For those who've never used, but are curious about cock rings, starting out can be intimidating--often due to common misconceptions--but also because there are so many types and styles of cock rings.
So, who better to come to for advice than Perfect Fit Brand CEO and master inventor, Steve Callow. Below, Steve answers questions and gives clear advice on how to choose and use a cock ring. (An edited version of this interview previously appeared on AskMen.com)
Above: The Perfect Fit Brand™ Speed Shift adjustable cock rings
What are some common misconceptions about cock rings?
1. That cock rings are a gay thing. Fact: The vast majority of reviews by customers of our rings are by straight couples.
2. That a cock ring is used only around the shaft. Well, this is probably less popular than wearing the ring around cock/balls at the base of your junk. Most of our rings are designed to fit in this manner, around all your junk.
3. That a stretchy ring is better. Actually a properly fitted ring should not be stretched on you at all, it should not bind, it should simply be snug. This is why we make 14 sizes of rings, so that you can get one that actually is fitted properly without binding.
Above: The Ribbed Ring cock ring
What are some reasons why a man would use a cock ring? How is it beneficial to him? To his partner?
The cock ring has many benefits for a couple. We ran focus group testing a few years back and we learned that the majority of men wear it to achieve a harder erection. Certainly, your partner would notice this. It also a common belief that a cock ring will prolong your orgasm. It generally will make it a more explosive experience.
If your partner enjoys seeing you out and about sporting a nice sized man bulge in your pants, the cock ring is a must-have it will make your junk look bigger always! Others like the way it moves your balls forward and keeps them from retracting into the body – a common thing for some men.
What is a cock ring? Looking to know what it is, how it works, the different styles on the market and what they're good for.
The term “cock ring” is actually a catchall for many styles of rings. First, let’s consider how it is worn on your junk. Depending on the audience, some will consider a cock ring a ring that is worn around the shaft of the penis, at the base. This is a typical way a cock ring is worn for the purposes of helping men with ED and in our company we refer to this as a shaft ring.
The other common way, and the way cock rings are usually worn recreationally (meaning for fun not to treat ED), is around the base of the penis and under the scrotum. We refer to this as a “cock ring” The cock ring essentially allows blood to flow in through the arteries which are deeper inside the penis, but restricts the exit blood flow on the veins on the surface of the penis. The shaft ring obviously is most effective at this as it completely encircles the penis, the cock ring on the other hand, has a more gentle effect.
Above: the Armour Tug Lock cock ring and butt plug combo. Watch the "How Does This Work? Armour Tug Lock 101 w Steve Callow" video here.
There is plethora of choices for the rings, many choices also include a “bullet” style vibrator for the pleasure of both partners. We suggest always to keep it simple to begin. The common decisions you will have to make, even when trying to keep it simple, are the material choice, stretchiness, and size.
Silicone rings are an excellent choice. Silicone is very tolerable by people, and is often used in the medical world. Silicone is less reactive against the skin, hence its prevelance in the medical world. Right away you can assume you are getting a better product then the three dollar $3 jelly style. A silicone ring is not going to stretch as much as one of our SilaSkin rings or another brands of TPR rings.
Above: Xact-Fit™ cock rings. Available in 14 0.1" incremental sizes.
So, sizing is more of an issue. We did the research. From our 4 years spent developing the Xact-Fit rings, which are available in 14 sizes, we know that the 0.1” increment sizing makes a big difference in the comfort and performance of a ring. In our focus group, we found the 15 of 17 men who had tested our new sizing system had in fact selected their ideal sized ring to be one of the ring sizes no one else even makes.