No matter how good the sex may be, no guy would mind having even better sex. But sometimes men are hesitant to explore their options, among them the penis sleeve. Yet this sexual implement can have a positive effect in the bedroom, and does not present significant negative impacts on penis health for men who may be interested in adding something new to their routine.

Sheath? Sleeve? What is it?

Essentially, a penis sleeve and a penis sheath are the same thing. Both names refer to a cylindrical object that fits over a man's penis and thereby adds some extra dimension to the member.

In olden days (very olden days!), men used a sheep's bladder for this same purpose (as well as for contraceptive purposes). New Guinea is famous for its tribal penis gourds, which were more often used for decorative purposes but which in some instances were used during sexual performance. Polynesian men used sheaths made from woven plant fibers for sexual enhancement.

Current sleeves

Times change, of course. Nowadays, a penis sleeve is usually made of some substance like rubber, plastic or silicone. The shape is basically phallic. Some are the same thickness from top to bottom, while others may have variation, particularly toward the end, where it may be shaped to resemble the glans of the penis.

Although many penis sleeves are smooth, others feature a textured surface which is intended to provide greater pleasure when the sleeve-covered penis is inserted into the vagina. The texture may be "veiny," again to make the object appear more realistically penis-like, or it may be "bumpy," featuring any number of small rounded mounds. In some cases, the sleeve may have small, very flexible "spikes." This variation in texture is intended to make the experience more stimulating for the woman, although different women prefer different textures.

Use

Whatever the size or texture, the sleeve has an opening at one end and is hollow on the inside. The penis is inserted through the hole and extends as far as possible into the sleeve. Some sleeves come with straps to help hold them in place, but they are more commonly strapless.

With the sleeve on, a man now has added length and/or girth to his erect member. It may be a few fractions of an inch or it may be several inches, depending on the model chosen. The change in shape and size from what a woman is accustomed to adds variety to a couple's lovemaking and the change of pace can result in a new experience for the woman.

But what about the man? He also can get substantial enjoyment from the experience. Sleeves should fit very snugly around the erect manhood. The friction from the sleeve itself combines with the friction from thrusting inside the vagina to create a new and very pleasurable sensation.

Discomfort

There can be some discomfort with a sleeve. It needs to fit "just right," not too loose (which could cause it to fall off or prevent it from giving pleasurable friction to the penis) and not too tight (which can be painful and cause a sore penis). In some instances, a sleeve that adds several inches in length may require a man to thrust at an unfamiliar angle, which may be exciting or may be uncomfortable.

Sleeve use can lead to better sex, but sometimes the feel of the penis sleeve against the bare penis may result in rawness or soreness. For that reason, using a first-rate penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) is in order. It's important to select a crème that contains ingredients that can moisturize and revitalize the skin to help soothe soreness; ideally, such a crème will contain a combination of a high-end emollient (think Shea butter) and a natural hydrating agent (such as vitamin E). Unfamiliar rubbing from an improperly-fitting sleeve can also cause a bit of "deadening" in the sensation department; a crème with neuroprotective acetyl L-carnitine is just the ticket for handling such an issue.