instruments designed for insertion into the urethra, the tube
the bladder with the outside world. Basically, they are highly polished
stainless steel rods with a handle and a rounded tip, and they come in
sizes which are very close to each other (differing in diameter by less
than half a millimeter). In a medical setting, their purpose is to
and gently enlarge the urethra. In the BDSM medical fetish
they can be a source of exceptional sexual stimulation and an
used in 'power exchange' or submission/domination experiences.
is used in the sense of 'to find the depth of' in the same way a lead
on a line is used by mariners to sound the depth of the water.
We will only
male sound play,
Women's sounds are shorter, for the shorter urethra, differently shaped
and have their own difficulties of insertion. Women are also even more
prone to infection. Some of this information may be of relevance and
to women, but the technical aspects are largely inapplicable.
sounds intended for use on women should not be used on men, and vice
A word of
This kind of play is
not something you should engage in with someone who is inexperienced or
who does not understand all the necessary precautions. Carelessness can
result in infection, injury, or other traumatic problems. You should be
introduced to this kind of play in the right setting by an experienced,
careful person who cares enough about you to exercise all the cautions
set forth herein. This document is intended to be informational, and to
There is a curve
the male plumbing
the Curve on which the Van Buren sound
designed to accommodate that curve, allowing the sound to slip down the
penis and into the bladder easily. The problem is that if the bottom
hard during the process of insertion one has to wait until the erection
subsides, as the curved sound cannot be inserted (or removed!) if the
is hard. It is not recommended to negotiate the curve with the any
other sounds except the Van Buren for
stimulation. The Pratt Sounds can
be used for the deep dilation. The Bakes Sounds, also known as Bud Sounds are
great for a unique stimulation due to their bullet/rosebud shaped tip
and the Hegar
Sounds are the best set for beginners, since their sizes start
very thin, but graduate to very thick diameters.
The diameter of
sounds, catheters and
other medical instruments is expressed in the French system. One French
unit (Fr) is .33 millimeters (.3 mm for ease of discussion). Thus, an
which is 20 Fr is 20 x .3 = 6 mm in diameter (0.24").
Most men can,
a much larger sound than you might imagine. That being said however,
first timers, or those who haven't done it on a regular basis, starting
out with the smaller sound diameters (i.e., 10 Fr or 14fr) and work up
to the larger diameters as it feels comfortable to do so. The idea, of
course, is to stretch the urethra just a bit.
procedure for proper cleaning and "sterilizing"
the sounds is based on the fact that
the sounds are used by only one
The sounds need to be cleaned properly before and after use to prevent
bladder infections. Before actual insertion, using a tissue, scrub each
of the sounds with alcohol to kill any bacteria or fungi from the air
use, the sounds
washed in a hot water/anti-bacterial soap solution (detergents remove
Surgical Lubricant and help break
2. To further clean them
as sterile as possible
(especially for your first
usage), use a long Pyrex-type "casserole" dish that
should fit the longer sounds like the Buds and Sim. Never use water
straight out of the tap because it contains too much chlorine and it
will immediately tarnish the metals. Use a distilled water (like
in irons for ironing clothing). Boil the water in a tea kettle first,
then pour the boiling water over the sounds.
Then rinse the sounds and allow to dry thoroughly on a clean dry towel.
processing, keep the sounds in their carrying case or in a
plastic container until
again. Always wipe down with an alcohol swab before using next time.
to clarify about sterilization:
using a Dynaclave (or similar "pressure cooker" type high temperature
vapor cleaning systems) to sterilize instruments which are used on others,
such as in a doctor's office or hospital, is always a necessity.
However, you will
be the only one using these (we highly recommend**!!) therefore,
a complete sterilization process like this is not vital.
AIDS viruses are
impervious to "normal" sterilizing procedures (even Dynaclave/high
temperature systems), therefore, we highly
that Urethral Insertables, Penis Plugs, Sounds and Sound Sets be used
by only one person, always! Therefore, if
play with multiple partners, use only your own set and don't let anyone
As well as the
of lubricant without preservatives or nonoxynol-9, which is
irritating to the
urethra. Surgical Lubricant
or any water based lube without preservatives, additives or
An ordinary serving
A sterile, or
at least freshly laundered, hand towel.
disposable syringe approx. 10 ml
swabs or alcohol and cotton balls or paper tissues.
A clean washcloth
and antibacterial soap.
All these items
available here on MedicalToys.com
see our Products section.
quote from one of our customer's log who recently discovered urethra
play for himself:
"Yeah, I know, many of you are thinking ..."no way"..."there can't
be a pee hole fetish. ...you obviously haven't experienced the orgasmic
power of having something shoved several inches deep inside your pee
That initial feel of terror will give way to pleasure when you sink the
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on the back on a fairly firm table or bed; being flat is better than
in a sling. If using a bed and another person is doing the insertion,
"the patient" diagonally, genitals at the very corner, legs spread and
off the bed, for easy access and close proximity to the groin.
a table is easier for another person to do the insertion. If doing this
alone, the bed or table will be more than adequate!
with warm water and antibacterial soap; dry gently. The objective is to
remove surface bacteria.
-Spread the towel
on the tray; if you have used the sterilizing technique I described
just open the
bundle. The towel
in which the sounds are wrapped is ideal. DO NOT touch the sounds
handles or with
clean latex gloves on.
Arrange the sounds
in order of size so that you do not have to fumble around one-handed
Even with the latex
gloves on, be careful what you touch after this point.
