Penis Pump Buyers Guide

You’ve definitely heard about them, you have probably even googled them and maybe, just maybe you have even considered buying them. But what exactly are Penis Pumps? And how do they work? Well, we are here to answer all your questions and maybe even a few question you hadn’t thought of yet.

What Is a Penis Pump?

At its most basic a penis pump is a sex toy that has a constricting band on it which is designed to help men with erectile dysfunction maintain their erection for longer. Although in practice users stray far beyond men who are struggling with impotency. Penis Pumps are also often used by couples looking to experiment and by men who believe using them will help increase their penis size. Take a look at the myths section for why this last point is a little more fictional than the other two.

Penis Pumps are often called vacuum constriction devices (VCD’s). The main part of a Penis Pump is the chamber, which is the cylindrical part of the pump where the penis actually goes. As there are a variety of penis sizes available, there are a variety of chamber sizes too. So it is probably a good idea to have some idea of what girth and length you are before you go shopping for your chamber of choice. You might also consider buying pumps with see-through chambers initially, at least, so you know exactly what’s going on inside the cylinder, particularly if you are a little bit unsure about the whole thing.

There are a few different kinds of chambers available as well. There is the “single stage” cylinder, which is a straight tube open on one end and with a cap at the other. The tube will be fitted with an opening for the pump. Secondly, you have the “two-stage” tube, which is pretty similar but has the additional benefit of encompassing the testicles as well as the penis, so you get the joy of pumping both together. The third type of chamber available is something more closely resembling a clam-shell. They are not strictly cylindrical in shape and have a lengthwise seam that needs a seal.

The pump is where all the action happens. It is used to remove air from the chamber itself and ultimately to increase blood flow to the man’s member. Pro tip: There are two types of pumps available, one is the more traditional hand-powered pump and the other the more convenient battery powered ones. As you might imagine, the hand powered pump is a little bit cheaper.

Finally, you have the band itself. This fits around the base of your penis once it is erect, and its purpose is to help increase overall blood flow. So, there you have it, the three components that make up the penis pump, but how exactly does it work?

 

Hydromax Penis Pump Photo
Sex Toy: Hydromax Penis Pump

 

How Do Penis Pumps Work

Penis Pumps are pretty simple to use but before you start putting your penis in anything you should probably know a little bit more about what is likely to happen when you do. The first step is to place the chamber over your little Lazarus. Then it is time to start pumping. Unless you have decided to spend a little bit extra and shell out for the battery powered pump, then it’s more a case of flicking a switch and watching the action unfold. The Penis Pump should encourage blood to start flowing in the desired direction. Now, here’s the crucial bit, once you are sufficiently hard, it is time to slip the rubber constriction ring around the base of your penis. Finally, remove the VCD and enjoy your newly stiffened salami. One thing to remember though, the ring does have an expiry date and you shouldn’t leave it on for longer than 30 minutes.

Penis Pump Types

You might be surprised to know that Penis Pump market is a, eh, big one. There are a wide variety of VCD’s around and they come, as you might expect, in a range of shapes and sizes. For instance, you have a high-end option like the Penomet. It, sort of, sounds like a creature from a James Cameron film but in actual fact is a more expensive Penis Pump whose size can be adjusted and can be used in the shower and bath as well. You also have the option of the Hydromax X-Series, which is a mid-range model that promises a 40 percent increase in power compared to their standard pump.

The Bathmate, on the other hand, could really be described as being the gold standard of Penis Pumps and promises long lasting results and uses water power to help build suction and enhance growth.The ever popular LA Pumps are made with quality.  They have been around for decades now and guarantee results if you follow all their instructions.  USA made and the materials are sourced from the finest merchants. Once you have settled on your pump of choice, the next question to ask is how should you use it?

Penis Pump Techniques

It might seem simple. You just, sort of, stick it in, and pump, and sure there is nothing stopping you taking this crude approach. In fact, we positively encourage you to experiment. However, if you are a newbie, you’re entering a place where lots of other penises have been before (hopefully not literally), so you might as well take some advice from fellow travellers on what kind of techniques will work best.

  • Pulse pumping: So, technique number one is something called pulse pumping. This handy approach involves changing the pressure levels throughout the session. This should help stimulate internal tissues and will help the penis to expand quicker. A good way to go about it is to vary the pressure levels every minute, gradually decreasing it over 30 seconds or so and then go back to your original pace. It should help with blood circulation, as well as stimulating the tissues.
  • Milking: If you are ever stuck in a Penis Pumping chat down the pub, you simply have to know what milking is as it is pretty much the most common technique going. Basically it is masturbation, but with a pump instead of your hand. It’s pretty basic and crude but does the job. Just don’t overdo it. Going too hard at it won’t give you hairy palms but might give you a bruised belly stick and, really, when it comes down to it, which one would you rather have? Milking helps maintain proper blood circulation and should give you additional girth.
  • Shakes: For this one, you will need to be erect from the start. As its name suggests, shakes is all about shaking. You grab the cylinder and twist it back and forth over your penis or by rocking your hips. Again, be kind to your kinsman, and don’t do this too aggressively.
  • Wrapping: This one is a little more exotic and does need you to get an additional tool involved. You will need a heating pad which should be wrapped around the pump’s chamber for the duration of the pumping. This helps warm up the shaft of the penis and really encourages that blood to get flowing. Once again though, be careful you don’t leave it on too long and give yourself some pretty painful blisters. Unless you’re into that sort of thing, of course.

