Penis rings: Small toys with a big effect

Couple with penis ring NŌS

They’re small but mighty! A penis ring, also called a cock ring, promotes sexual variety and a harder erection for longer-lasting FUN. Some cock rings are even designed to please both partners – depending on how they’re worn, they might stimulate the clitoris, perineum, or scrotum of the receiving partner. If this sounds like the toy you’ve been waiting for, then here’s your opportunity to learn everything about it: What a penis ring is, how it works, what you should pay attention to when using one, what types of cock rings there are, and how to find the right one for you. Here we go!

Table of Contents

1. What is a cock ring?

2. What does a cock ring do?

3. How to use a cock ring

• Put on the penis ring

• Penis rings and condoms

4. Penis rings & problems with erections

5. Find the right penis ring

• All about the materials

The right size of a penis ring

• Types of penis rings

What is a cock ring?

As the name implies, a penis ring is a ring that is pulled over the penis during solo FUN or partnered play. They’re popularly worn just behind the glans (also known as the tip of the penis), at the end of the shaft in front of the testicles, or even behind the testicles. Once pulled on, cock rings fit snugly around the shaft of the penis, causing blood flow to be slightly restricted. The effect? A longer-lasting, stronger erection and an intensified orgasm.

Man with penis ring NŌS

What does a cock ring do?

Want to know exactly how it works? Then pay attention: Sexual arousal – caused, for example, by a sizzling touch, a sensual scent, or a smoldering glance – causes the brain to sends signals that trigger biochemical processes in the body. As a result, erectile tissue swells and the arteries in the penis dilate, allowing more blood to flow in. The influx of blood creates pressure, causing the penis to straighten and form an erection. At the same time, the swollen erectile tissue squeezes the veins in the penis so less blood flows out.

And that's where the penis ring comes in: The additional pressure that the ring exerts on the veins further restricts blood flow and ensures even more girth and stamina.

Banana with a ring

All well and good, but what exactly makes sex with a cock ring better?
The person wearing the cock ring benefits not only from longer-lasting pleasure, but also from intensified sensation in one of the most sensitive areas of the body. The person’s partner also experiences the FUN of playing with a bigger erection. Plus: Depending on the design of the penis ring, the toy might be able to stimulate other hot spots in both partners, leading to indescribably intense orgasms.

How to use a cock ring

The most important thing to keep in mind when using a cock ring is how long you should wear it. As with so many good things, moderation is key with a cock ring. Specifically, this means that any ring should not be worn for more than 20 minutes. Restricting blood flow in the short term creates fireworks. But long-lasting restriction can lead to an undersupply of blood to the surrounding tissue, which, in extreme cases, can permanently damage the penis. And nobody wants that! In short: Enjoy, but don’t be reckless.

Man lying in bed

In addition, a snug, firm fit is important and good. But if a penis ring presses uncomfortably or even hurts, take it off as soon as possible to prevent bruising of the erectile tissue.

Put on the penis ring and let's play!

Putting a penis ring on properly is easy if you know a few things. Basically, the rule of thumb is to put a penis ring on when the penis is flaccid or only slightly erect. It’s easier to put the toy into a comfortable position that way. First, pull the ring over the glans. You might leave it there or move it to the end of the shaft. You could also place it behind your testicles, depending on your preferences and the ring model.

How to wear a penis ring

You should know the difference between different types of penis rings before putting one on. For example, there are rings made of flexible materials, such as silicone, and rigid rings made of wood or metal. The latter are best for experienced users, as they can have a particularly strong effect. While flexible penis rings can be put on when the penis is somewhat erect, cock rings made of rigid materials require that you find the right moment and control your own erection. This is not always a piece of cake in the heat of the moment.  

And after the FUN? Same concept: Once the penis is only slightly erect or no longer erect, slip off the penis ring, clean it, and put it back in its storage place until next time.

By the way, for easy application and removal of the cock ring, you should add lubricant. Spread it on the penis shaft and inside the ring before putting it on and you’ll be good to go

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Penis rings and condoms

If you’re using both, you put on the condom first and then the ring. You should be careful not to damage the condom. Rigid metal rings or penis rings with nubs should be used with even more caution than flexible and smooth materials. Either way: Don't use the thinnest condoms in your collection, as they can tear more easily. A fringe benefit of wearing both: The penis ring holds the condom securely and firmly in place.

Man lying in bed, desperate

Problems with your erection? It happens! A penis ring can help.

Erection problems are much more normal and common than you might think. Studies show that cis men of all ages are affected, and cases are becoming increasingly common. Regardless of the cause, it can be helpful to try a penis ring.

