Top 5 Safety Tips for Urethral Play

Top 5 Safety Tips for Urethral Play

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Urethral stimulation is fun and arousing, but also brings numerous risks. This is why you need tips for urethral play.

Injuries, tissue damage and urinary tract infections are just some of the problems you may encounter during urethral play.

In order to stay safe, you need to know how to perform urethral play properly and safely.

Here are the top 5 safety tips for urethral play:

  1. Use Only Real Toys

By “real toys”, we mean toys that are designed specially for urethral stimulation. This is the first crucial step toward safety. While it may seem tempting to try various household items and random devices, you have to resist the urge. Never use any item that is not specially designed for urethral use!

Yes, it means on other sex toys. While a toy may be designed for genital use, it doesn’t mean it’s good for urethral play. Don’t use random dildos and other adult toys for urethral stimulation. Stick to specialized urethral toys, such as penis plugs, urethral sounds, urethral stretchers, and other urethral toys.

  1. Use Plenty of Lube

Lube is your best friend when it comes to safe urethral stimulation. It will ensure comfort and pain-free experience, and it will also make things very smooth. This is very important for ensuring safe urethral play.

When using lube, make sure to apply it generously on both the urethral toy and the tip of your penis. Also, when choosing lube, it’s vital to pick a sterile lube, in order to prevent urinary tract infections. Surgilube is a great option for all those who wish to engage in safe urethral play.

  1. Choose the Right Size

Perhaps the most important step to ensure safety during urethral play is to choose a toy of the appropriate size. There is such a thing as “too thin” and “too thick”, so you need to be careful. Both extremes are bad, though for different reasons.

Toys that are too thick are an obvious problem. They can overstretch your urethra and cause problems. They are uncomfortable and painful. In order to insert those large, thick toys you will need to train your urethra first. Before your urethra is properly stretched you need to stick to smaller toys.

On the other hand, you should not use a toy that is too thin. Very thin toys are actually made for the most experienced users. They are too sharp and can easily get lost inside the urethra. Even worse, they can create false passages and create very much damage. To prevent these problems you should always stick to appropriately-sized urethral toys.

The best way to go? Always use a urethral toy that is about the same size (in diameter) as your urethra.

  1. Insert the Toy Carefully

Insertion is one of the most sensitive part of urethral play, and it should be done with care. You should always make sure to insert the toy carefully. Take your time – you don’t want to rush things out. Start slowly and gradually.

Toy insertion requires some trial and error, but with a bit of practice you will be able to insert your urethral toys very quickly. Experienced users can insert even the longest sounds in a matter of seconds. However, as a beginner, you should take your time and go as slowly as needed to ensure safety.

  1. Be Slow and Gentle

In order to keep it safe, you need to be patient. The only way to achieve this is to be gentle during urethral stimulation and to go slowly. It may sound obvious and you may promise yourself to do this, but keep in mind that urethral stimulation can be very powerful and arousing. In other words, you may get lost in the moment and forget about the above mentioned advice.

In order to prevent problems, it is absolutely crucial to go one step at a time. Even if you get really aroused (and chances is that you will!) it is important to keep it gently. Be patient and never rush things out! This is crucial for safe urethral play.

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Lesser-Known Sex Toys

SpeculumThere are some popular and common types of sex toys many people know about, such as dildos, vibrators or butt plugs. Many people also know of cock rings and prostate stimulators. On the other hand, there are certain types of adult toys that are lesser-known than the more popular varieties. These toys are usually those belonging to niche communities, such as BDSM and fetish communities.

Probably the most popular sex toys not widely known by general public are ball weights & stretchers and urethral toys. However, there are other even lesser-known toys out there. If you wish to experiment and find new ways for pleasure it is useful to know about these toys and how to use them to full satisfaction.

Here are some of the lesser-known sex toys you can use to enhance pleasure:

Speculums

Speculums are medical toys ideal for roleplay, BDSM and other kink activities, even though you can use them for many different types of sexual contact. They are modeled after real speculums used by doctors, and some of them are the actual medical instruments used in medicine.

Speculums are used to open an orifice and to keep in stretched during play. They can be used anally or vaginally, though some are specially designed for one type of the activity or the other. There are even speculums made for other orifices, such as a beautiful nasal speculum. There are so many roleplay and kink games to be played with these!

The best thing about speculums is that they are reliable: they will keep the orifice in question wide opened. It means that you can go into exploration! Instead of using your hands you can just rely on speculums to open up an orifice and help you. Plus, speculums work much better than hands, since they can open an orifice truly wide and keep it that way during exploration and other games you can think of. If you like medical play or if you just want some deep exploration, speculums can make a great addition to your collection.

Chastity

Chastity devices are made to keep genitally locked and inaccessible. They are great for fetish play and other activities, so they have a niche appeal. However, even if you are not into special kink you can use them for teasing and other purposes.

A chastity device is specially designed to prevent the wearer from reaching sexual gratification and many of them prevent any form of masturbation or full arousal. Typically, chastity devices are locked with a key so only the keyholder can set you free!

