What is a c-ring?

A c-ring (also known as a penis ring, cock ring, constriction ring, couples ring, etc.) is a round device worn around the base of penis and testicles or sometimes just around the shaft of the penis. C-rings can help maintain erectile strength by preventing blood flow out of the erectile tissue and therefore maintain a firmer and harder erection. With a c-ring on, the penis might appear bigger, plus the wearer may even have a more intense orgasm!

Are c-rings safe?

Yes! C-rings are perfectly safe if used properly. They can enhance sexual prowess and improve sexual satisfaction.

Why wear a C-ring?

There’s plenty of reasons why you or your partner might like them! Many like to wear a c-ring to improve the hardness factor of the penis and they can enhance their sexual prowess and performance if they can maintain a harder, firmer erection for a longer time. Some use c-rings to delay orgasm and prolong the sexual experience or to make their orgasms more intense.

How long can I wear a c-ring?

Most sexual medicine experts advise that a c-ring should be worn for no longer than 30 minutes before a break. If you or your partner feel uncomfortable or have any pain while wearing one, you should remove it immediately. Prolonged use can cause injury. On that same note, make sure to remove c-rings before falling asleep, remember a c-ring should not be worn for more than 30 minutes at a time.

How do you use a c-ring?

Some find it easier to slide the c-ring on before the penis is erect (or while it is semi-erect). C-rings typically fit around the penis and testicles (or just the penis) and are snug against the body. You can also put it on while the penis is erect.

It’s best to use a creamy lubricant (like Whipped!) for the most comfortable experience. First slip your testicles, one at a time, within the ring, and then you can tuck your penis through the ring. If preferred, you can also just slide the ring over the penis only. Next, all you need to do is carefully maneuver the ring into the right position and make certain that it fits comfortably. Using creamy lubrication helps keep placement smooth and painless. Snags on skin or hair? No thanks! Note, some c-rings vibrate and may need a certain side facing out. Double check instructions or ask your partner to make sure you’ve got it right!

Once you get aroused, the ring will restrict blood flow—hello stronger orgasms! C-rings are great for partnered play (especially if there’s vibration for your partner) but you can also use them solo.

What materials are c-rings made of?

C-rings come in all shapes, sizes, and materials. Popular ones include medical grade latex, silicone, rubber, or steel. Some have engravings, textures, or gemstones. For easy placement and removal, some have snaps or Velcro strips or might have an additional loop for the testicles. C-rings come in a variety of colors and can even have special features like vibration or attachments for clitoral, vaginal or scrotal stimulation built-in.

How do I find the right size for the c-ring?

Keep it simple. Wrap a thin piece of paper or string behind the scrotum and across the top of the penis. You should be taking the measurement where the penis meets the body. A snug but not tight fit is suggested. Remove the paper or string and then measure the diameter. C-rings may be sold as fixed diameters or adjustable. Some of the more flexible materials are stretchy and give you a wide range of diameter length. If you prefer to wear the ring around the penis only, remember to measure only for that.

What are weighted c-rings?

Weighted c-rings are those that have weights built in. They may offer greater sensation during an erection but be careful not to have excessive weight as this can lead to nerve and or tissue damage. Consider starting out with a low weight and as you get used to it, add more weight.

How do I clean and store my c-ring?

With a toy cleaner! Rinse it well and store it in a clean, dry, and safe place. Pro Tip: nightstands and easy-to-reach spots might not be a good idea if there’s little ones running around.

Can I wear a c-ring and condom?

Yes! Wearing one does not impede the use of the other. A condom won’t impact the effectiveness of a c-ring. If you want, wear both!

What are some warning signs?

If you experience any of the following symptoms you should immediately remove your c-ring and consult a health care professional: numbness, coldness, discomfort, discoloration of the penis to pale blue color, pain, swelling of the penis. Don’t ignore any of these signs! Remove the ring and seek care immediately. If you can’t remove the c-ring, all the more reason to head to a doctor.

What do I do if I cannot get my c-ring off?

If the c-ring is too tight during an erection or you cannot get it off after ejaculating, try adding lubricant to help slip the ring off. If you have a stuck metal c-ring, you will need to visit the emergency room to get it removed. Do not ignore a stuck c-ring or think it will resolve by itself. Forget embarrassment, preventing injuries and other physical issues means getting help asap.

Who should consult a health care professional or sexual medicine expert before using a c-ring?

It may be advisable for people with certain conditions to consult a doctor before using a c-ring. Give the doctor a call first if you or your partner 1.) are on blood thinners or prescriptions that alter awareness or ability to focus attention, 2.) have an existing penile injury, diabetes, pain or soreness in the penile or genital area, severe cardiovascular disease, or nerve disease.

It’s always a good idea to get a general health exam, physical examination and laboratory blood testing’s done if you are having erectile difficulties. There may be a physical or biochemical hormonal explanation for the changes in erectile strength or changes on orgasmic experience.

Final note:

C-rings are a safe and pleasure-enhancing intimacy tool. Plus, they’re fun! Pick a c-ring that fits properly to fulfill your sexual needs. Remember to be smart and enjoy the kind of sensations only c-rings can give!

Michael Krychman
Michael L. Krychman, MDCM, is the Executive Director of the Southern California Center for Sexual Health and Survivorship Medicine located in Newport Beach California. He is the former Co Director of The Sexual Medicine and Rehabilitation Program at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer. He also is a clinical sexologist and has completed his Masters in Public Health and Human Sexuality. Dr Krychman has a degree in Erotology, Sexual Education and Forensic Sexology. Dr Krychman is also an AASECT certified sexual counselor. He is an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California Irvine, Division of Gynecological Oncology and the Medical Director of Ann’s Clinic, a high-risk program for Breast and Ovarian Cancer Survivors.

His special interests include menopausal health, hormone therapy, sexual pain disorders, and loss of libido, chronic medical illness and medical devices and their impact on female sexual function. He is a well-known speaker who is featured locally, nationally and internationally. He has published many articles in peer-reviewed journals and has been featured in many scientific journals and lay magazines. Dr Krychman is an active reviewer for the Journal of Sexual Medicine. He was the Scientific Chairman for the 2010 International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health annual educational meeting. He is an active member in good standing in North American Menopause (NAMS), International Society sexual Medicine (ISSM), European Society Sexual Medicine (ESSM), International Society Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH), American Society of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). He was a member of the Standard Committee for ISSM and has been a guest professor at the ESSM Sexual Medicine Summer School in Oxford, England. He was the creator of the recent WISH Initiative (Women’ Initiative on Sexual Health: www.yourvoiceyourwish.com) and the 2013 recipient of the WISH Outstanding Achievement award given by the ISSWSH. He is also on the professional advisory board for the Patty Brisben Foundation.

Dr. Krychman’s has published 7 books including his most recent one: The Sexual Spark, 20 Essential Exercises to Reignite the Passion, 100 Questions & Answers for Women Living with Cancer: A Practical Guide to Female Cancer Survivorship has been recently published, 100 Questions and Answers about Women’s Sexual Wellness and Vitality and Breast cancer Sexuality, Sensuality and Intimacy. He has been featured on the Today show and in the New York Times and US News and World Report World Report, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Health Magazine and many others. He was named one of Orange County Top Doctors for 2015 and 2016 in Menopause, Sexual Dysfunction and Vulvar Pain. In 2019 and again in 2020, he has been named an Orange County Physician of Excellence by Orange Coast Magazine in Survivorship, Sexual Medicine and Menopause.