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Frequently Asked Questions About Penis Pumps

How do you turn a small banana into a large one? That’s what our in house writer tries to find out with this comprehensive FAQ session that answers everything you ever wanted and need to know about Penis Pumps.

What is a Penis Pump?

A penis pump, known in the world of medicine as a ‘vacuum constriction device’ (VCD) or ‘vacuum pump’ or ‘vacuum erection pump’ is an external pump with a band that can be used to get and maintain an erection. It is used before sexual intercourse to help a man who may be having problems with erections get one.

What is a Penis Pump made of?

The device is made up of:

  • A clear tube that goes over your penis
  • A band or ring that fits around the base of your penis. This is sometimes sold separately. 
  • A hand-operated, battery-powered, or electrically powered pump. 

Can a Penis Pump make my penis bigger?

We understand that this question is foremost on most people’s minds, so let’s deal with it now and early. A penis pump is primarily used for the inability to get or maintain an erection. It was not designed to magically grow the penis overnight. However, some users have reported a significant increase in length and girth after prolonged use. Results will differ from person to person.

How do I use a Penis Pump?

  • The first thing to do is place the clear tube over your penis. You can use a lubricant to prevent any irritation.
  • Start operating. Turn on the pump if it’s battery or electrically powered; if it’s hand-operated, start working to remove air from the tube. In a few minutes, say 10- 15, you should have an erection.
  • You can then remove the tube from your erected penis.
  • You could decide to use the ring to help maintain your erection.

How does a Penis Pump work?

The science behind it is fairly simple. It works by using suction to draw out blood into the penis. When you begin to pump air out of the tube, a vacuum is created. This vacuum created will then draw blood into the blood vessels of the shaft of the penis, thereby giving you an erection. You’ll remember that an erection is simply blood filling the vessels of your penis. The penis pump helps do that. The ring that goes around the base of your penis helps keep the blood in longer, and by extension, the erection.

Is a Penis Pump safe to use?

For a healthy person, yes, it’s perfectly all right. For a person with certain medical conditions, it might not be such a good idea. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says that using a penis pump or any other external rigidity device for that matter could worsen pre-existing penile conditions, for example, priapism (1).

How often can I use a Penis Pump?

A penis pump is actually one of several non drug treatments (lifestyle adjustment, if you will) for erectile dysfunction. However, if you have mild or severe ED, the pump might not work so well for you. It’s a better fit for those with moderate erectile dysfunction.

What if I have erectile dysfunction?

You can use a pump as often as you are comfortable. Most people can use it multiple times a day if used correctly.

Could I come to any physical harm while using a Penis Pump? 

No. Not if it’s used right. Too much suction when using the tube can cause mild bleeding under the skin’s surface. You’re at higher risk of this if you have a blood disorder, have a history of blood clots, or if you’re on blood thinners.

When should I use a Penis Pump? 

Whenever you want an erection. Some men also use the pump as part of their sex toys during foreplay. You could as well wait and use it just before intercourse.

How do I know if I’ll need one? 

If you have a penis and you would like better, longer, easier erections, then you’ll need one. Penis pumps are safe and can even be used by patients with erectile dysfunction (see above).

Can I have sex with the pump on? 

Yes, sex can be had with the ring in place to help maintain the erection. It can stay on for as long as 30 minutes to allow for healthy intercourse. No, when you’re done pumping, you remove the pump and replace it with the ring if you like.

How do I know which pump to buy? 

There are a number of things to consider when purchasing this device. Penis pumps can be bought over the counter without the need for a prescription. Just be sure that it contains a ‘quick release’ feature. You do not want to be stuck when the pump does not release its vacuum on time or releases too slowly. Also, any pump that’s been approved by the FDA for managing erectile dysfunction is good to go. This will help you avoid buying something that’s unsafe and ineffective. It’s also a good idea to consider your penis size when buying. Most pumps are one-size-fits-all, but we don’t all have the same penis size now do we? If you’re significantly smaller or bigger than average, you should adjust the size of the pump you buy accordingly. Don’t be hung over the size, though, because penis pumps are adjustable, and irrespective of size, the suction will work well. Other factors you should consider are color, electric vs battery vs hand-operated, and the level of suction intensity you’re comfortable with. You know what, just buy the Penomet if you want the best Penis Pump. The quality is great and it’s quite affordable. Moving on….

Do Penis Pumps really work?

For the purpose they were designed, yes, they do. Studies suggest that about 50%-80% of men are satisfied with the results of penis pumps (2). But then this is really personal, and it all depends on your expectations, your physique, how your past erections have been, and how good of a product you have.

Are there any precautions I should take while using the Penis Pump?

