I always find your information very honest and useful. You have described exactly where my husband is in his recovery. I will investigate where to obtain the rings at local shops as well as the website you have offered. Again, thanks for always providing relative information to pc survivors.
Pat and Roger
When I was around 13-years-old I stayed over night at a friends house. My friend had a younger brother who apparently was embarrassed at the thought my being made aware of his bed wetting. To resolve his concerns, he placed a rubber band around the base of his penis. I woke up to him screaming and his family moving about the house - I thought the place was on fire. When I jumped up to leave, the boy with the rubber band was leaving with his parents and it was apparent that he was terribly swollen. I've never used the cock ring, and am wondering how safe it is. I've got enough problems now without having it fall off. (I don't know what shape my reproductive (pass tense I suppose) organs will be in after the HT and IMRT. Sooo, do the rings work? How do you know when your being a little to rough on the little guy?
The rings really do work -- assuming you can get enough blood flow in there in the first place! They stop or slow down the venous outflow, which would otherwise lead to the collapse of the erection. Interestingly, the veins (outflow) lie near the surface, while the arteries (inflow) are near the center. Consequently with the right amount of constriction, you can still have inflow (eg caused by stimulation or VED) while inhibiting the outflow.
The usual advice is not to leave the rings on for more than half an hour, which is usually plenty of time to do the business.
If you think what happens during normal sex, the little guy takes a real beating. I suggest if you feel more than a little discomfort with constriction, you are being too rough -- take that as a warning to ease off a bit.
We're all different and at different stages of our "recovery". We each need to find the amount of constriction that works for us. I'm sure that experimenting with a little constriction at first, and building up gradually will do no harm, and maybe a lot of good. Upwards and inwards
That poor kid! Of course, any constriction tight enough to stop urine flow is also going to stop blood flow..and couple that with normal nocturnal erections, that kid really could have had some serious long term problems. Hope he didn't.
the thing I like about the adjustable rings is you can put it on, then tighten it to your comfort level. I am NOT talking about using these in conjunction with a pump. Those rings with the pump hurt me and I did not like them. The adjustable rings are comfortable and you will find that they will need to be loosened or tightened a bit differently each time. Yes, i use them with viagra and the combination of extra blood flow and a bit of a noose around the base makes for a very usable erection most of the time. True, somedays, as we all know, nothing is gonna wake the thing up, but a ring is a big help overall.
Yes, half an hour is about the right amount for a tight ring, but the adjustable rings - because they tend to be a bit looser - can be left on longer. you can certainly tell when it's time to take it off - things will just get sore.
One more word of caution. Do get the ring made of a rubber tube - NOT the one with the plastic line. The tube is much more comfortable. The plastic line digs in too much.
Experiment and have fun. while you're in the store, take a look at other things you might want to try. Life and sex has changed for all of us...it just requires a bit more imagination and fun!