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Sexpertise: Sounding

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By: Jean Samick

For some, the idea of inserting anything into their urethra sounds at least mildly uncomfortable. Most aren’t exactly eager for catheters at the hospital, but to those who subscribe to a fetish known as “sounding’, catheters might actually be the upside to a procedure. Urethral Sounding is the insertion of probes known as “sounds’ into the urethra, the tube in your penis or vagina that connects to the bladder you urinate out of. Sounding can be incredibly pleasurable if done safely, but the risks associated with the process can lead to infection or damage of the tract.

Medically speaking, Urethral Sounding is a method used by professionals to widen the urethra to remove any obstructions or widen a stricture, which is a narrowing of the urethra as a result of Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) or Urethritis. Sounds are traditionally made of metal like stainless steel (see Figure 1 - below), but can be soft or rigid items inserted into the urethra about halfway. Sounds can vary in length as well, ranging from those that can only be inserted a few inches to those that can be inserted into the bladder. The probes can be curved or have a bulbous head at the end, or in more extreme versions fish hooks at the end. Roughly 4–17 centimetres in diameter, these probes cause a pleasurable dilation effect when used for sounding. The urethra is filled with nerve endings and is quite sensitive, with the prostatic gland in the penis at the base. This means in addition to the tract itself being stimulated, the prostate can be stimulated as the sound is slid in and removed, triggering or intensifying an orgasm.

Now, all of this is based off the idea that you are using sterile tools for your fun. It is important to stress that anything foreign inserted into the urethra of questionable cleanliness is a very bad idea. At the very least, you run the risk of contracting UTI’s, tearing your urethra or contracting Urethritis. UTIs are also commonly known as bladder infections, and cause a burning sensation when urinating. The worst that could happen? Anything from creating a Blind Track which can lead to Peyronie’s Disease, to internal bleeding. Internal bleeding is pretty straightforward, but a blind track is when an insertion creates scar tissue that leads to plaque buildup in the penis, resulting in Peyronie’s. That plaque buildup leads to curvature or bend the penis when it becomes erect, which is quite painful and can be permanent. The likelihood of all of these risks increases when people use foreign objects such as wire, batteries or straws as sounds.

Playing safe can lead to pleasure and keep you out of the doctor’s office. Sounding kits are sold at Wicked Wanda’s, and the staff is happy to explain the different ways you can use these toys safely. Cleanliness is next to godliness in this case, so make sure you clean your instruments after every use. If you notice any discomfort urinating, head to the doctor. Don’t shorten your pleasure by damaging your goods!

 You can find our selection of sounding rods in-store today

Jean Samick

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