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How safe are penis plugs and how are they used?

Penis plugs, sometimes called sounds are inserted in the urethra. Some of them require a piercing, but many do not.

The most common associated health problem is cutting or ripping the skin inside the penis. Just like when a doctor sticks a tube inside the penis, using penis plugs can also cause germs to go inside and may make a urine infection.

However, penis plugs can be safe as long as you are careful. Use lots of lube to help you insert the penis plug. That will make it easier and reduce irritation. Some think it is better to use water-based lubricants like KY rather than silicone lubes for that. Penis plugs can be uncomfortable, especially for first-time users, so start small and slim. It should also have a stopper at the end so that you donít over-insert.

Knowing the risks will help you make informed decisions and stay healthy. Here is a similar question that was submitted a while back.

To your health,
Dr. K

Last modified on Thursday, November 19, 2009.
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