Penis Plugs

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For people looking to explore urethral stimulation, a penis plug will probably be the first toy you try.

They are relatively simple, so it’s easy for you to get the hang of insertion and see what the feelings are like, but there’s enough variation for you to try different things out.

What Is A Penis Plug?

The humble penis plug is one of the simpler sex toys you can find. They are relatively small, straight plugs designed to be used for urethral insertion.

Most are made of stainless steel and have either a T-bar or small ring on the end to stop it from being inserted too far or being lost.

Despite the name, these sex devices are suitable for both sexes and can be very pleasurable for everyone.

Versions like those designed specifically for women tend to be a bit shorter and often called urethral plugs instead. This is because the female urethra is significantly shorter than a man’s.

What Is A Penis Plug Used For?

In the past, penis plugs were often used as a tool to help people with urinary tract problems by opening up the urethra and making it easier to pass urine.

While doing this, people may often feel some pleasure from the stimulation of the nerves in and around the urethra.

With this in mind, recreational versions were then developed with this in mind and have gradually become more popular among users seeking this pleasure.

The main time you would use a penis plug is during masturbation. As you insert it directly into the urethra, they can be extremely difficult to use during full on intercourse.

There are some variants that do work though, and have a hollow center allowing you to pass fluids through the plug.

This sex toy can also play a part in a relationship with BDSM elements. The dominant partner can have control of the plug and can take advantage of it to inflict light amounts of pain on their partner if that’s something they enjoy.

You should take great care when using penis plugs in this way, as it is very easy to cause damage to someone’s urethra!

Why Do People Use Penis Plugs?

Most of the time when someone is first introduced to penis plugs, the first thought that they’ll have is why.

They definitely aren’t for everyone, but they definitely do have their positives for the people who enjoy them. These plugs can result in some of the most intense and satisfying sexual experiences possible.

Men get some very specific benefits from using these plugs.

They can impact your erections, making them much harder and stronger than usual. They can also impact your ejaculation, as the plug restricts you when you have it in.

If you let the pressure build up and remove the plug just before orgasm, then your ejaculation can be much stronger and shoot much further! For both sexes, wearing the device will heighten the sensations you feel all around the urethra.

The most basic feeling you’ll notice is a stretching sensation. While this might not be the most interesting feeling on its own, combining it with stimulation from your hand or a tongue can make it much more exciting.

Some people prefer getting a plug with glans ring for stronger erection followed by a more pleasurable orgasm. Talk about hitting two birds with one stone!

With the right penis plug, you can even make it look like you have a genital piercing without having to go through the pain of having one done.

This can be good if you’ve been considering a genital piercing but haven’t decided yet as you can get an idea of what it will be like to have one.

Risks Of Penis Plugs

It’s completely reasonable that someone may have some concerns when it comes to inserting objects into their urethra.

These are one of the riskier toys you can experiment with, so it’s important to be aware of any risks and how you avoid them before you start.

The largest risk to you will be infections.

The urethra is one of the most sensitive parts of the body and will readily absorb any bacteria that are present on your toys. If this happens you’ll expose yourself to all kinds of urinary tract infections which can wreak havoc on your body.

The best thing you can do is to only use plugs made of either silicone or stainless steel as these are non-porous and don’t absorb bacteria. You also need to keep your toys as clean and sterile as you possibly can.

Being too rough is another thing to watch out for. The urethral tissue is incredibly delicate, and you can easily tear or puncture it if you are too rough with it. Whenever you engage in this kind of stimulation, you need to be careful and controlled no matter how desperate you are to get into things. It’s not just your own sensitive tissue you need to watch out for either.

The external part of the plug can just as easily cause damage to other parts of the body. This is more of a risk when wearing your plug during oral sex or intercourse.

You should always try to pay attention to the position of your plug and try not to get it caught on any other parts of your partner’s body.

Another very common risk is that the plug might simply get pulled out!

This is particularly problematic during oral sex or intercourse which involves the whole plug being inserted into someone else’s body.

You need to be very gentle and if it does happen to get caught on something, make sure you don’t have a knee-jerk reaction and try to pull away.

You should never use penis plugs during anal sex, as if it gets pulled out in the anal canal it may be impossible to remove without surgery.

