Cock rings are a classic sex toy, and they’re a popular choice for couples. When used properly, they can allow for larger erections, better orgasms, and more control during sex. If you’ve been thinking about picking up a ring, you’ve probably wondered whether they’re safe – and how you can use your new toy effectively.

The good news is that cock rings aren’t particularly dangerous, and they’re fairly simple devices. To use one, apply some lubricant to the inside of the ring. Slip your balls through the loop, one at a time, then pull your penis through. Put your ring on before you get an erection (some rings stretch enough that you can put them on after you’re erect, but this can be uncomfortable).

Of course, there are risks associated with any sex toy. If you buy a cock ring that’s small and made from an inflexible material, you could cut off circulation to the penis, which could result in a trip to the emergency room. Likewise, you definitely don’t want to fall asleep with your ring on, and you shouldn’t wear it for an extended period of time. Barring those situations, you don’t have much to worry about.

These tips will help you stay safe when using a cock ring:

Buy a Quality Product – Look for a ring made with high-quality materials. Beginners should start with a ring that stretches – silicone is an excellent choice, since it’s also hypoallergenic and easy to clean. Choose a size that’s appropriate for your body.

Try to find a ring that you can cut away from your body in an emergency. Some also have quick-release latches and other safety features, which can give you some peace of mind during sex.

Use a Lubricant – Always use a lubricant with your ring to make removal easier. We recommend water-based lube, as it’s compatible with all cock ring materials. Apply the lube to the inside of the ring before putting it on.

Don’t Wear Your Ring for Too Long – Most manufacturers recommend a maximum of 30 minutes. Past this point, you could risk bruising or even permanently damaging your penis.

Remove Your Ring Immediately After Ejaculation – It’s easy to fall asleep after a satisfying romp in the hay, so be sure to take your cock ring off right away. Don’t use a cock ring if you’re inebriated, as you could forget to remove it.

If your penis or testicles feel numb, take your ring off right away. Numbness could be a sign of a priapism, which is a serious medical condition that occurs when you can’t lose an erection. See a doctor right away if you experience pain for more than a minute or two after removing the ring or if your erection persists for an abnormal length of time after ejaculation.

Because cock rings affect your circulation, you should speak with your physician if you have any circulatory issues or if you’re on medication that affects your blood flow. Your condition could increase your risks of a priapism.

We want to stress that if you buy a high-quality ring and you take appropriate precautions, you’ll have a great time. Cock rings are safe – they’re even prescribed medically for people with erectile dysfunction – and while they’re fundamentally simple, they’re extremely effective.