Difference between Penis Plugs and Urethral Sounds

plugsUrethral sounds and penis plugs are the most popular urethral toys in the world.

If you are interested in urethral play and stimulation, it’s vital to know the difference between the most popular urethral devices and how to use them properly.

This is the only way to achieve satisfaction.

Before You Start

A special caution must be taken by those who wish to try urethral stimulation for the first time. Keep in mind, some urethral toys are made especially for the more advanced users and you should not use them unless your urethra is stretched properly and unless you are familiar with more basic forms of urethral stimulation.

It’s always best to start with smaller toys and build your way up from there. If you can’t find specializes stretcher and trainer toys, start with the smallest, smoothest urethral toy you can find.

Also, one important thing to keep in mind at all times: use only toys specially designed for this type of stimulation. While it may seem tempting to try different things, do not ever shove a random object down your penis. Always stick to proper urethral devices only.

Penis Plugs and Urethral Sounds: The Difference

Both penis plugs and urethral sounds are toys designed for urethral stimulation. In some ways, they achieve the same purpose and are used in a similar way. Both are designed to be used for urethral penetration, that is, they are inserted into the urethral opening. Most of these toys are designed for men, but some women can use them as well. If you are a woman who wishes to use urethral toys it’s best to stick to smaller toys.

Most users of urethral toys are men, which means most of the popular types of toys are made with men in mind. Both penis plugs and urethral sounds are inserted into the urethra and can be used to stimulate penis on the inside.

So, what’s the difference? The main difference is the shape and length, though there are some variations. Typically speaking, urethral sounds are longer and they are made for deep urethral exploration. This is why they are recommended for more experienced users who are already familiar with urethral stimulation.

Penis plugs, on the other hand, tend to be shorter. They are great for beginners who wish to try this type of stimulation for the first time. On the other hand, there are more extreme penis plugs out there, made with experienced users in mind, so they are definitely not a beginner’s toy only.

Another difference to keep in mind is the purpose. Urethral Sounds are actually medical instruments used by real doctors. This is why they are known as medical toys, though they are not used for medical play only. That being said, urethral sounds used as sex toys are still shaped in the same (or very similar) way as the medical toys used in hospitals. Some of them are long enough to reach all the way down to the prostate and bladder. In these cases, a special care must be taken not to damage these organs, though it’s also possible to use urethral sounds for prostate stimulation.

Penis plugs, on the other hand, are sex toys only. They are usually not as long to reach that deep into urethra. They also come in many different shapes and textures. They are made for penis stimulation and they can accompany different beads and other curves made for enhancing the effect. Some penis plugs also come with a glans ring. The ring is there to perform a dual function: it keeps the plug safely inside urethra and it also provides additional stimulation during use.

The main differences between urethral sounds and penis plugs:

  • Penis Plugs: shorter, made in numerous designs (straight, wavy, bumpy, etc.), made for penis stimulation but usually not long enough for prostate stimulation, often include glans rings for added stimulation and to keep the plug in place.
  • Urethral Sounds: longer, straight or slightly curved, used as medical devices (and for medical play), made for deep urethral stimulation. They come in several standard types: Hegar, Van Buren, Pratt, and more.

Female Urethral Stimulation

Female Urethral StimulationUrethral stimulation and urethral play are very popular among people who wish to expand their sexual pleasure and to experience some unique sensations.

It’s not surprising that urethral sounds and plugs are so popular.

While urethral stimulation is typically considered a male domain (since male urethra is larger and longer), it’s important to know that women too can enjoy this type of sexual stimulation.

The Excitement of Urethral Stimulation

Generally speaking, urethral stimulation works very similar to both men and women. They are both based on the fact that inserting objects into urethra produces a very specific sensation, which many people find exciting and pleasurable. Even more, urethral stimulation massages some of the most sensitive spots in the body, but from a different place than usual, which can produce very arousing effect.

