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Are Cock Rings Safe? What Safety Issues Might I have?

There's no getting around it; sex toys are going to be used in your more sensitive areas - and while that's what makes them so much fun, it's also the reason they can inspire a bit of anxiety.

 

Cock rings are no exception - after all, they're going to firmly squeeze your most-prized asset - so it's absolutely normal to wonder if penis rings are a safe sex toy!

 

Here, we'll explain how to safely wear a cock ring - and we'll explore some of the health considerations (and a few myths!) about their use.

 

Are cock rings safe? The medical view

 

If you're here looking for a quick answer about cock ring safety - good news, cock rings are safe when they're used correctly.

 

We're sex and sex toy experts - not doctors, so we can't provide medical advice - but as a team of people whose business involves understanding sexual performance devices, we can tell you that we've read our fair share of medically reviewed and peer-reviewed studies from serious academic research institutions on everything cock ring-related.

 

It's important to remember that everyone's health is a little bit different though - so if you've got any doubts about using a cock ring, you should speak to your physician. It might feel like a personal subject, but these are professionals who see people's genitals every hour of every day - so you're not going to be talking about anything that will shock them!

 

Can cock rings make your penis fall off?

 

Let's cut straight to the most pressing cock ring question of all - will a cock ring make your penis fall off?

cock rings in a penis 

The answer is almost unquestionably 'no' - but, for the sake of being technically correct, it is possible. Don't panic though; it's about as likely as your wristwatch making your hand fall off, so you're not going to lose your penis, whether you use a metal cock ring, silicone cock ring, or any kind of adjustable cock ring.

 

So, if it's not going to happen, why does the myth exist?!

 

It really comes down to how cock rings work. A cock ring (or 'constriction ring') is designed to trap blood in the erect penis shaft - preventing the return blood flow that would make you lose your erection. Any talk of 'preventing blood flow' makes people think of things 'falling off' - hence the myth.

 

Will a penis ring cause 'penile strangulation'?

 

As you can now probably tell, the idea of a cock ring causing any kind of lasting injury is very unlikely. In fact, a 2019 hospital study into 'penile strangulation' was completed after 15 years of experience at the front line of medicine - showing how rarely incidents happen.

 

The good news is, even in the very small number of cock ring-related medical problems worldwide, studies show that there are no erection problems after the successful removal of the ring.

 

How to safely use a cock ring

 

Cock rings are an extremely effective way of combating erectile dysfunction and adding extra sensations to sex and play. The best part is, they're extremely easy to use safely - even vibrating cock rings.

 

So, what are some steps you can take to use a cock ring safely?

 

Use lubrication

sex lubricant

Before you put a cock ring on, use a little lubrication around the inside of the ring (and on your penis if required). This will help the ring slide into place without snagging your skin or hair. If your ring is silicone though, make sure to only use water-based lube as silicone lube will degrade the silicone ring.

 

Don't exceed 30 minutes

30 minutes is the maximum amount of time that you should wear any kind of constriction ring for. If you exceed this, you might find that it causes your penis to ache or become slightly numb.

 

Since men often get erections in their sleep, it's a good idea to take the ring off before you nod off.

 

Be aware of warning signs

Watch out for any:

  • Excess swelling
  • Discoloration
  • Discomfort
  • Pain
  • Coldness
  • Numbness

 

These symptoms are extremely unlikely - but if you experience any of them, take your cock ring off straight away. You might need to look at a bigger ring - or adjustable rings that'll let you ease the pressure off as you get erect.

 

A healthy sex life can lead to better mental well-being

 

Since we're talking about whether or not cock rings are safe to use, it's only fair that we talk about some of their benefits, as well as things to watch out for.

cock rings 

Along with helping millions of men stay hard, cock rings and other sex toys can add to the level of sexual pleasure you can achieve when playing alone or with a partner. They can help with both vaginal sex and anal sex - as well as adding new sensations to oral sex and hand jobs.

 

Masturbation and/or sex are proven ways to release feel-good hormones that can help you deal with stress, combat feelings of depression, and ease anxiety - that's a lot of bang-for-your-buck from such a cost-effective little device!

 

Is there anyone who should avoid using a cock ring?

 

Since everyone's different, there are no hard-and-fast rules about who should or shouldn't use a penis ring. That said - if any of the following apply to you, you should talk to a doctor about your plans:

  • You have any kind of injury to your penis, testicles, or erectile tissue
  • You take any kind of blood-thinning medication
  • You have any kind of soreness in your genitals or your groin
  • You have diabetes
  • You have any kind of nerve disease or blood disease
  • You have any kind of heart condition - like cardiovascular disease
  • You take any kind of medication that can impact your awareness or attention

 

What's the bottom line?

 

As long as a cock ring is suitable for you and it's used correctly, you won't run into any safety issues.

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Got any safety questions about penis rings?

 

When it comes to cock rings and sex toys, there's no question our expert team doesn't have an answer for.  Performance accessories might not feel like something you can chat with your friends about at the bar - but we don't think wanting great sex is anything to be embarrassed about - so if you've got a question, get in touch using our instant messaging service or contact us form.

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