Many years ago, I started a new job at a well-established sex toy company, and was brought on because even back then I’d been doing it for a while. On my first day, I had a meeting with some of the directors and managers. One of them asked me outright, ‘so what does a cock ring do?’
I laughed, thinking that it was surely a joke, and that this room of people all working for one of the world’s most authoritative sex toy brands must know what a cock ring does. But immediately I noticed them all looking at me, expectantly, waiting for an answer. They were serious.
“Oh,” I said, self-consciously. “Well, a cock ring sits quite tightly around the base of the penis to constrict and control the blood flow, thereby improving circulation.”
“But,” replied the director after a pause, “how does it constrict blood flow and increase it at the same time?”
And then it occurred to me. I didn’t know what a cock ring actually did. I knew what it was for, and what effects it had, but I didn’t know how it did it. Naturally, being a sex geek, I devoted a lot of time to finding out exactly what a cock ring does. Because after the apocalypse, knowledge will be the only currency.
A gentleman's ring offers a number of benefits and almost no disadvantages. It’s a wonder we’re not all wearing them all the time, because of the positive impact they can have on pleasure. Among much else, a good, well-fitting cock ring can:
It’s like a miracle cure for your dick. Research suggests that they can be particularly useful in the treatment of erectile dysfunction too, so what’s not to love?
Is A Gentleman's Ring Dangerous?
In and of itself, a gentleman's ring is not dangerous. Any negative effects are only introduced if the gentleman's ring is too tight and worn for too long. Just use some common sense: if your penis starts to hurt, or goes numb, take the ring off, and contact a doctor if the symptoms persist. But in most circumstances, it should be perfectly safe.
Just take it off before you fall asleep. Most manufacturers recommend wearing a cock ring for no more than 30 minutes at a time, to be on the safe side.
So What Does A Gentleman's Ring Really Do?
You might have read that the purpose of a cock ring is to constrict the flow of blood and trap it in the penis. That’s not true, and I wish everyone would stop saying it. It’s provably not true: if a cock ring were to allow blood into the penis, but not out, your penis would inflate like a water balloon. That’s obviously not what’s happening.
It is true that the blood flow is constricted, but not true that blood is trapped in the penis. What’s actually happening is the constriction forces the blood vessels that make the penis erect to expand, increasing the overall size and firmness of the penis. The blood is still flowing normally but, a little like how a weightlifting belt provides some resistance necessary to direct power to the upper body, the pressure inside the penis’ blood vessels is increased. Try holding your nose and closing your mouth, and then trying to force air out. You notice the arteries in your neck expanding? Same thing.
That’s the primary function of a ring, and it has a lot of subsequent benefits. The enlarged blood vessels swell the penis, increasing the overall surface area and exposing more of the skin’s nerve endings to sensitivity. This makes sex more intense for the penis-haver, and since the penis is slightly larger than normal, it has the potential to make it more satisfying for a partner too.
The restriction on the urethra can also help you control and delay your orgasm – so not only does it make your penis more sensitive to sexual contact, but it makes it harder to cum too. When you do finally allow your orgasm to overwhelm you, there’s a good chance that it will be bigger, longer, and more intense. (And… umm… messier. Sorry about that.)
Removing the ring will almost immediately return the penis to its conventional size and shape, so these rings are by no means a permanent solution to either enlarge the penis or combat erectile dysfunction in the long term. But, in my opinion, the pros of a gentleman's ring far outweigh the cons.
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