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Questions about proper sizing or measuring? We can help you find your ring size.

Other questions?  If they are not answered below, please contact us.

>  Why wear a cock ring?

>  What kind of cock ring is best?

>  What size should I wear?

>  How do I put it on?

>  Are there any dangers?

>  What about my privacy?

>  What is the cost of shipping?

>  How do you ship, and how fast?

>  What type of payments do you accept?

>  Do you ship outside the United States?

>  What is your return policy?

>  What if I have other questions or comments?


1. Why wear a cock ring?

There are three main advantages. A cock ring can be worn for any one or all of them.

Performance: Once the penis is erect, a cock ring effectively restricts blood outflow, helping to maintain a strong erection, as well as delay and control ejaculation.

Pleasure: A cock ring creates sensations of tightness and pressure that heighten sensitivity, leading to an intense and powerful orgasm.

Stimulation and Empowerment: Like any fine jewelry or adornment, a cock ring is enjoyable to wear and visually appealing to both wearer and observor.


2. What kind of cock ring is best?

Cock rings are available in many designs and materials. Beginners often use cheap rubber or plastic rings that might be easy to use and remove, but are often ineffective, and offer little in the way of quality or aesthetics. You wouldn't wear such materials on your fingers or elsewhere on your body, and they are especially out of place around your cock and balls.

The magic created when "metal meets flesh" simply cannot be duplicated. Some of the best cock rings and sex toys are made of high quality stainless steel. Excellent rings are also fashioned from borosilicate glass, billet aluminum, brass, exotic hardwood, leather, and silicone. Each has it's own advantage. For example aluminum is a good choice when a lighter weight is desired, while leather and hardwood are perfect for those desiring a more earthy, natural feel. Finally, a high quality chrome steel ring is a lower cost alternative to stainless steel.

Stainless steel is preferred by many because it is hygienically superior and has an easily maintained attractive appearance. It is the addition of chromium to the metal mix that gives stainless steel unique corrosion-resistant properties. Stainless steel is a lifetime investment, and its long term value far outweighs the initial higher cost.


3. What size should I wear?

With a solid ring, proper fit is very important. In order for it to be effective you want as snug a fit as possible that is comfortable for you.  But if at any time your experience goes beyond pleasurable bondage to pain or discomfort, you need to size up.

If you aren't sure what size is correct for you, take the time to measure. Here's how to do it:

For an accurate read, become erect first. Then take a string and encircle it from under your balls up and around the top of the penis. Pull the string until you have a very snug but comfortable fit. Mark the string on both sides where they meet.  Take it off and measure between the marks. (A tailor's measuring tape can also be used if you have one.)

Divide this measurement by 3.14 and you now have the inside diameter of a ring that will fit you well. Here are some examples:  

If you measure 4 inches (102mm) your size is 1-1/4 inches (32mm)
If you measure 5-1/2 inches (140mm) your size is 1-3/4 inches (45mm)
If you measure 6 inches (152mm) your size is 1-7/8 inches (48mm)
If you measure 6-1/2 inches (165mm) your size is 2 inches (51mm)
If you measure 6-3/4 inches (172mm) your size is 2-1/8 inches (54 mm)
If you measure 7 inches (178mm) your size is 2-1/4 inches (57mm)

If this is your first ring, and you appear to be between 2 sizes, go with the larger size. If you should happen to order a size that does not fit you properly, we are happy to exchange any metal ring that is promptly returned, at no additional charge. Please contact us first so we can set aside the size you need. For hygienic reasons, we can not accept the return of any leather or rubber items.

While you are still hard, or even if you aren't, use the same technique for two more measurements: first aound just your penis at the base, and then just behind the glans head. The new head and shaft rings are joyful adornment, but can create exponential excitement should you wish to wear them as an erection unfolds.

Rings with a one inch inside diameter are a popular size for decorative wear over the penis glans head, and 1-1/4 inch is a typical size for a shaft ring worn at the base of the penis. If you intend to wear these rings erect, you may want larger sizes. Some guys like to have at least two sizes, one for decorative wear when flaccid, and another to use when partially or fully erect. 


