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How to Use a Cock Ring | Full Instructions with Video

How to Use a Cock Ring | Full Instructions with Video

Penis rings are a tiny device that provide a huge improvement to a couples sex life, they can make a dildo better (yes, it's true!) and enhance male masturbation. Many people ask how to use a penis ring, what is it, how they work and what does it do, so we'll cover everything we can possibly think of here for you today!

In addition to sexual intercourse, there are a few other ways they can be used. We'll explore all the reasons that a man (or even women) would incorporate a penis ring into their collection of adult toys for men and the benefits it can bring.

Introduction: Read on for unique ideas & step by step instructions you won't find anywhere else.

What is a Penis Ring?

A penis ring is a device that is intended to fit around the man's erect penis. It can also fit around a woman's dildo vibrator. There are a few different types of cock rings that have separate uses and features. We'll explore the different types of cock rings first then explain how each style has a unique purpose.

The original intended purpose is to help men with soft erections keep it firm enough for the duration of sexual intercourse, but over time, several new styles have evolved and adapted to suit a variety of uses. They are not just for men with ED anymore.

What Does a Cock Ring Do?

Why do men wear cock rings and what do they do? Originally, they help a man keep his erection firm by limiting blood flow back out of the penile tissue. To fully understand this concept, review how an erection works. They also provide erotic enhancement during sex and masturbation.

The 2 top reasons men use cock rings:

  1. To maintain a firm erection
  2. To provide sexual enhancement

To fully understand the question: “what does a penis ring do?”, we'll explain the different types first because this will clarify that the device does and why it us used in the first place. If you've ever wondered what a penis ring is for, this breakdown will explain it all:

10 Different Types of Penis Rings:

Penis Constriction Ring

1. Penis Constriction Ring

This is the traditional style that most people envision when they think of the term “penis ring”. These tension bands fit tightly around the base of a man's erect shaft and helps him to maintain a firm erection for the duration of sexual intercourse or masturbation.

Penis constriction or tension rings are typically used in conjunction with a penis pump by men with erectile dysfunction. They fit tightly are are all about business whereas many other types are also about pleasure.

Adjustable Penis Ring

2. Adjustable Penis Ring

These are a perfect compromise between tension and comfort. The reality is the tension devices are not very comfortable to wear because they fit tightly. The adjustable style can be loosened to fit more comfortably, but the opposite effect happens too – it is less effective at maintaining an erection.

They can be adjusted by either metal snaps or Velcro. They offer a slight boost to erectile strength, most adjustable types are also spreaders (spreaders are defined below) that feel very good when worn.

Single Penis Ring

3. Single Penis Ring

The simple, discreet single band that fits around his dick. The slimline basic circular shape does not get in the way during intercourse, they rest against his pubic bone, keep the erection firm and stay in place unimpeded during lovemaking.

Most men purchase this style first because it's cheaper than the rest, making it a great risk-free trial to see if it's something you'll like. They can be stretchy silicone or sturdy rubber or metal. There are 2 sub-types here: the flat band and the thicker donut band. We'll elaborate further below.

Stacked Penis Rings

4. Stacked Penis Rings

These consist of multiple single rings included together in one set. Often they are 3 different sizes which helps men to be more confident when making the purchase because out of 3 different sizes, one will surely fit! This is one of the best selling types because the customer gets excellent value for the money, and they come in a variety of sizes.

Even though many men think of wearing only 1 at a time, we suggest that men wear all 3 at the same time for maximum support. You can fit the largest one around the testicles and shaft together, or place all 3 over the shaft only. Stack them on your dick in sequence from largest to smallest.

Donut Penis Ring

5. Donut Penis Ring

The same as the single band, but much ticker. These are called “donuts” because they look like a thick jelly donut! Men who have a long or large erection stack these vertically on their cock to reduce the length of penetration to make sexual intercourse more comfortable for their partner.

The squishy padding also adds pleasure for both partners during the deepest penetrations. The priority is here is comfort for everyone and to reduce pain from sexual intercourse by limiting the distance a man can penetrate into the vagina. There's no need to ask how to put on a cock ring, these are the most obvious of them all!

