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Penis Pumps: The Healthy Way, The American Way

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The Secret to an Instant Erection: Penis Pumps

When I first discovered pumping, I associated it exclusively with men who felt their penises were too small and men with erectile dysfunction. Oh, how much I had to learn! Penis Pumps are one of the most misunderstood, under-respected and most effective and radical sex toys out there. While almost all other toys focus on facilitating ejaculation, only pumps can get you hard, make you huge and get you off. Given all that I’ve personally learned over the past few years, I thought it was time to write a more definitive article on pumps and pumping.

Why Use Penis Pumps?

The most common reason people pump is for enlargement. And the most common question I receive is whether or not pumping actually works. The answer is a definitive yes (the physiology behind pumping is pretty straight forward: essentially, the vacuum created by the pump draws blood into your penis, causing an erection. Most men will then use a cock ring to maintain their erection by preventing the blood from flowing out of the penis). But what many do not know is that pumping can permanently increase the girth and length of your penis—and any other parts you choose to pump. Although timelines for permanent results can vary dramatically, regular pumpers usually see lasting effects between 1 and six months of use. And many men report that after sustained pumping, they not only have larger erections, they get their erections much easier and faster.

While enlargement is the most common reason people use penis pumps, it’s hardly the only or most compelling reason. Many people use penis pumps to help get an erection. A minute with the pump and a cock ring can get the job done quickly and effectively when nature needs a little nudge (and this is not only the case for men with ED, sometimes fatigue, stress or being hung over requires extra help when the bell rings unexpectedly). Many people pump to augment an aspect of their penis, such as girth, or head size, or length or a combination. Many people fetishize a certain shape and like to achieve a remarkable size to display and impress themselves and others. There are pumps designed exclusively to enlarge the head and scrotum, for instance. There are pumps to enlarge the anus, nipples, tits, labia, etc.. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be or look like to have a bigger…whatever…you can pump it up.

But there’s another really powerful aspect of pumping that doesn’t get enough airplay: the ability to quickly and naturally augment your sexual parts to provide your partner with a completely different sexual encounter. Sure, you can buy a strap-on with a large dildo or a penis extender, but you can also hand your partner the pump, have them pump you up, have them watch your cock magically transform from a flaccid penis to an enormous rock-hard rod—and then you can fuck them with your new super-hero penis. There is no other toy that can provide the visuals and experience that I just described. In addition to the health benefits, the ability to enable erections, the ability to enlarge and permanently increase size and the fetish factor enabled by these toys, pumps create the potential for unique foreplay and role play. Pump your dick up big, tell your blindfolded partner to reach out and grab your huge cock, and watch the look of surprise wash over them. And don’t forget that women can pump, too. Ever wonder what it would be like to move up a cup size? Ever want bigger nipples? Ever want to completely transform your/her pussy? Well, there’s a pump for that.

How to Use Penis Pumps:

Given the fact that you are messing with extremely important parts of your body, this is not the time to skimp on quality. There are lots of pumps out there, and some of the lower cost items are adequate if you’re only interested in an occasional pump to get an erection or temporarily increase size/girth. But if you have any intention of pumping regularly, the extra money you spend on a quality pumping kit will come back to you in spades over time. Why, you might ask? Well:

  • Pumps like those by LA Pump go through rigorous quality testing and are made right here in the USA. That means the manufacturers have a high level of control over the product;
  • Unlike companies that offer pumps as one of many products, LA Pump ONLY sells pumps. This means their entire business depends on their customers not only enjoying the product but spreading the word about the product;
  • By having distinct, replaceable parts for the cylinder, the valve, the tubing and the pump, if one piece breaks you can replace that piece without compromising the entire product. With other pumps, if one piece goes, the produce is toast;
  • Companies that only offer one or a few different sizes of pumps are not in it for the long haul. People who plan to pump over time need a product that will grow with their increased size and tolerance. Companies like LA Pump not only have a variety of sizes, they will even custom make cylinders! And again, because the parts are all discrete, you can use your existing pump and tubing with your new cylinder.
  • If you’re just getting started or don’t already know the pressure (PSI) you should aim for while pumping, it is VERY important to purchase a pump with an accurate pressure gauge. LA Pump offers a pump with a gauge that’s extremely high quality and accurate.

