Are Cock Rings Safe?

One question asked about almost any kind of sex toy is are they safe. It’s a good question, as using something unsafe on such a sensitive and important part of your body can leave you with problems you might have rather avoided. Nearly all sex toys are perfectly safe as long as they are well manufactured and used properly. The same is true with cock rings.

Can Your Penis Fall Off If You Wear One for Too Long?

Perhaps one of the strangest myths when it comes to cock rings is that long term use will make your penis fall off. There are though, a few things which can happen if you wear one for too long. The ring may damage the penis’ skin, or the tissues which handle blood flow. If you have a particularly large and heavy cock ring, it can even aggravate hernias as it weighs you done and pulls of the tissue of the lower body. Long term wear of a cock ring may discolour the penis, or cause numbness or clamminess. It is recommended to wear a cock ring for a maximum of 30 minutes.

As long as you stick within the safe duration of wear, a cock ring will never make your penis fall off. If you keep one on for days though, it’s definitely possible.

Can You Get Diseases or Infections from Cock Rings?

While there are no specific diseases or infections caused specifically by cock rings, you need to still be aware of basic hygiene and sex toy safety. If you choose to share your cock rings with other men, then they need to be thoroughly washed between users, although it’s recommended you have separate toys for separate people. Bacteria that is natural to one person’s body might still have a detrimental effect on another person’s body.

While many sexual diseases don’t survive that long outside the body, such as HIV, it is still possible for a cock ring to carry them. It is extremely unlikely but why take the risk when simply cleaning the ring before you use it makes sure there is zero risk.

Restriction of Blood Flow

While the obvious function of a cock ring is to restrict the blood flow of the penis, it’s also one of the main risks of wearing one. While a suitably fitting cock ring can restrict the blood flow the right amount to encourage erection, one that fits too tightly is likely to cause problems. These can include numbness, discoloration of the penis, or severe pain.

A cock ring is also restrictive of the nerves inside the penis, so wearing one that is too tight can damage these nerves and alter the sensitivity of your penis. Your penis might also swell, keeping the extra blood in the penis rather than letting is flow back out.

To avoid these, it’s usually best to get a cock ring that is slightly looser, so that as your penis becomes erect and grows it still has a little space before it becomes too tight. You might also consider an adjustable ring, so you can change the size to suit your penis, or one with Velcro straps, which allow it to be quickly and easily removed if you feel anything wrong.

Can They Fall Off During Sex and Get Lost?

Cock rings generally hold onto the penis quite tightly once it is erect. There are though some rare cases where the ring might slip off during sex. During vaginal sex this shouldn’t be a worry, as objects cannot travel anywhere once inside the vagina, the cervix entrance remains closed. Simply putting some fingers in and fishing the ring out should be all you need to do. This should be done as soon as possible though, as most rings will contain materials which react poorly with the inside of the human body. Having a cock ring left inside a vagina for a long time can cause infections, discharge, or other complications.

If using a cock ring during anal sex, this becomes a little more worrisome. Objects which enter the anus are able to continue travelling further into the body, and once they pass the rectum you will usually need surgery to remove them. If you feel a cock ring come off during anal sex, you should stop immediately and try to remove the ring. If you can’t grab onto it, try bearing down as if using the toilet. If it still won’t come out, then seek medical help.

Can They Snap?

A cock ring snapping might sound like something awful, but it’s actually very common. The very stretchy rubbery cock rings are the ones which break the easiest. It is also more common for rings to snap if they already felt tight before becoming erect. The penis grows as it becomes erect, so the extra pressure is too much for the ring to take. Leather rings are much less likely to snap as it is a stronger material, and adjustable rings are also safe as they can be made to fit appropriately at all times.

Even if your cock ring does snap, it shouldn’t be much of a problem. If it snaps and hits the skin then it may cause stinging for a short while, but it will rarely do any permanent damage.

Safe Cock Ring Use

There are a few simple and easy tips to follow when wearing a cock ring that can make sure that you have an enjoyable experience with as few risks as possible.

  • Find a cock ring which fits correctly. You should measure your penis to find the appropriate size.
  • Use lubrication especially on silicone or rubbery rings, this makes them easier to slide up and down the shaft of the penis.
  • Use rings made of good quality materials.
  • Only wear a cock ring for up to thirty minutes.
  • Never sleep while wearing a cock ring, always be sure you remove it after ejaculation.
  • Avoid numbing creams, recreational drugs or Viagra during use. These can dull your senses, so you miss key signs that something is wrong. Viagra may leave you stuck with an erection and be unable to remove the ring.