Dual Penis Ring

6. Dual Penis Ring

The dual band consists of 2 rings that are permanently connected together at a single point. One band fits around the base of his dick, the other wraps around the scrotum. The testicle strap lifts his package higher giving the illusion of a bigger dick. They usually fit snugly to help prevent premature ejaculation.

Men enjoy the feel of the pressure around the testicles, and the double ring stays in place without sliding around during lovemaking. These are extra beneficial if a vibrator is attached to the top of the unit because it keeps the motor positioned in place right over the clitoris and prevents it from moving away.

Vibrating Penis Ring

7. Vibrating Penis Ring

This style of purely a sex toy for couples looking for hands free pleasure during sex play. Most vibrating penis rings are wireless and self contained, although some have separate multi speed controller units. The wireless versions are quiet and discreet, corded versions have a tremendous amount of power.

There are also a range of single vibrators and dual vibrators attached to the device in various positions to stimulate the male scrotum and/or the female clitoris. Men wear these during masturbation and position the motor downwards to vibrate on the scrotum.

Lasso Penis Ring

8. Lasso Penis Ring

A variety of adjustable ring, the lasso ring is so-called because it looks like a cowboy's lasso. The rubber band has a clasp underneath and tassels that hang loose below. It can be worn around the shaft alone, or the scrotum and shaft together. This is the best selling type because there is no chance it won't fit! Regardless if you have a massive behemoth cock or a little micro dick, the Lasso will adjust to fit your size.

One of our best suggestions for guys who ask how to use the Lasso is to tighten the band (pull the clasp towards the shaft) before sex or jerking off, then presses the button and pull the clasp downwards during ejaculation for a surge of pleasure. It's like an instant release boosting ejaculation power. The hanging tassels discreetly stimulate his scrotum during sex and/or masturbation.

Ring With Weighted Bead

9. Ring With Weighted Bead

You'll recognize this type from the little dangling bead hanging off the bottom of the device. Weights are mostly seen on vibrating rings, but from the photographs on an online catalog, you don't realize it's actually a heavy dense weighted bead! The bead is actually a solid weighted metal ball that sways independently as you move.

It's attached to the ring by a strand of flexible silicone letting it sway like the pendulum on a clock. The weighted bead taps the testicles and thighs of your partner during intercourse. The tapping sensation is described as a “tease”, or even tickle that enhances sex. We like these, they actually feel highly erotic! Additionally, the constant weight pulling down on his scrotum is another kinky feeling addition.

Cock & Ball Spreaders

10. Cock & Ball Spreaders

Cock and ball spreaders are complicated looking devices with multiple rings or bands attached together. The purpose is to spread the testicles apart and separate it from the erection. The feeling of having the pressure spreading the testicles is a massive orgasmic enhancement for men.

Spreaders don't actually squeeze the testicles, the pressure comes via bands that apply pressure in specific areas to make ejaculations feel more powerful. Men wear these mostly during masturbation.

Cock Cage

11. Cock Cage

These cages are full braces for your entire manhood. The cage surrounds your testicles, scrotum and erection in one tightly held package. Men enjoy the added stimulation from the constant pressure. For those who ask how to use a cock ring, these are the most complex, but yet provide the most pleasure.

These are made of stretchy silicone and are designed to fit any size. The entire device feels thin to the touch, so make sure to lubricate the interior to prevent it from tearing while putting it on. It will cling to your skin like tight wrap and look very manly and highly erotic.

Penis Ring with Stimulator

12. Cock Ring with Stimulator

This style is a couples sex toy designed for men to wear during sex. The ring features a perpendicular extension that comes into contact with the female clitoris during penetration. These always have some sort of texture ranging from soft ticklers to a firm nub.

We find that tighter fitting stimulating cock rings work the best because if they are too loose, gravity makes the stimulator piece have downwards, especially when the device gets wet from too much lubrication, but don't worry, we've selected only the best stimulating devices for couples that don't move around too much!