There are many different types of chastity devices. They are primarily divided into female and male chastity devices. The best ones are made of metal so they are sturdy, but it’s important to choose a comfortable one, since it’s expected to wear them for longer periods of time. Some people may even use their chastity devices for cock and ball torture. Out of all male chastity devices, penis cages are the most popular ones.

Shower Enemas

Many people like to incorporate enemas into their sex games. Enemas are typically part of a fetish play and medical games, but there are many people who use them outside of the kink activities. Keep in mind that enemas can also be used to clean the anus before anal penetration, and while it’s not advisable to do that frequently they can sure add a special touch to your sex play.

Shower enemas are specially designed to be used in the shower. The best ones are made of high-quality Surgical Steel and can be attached to the shower head. They are designed to be very effective and to provide intense sensations.

Humblers

Humblers are specialized toys typically used for cock and ball torture (CBT), though they can be used for other forms of fetish and kink activities. They work particularly great for bondage. Since they are mainly used for BDSM games it is not surprising that they are not so well-known as some other sex toys. However, humblers can be used in several ways so they can be incorporated in many different types of activities.

Man humblers are design to resist the wearer’s movement so they are ideal for bondage. They consist of a wooden or metal bar with a cuff so there is no easy escape! The humbler is typically positioned behind the man’s thighs. At the same time, the balls get tightly pressed in the humbler, which forces the man to fold his legs forward and remain in the same position. Any attempt to straighten the legs or stand up causes pain on the testicles.

While the man humbler can be used to cause pain and intensity for CBT games it doesn’t have to be used this way. Some people do not use it for pain and torture during their play but simply use humblers for bondage and to keep their slaves under control.

Another good CBT device is a. Humblers are great for numerous types of kink and bondage games, especially for those who like some heavy testicle pay. While they are not specifically

Electrosex Devices

Electrosex is an intense form of sexual stimulation typically used for kink and fetish activities. However, it can also be used for other types of activities since it can produce very intense sensations. While electrosex devices are not so well-known among the general public there is no reason to use them only in the BDSM context. Some people simply like the sensation these devices bring.

Electrosex works by sending electrical impulses to erogenous zones using electrodes or special clamps connected to a box. It is crucial to use only specialized boxes and other electrosex devices designed for sexual use. Since this type of stimulation involves electrical current it is very dangerous to use devices not specially made for this purpose!

How to Put on a Metal Cock Ring (and How to Take it Off!)

How to Put on a Metal Cock RingCock rings bring so much fun: they make erections harder and your penis becomes more sensitive. Cock rings are probably the best and easiest way to enhance your performance for both you and your partner.

However, in order to be able to enjoy cock rings in your collection, you need to know how to put them on and take them off. Luckily, it is not a complicated process, but it does require some practice.

Also, keep in mind that if you wish to use metal cock rings you should never leave them on for too long. They restrict the blood flow so you need to take them off after 20 minutes or so in order to prevent injuries and other problems.

It Depends on the Type…

The first thing you need to know is that there are several different types of cock rings, and each type is worn differently. It is vital to know which type you have and how you wish to use it in order to know how to put it on.

The main types of cock rings:

  • Regular. This is a cock ring worn around the base of the penis.
  • Cock and ball ring. A penis ring worn around both penis and testicles. Some rings of this type are multiple rings (one ring for penis and the other for testicles).
  • Glans ring. A cock ring made to be worn around the glans (penis head).

There are some other, more complex forms (for example, the so-called Penile Backbone toy), but these are the basic types. If you wish to enjoy your cock ring you need to know which type you have and how to put it on.

Keep in mind that different types of cock rings may require different methods to put them on or take them off. The difference may come from the material, too. We focus on metal cock rings in this article, so rings made of other materials (especially the soft ones) may require a bit of a different method to put them on. Also, keep in mind that you will need to adjust your technique if the ring has any additional features (such as ticklers, screws, etc). What follows is a basic instruction on how to put on a basic cock ring.

Regular Cock Ring

A “regular” cock ring is a simple hoop that goes around the base of your penis. However, you may wear it a bit higher on the penis shaft if this feels more comfortable for you. The principle of putting it on is the same in both scenarios.

Metal cock rings should be put on when the penis is flaccid. Since the material is sturdy and rigid, it is nearly impossible to put it on during erection. For this reason, make sure that your penis is flaccid (or semi-erect at best).

Apply some lube on the inside of the ring and on the penis and then gently slip it over the penis head all the way down to the base of the penis. Once the ring is in place you can safely achieve erection. The ring should fit perfectly and stay in place once you are erect.

To take the ring off, wait until the erection is gone and then simply slip the ring off. If it feels sore, apply some lube to the penis and then remove the ring. Make sure to catch the ring – it may slip easily once the erection is gone.

