Penis Plug Types

I will be honest with you. Penis plugs or urethral sounds are not the best sex toys for me to enjoy. I really wanted to have unique masturbation sensations with a plug in my penis while moving in and out but I couldn’t stop that feeling. What I mean by saying ‘that feeling’ is the one may be experienced when you are on a Roller Coaster and you feel like your genital declares its independence and leaves you alone forever. I bet you had the same feeling when you first think about urethral play. However, you are here now and keen to learn about penis plugs and urethral sounds. Please peruse this article prior to play and feel free to share your experience under this review so that we can improve our knowledge together.

To begin with, I strongly recommend you to get informed about the anatomy of urethra. The definition says that:

“The male urethra is a narrow fibromuscular tube that conducts urine and semen from the bladder and ejaculatory ducts, respectively, to the exterior of the body.”

Before going further, we should know the difference between penis plugs and urethral sounds. Whilst penis plugs are inserted into urethra to have sexual sensations, urethral sounds are primarily used for medical purposes such as dilating urethra for medical applications.  However, many people realized that they get sexual arousal with the feeling of their urethra being stretched, so plugs&sounds became more popular among men who seek intense experiences. The first use of penis plugs is thought to be in 1200 AD with the Chinese nobility, but the popularity of it has increased after 1990s. On the other hand, urethral sounds have been used in women from 1800s for medical purposes.

Basically, penis plugs are worn during sex or masturbation but urethral sounds are more likely used in solo sessions and they are longer than penis plugs (sometimes they can reach the bladder). While penis plugs may have ribs and notches to keep them in place, urethral sounds can be easily moved in and out due to their smooth structures. Still, both vary in size and design. Let’s see the varieties elaborately.

Penis Plugs

A penis plug is made of smooth, preferably metal for sanitary purposes but also silicone penis plugs are available on the market. It is used for getting intensify climax and prolonging ejaculation. On the other hand, people who don’t want to have Prince Albert piercing which is “a ring-style piercing that extends along the underside of the glans from the urethral opening to where the glans meets the shaft of the penis” use penis plugs to imitate the look of PA piercing temporarily. You can see the images of both Prince Albert Piercing and a penis plug with glans ring below.

Penis Plugs Types

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  • Solid Plugs: This type of plug has no opening which means that the wearers are not able to urinate or ejaculate while using it.
  • Tapered Plugs: If you are a new starter to this kind of play, this type of penis plug will help you with exploring your boundaries. Some of them start off small diameter and then gradually expand which enable you to have light stretching.
  • Ridged Plugs: If you are keen to have more sensation after getting experienced, textured ones such as ridges, waves, beads and etc give more fun during play.
  • Sperm Stopper Plugs: This type of plug has a ball going into the urethra and it is also attached to a glans ring to keep the plug in its place. As a bonus the combination of glans ring and ball stimulates your frenulum perfectly.
  • Through-Hole Plugs: Unlike the others I mentioned above, this type of plug enables you to ejaculate or urinate when in use by the help of its hollowed structure.
  • Prince’s Wand: This type of plug (a.k.a Policeman’s Nightstick) has a hollow shaft with a ball on the end which means you are free to urinate and ejaculate while wearing it. The wand can be used with or without Prince Albert Piercing.
  • Vibrating Plugs: This type of plug has large end where the battery compartment is placed and it delivers powerful vibrations to your urethra.
  • Electro-Sex Plugs: It is easy to turn penis plugs into electro toys as metal is a good material for conduction. Whilst one of wires is connected to your penis plug the other goes to a reference point such as cock ring.

Urethral Sounds

As I told you above, urethral sounds are mainly used in medicine to enlarge urethra but numerous nerve endings in urethra made urethral sounds a perfect tool for intense sensations. They usually come in sets with different thicknesses which means that you are able to change the probe as you get experienced.

