What Should You Know About Penis Rings

If you haven't had much exposure to penis rings, you might be intimidated by the very thought of one. You may even conjure up kinky images of dark dungeons, silk blindfolds with black leather chaps, and fuzzy pink handcuffs (maybe even some high heel stilettos). While that is one way to spend an evening, it may not actually be the scenario you were hoping to experience. Instead, you may have been simply looking for a fun and safe way for you and your partner to have longer-lasting, more satisfying sex (without the dungeon apparatus). Fear not, penis rings, better known as cock rings, can be a fun and exciting way to safely increase both your and your partner's pleasure. If you're ready to learn more about penis rings, you might find that they are a welcome addition to the bedroom. In this article, we'd like to clear up some points about penis rings, help you figure out whether a penis ring is for you, and even introduce what TENGA has to offer you and your partner in regards to penis ring pleasure.




What Is A Penis Ring?

What is a penis ring / cock ring?

A penis ring is a ring worn around the base of the penis (sometimes around the testicles) to make erections harder, bigger, and longer-lasting. As far as its function, the main purpose is to help prevent blood from flowing out of the penis after it has become erect.  At the same time, your partner may also find more satisfaction with this shared erection as it should give them more time to achieve orgasm. You may also hear penis rings called by other names, such as a cock ring, constriction ring, erection ring, shaft ring, even an ED (erectile dysfunction) ring. You might find that even with different names, they are the same basic product. In any case, the main purpose is the same, keeping it as hard and erect as possible. As far as materials, penis rings can be made from many different types of materials; such as leather, silicone, wood or even metal. Some are stretchable, such as the silicone varieties, some may have adjustable straps, and some may just be solid hard metal or wooden rings. 


What Does A Penis Ring Do?

Why do people use penis rings? Probably the biggest reason is to help maintain erections. Staying harder longer could not only provide more satisfaction for you, as some wearers say they have better sensitivity with the enhanced blood supply while wearing one, but can provide more time for your partner to achieve orgasm as well. Of course, results will vary from person to person. In addition, there are penis rings with built-in vibrators, normally worn on the base of the penis, but can also be worn on a finger for manual stimulation. These rings have a vibrator which are strategically placed so that they touch the clitoris to stimulate your partner at the same time, or, if placed 180 degrees on the opposite side, may give stimulation to the wearer's testicles or even the partner's anal area, depending on how you and your partner are positioned. Sizes and shapes can vary their usability, so when shopping around think a bit about how you wish to use your penis ring. 

How to Use A Penis Ring

How to use a penis ring

 As we mentioned earlier, most penis rings are fitted at the base of the penis. Many recommend that before you have achieved a full erection, during a semi-erect state, to stretch the ring around the penis until it is fitted around the base. This may make it easier to put the penis ring on. If you feel you are losing circulation in that area, take it off immediately as it means that the fit is way too tight.  Too constricting a grip means that there is little to no blood flow, and that could cause tissue damage. Fully erect, the penis ring should be snug, but not overly constricting. And even if snug and comfortable, most manufacturers recommend not having one attached for longer than 30 minutes. For that reason, we would recommend starting with a penis ring that is made of soft stretchy silicone. Silicone rings are flexible, easy to remove, and easy to clean. Regardless of material, never go to sleep with a penis ring on! This can result in serious damage to your penis or testicles.  So please read all directions that come with the product and heed all warnings. 

Having said that, it is important to remember the benefits of using a penis ring could keep you harder longer, and even extend your time before ejaculation, while also allowing your partner more time to enjoy the benefits of your erection. 

Penis Rings for Erectile Dysfunction/Premature Ejaculation

penis rings for ED and PE

Erectile dysfunction (ED), or impotence, is difficulty to get or keep an erection for sex. Use of penis rings as an aid for people with erectile dysfunction (ED) has been well-known. For persons with ED, a penis pump is sometimes used in conjunction with an ED ring to help build up blood flow into the penis. It goes without saying that keeping an erection as long as possible while inserted may help satisfy both partners. However, for people with ED, it is highly recommended to consult a physician before beginning any new regimen.

Premature ejaculation (PE), on the other hand, occurs when ejaculation is sooner than desired during sex or masturbation, often within 1-3 minutes of sexual activity. While you might think that penis rings could be useful for premature ejaculation, at this time there does not appear to be much evidence that penis rings make a significant difference in terms of longer time before ejaculation. Of course, there are many factors involved in the issue of premature ejaculation and some of them are not all physical.

Practicing and working on the physical muscles related to ejaculation may help with the physical aspects of PE, and may also work on the mental side as well. If you or someone you know suffers from PE, you may want to find out more about TENGA Healthcare and PE exercises to aid with this issue.

Best Penis Rings for Partnered Play

TENGA SVR for partnered play

If you're ready to take the plunge and see how a penis ring can add some pleasure for you and your partner, TENGA has some options that will please and tantalize. Our SVR (Smart Vibe Ring) Series is a great entry into the world of penis rings. Made of soft stretchable silicone, the SVR also comes equipped with a small yet powerful vibrator that has several rhythmic patterns and levels of vibrational intensity. A Red Dot Design Award winner, the TENGA SVR Series not only performs well, but looks stylish. You may want one for home and one for the road! 

We also have the TENGA SVR one, a battery-powered and more affordable choice, with simple ON/OFF controls and a C-shaped ring, so you can easily put it on or take it off at any time.


Using a penis ring could keep you harder longer, and even extend your time before ejaculation, while also allowing your partner more time to enjoy the benefits of your erection. While choosing one may seem a bit intimidating at first, we hope that we have dispelled some stereotypes that may have prevented you from trying one out, as well as highlighted the benefits. Just be sure to read thoroughly and follow the instruction manual that each manufacturer includes, and never keep a penis ring on for more than 30 minutes. We hope you'll find your experience positively stimulating!

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