A practical guide to choosing a clit or pussy pump | Lioness

A practical guide to choosing a clit or pussy pump

Woman Expressing Pleasure

What Is A Clit Pump And Why Should I Use One?

A clitoris pump (also colloquially known as a clit pump, pussy pump, or clit sucking toys) is a device that you place over your clitoris (and sometimes vulva) that provides clitoral stimulation via a cunnilingus-like sensation. Its purpose is to enhance sexual arousal and pleasure, add additional stimulation, enlarge the genitals, and depending on the toy, potentially bring the person using it to orgasm. Pumps sometimes include vibration along with the sucking sensation, and some pumps go over the clitoris, vulva, and vagina for the entire genital area to become engorged. Some of these devices are even touch free and hands free — talk about a first class experience!

There are a range of devices out there now that use clit suction — from adult sex toys and personal care devices *nudge wink* to medical devices from sexual health companies that serve more as a sexual aid, similar to what Viagra might do for penile erections, but drug-free.

Clit pumps been around for a while — there are manual toys that you pump yourself and can have more control over the effect. More recently, high tech sex toys that are very similar to the clit pumps of ‘yore have gone mainstream such as Womanizer (worst name ever), Satisfyer, or Lelo’s Sona that use “pressure wave” technology or a variety of sensations so they can also include vibration and penetration in addition to the suction sensation. These aforementioned toys tend to be on the lighter side of the pump spectrum, but use similar principles of engorging the clit and are designed more with the intention of getting you off if you enjoy the sensation.

Clit pumps can be a great addition to your repertoire of pleasure products and open up a whole new world of pleasure—so long as you are careful with how you use them so you do not cause tissue damage by using them at too high of an intensity, especially for the stronger ones. Let’s learn about how these little suckers work!

Beginner Clit Pump

How Does A Clit Pump Work?

The pump draws blood into the clit and the surrounding tissues, promoting engorgement and erection. It’s similar to the penis pumps out there that also use suction to bring blood flow to the penis to enhance both erection and appearance of the member, or nipple pumps that also do the same thing for nipple suction. Clit pumps do not just have to be for arousal and orgasm. Along with bringing blood flow to the area, some people enjoy the appearance of a larger or more engorged genitals such as a large clit or vulva.

Tips For Starting Out

Like with any new toy or technique, we recommend starting slowly and lightly. Reason for this is that you need to know your body, your comfort level (and pleasure), and your limitations before you start exploring further — IF you want to explore further. Use caution with pumps, because if you go too strongly, particularly with the stronger ones out there, you may cause tissue damage to your genital area, and that could feel awful.

We also recommend using a bit of water-based lube to help keep the seal consistent, since otherwise the vacuum suction sensation will be more difficult to maintain and may not feel as strong or consistent as you’d like.

How Does It Feel?

Depends on who you ask. There have been some stories going around about women having 1 minute, mind blowing orgasms with some of the newer ones—that they’re the holy grail of toys and every person should have one in their nightstand. I’ve found that it’s been a lot of media hype. Really good media hype, but potentially disappointing if you’re looking for a quick/intense/insert-the-blank orgasm but are not one of those people who’ll have that crazy, fast, intense orgasm with this method.

For myself, I was personally not a huge fan of the sensation. I tried the Womanizer and it felt like too much and it was hard to build up or enjoy the orgasm. I got curious about how my body responded differently from the Womanizer, so I tried using the Lioness for its sensor technology (leaving the vibration off by customizing the vibration) while using the Womanizer for its clit sucking abilities. Here’s what happened: 

Womanizer Lube Partner Orgasm Chart

The session using Womanizer only, no vibration

Orgasm Using Womanizer Versus Vibrator Vibration

Left: Womanizer-only, no vibration. Center and Right: Two “average” sessions using the Lioness Vibrator

It was fun (especially with my partner), but it was not the game changing experience that was raved about from their marketing study and subsequent media reporting on it. I didn’t orgasm faster or more intensely, or most importantly, in a more satisfying way. If anything, the orgasm was more uncomfortable because the pump made me unusually tight (and not in a good way), since I was recoiling from the suction stimulation even at the lower settings. On the chart my pelvic floor was at around 80 units. Usually, it hovers between 60 on the high end and 20 and the low, low end. Basically, my muscles were clenched the entire time and I didn’t like it. While there has been a lot of talk and gossip about whether tighter is better, I’ve found that, for me, lower (more relaxed) has generally been better since it gives my pelvic floor more range to move when I begin to feel aroused and orgasm (our pelvic floor therapist friend Rachel Gelman talked about that a bit here).

Depending on your own body and preferences, maybe the sensation could be too much for you or you just won’t like it compared to other things out there. Maybe it’ll be *perfect* for you and you’ll love it. Maybe you’ll be like me and be sort of “meh”.

In comparison to some vibrators, the sensation can feel very direct and intense. After all, it’s focusing all of the sensation around the clit (or body part you’ve covered). Vibration spreads beyond the surface of the vibrator, whereas suction zeroes in on the area it has suctioned. Some people will love it and it’ll become their favorite toy, others might find it too intense and uncomfortable. Honestly though, that goes for any toy out there so the best advice I can give here if you’re interested is to find one you like and give it a try.