Penis Ring Materials

In addition to the multiple styles of cock rings, there are 4 materials that you'll see repeated over and over again when shopping online. Each material has a different sensation and a unique purpose so before going any further, we'll explore the different materials:

  1. Silicone
  2. The most common material because it's the most resilient, durable and body safe. Some silicones are fully malleable and others are firm. In each product description we'll explain the density of the device so you know what to expect when you get your in the mail.

    The advantage of silicone is that is resists tearing or snapping far better than any other type. It's usually a little more expensive than the cheap rings, but you get what you pay for and they can be re-used for years.

  3. Rubber
  4. If you're on a budget, rubber is the cheap cock ring materials that beings home all the efficiency of silicone but only in a cheaper price tag. Make sure to “roll” them off your cock and never pull because they can snap or tear.

    With proper and diligent care your rubber device will last a long time, but they are not as durable a silicone. These are also the most simple, cheap and discreet.

  5. Jelly / Gel
  6. This is a fancy name for a colorful softer rubber material. They are not actually made form jelly. These rings are all about comfort and can be molded into a various range of styles to look like cute characters such as rabbit and dolphins.

    The famous Diving Dolphin penis ring is the worlds best selling vibrating cock ring and it is a soft jelly that is molded to look like jumping dolphins.

  7. Metal
  8. The least common material because it's tougher to size compared to all the other forms. These don't bend or give in anyway – they are actually sold metal. Sure they have a more manly appearance especially when chromed or gold plated, but they are not the safest option for men because they don't stretch when the penis becomes erect.

    We offer fewer metal rings compared to any other type because they are the least comfortable to wear. Some men swear by metal penis rings, but it's not something that we recommend to first timers.

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How to Use a Cock Ring:

Each type has a different set of instructions, and not all steps are the same for each type. Before you learn how to use a penis ring, you have to know which type you are buying first because the fine print varies! We suggest 5 ways to use a penis ring.

Please note this information differs from how to put on a penis ring, so if that's the information and advice you seek, scroll down a bit further for the step by step instructions on how to put on a penis ring! Here's a break down how to use a cock ring depending on your final goal:

How to use multiple penis rings
Demonstrating 2 ways to use multiple penis rings in a set.

1. Using a Penis Ring with a Vacuum Pump

Most men use the constriction or tension band in conjunction with a penis pump. To summarize the symbiosis between the two products for men, the vacuum suction pump gives him an erection and the tension ring maintains the erection. The pump draws blood into the penile tissue, and the penile constriction band keeps it there.

Men with severe ED find it more useful to put the ring on the shaft first, then use the pump after. It is also possible to put the ring on after pumping, so we recommend that the customer tries both methods to see which works best for you. A single solution does not always work for everyone!

2. Using a Penis Ring for Male Masturbation

To enhance jerking off, men often choose a penis ring vibrator. The vibration offers him excellent stimulation while using a pocket pussy. Although most vibrating penis rings are marketed to and used by couples, we like to suggest them for solo use for men who want to improve masturbation pleasure.

If you have a single vibrating ring, twist the vibrator to face downwards so that it vibrates over your testicles. It's a nice surprise you wont see coming!

The adjustable / lasso style rings are commonly used for jerking off. Fit it tightly around your cock, then right at the moment of ejaculation, release the pressure and let the flood gates of ejaculate open to the world! This little secret greatly improves the power and strength of ejaculation and makes the orgasm feel stronger, like massive surges of pleasure repeated over and over!

3. Using a Penis Ring to Prevent Premature Ejaculation

First it's important to note that wearing a cock ring will not stop premature ejaculation, but a tight fitting band will help to prevent premature ejaculation. The added pressure on the penile tissue lessen the load shooting at once. You will still escalate, but it may give you a few extra minutes of sex before for cum.

It's also important to note that only the tightest fitting rings will have the effect of slowing ejaculation, a loose or jelly soft ring will not affect the timing of your orgasm at all. When shopping in our store catalog, look for the filter option that says “Stretchy” and click on “no” to select from the tightest cock rings are have for sale.

Jelly Vibrating penis Rings
Single & double penis ring vibrators are used to improve sex.

