Sounding Rods Guide

Sounding Rods. You may already know exactly what these are and how to use them or you might be finding out for the first time. Either way, our Sounding Rods Guide will walk you through tips for this increasingly popular male sex toy.

What Are Sounding Rods?

Initially designed as a medical instrument, sounding rods have nothing to do with noise; the ‘sound’ part actually relates to the way that sailors use sound waves to measure the depth of the water below them. Long, usually made from stainless steel or high grade rubber, sounding rods are thin rods or tubes with a handle that are inserted down the male urethra and into the bladder; gently stretching the passage for intense sensations and often with the express purpose of preventing ejaculation. Urethral sounding is an incredibly powerful experience and is often practiced within BDSM or Submissive/Dominant relationships and can be amazingly pleasurable. For the best results and an introduction to sounding, follow some of our tips and tricks…


Step 1

To use sounding rods you must be flaccid rather than erect when you start to allow easy passage of the rod into the urethra. If you’re hard then your urethra will constrict and make the initial insertion uncomfortable. Make sure that your penis is clean and dry and your sounding rods are sterile before you attempt to insert anything into your urethra. You can use our Bondara Sex Toy Cleaner and many rods (because they are metal) can be sterilised in clean boiling water. Wash your hands!

Step 2

Apply plenty of lube to the head of the penis, paying particular attention to the opening of the urethra. You can use a lubricant syringe to direct additional lube directly into the urethral opening if you wish. Then apply a generous portion of lubricant to the smallest size sounding rod you have available.

Step 3

Hold your penis in an upright position and gently place the tip of the sounding rod into your urethral opening.  It should start to slowly slide in thanks to gravity. DO NOT PUSH. Just the weight of the rod and the tiny amount of pressure from you holding it upright will make it slip down the urethra. If you come up against any resistance then stop, relax and wait for the rod to continue downwards. Apply more lube whenever you feel you need it. Don’t be afraid to use loads of lubricant; our range of lube is perfect for the job. By just holding the rod carefully in place it will slide down the full length of the urethra and into your bladder with no need to force it. Sounding rods will feel unusual at first but they SHOULD NOT HURT.

Step 4

Once you’re comfortable with the positioning of the rod, some men find it intensely pleasurable to move the rod in and out of the urethra slowly. As with any sex toy, if at any time you feel any discomfort you should stop immediately. You may also find light strokes up and down your penis to be pleasurable, but again, if anything hurts or it feels uncomfortable to get an erection you should stop, relax and slowly remove the rod. Once you’re finished playing, relax and gently pull the sounding rod out from your penis. Because sounding rods are often used to prevent ejaculation you will need to carefully remove the rod if you feel the need to cum. Don’t rush; this is when accidents can happen and people cause themselves injuries.

Step 5

Repeat. Once you’ve tried one size sounding rod, you can try the next size up. Men who use urethral sounds on a regular basis often report more intense orgasms even after the stretching process.

Sounding Safely!

Sounding rods are brilliant for solo play or with a partner; just make sure that if someone else is in control of the rod that you communicate throughout. The urethra is an extremely sensitive and delicate area of your anatomy and you can injure yourself if sounding rods are inserted too quickly or with force. Used properly, slowly and with practice, urethral sounding can become an intense and incredibly pleasurable part of your sex life. Take a look at our other penis plugs for more products in this range.

  1. Vimax Pills
    Vimax Pills
    July 3, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Thanks for that post…

  2. Felix
    April 10, 2017 at 3:41 am

    How often can a person perform souding.

  3. Chip Russell
    Chip Russell
    June 25, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    Minimally, sounding should be performed at least 13 times a day to insure proper expansion of the the urethra. Once you have mastered the highest diameter of sounds, it is customary to upgrade to a sound long enough to exit your anus after entering through the penis. This is referred to as a Bermuda Oil Well. Named after the famous Pacific Islander and gimp rights advocate, Bermuda James, of course.

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