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           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 other ways to wear a ring?

           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? 

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1. Why wear a cock ring?

A cock ring can greatly improve sexual performance. By restricting blood outflow, it helps maintain a stronger and longer lasting erection, and can effectively delay and control ejaculation.

Wearing a cock ring also multiplies the sensations of tightness and pressure that heighten sensitivity, leading to a powerful and intensely pleasurable orgasm.

And cock rings are often worn casually, like other fine jewelry, as an exciting and attractive adornment.


2. What kind of cock ring is best?

Cock rings are available in many designs and materials. Beginners commonly use stretchy rubber or plastic rings that might be cheap and easy to use, 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 genitals. 

The magic created when "metal meets flesh" simply cannot be duplicated. Many of the best cock rings and other sex tools are made of high quality stainless steel. Chromium is added to the metal mix, giving stainless steel its unique corrosion-resistant properties. It is also hygieniclly superior and has an easily maintained attractive appearance.  Stainless steel is a lifetime investment, and its long term value far outweighs the initial higher cost. While it is fashioned into cock rings in many ways, there are three basic stainless steel cock ring styles.

Excellent cock rings are made from other materials as well, each with its own advantage. Billet aluminum is an excellent choice when a lighter weight is desired. Exotic hardwood and leather provide a more earthy, natural feel. A high quality chrome steel ring can be a lower cost alternative to stainless steel. Brass, borosilicate glass and silicone are also used.

3. What size should I wear?

With a solid ring, proper fit is critical. In order to be effective you want as snug a fit as possible. But if 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, become erect and take the time to measure. A tailor's measuring tape is ideal. But if you have none, simply 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 not uncomfortable fit. Mark the string on both sides where they meet. Take it off and measure between the marks. 

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 you are still unsure of your size, measure again. You do not need to be erect. Some guys find a more accurate reading can be taken when flaccid, so try taking a few readings in both states. Remember, you want the snuggest fit you can tolerate without pain or discomfort. Should you order a size that does not fit you properly, we can exchange any metal ring that is promptly returned. For details please read our return policy and contact us before making any return.

While you are still hard, or even if you aren't, use the same technique for two more measurements: first around the shaft of your penis at the base, and then just over the glans head. The new head and shaft rings are joyful adornment, and create exponential excitement when worn as an erection unfolds.

Rings with inside diameters from 7/8 inch to 1-3/8 inch are popular sizes for ornamental wear on the penis glans head or on the penile shaft. If you intend to wear these rings when hard, you may want more than one size. Some guys like to have at least two, one to 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 any 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. A tiny bit of lube applied to the inside surfaces of the ring may help make it easier to get your cock ring on or off. 


5. Are there other ways to wear a ring?

One or more rings can be worn at the base of the penis and/or just over the glans head. Glans head rings are designed to enlarge and stimulate the penis head. They are also increasingly popular as decorative wear. Many guys are buying different sizes so they can wear one when hard, and another when soft. To learn more about glans head rings, visit our Head and Shaft Rings pageOnce you try them, you will probably feel "naked" if you aren't wearing at least one. Rings that stretch and constrict the balls are also very popular. Some men like to wear one or more rings, or a special ball stretcher, around the testicles. 



Any of these styles can be worn together, separately, or in conjunction with a conventional cockring. Experimentation will likely reward you with an ecstatic experience, an exotic appearance, and admiration from all. Finally, there are cock and ball cages designs that combine two, three or four rings into a single unit that uniquely restrains your parts in a way that separate rings may not. 


6. 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 a beginnner, start gradually and be gentle. You should be able to enjoy your cock ring with no harm or injury. 

Do not wear a cock ring while you are sleeping. Don't 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. 

It is recommended to not wear metal cock rings when passing through security checkpoints, such as those at a commercial airport.

7. 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 or Hard Man Outfitters 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 our payments provider, we have no credit card information on file, nor are we able to access it at any time.


8. What is the cost of shipping?

Use this table to determine your shipping charges:

Order Total               U.S.           Canada          International

up to $50.00             7.50            15.50                20.50

$50.01 to $75          10.50            18.50                23.50

$75.01 and up        FREE             8.00                13.00


9. 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 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.

We ship as quickly as possible, usually within the next business day, and a Shipping Notification is sent to you at that time. If an order is received early enough we are often able to process it the same day. Domestic US orders are shipped 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.

Our shipping system does not automatically provide tracking information. If you have not received your order within a reasonable time after your shipping notification, or if it is vital that you have the tracking information prior to receipt, contact us and we will manually find and provide the tracking for you.

Any custom made or engraved products, are shipped separately and will require additional time for processing. Most other 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.


10. What type of payments do you accept?

All major credit cards are accepted - Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express. We have a secure server, so it is safe to provide your credit card information. Checkout is fast and easy. You will not be taken off site to complete your purchase. Payment through PayPal is also available by choosing that option at checkout. 


11. 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.


12. 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 to clean and package it for return. For hygienic reasons we can not accept the return of any insertable items, leather straps, leather rings or any rubber or silicone products. Custom sized and custom personalized items are also non-returnable.

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 of these items be tried on over your own clean, unscented underwear. Be sure you are not wearing any cologne or deodorant as these products can 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. 

Requests for refund of returnable orders will be honored, but may be subject to a no-fault restocking fee of 15%, or two times our original shipping cost, whichever is greater.



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U.S. Orders: Male-Essentials offers FREE shipping to U.S. addresses on orders over $75.00. No Coupon Code is required. The discount is automatically applied at checkout. If you have other coupons or credits those can be entered during checkout also.

Canadian and International Orders: If your order totals $75.00 or more you will receive a deep discount off the usual shipping charge. For International Orders and for U.S. orders under $75.00 consult the Shipping Chart at our Info Desk to determine the charges.



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