Cock Rings 101: The Beginner’s Guide to Penis Rings

Cock Rings 101: The Beginner’s Guide to Penis Rings


13 minute read

Cock rings (also called "penis rings") are some of the oldest sex toys in the world. And they’re still popular today for a good reason.

Cock rings don’t just add a little kinky fun to your time between the sheets. They enhance the physical sensation of sex for you and your partner.

A cock ring will:

  • Make you harder 💪
  • Help you last longer
  • Increase the sensation you feel
  • Give you super-powered orgasms
  • Boost your range when you shoot your shot 💦

They also make sex a lot better for the receiving partner. Who doesn’t like a harder rod to ride?

For these reasons (and more), you never want to be without a cock ring in your arsenal.

But before you lasso your hog with any old cock ring, you’ve got to know the basics. In this article, we’ll take you from a cock ring recruit to a pro in just a few minutes.

This article will cover...

👉 Cock ring basics

👉 How cock rings make sex better

👉 How to put on a cock ring

👉 Cock ring sex tips

👉 Types of cock rings you need to try

👉 Cock ring safety (important!)

...and way too many LOTR memes

Cock Ring Basics: What is a Cock Ring?

Before we get to the kinky stuff, let’s cover the basics. What is a cock ring?

A cock ring is a flexible or solid ring that you put around your penis and scrotum. The ring restricts blood flow out of the penis, causing it to get super hard and even larger.

Cock rings are often used by men with ED, as it helps them keep an erection. But they are also popular for recreational use.

They can add a pleasurable feeling of pressure for him and make the skin on the shaft more sensitive. This means you feel more with every thrust, touch, or tickle (cock rings are great for all types of sex!).

The receiving partner will enjoy the feel of a harder erection that lasts longer. And, many cock rings come with extra accessories like tickers and vibrating parts that stimulate the clitoris or rectum.

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Why Use a Cock Ring?

The main reason to use a cock ring is that it adds extra power to your Johnson, allowing you to get harder and last longer. We’ll break down the benefits below.

It makes erections last longer.

Cock rings keep more blood in your dangle to level up your erections, but they also prevent your balls from easily pumping dude juice if you’re not ready to cum. Cock-and-ball cock rings are especially effective at delaying orgasm (we recommend some below).

It makes your erection harder.

If you wear a cock ring correctly, you’ll instantly notice that your bulge is bigger and harder than ever. This is because blood flow is required to keep your sasquatch standing at attention, and cock rings keep more blood in the right place. This is also why cock rings help guys with ED.

It increases sensation

When your D is engorged with blood, it becomes more sensitive to every touch. Cock rings can boost this sensation by keeping the penis extra engorged. Cock rings also add a throbbing pressure down there, which some guys like. Combine one with a Male Vibrator and you're in heaven.

It makes orgasms more intense.

Cock rings don’t just restrict blood from exiting the penis. They also slow the passage of semen when exiting your D. This results in longer, more intense orgasms. Be warned: don’t try any stunt positions the first few times cumming with a cock ring. You’ll want to be lying down for the ride.

Not Just for Him…

Cock rings may seem like they’re all about the dick. But ladies and bottoms love cock rings too. Here’s why:

  • Harder is better: Whether you’re jack-hammering or your partner is grinding, it feels better when you’re rock hard.
  • Vibrating cock rings are fire: Many cock rings have vibrators built right in. It feels amazing for your partner when you go deep and grind against their most sensitive parts.
  • Longer sessions: You’ll never have to wonder if your partner was satisfied again. You’ll be able to go the long haul and ensure all parties enjoy a full release.


Types of Cock Rings

These are the types of cock rings you need to know (and where to find them).

👉 Stretchy

👉 Solid

👉 Cock & Ball

👉 Adjustable

👉 Vibrating

👉 Butt Plug Cock Rings


Stretchy Cock Rings

These are the most basic cock rings. They’re made of super durable rubber or silicone, and they’re easy to put on and take off. Just lube up and slide it on when flaccid or erect. Stretchy cock rings are long-lasting, affordable, and easy to clean. There’s no reason not to have one.

You may need to put your fingers into the ring and give it a stretch to fit it around you. Don’t worry; it’s supposed to be a tight fit.