Urethral Sounds Types

  • Van Buren Sounds: This type of sounds are thin, long and designed in J-shaped to stimulate the prostate from the inside the bladder. They must be inserted into flaccid penis and you should wait until your erection is relieved if you get hard while using it. (Most probably you will!)
  • Hegar Sounds: This type of sounds are designed slightly S-shaped with two different diameters on each end. This is suitable for beginners and also women thanks to its elegant design.
  • Pratt Sounds: The Pratt has more pronounced curve and longer shaft than the Hegar and this features enable you to go further to your prostate. As similar with the Hegar, the Pratt also has two different diameters on each end and can be used in women’s urethral play.
  • Rosebud Sounds (a.k.a. Bakes or Bullet Sounds): These are long and thin sounds with bulbous end which give intense sensations to your urethra like the way anal beads do. The Rosebud is suitable for both men and women and its straight shape makes the toy usable when your penis is erected.
  • Henk Sounds: These are also double ended with slightly curved ends. The prominent feature of the Henk sounds is the pair of metal rings one on each sides acting stopper. The probe does not go further than 3.5 inches by the help of those rings, however, experienced users are prone to use that rings as an added stimulator by pushing the sound further.
  • Dittle Sounds: This type of sounds have straight rods with a rounded tip and a flat end. You can use this type without worrying about your erection during play due to its straight shape. Additionally, flattened head makes the toy more controllable and also allows you to experience electro-sex.Sim Sounds: The only difference between the Sim and the Dittle is its slightly curved rod.

Penis Plugs and Urethral Sounds

After seeing all types of penis plugs and urethral sounds, you need to decide which one suits you. If you are a new starter to urethral play, you are more likely to have small and smooth plugs or sounds. The ones with rounded and tapered tips allow you to have pleasant stretch while trying to insert it into your urethra. I recommend you to start with penis plug before going further to urethral sounds, especially having a ring or an enlarged end so that the plug don’t slip in eg. Prince’s Wand or Tapered Plugs.

In addition to stainless steel plugs and sounds, there are silicone and aluminum ones on the market and they are pretty handy and body safe as well, however, stainless steel materials are much more favorable when it comes to sterilization. Don’t worry about boiling them before and after each use, they can withstand all sterilization techniques.

If you are experiencing urethral sounds, remember not to use curved sounds when you are erected. Additionally, it is better to have a sound which is straight, thin and not too long for new starters, so the Rosebud or the Dittle may be a good choice for the very first time.

How To Use Penis Plugs and Urethral Sounds

First of all, being slow and patient¬† is the key point for urethral play. You don’t want to injure your urethra and get Urinary Tract Infections (UTI). Always sanitise your plug/sound prior to use by keeping it 5-10 minutes in boiling water and then wipe with alcohol. Even if it seems like a good idea, don’t use saliva. Saliva will not be slippery enough for your urethral walls and it involves sugar which causes UTIs. In addition to the cleanliness of your toy, make sure that your hands and your penis are washed with antibacterial soap and hot water thoroughly. You can even wear surgical gloves during play.

You are ready to insert it into your penis now. Relax and make sure that your penis is in flaccid state. Use sterile lubricant, preferably water-based for easy cleaning. Don’t fight any new sensations while insertion and don’t push the toy further if your urethra does not allow it to slip in. Your urethral muscles work against it and try to push it out and it is completely natural. At this point, let the gravity help you, so it is better to hold your penis vertically during insertion.

If you are comfortable with the toy in your urethra, start experiencing sensations with light strokes on your penis or sliding the toy in and out. When you feel ready to ejaculate, let it go as long as you are using a hollow penis plug. If you are using the solid one, take the plug/sound out then ejaculate to prevent retrograde ejaculation. However, if the sound that you used is curved, you need to wait until your penis goes back to flaccid state.

Once you got experienced you want to try something different. If you wand to stick to a penis plug, go with the Ridged or the Vibrating Plugs. If it is urethral sounds that you want to enjoy, it is easier. They come in sets and after starting with the smallest one, you can increase the thickness gradually for the next plays.

It is normal if you experience burning when you pee after play and even blood can be observed in your urine as you might irritate the walls of urethra, especially when you are new to this fun. However, if you have a discharge, fever or cramping, seek medical attention. Please never insert any random objects into your urethra other than plugs or sounds.

This is about as much as I can tell you from my personal experience but a great medical resource or supplier website I found that will provide you with even more information is penisplugs.net.au which I found to be the informative.

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Andrew is right into the Fet Lifestyle and enjoys BDSM. He has written about these subjects in many arena’s and is an expert at Shibari. He shares his knowledge by working with Adultsmart a sex toy store. Enjoy the descriptive and educational articles he has written.

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