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How to Use a Penis Pump: The Ultimate Guide


Yeah, they’re the stuff of millions of television and movie gags and a running joke in frat houses and locker rooms, but penis pumps are actually one of the very few guaranteed methods for achieving an erection. And did you know doctors actually recommend penis pumps to patients suffering from diabetes or blood flow issues? And despite what most people think, a penis pump can actually – temporarily - increase the size of your penis. And it can increase the size a lot.

The current iteration of the penis pump goes back a long way in history, back as a matter of fact to the racy 1870’s. While these engorging devices didn’t really go into wide-spread use until the swinging 1960’s, the original design hasn’t changed a whole lot though penis pumps now come in a variety of styles. As for the basic concept, the science has remained relatively unchanged across many decades.

An American doctor, John King, was the first to document his work on the penis pump, and during the late 1800’s, King used his version of the pump in his clinical treatment of erectile for his patients.

On the other hand, one Dr. Otto Lederer received the first patent for a vacuum device very like what we now refer to as a penis pump back in 1913. That penis pump was designed to treat impotence and that’s how people used it throughout much of the 20th century.

In general, penis pumps are cylinders with a mechanical pump attached firmly at the base of a man’s cock. They fit tightly to allow air to be evacuated from within the cylinder, and as part of the process, blood is encouraged to flow at a more voluminous rate into the penis.

But it wasn’t until the sexually liberated '60s that the penis pump became a go-to tool for sexual enjoyment. And the Sexual Revolution was a key moment in the acceptance of sex toys in general - and of more ‘expansive’ ways of considering sexual exploration. Technological advancements like the penis pump – and the fact that manufacturers could make things cheaper – meant that for the next 50 years the penis pump just kept getting less expensive and more effective.

Penis pumps are now much more sophisticated and advanced and sometimes incorporate pressure gauges, electronic motors and automatic switching.

Recent studies say some 50 to 80 percent of men who use vacuum devices such as penis pumps are satisfied with their results. Aside from medical uses of penis pumps, they’re known to actually make the penis larger.

There are now water-assisted penis pumps called hydro pumps which allow for maximum expansion without the negative side-effects. While the vacuum-based penis pump has been used for decades to treat impotence, its most popular function is to achieve larger erections, more girth, and more length. It’s also impossible to discount the popularity of the penis pump in terms of its use in sexual foreplay.

How Do Penis Pumps Work?

Penis pumps create a vacuum that pulls additional blood into your shaft. The additional blood can help you achieve an erection and even boost the size of your penis. While results naturally vary, the average penis pump user will notice a slight increase in the length of his shaft and a larger boost in girth. The changes can be much more pronounced if you shaft is shorter or slimmer than average.

How to Use a Penis Pump

Penis pumps are just a long cylinder enclosed at one end and made to fit around your shaft attached to either a manual or powered vacuum pump. The pump will feature a pressure release valve you can trigger to release the vacuum seal. Penis pump designs usually feature a soft sleeve around the bottom opening. Some actually come with a built-in ruler to measure your progress, and the more advanced models can include a masturbator-ready sleeve.

You begin by inserting your penis into cylinder and then pressing the bottom opening firmly against your body. This sleeve generates a tight seal and allows for the removal of air from the cylinder to build a vacuum. The pumps might do this via squeezing a bulb or turning on an electronic motor.  The pressure of the vacuum becomes more effective the longer you continue pumping, and when you achieve a satisfying result, you can simply release the pressure by breaking the seal.

It’s a pretty straightforward business and rewarding in the extreme provided you follow these basic tips and tricks.

Apply a coating of lubricant around the bottom opening of the penis pump and on your skin. The pumping sensation will be more effective if the soft sleeve around the opening of the cylinder is undamaged, and a good seal means you can pump as hard - or as long – as you choose. If the pump includes a sleeve, your penis pump will feel more comfortable and – if all goes to plan – prevent your balls from being sucked up into the vacuum chamber. Some penis pumps come with a sleeve and many can use replacement sleeves.

If you have a manual version, you start pumping a bulb or lever with one hand while pressing the cylinder against flesh. Each squeeze or pump will remove air from inside the chamber to create a vacuum, and it’s the vacuum which pulls additional blood into your shaft to make your penis increase in girth and length. Since many penis pumps come with clear cylinders you also have the satisfaction of watching as your erection grows larger and larger over time.

Once you’ve reached your desired result and size, and that result can be a touch alarming at times, press the release button. Without the pump, it’s likely that your penis will soon return to something like normal size. You can maintain most of the size gains, if you’re adventurous and so inclined, by slipping a cock ring around the base of your shaft.

It’s worth noting that penis pumps and cock rings are designed to interfere with your circulation, so it’s not recommended to use either one for longer than 30 minutes to avoid injury.

We get lots of questions about our penis pumps, and as they’re some of the most common and popular men’s toys, we’ll try to set you straight on a lot of issues.

Do Penis Pumps Actually Make My Penis Larger?

Yes, they do. Penis pumps are scientifically proven devices which have been shown to increase the size of your erection. These pumps are most effective and providing you additional girth, but men with more modest penises can also achieve noticeable results in the length of their shafts. Be advised that any increase in the size of your cock is a short-term gain. Eventually, your penis will return to its normal size. It is possible however to permanently increase the size of your penis by using a penis pump - several times a day - for several months

Can A Penis Pump Help Me Orgasm?

