I removed the tether from me today, its been in there for 9 Months. This came about after a week ago, I got a cramp during sex and lost my erection....so my partner not too happy with me...she finished herself off, I was surprised that she let me get hard again...but while I was stroking she without warning slapped the cock really hard...which fucking hurt the tether...heaps like owwweeee....even so being almost ready to cum I was able to finish but after relocking the cock hurt quite a bit for a few days. We had sex again this week, and I was a bit tender, and my partner sugested I take it out for a while. I have to admit it was a bit grungy, it came out without too much trouble though but there was a tiny bit of blood, didint really hurt other than a bit of a pinch, I was expecting it to be a lot worse, but the retainer was litterly black and had some build up of crap on it, and so did the top of the spout which was sort of crystalised urine, came off with your finger nail. I have determined that I want to drill a new thread into the steel heart just above the original, the current placement means the tether is constanly pulled down on the bottom of the piss slit which can ache, not hard to do, the tap cost $8 and its just a 5mm drill bit. Also the urethral insert can not work with the current thread placement, it puts the tube too high and it catches on the guide pins and is off centre. A new hole will achieve bother objectives of raising the tether a little and also allowing the use of the uretheral insert with the steelheart. I might revert to the uretheral insert for a while, so I can have sex normally without the tether, mistress says she doesnt really like the look of the tether sticking out the tip of my dick, of course her oppionion may change once I blurt my load inside a few times lol after being used to the cum cap for the last few years. When I tried to get the uretheral insert in, it hurt a bit sharply so I might leave myself uncaged with my partners permission for a few days to heal, not sure what I did, all I felt was a bit of a pinch, certainly nowhere near as bad as when mistress slaped it...ffs. I am sure I will return to the tether, but in future its probably wise not to go more than 6 months (or sooner) without removal and a good clean. I mean nothing bad happened after 9 months so its not so bad.