The Ultimate Guide To Pussy Pumps 
& The Best Options Available

Written by: Angela Watson | Updated: December 6th, 2019

The sex toy industry is quite vast, in fact it is a lot more vast than anyone would assume. There's a wide array of sexual enhancers or accessory products that function greatly to improve our sex lives in ways that can't be understated. The mighty pussy pump is one of such accessory items.

Of course, you might not even have heard of a pussy pump before, much less understand why they're desirable in the first place. I don't blame you for that one bit!

As far as niche sex toys go a pussy pump might just take the #1 spot while still being amazingly useful & truly not that outlandish at the end of the day.

To help our readers understand the scope of these devices and what they're capable of, this article is going to function as a comprehensive look at pussy pumps, how to use them properly, and of course which ones should be chosen. Luckily there's no shortage of pumps out there so I'm extremely convinced there's one out there for everybody.

What Is A Pussy Pump?

In simplest terms a pussy pump is a device that's used to create suction around the vagina & all of its associated structures. Depending on the size a pussy pump can cover the entire groin area or be focused more on just the labia or the clitoris. 

A chamber is placed down on the vaginal area that is connected to a pump system. When the pump system is activated, a vacuum is created and the chamber becomes pressurized. The effect this has on the vagina & surrounding tissue is an increase of blood flow to the area.

Complexity of an given pussy pump varies wildly.  Most make use of a simple bulb system and its up to you, the user, to figure out how much of a vacuum you'd like to create. A fancier pussy pump might come with an air pressure gauge to help you better replicate your preferred level of suction as well as a more ergonomic way to activate the pump. The other ways to activate the pump are either small variations on the bulb method or entirely electronic.

Finally, the last part of a pussy pump that's worth taking note of is a quick-release valve or button meant to immediately remove pressure from the equation. This valve works as your panic button should you overdo it as well as how you will eliminate the vacuum once everything is said and done.

Why Would I Want To Use One?

Using a pussy pump is a very effective way to increase sexual pleasure by exploiting simple biological nuances. The way a pussy pump can increase sensation in the vagina is that it increases bloodflow to the clitoris, labia, and surrounding vaginal tissue.

When more blood is forced into those parts of a woman's body, they firstly become much larger to the eye and secondly much more sensitive to the touch. An engorged clitoris is much more sensitive than one that is not engorged. Typically blood flow increases to a woman's genitals during heightened states of arousal, using a pump is just weaponizing physics to get the most amount of blood there in the easiest way possible.

The vagina will not remain completely engorged forever once the pump is taken away, but it will remain engorged to some degree for a worthwhile amount of time afterwards. For this reason, many couples integrate pussy pumps into their foreplay regimen for much more explosively sensual sessions in the bedroom.

The engorged look of the vagina is also an appealing aspect for these devices. We're very visual creatures when it comes to sex so the appearance of an engorged and ready to go vagina & clitoris is enough on it's own to get some people pumping. The added pleasure is definitely a nice added side effect. Vibrant and inviting, a pussy pump can really help with the aesthetics of a vagina.

How To Use A Pussy Pump

Using a pussy pump isn't a huge or complicated endeavor but it is important to use them properly if you want the most benefit.

Improper use of these devices can result in discomfort or injury, so please take the time to at least do a quick skim of the headings to each individual step.

The overall procedure isn't extremely difficult. All you'll need is your pump of choice and some water based lube and the rest will all fall into place quickly.

Lube Up The Rim Of The Pump

Once the pressure inside the chamber starts to build the rim will become fastened to your crotch. To make this as comfortable and stress-free as possible, start by applying enough water based lube to the rim of the device to make it slick to the touch. Don't worry about going too far, you can always wipe a bit off later and I personally find that most pumps do just fine even if you over apply.

Place The Pump & Create A Seal

Now using your hands, apply the pump to the desired area depending on the size of the chamber and push it down to create a seal. The seal vital as you won't be able to create a vacuum without it. You will have to apply downwards force during this step to ensure the seal is kept.