4. Using a Penis Ring to Improve Sex

Many rings have bumps, humps, spikes, ticklers and nubs that are designed purely for improving sexual intercourse with your partner. Primarily designed for female clitoral stimulation, gay partners also enjoy wearing these textured styles because a male partner will enjoy just as much added pleasure as a female partner!

The most notable style that couples purchase to make sex feel better is the vibrating cock ring. The buzzing stimulates both partners, and for men – on woman sex, the deeper his penetration, the stronger the vibration fees on her clitoris, so harder and deeper feels better! The dual vibrator devices are powerful sexual enhancers for couples adding a tremendous amount if vibration compared to the single vibrating units.

A thick jelly donut will improve lovemaking because both partners will feel the squishy external padding during penetrations. This subtle hands free enhancement is quite substantial, you'll be surprised!

The cock cage style holds the entire unit higher giving the appearance and the feel of a bigger dick. Because his scrotum is tightly held, this will also have the side benefit if delaying premature ejaculation.

5. Using a Penis Ring on a Dildo or Vibrator

Women are buying penis rings to use on their dildo or vibrator because it adds external stimulation during. A vibrating band will buzz over the clitoris, a textured or thick ring will press over the labia. Not a common trick of the trade his little secret is what women who are sex toy connoisseurs know to improve your dildo or vibrator playtime.

Many vibrators already come with a clit stimulator, but most dildos do not. Using a ring on a dildo is a common practice to spice it up, since most realistic dildos never have a clit stimulator. By combining these 2 sex toys, you've customized your own dildo and make it far better for little cost!

Just make sure never to leave the band on the dildo, the silicone surfaces will melt together causing the color to bleed and the silicone to meld onto one - they may become inseparable!

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How to Put on a Cock Ring:

Before we begin with the step by step instructions on how to put on a penis ring, it's important to note WHEN it should be put on!

The best time to put on a penis ring is when it is semi-erect. If your dick is flaccid, it will simply slide right off. If your dick is fully erect, it can be painful to put on, especially if it's a dual ring with a scrotum band. Stimulate your cock a little bit to get slightly chubby then quickly put on the ring before it becomes fully erect.
  • Lubricate the interior of the ring's circumference and the sides of your dick all the way to the base of the shaft.
  • For a single ring, roll it down to the base of the shaft. (Do not stretch and pull it over your cock, it may tear).
  • If there are dual rings attached together, put the shaft band on first, then the scrotum band second.
  • If there is a vibrator on the device, point it upwards to stimulate your partners clitoris.
  • If you are wearing a vibrating ring for masturbation, point the vibrator downwards to vibrate your testicles.
  • If you have multiple rings in a pack, put the widest on first, then follow with the subsequent sizes. (The rings can be stacked for maximum pleasure and erection control.)
  • If you have a full cock cage, spread lubricant around the interior completely to reduce friction with your skin and tuck the scrotum into the pouch first.
  • For a cock and ball spreader, spread lubricant around the interior and put the testicle straps on first, followed by the shaft.
  • The Lasso can be placed around the shaft only, or both the shaft and testicles at the same time. Slide the bead or clasp to adjust to your desired fit.
Lasso Penis Ring
Demonstrating 2 ways to use a Lasso penis ring.

Do Penis Rings Work?

If the purpose is sexual enhancement for couples, then yes, they absolutely do work! The hands free enhancement is subtle, and is not enough stimulation to create an orgasm on its own, but the effect you feel is a tease or a tickle that's not normally there.

The newness of it all also helps to increase your pleasure. It's always fun to try something new in the bedroom with your lover and these discreet sex toys are no exception. They are a popular add-on while shopping for adult sex toys online to enhance stimulation during lovemaking & masturbation.

With that being said, they are an ideal first timers toy for couples because they don't get in the way, there's not a specific set of instructions how to use them that could confuse anybody, you do what feels best!

They don't get in the way, they are cheap and you don't need to feel kinky to use one. It's a nice solution for couples looking to try something new without going overboard and buying up a whole collection of sexual toys.