Types Of Penis Plug

  • Shape: Most versions follow a very standard cylindrical shape. Some can be tapered though, getting thicker the further you insert them. This gives your urethra a bit more of a stretch.
  • Length: Your ideal choice should be not super long for your cock, but they can vary in length for slightly deeper penetration.
  • Decoration: You might find other iterations with more unusual parts on the end. Rather than simple rings or bars, they might have different shapes, or even jewels inset.
  • Texture: While most plugs are as smooth as possible, some will have textures along the surface. These can be rings, raised patterns, designs, or even small balls a bit like anal beads.
  • Vibration: In more recent years, vibrating versions have begun to appear. These provide incredibly intense sensations by constantly stimulating the sensitive nerves of the urethra.
  • Electrical Stimulation: While it will be rare to find a penis plug with this built in, some people like to add a little shock to their urethral play. They attach the plug to a tens unit, which provides small electrical shocks while you wear the plug. In general, this isn’t advised.
  • Hollow Plugs: If you plan on wearing a penis plug for a longer amount of time, you might wonder what you do when you need the loo. Luckily some plugs are designed to be completely hollow, so you can still expel bodily fluids while you wear them. These plugs will often have a small ball which screws on the end to cover the whole while it isn’t needed.
  • Sperm Stoppers: While these aren’t specifically penis plugs, they are a variation on the theme. Sperm stoppers sit around the head of the cock, and a small arm penetrates the urethra. Some sperm stoppers have longer arms than others, so they can give much of the same sensations with some additional penile stimulation.

With the right knowledge and preparation, you can enjoy a penis plug just as much as any other sex toy you’ve tried.

Whichever type you choose, the way you use them is mostly the same.

The feelings can be something completely new and different though, and a penis plug is the perfect place to start when exploring urethral stimulation.


Penis plugs are one of the simplest urethral toys available, but that doesn’t mean that you can just go in blind.

You still need to know what you’re doing to use them in a safe and controlled manner. Luckily, it’s an easy and simple process.

Before you know it, you’ll be a pro, and be able to insert your penis plugs comfortably and quickly.

What Is A Penis Plug?

In case you don’t know exactly what a penis plug is, we’ll go over that first.

It is a small sex toy designed to be inserted into the urethra. Most of the time they will only be used for a short period of time, but some are designed to be much longer and have a hollow inside to allow fluids to exit your body.

Most type will be a few inches long with a variety of styles.

The simplest is a smooth, thin piece of metal. More complex varieties have different textures, different shapes, can vibrate, use electrical stimulation, or even have cock rings attached.

Some are even designed to be worn during ejaculation or urination, as they stimulate the cock from the inside. These will typically be hollow and have a small bead that is attached to the end. When you come close to orgasm, you can remove the bead to let your ejaculation flow freely out.

Most penis plugs are made of stainless steel, although some made of silicone are also available. These materials are ideal as they can be properly cleaned and sterilized. You should usually avoid those that are made of any other materials.

Despite their name, penis plugs aren't something solely for men to enjoy. Women can also enjoy urethral insertion and some are designed with them in mind.

Why Do People Use Penis Plugs?

Historically, these curious toys were used mainly as a medical device to help people with urinary problems and infections. In more recent years, people have started to pick up penis plugs for the sole purpose of sexual pleasure.

The urethra is one of the most sensitive parts of the body and stimulating it can lead to some very intense and enjoyable feelings. A penis plug also adds a lot of pressure to the inside of your cock which helps you have much stronger erections and orgasms.

How Do You Use A Penis Plug?

This is a question with a somewhat obvious answer. To use one, you simply insert it into your urethra.

You shouldn’t just jump straight in though as urethral play is a delicate process and doing it incorrectly could cause your body a lot of damage!

Wearing Your Plug: Preparation

Even before you start using your penis plug, you should be thinking about things that could go wrong.

For example, you should use your finger to feel the entire surface of the plug. If you feel any bumps, lumps, or sharp edges then inserting your plug could be quite dangerous.

Some plugs will be stamped with a marking to tell you the size of the plug, which can be a particularly common area of imperfection. If it’s a brand new plug and you find imperfections you can return it to the store and get one that is properly smoothed out.

Over time though, all penis plugs are subject to this kind of wear and tear.

If you do happen to find any rougher areas on your plug, then you can take some time to file them down yourself with a nail file or emery paper.

These checks should be done before you use your plug every single time as even during storage or movement damage can happen. You should usually try to urinate before the insertion as well.

