A dilator is a surgical instrument often made of steel . It is an elongated toy that you can use to penetrate the urethra . This is especially popular in the BDSM scene and is also referred to as sounding or urethral play . The sounds, also called urethral plug , are most often used by men . But there are also somedilators for women. However, they do not use a toy from this category for pleasure but to train the muscles in vaginismus. Many men like the feeling of a stretched and irritated urethra and get aroused by it. Most sounds are narrow and long and have a curve that allows them to reach the bladder as well. That way you can also stimulate them.
Who is a dilator for?
A dilator is usually designed for use by men. The sounds can be used in different ways. First of all, it is important to know that a sound a different product than a penis plug. A plug for the penis is shorter and is designed to stimulate and excite the penis and to create a hard erection. A penis plug often has a thicker diameter and is also used as jewelry to imitate a Prince Albert piercing without piercing.
You can use a dilator while masturbating , for example if you like to try something new or if you like to stimulate the inside of your penis. It may also be that your Mistress or Master instructs you to use a dilator during an SM scene . A sound can provide pain stimuli, but also provides control over the bladder and an erection .
Why should you use a dilator?
A sound may be a product that not many people want to use right away. For those who still have some doubts or are not convinced, we have listed a number of reasons for using this product for you.
Sounding is a form of penetration that uses a completely different opening than is normally used during the act. The physical sensation of insertion can be intense and thrilling, causing excitement. Some sounding experts compare the feeling to anal fisting.
Using sounds can be a real mind fuck for some guys . It's penetration, but in your own penis. For many men, the use of a dilator is associated with penetration. Some people enjoy the way this feels emotionally while it can be deeply upsetting to others. Men who regularly engage in docking play, a phenomenon where one man puts his glans under the foreskin of the other, are less likely to shy away from sounding.
Deep sounding can be an amazing way to achieve prostate stimulation.
For some people who enjoy pain during sex, sounding can be done in a way that it is erotically painful. You can choose different formats and insert a sound in different ways.
Some men get excited to see a dilator disappear into their penis . Many men find it special that a product of this size can simply disappear into the penis without feeling pain.
What different models are there?
There are a number of different sounds that are clearly recognizable. Below is a list of the different models.
Van Buren dilator
The Van Buren dilator is the most famous and the most popular model among the sounds. You can recognize this type by its characteristic J-shape. The J-shape is expressed by means of a curved point. With that tip you can massage the prostate in a way that is not possible with any other sex toy or stimulation with fingers.
The Pratt is a curved model that has a convex shape at both ends. This type is longer than the other models in this category. It is therefore designed to bring it deeply.
The Hegar dilator is best for beginners. These models are relatively short, they have an S-shape and two ends with different thicknesses. This makes them very suitable for easy insertion and therefore also very suitable for use if you want to use a sound for the first time.
Bud or Rosebud dilators
This is one of the best-known models that is also very clearly recognizable by their typical appearance. They have a little ball on one end and a small flat handle on the other end. The top is designed for bladder stimulation due to their unique tip. They are also suitable for women and can be used by beginners.
Finally, there are the Dittle sounds, which are somewhat similar to the Rosebud dilator. However, these models do not have a ball at one end, but rather a flat end, shaped in a triangle. The other end, like the Rosebud, has a kind of flat handle.
There are also models that can vibrate. Thesevibrating models are very suitable for people who have used a sound before. You can masturbate with models with vibrations. However, the vibrations provide an even more intense feeling. So it is certainly not recommended to use it as a beginner. The models that vibrate work on batteries.
What should you pay attention to when buying a dilator?
Do you want to buy a dilator? Then it is important that you pay attention to the points below. A dilator is not a product that you just buy. The use requires a special approach and depends on which model and which features you choose. Especially if you want to buy a sound for the first time , it is good to first delve into the properties below.
Beginner or advanced user
Have you decided you would like to try a dilator? Then it is wise to purchase a single model or a set with different sizes. Do not immediately go for an extensive set or a vibrating dilator. Maybe you don't like sounding at all and it would be a shame that you spent so much money. A vibrating model is also not recommended if you are starting out for the first time . The vibrations can feel (too) intense, especially if you are not used to penetration into the penis. The best models to get started with as a beginner are the Hegar dilators . Below are the two best options:
Do you have experience with introducing sounds? Then you can go for more stimulation than you are used to by now . For example, try inserting a dilator a little deeper . This is possible with the Pratt sounds which are a bit longer than average and specially designed to bring in deeper. Or go for the Van Buren with a J-shape for prostate stimulation or the Rosebud for bladder stimulation . Vibrating models are also recommended for experienced users.