One of the most important aspects of penis pumps is understanding the role of pressure. I was shocked to learn that the target pressure is between 2-5 PSI. I have been pumping until purple, holding on as long as possible and then releasing pressure, only to repeat the process (I learned this is called ‘dynamic pumping’). I’ve since learned that experienced pumpers aim for much lower levels and allow their penis to swell in a more humane way. This also helps minimize bruising and blistering. Beginning pumpers should remain at a lower PSI (2-3) until their comfortable with more pressure (3-5 PSI). But many pumpers achieve results with 2 PSI, so don’t think more pressure means better results: it’s just the opposite, in fact!

Many of the pumpers I spoke with who use penis pumps for permanent gains described a similar process: they would pump up and read a book or watch TV for 20-30 minutes, just letting their cocks expand and remain in the cylinder.  I’m a pleasure-pumper, so my approach is totally different. I like to pump for the pleasure of it and incorporate it into my sex life—whether that’s solo or partnered. And all of the partners I’ve told about pumping are immediately and intensely curious to watch me pump. I’ve found pumping to be an incredibly fun, low-stress form of foreplay.

Because pumping is often coupled with the use of cock rings, you should consider using a pump with a cylinder that you can slip your ring onto and then easily slide it off the cylinder and onto your erect penis when you finish pumping. Again, LA Pump makes a  pump without a flange specifically for this reason: the flush cylinder allows easy placement and removal of the ring around the cylinder.

If you’d like pump, consider the following:

Lubricate you penis with a water-based lube before inserting it into the cylinder. This allows the penis to be easily drawn into and out of the cylinder. You can also improve the vacuum seal by placing lube around the base of the cylinder. If you are particularly hairy, trimming at the base of the penis will improve the seal as well.

Insert you cock into the cylinder, hold the cylinder against your groin and pump gently until you find the best comfort level for you. While everyone’s threshold is different, you should aim to pump between 2-4 PSI. Aim to pump to a level of comfort and never beyond that point. Pain is not good when it comes to pumping. Best results are achieved by pumping four times a week at pressure levels below 5 PSI for 15 minutes a session. More advanced pumpers can pump 2-3 sessions per day, with a rest period of 10-15 minutes between each session with pressure levels between 4-6 PSI.

With pumping, heat is your friend. Warmth helps expand and soften tissue. Hence, pumping in the bath, shower or hot tub is a lot easier than pumping in the snow. Make sure your penis pumps are rated for water use if pumping in wet environments.

When you finish pumping, massage whatever area you’ve pumped. Circulating blood immediately after pumping will help improve the effectiveness of your session.

Scrotum Pumping

This was new to me. Although I’ve used pumps for years, I had no idea people pumped their ball sacks as well. Awesome! And as is always the case with pumping, it’s not just to enlarge, it’s also to compensate for medical issues that have affected the size of ones testis. But the main draw seems to be for the fetish community, who loves nothing more than a grand show! And what could possibly be better than enormous balls as a backdrop to your enormous cock! Seriously, once you see just how large people can pump their cock and balls in one tube, you’ll faint. And when you wake, you’ll want to pump your balls! Just to get an idea of what I’m talking about, take your second finger and thumb from both hands and create a circle by touching their tips—that’s how wide your cock and balls can be! No joke, I’ve seen it! Just look at some of the pumps that accommodate this unique and stunning form of pumping.