Keep in mind that if you wish to wear your penis ring a bit higher on the shaft, it still has to fit. It means that you need an appropriate size so it doesn’t dig into the skin (a sign that the ring is too small) and doesn’t move up and down the penis (a sign that it’s too large). It should be the similar size as a ring worn around the base of the penis, but it’s not always identical. You need to take this into account if you wish to wear a ring higher on the shaft. For wearing a cock ring around the penis head, see “glans ring” section below.

Cock and Ball Ring

A cock and ball ring requires a similar technique as the above one, but it requires a bit more practice. It is absolutely crucial to be flaccid or else you won’t be able to put the ring on. Before attempting to put on the ring, make sure it’s lubed properly – both the ring and your penis. You will need a lot of lube to ensure comfort.

To put the ring on, slip testicles through the ring one at a time. If the ring is appropriately sized, there will be more space left above the testicles so you can slip in your penis through the ring. Take your flaccid penis and gently slip it through the ring. Position the ring all the way down to the base of the penis. When you’re done, the ring should go all the way from the base of your penis and around the testicles.

Multiple rings are cock and ball rings consisting of more than one hoop. Triple cock rings are particularly popular. To put them on, you will use a similar technique, only you won’t slip your penis and testicles through the same hoop. Identify the largest ring: that one is for testicles. Gently slip your testicles through it. After you’re done, slip your penis through the smaller ring that is of appropriate size for your penis (there are usually several sizes to choose from). If there are two rings, one goes around both penis and testicles, the second one goes around testicles and the smallest one goes around the base of the penis.

To take a cock and ball ring off, wait until the erection is gone and then simply do the above steps in the reverse order. Remove your penis from the ring first and then testicles, one by one. Make sure to use lube if needed.

Glans Ring

A glans ring is worn around the penis head. It is typically not difficult to put it on, as long as you have a good fit. It is vital to know your size – a size of your glans ring may not be the same as the one for your penis ring, so this is something to keep in mind.

To put your glans ring on, simply slip it over your penis head. It should rest just under the penis head comfortably when you are erect. Some glans rings can be put on even when you are erect, but it may cause some discomfort. For this reason, you may wish to do it while flaccid and to achieve erection later. Make sure to use plenty of lube so it’s comfortable.

It’s worth noting that glans rings often come with additional features. For example, they are often parts of penis plugs and other urethral toys, or they come as a part of a cock and anal toy. In this case, you should put the sex toy in place first (penis plug, anal intruder, etc.) and slip on the glans ring afterward.

Glans rings are typically easy to remove. Simply slip them off from the penis head. It’s easier to do when you are flaccid, so it’s strongly recommended to wait until the erection is gone.

Additional Tips

  • Keep in mind that metal cock rings are more difficult to put on than the stretchy ones. If you are used to stretchy, flexible rings, don’t be surprised if the metal ones require some practice.
  • As a general rule, metal cock rings cannot be put on when the man is erect – not can they be taken off. This is important to keep in mind when using metal cock rings.
  • There is a way to overcome the above problem in the case of emergency, but it should not be used all the time. The ring may slip off if you add more lube to it and to the penis. However, reserve this technique for emergency situations (if you need to take the ring off quickly, while you’re still erect, because of pain or injury). In ordinary situations, it’s best to wait until the erection is gone to take the ring off.
  • Never leave your metal cock ring on for too long. It should be worn for 15-20 minutes at a time, not more. The maximum is around 30 minutes. Make sure not to go over this time because you’re risking injuries and other problems.
  • If you experience pain or strong discomfort, make sure to take the ring off immediately.
  • If the pain and other problems persist, consult your doctor.

How to Prepare for Ball Stretching

How to Prepare for Ball StretchingBefore you put your ball stretchers on, it is advisable to prepare your body. This is particularly important for beginner users who are only starting to use ball weights for the first time. It is also useful for those who wish to try bigger and heavier ball weights out there.

Even the more experienced users find preparation very useful. It is said to improve comfort and effectiveness of ball stretching for everyone, particularly beginners. In any case, a bit of “warming up” is always helpful when it comes to ball stretching!

Reasons to Do Warming Exercises

There are many reasons why you might want to do warming exercises before stretching. They are particularly important for beginner users who are only starting out. If you are a newbie to ball stretching, make sure to take some time to perform these easy and comfortable exercises – you will be amazed by the results!