If the ring is being worn by a man with erectile dysfunction, it's important to note that there are no guarantees if it will work or not. Personal physical features like blood pressure will affect the efficiency of the cock ring.

How to use multiple penis rings
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Some men need to use a penis pump first before the cock gets hard enough to even put on a ring. Other men require medication to get an erection, then they wear a cock ring to keep the erection firm enough for sexual intercourse.

There are a few things to note that will help your penis ring work better:

Pro Tip: Regardless of the type you have, trimming your pubic hair will reduce the possibility if pulling hairs when the device is being put on or taken off. If you have a cage or scrotum ring, it will fit better and more snug up to your skin.

If the cock ring is being worn for the purpose of ED or to keep the erection hard, trimming the hairs is a just to make sure the material rests against your skin. The minuscule gaps that pubic hair leaves between the materials and your skin can be enough for blood to escape the penile tissue and the erection to go flaccid earlier than you intended!

Video Instructions: How to Use Different Types of Cock Rings

Tight Constriction Ring

Tension rings fit tightly for maximum erection support and have minimal stretch; therefore, they can be uncomfortable to put on and remove without lube. In this video demonstration, we apply lubricant to the penis and around the inner circumference so it slides on easily. The product shown is the Beaded Erection Ring.

Dual Cock Ring

Put the shaft loop on first followed by the testicle loop for maximum comfort. Some are stretchier than others, but in this case, the Crazy Eight dual silicone cock ring is very stretchy and does not require lubricant to put on. The advantage of this device is that it stays in place and never falls off.

Lasso / Adjustable Clinch

The only truly fully adjustable cock ring, the Lasso style is the safest choice to assure it it will fit every man's erection no matter his size. You can use it as tight or loose as you want, the user adjusts the tension. There are 2 ways to wear, watch the video instructions to view a demo of both methods. Product shown: The Clincher

Triple Cock Rings

Men normally wear all 3 at the same time, put the largest one around the scrotum, and the other 2 on the shaft. The silicone versions are stretchier than rubber, which tends to be stiff, so if you cannot expand them as much as these, then apply lubricant around the inner circumference and roll them down your shaft. Product shown: Triple Rings

Clitoris Stimulating Ring

This jelly soft style features a stickler or bump on one side that contacts the woman's clitoris during sexual intercourse. You can also face the stimulator downwards and stimulate the perineum. Watch the video as it demonstrates both methods to wear this type. Product shown: Stimulating Erection Ring

Triple Cock Cage

The full male erection enhancer, this complex style has three interconnected silicone bands; one for the dick, one for the scrotum and one for both. This video shows step by step instructions how to put on the cock cage starting with the largest strap first, the shaft second, followed by the scrotum last. Product shown: Maximizer Rings

Clitoral Vibrating Ring

The Clit Flicker is the best selling vibrating cock ring of all time. In this video, we show how to put it on to increase sexual enjoyment for both partners. The tongue shaped stimulator does not actually flicker, but it vibrates her clit during deep penetrations.

Vibrating Dual Tension Ring

Couples enjoy dual vibrating erection rings because the scrotum band prevents the cock ring from rotating around during sex. The Maximus Ring is our top rated vibrator for couples because it fits comfortably and the silicone band features several metal beads embedded in the silicone that add texture and pleasure for him.

Cock Brace

The brace offer superior erection control than a regular tension ring because it it thicker and adds more constricting tension. Using lubricant around the interior of the brace is a must to help it slide over your skin. The video shows the proper way to put it on, shaft first followed by scrotum. Product shown: Silicone Dual Ring

Men's Ball Spreader

The ball spreader is an adjustable leather fetish device for men. It may or may not be possible to have full tension because the placement of the metal snaps vary, but guys wear ball spreaders for erotic enhancement and to enjoy the feel of having the scrotum squeezed during sex and masturbation. Product shown: Ball Spreader

Large Dual Tension Rings

The large extra thick bands offer better erection support compared to a small round ring. A dual set includes one large tension ring that can either be put on around the balls for pleasure, or the dick and balls together for staying power. The video shows how to use it both ways. Product shown: Platinum C-Rings


