A cock ring (or cockring) is a sex toy that is placed around a man's penis, usually at the base, primarily to slow the leakage of blood from the erect penile tissue, thus allowing him to maintain an erection for a longer period of time. Cock rings can be worn around just the penis or penis and scrotum. One worn round just the scrotum is usually designated as a testicle cuff. Cock rings are usually worn because the wearer enjoys the particular sensation of tightness and extreme engorgement that wearing one provides, although they can also help with erectile difficulties.
At its simplest, a cock ring is a ring of material which is wide enough to pass down the shaft of the penis and still allow enough room for the testicles to be pushed through it, one by one. The ring can be made of almost any material, either rigid (such as metal, plastic or wood), or elastic (rubber or silicone). Elastic materials have the advantage that they can be put on and removed easily even when the penis is erect. Rigid rings need to be put on when the penis is limp and depending on how tight the fit, the wearer may need to wait until the erection has naturally subsided before it can be removed. For many people, the fact that the ring cannot easily be removed adds considerably to the thrill of wearing it.
Wearing cock rings that are too tight, or worn for too long a period, can be dangerous: this may cause priapism, a medical emergency which, if not treated promptly, can result in severe and permanent damage, including penile gangrene which can result in the destruction of the penis.
Because the cock ring is such a simple device, it is very easy to pervert everyday objects for use as cock rings; curtain rings are a good choice if you don't want to pay sex shop prices for a simple ring of plastic or metal. For something more unusual, antique napkin rings work very well (just remember to take a sizing template with you!). Even silver or ivory napkin rings are not that expensive if you go to the right markets.
Variants on the cock ring include the addition of a protruding clitoral stimulator, designed to tickle the clitoris, vulva or anus during sex. Others vibrate, either vibrating the ring itself, or in a popular 'Dolphin' variant using two removable bullet vibrators to provide stimulation to the testicles and clitoris.
A triple cock ring or triple crown is a cock ring that has additional rings for restraining the testicles. In orgasm, the testicles usually retract towards the body before ejaculation. A triple crown changes and intensifies the sensation of orgasm by forcing the testicles to stay away from the body.
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