A ball stretcher is a sex toy that is fastened around a man's scrotum and rests on his testicles in order to elongate the scrotum and provide a feeling of weight and pleasure to the wearer.
Ball stretchers come in different forms: a rectangular piece of material (usually leather) that can be rolled into a tube shape and fastened with metal snaps, or a ring made of stainless steel split into two pieces which can be fastened together with screws. Both the leather and steel ball stretchers elongate the scrotum (from half an inch to 4 inches (10 cm) or more), but the steel also adds additional weight (from half a pound (230 grams) to upwards of 5 pounds (2.3 kg)). A hook attached to a ballstretcher can be used to add even more weight, sometimes up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg).
Stretching for short periods of time beyond what is comfortable either in length or weight can be both painful and pleasurable, and is one component of cock and ball torture (CBT).
Ball stretchers can be worn on a daily basis for long periods of time and will, over a period of months, permanently elongate the scrotum. However, since the scrotum is a relatively elastic piece of skin and frequently changes in length, the greater length may not readily apparent unless it is fully extended (for example, in hot weather). Leather ballstretchers are sometimes combined with a cock ring and attaching with metal snaps to the bottom of the ring.
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- "Scrotal Stretching" at the BME Encyclopedia