This serves somewhat of a double function, as properly clearing your pipes can get rid of any small amounts of bacteria that might still be in the urethral tubing. It can also make it easier to reach orgasm, as some people struggle to orgasm with a full bladder.

Once your plug is inserted you aren’t going to be able to pee until you remove it (unless you have a hollow plug), so it’s good to get this out of the way before you start.

Lubrication is the final stage of preparation you’ll need to take care of before you can get started.

The urethra does produce some lubrication, but this is only to protect itself from bacteria and is nowhere near enough to assist with insertion. But it does absorb water, so water-based lubricants aren’t going to be as effective as the other kinds.

Whichever type of lube you use, it needs to be completely sterile, so it doesn’t irritate your urethra. You might even want to pick up a lube specifically designed for urethral play.

With your chosen lube in hand, make sure that your plug is fully covered in it and put a little on your urethra too. You’ll then be ready to insert your plug.

Wearing Your Plug: Insertion

With all the preparation out of the way, you’ll probably be keen to get into things and insert your plug!

Try not to get too excited though. When inserting the tube, it’s important to stay calm and relaxed and take your time.

You should never force the plug in. Most of the time if you aren’t making any mistakes you should be able to simply slide it in without much resistance.

Often men might find that it’s much easier to insert the plug before they become erect.

If you still find yourself having trouble, then you’re probably using a plug that’s a size that’s too big for you.

Both the longer and girthier models aren’t recommended for beginners. You need to gradually stretch your urethra over time to accommodate these!

Dangers Of Penis Plug

When you’re inserting anything into a part of the body as sensitive and important as your urethra, there are sure to be concerns.

These aren’t without reason, but with the proper thought and preparation these can be easily avoided.

One of the most important things you need to do is be completely sure that your plugs are as clean and sterile as they can possibly be.

The urethra can absorb bacteria very easily, and if anything does get into your body this way it’s an easy way to cause damage to yourself with some nasty urinary tract infections.

This doesn’t just apply to your toys either! You need to be properly cleaning your hands before you start to make sure that you aren’t getting anything nasty on your toys while handling them.

Another important thing to remember is that you should only be using toys which are designed to be inserted into your urethra.

That biro might seem like a good idea when you’re horny and desperate, but it’s very easy for things to break when you use them in ways they aren’t designed. If you were already worrying about any pain urethral play might cause, then just imagine how bad it would be needing a doctor to fish out small bits of plastic!

Sharing sex toys is something you should generally try to avoid anyway. We all have our own unique ecosystems of bacteria in our bodies which are harmless to us.

When we start to introduce some of our bacteria into other people’s bodies, it can easily upset the natural balance and cause all kinds of problems. This danger is even more present with urethral toys due to the urethra easily absorbing bacteria.

It’s also an easy way to contract a sexually transmitted disease, which we’d all prefer to avoid! When removing the toy, you also need to be just as careful as when you insert them.

This is particularly true for men, as if they insert the plug before getting erect then during erection the whole tube will be gripping onto the plug much tighter. Trying to pull it out while erect can cause a lot of friction and pain.

Unless your plug is hollow though, you will need to remove it before you ejaculate, or you may cause yourself retrograde ejaculation.

So, you’d need to be flaccid, insert the plug, enjoy it but not to the point of ejaculation, let your cock become flaccid again, remove the plug, get your erection back, then ejaculate. This is why we say you do need to prepare and plan exactly how you plan to use your plug!

Storing Your Penis Plugs

How you store your plugs between uses is another important thing you need to consider. It’s very easy for them to become damaged between uses if you’re just throwing them in a drawer with some other stuff or using a similarly poor way of storing them.

On top of damage, bacteria and germs could find their way onto the plug between uses if you store them in a poor place.

It’s a good idea to keep your plugs in a specific box, and keep the box in a cool, dry place.

You can also wrap each plug individually in a soft material to keep them from scratching against each other, or if you have multiple silicone plugs it stops them reacting with each other.

There’s a lot more to think about than you might have considered when you first decided you wanted to use a penis plug.

Everything is important though, and if you want to have the best experience you can then you should bear these things in mind when you engage in urethral play.

These experiences can be some of the strongest and most enjoyable sexual experiences you can have. So, what are you waiting for? Get started with your own penis plugs today!

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