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What are Penis Pumps: How Do They Work?

by | Sensual Intimacy

Aug 10, 2023

I am likely right when I assume that you are here because you recently stumbled on news that seemed too good to be true. You are asking: do penis pumps actually work? What are they, even? How can I get one? These are questions we get a lot in emails, and so today, we are going to do some detailed answering. 

Keep reading to find out what penis pumps are: what they do and how they manage to produce the results you see. 

What are Penis Pumps? 

Also called vacuum erection devices, penis pumps are devices that can help you stay erect for longer periods. They consist of two parts. The vacuum itself, which is to be put over your penis, and the electric part, which produces the energy to generate the pump action. 

Penis pumps are not so new an invention. They have been around for some time and have helped hundreds of men deal with erectile issues. 

Who Can Use a Penis Pump? 

Well, anyone who has a penis and wants to have sexual activity. The pump comes in different sizes and can be made to fit just about any penis. 

Read: 7 Reasons Why Women Prefer Men with Bigger Penises

Does it work? How? 

This is the big question most of the time. The confusion often lies in the question itself. It works to do what? If you are asking whether it works to permanently increase a person’s penis size, the answer is no. If you are seeking that, you may be disappointed.

There are too few things able to raise the size of a person’s penis. 

What the penis pump does, is make you more likely to maintain an erection for longer periods—making it the choice for men who have erectile issues. 

How does it work? The mechanism is pretty simple. 

To understand it, you have to understand how erections work. An erection happens when blood flows into the blood vessels within the penis. The penis is an erectile tissue that contains spongy material that grows in length and width when blood is pushed into it.

As long as the tissue is engorged in blood, there is going to be an erection. The erection, however, fails when the blood is withdrawn. 

The penis pump works by pulling blood into the penis. It causes the blood vessels in the penis to swell, allowing more blood to be forced in. This allows your penis to grow larger for a period of time. 

As I said earlier, you should know that the penis pump does not give a permanent erection. 

To make the erection longer, as I will be telling you soon, you can put a constriction ring on your penis. A constriction ring can be bought in many malls and pharmacies. You only have to wrap it at the base of your penis, and it will help keep your erection. 

You should, however, not keep the ring on the base of your penis so you do not go on to injure it. 

Are Penis Pumps Safe? 

Is a penis pump safe? Well, yes. Compared to other options, like Viagra, it is quite safe. 

You don’t have to take it as a tab, so that reduces the risk of overdose. It is also not an invasive procedure. Meaning you can relax your mind and know it is safe. 

There are, however, some concerns. There have been reports of priapism when one uses the penis pump too often. 

Priapism is a sustained erection that is often purposeless. That is like having an erection for hours after you are done with the sex. 

Some other concerns with the penis pump are: 

– Blood Clots: blood is able to clot under the skin when you use the penis pump for too long. This is especially true if you have blood clotting disorders. 

– Mild Bleeding: the suction on your penis shaft is able to break the blood vessels there. This can cause some bleeding. The bleeding, if it ever happens, is most common with people who have blood disorders or take medication that thins their blood.

– Bruising: when you have a cock ring on for too long, even when you use a penis pump, there is a likelihood that you may feel numb down there, as blood flow is a bit unusual. This numbness can make you stroke harder and faster, giving you some bruising. 

Read: How Many Men Have a 7 Inch Penis or More?

How Long Does the Penis Pump Last? 

On average, it lasts about thirty minutes. But the timing can be longer, depending on many things.

Do not use cock rings for more than thirty minutes to an hour. 

How Often Can You Use the Penis Pump? 

It depends on you. You don’t have to use it every day. But it is fine if you do. Just discontinue the use of the penis pump if you feel any bruising or have any injuries.

Read: Does Penis Size Matter to Women?

How to Use the Penis Pump: 

It is quite simple. 

  1. Get a Penis Pump. It is sold in pharmacies and malls and usually doesn’t need a prescription before you get one. 
  2. Put the tube over your penis and put on the electric part.
  3. Let the suction go on for a while, and then disengage. 
  4. Put the penis ring over your penis for a while, and that is. 

Are There Other Ways to Handle my Erection Issues without a Penis Pump? 

Yes, there are. And many of these do not even involve the use of drugs or other tools. 

You can improve your erection by: 

  • Reducing Your Stress Levels: stress has an impact on blood flow and vascular resistance. You may have noticed that you do not have a good erection when you are stressed. This could change when you rest more. 
  • Mental Arousal: you can influence your erection by thinking more arousing thoughts. That is to say: by being more into the sex. If you put your mind to having great sex, you will, of course, have great sex. 
  • Foreplay: great foreplay can help you stay erect for longer.


A penis pump does help one achieve a longer erection time. 

By Sara Leandro

Sara Leandro is a certified health coach who helps others feel their best through individualized lifestyle changes that meet their unique needs and health goals. She covers topics ranging from health and productivity to relationships.

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