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Penis Pumps


If you're considering buying a penis pump, figuring out whether or not they work is probably at the very top of your to-do list.

If you're looking for a quick answer, then yes, penis pumps work. What's more, there's plenty of medical data and information from research institutions available to confirm just how effective they are.

The thing is, there are tens of thousands of websites that sell penis pumps that make exaggerated claims about the kind of results you can expect. Frankly, it can be difficult to decide what's reliable information and what's just advertising.

With this in mind, we've put together a detailed guide that answers the most commonly asked questions about penis pumps, including:

When you've finished reading, you'll be able to decide if a penis pump is going to be right for you, and if so, which kind will suit your needs.

What is a penis pump?

Penis pumps go by many different names - including "vacuum erection devices" (VEDs), "vacuum constriction devices" (VCDs), 'vacuum pumps', and sometimes 'vacuum training devices'.

Although some of these names might give you the impression they're more medically-focused items, they're actually ways of describing the same thing - a pump that draws blood into the penis, offering often significant enlargement by encouraging better blood flow.

Penis pumps are completely pain-free and often used to help people suffering from erectile dysfunction (ED) - but equally, penis pumping can add exciting different sensations to your bedroom activity, making them popular sex toys.

How does a penis pump work exactly?

A penis pump is made up of the following parts:

  • A vacuum tube that fits over your penis
  • A pump seal that sits snug around the base of the penis
  • A vacuum pumping device that removes the air out of the tube

Some penis pumps are electric battery-powered - with a small air pump motor that sucks the air from the tube. Others are hand-powered; meaning the user has to pump the air out of the tube manually.

It might sound complicated - but a penis pump is actually incredibly simple.

When your penis is inserted into the tube, the device creates a vacuum seal around the base of your shaft. Then, the pump sucks the air out of the vacuum device - which in turn draws blood into the blood vessels in your penis. As more blood is drawn in, your penis gets fuller and harder - and you get an erection.

Often, a penis pump is used with a constriction ring (otherwise known as a 'cock ring') to help maintain the erection. When the penis pump is removed, you can slide or roll a constriction band down to the bottom of your shaft (near your pelvis) to make sure the blood stays where it's needed, in your penis.

Are penis pumps safe?

All this talk of seals, pumps, and constriction rings might sound eye-watering - but it's really nothing to worry about! Modern designs mean even just using a pump can be quite pleasurable itself.

As long as you follow the instructions and use the vacuum erection device as intended, using a penis pump will be a safe and healthy part of your sex life.

It's worth mentioning that penis pumps are not suitable for some individuals with certain underlying medical conditions. We've explored this in more detail below - but if you're in any doubt, check with your doctor to make sure using a penis pump won't cause you any problems.

Should you be embarrassed about buying or using a penis pump?

Because a penis pump is (obviously) related to the penis and sex, they're sometimes seen as a taboo subject – but that’s just nonsense.

Sex, masturbation, sex toys, and different sexual preferences and practices are a part of virtually everyone's life. In fact, penis pumps are part of an industry that's worth over $33 billion worldwide.

Whether or not they feel comfortable talking about it, you almost certainly know someone with a penis pump - and, chances are, they love it. What's more, erectile dysfunction is thought to affect around 52% of men at some point in life - so, even if your friends don't use a penis pump, you can bet some of them wish they did.

Medical penis pumps are sometimes even recommended as treatment options to combat the symptoms of a number of conditions - such as following prostate surgery for prostate cancer or following radiation therapy.

So - the answer is no. Whether you're using a penis pump and hoping for a little extra size - or using it to counter the effects of a lower testosterone level or erectile dysfunction, there shouldn't be any embarrassment whatsoever. After all, who doesn't want better sex?

What are the different types of penis pumps?

Now we've covered some of the basics; it's a good idea to get familiar with the different kinds of penis pumps on the market.

