The Ultimate Guide to Cock Rings - Here is Everything You Need to Know

The earliest documented use of penis rings dates back to ancient China when men used the eyelids of goats, including the eyelashes. This was meant to enhance the pleasure for their partner. Penis rings became status symbols, and men were ordering more elaborate designs from expensive materials in their search for the most impressive package. Several Chinese emperors had cock rings made from ivory or jade. European and Middle Eastern leaders preferred something a little brighter; so they usually used gold or silver. Many new penis rings were inspired by the Ouroboros, which is the ancient symbol of a snake or dragon eating its own tail.

Optimale Silicone Cock Ring Kit

Optimale Silicone Cock Ring Kit


The rise of the 1800s saw the first mass-produced cock rings being made from vulcanized rubber. Although these were more flexible than wood or metal, the thick and rigid rubber was challenging to put on and even more difficult to remove. It was later when softer, latex rubber was being produced in the 1930s and cock ring production and use really exploded. A good number of these latex c-rings were actually designed as use for car seals, but they quickly found themselves being used in the bedroom too.

The sexual revolution of the 1960s and 1970s moved the focus from being only one of the male sex toys into one that was intended for couples. Here, cock rings began to feature small bobbles and nubs designed to increase the female partner’s pleasure, just as much as they were intended to bring joy to the wearer. The most significant change occurred when sex toy manufacturers developed bullet vibrators that could fit on a cock ring. Men and women have gone crazy for these new vibrating cock rings, making them one of the most popular sex toys for use between couples.

What is a Cock Ring?

Cock ring is one of the earliest and purest forms of sex toys designed for men. They are made in the form of a ring that sits at the base of the penis and performs a constricting action on an erection. This squeezing from the cock ring actually stops the blood flowing from the penis and holds it inside to give a much harder and larger erection.

Oxballs Air Silicone Cock Ring

Oxballs Air Silicone Cock Ring


They now come in a variety of types, and are often made from rubber or silicone, and are a super-purposeful stretchy ring.

For men who wear cock rings there can be a significant ego boost, and this is because they have a harder and larger erection than without one. For partners, this can also be a welcome change and a pleasurable experience, allowing the play to last longer.

Cock rings can take some getting used to because of the extra pressure you can feel in your penis.

Benefits of Cock Rings

  • Harder and Larger Erections: An erection is much harder than usual and will be more significant because the blood flow cannot flow away from the penis. This can be a turn-on for the couple. The veins in the penis will also bulge, and the feeling for both partners will deliver a very different experience.
  • Longer Lasting Sex: Once the wearer is used to the new sensations in their penis, they can use these to delay ejaculation so that sex sessions can last for longer.
  • Increased Stimulation: The penis becomes more sensitive when a cock ring is being worn. This can be overwhelming for a few men the first couple of times, but the added sensations make the experience very pleasurable.
  • Intense Orgasms: Because there’s an abundance of the blood being retained in the penis, there is a buildup of pressure. Then, couple this with the delaying action of a cock ring and the male orgasm can be way more intense.
  • Erectile Dysfunction: Cock rings are used to help with erectile dysfunction problems. When used with penis pumps, they may enable men who are impotent to get a proper erection. This can bring plenty of satisfaction to them as well as a pleasure to their partner.

Spartacus 2 Inch Rubber Cock Ring Set

Spartacus 2 Inch Rubber Cock Ring Set


Different Cock Ring Types

There are many types of c-rings available, and designs have come a long way since a simple rubber ring, but this type is still very popular though. Here are the different kinds of cock rings you can find…

Donut Cock Ring: This is the most basic type and is usually made of rubber or silicone. They can be used around the base of the shaft, or a larger one can be used to include the constriction of the testicles. These are (very often) disposable or can be used once or twice.

Screaming O Extra Large Cock Ring

 Screaming O Extra Large Cock Ring

Adjustable cock ring: Because finding a penis ring that you feel comfortable using can be difficult, there are some that come in the form of a loop. These are adjustable and can vary the amount of constriction in the penis. They can be ideal for beginners until they find the levels of constriction and pressure in the penis they most enjoy.

Malesation Adjustable Cock And Ball Ring

Malesation Adjustable Cock And Ball Ring

Rabbit cock ring: Like rabbit vibrators, there are penis rings that are available with small ears or protrusions and ridges which rub against the clitoris during penetration. Other varieties come with additional vibrating bullets that can deliver greater pleasure to both partners.