4. How do I put it on?

A conventional cockring is worn at the base of the genitals, encircling both the penis and the scrotum. Put it on before significant arousal. Start by gently pulling the scrotal skin until the testicles pop through, one at a time. Then fold the penis down through the ring, and pull it out through the cockring. Adjust the ring up snugly against your body: 


To remove, simply reverse the procedure: first gently pull the penis up and out, then the testicles.

Smaller genital rings can be worn in other ways. Many guys like to wear one or more rings at the base of the shaft only, and/or a ring just over the head (glans) of the penis. And some like to wear a ring around just the testicles:  



The head and shaft rings are becoming very popular as decorative wear, and many guys are buying different sizes so they can wear one when hard, and another when soft. Once you try these great new rings, you will probably feel "naked" if you aren't wearing at least one:     


Any of these styles can be worn together, separately, or in conjunction with a conventional cockring. Besides ecstatic new experiences, experimentation will likely reward you with an exotic new appearance, and admiration from your partner or other observors.


5. Are there any dangers?

Use common sense. Never force your organs into a ring that is too tight or that causes discomfort. If you are beginnner, start gradually and be gentle. You should be able to enjoy your cock ring with no harm or injury. 

Caution and Disclaimer: Do not use cock rings if you are diabetic, have any blood or nerve disease, or are taking any type of blood-thinning medication. Do not use if you are injured, swollen or sore in the groin/genital area. Discontinue use if discomfort, bleeding, pain or numbness occur. 

6. What about my privacy?

At Male-Essentials, we respect the privacy of our customers and clients, and we are committed to protecting it. All orders are shipped in secure, non-descript packaging with no indication of contents. We do not place the Male-Essentials name or anything similar on the shipping label.

We do not sell or rent names, addresses or email addresses, and we will never share any ordering information with anyone outside our own company.

As we accept payments only through PayPal, we have no credit card information on file, nor are we able to access it at any time.


7. What is the cost of shipping?

Use this table to determine your shipping charges:

Order Total               U.S.           Canada          International

up to $50.00             5.00            12.00                16.00

$50.01 to $75           8.00            15.00                19.00

$75.01 and up        FREE             7.00                11.00


8. How do you ship, and how fast?

After placing your order, you should receive an "Order Confirmation Notice" email from us. Often it will show up in your email inbox within minutes, but contact us if you do not find it after a reasonable period of time. Included in the email will be a link to your invoice, so you can view it at any time.

For orders in the U.S., we ship by USPS First Class or Priority Mail. For international orders we ship by USPS International First Class. If you are placing an international order and are interested in upgrading the USPS service to Priority International or Express International, please contact us for more information and/or a quote.

Once payment is made, we ship as quickly as possible, usually within the next business day. If an order is received early enough we are often able to ship the same day. Most of our products are stocked in our own warehouse, but we sell a few select items that are shipped directly from the manufacturer or distributor. If that is the case, we will contact you with additional shipping information. These items are shipped separately, and might require an additional day or so for processing.


9. What type of payments do you accept?

We accept payments through PayPal. PayPal is very secure and accepts all major credit cards. You are not required to open a PayPal account, and may check out as a guest. If you have a PayPal account, you can sign in to your account and make payment from there. 


10. Do you ship outside the United States?

We ship to most foreign countries. Our checkout system will prompt you for the address information we need to ship to your destination.

For purposes of customs declaration, most items are shipped as "costume jewelry" or "napkin rings". Please be aware that you are responsible for any taxes, duties or fees levied by the authorities in your country. We are not able to determine for you if there will be any in your case, or what the amount might be.

11. What is your return policy?

We want you to be properly fitted and happy with your purchase, so let us know if there is any problem. We gladly exchange any metal ring if you contact us promptly, and will provide instructions for cleaning, packaging and returning it. For hygienic reasons we can not accept the return of any leather straps, leather rings or rubber rings.

Underwear and all other garments, including leather harnesses, are not returnable once they have been tried on and made contact with skin. We require that any item you purchase and try on is worn over your own clean underwear. Be sure you are not wearing any cologne or deodorant, as your purchase may readily absorb odors, making the item non-returnable.

All returned garments are closely examined and tested. We never put previously worn items back into our inventory. If an item doesn't pass our inspection, we cannot accept it as a return.

DVDs are returnable only if verifiably defective or non-playable.


12. What if I have other questions or comments?

We want to hear from you. Please use the "Contact Us" form directly below, and we will respond as quickly as possible.

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