Here are the main reasons for performing a bit of preparation before you put your ball stretcher on:

  • Gaining the initial stretch. This is very important for beginner users, especially those who don’t have much of a natural stretch. It may be difficult or near impossible to put your stretcher on if the distance between your testicles and the base of your penis is too small. By preparing your body and warming up, you are making sure that it’s possible to put a ball stretcher Not to mention that these exercises can help you gain a bit of a natural stretch. It will not last long (this is not a permanent solution) but it is helpful, in addition to ball stretching devices.
  • Relaxing the body. It is important that your body is relaxed and ready. Ball weights do put a pressure on your testicles and it’s vital that they are relaxed and ready to take the challenge. Relaxation will also help you mentally prepare for stretching, which is another important thing, especially for beginners.
  • Promoting a better blood flow. Some nice exercises and proper preparation will promote a better blood flow, which is important to ensure safety during ball stretching. Many men also claim that it enhances the sensation and the whole experience of ball stretching. The feeling is just better when you are prepared.
  • Better comfort. One of the most important things about preparation is that it can make the whole ball stretching experience more comfortable. This is important for beginner users but even the more seasoned users will benefit from a better comfort. Not to mention that better comfort also means better safety.
  • Better results. Proper preparation can help you achieve better and more effective results with ball stretching. While it cannot stretch your balls on its own, preparation does enhance the effect of ball stretching devices, making them more effective. This is one of the main reasons why warming up and preparation are so important.
  • Better safety. Proper preparation can actually make the whole ball stretching process much safer. This is the most important thing and if nothing else, you should perform exercises to ensure your body’s safety during ball stretching.

How to Prepare for Ball Stretching: Exercises and Tips

Preparation for ball stretching should not just include cleaning your stretcher and finding your lube (although you should do this, too). It is aimed at preparing your body through a series of easy exercises.

These exercises have the goal of relaxing your body and making your skin and underlying tissue more stretchable and relaxed. Keep in mind that skin is not the only thing you need to stretch: by performing ball stretching, you are actually stretching your spermatic cords. This should be done gently and with care. It is important that your spermatic cords are relaxed and ready before you put a ball stretcher on.

While you may perform stretching exercises wherever and whenever you want, it is advisable to do it in the shower or just right after a warm shower. Warmth keeps the skin relaxed and your balls will naturally stretch as much as they can. It makes them easier to work with.

When your scrotum is warm enough, cup your testicles gently but firmly and pull the skin down. Hold in this position for at least 30 seconds and release. Repeat a few times.

Another useful exercise is to cup your testicles in a similar way but this time, pull them away from your body. Hold in this position for at least 30 seconds and release. You may alternate between the two exercises a few times.

Make a circle around the top of your balls with your thumb and index finger. Make sure to grab on top of the scrotum and just under the base of your penis. Grab firmly but gently. Pull your scrotum down while pulling your penis up. Hold for at least 30 seconds. Release and repeat.

Another good variant of this exercise is to wrap your thumb and index finger on top of your balls and pull to the left. Hold for 30 seconds and release. Grab again and now pull to the right.

Finally, grab the top of your scrotum in the same way but this time bull your testicles up. Hold for some time and then release. You may wish to combine the above exercises in a circle (pull down, then left, right and then up) or to do them one by one.

Whatever you do, make sure to hold for at least 30 seconds – some people actually prefer to hold for a minute or so. It will allow your skin to become warm and properly relaxed, which will aid to the stretching.

When performing these exercises, make sure to go gently. You should not pull so hart to hurt yourself or cause discomfort. Also, the exercises should not be too vigorous, especially if you intend to put a ball weight on right after the warm up.

When you are done, it is good to give yourself some time to rest before putting a ball stretcher on. Do not wait too long, though, or else your balls will come back to their initial state. This is particularly pronounced if you are a beginner. However, it is advisable not to put a ball stretcher on right after you finish with exercises. Give your body a bit of time to relax. Many men claim that this resting time is no longer than a few minutes, so you don’t have to wait too long.

On the other hand, if you feel any pain or significant discomfort after performing exercises, you should not put your ball stretcher on. Leave it for another time. If the pain and discomfort persist, make sure to consult your doctor.

Frenum Ladder

Frenum LadderFrenum Ladder is a male genital piercing consisting of multiple frenum piercings along the penis shaft. It is not uncommon for men to have their whole underside of the penis covered in piercings.

As such, Frenum Ladder is not a separate piercing type, but many piercings made at a specific location. While each of the individual frenum piercings is a piercing for itself, typically with its own jewelry, all of them are considered a part of the Frenum Ladder they belong to.

Frenum Ladder is also known as Jacob’s Ladder, so you may find information about this piercing under this name.

Building a Frenum Ladder

Frenum Ladder consists of individual frenum piercings parallel to each other. Typically, frenum piercings go all the way down the shaft of the penis on the underside. Since these are basically multiple frenum piercings the procedure is the same as for any individual frenum piercing.

Typically, the highest possible placement for a frenum piercing is at the point where the penis head meets shaft. The lowest possible placement is on the bottom of the shaft (lorum piercing). These are typical placements for frenum piercings and those piercings, when positioned parallel to each other, make a Frenum Ladder.

That being said, it is possible to have piercings located on other points on the shaft, in which case the ladder may have a different shape or orientation. These placements are, however, rarer than a typical Frenum Ladder.

It is possible to build a Frenum Ladder one by one (by performing frenum piercings individually) or by doing multiple frenum piercings at once. It is uncomfortable to get so many piercings at once, so men are advised to build their Frenum Ladder over a time. Since frenum piercings are relatively easy to perform and very quick to heal, it doesn’t take so much time to build a Frenum Ladder.