Fantasy C-ringz Rabbit Cock Ring

Rigid cock ring: This type of cock ring is for the most experienced user who knows the size of his penis. These are made mostly from stainless steel and come in all styles and weights. Many designs incorporate rings that are fastened around the testicles. There are also many which are not as restrictive around the penis and can be worn under clothing for discreet stimulation during the day.

Malesation Triple 1.7 Inch Stainless Steel Cock Ring


Double cock ring: This type of ring not only has a ring to contract the testicles, but the most advanced types also come with a vibrating plug so that the user can receive a prostate massage at the same time.

Crazy 8 Double Cock RingCrazy 8 Double Cock Ring


Cock ring with butt plug: For the adventurous users, these deliver powerful and deep internal orgasms.  

Perfect Fit Butt Plug Cock Ring

Vibrating cock ring: Great for stimulating the wearer and their partner at the same time. Although many can be used in solo play, the more up-to-date models are making strides into double the fun for partners of both sexes. 

Key Halo Penis Ring Vibrator

Double penetration cock ring: These are excellent choice if you are looking to the intense thrill of double penetration, without the need for a third person.

Fantasy C-ringz Double Penetration Cock RingFantasy C-ringz Double Penetration Cock Ring


Can I Use a Cock Ring During Sexual Intercourse?

You can use your cock ring in almost any sexual activity you desire. They won’t interfere with your sexual activity and are designed for foreplay too. This isn’t to say you can’t wear a cock ring while masturbating. The increased arousal from feeling a harder and larger erection can increase your stimulation and pleasure. These really are perfect all-rounders.

C-rings are well-designed as a pleasure device for the wearer, and now there are clit stimulation devices on the market too, so your female partner can gain more pleasure from you wearing a penis ring past just being satisfied with a harder and longer-lasting erection.

If you have a willing partner, there are one or two cock rings on the market which come with an added penis. These not only constrict your penis and your testicles, but they can give lots of double penetration fun to your partner.

C-rings are not limited to the bedroom either. If you have more basic types, you can use them for intercourse in the shower, or in the bathtub if they are designed as being waterproof.

Caution should be taken if you have a vibrating penis ring and decide to take it into the tub. These won’t be designed with water play intercourse in mind. Safety must be a priority.

Poise Remote Control Vibrating Cock Ring

Poise Remote Control Vibrating Cock Ring

Material Types 

TPE: TPE (thermoplastic elastomers). With polyvinyl chloride and a mixture of silicone, this is better known as cyber skin and gives a very smooth feel to cock rings. This material is free of phthalates, but it is porous so it can absorb moisture and, as a result, cannot be sterilized. This material also comes with an odor, regardless of how much you clean it. Cock rings of this material type (like other sex toys) should never be shared.

Jelly Rubber: They come with an odor and a taste, and this cock ring material lacks rigidity like other materials. They can also contain toxic substances that keep them flexible, such as phthalates. One of the more common materials used to make this jelly rubber is latex. There are many individuals who are allergic to this material, so be wary if that’s you. Cock rings made from jelly rubber are also porous and can breed bacteria more easily. These cannot be sterilized. These can also contain a strong odor, and this can reduce after a few washes, but it will reoccur if they are packed away for extended periods of time.

Silicone: Medical grade silicone is the most commonly used, and in some cases, it can be called platinum silicone. This is a non-porous material that can withstand high temperatures and cold too. The silicone can be easily sterilized by boiling it in water. Silicone can be made in soft or rigid forms, and will also warm up to body temperature.

Leather: This is a very natural material, and although it can stretch a little, it usually isn’t used with flexibility in mind. This material can’t be sterilized and can become dry and cracked is it gets wet.

Stainless Steel: Medical grade stainless steel is used, and this is one of the safest materials for the body. Steel also provides very unique sensations and weight. This can be sterilized in boiling water and also used for temperature games. This material is durable and offers no flexibility. Any lubrication can be used with stainless steel as it will not soak up any moisture at all.

Cleaning & Storage Tips

C-rings are no different to other sex toys when it comes to caring for them. No matter what design you choose, you should never share them to prevent the chance of STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) or bacterial infections from spreading.