Guys who want to try a cock ring for the first time often choose the donut because they are the cheapest and simplest type. Offering minimal support yet superior comfort, they are super stretchy and a good introduction to what a cock ring feels like on your dick. Donuts are the most comfortable of all tension rings for sale. Product shown: Stretch Donuts

Weighted Cock Ring

This type has a heavy metal bead connected to the device that sways and moves during sex play or masturbation. The metal ball taps on the testicles and your partner's thighs during intercourse and heightens sexual excitement for both partners. Some vibrate, others do not. Product shown: Ecstasy Ring

Corded Dual Vibrating Cock Ring

Most couples shop for wireless because of convenience, but the truth is that corded vibrators have more intense power compared to wireless styles. The Diving Dolphin is like a jackhammer to sex. It is by far the most powerful and strongest double motor vibrating cock ring we've ever encountered; don't be deceived by the cute dolphins, it's super hardcore! The video instructions demonstrates the wild power.

Dual Wireless Vibrating Cock Ring

Dolphin cock rings are common because the dolphin “nose” pokes the female clitoris during sexual intercourse to increase her pleasure. The dual vibrating ring is a popular choice because it has a second motor that stimulates the perineum too. Small wireless bullets fit into the device and stay in place as shown in the step by step video instructions here. Product shown: Double Dolphin.

Single Vibrating Cock Ring

A best selling first timers couples vibrator, these discreet and comfortable stretchy silicone or jelly rings include a tiny wireless vibrator. As shown in the video, there are 2 ways to use – place the vibrator facing upwards to contact her clitoris or face it down to buzz the partner's perineum and to vibrate on his balls for sexual enhancement. Product shown: Macho Ring.

Are Penis Rings Safe?

It can be a scary prospect to wear a tight fitting ring around your erection. There is a possibility to harm or suffocate the tissue if it's too tight or left on for too long.

Some men like the feeling so much they wear a tight ring until the cock turns blue. This of course is very dangerous! You wouldn't wear an elastic band on your finger that long, so why would you wear a ring on your cock for that long?

As long as it is not worn longer than 15 minutes at a time, the risk is minimal. You also want to use personal caution, if the ring is adjustable or lasso style where it can tighten, don't pull it so tight that it hurts!

You need to feel some pressure in order for the erection to remain firm, but absolutely NOT feel pain. You are responsible for your own safety, so don't overdo it!

Never wear a tight penis ring longer than 15 minutes at a time because you could suffocate the penile tissue. Planning an all-night sex marathon? Make sure to leave 15 minutes of time for your dick to breathe in between your 15 minute sessions.

On the other hand, a looser ring can be worn longer since it does not restrict fluid flow in and out of the erection. In this case, they can be worn for up to 30 minutes.

In conclusion, you know are well versed in what is a penis ring, how to use a penis ring (safely!) and tips on making your experience better. This should also provide a good buyers guide so that you can fit the style to your desires. If you have additional questions or would like us to clarify anything, please send an email, we're always happy to help!

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Mayla Green

Mayla Green has been involved in the sex toy industry since 2004. Working behind the motto “Sex TOYS should be FUN”, Mayla provides unique tips & advice amassed from over a decade of hands on experience with adult products. She also coaches clients how to fully enjoy sexual pleasure and can be seen in major publications & magazines online.

Happily married since 2009, she knows firsthand how the sex life eventually becomes repetitive (which truthfully means boring), so if you're looking to spice things up in the bedroom, Mayla's your gal! Her literary pride & joy is covering topics for established couples needing inspiration to keep lovemaking exciting and fun.

Not in a relationship? Her other focus is teaching women how to properly handle the “little person in the canoe” to experience the best orgasms ever, no partner required! Her creative and innovative tips, techniques and advice is on par with a certified sex therapist or Sexologist, but with an extra advantage from her knowledge of the adult toy business.

View all articles published by Mayla Green exclusively for The Adult Toy Shop sex blog. Mayla Green's Linkedin profile highlights her professional background, experience and training.

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