Introduction to Sounding Rods

Introduction to Sounding Rods

Sounding is a practice that involves inserting a firm or flexible rod into the urethra for pleasure; physical, mental, or both! While it may sound intimidating to beginners, sounding can be an incredibly pleasurable and intimate experience for those who enjoy it. While it has a rich and wonderful history in the BDSM community, sounding is also practiced by many outside of the kink community simply because it feels good! At Frisky Business, we offer a wide variety of sounding tools to help you explore all the pleasures sounding has to offer safely and responsibly.

Fun Fact: Sounding is the only method to directly access the unobstructed prostate!

First things first, what material should you choose? It's important to choose a tool that is made of high-quality, non-porous, body-safe materials and is designed specifically for use in the urethra. In this post, we’ll cover two major players: silicone and stainless steel. Both materials have their own unique benefits and important elements to consider based on what type of experience you’re looking for.

Silicone sounding tools are a popular choice for those who are new to sounding or are looking for a generally more gentle option. Silicone is a body-safe, non-porous material that is easy to clean and disinfect. It is easier to incorporate a vibrating motor into silicon sounding tools; thereby adding another option for sensation play via sensual vibrations. Silicone is also flexible, which allows for more movement during and after insertion. However, be aware that not all lubricants are safe to use with silicone toys! Make sure you use a water-based lubricant with any silicone toy to protect the integrity of its look, feel, and structure.

Stainless steel sounding tools are a popular choice for those who are interested in temperature play, want to explore a hollow core, or are simply looking for a more intense overall experience. Stainless steel is body safe, non-porous, durable, and long-lasting. Unlike silicon, stainless steel is compatible with all types of internally body safe lubricants. Because steel is thermo-reactive, you can warm it up or cool it down to experience completely new sensations. Please do be careful and remember, you are dealing with very delicate skin in intimate areas. Make sure to do a temperature test, whether cool or warm, on external skin — wrist, upper/inner thigh, inner elbow, etc — before any internal use. A rigid hollow core is also an exciting possibility with steel rods, as it allows the passage of fluid through the rod, rather than blocking fluid release upon insertion. Steel rods are more traditionally used in BDSM practice, but the pleasurable possibilities certainly do not end there!

Both silicone and stainless steel sounding tools are available in a range of textures — ribbed, smooth, beaded, with creative tops, and more — that are fun to try out and great for discovering what works perfectly for your desired sensations. We strongly advise using lubricant regardless of what kind of sounding tool you get; just make sure the lubricant is compatible with your material choice.

Whether you're new to sounding or a seasoned pro, we are happy to help you find the perfect tool for your desired experience. Remember to always practice safe, responsible, and enthusiastically consensual play, and have fun exploring the exciting world of sounding!

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  • Ash Gray