Different stores and brands have slightly different categories - but you can generally count on seeing 5 main product types: 

Standard air pumps

A standard pump is one that's manually operated and uses air for the vacuum - so, at the end of the pump, there's a hose that connects to a squeezable rubber pump, bulb, or trigger-type pull. The more you pump, the more of a vacuum there is - pulling blood into your penis. Don’t worry though – if you feel like you’ve pumped a little too much – all pumps have a safety release valve that immediately releases the pressure you’ve built up.

Electric penis pumps

Electric pumps replace the manual version with a small electric vacuum pump that pulls air out of the tube without any effort - therefore, they're sometimes called an 'automatic penis pump'.  These are much less taxing to use, you can save your energy for the fun that follows.

Some electric pumps are a simple on/off function - whereas others are 'smart pumps', which allow you to choose different functions, pressures, and effects to help stimulate growth.

The best electric penis pumps come with a 'vacuum limiter' - a safety cut-off that means they will stop pumping at a certain level of vacuum pressure. This is a useful function to look for, as it prevents any bruising that could come from over-pumping experiences. Again, like manual pumps, there’s a quick safety release on the pump – so you can immediately release the pressure and take the device off.

Vibrating pumps

Want to combine penis pumping with some breath-taking new sensations? If so, a vibrating pump might be just the ticket. As well as being a manual pump, a tiny device makes the pump shiver and shake to help get you harder even quicker.

Penis head pumps

A penis head pump - or 'glans pump' is a little smaller than a standard penis pump, as it only covers the head of the penis and seals around the shaft just below. The theory is the same though; the pump enhances blood flow - only with a penis head pump, it's focused on just the tip.

Hydro pumps

Hydro pumps are designed for use in the shower or the bath – and, rather than using air to create a vacuum, they use water. By creating a vacuum with warm water, hydro pumps help to dilate (expand) the blood vessels in the penis to encourage even better blood flow and growth than a standard pump.

As well as being a pleasant, warm sensation, water actually helps to create a more even pressure around the penis compared to air - so you're likely to see bigger and thicker results from day one. Hydro pumps are also shown to give users more permanent growth when used consistently over an extended period of time – and manufacturers will generally include a recommended pumping routine to help achieve this.

Pumps with accessories

As well as helping with erectile dysfunction, a penis pump can be a fantastic sex toy - so it's probably no surprise to see that vacuum erection devices often come with accessories and added features that are all about pleasure. The most common are stroker or masturbator sleeves that make the grip around your penis more lifelike. These are designed to feel like oral sex and are great for turning your pump into a masturbator - adding a little extra stimulation that'll help you grow.

Are these medical devices?

Some penis pumps are considered medical devices – whereas others aren’t.


Well, it depends on the product’s classification. Some manufacturers seek FDA 510(k) approval – but many decide not to. Generally, the biggest difference you’ll find is that healthcare providers will sometimes cover the cost of a medical device – whereas they generally won’t if the pump isn’t FDA certified.

Which are the best penis pumps?

As you can imagine, penis vacuum pumps are a fairly personal thing - so finding the best one will depend on what you're looking for.

For ease of use, an electric penis pump is extremely convenient - although they do tend to be more costly than manual pumps. However, if you’re looking for lasting growth you might want to explore hydro pumps – they’ve been shown to be more effective with longer-lasting results than standard air pumps.

If you've got a specific need or want to aim for a certain result, why not use our instant message service to get in touch? We make it our mission to answer all our customers' questions quickly - and don't be shy; we're all penis pump advocates here!

12-inch penis pumps (large size)

Erectile dysfunction doesn't discriminate - so whether you've got a modest penis size that you're hoping to expand - or a larger than average penis that you're keen to get hard, penis pumps are available to suit you and your length.

Some manufacturers create pumps that accommodate up to 11 or 12 inches – so no matter how big you are naturally, there’s always more growth possible.  If you do not need a large 12-inch pump, stick with a standard size, pumping is not an ego thing.  Standard pump sizes are typically 7.5 inches to 9 inches in length.  Standard cylinder widths are 1.75 inches all the way up to 3.5 inches.

