A cock ring won a place in our recent roundup of the best sex toys for every budget, so today, I’m reporting from the front lines on what it’s like to use one. As open as I am to toys in the bedroom — I own a decent collection of vibrators (including one I wear around my neck) and have opinions on all of them — I first tried using a c-ring just a few months ago. While on vacation, my partner and I were wandering through the New Orleans French Quarter after a cocktail or two when we noticed a sex toy shop. I’m a firm believer that a couple’s first visit to a sex toy shop is a relationship milestone, so I grabbed my partner by the hand and dragged him inside. (He followed somewhat reluctantly, but later described it as one of the sexier things I’ve done.)
Durex Play Vibrations Vibrating Ring, $4.37, available at Amazon.
“Rings come in a variety of materials, from leather to metal to silicone,” Days continues. “Rings made of softer materials will simply offer a sensation of pressure for the wearer but, being flexible, won’t restrict blood quite as much. Leather rings are popular, as they wrap tight around the shaft (and scrotum as well, if you like) and snap closed. This eliminates the one-size-fits-all guessing game and offers a firmness that can be very pleasurable.”
Erotic Favors The Big O — The Multi-Stage Reusable Vibrating Ring, $16.57, available at Amazon.
My partner enjoyed his increased hardness and the ring’s vibration, which I (perhaps naively) hadn’t thought would have an effect on him. He also affirmed that his orgasm felt more explosive when he had been wearing the ring. And, as he pointed out, there’s something inherently sexy about introducing a new item into the bedroom, whatever it is. It’s a shared mini-adventure. Summary: thumbs-up, highly recommend, will try again (maybe tonight). C-ring newbies can certainly splash out some serious cash on a high-end model if they’re so inclined, but this is one device that delivers, no matter your budget.
Optimale Vibrate Double Penis Ring, $37.95, available at Adam & Eve.