Penis Pumps That Actually Work [UPDATED]

A penis pump is a plastic tube that is placed over the penis as a way to help men maintain an erection. The pump is attached to a tube and a constrictive ring at the bottom of the penis. The pump and cylinder are used together to create an erection.

Basically, it is a vacuum pump that manually gives the penis an erection. The pump is used to make a vacuum seal so that blood rushes to the penis. Although the ring can remain at the base of the penis during intercourse, the best type of penis pump has a quick release function that allows you to quickly release the vacuum to avoid pain and injury.


Bathmate is one of the few devices in the male enhancement world that can give you permanent gains. With the Bathmate, you can see a permanent increase in length and girth if you use it consistently for six to eight months. It’s easy to use. You literally put it on in the shower for 30 minutes a day which is enough to make gains. If you’re new to male enhancement you can gain an inch with the Bathmate within the first year.

There’s an immediate change in your size, mostly girth, but some length. Albeit they are temporary but over time they become permanent. Regardless, they last long enough to take those gains to the bedroom. And the longer you use the pump the longer the perpetual pump will stay around.

One thing I would like to point out is using the Bathmate is fun because its easy to use and feels good unlike jelqing which takes times, commitment, and is very tedious and boring. Bathmate makes the male enhancement process fun. For new guys to male enhancement, Bathmate will deliver satisfying and permanent results.

Check out my Bathmate Hydromax Review.


This device is designed for men with a minimum 7-inch penile length, although it can be used for sizes up to 8.5 inches in length and a girth of 6.7 inches max. This is the least expensive device available, but many men find it to be very effective.

HydroMax X20

This device is designed for men with a maximum penile length of 5.5 inches. It helps men to grow as large as 7.5 inches in length and 5.5 inches in girth.

HydroMax X30

This device is designed for men with an erect penis length in the range of 7 to 10 inches. It can also accommodate men with a max girth of 7.9 inches.


This is the largest penis extender because it can accommodate men with a penis length in the range of 9 to 10.5 inches. It can also accommodate men with a max girth of 9 inches. This penis extender is so large that you could put a Hercules penis extender inside of it


Penomet is a popular penis pump that has gotten good reviews. I tested it for a couple of weeks to see how comfortable it was and whether I could get any gains out of it. Penomet is a water assisted penis pump that allows you to gradually and safely increase the pressure used to increase the size of your penis. Penomet is sold in three different packages that vary by strength.

How It Works

You put your penis in the base of the pump and pump it several times to create suction until you can’t do anymore and then release it using the safety valve at the top. When you pump it draws blood to your penis and expands the tissue. One thing I like about it is you can put your penis is flaccid. You can wear it in or out of your bath since it’s comfortable and easy to wear. However, if you do use it as an air pump it’s recommended that you apply a lubricant to the base to keep the suction in.

Penomet retails for around the same price as a penis extender. The user guide is quite useful and has a lot of information and tips you don’t get with other penis pumps. It’s important to clean the device after use and I found the supplied cleaning product handy. This prevents bacterial infection – especially if you use it a lot.

Another cool thing is you can actually measure your gains on the side of the tube since it comes with a rule measured in inches and centimeters. Some of the cheaper pumps on the market only use stick on rulers which can come off if you’re taking a bath.

Check out my Penomet penis pump review.

How they Work

Penis pumps are easy enough to use and do not require any professional supervision. Note however that different model may be operated differently, which means that you need to read the instructions carefully. Generally, the penis pump is used by following the steps provided below:

  • The cylinder is where you place the penis while carefully increasing the pressure. You should be able to feel your penis expanding at this point.
  • Continue exposure to pressure for 15 minutes straight. This counts as one set with beginners advised to restrict their sets to just three every workout. Note that there should be 15 minutes interval between each set to give the penis time to recuperate.
  • During the 15 minutes, you have to make sure that the pressure remains constant — never going down but not exceeding the safety levels either.
  • The rule of thumb is that you can gradually increase the pressure every 5 minutes — but only if you’re NOT experiencing any pain.
  • After using the pump, remove the cylinder and start massaging your shaft to restore blood flow.

