Penis Plugs vs Urethral Sounds

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Penis plugs are generally made from medical grade surgical steel and are used to increase sensations in the urethral tract of men.  This sensation often results in an erection and even ejaculation and due to the constriction of the plug will often increase the length of time the ejaculation takes.  Many people describe the effect as that of pleasurable pain and is a popular tool for those into bondage, fetish, S&M and water sports.


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A huge variety of penis plugs exist including vibrating ones, tapered ones, ones with ridges, curved ones and also those designed specifically for people with penis piercings like the prince albert piercing.  Most users of penis plugs enjoy cum thru plugs that allow you to urinate and ejaculate easily whilst wearing them – allowing the wearer to have them on all day. It is important to remember that a penis plug has to be sterile before use and cleaned after use.  Also ensure that when removed the wearer urinates to clean out the urethra.  Penis plugs range in sizes but generally will be no more than 12cm and are not designed nor do they reach the bladder and rarely do wearers contract a urinary tract infection (UFT).

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Urethral sounds are medical probes that are designed to stretch the wall of the urethra and remove any obstacles from it.  Sounds are designed to reach the bladder and once a sound enters the bladder when it is removed usually urination will immediately follow.  As the sounds reach deep inside there is always a chance that a Urinary Tract Infection can be contracted so it is important to use in a sterile environment. A popular type of sex play is urethral play where the sound is inserted deep inside to the bladder via the urethral track.  The sound is then manipulated to cause erotic sensations, many times described as being painful but pleasurable.    Sounds are also used to expand the urethral to allow for genital piercings. Recently sounds have included variation’s of vibrating and ringing to increase sensations whilst using.It is important to use sounds carefully as misuse can cause tearing, irritation, bleeding.  Poor quality steel can also be a cause of UFTs and untreated UFTs can cause bladder and kidney infections so always buy from a specialist store.

The sensations experienced using urethral inserts can be outstanding and like nothing else experienced before.  When used correctly and the player is totally relaxed, the orgasms that can be achieved are simply stunning.  There is a growing number of men using them and incorporating them in their masturbatory play.  When inserted and the penis is stroked awesome sensations are experienced on the inside and exterior of the dick.

Take your sex play to a whole new level but remember take it slowly.  It takes time to get just the right touch – so practice makes perfect.  Those that experience urethral joy often will then challenge themselves with urethral dilating which is the use of longer and wider sounds that expand the urethral opening.  There are no hard and fast rules but be warned this type of play can become addictive and caution should be practiced so as not to end up in the ward of an emergency room.

There are so many choices of plugs, sounds, wands and of different materials.  Always purchase a high quality device as it is going into the most sensitive parts of your body.  Don’t skimp on a few dollars and buy on aliexpress or some other Chinese site, choose a reputable online store that offers customer service and more importantly piece of mind.

Penis plugs vs urethral sounds similarities and differences:

  • Both are utilized as a part of urethral play
  • Both are embedded into the tip of the penis
  • Both can improve sexual joy
  • A penis fitting is intended to be worn amid sex and masturbation exercises, sort of like adornments. Some are solid, and some are hollow, to permit pee and semen to go through.
  • Penis plugs are typically shorter and in some cases have a glans ring so that they can be worn whilst going out
  • Sounds are fundamentally longer (at least 100mm) and are generally smooth.  Some exceptions like the dominator series are ribbed but generally the length and width determines the sound.
  • Sounds can be moved in and out while masturbating. Sort of like kneading within the penis. Using tender strokes will bring orgasms quickly.
  • Some penis plugs can be worn whilst having sex.


PJ Weir was employed at the Gay Exchange for over a decade and was a regular contributor to the blog. He is a gay activist and an advocate for same sex marriage. PJ is proud of his aboriginal descent and has remained in a long term relationship with his partner Darren.
PJ left work in late 2014 as his mother fell ill. He has moved to Queensland where he has become her full time carer.
Unfortunately the iconic Gay Exchange, Sydney’s first all gay adult store closed down in June of 2017 as the building was taken over by the State Transit Authority to build the new rail.