Top Stretchy Cock Rings:

Stay Hard Donut Cock Rings (3-Pack)

Stay Hard Donut Cock Rings (3-Pack)

$12.99 $14.99

Prolong your ejaculation with these Super Stretchy Donut Rings This pack of 3 colorful cock rings will help you last longer, stay hard, and shoot HUGE loads. Stay Hard Donut Rings are made of phthalate-free, thermoplastic elastomers. The rings are comfortable and… Read More

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Atomic Jock 'Do-Nut-2' Large Cock Ring

Atomic Jock 'Do-Nut-2' Large Cock Ring

$4.99 $5.99

Atomic Jock "Do-Nut-2" Cock Ring The Oxballs Atomic Jock Cock Ring is a super-stretchy, non-rolling cock ring option for those looking for a simple solution that stays in place throughout their entire lovemaking session. You can wear this cock ring all day… Read More

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Velv'Or Rooster Xander Spiky Soft Silicone Cock Ring

Velv'Or Rooster Xander Spiky Soft Silicone Cock Ring

$16.99 $19.99

ROOSTER XANDER is an oval, soft silicone cock ring with five projections, that are reminiscent of the crests of a mountain range. This durable, stretchy, and comfortable cock ring can be worn around the package (penis and scrotum) or just… Read More

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Solid Cock Rings

Solid cock rings are not as common, but they’re certainly classy. These rings are made of metal, silicone, or hard rubber, and they don’t stretch or flex. Typically, you need to put these rings on when you’re flaccid for them to reach the desired tightness while erect.

One benefit of solid rings is that they often sit more flush with the penis, allowing you to go deeper into your partner. But they’re also less comfortable than stretchy rings.

Top Solid Cock Rings:

Velv'Or Rooster Jason Adjustable Hard Silicone Cock Ring

Velv'Or Rooster Jason Adjustable Hard Silicone Cock Ring

$18.99 $22.99

Condomania's #1 Adjustable Cock Ring Are you ready to elevate your intimate experience to new heights? 🚀 The Velv'Or Jason Adjustable Cock Ring is here to make sure you're ready for anything! With five different diameter sizes to choose from, you'll be able… Read More

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Velv'Or Rooster Travis Hard Silicone Vibrating Bullet Cock Ring

Velv'Or Rooster Travis Hard Silicone Vibrating Bullet Cock Ring

$22.99 $24.99

Velv'Or Rooster Travis Hard Silicone Vibrating Bullet Cock Ring Rooster Travis is a bulky, soft silicone, cock ring with a vibrating bullet to please you and your partner. With the ring on the base of your erect penis, you can… Read More

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Cock & Ball Cock Rings

Cock and ball cock rings feature two separate rings attached to each other. One ring is for the penis, and the other is for the scrotum. These cock rings can be more comfortable for guys who don’t like putting one ring around their whole package. Also, cock and ball rings are better at delaying orgasm because they prevent the balls from retracting when you are near orgasm.

On the downside, they are more difficult to put on. You need to put them on when you’re still flaccid (find instructions in the next section).

Top Cock and Ball Cock Rings:

Velv'Or Rooster Justus Double Ring Cock Ring

Velv'Or Rooster Justus Double Ring Cock Ring

$18.99 $19.99

Velv'Or Rooster Justus Double Ring Cock Ring Rooster Justus is a playful multifunctional, soft silicone, double ring, cock ring. Both rings have the same measurements allowing wearers to be creative. They can wear both rings behind their package, one on… Read More

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Velv'Or Rooster Kalf Dual-Ring Cat-Like Cock Ring

Velv'Or Rooster Kalf Dual-Ring Cat-Like Cock Ring

$18.99 $19.99

Cat-Like Cock Ring ROOSTER KALF is a soft silicone double-ring cock ring, reminiscent of a cat. It is designed so that the big ring enrings the whole package (penis and scrotum), while the small ring enrings the base of the erect… Read More

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Velv'Or Drake Dual-Ring Vibrating Cock Ring

Velv'Or Drake Dual-Ring Vibrating Cock Ring

$25.99 $28.99

Unleash the Drake: Your Gateway to Pleasure! Meet Drake, the maestro of pleasure, ready to transform your intimate moments into an electrifying symphony. This isn't your average cock ring; it's an experience waiting to be had. Wear It Your Way: Drake is… Read More

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Adjustable Cock Rings

An adjustable cock ring doesn’t look much like a ring at all. It’s a cord with an adjustable piece that lets you control the tightness. These rings are great for spontaneity because you can put them on quickly when you’re already hard. They also come in single and double (cock-and-ball) varieties.

They might come loose during the act, though, which can be a downer.