However, you need to be careful and gentle with your multiple piercings. Performing adequate aftercare is a must. You also need to make sure not to hurt your new piercings on clothes or during sexual activities.

Typical jewelry for Frenum Ladder is the same as individual frenum piercings: straight barbells, circular barbells and Captive Bead Rings. For a Frenum Ladder, however, it’s best if all individual piercings in the row have the same type of jewelry.

Additional Info and Tips

Frenum piercings are typically quick to heal. They heal in about 2 to 6 weeks. However, it is important to take a good care of them to prevent problems such as infection, migration and rejection.

That being said, rejection is relatively rare for frenum piercings, but they do have a significant risk for migrating. You need to be aware of this is you wish to build a Frenum Ladder since migrated piercings may disturb the ladder or affect other piercings in the ladder.

Many men choose to expand their Frenum Ladder even further to include lorum piercings (at the base of the penis, where it meets scrotum) and hafada piercings (on the scrotum). This way, the ladder goes all the way from the top of the penis down to the bottom of the scrotum.

Some men don’t stop there and include guiche piercings (on the perineum). For these people, the ladder goes from the top of the penis all the way down to the anus (or near anus).

Keep in mind that some of the frenum piercings may be surface piercings (depending on the placement). This can affect their longevity. That is another thing to keep in mind if you wish to build a Frenum Ladder.

Frenum piercings tend to close quickly when jewelry is removed. This is something to keep in mind if you wish to have a Frenum Ladder.

Piercing Problems: Hypergranulations

HypergranulationOne of the most common problems you may have with your piercing is a red bump forming around the piercing. These bumps, called hypergranulations, can form even if you take a good care of your piercing, but are more common with neglected piercings.

One more reason to perform adequate aftercare and to take a good care of your piercings!

Hypergranulations form around the piercings in healing, though it is not unheard of to have one formed around an old piercing, particularly if it’s infected. That being said, most of hypergranulation bumps form around piercings in healing, which is one of the reasons to always take a great care of your new piercing and to observe it closely to notice any problems.

Keep in mind that a piercing is essentially a wound in healing. Hypergranulations form around wounds, and piercings are no different. These growths can form quickly around a piercing in healing, particularly if the piercing is subjected to significant level of moisture. Another common problem that can lead to development of bumps is infection – infected piercings often produce hypergranulations. Finally, keep in mind that trauma and other injuries to your piercing can lead to the development of hypergranulation tissue.

There are two ways in which hypergranulations manifest around a piercing. The first one is a reddish bump at one side of the piercing. It is typically formed on the side, but it can appear almost anywhere around a piercing. Many of those bumps look puffy and like they are filled with fluid.

The other common form is a red, puffy tissue around the piercing. These hypergranulations without a bump are more common around surface piercings, but it’s not a rule.

Hypergranulations always have a raised appearance and tend to be reddish in color. Often times, they resemble keloid scars, but are less extreme and usually much easier to remove. Keep in mind that a hypergranulation is always localized around the piercing and doesn’t spread much in other directions. It is an aesthetic problem but easier to control than keloid scars and it’s also less problematic for the health. That being said, some hypergranulations can get out of control so it’s always important to seek medical attention in the case of hypergranulations. While some cases can be successfully treated at home, sometimes there is nothing you can do. If the hypergranulations persist or if they grow and cause further problems, it is vital to seek medical attention.

As with many other problems with piercings, it is best to treat hypergranulations as soon as they start forming. This gives you the best chance to treat them completely and without much hassle.

How to Treat Hypergranulations

Oftentimes, hypergranulations form as a result of the pressure jewelry makes on the piercing. This is why changing jewelry to a more comfortable piece is typically the first thing to do if you wish to treat and stop hypergranulations. In this case, you may need to change jewelry for a smoother, lighter or longer jewelry piece. It is best to switch to jewelry made of hypo-allergenic material such as titanium or BioPlast.

If this happens during the initial stages of healing, make sure to consult your piercer to change the jewelry for you. Never attempt to change jewelry by yourself unless the piercing is healed or at least pass the initial stages of healing.

In order to get rid of the hypergranulation tissue, you need to use sea salt solution soaks several times per day. Alternatively, you may use specialized aftercare sprays made for piercings in healing, provided that they are not too harsh. The gentlest way to go is to make your own saline solution. If your piercing is in healing, use the solution you’d apply anyway as part of your cleaning regime. This time, however, make sure to add one or two more saline soaks per day than your usual amount.

Other than saline soaks, it is important to keep your piercing dry. Keep in mind that moisture makes the matters worse, so your piercing should be kept clean and dry.

You should see an improvement within a few days to a week. While he hypergranulation might not disappear completely, it should be smaller and your piercing should show signs of improvement. In case this doesn’t happen even after a week, you should seek advice from your doctor.

Do not wait – hypergranulations can turn into infections or scars, and you want to avoid that at all costs.