Penis Pump Myths

You are probably aware of a lot of sexy myths out there. Masturbation gives you hairy palms is a classic. You get pregnant if you have sex standing up is perennial tale told to unfortunate teenagers who assume unwisely that being vertical is contraception enough. Like anything associated with the old in-out there are a few myths associated with the penis pump. So let’s debunk them one-by-one.

Extended use of VCD’s will give you a bigger penis is the classic. Are you a little insecure about your size? Are you unsure whether you have been gifted with the right about of girth? Well, a penis pump can’t help. For years, men have been told that if you want to grow your gherkin you should use this gadget. Unfortunately, it’s not true. Yes, the Penis Pump will help your penis grow, but the results are only temporary.

Another common penis pumping legend is that the VCD is only for the older gentleman. While erectile dysfunction is certainly more common in older men, that does not mean it is limited entirely to this group. Studies have shown that around 25 percent of men in their 20s and 30s have suffered from some form of impotency and could benefit from an occasional vacuum. Once we hit middle age, erectile dysfunction is said to hit around 50 percent of people. So, really, you shouldn’t be embarrassed to reach for that cylinder when your cigar isn’t doing as it’s told.

Perhaps a little less common, but a persistent myth nonetheless, is the idea that penis pumps are expensive. In fact, they are really quite cheap, particularly given the pernicious problem they could be solving. They are generally much less expensive than the other products on the market that can be used to treat problems with erectile dysfunction. There are more expensive options if you do want to splash out of course, but that doesn’t mean the traditional hand-powered pump won’t do the job quite nicely.

Finally, there are a few myths around the damage that pumps can cause (which is handled in the “risks” section below and, spoiler it won’t cause any, if used correctly) and also whether the pumps should be avoided by people with diabetes. The answer is no. If you are diabetic or suffering from low blood circulation you don’t need to avoid the pumps at all. They are a few, very rare, instances where their use should be avoided, which we’ll look at now.

 

Penis Size Facts Image
Image: Penis Facts

 

Penis Pump Risks

Like any other pursuit that, eventually, leads to a good time there are a few risks involved. So you should be aware of the potential downsides before you get your pump on. That does not mean that using VCD’s is unsafe, just that you should use the necessary caution you would expect anyone to before messing with their member. If you are susceptible to blood clots then you should probably have a chat with your doctor before using the pump. Any men currently taking blood-thinning medication are at increased risk of bleeding if using the VCD.

There are also a few issues associated with people simply misusing the equipment. These include some light penis bruising and red dots caused by under-the-skin bleeding. However, these can be easily avoided if you simply remember one simple rule, don’t over pump. It might be hard not to get carried away when the sensations being produced are so sensational, however that is not an excuse to go wild. The thing is during the pumping itself you probably won’t feel any pain. Later though, it can be very uncomfortable. Don’t over pump and don’t leave the band on for too long, particularly when you’re still a novice.

We know it might be hard to stay patient in this kind of situation, but, really, it’s for the better. There is nothing less attractive (or more painful) than a bruised banana. The best results are generally achieved with low pressure and patience, remember that.

A helpful tip is to simply take occasional breaks. This can actually help stimulate blood flow as well. For instance, when pumping at higher levels it is advisable to stop for a couple of minutes every quarter of an hour or so. When pumping at lower levels, stop after 30 minutes. Beginners should really halt after half an hour though and not go for more than twice a day. Once you’ve been pumping for a while and can call yourself more of an experienced pumper then you can probably up the session number and go for a little longer with the aforementioned breaks in between. Still though, don’t overdo it.

Should I Use a Penis Pump?

If you have gotten this far you should have realized by now that there is no real reason why you should not start pumping to your heart’s content right this very second (penis pump availability pending, of course). If you are suffering from erectile dysfunction then they are an inexpensive way of beating this problem. Alternatively, if you are just interested in trying out something a little different, then why not give it a go? It is not intrusive and there are no risks involved, so barring a particularly insidious medical condition there is nothing stopping you from getting pumping today.

 

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Jennifer works marketing at Adultsmart an online sex toy shop. She has a non-judgemental approach to sex, sex toys and sexuality. Her favorite saying is if it feels good and right and is not illegal then why not!

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