By far, using a pump is the safest method to achieve a firm, full erection, especially for anyone with medical conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure who cannot take the various drugs available (by prescription or herbal supplement). The increased sensitivity – and firmness possibly not seen since age 17 – make pump use a great addition to either lovemaking or to self-play activities.
Pumps are small vacuum cylinders that slide over the penis. Depending on the design, they have a squeeze bulb or a trigger handle, which sucks the air out of the cylinder through a hose. The vacuum causes the penis to expand and fill up the cylinder. When the man is ready to remove the cylinder, he presses a release valve to break the vacuum seal.
This expansion is great for men who have trouble getting fully erect (or staying that way). The thickness can last from a few hours to several days, depending how much pressure is used and how long the pump is left on the penis.
There are several factors to pleasurable pump play. Here are a few tips:
- Find one of the penis rings available that has handles. Stretch it around the base of the pump before getting started, then pull it off the column onto your engorged penis once you have achieved the hardness desired. The ring keeps the firmness there after you release the vacuum pressure by keeping the blood from leaving. (Only leave a penis ring on for 30 minutes at a time to allow the blood to circulate.)
- Avoid applying a sudden increase or decrease in the vacuum. Squeeze the bulb slowly. Release the vacuum bulb gradually. This prevents blood vessels from breaking and leaving bruises on the penis.
- If you don’t have a vacuum gauge on your model, count the number of presses and releases so you have a baseline you can work from to gradually increase the vacuum over time.
- Start slowly and work up over time.