-Using a swab,
scrub each of the sounds with alcohol to kill any bacteria or fungi
the air or
really be learned
by reading about it. This article is intended to give you an idea of
involved and of the
pleasures which are
possible. It would be best for you to attend a demonstration to actually
see the procedure, and
ideally to work
with an experienced top to try it out, whether you are a top or a
If you are
right-handed, you will
the instruments with your right hand; your left hand will hold the
As you begin,
spread the opening gently. Estimate what is the largest size
sound which will
obviously fit into the
opening. You want to begin with the best fitting size possible because
the larger sounds are less
and are more
gentle as they slip in.
Place a small
surgical lubricant right
at the opening of the urethra to lubricate the passage way, then place
the plastic luer tipped syringe
Shooter filled with
Surgical lube (or your preference of lube)
into the tip of the penis.
may be some sensation from the lube, however, this sensation will pass
within a minute and is nothing to worry about.
straight up (at a
angle from the body), gently insert the first sound about an inch.
Aim slightly toward the
bottom side of
the penis. The sound will have a tendency to slip in just by gravity
Your job is to hold it
back and guide
it -- don't push! If the sound stops slipping in, stretch the penis
holding onto the loose
skin; this will
straighten out the urethra and allow the sound to find its way.
is the only force used. Your job is merely to guide the sound and to
from dropping in too
suddenly; this is
especially true until you have some experience with the technique. ALWAYS remember: the
penis needs to be flaccid (NOT ERECT) during insertion and removal!
When the sound
entered about an
more than the length of the penis, change the angle of the penis:
slowly lower it toward
the testicles to
form approximately a 45 degree angle; gradually raise it again. This
negotiate the curve in
the plumbing and
the sound will drop into the bladder. Guide the sound with gentle
manipulation of the
handle; don't push!
Remember, this technique is for the Van Buren
The other style of
sounds do not "drop
into the bladder" because they are shorter and/or designed for urethral
stimulation and dilation
only. These are
the Pratt, Bakes
(a.k.a., Bud or Rosebud), Hegar,
etc. sound sets.
Remove the sound
slowly. (One bottom
me that the removal felt like "an orgasm in slow motion.") You can
move it in and out
slowly if you enjoy
are ready to try
the next size larger, add more Surgical
as before, and go on to the next larger size. Continue in this manner,
going to larger sizes until feels discomfort, which is most often due
the size of the sound. This discomfort sensation will be felt as
burning at the tip of the penis. You can tell that you have reached the
optimal size when the skin at the tip of the penis begins to stick to
sound during insertion and removal, even though well lubricated. The
forms a slight funnel-shape as the sound is moved. Going to a larger
after this will actually stretch the urethra (It will shrink back to
original size unless this treatment is done three or four times).
When you have
the largest sound
you intend to use, gently milk the penis to remove some of the excess
Surgi-lube. Prepare the
sounds to be
and sterilized before subsequent use.
With the Van
Buren Sounds you will discover great pleasure when the sound is
to a certain depth and with a gentle
the sound at this
point stimulating the prostate gland intensely in a way not possible
through any other sexual
the sound vanishing into the penis by its own weight. Many
have expressed amazement
that such a large
object could go so far in without pain. There is a sense of complete
submission of the most
and a voluntary vulnerability beyond any previous experience.
If sounds are
of lubrication and without exceeding the appropriate size, there should
be no real pain. There may
be some initial
discomfort which will give way to great pleasure after the first
There may be
especially if there has been stretching: there will be a slight
burning upon urination,
of the urethral tissues. This will pass within 24 hours, and remember
drink a lot of fluids to keep the system well flushed out.
Health and Safety
What if a
constriction is encountered
the penis? If the sound obviously fits through the opening of the
penis but will not pass
easily when it
is inserted an inch or two, the likely cause is a band of scar tissue
by a previous bout of
scar tissue in the urethra doesn't stretch easily; so it's recommend to
only sizes of sounds
which will pass this
constriction easily. There are many tiny capillaries which surround the
urethra, blood vessels
finer than a hair.
When capillaries are stretched, they will sometimes leak a few blood
cells; these tinge the
lubricant a light
pink. This is not something to worry about. But it is a good sign that
should probably stop for
and resume another day.
caution: many often feel
a strong urge to masturbate when a sound has been inserted. This
because of the
of injury. The insertion of sounds
produces such unusual and erotic
feelings, however, control is important. Control the reflex for
and do not use the sounds roughly or with force.
Infection is the
but following the above procedures rigorously should prevent any
problems. Shortly after the session, there will most likely be a strong
urge to urinate; there may be only a little urine. This suggests only
you have stimulated the nerves which signal a full bladder. By drinking
a lot of fluids, this will allow the bladder to flush out any potential
bacteria. There may be a slight burning sensation upon urination for
first 12-24 hours; this signals only that you have irritated the
a bit. But if the burning continues, or if there is a strong need to
which continues for more than 24 hours, there may be a bladder
occur, it can be
but is rarely a problem if medical help is sought and normally
responds well to
normally developing within a couple of days of play, include
discomfort in the
bladder, a constant
urge to urinate, cloudy urine and maybe feverish or a feeling of being
under the weather. Visit
a doctor or a
genito-urinary/STD clinic, swallow your embarrassment and tell them what
the most likely cause
is. Don't put off
going: infections can cause serious problems if allowed to take hold.
Make sure you're fully
indulging in sound play again, and indeed any other sort of urethral or
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