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Even if you’ve never used a penis pump, if you’ve seen “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery,” you know exactly what one looks like. In a scene from the film, Powers has just been thawed out from being cryogenically frozen for decades. When retrieving his belongings, a penis pump (described as a “vacuum constriction device”) is plucked from the basket.
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“That’s not mine!” he exclaims. “I don’t even know what this is, this sort of thing isn’t my bag, baby.” The scene continues in a similar effect, ultimately positioning the object as a cheap gag. But the reality is, a penis pump can serve a serious purpose.
What Is a Penis Pump?
A penis pump is a viable and safe treatment option for those who have difficulties achieving or maintaining an erection by reversing atrophy and pulling blood-flow into the penis. Considering 50 percent of men experience erectile function problems by their middle-age and one in four men under 40 have reported erectile issues, it is an item you may benefit from becoming familiar with. Additionally, penis male pumps can also be used for enlargement, with men who use them reporting that they can make an erection up to one to three inches larger, and even 25 percent girthier.
The item consists of a tube (often made of glass or plastic) that fits over the penis, a hand or battery-powered pump attached to the tube, and a construction ring that fits around the base of the penis when erect. Reports by the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists found that between 56 percent and 67 percent of men who’ve used a penis pump report that it is effective. The device is also believed to be a safer alternative to erectile dysfunction pills which may cause hard side effects like fainting, headaches, and blurred vision.
What Are the Risks of Using a Penis Pump?
Though considered one of the less risky treatments available for ED, there are still some minor ailments to watch out for when using a penis pump. Since the erection is not achieved naturally this way, the penis may be more purple in color (and a bit numb), but don’t fret — it happens. “When vacuum erection devices (aka ‘penis pumps’) are misused, they can cause bruising, skin stretching, and nerve damage that lowers sensation,” says Susan Bratton, a sex advisor and author of the “Pump Guide.” These bruises are often painless and generally last a few days. To avoid damage, it is recommended you follow the safety guidelines provided with your pump.
If your particular device doesn’t come with instructions, Bratton suggests not using it. She also advises against using another item around the house (even novelty products found in many sex shops) as an alternative. “Proper pumps are medical devices approved by the FDA for erectile dysfunction,” she says, remarking that jelqing (the act of manually stretching the penile tissue) is a dangerous albeit popular alternative as men can bruise, overstretch and hurt their penises by jelqing too hard. “A quality pump is an investment in reversing erectile dysfunction, restoring tissue that has atrophied due to lack of intimacy or illness and for penis enlargement.”
How to Properly Use a Penis Pump
Though you should still follow the instructions provided for each individual device, most penis pumps tend to work the same way. Trimming or shaving any pubic hair near the base of your penis is suggested so that it doesn’t get caught in the ring. Before using the pump, it’s also a good idea to apply a lubricant to the penis so it doesn’t pull coming out. Then, place the pump over your penis, pumping the air out of the cylinder using low vacuum pressure. Once the penis is erect, with the help of lubricant, release the vacuum and remove the pump.
“If the pump is left on too long or pumped too tightly, it can potentially harm the blood vessels and tissue in the penis,” says Dr. Steven McGough, Director of Research and Development at Women and Couples Wellness. “This can sometimes cause small blood vessels to bleed resulting in small red spots called petechiae to form on the penis.”
Batton recommends using the pump every other day to allow for some rest and recovery. If you choose to pair your pump with a cock ring (which will help maintain a harder erection), limit the use of the ring to 30 minutes – any longer than that can cut off circulation to your penis and cause serious harm.