Do you now know which type of dilator you want? Then it is important to delve into the size . Especially if you have tried a model that is for beginners before, but you are not yet ready for a sound that you can inject deeply or with which you can stimulate your prostate. The sounds have different thicknesses . Of course you can buy a dilator which contains sounds of different sizes. This way you can try a different model step by step and find out which thickness you like best . Each dilator has a different cross-section. The narrowest dilators are 1.5 MM to 2 MM in diameter . The largest dilators have a diameter from 5 MM . Do you want to try a big sound? Then you can only buy a set. There are no sounds available separately that have such a thickness. Filter on the left side of the page for the desired format.
Almost all dilators are made of stainless steel . This is surgical metal. This material is sterile. Especially the sounds for experienced users are made of this material. Not only are they easier to use, they also feel different when you put them in. Certainly in contrast to silicone dilators . These are very suitable for men who want to try a dilator for the first time, because of the soft silicone material. This makes them extra easy to insert and feels less stiff.
How do you use a dilator?
A sound is not a product that you just use. Especially when you use it for the first time, it requires a special approach. Therefore, read the step-by-step plan below carefully when you are ready to use a dilator.
Step-by-step plan to get started:
Relax and lie down comfortably on your back . Provide a stable surface such as a bed or a table. Do you use the bed and is the sound brought in by someone else? Then position the patient diagonally, genitals at the extreme corner, legs spread and off the bed. This way you have the easiest access.
Wash genitals with warm water and antibacterial soap, pat dry gently. The goal is to get rid of superficial bacteria .
Place your dilator or dilator set on your nightstand or next to you. Do not touch the sounds with your bare hands , only with clean latex gloves.
Do you have a set? Then arrange the sounds in order of size so you don't have to search later once you start inserting.
With the help of a cotton swab and alcohol, you can rid the sounds of any bacteria or fungi that may have entered the air or by accidental touching.
Is everything ready? Then you can now start inserting. The technique of introducing a sound is mainly learned by doing it. The step-by-step plan below is a guide, so it may not work immediately. After all, you cannot learn in practice by just reading the theory. You will find that using these products more often will make inserting and playing with a dilator easier. Follow the tips below anyway if you are using a sound for the first time.
Are you right handed? Then you insert the dilator with your right hand. You hold your penis with your left hand.
When starting out, carefully spread the opening of the penis. If necessary, retract your foreskin if necessary.
Use a little lubricant on the end of the dilator and of course in your urethra and the opening in the glans . Make sure you don't use too much lubricant on the end of the dilator. This can make it slippery and reduce your grip on the sound. You want to prevent this toy from suddenly shooting down.
Only insert a dilator if your penis is not in an erect state . The penis must be flaccid, even during removal. Otherwise, the risk of infection is higher.
In principle you can use any kind of lubricant, unless of course you are allergic to a certain kind. The lubricant can cause irritation, but this feeling will go away within a minute and means nothing.
Ready for insertion? Hold the penis straight up (at a 90 degree angle from the body). Push the first sound in about a thumb's width (2.5cm).
Be careful to bring in the rest of the sound. The sound will tend to slip in due to gravity. Your job is to stop it and guide it. Never push a sound in, otherwise you will damage the urethra!
When the sound stops slipping in, gently stretch the penis by holding it at the top. This stretches the urethra and the sound finds its way.
Insertion technique for Van Buren J-style sounds
Due to the shape of this type of dilator, it is wise to use a different insertion method . The above steps can be used up to the moment where the sound is inserted thumb length. Then follow the steps below:
If the sound is a thumb's width in, change the angle of the penis . Slowly move it towards the testicles to form a 45-degree angle.
Then let the penis gradually come up again. This ensures that the sound bends with the curve in the urethra. This causes it to 'drop' into the bladder.
Accompany the sound by pulling gently on the end.
Delete a sound
Always remove the sound slowly . Do you find the feeling exciting? Then you can keep playing and moving the dilator up and down until you may have an orgasm or the feeling is no longer pleasant. Are you more experienced and do you want to use multiple sizes of dilators? Then after removing the first measure, you can move on to the next. Keep doing this until it no longer feels comfortable. This is usually due to the beat of the sound.