Make Your Initial Pumps

This step will allow you to remove your hand from the chamber itself. Simply pump one to three times to see if your seal is adequate. If everything has gone right, the pump should now be secured in palce all on its own thanks to the minimal vacuum created.

Pump To The Desired Pressure Level

You can now slowly begin activating the pump with the bulb similar component until you reach the amount of suction you're comfortable with. I recommend using slow, calculated pumps and seeing how you feel for a few moments after each one, especially when you're starting out. It's normal for the sensation to be strange or mildly uncomfortable, but if you at any point ever feel legitimate pain you should hit the quick release valve immediately and consider waiting some time before trying again.

As you use the pump more and more, you'll be able to find the best level of suction that mixes all of the blood flow enhancing benefits without any discomfort whatsoever.

Leave The Pump Pressurized

Now comes the point where you let the pump work its magic. Simply leave the pump engaged for 5-15 minutes to allow your blood to rush into the area. You should be able to notice visually the blood flowing in and you'll also start feeling much more sensitive in that area.

Remove The Pump & Prepare For Your Next Moves

After enough time has passed you can now hit the quick release valve to get rid of the vacuum and remove the pump. Place the pump where ever you want at this point.

There's no rush to get down to business, the blood will remain in your vagina for some time so don't worry like you need to immediately pivot into sexual activity to get the most out of your pumping sessions. I find that the suction has a slight drying effect on my genitalia so having the lube you used earlier on hand to help make things a bit more slick is highly recommended in my book.

It also might take you a bit to get used to just how sensitive you are now. There's no shame in waiting a little bit to allow yourself time to adapt to this new feeling so your body can settle in properly.

Once you think you're ready to go you can feel free to begin your masturbatory or sexual adventure however you see fit.

The Best Pussy Pumps Available

This in-house developed pussy pump is the one I'd absolutely recommend as anyone's first pussy pump. The clear construction keeps you fully in the loop as to what's going on within the chamber the whole time.

Instead of having just one valve near the chamber there is also a valve by the bulb itself. That means that if you have a partner using the pump they can release the pressure themselves if necessary. That's a huge part of why I suggest this pump above all others.

Also in its benefit is its low price point and effective level of suction. It'll be quite a few sessions before most people would want to move to something with a bit more power or added features. 

The chamber is made from stiff plastic, it's easy to get a seal and with enough lube it sits on the vagina very comfortably.


So this set is less a direct pussy pump and more of a cupping set, but the principles used are mostly the exact same and I like how there are multiple sizes of cups which allow you to decide just how much of your body you'd like to subject to suction.

Instead of a bulb there's a very ergonomic handle that can be used to add suction bit by bit. The suction ceiling of this toy is much higher than the Lovehoney Supreme Sensation kit, so starting slow and not going full blast is key with this toy. It's sold mainly as an addition to BDSM play, with a focus on being able to leave marks on the body.

That means you should be extremely careful when using this particular model!

The release valves are found on the top of each individual cup which come in sizes of 2.5'', 2'', and 1.5'' in diameter.

Each of the cups are made from hard plastic. Remember, this toy is an absolute powerhouse, consider some other options on this list if you'd rather go too little pressure than too much.


Why wait until the pump has been removed to get the action started? This pussy pump has added vibrations to give you a head start on your quest to reach climax.

Sure, it's another toy with a shell made of hard plastic, but there is a significant improvement in that there's a rubber seal around the edge that some might find a bit easier to deal with. It's a full sized cup that will cover the entirety of the vagina, a good amount of force will be necessary to maintain the seal and get suction going.

Built in to the top of the cup is a vibrating egg controlled with a wired remote that requires two AA batteries that are unfortunately not included.

The sensations it brings aren't targeted but they do bring up the pleasure levels enough to be worthwhile. 

The cup is shaped is a very ergonomic fashion, I personally like how it hugs against my body.


