Updated: Aug 2, 2021
Urethral play is the process in which a plug or probe (known as a sound) is inserted into the urethra to cause dilation. The types of toys used in urethral play can be grouped into two different categories: penis plugs and urethral sounds. This play, or practice, is possible for both men and women as both sets of genitals are packed with nerve-endings. With that said, the majority of play is focused for people with penises as their urethral canal is much longer, and thus carries less risk of carrying infection to the bladder. Furthermore, one of the main reasons men find urethral play so exhilarating is because the infamous erogenous zone known as the prostate can be directly stimulated using certain urethral toys, resulting in incredible orgasms.
"Sounding" involves inserting smooth long silicone urethral or long, and thin surgical steel rods called "sounds" (hence the name "sounding") into a man's urethra. The most commonly used "sounds" are Hegar- The rods are round, slightly curved, and have a conal tip. Pratt - Slightly curved, massive double pins . Rosebud- rosebud" shaped tips, for stimulating as the "tip" slides in and out. Made from stainless steel. the Van Buren, which has a J-shaped curve on the end, and the Dittle,- Dittle ends are flatter than those on most other sound ends. some silicone urethral sounds come with built in vibrators.
Ultimately, a water- or silicone-based, glycerin-free lube with a thin consistency will probably
work best for "sounding." Silicone-based lubes are longer lasting, but water-based lubes may have a thinner consistency.
As with most sex play, there are two main reasons to explore urethral sounding – for the physical benefits and also for the psychological turn on. The urethra is lined with super-sensitive nerve endings, which can be extremely pleasurable when stimulated. Additionally, for those with a penis, deep urethral play is the only way to directly massage the prostate. Psychologically, many people find the fact that they’re doing something ‘unnatural’ a turn on.
In urethral play, you generally have two kinds of instruments that you can use. A sound is one type of device that comes in a variety of widths and is inserted into the shaft. Sounds are made out of surgical stainless steel. Catheters are very different. A catheter is inserted into the shaft with the objective of reaching the bladder. Catheters are much longer and are usually made out of latex or plastic. Some types of catheters, like a Foley, have a small balloon that is inflated after it reaches the bladder. Once the catheter is in, the person who has it in pretty much loses control of when they can piss. There are many different type of both sounds and catheters. Many of the sounds are curved to follow the natural shape of the penis, while some of them are straight and forces the urethra to follow the shape.
Penis plugs vs. Sounds
Before we go any further, it’s important to understand the difference between sounds and plugs. The terms are sometimes used interchangeably, but they are quite different in form and function.
* Both are used in urethral play
* Both are inserted into the tip of the penis
* Both can enhance sexual pleasure
A penis plug is meant to be worn during sex and masturbation activities, kind of like jewelry. Some are solid, and some are hollow, to allow urine and ejaculate to pass through.
Penis plugs are usually shorter and sometimes have ribs or notches to keep them from slipping out.
Urethral Sounds are primarily longer (sometimes long enough to reach the bladder) and generally smooth.
Sounds can be moved in and out very slowly and gently while playing. Kind of like massaging the inside of the penis.
Sounding produces truly new sensations, so they may not feel that great in the beginning. When you are a beginner, you urethra is still too narrow and untrained. It means that it cannot accommodate thicker toys and that sounding may feel a bit uncomfortable. You may also experience a burning sensation during or after sounding. Keep in mind that all of this is normal, especially when you are a beginner. Just make sure to go slowly and use plenty of lube.
This will make the experience more comfortable and allow you to gradually get used to the feeling of sounding and toys inside of your urethra. Once you get used to the sensations chances are that you will find them to be very pleasurable.
Insertion. In order to get that sound in there, you have to make sure the penis is soft. It’ll make it easier to allow the sound to slide into the urethra. You are not to force the sound into the urethra. You’re supposed to let it gradually make it’s way to the urethra. The sound will be liberally lubricated before insertion is attempted.
Penal manipulation. One hand should be guiding the sound down the urethra. The other hand should be manipulating the soft penis. You see, you’re not actually pushing the sound down the penis hole, you’re actually moving the penis around the sound. Take into account the shape
of the tip of the sound. You’re going to have to move the softened penis around the shape of the sound until you reach the blockages. The weight of the sound will be enough to open up the blockages. Remember, you don’t have to push. Let the weight of the sound cause it to slide down
through the urethra.
Urethral sounding is known to cause powerful orgasms. For many men, this is the main benefit of sounding. With toys being inserted into the urethra the orgasms become stronger and longer-lasting. There are many ways in which sounding can enhance your orgasms. One of the most common way is through in and out sounding. This technique means moving the sound up and down for an inch or two. These movements massage the walls of your urethra, making it more sensitive. When the orgasm comes, it feels stronger because the tissue is extra sensitive.
Direct Prostate Stimulation
Perhaps the most amazing benefit of urethral sounds is that they can be used for prostate stimulation. In fact, this is the only way to massage your prostate directly. Keep in mind that this is an advanced technique reserved only for the more experienced users. This is different than usual sounding where you insert a toy into the penis. In order to stimulate your prostate through the urethra, you need to perform deep urethral stimulation. It means that you have to go very deep, past the base of the penis. Once you go this deep you can reach your prostate. This way, you can massage it directly using the tip of your toy. Some men even like to insert the toy into the prostate. All these activities produce unique sensations.
If you wish to massage your prostate using sounds, keep in mind that this is an activity reserved only for the most experienced users. You need to be very familiar with sounding and how it works before you even attempt prostate stimulation. Also, it is highly advisable to consult a
kink-friendly doctor before you attempt this type of stimulation. It is vital to get some medical advice and to make sure that it is safe for you to perform this activity.
That being said, keep in mind that urethral sounding should not cause injuries or other problems. There is some risk associated with this activity, namely, urinary tract infections and injuries to the urethra. It is important to follow all safety guidelines to avoid these problems.
Also, make sure to notice all the warning signs. Sharp pain, prolonged discomfort, swelling, blood in urine or semen, fever – these are all signs you should not ignore. If you experience any of these problems make sure to consult your doctor immediately. Remember: urethral
sounding may be intense but it should not cause serious injuries or other problems.