Additional Info and Tips

  • Do not mistake hypergranulations for other problems, such as piercing infections, acne or keloid scars. If in doubt, consult your piercer. However, keep in mind that it’s vital to talk to your doctor to get true medical advice and help.
  • Typically, hypergranulations form around navel and nostril piercings, but can develop anywhere. Do not assume that you are risk-free if you get a piercing that is not commonly known for causing hypergranulations.
  • To improve healing, make sure to get plenty of rest. Eat healthy meals and drink plenty of water.
  • Do not disturb your piercing. Make sure it doesn’t get caught on clothes or during your sleep. Never touch your piercing and don’t twist or turn the jewelry.
  • If you cannot treat a hypergranulation or if it gets worse, it is advisable to consult your doctor.
  • One of the best ways to prevent hypergranulations is to perform adequate aftercare for your piercing in healing and to observe your piercing regularly to notice any changes.
  • In some extreme cases, hypergranulations cannot be treated while the jewelry is still in and while the piercing exists. In this case, you will need to retire your piercing. However, if it’s done properly you may be able to get re-pierced when the tissue is rested and healed.

Rosebud Sounds Guide

rosebud soundsRosebud Sounds are urethral toys with a special bulbous head. These are one of the best sounds for beginners, since they are thin, non-intimidating and relatively short. They also have a mostly smooth body, which improves comfort during use. All these characteristics make Rosebud sounds one of the best urethral toys for beginners.

The Design

Rosebud sounds have a characteristic design so it’s difficult to mistake them for any other type of urethral toys. These sounds have a very thin, long body and a characteristic, bullet-shaped tip. The tip is wider than the body of the sound, so it provides additional stimulation during use. The bulbous tip also serves as a safety: it makes the toy’s tip wider and thus safer to use. This is particularly important for beginner users who cannot use very thin toys because they are too sharp and thus dangerous if you don’t know how to use them correctly. There is no such a fear with Rosebud sounds, so they make a great toy for beginners.

The tip of a Rosebud sound resembles a bullet vibrator or a bead on anal beads. It also makes the whole sound look like various anal insertibles with a bulbous head, such as Beaded Handle with Stick, Pleasure Pod Probe and Lollipop Insertable, only thinner and designed for urethral use. This special, bulbous tip is made for sensitive yet intense massage of the most pleasurable spots, so it makes Rosebud sounds very arousing. The tip can be used for targeted stimulation of sensitive urethral spots or it can simply provide additional stimulation to the urethral walls during use.

The Rosebud sounds also have a relatively long handle that is a bit thicker than the body of the sound. It makes them easy to hold and manipulate during use. The handle makes the experience even more comfortable and painless, so it’s yet another reason why Rosebud sounds are great for beginners.

Since they are straight, Rosebud sounds can be inserted and removed even while the penis is erect. It gives you some flexibility, because you can choose to insert and remove them both when you are flaccid and erect without no problems.

Rosebud sounds come in many different lengths, diameters and size of the bulbous tip. It means there are Rosebud sounds for users of all experience levels. These sounds typically come in kits, so you can choose the one that suits you best.

When to Use Rosebud Sounds?

Rosebud sounds are great for beginners who wish to try longer toys for the first time. As such, it is ideal for those transitioning from penis plugs to more demanding toys. Also, Rosebud sounds are great for those who wish to try deeper stimulation without compromising comfort.

That being said, Rosebud sounds cannot be used for true deep stimulation. While longer than typical penis plugs and shortest urethral sounds, Rosebud sounds are not long enough to reach prostate or bladder. Therefore, they are generally not suitable for deep urethral stimulation, particularly if it includes prostate massage or bladder massage.

As such, Rosebud sounds might not be intense enough for experienced and the most demanding users, particularly those who wish to experiment with truly deep urethral stimulation.

However, Rosebud sounds are designed for pleasure, so even experienced users enjoy them to the fullest. The bullet-shaped end makes for a very intense yet comfortable experience that both beginners and more demanding users can like.

Ashley Piercing

AshleyAshley piercing is a lip piercing that is a variation of a more common vertical labret piercing. That being said, since vertical labret is also a relatively rare piercing, Ashley is considered a lesser common type of lip piercing. That being said, this is a very effective piercing type so there is no reason not to get one if you like how it looks.

Piercing and Placement

Technically speaking, Ashley piercing can be seen as an “inverse vertical labret”. With Ashley piercing, one of the ends of the jewelry (one bead) sits on top of the lower lip, while the other end of the piercing is inside the mouth. This is a variation of vertical labret piercing. With typical vertical labret, both ends of the jewelry sit outside of the body: one in the middle of lower lip and the other under the lower lip.

In this sense, Ashley is both a facial and oral piercing, similar to other lip piercings in which one end of the jewelry sits outside of the body and the other one is inside of the mouth.

Ashley is very effective and attractive because there is only one bead visible on the lip, while the other one is hidden.