It was only a matter of time before an automatic variant came in to give these bulb drawn toys a run for their money. It can be difficult to see in the picture, but the silicone cup itself is completely transparent besides the rim.

Once charged via USB, there are three different levels of suction as well as even different vibration modes on offer. Since the cup is relatively small the vibrations on this toy actually do a fair bit of work themselves and there's a lot of pleasure to be derived.

The white button on the handle functions as the release valve while the other two buttons deal with suction and vibrations.

I thought they would be too scared to go too far on an automatic toy, but the last suction setting is up there as far as raw power goes.

Acquaint yourself with the location of the release valve before going too far!


This is a particularly interesting pump since it is first of made from silicone and secondly has added vibrations plus some silicone ticklers.

It's uses the usual bulb style setup we're used to seeing but there's a huge focus on using this toy as not just a way to get yourself engorged but also a way to get off while you're at it. 

Once the suction is engaged you can turn on the vibrator and have the individual ticklers begin caressing your now extremely sensitive vagina.

It runs off a single AA battery and delivers an exellent amount of momentum to the ticklers themselves.

Since it isn't a clear toy I recommend using a clear one first before choosing this option, just to err on the side of caution.


Here's a clit pump through and through, it's quite small with three different possible chambers to fit most women comfortably.

Interestingly enough it comes with a pressure gauge to let you know how many PSI of pressure is being applied.

The release valve is on the handle of the pump right next to the gauge.

I like being able to see exactly how much pressure my favorite settings are at, and it makes relaying that information to my husband Don when it comes time to use the toy. He can carefully set the power level to exactly what I want without us having to do a constant back and forth.

Also included is a free miniture vibrator but it really isn't anything special. If you don't already have on on hand it's an alright way to see just how fun an engorged clit can be, though.


Safety Considerations

You might be wondering if using a pussy pump is safe or not. Well, when used correctly they are absolutely safe with no negative short term or long term ramifications. If you use too much pressure or don't adequately prepare yourself then you might find yourself having a bad time.

To make sure you never find yourself swearing off pussy pumps for good, keep these tips in mind:

Be Aware Of Suction Level

When you first start off you probably won't have too good an idea of how much suction produces how much engorgement. That's exactly why I recommend using a pump with a clear cup the first few times so you can have a visual representation of what's going on underneath the cup itself. This way, you can see if there is any discoloration in your vagina/labia/clitoris and can stop before things go too far.

Don't Over Pump!

Nine out of ten issues with a pussy pump is directly related to over pumping. Each individual pump should be a slow, deliverate, and calculated move. In fact, I recommend waiting about 5-10 seconds between pumps until you're more knowledgable about what works for you and what doesn't. It is much easier to add another pump if necessary than it is to reach for the release valve if you go too far.

Avoid Post-Pump Dryness

The suction from using a pump does tend to have a drying effect on the vagina overall. Using an extra dollop of lube afterwards to give back some moisture can help to entirely avoid any sort of irritation in the area.

Conclusion

With the right pussy pump you can raise the maximum level of pleasure possible to a whole new plateau, they really are amazing pieces of equipment. So long as you take your time and listen to your body there's practically nothing at risk and a whole lot to gain.

I find that the increased sensitivity lasts a good while after any given pumping session, it's rare that my husband and I have a session that goes for so long that I truly think all of the pump-derived sensitivity went away. Of course, when you're already at a certain level of pleasure because of them but it's easy to stay in that zone even if the effects themselves have subsided.

If you have any more questions about a specific pump or pussy pumps in general, don't be afraid to leave a comment below!

About Angela Watson

I'm a sex therapist by day and a sex blogger by night. I love to crush the taboos surrounding sex toys and help people become more sexually liberated. There's no topic too risqué for me to cover and I hope to educate and inform my readers on all things sex. All things that concern the female anatomy or require a more clinical approach than my husband Don can provide is covered by me. Have any questions? You can contact me via email.

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