Top Adjustable Cock Rings:

Stay Hard Silicone Double Loop Adjustable Black Cock Ring

Stay Hard Silicone Double Loop Adjustable Black Cock Ring

$8.99 $9.99

The Stay Hard Silicone Double Loop Cock Ring is soft, smooth, and fully adjustable. It features a lasso-style locking slide. Push the button on the slide to pull your ring open. Fit your loop to the base of your cock… Read More

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Stay Hard Silicone Loop Adjustable Blue Cock Ring

Stay Hard Silicone Loop Adjustable Blue Cock Ring

$10.99

Adjustable Blue Cock Ring You want maximum performance. The Stay Hard Silicone Loop Cock Ring is soft, smooth, and fully adjustable. It features a lasso-style locking slide. Push the button on the slide to pull your ring open. Fit your… Read More

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Velv'Or Rooster Ragnar Adjustable Lasso String Cock Ring - Black

Velv'Or Rooster Ragnar Adjustable Lasso String Cock Ring - Black

$18.99 $22.99

ROOSTER RAGNAR is a firm silicone cock ring, combining a broad strap and slender strings in one design to provide dynamic experiences. The lasso can be easily adjusted by sliding the locker up and down the strings. Men can wear the lasso… Read More

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Vibrating Cock Rings

Vibrating cock rings contain an internal vibrator or have a spot to insert a bullet vibrator. These rings add a new level of pleasure, introducing a warm buzzing sensation to your D. They also drive your partner wild, especially during vaginal sex. The vibrator is usually positioned to stimulate the clit during penetration.

Just make sure the batteries are charged!

Top Vibrating Cock Rings:

Velv'Or Rooster Travis Hard Silicone Vibrating Bullet Cock Ring

Velv'Or Rooster Travis Hard Silicone Vibrating Bullet Cock Ring

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Fun Factory NOS Vibrating Silicone Cock Ring - Black

Fun Factory NOS Vibrating Silicone Cock Ring - Black

$99.00

NŌS Vibrating Cock Ring NOS heats things up with two rumbly motors at the top, perfectly sized and shaped to hug the clitoral glans for a more intense sensation. Condomaniacs LOVE the NOS Vibrating Cock Ring because... It's a cock ring… Read More

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VeDO Frisky Bunny Vibrating Cock Ring - Black

VeDO Frisky Bunny Vibrating Cock Ring - Black

$34.99 $44.99

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Remote Controlled Cock Rings

Cock rings have entered the high-tech world. New models feature wireless control that allows you to adjust the level of vibration and pulsation remotely—some even with your smartphone. There are so many ways to pleasure yourself and tease a partner with these rings, and all hands-free.

Just save up some cash because they’re expensive.

Top Remote-controlled Cock Rings:

LELO Tor 2 Vibrating Cock Ring - Black

LELO Tor 2 Vibrating Cock Ring - Black

$99.00

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We-Vibe Bond App Controlled Vibrating Cock Ring

We-Vibe Bond App Controlled Vibrating Cock Ring

$129.00

We-Vibe Bond Vibrating Cock Ring This wearable stimulation ring, controlled by app or remote, celebrates the bond between sexual partners and emphasizes the importance of curious, adventurous intimacy. Wear Bond beneath clothing to make every moment pleasurable, and use it… Read More

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We-Vibe "Pivot" Vibrating Penis Ring w/ Smart App

We-Vibe

$109.00

Pivot App-Controlled Penis Ring Pivot by We-Vibe provides comfort and stability in a smooth, silicone vibrating penis ring. Soft and stretchy,   How to use the Pivot Vibrator Pivot is designed to put on an erect penıs. Apply some water-based… Read More

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Butt Plug Cock Rings

Double down on your pleasure by donning a cock ring with an attached butt plug. Just insert the plug into your Hobbit Hole, then slide the ring on your dick. As you thrust, you’ll feel the plug reacting inside you. These are also great for solo play.

Top Butt Plug Cock Rings:

Tom of Finland Silicone Cock Ring with 3 Weighted Balls

Tom of Finland Silicone Cock Ring with 3 Weighted Balls

$25.99 $29.99

Cock Ring with 3 Weighted Balls Large Balls. Like, seriously big. This set of silicone-coated heavy weighted balls is attached to a firm cock ring, for anal stimulation coupled with erection enhancement. This thing measures... 12" in total length 1.75" in… Read More

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B-Vibe Snug & Tug Cock Ring and Butt Plug

B-Vibe Snug & Tug Cock Ring and Butt Plug

$49.50 $55.00

B-Vibe Snug & Tug Cock Ring and Butt Plug Snug & Tug builds off the popular B-Vibe Snug Plug Collection, which provides a weighted butt plug with a sense of fullness. Snug & Tug incorporates a genital ring, which supports… Read More

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How to Use a Cock Ring

Here’s how to use a cock ring to make sure you don’t end up with sore balls or a limp biscuit.

