Heard of sounding rods? They sure do sound like something a witch doctor would use to discover what parts of the body weren’t working at optimum efficiency. 

Here’s the deal though, sounding rods are sex toys. And they are the kind of sex toys you can play with all by yourself or with the assistance of your partner. Plus it is not only those with a willy that can use such toys. Sounding rods do help you discover water, and the water in question is either pee or cum!


Today being a good day, we are eager to tell you all there’s to know about sounding rods, from their meaning and how they are used to their types, pros, and cons. Tune in y’all so we can embark on an awesome-sounding trip!

Sounding Rods: A Definition

Sailors have something called sounding rods. It is not for measuring the cock-gobbling ability of mermaids and sirens, but for measuring the depth of water and other fluids in the hold and tanks of a ship. Such sounding rods are still in use because the electronic, pneumatic/hydraulic devices meant to perform their functions have a high failure rate.

A little different kind of sounding rod was used back in the days when sailboats and sailing ships were the main means of transport across countries and continents. This tool was a metal rod tied to a rope and it was used to measure the depth under the keel. It is this particular sounding rod that the sounding rod sex toy of the modern period is named after.

The first urethral sounding tools were invented by medical professionals and used for dilating and clearing obstructions from the urethra of both sexes. In women, urethral sounds assist with the implantation of birth control devices and are invaluable for exploring the cervix.

It appears that some of those who underwent urethral clearing at the hands of nurses and doctors found the experience so delightful that they subsequently set about sticking stuff into their urethra. From there, the popularity of sounding as a means of having fun grew to the point that people all over are now focused on invading their poor urethras with every slim tool known to man!

Now, sounding rods are primarily made of metal and can come in varied shapes. The metal ones are rigid, smoother, and more comfortable, while those made of other materials are generally lighter, more flexible, and capable of being pushed in deeper. There are even hollow ones that let pee and cum dribble out. Vibrating-sounding rods exist too, like the one below.

For males, sounding rods are a very convenient and pleasurable way of directly massaging the prostate. For both sexes, it involves the penetration of a body part that does not usually see itself penetrated and that is erotic on its own. Sounding can also be a form of power play and will let your partner see you at your most vulnerable.

Then there’s the fact that the urethra in both sexes is packed with nerve endings that are ultra sweet to stimulate and this fact best explains the popularity of sounding. For females, the urethra is right in the female erogenous zones. That means urethral play can be seamlessly combined with other forms of genital stimulation that well could trigger the kind of orgasms that would make a volcanic eruption look like nothing more than a splash in a teacup!

However, those who have frequent UTIs, a urethral injury, prostate issues, STIs like gonorrhea, and abnormal urethral discharges are advised not to stick things into their urethra.

How To Use

Sounding rods are among the easiest sex toys to use. You just gotta practice a high level of hygiene and choose the best sounding rod for your needs. Sex-Pleasuretoys has more sounding rods in stock than there are gators in London, and we make bold to say that our sounding rods pack quite a bite! But we are getting ahead of ourselves here.

To use a sounding rod, first, wash your hands and genitalia with mild soap and make sure the rod is as sterile as possible. You can boil the sounding rod if you want to. But do not attempt to insert a hot-sounding rod into your urethra, not even if your dream has long been to piss steam!

Once your hands, genitalia, and the rod are as clean as possible, you can kick off the festivities by slathering plenty of lube on your urethra and the sounding rod, with water-based lube being the best. It would be wise to get just a little bit hard at first before slowly sliding the lubed sounding rod into your urethra as far as you feel comfortable. Don’t get too hard though, as it either makes your cock too sensitive or narrows the urethral opening.

If you are a woman, inserting a sounding rod into your lady bits will be harder and less straightforward. That means you’re gonna need lots of patience and take greater care. You might also need to spread your labia and hold it in position with one hand to have better access to your urethral opening.

When the sounding rod is in, gently move it in and out and in any direction. Imagine you are stirring a teacup and the sounding rod is the handle of the spoon. Yeah, move the rod around and see which direction best makes you feel like a lottery winner! When you are done playing, gently remove the rod and wash up. Pee as soon as possible to wash out lube and any bacteria that might have made its way inside.

Inserting something into your genitalia is not kid’s stuff and you must never use tools that were not designed and marketed as urethral sounders. See, there are frankly too many video clips out there of folks using toothbrushes, pencils, screws, and the like as urethral sounders and ending up in the emergency room. We don’t want to see more videos like that, and we don’t think emergency room personnel are thrilled to be pulling unusual stuff out of urethras. So, if you want to explore your urethra or that of your partner, only use those tools that were expressly crafted for the purpose.

Also, urethral sounding is not supposed to hurt. So, if pain or discomfort is experienced during urethral play, the wise thing to do would be to stop and perhaps resume another day. Never push further when unusual pain and discomfort are evident, or your ass could end up in deep shit! Stop immediately if there’s bleeding, numbness, a cold that’s spreading from your genitalia to other body parts, redness, unusual discharge, and change in the color of the genitalia. If pain is experienced 24 hours after urethral play or there is unusual stuff going on down below, we would suggest making a beeline for the emergency room.

However, pain and discomfort might be a consequence of using sounding rods that are either too big or too small. Rods that are too small can put holes in your urethra and that’s never a good thing. On the other hand, those that are too big can stretch your urethra so widely that it tears. 

Worth noting is that using sounding rods on the regular of increasing diameter will result in your getting a bigger peehole. But that won’t be the case if you sound your oak tree once in a while rather than weekly or daily.

Read more: How to use Sounding Rods?

Sounding Rods: Pros & Cons

While there are some health risks to using sounding rods, these can be nearly eliminated if these sex toys are used with patience and common sense. Unfortunately, common sense is an increasingly rare commodity on the planet at the moment.

The biggest pro to urethral sounding is that it is simply too orgasmic to be accurately described. Plus there’s something kind of magical about sticking things into your urethra. Doing stuff like that can broaden your horizons and push your boundaries to the point that you will be more accepting of sexual acts and practices that society might disapprove of.

Now, while urethral sounding can be among the sweetest things known to mankind, it can be an exceedingly dangerous practice, especially when not done right. Using unsterilized equipment or dirty hands can result in urinary tract infections that might spread to the bladder and kidneys. And if you are using a tool that’s not expressly designed for urethral sounding, there’s a real chance that it will wind up deeper inside than intended and an emergency room visit will be required to dig it out.

Careless urethral sounding can lead to urethral perforation, which if not attended to in time can lead to fistulas and tissue necrosis. And improper use of sounding rods can result in urinary incontinence.

Given these risks and the fact that most of us only have one willy, we would advise exercising the utmost care when using sounding tools.

Read more: Pros & Cons of Sounding Rods


Sounding rods can be of varied shapes, lengths, and girth, but are of 3 general types. The first type is the sounder and it is usually long, thin, metallic, and designed to go deep into the urethra. The second is a plug that due to its design can only be inserted an inch or so into the urethra. And the third type is a catheter, which is mainly a medical tool, and yeah, it can dive inside and tickle either your prostate or bladder.

Most sounding rods are made of medical-grade steel, but some are of titanium construction. These metallic tools feel heavy and comfortable in the hand, but are inflexible. Silicone, plastic, and glass sounding rods exist, with silicone rods being extremely flexible but requiring lots of lube.

The urethra has lots of nerve endings, remember? Some sounding rods like the example above take advantage of that by being ribbed, ridged, wavy, or studded. But nothing is stopping you from shelling out for an all-smooth sounding rod if that’s what you think your boner gonna be happy with.

And that’s it for today, fellas!