LA Pump has pumps for advanced and beginner scrotum pumpers. Their large cylinders allow you to put all of your stuff in the cylinder while the advanced pumps have separate chambers for your balls and your cock, so you can pump them separately. The issue with the more advanced pumps is learning how to elegantly enter and exit the chambers.

Foreskin Pumping

I had my foreskin taken from me without my permission or consent. And I think that is the case for most of us. And if, like me, you wonder what it would be like to have your foreskin back, or if you’d like to sport a more euro look, pumping allows just that! When I first saw a foreskin pump I had no idea what it was: A small cylinder…a ball in the cylinder…wtf? Well, that ball is the magic that conjures the foreskin fairy. As the suction increases, the ball moves down, pressing against the head as the skin moves around the ball. Over time (and we’re talking 3-12 weeks), the skin elongates and wraps around the head. And voila! Foreskin!

If you’re considering foreskin pumping, here are some guidelines to follow:

Put a generous amount of lube on your head, your cock and the cylinder. Carefully pull the skin over the ball. Attach the pump to the foreskin cylinder and then place the cylinder over the foreskin and then insert your penis with the ball in place into the cylinder. Pump gently to draw the foreskin around the foreskin ball and into the foreskin cylinder. Go slowly and stop if there is any pain. You may have to readjust the ball and experiment with pumping pressure.

Anal Pumps, aka Rosebud

Pumping of the anus, also known as Rosebud pumping, results in increased sensitivity and stunning visuals. This is generally considered to be a partner activity, as it may be difficult to operate alone. For best results, use a good silicone lube over the rod before inserting into your anus. Then slowly pump your anus to achieve the storied ‘rosebud’ effect.

This is NOT a beginner or casual pumping technique. This is often used to help prepare fore anal fisting or other advanced anal play. You should read a variety of the forums on anal pumping before attempting this.

Hygene: Cleaning Your Penis Pumps

You should clean your equipment after every use and completely dry it before storage. Use a mild antibacterial detergent to clean the cylinder (avoid detergents with harsh chemicals or abrasive materials in odor to retain the clarity of your cylinder). 

For more in depth and professional information, check out our video with LA Pumps owner, Chris Kalev on our YouTube channel and subscribe!


The Art of Sex: The Best Sex Tips for Foreplay

How to Gamify Your Sex Life: Toys and the Art of Foreplay

Creating ‘the mood’ usually conjures up images of romantic dinners, candles, music, soft lighting, sexy talk, etc. While just fine, they’re not exactly unique scenarios and they usually don’t result in relationship growth. Toys, however, are great transitions to sexy-time, offer genuine opportunities to explore new sexual dynamics and open the door to intimacy and profound trust. What’s really unique about toys is that they make the process of moving from a normal evening into a heated bedroom session so fun: in short, they ‘gamify’ sex! Here are just a few examples of how toys can bridge foreplay and orgasm.

What Sex Toy to Buy Your Man and How to Use It

Straight men are WAY behind the curve in experimenting with sex toys to enhance both self-pleasure and partner sex, and a lot of guys are really embarrassed to even talking about toys, let alone buy and use them. In short, they can use some help.

Most straight men are pretty cock-centric and penetration-focussed when it comes to their idea of pleasure—so there are certainly a lot of toys that meet that need. But toys can also be used to enhance partner sex, explore new boundaries and develop a better understanding of each other’s bodies and interests. So let’s take a quick look at toys that are effective and fun, but let’s also talk about how you might introduce the toy in ways that will have him begging for more—toys, that is

Flavored Lube: Would You Like Blueberry or Strawberry with Your BJ?

Flavored Lubes Make Oral Sex Fun–and Tasty!

When considering the effectiveness of any toy or product, I like to look at whether the it offers stress-free and fun ways to enjoy new experiences. In this light, flavored lubes just might be the best gateway drug for sex there is. Dribbling lube over your cock and asking your partner to tell you which flavor they prefer is both fun and incredibly sexy! Seriously: when I received my first set of flavored lubes, I did just that: I squirted it over my hard cock and asked my partner what they thought of the flavor. Then I squeezed another sample over my cock and asked the same. And again, until they had tasted them all. I approached it all very professionally and when they found a flavor they liked and started to devour my tasty cock, I had to literally pull them from me with an audible ‘POP!’ as their taught lips left the tip.