The materials used in the cock ring construction also require different types of care. When it comes to washing, all can benefit from being washed in warm water with antibacterial soap. After washing, they can be left to air dry or be patted dry with a lint-free cloth. Steel cock rings should be thoroughly dried before storage because the last thing any man wants around his penis is signs of rust. Most though, are made from medical grade steel, but it is better to err on the side of caution for your health.

Silicone lubrication should never be used on stretchy cock rings, this can break the surface down which can then let in moisture. And before long, bacteria can start growing.

If you have one of the rechargeable cock rings that vibrate, these should never be used during use, and if batteries are removable, they must be removed during storage.

Cock rings that are made from silicone or other soft materials can stick together if touching similarly made sex toys. They should be stored in a cool dry place and separated from any other sex toys.

Silicone or other soft material can benefit from being sprinkled with cornstarch or renewal powder. This prevents them from sticking to anything and also prevents the surface from becoming sticky.

Fantasy C-ringz Silicone DP Cock Ring

Fantasy C-ringz Silicone DP Cock Ring


Some Safety Considerations

Many of the safety concerns and advice stem from what it’s like to wear a dick ring. It isn’t only a matter of slipping it on. There are a few things that are well worth remembering here. Let’s take a look…

  • Shaving pubic hair – This can make all the difference. Not only does a penis ring look much hotter on a freshly shaven pubic area, but it prevents having hairs caught in the ring which can bring a tear to the eyes. Ouch!
  • The correct fitting – If you wear a ring that’s too small for your cock, this will be very painful. It can also cause damage to the penis tissue. Alternatively, if you wear one that’s too small, it can be hard to remove, and your penis won’t be going soft for a while.
  • Limit the time – when you are wearing a cock ring, you should restrict the time you wear it for, to 30 minutes, and never longer than 45 minutes. With no blood flow, your penis can become cold, and it might even take on a bluish color. That’s not good. Keep an eye on the time to be sure.
  • Lube and the time to put it on – A ring should never be fitted to an already-erect penis. You should be semi-erect so it can slide on easily without force. Lubrication will also be a factor, and adding lube will help the wearing and removal.

Additional Things to Consider 

The most crucial thing to consider is size. If you purchase one that is too large, you won’t receive the amount of constriction around the shaft to deliver a more significant and harder erection. However, purchasing one that’s too small can be a major issue. This is the most crucial factor for any cock ring. If they are too tight, then it’s not only uncomfortable, but it can be hazardous too. In fact, you can cause penile damage or injury when wearing cock rings which are too small, or for periods outside of what is recommended (20 to 30 minutes), unless the cock ring is designed for extended use and doesn’t constrict.

A cock ring that is too tight can send the penis blue, and it will begin to become cold. This is a lack of circulation. The problem here is that your erection won’t subside, and you will find it hard to remove the cock ring without having to resort to cutting it off.

Aside from this, you need to consider the life span of the cock ring because some are disposable, while some are not. Then, you have the care of the cock ring because there is a very significant difference in how you should care for these products. Silicone and steel can be sterilized. However, all the other materials cannot. If there is any bacterial growth as a result, then this can quickly be passed to the sensitive areas around the penis or to your partner during penetration.

Lubrication is also a factor. You do need to use this when sliding your cock ring over your erection. In most cases, it’s highly recommended that you use water-based lubrication, as silicone lube will degrade the quality of your silicone cock ring if that’s the material in use.

One final thing to note when purchasing and using a cock ring is: that it’s better to remove all pubic hair before use. Because these rings sit tightly around the base of the penis, they can become entangled. This can cause eye-watering pain during use, or at the very least, the pubic hairs become caught in the contraption.

Common Questions People Ask

How do you fit into a solid penis ring?

It might appear harder than it actually is, but being flaccid for this type of cock ring will help. You slip one testicle through the ring before following the second testicle. It should now sit around your scrotum. You then take the head of your penis and place it through the ring, and now pull back the ring so it sits close to your body.

Can you wear a cock ring for hours?

Stretchy types of cock rings should never be worn for more than 30 to 45 minutes. Leather or hard cock rings are often worn for hours when men like the feeling around their shaft and testicles. Keep checking for blood flow in the penis, and if it feels really uncomfortable, then you might need another size.

Can wearing a penis ring make your penis bigger?

A well-fitting cock ring will make your erection bigger for the time you wear it, but once it’s all over, your penis will return back to its regular size. The bigness only stays for the duration of the wear. Always check the manufacturer’s recommendations to be sure, as they might vary from product to product.