Erectile dysfunction is a problem that some men face when they get older. There are also those who suffer from this condition due to medical conditions. Penis pumps are a good way to handle erectile dysfunction for many reasons. However, understand that there is no proof that they can make your penis bigger on a permanent basis. But they can help you to maintain what you already have.

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Although a prescription is not needed to get a penis pump, it is recommended that you speak with your doctor before making a penis pump selection. There are many different pumps on the market, and your doctor may be able to recommend one that is both safe and effective. When opting for a penis pump to treat erectile dysfunction, tell your doctor about all of your current medical conditions and medications.


It has been proven that around 50 to 80 percent of penis pump users find this tool very effective for treating erectile dysfunction, and this can be said for the following reasons:

  • Penis pumps are not as invasive as other options for treating erectile dysfunction. There aren’t as many side effects or complications associated with using them. The same cannot be said for options such as penile injections.
  • Penis pumps are a wonderful way to obtain and maintain erectile function after certain types of surgeries or therapies.
  • Penis pumps are more affordable than many other erectile dysfunction treatments. They are priced in the range of $300-$500. Be advised that battery-powered pumps are slightly more expensive. But using a penis pump is cheaper than having to dish out money for medications or injections that are associated with other treatment options.
  • Penis pumps can help men who have certain medical conditions that hinder sexual activity. They help with their erections when there is a problem with either girth or length, which can heighten the sexual experience.

How to Choose a Penis Pump

A large part of the pump’s effectiveness lies on how compatible it is for your needs. For this reason, it’s crucial for you to personally choose a pump and make the most out of the exercise. Following are the different factors to consider when making your choice:

  • Transparent Cylinder — the first thing to consider would be the cylinder where the penis will be placed. This is important since you will want to keep your eye on this body part while proceeding with the exercise. The first few red flags are visual in nature including discoloration which would be hard to notice with an opaque cylinder.
  • Prescription — if your doctor suggested the penis pump, chances are they will direct you to a specific brand. it’s best to follow this suggestion since they’re tried and tested by a professional.
  • Size — find a pump that is perfect for your size. It should be small enough not to squish the scrotum but large enough to provide for growth along the sides. If too tight, you’ll find that the pressure becomes too much and the penis gets packed in tightly with no additional room for girth. This results to an elongated penis but without the additional width to balance the change.
  • Gauge and Release Valve — look for a pump that comes with these features. The gauge and release valve lets you control the pressure, therefore ensuring that you wouldn’t go beyond the “safety” levels.
  • Ease of Use — it’s important to note that some pumps can be hard to use, especially if you’re using it for the first time. Take the time to read reviews about the product and find out if it is a good purchaser for beginners. Through reviews, you should also be able to find out other information such as the durability of the model, how effective it is and more.

Risks and Safety

Although penis pumps have been proven safe and effective, this might not always be the case for some users. Males are advised to clean the cylinder thoroughly before using the product, preferably by dipping it in hot water or using liquid hand soap. In addition to benefits of using penis pumps, there are also the following risks:

  • Medications – There is a greater chance of experiencing excessive bleeding if you take blood thinners such as aspirin, ibuprofen or other over the counter medications.
    Medical Conditions – A penis pump cannot be used if you have certain blood disorders such as sickle cell anemia. This is because there is a higher risk of getting blood clots. This is why it is important that you talk to your physician about your medical history before using a penis pump to treat erectile dysfunction.

Side Effects

  • Red Dots – These are little dots that are known as Petechiae. They are the result of bleeding underneath the skin.
  • Numbness – The penis is numbed as a result of the constrictive ring at the base.
  • Pain – If you don’t know how to properly use a penis pump, it can cause you to have pain, injury or bruising. The lack of knowledge can also result in the user not having a natural erection
  • Bruising – The penis shaft may easily bruise, but this usually disappears within a couple of days.
  • Weaker ejaculation – This happens because the constriction ring stops a small amount of semen during orgasm. Usually, this does not interfere with orgasm, and it is not a cause for alarm.

Using a penis pump to treat erectile dysfunction is a great option for older men or for those who have problems keeping an erection due to certain medical conditions. They are very effective and a common choice for men who need a safe and affordable way to treat erectile dysfunction.

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Mark Alexander is a fitness enthusiast who enjoys the sunny weather of California. He currently studies nutrition and holistic living.

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