.

  34. If you wanna try cock rings out before investing in buying a higher end one, Trojan makes a disposable vibrating cock ring. Their ring lasts 20 ish minutes and cost $11ish.

  35. Cock rings feels different for everyone, that can be fun sometimes but it can also make it disappointing for one and good for the other. Try to find some that vibrate, I find them to be the best. It’s a special occassion toy for me tho. I only use it every couple of years.

  36. My girl loves it because they give you some extra girth. If you’re on the fence, just do it, it’s a win win for everyone involved. Harder, thicker erection – good for her. Increased sensitivity – good for you.

  37. I’m in my 50s and use cockrings sometimes for different reasons, usually just to maky myself harder and last longer. You will need to try a couple different styles/materials before you will find one that you enjoy. I haven’t tried any metal ones or leather ones with straps. The risk of getting stuck or pinched is too much for me.

    You don’t have to have super tight or anything for it to do what it’s made for. Just make sure you get the right size cause if it’s too tight it can hurt you. But if you get the right size you and your love will know! There is a big difference. Some go around the balls, some go around the shaft, some do both with two different loops.

    Personally, I like the ones that go around both with two different loops cause it makes me last longer and more sensitive for BJs. The ones that go behind the balls and over the shaft are best for PIV.

  38. I bought a leather one. It looks super cool and makes me harder and thicker. Don’t leave it on too long though cause I can’t fee much after a bit.

  39. I like to wear a cockring under my speedo when I go swimming cause it really enhances my bulge. I’m a fairly fit guy and I love wearing provocative small and tight swimming briefs with cock rings. It draws attention to the shape of my penis on the frontside of my speedo. Looks kinky and feels even kinkyer. I’m fully shaved but I’ve seen older men wear them in the shower at the gym, I’m sure having some hair down there helps to hide it. I think a black silicone ring would stand out.

  40. I recently learned that Eminem bought Elton John and his husband diamond-encrusted cock rings as a wedding present. Elton said they’re still unused, which is kinda sad. Can you imagine how elegant a cock would look encircled in diamonds? LOLOLOL. Or how FABULOUS a man would feel wearing one. Eminem is truly amazing. LOL.

  41. Last weekend I grabbed a Trojan vibrating ring for my lady and I. However, it only lasted so long, and while the vibration made my body do all kinds of things, I think I’d like something a little stronger. Anyone here have any suggestions?

  42. i have a cock ring made of cheap surgical tubing with a cinch on it. if you do a hard kegel when you cinch it, it’ll hold the kegel for you and make you a little bit bigger and harder. the head of your cock gets bigger too. and the head gets more sensitive.

  43. A nonvibrating cock ring can definitely help with keeping an erection and lasting longer in bed. I’m overweight so I might benefit more than others considering your weight affects your blood circulation. Cock rings can help you reach your full potential. They’ll give you rock hard erections, a shiny head, and make your veins stick out!

  44. I recommend starting with a soft, stretchy cock ring if you’re a newbie. Personally, I like the ones that have a small ring for the shaft, a larger ring for under the balls, and a place to put a vibrating bullet. My wife really likes that variety too.

    In general, cock rings make me a bit harder, a bit more sensitive, and it’s easier to keep my erection. An added bonus that I did not expect is that it keeps things hard for a little while after I cum as well, so my wife can keep going for a bit if she wants or needs to.

  45. I thought the flexible cock rings were great but I tried a metal one and it was absolutely mind-blowing! Flexible rings give me a fat, squishy erection. When I wear a metal ring, my erections are so much stronger! I feel like I could break marble! They give me the kind of erections and hardness that I had when I was a teenager. I’ve noticed that orgasms with metal cock rings are more intense too. I can feel my orgasm building in my testicles, I’ve never experienced this before. Metal rings also delay my orgasms a good bit, which is something that the elastic rings couldn’t or didn’t do very well for me. I have more control over when I climax. This means that when she says “fuck me harder” I can really go at it and not worry about getting off too soon. And knowing that my erection is bigger, harder, and under my control gives me a lot of confidence! If you’re on the fence about them, you really need to just jump in and give them a try. Metal cock rings are the BEST.

  46. Just wanted to add to this discussion by saying, metal cock rings are for the very experienced. Don’t go straight for this material type if you’re new to the cock ring scene.

    Source: It’s not fun getting one removed in the ER.

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