How do you do use urethral sounds?
Here’s our step-by-step guide to sounding safely.
- Wash everything.
- Sterilize toys in boiling water or a betadine solution before you use them.
- Use gentle, unscented soap and warm water to wash your hands and your outer genital areas.
- Get comfortable! Stand, sit, lie down, or whatever you like.
- Apply a lot of lube near the urethral opening and to your toy. Use a water-based, chemical-free lube.
- If you have a vulva, spread your labia and keep them apart so that you have easier access to the urethral opening.
- If you have a penis, get partially erect. Being fully erect can make the urethral opening tighter or make the penis too sensitive for insertion.
- Use one hand to gently spread the urethral opening and the other hand to guide the toy in.
- Go slowly! Don’t force it in if you feel pressure or rush the toy through the urethra. Some heavy toys, like steel or titanium plugs, slide in on their own.
- Shake your genital or pelvic area gently if it stops moving to help move it along.
- Don’t force it in if it’s not going in as far as you want it to. Gently remove it and add more lube to the toy and your genital area. You may also want to try a smaller or thinner toy.
Removal and clean-up
- Gently and slowly remove the toy from your urethra. Take your time! Stop or go slower if it feels painful or uncomfortable. Add more lube near your urethral opening if you need to.
- Pee right away to remove any bacteria or lube in your urethra. It’s normal for it to sting or burn a little bit for a day or two afterward.
- Again, wash everything, including your hands, your genital area, and the toy you used.
What precautions can you take?
Pull the toy out and stop right away if you notice:
- cold sensation around the genitals or throughout your body
- unusual changes in the color of your genital area, such as becoming pale or bluish
- unusual discharge