The Beginners Guide to Urethral Sounding

This guide to urethral sounding will get you started on the pleasures, tips and safety guidelines for happy cock sounding.

Holey moley, blokes - did you know you can put a shaft up your cock?

That’s right, standby for the good oil on an erotic practice known by a few names - urethral sounding, cock sounding, penis sounding or urethral play.

Urethral sounding was originally a medical procedure designed without considering your pleasure. But folk are creative and inventive and they like exploring their bodies in new ways. Who knew?

Somewhere along the line, somebody curious enough (doctor, nurse or patient?) discovered the arousing sensations associated with urethral play - and the rest is history.

At Lovehoney, we are all about sexual happiness. So we say have a crack at whatever feels good to your bod in all its glorious potential.

But - as always with intimate sexual play, there are safety measures to consider. This handy urethral sounding guide will explain how to use a urethral sound as safely as possible.

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What is a urethral sound, penis probe, penis sound or penis plug?

A penis plug is another name for a urethral sound or penis probe. It’s a medical device used to dilate the urethra for examinations. For non-medical use, it’s your new sex toy with only good vibrations in mind.

What is a urethra?

The urethra is the narrow passage between your bladder and your knob. It carries urine from the bladder when you pee and seminal fluid from your ejaculatory ducts when you cum.

What is urethral sounding?

Urethral sounds as sex toys let you probe into your urethra. There are deep nerve endings in there which are normally out of reach, but with urethral insertion can be stimulated. Oh yeah.

In time I was left shuddering and leaking pre-cum everywhere. Orgasm afterwards was so intense.” - Jockedandready

Urethral sounding is the process of dilating the urethra by inserting a plug, probe or sound. Just as the glans of your wang is super-sensitive to touch, the urethra has a ton of nerve endings which can feel amazing when stimulated.

Types of urethral sounds

Urethral sounds come in many different sizes and styles. Some are extra-long for internal prostate and bladder stimulation. Others ramp up the pleasure potential with added vibrations and even electrical stimulation.

Some urethral toys are designed specifically for stretched sensations, while others are long enough to reach otherwise-untouchable erogenous zones, such as the prostate.

A bunch of blokes reckon they can experience hands-free, direct-contact prostate orgasms through urethral penetration. Howzat!

It feels absolutely awesome! Using plenty of lube, either insert it horizontally while standing or let gravity do its thing while laying down. Either is an awesome sensation.” - NotAWittyNick

Do your due diligence

Before you do anything, do your research, mates. Read everything you can find about cock sounding, penis sounding and urethral play. Look at the customer feedback on our urethral sounds and read forums.

This is not an area to explore without being well-informed and taking your sexual health very seriously. We’ll get into the safety aspects below.

Check out our collection of urethral sounds.

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How to use a penis plug, urethral sound or cock sound

1. Choose wisely

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Buy a penis sound that fits your urethra best, with minimal stretching or resistance.

Beginners should choose a flexible, medium-sized sound to start with. Until you're a bit more experienced in urethral play, a penis plug that is too rigid or too slim can increase your risk of puncturing the urethral wall.

After researching safe, hygienic use of sounds, I lubed up and proceeded. 6mm seems like the perfect size for me, a complete newbie, and as long as I took it slow I caused myself no pain. The sensations were very pleasurable and were increased when I turned it while inside me.” - Onlywhenisayso

Using a toy that is too thick is just as risky as using one which is too slim. Pay attention to your body’s response and take it slow while deciding the right size for you.

2. Keep it clean

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You’re sticking an object deep inside you, mate. It makes sense you want to keep it clean.

In fact, your penis plug should be completely sterile before play if you fancy avoiding contracting a UTI (Urinary Tract Infection). Toys that are safe to boil, like ones made out of surgical steel and silicone, should be left to simmer for 10 minutes between uses.

Then make sure you have plenty of sterile lubricant handy as well.

So, I boiled the kettle for my morning coffee and also put this toy in boiling water for several minutes and then let it air dry and cool.” - Ands67

Clean your hands, wang and family jewels before your start urethral play. Go for surgical gloves if you want ultimate cleanliness.

3. Lube up before you get down

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Don’t whack on any old bonking lube. Always use a sterile lubricant to further reduce your risk of getting a UTI.

Put a dab of sterile lube on the eye of your trouser snake and the first few inches of your toy.

“I was nervous about using it, but that just heightened the excitement. I sterilised it, swabbed my tip with rubbing alcohol and lubed the sound well with sterile lube (from the individual packets).” - LindaT

Remember you can remove and re-lube whenever you need to.

4. Insert the probe

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Some blokes reckon it’s easier to start with a soft cock than a stiffy. Stabilise the sound with one hand, and place one end of the toy into your John Thomas. Let gravity do the work of letting the penis sound gradually "fall" into the hole without forcing it at all.

I used the single-use package of sterile lube and lubed it up and let it slide in under its own weight. I pulled it up and let it slide in on its own several times, then added some more lube and let it drop as far as it would. ” - Oldman

The sound will reach a point where it naturally stops. Relax and congratulate yourself for a success beginning to urethral sounding. If everything feels good, have a crack at gently moving it in and out a tad. Feels nice?

If you want to try going a bit deeper, think about switching up your pozzie. Your urethra has a natural bend in the shaft, and changing the angle of the dangle can help penetrate further.

Bear in mind that the opening in your one-eyed trouser snake is slightly wider than the urethra itself, so go easy fellas - never use force on a toy that's too big to fit into your urethra.

5. Take it slow and keep it safe

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There’s no rush. You want to explore different pozzies to discover the best angle of play for you, so take it slow and steady. If you feel a sharp pain, stop immediately.

There's a certain mixed feeling of having your cock penetrated, but at the same time it's a pleasurable sensation that gave me tingles down into my toes. Fully recommend getting relaxed and warm and giving yourself time.” - Jockedandready

It’s possible you may experience some burning during urination for a few hours or a day after play (especially the first few times). This is totally normal, but you may like to use more lube next time. If these sensations continue for more than a day, seek medical attention.

If you experience unusual discharge, heavy bleeding, fever or cramping, seek medical attention.

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