Why Straight Men Need Their Own Box of Dildos and Vibrators

When men don’t know the toys they use with their lovers, they’re pretty much guaranteed to use them poorly. You need to USE the toys yourself in order to understand how they work and what they feel like. If you don’t want to buy them, you can always go to a store with good sales reps and get to know the toys better by holding them, seeing how they feel, how they buzz, etc.

The Best Sex Toys for Couples (And How to Use Them)

The great opportunity to incorporate toys into our partner sex is generally lost because we often approach the topic with the wrong perspective: it’s not about purchasing toys that are marketed as ‘Couples Toys’ that will magically induce orgasms where none existed before, but rather it’s about incorporating your solo sex practices into your partner sex.

Neon Wand: One of the Best Toys for Partner Sex

It is hard not to love the Neon Wand, both as an object and as a sex toy. It is beautiful, fun, and versatile. I liked it the first time I used it, but I didn’t buy one immediately because I wasn’t sure I would actually work it into my sex life if I owned one. At the time I may have been right about that, but the problem was not with the toy but with my sex life.

Luckily, my sex life (and my creativity around sex!) improved since I first used the the Neon Wand, which is now one of my overall favorite toys — for partner sex (second only to my big silicon cock and strap-on harness!).

The Fleshlight Versus Blewit!

All the ‘stick your dick in it’ fantasy-driven marketing and tight association with porn blatantly betrays the transparent intentions of the Fleshlight’s founder. Blewit!, on the other hand, is the cock-child of the former CEO of Aneris, and the altruistic goals stem from a corporate culture dedicated to using self-pleasure as a springboard to sexual enlightenment. The Blewit! is positioned as the humble flag-bearer of a burgeoning movement that is akin to a sexual revolution for men.

Shock Therapy Sack Strap & Cock Sock Review

If you’ve never tried electrostim before, you might think that shocking yourself (especially on your junk) is only for masochists. Electrostim can be painful, but isn’t always, and the new sensations can be highly pleasurable if you find the right tools and the right intensity levels. If you are nervous about subjecting your cock and balls to this new sensation, you can use these electrostim toys anywhere else on your body. If you do attach the electrodes to your most sensitive bits, rest assured there is no significant risk of damaging the goods.

Masturbating with the Tryst (and Some of Its Contemporaries)

The boxcover copy for the Multi-Erogenous Zone Massager says it’s “as versatile as your desire,” and that’s not far from the truth. It looks like a tuning fork designed by Salvador Dali; if you put googly eyes on it, it would look like an alien straight out of a Pixar cartoon. Soft silicon with a rigid core, the Tryst looks feminine enough that you might at first wonder what you as a penis-equipped American can do with it, but the answer is “a lot.”

Why You Should Try a Real-Feel Doll: An Adventure with the “Fuck Me Silly Sista”

The Fuck Me Silly Sista Mega Masturbator turned out to be a lot more interesting – and useful – than I thought it would. Here’s why: Using it involves so much more than the same old hand and wrist action that it’s almost deceptive to think of it as just a masturbator; the makers of Fleshlights sometimes call them Stamina Training Units, but the Sista is almost a Sex Training Unit.

Masturbating With The Lelo Hugo Prostrate Stimulator

The shape of this toy makes it easy to use it hands-free once I insert it. This is a great feature, since it is often difficult to stay coordinated stroking my cock and holding a buttplug at the same time in the middle of an orgasm (especially a good one). Also, if you are worried about it being messy, you can finish up your masturbation session and then go remove the toy afterward in the bathroom or shower. A lot of toys claim to allow this kind of hands-free experience, but in practice they tend to pop right out once I start to come. The Hugo is quite good at staying in place.