Man with penis ring and his keys

Here’s what urologist, sex physician, and book author Dr. Med. Axel-Jürg Potempa has to say on the topic:
"Penis rings can not only be used as a sex toy, but also have a certain medical indication in erectile dysfunctions. The causes of erectile dysfunction can be both psychological and physical. There may literally be a blockage in the head, or the erectile tissue in the penis may, for example, with age, have a reduced blood flow. With a penis ring, you can help well and easily, because it makes it possible to staunch the blood in the penis and thus prolong the erection, or make it possible in the first place."

So, if you ever can't get it up: Consider talking about it with a friend or someone you trust. You might discover that it's not just you and share tips with others. And you could have some luck with a cock ring! As helpful as they are, though, penis rings are not doctors. We recommend a visit to your doctor for any ambiguous or long-lasting erectile problems.

Find the right penis ring

Are you dying to get your hands on a cock ring now? Good news! Here are a few tips on how to find the right cock ring for you and an overview of the most popular types.

Vibrating penis ring NŌS

All about the materials

You already know that there are penis rings made of rigid materials and others made of flexible materials. Flexible materials include silicone, latex, and rubber. They are suitable for both beginners and advanced users. They’re a good place to start because of their adaptable size and because they can more easily be cut in case of emergency. They are also extra comfortable to wear because they adapt to your body temperature particularly quickly. But be careful when you shop: Before you buy, make sure that the material is high-quality and that it does not contain any harmful substances, such as softeners. Medical-grade silicone is 100% safe.

Rigid models are better left for the experienced user and are made of glass, wood, or metal. They require more practice to put on and take off and should definitely be bought in the right size, because, once they’re on, they’re not super easy to remove. The exception is metal rings, which are also available with a clasp. With rigid rings, you should also pay special attention to the workmanship. Corners, edges, and other irregularities can easily lead to unpleasant sensations and leave pressure marks.

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What is the right size for a penis ring?

The most important thing when buying your penis ring is the size, because every penis is unique. If the ring fits too tightly, the penis can turn blue and hurt, and in a worst-case scenario, permanent damage can occur. If you experience any of these symptoms, remove the ring immediately! If, on the other hand, the ring is too big, it can’t restrict blood flow. Simply put: The ring has no effect. However, if in doubt, you should go for a larger rather than a smaller ring, simply to avoid risks.

When finding the right size, stretchable materials offer a decisive advantage, because they are adaptable to the penis to some degree.

How can you calculate the right size? It's quite easy. You’ll need to know your penis circumference and the number pi (don't worry, it doesn't get much more mathematical than that). It is important that you measure the penis in the erect state. First, measure the circumference of the place where you want to wear the ring – below the glans, the middle of the shaft, the base of the penis – and multiply this value by 3.14 (the number pi). This way, you will get the diameter of that part of your penis. And then? You just have to choose a suitable ring! Pay attention to the information about the inner diameter of the ring. This should match the value you have calculated. 

Calculate the size

Penis Circumference x 3,14 = Inner Diameter of the Ring


Couple in bed with cock ring NŌS

What types of penis rings are there?

The classic – Like it simple? Then a conventional penis ring without many extras is probably just right for you. You already know about the different materials that are available, as well as their advantages and disadvantages. There are also completely smooth or textured rings – for example, ones with nubs or grooves that offer additional stimulation.

Vibrating penis rings – These are especially popular with couples. The vibrations stimulate not only the person wearing the ring, but also the also the other person’s hot spots, like the clitoral glans or scrotum. This means incredible orgasms for both! Vibrating rings are usually made of stretchy materials that transmit the vibrations well.

Penis ring NŌS vibrates

NŌS is a vibrating penis ring in a class of its own. It allows couples to climax simultaneously. Two flexible extensions with powerful motors spoil the clitoris or scrotum with strong vibrations, while two raised points inside the ring gently exert pressure on the main veins in the penis for a particularly strong, long-lasting erection. With this, you'll be closer to each other than ever and seeing stars!

Adjustable penis rings – Yes, you read that right! In addition to cock rings that are made for a specific size, there are also those that are adjustable in size. These include, for example, penis rings made of leather, which in most cases are equipped with snaps and can thus be adjusted to your own penis. That means they’re suitable for penis ring novices. At the same time, they are a bit more expensive than other types, as well as harder to clean. There are also so-called customizable penis straps. In most cases, they are made of silicone and are equipped with an extra closure that allows you to regulate the pressure on the penis.

Penis ring + anal plug BOOTIE RING

Penis rings with an anal plug – Anal fans and anal-curious people, watch out! This toy combination will make your hearts beat faster. The combination of a penis ring and anal plug provides a steady erection as well as extra stimulation of the perineum and prostate. You wear it by pulling the penis and testicles through the ring and then inserting the plug.

Curious as to how this toy looks? Check it out in our store! Our BOOTIE RING combines a flexible silicone ring and our anal plug BOOTIE S, for double stimulation and even more comprehensive, intense orgasms.. 

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