#askKait: What does a penis ring do and why try one?

This article answering, “what does a penis ring do?” originally appeared on Blood + Milk.

Anonymous Asks:

What do you think of cock rings?

Dear Anonymous—

The short answer is that I think they’re great! In 10+ years of selling sex toys, cock or penis rings are among the most popular picks. Folx of all genders, sexualities, and relationship structures love this versatile toy!

Read on for the longer answer of why I love penis rings, how to put on a penis ring, and how to choose the best penis ring for you.

What does a penis ring do?

Penis rings are the original hands-free couples’ vibrator. In addition to adding fun, newness, and variety, they also offer a bunch of benefits to the user and their partner, alike:

  1. They help people with penises stay harder longer. This makes it easier and more likely that both partners experience orgasm, perhaps even simultaneous orgasm.
  2. They can help secure the condom. Check out our top picks for the best condoms here.
  3. Vibrating cock rings give extra stimulation to the clitoris or the balls that can enhance your pleasure and orgasm!
  4. They can cause the cock to plump, adding some girth.
  5. They feel good!
  6. They can turn dildos (non-vibrating insertable toys) into vibrators.
  7. They take blow jobs to a whole new level.

Vibrating cock rings also are easy to use as a clitoral or other external toy. Just hook your fingers through the loop and press the vibrating part anywhere you want extra stimulation.

How to put on a penis ring

First of all, make sure the penis, dildo, or fingers have water-based lube on them—you do not want the toy to catch on any skin or hair! If you don’t already have a favorite lube or are looking for something new, I highly recommend this aloe-based one. It’s made with organic, body-safe ingredients, lasts WAY longer than most water-based lubes, and doesn’t get sticky or have a weird taste or smell.

Then, stretch the ring open and slide it to the base of the penis. Some rings are designed to go around the balls as well. Check the information included in yours. Either way, do not let the ring snap (unless that’s something you and your beau(s) agreed on), but gently let it close.

If the cock ring has a vibrator, decide which direction you want to point that part. As a general rule, pointing the vibrator up (towards the wearer’s head) stimulates the other person while pointing it down (towards the wearer’s feet) stimulates the wearer. Of course this can change depending on the sex position, genitals of the wearer, and whether it’s being used on a toy or a person.

Then, enjoy yourselves! Keep in mind that you may have to adjust the ring a few times, depending on the fit and how vigorous your sexy times are!

How to choose a penis ring

Start by thinking about the benefits you want from the cock ring. 

If premature ejaculation is the issue, consider a non-vibrating option like this one. If adding vibration, using it as an external vibrator, or experiencing orgasm during intercourse is the goal, go for one with a built-in vibrator. This is my clients’ fave.

As always, look for ones made of body-safe materials like silicone, ABS hard plastic, and wood. For cock rings, I recommend silicone ones over hard plastic or wood, because they better accommodate penises of varying girth.

You may also consider reading some reviews, particularly if the wearer is on the smaller or girthier side. I recommended the two above because they are very versatile and stretchy. In many years of recommending these to clients, not one has broken or snapped, even when clients report a rather well-endowed partner. 

Penis rings can be one part of an intimate, exciting, and fulfilling sex life.

While they may not solve underlying sexual problems, they add a new dimension to your sexy times and can help with a ride range of sex issues. 

Find out why penis rings for yourself!

Want to stay harder longer? Looking for a hands-free vibrator that brings you both more pleasure? Shop a curated selection of penis rings, each made of body safe materials and made to accommodate a variety of penis or dildo sizes and girths.

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