Even though I’m not the biggest fan of these toys, do I think I’m broken or that the toy sucks (literally and figuratively)? Nope and double nope. I have my other things I like and enjoy, and from the reviews out there there are clearly other people who love the toy and consider it their favorite. It’s just not the holy grail of sex toys for everybody. Everyone is different.

Furthermore, I still think it was worth me going out and trying this, even if it isn’t my favorite thing. The cool thing about these toys is that they’re something different than your standard vibration. It’s something fun to try if you’re looking for some variety in your pleasure experiences. If you go in with an open mind and not seeking some very specific, rigid goal, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. As for me, I’ll be staying away from these various clit pumps for other things, but I’m happy to know that these exist and other people like it.

Where Can I Find A Great Clit Pump?

Want to try one of these yourself? Here are a few I’d recommend checking out, depending on your taste and preferences.

Size Matters Vaginal Pump Adam And Eve

Size Matters Vaginal Pump

If you’re looking for a beginner “pussy pump” that is more manual, this is a good starter pump to see whether you like the sensation in general.

Doc Johnson Automatic Vibrating Rechargeable Pussy Pump

Doc Johnson Automatic Vibrating Rechargeable Pussy Pump

If you want a pussy pump that also has some vibration in the mix, check out Doc Johnson’s vibrating pussy pump. You’ll have less manual control than the one before it, but depending on what you’re looking for having less control could be a good thing… :)

womanizer deluxe 500 clit pump

Womanizer

Womanizer is what started the recent trend in fashionable clit pumps. They come in a variety of sizes and vibrations depending on your preference and taste.

Satisfyer Clit Pump

Satisfyer

As with all great products, others will start to find ways to make their own versions of what’s out there. Think of Satisfyer as the cheaper, but less techie sister of Womanizer. Womanizer’s experimenting more with various functionalities now, but if you just want to play with the idea of gentle sucking the Satisfyer is also a good choice.

LELO Sona Clit Pump

LELO Sona

LELO has also jumped into the fray with their own version, celebrity endorsed by Amber Rose. Compared to Womanizer and Satisfyer, it’s a lot easier to clean because it’s basically encased in silicone, and its handle makes it so it’s easy to hold to your body.

Clitoris Enhancer Clit Pump Kit Extreme Restraints

Clitoris Enhancer Clit Pump Kit

If you’re more specifically looking for clit pumps and want a really great quality one, Extreme Restraints makes clit pump kits that include everything you need. You get three sizes so you’ll more than likely have the perfect size for you, you can detach the pump but keep the vacuum seal while you play, and you also get a vibrator so you can play with your newfound sensitivity.

Other Things To Try To Improve Blood Flow, Arousal, And Pleasure

Want to further enhance your arousal along with one of these devices, or in lieu of a device? Here are a list of things below that you might be considering, but you may or may not want to go for.

Viagra

While a dose of Viagra can improve blood flow for arousal and erection for penises, some people wonder if a dose would improve pleasure for those with vaginas. While Some women have experimented with it, don’t go grabbing that bottle of pills from the bathroom cabinet or asking your doctor about it. Not only is it not a good idea to take prescription medication that is not yours, especially when it concerns blood pressure, studies haven’t shown that Viagra significantly increases pleasure via arousal of the clitoris, vulva, and vagina. While sexual arousal is key to pleasure, it’s not the only factor (for anybody, not just for women).

O-Shot

This is not for the faint of heart. A newer procedure on the market — otherwise known as the Orgasm Shot, works by drawing blood from the patient’s arm, which are then injected via a needle into the clitoris and upper vagina. Yeah, you read that right.

From Redbook: “According to Runels, women who receive the O-Shot experience more (and better) orgasms, increased libido and lubrication, and vaginal tightening; medical issues like painful intercourse (dyspareunia) and urinary incontinence can also be improved.”

Sounds great at face value, right? There are a lot of promises here, but there are a lot of claims—not just sexual satisfaction claims but also medical claims—that don’t have any weight behind them. While I can’t speak on the medical claims very well, I do know that vaginal tightening does not necessarily make for a better sexual experience. Furthermore, the folks who have tried the O-Shot and reported about it haven’t been raving about it.

At $1500 per procedure, extremely questionable benefits, and needles...I’d steer clear. But I do have a suggestion that is a lot cheaper (maybe even free in some cases), and may be a lot more reliable...

Old school exercise, women weightlifting

Nutrition And Exercise

Yeah, it sounds lame, but bear with me here.

If we want to improve blood flow and circulation in general, doctors often recommend a healthy meal regimen and exercise. Not only does it help blood flow so you can run better, faster, and stronger, it will keep heart disease and diabetes at bay, tone you up, make you feel better, and yep, also help with your sex drive and genital arousal. If you weren’t as motivated before to take that morning walk or run, or take up that exercise class, mind-blowing sex might be better motivator to roll out of bed in the morning. Don’t worry, it’ll be our little secret!

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