Urethral Sounding Guide

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Urethral sounding refers to the deed of inserting a firm item into the urethra a considerable distance . It was originally used in medical procedures to keep the urinary passage open in males with prostate enlargement before the adoption of modern method of prostate-shrinking medication and to clear blockages in a woman’s urethra and bladder. However, urethral sounding now is commonly used by individuals seeking to have sexual fun. Actually, I use it and the experience is awesome. In this article, I will give you a thrilling revelation of what it is, how to use it and the sensation you get.

It is a method of sexual and fetish penetrative play using a totally different hole from the usual. The physical sensation brought by the sound while in the urethra can be exciting and intense. I will try to describe it but nothing in words can exactly describe it. Sounding can be a real mind fuck. It is penetration but in the eye of the male penis which according to many males is intensely related with the real act of sexual penetration but reversed. Some people really enjoy it while others totally hate it. Deep sounding is a nice way of doing prostate stimulation of a kind for which many would not have ever experienced it. It is often used for this as many men are hesitant to stimulate the prostrate with an anal toy as they do not want to feel ‘gay’ or are a top. In this manner the prostrate can be stimulated and even milked without anal play.

For people who like pain in their sex, sounding is ideal for them because it can be done in a manner that is erotically painful particularly by size choices and the way sound is stimulated when it is in place. It is important to not go too far with Urethral play and to be cautious, especially novices as it is common place to get small tears and even a little blood initially. Often the urethra will naturally hold the object you insert, making it difficult and sometimes even painful to get out.

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Directions of using urethral play sound:

Sounding is a great enjoyable way of playing with the ideas of fuck with gender, penetration and experience hot and new sensations. The technique used for sounding is not difficult although there are some simple steps I follow to make it enjoyable and safer.

Steps to follow for urethral sounding:

  1. Spend some money on a good sounding kit than searching for things in the house that may fit in my urethra. Not only for hygiene but also for safety.
  2. Buy a sterile surgical lubricant.
  3. Buy an anti-bacterial toy cleaner and always clean your sound before and after play. If I don’t have one handy I will clean and rinse my urethral sound before and after each use using dish soap and alcohol but when I pray with many people, I disinfect my sounding set using a good anti-bacterial toy cleaner after every use.
  4. My advice is not to use the smallest sound in the set because the smaller the sound the higher chances of perforating the wall of the urethra. Urethral play so use the skinniest sound but that can be a risky business. Start with a mid sized one but never force it. I now find the biggest size that I can put into my urethra with very little resistance and no extra stretching feeling. With my Hegar sounds, I mostly start off with a third size up and then if will go up in size if the sensation is not extreme enough. A Hegar set is dual ended, mostly with a 1mm difference between the sides so you can actually increase size 1mm at a time so as not to make a drastic jump in Urethral Play.
  5. Lubricate the first few inches of the urethral play and apply some silicone or medical lubricant on the meatus being very keen to stabilize the sound with my hand, put the end of the sound into the meatus and gently and carefully direct it into the urethra. I ensure that I use very little force if any is required at this point. When it stops going in, I just let it be for a bit paying attention on the sensation and experience. I then try moving it out and in about half an inch. Mostly at this point, if I am not using a silicone lube there is a need of taking out the sound and re-lube it Water based lubes tend to dry up so don’t even bother with them as the water is absorbed into the body through the urethra. This also happens with water based lubes during anal sex so for urethral and anal play do not use water based lubricants.
  6. Once I am used to the sensation of having the sound in my urethra, I have two clear choices either to go a bit deeper or to bump up my size a bit. In either of the way, there is a need to use some force to push it further. This is a bit uncomfortable. Any sharp pain is a warning sign from my body and I always listen as you can do yourself some damage otherwise.
  7. For taking the sound deeper, I have to find the appropriate angle of my penis to my body for the urethral passage to do this easily and to a pain level I enjoy. I always ensure that I don’t force the sound once it hits resistance inside my body to ensure that I don’t enter or damage the bladder. When I use a smaller in length sound that I fully insert into the urethra I feel the end of the sound in m y penis checking how deep the sound goes into my urethra. When the sound vanishes in my penis, I always retrieve it by finding the bottom end along my shaft and then pushing it up.

Differences between penis plugs and urethral sounds:

Basically it is the size. Urethral sounds are designed to fully enter deep into the urethra whilst penis plugs just to the base of the penis. Bearing this in mind there is less chance of injury or infection using penis plugs. Wearing a penis plug helps me get a potent erection and I love wearing them during sex. It seems to me that when I wear a penis plug during sex I perform better and more vigorously and as my cum is restricted at the time of ejaculation my orgasms seem to go longer and hard wearing them. I am not sure if other wearers experience this too but I would rate sex without a penis plug at a 6 out of 10 and with one (and a bit of popper) 10 out of 10. Sometimes I will wear them during the day. I really love the feel of wearing cum thru penis plugs. Urethral toys are very enjoyable when correctly inserted and used.

For people that want to do prostate stimulation, a sounding may be used as a method on its own or in combination with anal penetration to do so. For prostate stimulation, I insert the biggest size sound comfortably beyond the base of my penis in the position that the tip of the sound is about three finger widths below my scrotum. I then softly rock my sound back and forth, forth and back about two inches away from my body and then toward it. This requires experimentation in order to find the ideal degree of movement and the exact placement but will ultimately result in a prostate orgasm which I will share is ten times more intense than a regular orgasms. They literally wipe me and it takes me minutes to recover.

I also have fun and use Penis Plugs as well as Urethral Play. They are generally surgical grade stainless steel that are introduced into the urethral opening for stimulation and sexual play. It is advisable to use quality medical grade stainless steel penis plugs to avoid the chance of infections.

Penis plugs gives you a feeling like having an orgasm from the inside out although the feeling is different with each individual doing urethral play.

Penis plugs come in a variety of shapes, sizes and designs. Some have lumps and bumps while others have smooth shaft, others are solid whilst some are hollow allowing you to pee and cum through them.

Safety measures when using penis plug:

  1. When selecting penis plugs, I make sure that they have an outside ring to ensure that the penis plug does not slip in and fully insert into the urethra. If a penis plug slips in, in most cases there is a need to visit the doctor to get it out.
  2. I also ensure that the ring is large enough and secure so as not to slip into my urethra together with the plug.
  3. I ensure that that the opening of my penis and the plug are well lubricated.
  4. I make sure I insert the plug when my penis is relaxed NEVER force a penis plug or sound.
  5. I always make sure that the plug or urethral play stimulation toy is clean to ensure there is no infection and ensure it is not scratched to avoid that the inner lining of the urethra is not damaged.
  6. Always inspect the device to ensure it has not be scratched or otherwise damaged. The surface must be clean and smooth. Early in the piece I inserted a penis plug that had a scratch on it. It scratched and tore my urethra causing me to bleed. I went to the hospital and was in pain for a number of weeks. This probably will never happen to you and has never happened to me since but each and every time I inspect my sex toys to ensure they have not been damaged, scratched or otherwise affected that they may cause me injury.

In conclusion, safety is very important when using urethral toys. If done properly, urethral play sounding can be very enjoyable, safe, fun and sexually fulfilling for both you and your lover.. Be safe always and always have fun.



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.

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.