Putting it on

Depending on which type of cock ring you have, here’s how to put them on.

Single-ring cock rings: Normal stretchy and solid cock rings simply slide over the shaft until they reach the base of the penis. Make sure to add plenty of lube beforehand. You may choose to place the cock ring before or after the balls—it’s up to you—but if you prefer it around your entire package, put it on before you get hard. That will make it easier to fit the ring around your frank + beans.

Adjustable cock rings: These cock rings don’t need to be stretched to put on, so you can easily slide them on your cock/balls whenever you like. Just wrap the cord around your meat and tighten the strap. Once it’s comfy, you’re ready to go.

Cock-and-ball rings/double rings: These rings MUST go on when you’re flaccid. It’s tough to get both rings around dick and balls when you’re hard. Start by lubing up good. Then, put one testicle through the ball ring followed by the other until the ring is around your scrotum. Next, bend your flaccid penis down and put it through the cock ring. Now, you’re ready to get hard.

Getting it on

If the ring fits, it’s time for some fun. Here are a few tips on how to use your cock ring in bed.

Lube up

Lube is going to make your cock ring experience SO much better. It reduces friction against your skin, protects your condom, and prevents painful pubic hair pulling. Plus, it makes it easier to put your cock ring on and take it off. Water-based lube is the way to go.

Let it ride

Your partner will want to GO TO TOWN on you when you wear your cock ring. So why not let them? Lie back and let them grind away—it will feel fantastic for both of you when you’re extra engorged. Try going at it in the sitting position, too, so you can pull each other extra close.

Don’t underestimate missionary

You put your ring on, and now you want to do some sexual gymnastics. But sometimes, the classics become totally new when transformed by a cock ring. Missionary will wow your female partner when you’re wearing a vibrating cock ring. This position lets you grind against her clit while commanding total control over multiple erogenous zones.

Try oral and anal

Cock rings are sensational for all types of sex, so don’t forget to explore your options. Oral will give your partner new levels of control over your pleasure, as you’ll be super sensitive to teasing tongues. And anal will feel tighter than ever before.

Great for solo fun too

Cock rings can give you an above-average O when masturbating too. Plus, they’ll help you last longer and prolong your pleasure. You might even make it to the 10-minute mark minute of your favorite porn vid.

Are Cock Rings Safe?

Yes, penis rings are safe. But, as with most sex toys, you need to use them correctly, or there are risks.

Cock rings restrict the blood flow to your penis. In the short term, this has major benefits to your game. But wearing one for too long can cause some discomfort or even injury.

The rules of cock ring safety are:

  1. Only keep your ring on for 20-30 minutes. If you want to go longer, take it off for 10 minutes and then put it back on.
  2. Don’t wear a cock ring when you’re inebriated because you may forget to take it off or follow these cock ring rules.
  3. If you feel pain or discomfort down there, take the ring off! It probably means the ring is too small. Get a larger size.
  4. If you start to experience numbness, coldness, or your penis changes to a purple or bluish color, take the ring off immediately. This means it’s too tight, and you’re cutting off your circulation.
  5. Always use lube. This will make it easier to put the cock ring on and take it off. But NEVER use a numbing lube with a cock ring, as this will mask your symptoms if the ring is too tight.

The Lord of the Cock Rings

Now that you’ve completed our Cock Rings 101 guide, you may go forth on your journey and fulfill your destiny… to have safe and kinky adventures with your cock ring collection.

This guide has been packed with loads upon loads of cock ring info, so here’s a quick summary:

  • Cock rings are solid or flexible rings that restrict blood flow out of the penis, keeping you harder for longer and boosting the intensity of your orgasms.
  • There are many types of cock rings, including solid, stretchy, vibrating, dual-ringed, and even remote-controlled.
  • Cock rings make sex better for both partners by prolonging intercourse and enhancing sensation.
  • It’s safe (and fun) to use penis rings for all types of sex, including vaginal, anal, oral, and masturbation.
  • Never keep a cock ring on for more than 30 minutes, and always use lube.
  • The #1 place to buy cock rings online is Condomania (duh!), the nation’s first condom shop and home to the only curated cock ring collection online.

Want to learn more about cock rings? You’ll find more helpful info on penis rings and other orgasm-enhancing toys in our ultimate guide to sex toys for men.

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