While penis pumps aren’t principally designed for masturbation, you could theoretically find the experience pleasurable for masturbation. Some men have been known to climax hard from the pressure alone, but if what you really want is an ideal sex toy for masturbation, realistic strokers or dolls might be more applicable.

Which Penis Pump Is the Best?

It really comes down to your level of experience and depth of your pockets in terms of budget, but a good place to start is with a basic, lower-priced model. Once you discover if you enjoy the experience and results, you can always upgrade your penis to a more sophisticated model. If you already know about penis pumps, check out our various options and special features found on more luxurious and expensive models. One of them is sure to meet your needs. The higher-tech penis pumps feature motorized vacuum pumps, some have built-in vibrators, and some include ‘sleeves’ along with other interesting options.

Penis Pumps come in a wide range of variants which you might find get you rock-hard results and provide meteoric detonation for your cock.

Hydro Pumps use the superior sealing power of a water-filled sleeve to provide maximum pressure through full contact. Pumps like our Hydromax X50 Xtreme, use water rather than air pressure to provide full-coverage pressure to your entire shaft. The Hydromax X50 is waiting to provide growth in length and girth, as well as add libido enhancement.

Hydromax X50 Xtreme

The Big Man's Penis Pump with Quick Release Valve is a great way to play, either solo or not. A pump can be used to engorge your penis for a bigger, longer feel. The pump totally encapsulates the penis and encourages blood flow and can make you more sensitive during sexual activity. When used regularly, you may notice a small change long-term. If you want a different method of getting an erection, this is the place to start. If you wear a cock ring before using the pump, you can extend your time with enhanced length and girth. This item is great for guys who are larger than average.

Big Man's Penis Pump with Quick Release Valve

The Precision Pump with Erection Enhancer allows you to try something new, and the erection enhancer may be just the trick you’ve been looking to include in your sex arsenal. This toy does exactly what you think — extend the length and girth of your shaft. The toy fits over the penis and immediately adds to your size. This can be a fun toy for men who aren’t pleased with their size. But not only that, the erection enhancer offers new sensations of pleasure It’s also perfect for someone simply looking to introduce something different into the bedroom without making a huge investment.

Precision Pump with Erection Enhancer

The Bathmate Hurcules Penis Pump is an investment, but well worth the extra cost. This is a classic pump with over a million sold! You can experience the joys of the secret many men have already discovered.

Bathmate Hurcules Penis Pump

Pump Worx Fanta Flesh Penis Pump and Masturbator is perfect for those new to the game, and this lifelike pump is simply designed and very discreet. It can be used solo or by someone else dedicated to making you cum hard, and it's a great introduction to toy play. This pump fully surround the length of your shaft and encase it with new textures and sensations. Many men say this type of toy is far superior to even the most educated hand.

Pump Worx Fanta Flesh Penis Pump and Masturbator

The Max Results Penis Pump is here to pump you up. Literally. Reach your maximum length and girth with this, one of our most popular tools. It provides truly startling results, and once you’ve placed the pump over your penis and created a vacuum seal, you can watch in amazement as it does its magic to make you thicker, harder and longer.

Max Results Penis Pump

The Beginners Power Penis Pump is a great introduction to the joys of penis enlargement. The soft PVC material and medical-grade pump make your erection jump to attention, and a super soft jelly rubber opening provide comfort and utility to make the most of your manly virtue.

Beginners Power Penis Pump

The Turbo Suck by California Exotic Novelties uses a soft inner jelly sleeve – and textured inner walls – to stretch and stimulate in unison. The pure power of the Turbo Suck is also guaranteed to suck and stroke you to an explosive, orgasmic thrill. The remote control makes it easy to adjust the speed and depth of this masturbator and a transparent casing give you a front-row seat to all cock-pleasing action.

Turbo Suck

Don’t let the name of the Pump Worx Rookie of the Year Pump fool you. It’s the real deal and the newest addition to our line of premium penis pumps. Sturdy, durable and powerful, this pump can handle up to 7.5 inches of throbbing meat. You want to be thicker, firmer and badder, and this vascular champ will do the trick.

Pump Worx Rookie of the Year Pump

The Classix Power Pump is a durable tool capable of creating a high-pressure vacuum which makes your cock grow instantly. Used before masturbation or a hot sex session, this beauty increases hardness, size, and sensitivity. And it’s also100% Free from phthalates which means you can use it over and over again without concern.

Classix Power Pump

Caring For Your Penis Pump

While some toys are inexpensive, it’s important to protect your investment. It’s of vital importance to clean your toys before - and after –every use.

Male sex toys like penis pumps can be tricky to clean, but do it immediately after using them and invest in antibacterial toy cleaners. You can also use soap and warm water, but make sure to take time to run water through your toys, especially masturbators and dolls by flushing them thoroughly.

Consider investing in a toy box, and we recommend using lint-free storage bags to keep your toys separate to avoid damage and prevent different materials from interact with each other in unintended ways. In the case of vibrating toys, it’s just smart to remove the batteries when they aren’t in play. The batteries will last longer, and you won’t run the risk of battery corrosion.