How to use a penis pump

Although some of the features are slightly different from model to model, the basic way of working is generally the same between different products.

  1. Place the tube over your penis - making sure there's a snug, airtight fit around the base
  2. Pump out the air - creating a vacuum in the tube
  3. When your penis is erect, remove the tube
  4. Place a constriction ring around the base of the penis to maintain your erection

How to prepare

It's important to shave or at least trim your pubic hair as short as possible before you use a penis pump. This prevents any painful snagging of hair on the seal at the bottom of the pump - and also makes it much easier to create an airtight seal between the device and your body.

How long does it take?

Typically, it takes 2-4 minutes to get fully erect using a pump. Don't panic if it takes a little longer though - the speed of results varies between different people. Always follow the manufacturer's recommended usage though.

Are there any precautions to take?

Yes. It's important to follow the user instructions that come with the device - even if they differ a bit from what you've seen on the pump's advertising info or on social media/websites.

Also, you might want to use a little lube. That'll help create an airtight seal - and some men find it makes things a bit comfier when sliding the device and constriction ring on and off.

Finally, if you use a ring to maintain the erection after pumping - don't leave it on for longer than 30 minutes. You could cause problems if you cut off the blood flow for too long.

How to Stay Hard After Pumping?

Use a constriction ring when pumping?

Non-Vibrating cock rings, Constriction rings or cock rings designed to firmly squeeze all the way around the base of your shaft – making sure the blood stays where you need it after you’ve pumped. Constriction rings are the safest method to staying hard after pumping.

With this in mind, you need to make sure you only use a constriction ring after pumping. If you put one on beforehand, the pump and the ring will effectively work against each other. However, when you’re erect, a constriction band will do a great job of helping you maintain your erection.

Like penis pumps, your choice of constriction ring will generally come down to your particular needs and wants. Some are very practical – a simple silicone ring that’s barely noticeable. On the other hand, some are designed with different materials, textures, shapes, or vibrating functions that are all about pleasure for you or your partner.

Using a penis pump with a partner

Some men like to use their pump solo to work on getting a little more size - whereas others introduce it into bedroom activity with a partner.

There's no right or wrong - just do what works for you.

You might like to introduce the idea of a penis pump before buying one - perhaps as something you and a partner can fool around with and see if it works for you both. Then again, some men prefer to pump in privacy - and just let their partner feel the benefits.

Can penis pumps increase your penis size?

This is a tricky one. In theory, the answer is no - a pump is designed to help you create and maintain an erection. In truth though, penis pumps can help you get a bigger, thicker erection than you've ever had before.


Well, it's all down to how well your penis performs usually.

Let's say you're a young athlete with an outstanding level of health. If this is you, then frankly, a pump isn't going to offer much penis enlargement - because your healthy body is already likely to be really good at pumping blood where it needs to go.

However, if we fast forward a few years - things can look very different for us guys. With age, our bodies become less efficient at pumping blood and maintaining muscle - and that's before you factor in the stress and pressure that comes from work, family, finances, a lack of sleep, and the million-and-one other things in your day.

If you consider yourself in this non-pro-athlete group, then you're likely to get really positive penis enlargement results from a pump and constriction ring. The gains might not hang around when you're flaccid, but honestly, if it gives you a bit of extra penis length and girth when it matters, who cares?!

Important health information: Penis pumps and medical conditions

At this stage, we fully appreciate that you're probably ready to order a penis pump and start feeling the benefits - but it's worth pausing for a second to consider a few health conditions before you do.

Unless your doctor says otherwise, The Mayo Clinic suggests that penis pumps are generally not suitable if you:

  • Have a blood disorder - like Sickle Cell Anemia
  • Have any conditions that cause excessive bleeding or clotting
  • Use anticoagulant medication (blood thinners)
  • Experience priapism (erections that already last longer than usual)
  • Regular pumping exercise can also help as an effective treatment for Peyronie’s Disease and, of course, erectile dysfunction.

Remember, you should never begin using a penis pump against medical advice.

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