Do you feel a burning pain at the tip of your penis? Then stop! You will know you have reached the largest size when the skin on the top of the penis begins to adhere to the dilator during insertion and removal. Even if you used enough lube. The tissue will form a slight funnel shape as you insert or remove the dilator. Using a larger dilator will stretch the urethra (it will then return to its original size unless you do this three or four times). Are you all set? Then remove any excess lubricant and clean the dilator.
How do I clean a dilator?
It is very important to properly clean your sound. If you don't, you may cause inflammation in the urethra the next time you use it. Please followthe steps below to clean.
Wash the sound in warm water with anti-bacterial soap after use.
Clean them as sterile as possible, especially if this is your first time using a dilator, use a bowl large enough for the longest dilators.
Never use water straight from the tap, as it may contain too much lime. This affects the material. Use distilled water or boil the water in a teapot or kettle first.
Pour the hot water over the sounds.
Rinse the sounds with the anti-bacterial soap and pat dry with a sterile towel .
Always keep your dilators in a protective sleeve or in a plastic box until you use them again.
Do you want to play again next time? Always clean your sounds with alcohol to make them sterile again.
Safety tips & frequently asked questions
Do you have a dilator and do you want to know more about safety? Or do you want to delve into the risks? Then read the safety tips below.
Do you have a Van Buren sound? It has a curved shape and is designed to slide easily through the penis to the bladder. Do you get an erection while using this model? Then you have to wait until your erection is over. The curved sound cannot be inserted or removed if the penis is hard.
Always use your own dilator or your own dilator set. Viruses such as HIV and AIDS, as well as other STDs, can be transmitted through these toys. Even when playing with other people, it is always advisable to use your own dilator. Never let anyone else play with your sound!
Frequently Asked Questions
Below is an overview of frequently asked questions regarding the use of sounds. Read the corresponding answers. Do you have questions that you don't see answered here, or problems after use? Then contact your doctor.
Can using a dilator hurt?
If you use a sound correctly, so with enough lubricant, according to the step-by-step plan and you don't use sizes that are too thick, you shouldn't feel awful pain. It may be a little uncomfortable to use, especially if you are using a dilator for the first time. This decreases the more you use a sound.
Can I damage or infect something?
If you follow all tips and advice while using it, the chance is very small that you will damage your urethra or that you will just get an infection. Do you get an infection in your urethra or bladder? That is very annoying, but it is never a problem that cannot be solved by the general practitioner or a medical specialist. Especially if you seek help in time and respond normally to antibiotics. Not sure if you have an infection? Symptoms of this usually appear after a few days, starting with an uncomfortable feeling in the bladder and constant pressure to urinate and the feeling that you are not quite well or fit. See a doctor and especially tell them what you used. It's nothing to be ashamed of.
How come my sound can't get in far enough?
You may find that you try your first dilator but after you insert it in your thumb width it will not progress. If the thickness of the sound clearly fits through your opening, there may be scar tissue in the urethra. This could be the aftermath of a particular STD, such as gonorrhea. Scar tissue does not move easily, so it is recommended that you only use dilators that are thin enough to pass through the tissue.
Is it normal for me to bleed?
No, it is not normal but it can happen. It may be that the capillaries are stretched, causing some blood cells to leak. This will make the lubricant light pink. Don't worry, this is not a serious sign. However, it is a sign that you may need to stop this session and resume another day.
Can I masturbate while wearing a sound?
No, no and no again. Many men feel the need to masturbate after inserting a sound. But this must be avoided at all times. Control is extremely important. Do not use the dilators in a rough way and do not force anything. You may get an infection because of this. Are you getting an erection? Then wait until it is gone. Do you want to masturbate with a dilator? Then gently move it up and down.
Is it normal for me to urinate?
Right after a session with a dilator, chances are you will feel like you need to urinate. But it may be just a little urine. This only suggests that you have stimulated the nerves that are sending a "full" signal to the bladder. Drink enough water after using dilators. This flushes the bladder and reduces the risk of bacteria.
Is it normal for me to continue to have a burning sensation after use?
A burning sensation may remain in the first 12 to 24 hours after use. This just means that you have slightly irritated the urethra. Nothing to worry about. Does the burning sensation persist after 24 hours and do you constantly have the feeling that you have to urinate? Then you may have a bladder infection. In that case, always consult your doctor.
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