Yes! The following precautions from Healthline will help you get the best results and have a seamless experience.
  • Shave up. Nothing kills the mood or a boner like snagging an unruly bush. Removing hair from the base of your penis before use will prevent hairs from getting caught in the ring. It may also help you get a better seal against the skin
  • Use as directed. Even if it looks pretty self-explanatory, it’s important to follow the manufacturer’s directions to ensure safety and effectiveness.
  • Don’t leave the ring on for more than 30 minutes. Cutting off blood flow to your penis for too long could cause damage. Constriction rings shouldn’t be left on longer than 30 minutes.
  • Have lube on hand. Apply a bit of lube to your shaft and the base of your penis, as well as around the end of the cylinder, to create an airtight seal. Lube will also make it easier to slide the tension ring on and off. Plus, if you’re going to get handy before getting your pump on, lube can make masturbation even more pleasurable.

What are the side effects of Penis Pumps?

Well, it is a machine trying to do the work of nature so there’s that. An erection gotten with the help of a pump is not the same as an erection gotten naturally. After use, your penis could be numb or cold. A few minutes later, and you’ll be alright. It does not have any lasting medical side effects. Any discomfort you might feel would be temporary and go away with time. In a nutshell, there is nothing serious for you to worry about.

How much does a Penis Pump cost?

It varies in cost, but can typically be gotten for around $300-$500, depending on the brand, type, model, et cetera (2).

Does insurance cover the cost of the penis pump?

Most insurance policies, including Medicare, cover at least part of the costs of a penis pump, especially if it has been prescribed to treat erectile dysfunction (2). Medicaid doesn’t cover though, except under extreme situations and even then, not in all states. Contact your insurance provider if you’re not sure your policy covers.

What is a Penis Pump made out of?

Most penis pumps feature a variety of materials working together to create a single, harmonious whole. The cylindrical part where you insert your penis is typically made from hard plastic or acrylic, sometimes with a silicone coating to make it easier to open and handle. The actual pump, as well as the narrow tube which connects the pump to the cylinder, is usually made from rubber or silicone. Lastly, some of our more high-tech penis pump models include a glass or metal add-on gauge to show how much pressure is being applied.

Is a Penis Pump breakable?

Initially, it may seem that a penis pump is made out of fragile glass and will shatter into pieces if you apply even the smallest bit of pressure. But that’s not the case. Penis pumps are not made from glass, but either from hard plastic, acrylic, or an extra-strong variant of glass known popularly as “Pyrex”. Your pump will not break in the slightest even if you apply plenty of pressure during each and every pumping session.

Do Penis Pumps come in different colors?

You might be surprised to find out that in fact, they do! Most of Penomet’s penis pumps are available in a beautifully transparent clear color with a black, blue, purple, orange, or gray pump and nozzle.

How often do I need to clean my Penis Pump?

You should clean your penis pump after every single time that it is used. Your penis will be “working hard” within the pump, so it can easily get pretty sweaty or perhaps slick with precum (or more, if you’re the kind of guy who tends to spurt while still pumping!). At the very least, you should wipe off the inside of your cylinder with a clean, dry rag after every use. Every couple of uses, go for a more thorough cleaning using soap and water as well – just be careful not to allow any electrical components to become wet.

How do I clean a Penis Pump?

Like other plastic and silicone sex toys, penis pumps should be cleaned using a very specific method. Clean your penis pump with warm water, a clean rag, and gentle soap that does not contain any chemical additives such as scents, as they can leave residue behind. Keep any batteries or electrical components dry at all times. Do not neglect often-missed areas such as space under your pump handle or inside the valve which connects the pump to the cylinder.

Where should I store my Penis Pump?

Store your penis pump with the rest of your sex toys in a dry, room-temperature area where it will not be susceptible to gathering mold or bacteria. Plastic tubs or dedicated drawers in your dresser are great alternatives – as is a safe or lockbox if you have nosy roommates or family members who like to go snooping. You can also store the penis pump with your medical supplies or in your bathroom or linen closet, as it is an extremely subtle toy that is capable of passing itself off as a simple medical tool rather than a sexual potency aid.

How do I know which Penis Pump is the best?

Penomet is a penis pump that has evolved to offer consumers exactly what they want; this has resulted in the creation of an unrivaled penis pump that literally leaves every other competitor device in the shadows!

You decide.

Penomet can be used in the shower, bathtub, or simply on its own as a conventional air penis pump. Our revolutionary AquaPressure system delivers the optimal vacuum necessary for optimal results regardless of how you use your Penomet.

What makes the Penomet so Special?

Unlike other penis pumps on the market, Penomet is genuinely unique in its design. It offers five interchangeable gaiters that allow you to gradually and safely increase the pressure of the device – you can achieve gains of up to 65% faster when compared to using a pump with a fixed, single gaiter setting.

See the results in just 15 minutes! Try one out today and see how Penomet can change your life

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