It’s therefore not surprising that many people like to try urethral stimulation. It’s usually believed that these people are men. There is some logic to it. Male urethra is naturally larger and longer, so it’s not so surprising that it can accommodate a penis plug or a urethral sound.

Female urethra, on the other hand, is much shorter and smaller in every sense of the word. Does that mean women cannot enjoy urethral stimulation?

Urethral Stimulation for Women

Luckily, the answer to the above question is: “no”. It does not mean that women cannot experience urethral stimulation. In fact, there are many women who do. There are many women who can, and do, enjoy urethral sounding or other forms of urethral play.

And it’s pleasurable! While urethral stimulation in men can lead to prostate stimulation, in women it can lead to clitoral stimulation. Remember, clitoris is much more than what’s seen outside the body. By inserting plugs and sounds into urethra, a woman can stimulate her clitoris from yet another point and experience new heights of sexual pleasure.

That being said, there are some differences between male and female urethral stimulation that have to be taken into account. They mainly come from the fact that female urethra is smaller and shorter. It means there is a greater risk of urinary tract infections and injuries if sounding is not done carefully and gently.

Woman’s smaller urethra also means prolonged training and urethral stretching. As you probably know, urethra has to be stretched gradually in order to be able to receive plugs and sounds. This is why it’s vital to start small and work your way up from there.

Female Urethral Toys

Since female urethra is small and short, it’s highly recommended to start with the smallest toys available. Try a specialized female urethral plug or a very small, beginner’s urethral penis plug or a small sound. The goal is to start training and stretching your urethra. At the same time, you should start to familiarize yourself with the feeling.

Try it slowly to see if this type of stimulation is arousing and pleasurable to you. It’s vital to go slowly and gradually. In case you decide urethral stimulation is something you enjoy, you can try with a bit bigger urethral toys.

Keep in mind: while female urethra is generally smaller, it can be stretched enough to receive regular plugs and sounds. You probably won’t be able to go as deep as men can (nor would that be safe), but you will be able to insert regular urethral toys once you have your urethra properly stretched and trained. All you need is patience and quality urethral toys specially designed for this use. Never try to insert anything that is not specifically made to be used as a urethral toy! Think about your safety so you can enjoy urethral stimulation without a problem and to a full satisfaction.

Urethral Stimulation: Q & A for Beginners

Urethral SoundingUrethral stimulation is a form of sexual practice. It brings pleasure to both men and women who enjoy this type of stimulation. While it may seem unusual or kinky to those unfamiliar with it, it’s important to note that it’s more popular than general public may think.

Men in particular enjoy this type of stimulation since their urethra is longer and wider. In fact, this is one of the most pleasurable ways to stimulate a penis. Unlike other types of penis stimulation, this one massages penis from the inside, bringing arousal and erotic sensations to the man. It’s not surprising there are so many people who enjoy urethral sounds, penis plugs and other suitable toys. Urethral stimulation truly works!

Answers for the Beginners

While urethral stimulation is very popular among men – and women! – it is still considered a somewhat unusual sexual practice. Some people are intrigued by it but lack information about how to do it safely. These people should know how to practice urethral stimulation safely and how to achieve the greatest pleasure. It’s an imperative for beginners to get informed because unsafe urethral stimulation can bring problems. Remember, you are stimulating your urethra, which can lead to infections and injuries unless you do it properly.

Here are some common questions and answers for all beginners who wish to try urethral stimulation for the first time:

  • Is it really pleasurable? While not all people will enjoy this type of stimulation, there are many who do. Those who like it find it extremely pleasurable. If you are unsure about it, you can try it and see if it’s something you enjoy.
  • Is this only for kink lovers? All people can enjoy urethral stimulation, regardless of gender, sexual orientation or kink. Yes, there are some fans of BDSM who enjoy urethral stimulation but they are not the only ones who like it.
  • Does it hurt? Urethral stimulation should not hurt. In order to achieve this, you need to use appropriate toys and plenty of lube. It’s vital to follow all safety guidelines in order to ensure a fun time without discomfort.
  • What are safe toys to use? It’s vital to use only devices specially designed for urethral stimulation. Urethral sounds and penis plugs are among the most popular urethral toys. Never insert a random object into urethra! You can hurt yourself and cause a medical emergency.
  • Is it possible to stimulate your prostate during urethral sounding? There is something called “deep urethral stimulation” or “deep sounding”. There are specialized sounds made to reach very deep into the urethra. However, these toys are recommended to more experienced users.
  • What is the best beginner urethral toy? A beginners’ urethral toy should be small and thin to accommodate a person’s narrow urethral opening. It takes a bit of practice to train and widen your urethra. This is why it’s best to use one of the beginner’s urethral toys. Go slowly and don’t forget to use plenty of lube! Another good thing to use is a penis toy with a glans ring: it will heighten the pleasure and it will keep the toy in place.

Most Popular Body Jewelry Types

Popular Jewelry TypesThere are many different and unique body jewelry types in the world. Body jewelry is varied and comes in many different shapes, sizes and styles.

These are the most popular types of body jewelry:

Captive Bead Rings

Captive Bead Ring, also known as “CBR”, is the most popular body jewelry style in the world. These rings are so popular that many people call any body jewelry piece “a ring”, even if it’s not a ring at all.

Captive Bead Rings are circular in shape. They have a removable ball or charm pressured by both sides to keep it in place. To open the ring one has to remove the ball, which is usually done using specially designed ring opening pliers. To close the ring, it’s best to use ring closing pliers in order to avoid damage to the ring.

These rings are widely used for almost all piercing types. They are very practical and relatively affordable, so it’s not surprising they are so popular. One downside to these rings is that it’s easy to lose the bead so it’s advisable to always carry a replacement bead in order to keep your jewelry in place.


Barbells are among the most popular jewelry types in the world. They come in many different styles and sizes and they can be used for almost any piercing imaginable. The decorations vary significantly: some barbells are very plain and simple while the others are richly ornamented.

Each barbell has a shaft and a ball on each end. The balls are threaded to the shaft and there are two ways to make a threading. Internally threaded barbells have a ball with a threaded post and the shaft is smooth. Externally threaded barbells have a shaft with a threaded post. Internally threaded barbells are much better and safer to use.

Depending on the shape of the shaft, barbells can be divided into:

  • Straight barbells: They have a straight shaft with a ball on each side.
  • Curved barbells: They have a curved shaft. They are often used for navel piercings.
  • Circular barbells: They have a curved shaft and resemble rings that are not fully closed.
  • Spirals: These shaft have a spiral or wavy shaft.
  • Industrial barbells: They look like straight barbells, only with a much longer shaft.


Studs are relatively simple jewelry pieces particularly popular for lip, tongue and nostril piercings. Studs include a post with a decoration on one end and a flat or round base on the other end. The decoration is typically simple: a bead or a small gem. The base is often wider than the shaft to prevent the jewelry to fall out.

Studs are often worn in lip piercings, where they are known as labret studs. Labrets have wide, flat bases on the end. Studs are also popular for nose piercings, where there are known as “Nose Bones”. Studs are typically easy to put on and remove.

Ear Plugs

Ear plugs are jewelry pieces specially designed for stretched earlobes and other types of stretched piercings. They are made in larger gauges to accommodate the stretched piercing. Many of these plugs are made in organic materials, such as glass, wood, stone, horn & bone. Plugs can also be made of metals.

There are several distinctive ear plug types: double flared, single flared and no-flared plugs. Plugs without flares and those with only one flare require O rings to keep them in place.

Ear plugs should not be confused for flesh tunnels, another popular jewelry type. Unlike plugs, tunnels and earlets have a hole in the middle. Flesh tunnels also come as double flared, single flared or no flared designs.

Bamboo Wood Tunnel(s)

Bamboo Wood Tunnel

This saddled tunnel (Earlet) is made of real bamboo so it is an organic piece, and a very nice earring. The bamboo gives it a truly natural earthy look. No o-rings are necessary since it is saddled.