Masturbating With The M-Gasm Wand Attachment

I have sampled a lot of sex toys over the years, and most of them fail to catch my interest beyond passing novelty. The M-Gasm attachment is one of the few toys I will probably make a part of my regular masturbation routine. It feels amazing, it’s affordable, it doesn’t take up much space, and it lets me have a different experience than I usually have in masturbation. That is really all I can ask for from a masturbation toy.

Masturbating With The Mast-Bot Super-Powered Stroker

The Mast-Bot Super-Powered Stroker is an interesting tool that requires some innovation to make it worth your while. In form, it resembles nothing quite so much as a fat lightsaber hilt with a Sarlacc mouth where the emitter matrix would be. The Sarlacc mouth, fortunately, is just a soft TPR (thermoplastic rubber) sleeve built to stroke your cock, instead of digesting it for a thousand years. The trick to the Mast-Bot is that it just pushes that chamber up and down your cock, exactly like a Sawz-all type fucking machine except with a pussy on the end instead of a dildo – it’s only about four inches deep, but that’s plenty to work your head and frenulum, which leaves the rest of your cock open for other sensations.

You can use the Mast-Bot as a plain old stroker, holding it in your hand like any other, and get yourself off pretty quickly if that’s what you want, but I decided to try and make it part of something more complete.

Love Botz Rotating Masturbator Review

It is rare, in the current stage of my career as a slut, to find a really new type of sex toy that I genuinely haven’t tried before. That is what drew me to the Love Botz Rotating Masturbator. Almost all of the obvious combinations of USB powered gadgets with masturbation aids have already been tried ad nauseum, so why hadn’t I ever tried a rotating masturbation sleeve before? Is it that hard to attach a cordless drill to a Fleshlight?

There are many things that drew my interest to this particular toy and one of them is the high tech aesthetics of this fuck sleeve. I need to give credit where credit is due; this toy looks really cool!. It could have come off the set of a porn parody of Tron.

Doc Johnson Super Stretch Stimulator Sleeves: Armed with Versatility

Not every sex toy comes in handy for male masturbation, female masturbation or couples’ play, but here’s a pack with sexytime uses for all three. That’s the fun of the Super Stretch Stimulator Sleeves, a Doc Johnson pack of textured, stretchy phallus sleeves that can be used as cock rings, penis sleeves and/or ticklers. All of these stimulator sleeves have solid solo potential on penises, fingers or vibrators, though some are better suited for male masturbation pleasure than others.

The Super Stretch Stimulator Sleeve assortment is a box of seven clear, rubbery, open-ended penis sleeves of varying sizes. They can be applied to dicks, dildos and fingertips to deliver french tickler-style stimulation to the penetratee.

Masturbating With The Robo Suck 3 Pump With UR3 Vagina Donut

What really makes this genre of toy unique is the way it fetishizes your own cock. You slip your limp dick in and – voila! – it grows! Most people think of the pump as something that enlarges your cock, but it’s usually used to create an erection and, when used with a cock ring, maintain that erection long enough to have sex — alone or with others. The Robo Suck is battery operated and has a nice the little rubber ‘vagina donut’ entry slot. If you turn the pump on and slip the tip of your cock between the lips, the pump sucks you right in and transforms your limp dick into something of pornstar caliber. This is all about watching your cock mutate right before your eyes into a swollen rod with veins throbbing down your column. It takes on a life of its own! The sound of the pump gains a higher pitch as your cock fills the chamber and the suction becomes increasingly intense, to the point where you wonder if it’s going to pull your cock right off. So the building anxiety about potentially exploding your dick adds an entirely unique erotic charge. It’s sort of like the ‘bubble machine’ scene in Willy Wonka as Charlie and Grandpa drift dangerously close to the giant fan.