Since the needle goes through relatively much tissue, Ashley piercings tend to be painful, but it’s manageable. However, they are definitely considered one of the more painful lip piercings, so keep that in mind if you wish to have this piercing done.

You can expect some swelling after the procedure, but it should go away in the following days. Just perform aftercare as instructed by your piercer and you should be fine. That being said, if the swelling persists and you encounter other problems, it would be for the best to consult your piercer.

Jewelry

Typical jewelry for Ashley piercing is a curved barbell. This one seems to work the best and provides the best comfort. It is also a very safe choice in terms of piercing health and preventing infections and other problems.

Another common jewelry type for this piercing is a Captive Bead Ring. If this jewelry type is used, the bead should be positioned to sit comfortably in the middle of the lower lip.

However, some other jewelry types are also possible, such as straight barbells or labrets (labret studs). When choosing jewelry for Ashley piercing, it is important to make sure that the jewelry is long enough to accommodate the piercing.

Straight barbells might be more comfortable if you choose to have your Ashley piercing off-center (and to the side). Some people choose to wear these side Ashley piercings in pairs, so it’s a very attractive choice.

Because of the swelling, some piercers recommend longer initial jewelry that has to be changed after the first swelling is gone. In this case, make sure that your piercer is the one to change your jewelry – never attempt to change initial jewelry on your own!

Additional Info and Tips

Ashley piercing is also known as Inverse Vertical Labret, so this might be the name your piercer will use.

The healing time for Ashley piercing is similar to that of the vertical labret: 8 to 10 weeks.

Ashley piercing is typically done at 16 gauge or 14 gauge, though there are some cases of piercings done at a bit larger gauges. Some piercers even use an 18 gauge needle for this piercing, but this might be too small to be comfortable for most users.

Ashley piercings tend to close up fast when the jewelry is removed. They will start to shrink after 15-20 minutes if you take your jewelry off, so keep that in mind.

“In and Out” Sounding: How To

SoundingOne of the most exciting things about urethral stimulation is that you can play with your toys in many different ways. It all depends on your preferences and experience level, but there are definitely various things you can try.

For many people, one of the most exciting things about urethral stimulation is to use the toy to simulate penetrative sex. In other words, to penetrate your penis with a toy. Typically, it is done using in and out movements, in which the sound or a penis plug is moved in and out of the penis. Basically, it means “fucking” yourself (or your partner!) with a urethral toy. While not all people enjoy this activity, many claim this is the best and most arousing part of urethral stimulation.

“In and Out” Sounding Tips

If you wish to try in and out sounding, good news: there is actually nothing preventing you to try. There are not many rules and guidelines for this form of a play, though as with any other form of urethral stimulation, it is vital to stay safe and know how to proceed. For this reason, inexperienced users are advised to try this form of stimulation with an experienced partner who will sound them. If you wish to try this activity on your own, the most important thing is to go slowly and gently! This is an absolute must to keep yourself safe and without injuries to your urethra.

Here are some tips on safe in and out sounding:

Insert the toy carefully. The toy has to be inserted with care. Do not rush things out.

Use plenty of lube. In and out sounding makes a lot of friction, so to prevent injuries to your urethra, make sure to use plenty of lube. Lube the toy and your penis before you start. If it ever becomes a bit too rough, make sure to re-lube before continuing.

Go gently. It is an imperative to go slowly and gently. While it might be difficult to maintain the slow rhythm as you get aroused, it is vital to stay safe. Do not go too rough!

Go only an inch or two. One important thing to know about in and out sounding: the stroking motions should be short. You should move the toy out only for an inch or two! Use short strokes and do not move the toy more than an inch or two up and down! This is important to maintain safety.

Do not go too deep. In and out stimulation is ideal for shorter urethral toys, such as ribbed and textured penis plugs and short sounds. It is generally not made for deep stimulation, so make sure not to insert the toys too deeply into your urethra.

You may need to downsize, but be careful. This is a tricky one. Generally speaking, toys that are too thin are reserved for experienced users only, since they are sharper and more dangerous. On the other hand, in and out sounding generally feels better with a toy that is one size (but not more!) smaller than your usual size. It will make the toy glide with ease. That being said, it is dangerous to use toys that are too thin, so if you are only starting out (and using toys one size bigger than the smaller one or two sizes bigger than the smallest one), using a thinner toy for in and out sounding may be too dangerous. This is why beginner users are absolutely encouraged to either stretch their urethra first or not to try in and out sounding at all. You may try with your usual toy diameter and see how it goes. If it’s too tight for in and out sounding it’s better to wait until you are more experienced or until your urethra is properly stretched. Do not use super-thin toys for this purpose! Again, those are reserved for experienced users.

