A ring? Around my penis? The idea creates questions and doubt for many men—at first! Here we take the mystery out of penis rings and explain how these handy tools, combined with penis pumps, can add rigidity and staying power to your erection.
First off is an explanation of what a penis or cock ring is. Known by many names, a penis ring is a circular band made of acrylic, rubber, metal, or other material that is placed around the base of the penis once it is erect. The ring constricts the blood in the penis, causing the erection to stay in place. Learn more about what is a cock ring and what does a cock ring do.
Penis rings are key components of penis pumps, which can be a powerful tool in taking back your sex life. These devices involve a penile tube that is placed over the penis. One end attaches to the base of the penis and the other end to a manual or battery‑operated pump. The pump creates a vacuum suction that draws blood into the penis creating an erection. Once the erection is achieved the ring is secured at the base of the penis holding the erection in place. The pump can provide the extra stimulation that might be needed to create the erection.
It’s important to know that certain cock rings can be used on their own. For example, the Maintain Loop by Rejoyn Medical features an o‑ring and ball‑locking unit, which allows you to tighten or loosen it while you’re wearing it. It can even be worn throughout the day, providing just enough pressure on the urethra to prevent urinary leakage.
Because they constrict the blood in the penis, penis rings can address how to keep an erection longer, as well as create new and different sensations in your erection, orgasm, and ejaculation. Sources say this can help men who may lose an erection due to performance anxiety by “taking the pressure off of the brain and literally applying pressure around the penis.” Knowing that sex will happen can make sexual relationships less stressful and eliminate the guesswork surrounding whether you’ll be able to perform. One source describes cock rings as just “gear for the sexual athlete”—you may not technically need it, but it can make you better.
Another aspect of penis rings is that partners like them too. In addition to making erections firmer and longer‑lasting, penis rings also present opportunities for partners to get involved, which can make interactions more sexual and passionate. Partners can help apply lubricant to the ring or place the ring on the penis. There are also rings that have features and vibrating components that can provide clitoral stimulation, adding pleasure for partners.
Using the penis ring with a penis pump can also be beneficial for returning to sex after prostate cancer. The penis pump can be used on your own to promote the flow of oxygen to the penis, rebuilding tissue and aiding in the recovery process. You can even skip the ring and just focus on restoring blood flow and reacquainting your body with the feel of an erection.
When it comes to something that encircles the penis and constricts blood, a common concern many men have is whether penis rings are painful or uncomfortable. In reality, penis rings are perfectly safe, but precautions should be taken. Experts advise to be careful not to catch the ring on pubic hairs when you’re putting it on and off. They also recommend not wearing it for more than 20 minutes, and if you do experience any discomfort or sensitivity, to take it off. The experience should be stimulating and intriguing, not irritating. It does not hurt.
- Do not fall asleep while wearing the ring. It can harm circulation.
- Consult your doctor before using the ring if you have a history of circulation problems.
- Monitor your penis while the ring is in use. Make sure it doesn’t become overly constricted. If you feel any coldness or numbness, remove the ring as soon as possible and seek medical attention if needed.
Also, it’s important to know that penis rings are often marketed as adult‑enhancement “toys,” available online or in novelty stores. While these can be just as fun, it’s important to keep your eye on quality. Toys can be fun, but not when it comes to putting your special instrument into something that can constrict or tighten.
Finally, proper care and storage of the penis ring is essential. Like all sex “toys” and devices, it should be kept clean and free of bacteria. Wash it regularly after use with mild soap and warm water and allow it to dry thoroughly. Keep it out of reach of children, and store it in a safe place where it will not be accidentally discovered. The penis ring doesn’t look particularly “adult‑oriented,” and it could easily be mistaken for a ring for a finger or a small bracelet! Take caution!
Learn more about how to use a penis ring and how to keep an erection longer with the help of a penis ring. And for more information on exactly how to use a penis pump, download our free resource below.