Savage Love

Savage Love: Sound Mind and Body


Dear Dan,

Down to business: Christmas came and went, and every present I bought for my extraordinary husband could be opened in front of our children. He deserves better, and I have a particular gift in mind for Valentine's Day. My husband has expressed an interest in sounding, something we've attempted only with my little finger. He seemed to enjoy it! But the last thing I want to do is damage his big beautiful dick. So is sounding a fun thing? Is sounding a safe thing? Recommendations for a beginner's sounding kit? Or should I scrap the idea and just get him another butt plug?

—Safety Of Sounding

P.S. Here is a picture of the big beautiful dick I don't want to damage.

Sounding, for those of you who didn't go to the same Sunday school I did, involves the insertion of smooth metal or plastic rods into the urethra. Sounding is sometimes done for legitimate medical purposes (to open up a constricted urethra, to locate a blockage), and it's sometimes done for legitimate erotic purposes (some find the sensation pleasurable, and others are turned on by the transgression, particularly when a man is being sounded, i.e., the penetrator's penetrator penetrated).

So, yeah, some people definitely think sounding is a fun thing, SOS.

"But whether or not something is a safe thing depends on knowledge of the risks/pitfalls and an observance of proper technique," said Dr. Keith D. Newman, a urologist and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. "The urethral lining has the consistency of wet paper towels and can be damaged easily, producing scarring. And the male urethra takes a bend just before the prostate. Negotiating that bend takes talent, and that's where most sounding injuries occur."

Recreational cock sounders—particularly newbies—shouldn't attempt to push past that bend. But how do you know when you've arrived at that bend?

"SOS's partner should do the inserting initially," said Dr. Newman, "as the bend in the urethra is easily recognized by the soundee. Once he is clear on his cues—once he understands the sensations, what works, and when the danger areas are reached—SOS can participate safely with insertion."

And cleanliness matters, SOS, whether you're sounding the husband or serving burritos to the public.

"Infection is always an issue," said Dr. Newman. "Clean is good, but the closer to sterile the better. And be careful about fingers. They can be more dangerous than sounds because of the nails and difficulty in sterilizing."

So for the record, SOS: Your previous attempts at sounding—those times you jammed your little finger into your husband's piss slit—were more dangerous than the sounding you'll be doing with the lovely set of stainless-steel sounding rods you'll be giving your hubby on Valentine's Day.

Now let's go shopping!

"Choosing the best 'starter kit' is not hard: Pratt Dilators are not hard to find online, they're not that expensive, and they will last a lifetime," said Dr. Newman. (I found a set of Pratt Dilators on Amazon for less than $30.) And when your set arrives, SOS, don't make the common mistake of starting with the smallest/skinniest sound in the pack. "Inserting something too small allows wiggle room on the way in and for a potential to stab the urethral wall," said Dr. Newman.

Your husband's butt should be plug-free during your sounding sessions, SOS, as a plug could compress a section his urethra. If you're skilled enough to work around the bend—or if you're foolish enough to push past it—the sound could puncture his compressed urethra. And a punctured urethra is every bit as unpleasant as it sounds. (Sorry.)

Finally, SOS, what about coming? Will your husband's balls explode if he blows a load while a metal rod is stuffed in his urethra?

"Coming with the sound in place is a matter of personal preference," said Dr. Newman. "There is no particular danger involved."

P.S. Thank you for the picture.

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