Use appropriate toys. Always use only toys specially designed for urethral stimulation. If you wish to try in and out massage, it’s best to use short, textured toys made for the purpose. These toys with bumps and textured exterior will provide additional stimulation during use and will enhance the in and out motions. Recommended products:

Additional Tips

  • While the article is focused on penis and male users, it’s important to know that women can enjoy this type of urethral massage, too. All you need to do is to choose a smaller toy than the one appropriate for penis sounding. Use plenty of lube and try gentle in and out movements to see how they feel. However, keep in mind not to go too deeply. If you feel any pain or if your urethral toy reaches the end of urethra, you should stop and wait until your body recovers. Next time, try using shorter movements.
  • That being said, there are some women who enjoy bladder teasing (just like there are men who like the same thing). If you wish to do this keep in mind that this activity is more dangerous so you need to be as gentle as possible. Women have a much shorter urethra, which makes for a greater risk to develop urinary tract infections. As usual with these types of extreme sexual activities, it’s best to consult a doctor before doing anything!
  • Keep in mind that in and out movements will probably irritate your urethral walls, even if you use plenty of lube (and you should always use lube!) Expect some burning during urination. Some people also experience a bit of pain, but it doesn’t last long. If the pain and burning sensation persist for hours or into following days make sure to consult your doctor.
  • If you experience pain (particularly sharp pain), significant discomfort, discharge, blood, cramps or any other problem, it is important to seek medical attention immediately! To stay safe, it is best to find a kink-friendly doctor beforehand. Ask for their opinion and advice how to stay safe during sounding and make sure to contact them if you encounter any sort of a problem!

Checking Safety and Sterilization in a Piercing Studio

Safety and Sterilization in a Piercing StudioIn order for a piercing studio to be safe, it has to follow all the procedure requirements. This is particularly true for hygiene standards and sterilization. All the reliable studios will follow these procedures but sometimes it’s difficult to tell a good studio from the bad.

The main issue is that there are so many things that go behind the scenes. As a client, you will not be able to witness all the safety and sterilization measures in a studio. That being said, keep in mind that it’s your right to know that a studio is safe, and that you can request to see results of certain tests.

Checking Safety and Sterilization in a Piercing Studio: How To

It is important to ask and observe. Visit a studio and see how clean it is. Ask questions. Note how the staff behaves. During the procedure, observe how tools and other equipment is handled. Here are some important things to note when judging safety and sterilization in a piercing studio:

Cleanliness

The first thing you need to note is the state of cleanliness in the studio. It can be seen right at the door, even before you enter the piercing room. Make sure that the studio is clean and well-maintained. Clean, dust-free floors, chairs and counters. This is often a very telling thing about the hygiene in the whole studio, particularly the piercing room.

The room where procedures are performed should be extra clean. Pay attention to the state of the floors and any furniture in the room. Again, while it is not enough that the room is clean, it is an indicator about hygiene. That being said, there is more to safety and sterilization than just clean furniture, but it’s a huge red flag if the piercing room is messy.

Also, it is important that the room used for piercing procedures has adequate containers to dispose used needles, gloves and other equipment. Make sure that your piercer follows these procedures. If you notice that they toss used tools and needles around, it’s a bad sign.

Autoclave

Make sure that your chosen studio has an autoclave. It is an absolute must and you should never agree to get pierced at a place that doesn’t have an autoclave. Autoclave has to be used to properly sterilize all the instruments and tools in the studio.

That being said, having an autoclave is not enough. It has to be properly checked and inspected regularly. You should always request to see the spore test results at your chosen studio. All studios should have the spore test performed by an independent inspector. This is the only way to ensure that the sterilization process is complete.

Sterilization Pouches

All tools and equipment should be stored in special pouches after sterilization. There is no use in using autoclave if the sterilized equipment is not kept clean afterwards. To ensure safety, it is vital that everything sterilized in the autoclave is kept in special pouches or another type of a sealed packaging.

You should never allowed to be pierced by a person handling unsterilized equipment. The only way to know it’s safe is to see how the piercer handles the equipment (it has to be unpackaged in front of you).

Gloves

It is vital that your piercer wears sterile gloves throughout the procedure. Never allowed to be pierced if the person is not wearing gloves. The gloves should be new and unpacked in front of you. The piercer should not just use gloves that were used for another client before.

Keep in mind, however, that one pair of gloves will probably not be enough for the whole procedure. In other words, your piercer will likely have to change several pairs of gloves to perform a single piercing. Typically, one pair of gloves is used for preparation and marking while the new one is used to perform the actual piercing. In some cases, several pairs of gloves have to be used for a single piercing, particularly in the case of more complex piercings or if there is a bleeding.

Also, it is important that your piercer wears gloves for things like jewelry changing and any consultation work. Just because you are not getting pierced at the moment doesn’t mean that your piercer should not have the gloves on!

New Piercing Needles

The needle used to pierce you has to be new and come in a sealed packaging. This is an absolute must. For the obvious reasons, you should never allowed to be pierced with a needle that’s already been used on someone else. You should not even allow to be pierced with the same needle used to pierce you (in case something has to be repeated).

It is important to make sure that your piercer takes a new, sealed needle. The needle should be unpacked in front of you and used immediately. This is the only way to ensure safety. Make sure that your chosen piercer follows all of the needed safety procedures.