How to Look After a Cock Ring?

Using your cock rings correctly is only one part of the process of being safe. You also need to look after them properly. Luckily cock rings are very simple toys, so caring for them isn’t too difficult. The main thing you need to do is keep it clean.

How to Keep It Clean?

Cock rings should be cleaned before and after every use, just like any other sex toy. You can clean it with either a clean damp cloth, a wet wipe, a special sex toy cleaner, or warm soapy water. If it has any textures or designs on the surface be sure to get into all the cracks and raised areas to thoroughly clean the ring.

Certain materials require different types of cleaning. Be sure to check the instructions that come with your cock ring for specific cleaning instructions. If you have a leather cock ring, then frequent washing may damage the material.

Always dry the cock ring thoroughly once clean. You should never store damp or wet sex toys as they may end up worse than before you washed them. They can even get mouldy.

How to Store Cock Rings

There are some general rules when storing your cock rings. These are the same with most sex toys. Some of the materials react with each other when stored together. It’s usually advised to store all of your cock rings in separate bags or pouches to avoid them reacting with each other.

The rings need to be completely dry before storing them. They should be stored in a cool, dry, dark place as exposure to sunlight or heat can contribute to the breaking down of the material.

Even when cleaned and stored correctly, a cock ring may shrink over time. This isn’t a problem with metal ones, but silicone, leather, or jelly/rubber rings may all become slightly smaller after a few washes. It’s important to keep an eye on your rings and if they’ve shrunk to replace them. You don’t want to blindly use your cock ring without realising it has shrunk and get it stuck on your penis.

How Long Can You Wear a Cock Ring?

While I mentioned it earlier, I feel this deserves its own section as there are so many men who ask this question. While you might find varying claims online as to how long you can wear a cock ring for, in general it is not advised to wear one for more than thirty minutes. Some people like to wear a cock ring like a regular accessory such as a wedding ring or necklace. This isn’t advised because extended use can cause permanent damage to the penis.

How Often Can You Wear a Cock Ring?

Some men find that they can wear a cock ring as much as they want so will wear it every day. Others might find it irritating to wear them too often. For longer wear, leather is the best material to go for. These are lightweight and stretch slightly to accommodate any changes in size or length of your penis. You should also get one that’s easily removable, so you can get it off quickly when you start to feel uncomfortable.

For daily cock ring users, you should not only think about the diameter and fit of the ring, but also the weight. If the cock ring is heavy it can pull on the skin around the penis and scrotum. Long term this can cause microtears in the skin or lacerations if the ring is worn for too long.

What Happens if You Wear Cock Rings Too Much?

Generally, there isn’t a huge amount that can go wrong with a cock ring if it is comfortable. The most important part is to listen to your body, it’ll tell you when something starts to go wrong. While regular use of cock rings is intended to restrict the blood flow, this isn’t suitable for more extended wear. Many people wear a cock ring as an accessory to decorate their penis. When wearing a cock ring in this way, it should just be a comfortable wrapping, much like a bracelet or wristband.

What Happens if You Wear a Cock Ring for Too Long?

The main problem of long term cock ring wear is caused by restricting the blood flow for too long. Ideally a cock ring used for this purpose should only be worn for twenty to thirty minutes. Wearing one for longer than this can cause:

  • Throbbing pains in the penis and/or scrotum
  • Clammy skin in the area
  • Numbness or altered sensations
  • Damaged nerves
  • Discoloration
  • Bruising
  • Tissue death can happen in the most extreme cases and you may need an amputation

If you’re wearing your cock ring as a fashionable accessory, then it shouldn’t be restrictive, and these dangers shouldn’t apply. It’s still risky, but as some men still do it. As long as the ring is loose enough to allow proper blood flow, you should be able to wear it as much as you want just like a bracelet.

Safety is always a great concern with any kind of sex toys. It’s even more important than normal with cock rings though, as they are designed to interfere with your body’s natural processes. As long as you use one safely, you should never have a problem. Remember these simple guidelines and you should be free to enjoy your ring with no worries.