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A Practical Guide To Choosing A Clit Or Pussy Pump

Woman Expressing Pleasure

By Liz Klinger, Co-founder and CEO of Lioness

Table of Contents

What Are Clit And Pussy Pumps?

A clit pump (also colloquially known as a pussy pump, suction toy, or clit sucking toys) are a class of devices that are used over the clitoris or vulva and create a light suction sensation. The purpose of the suction is to draw more blood flow to those areas to increase arousal, make the genitals more sensitive, improve pleasure, sometimes to deliberately enlarge the genitals, and, depending on the toy, potentially bring the user to orgasm.

While clit and pussy pumps primarily for increased blood flow have been on the market for quite some time, in the last few years, clit pumps (and usually they're just clit pumps so far) with added vibration or thumping to help bring people to climax have become more and more common.

Some pumps focus mainly on the external clitoris, while others focus on the overall external genital area (vulva and clitoris). Some devices include vibration or other sensations for additional stimulation. A few may have an additional "dildo" for additional internal/g-spot stimulation (I put dildo in quotes since some actually vibrate, some don't).

And finally, a few of these devices are even hands-free*! ... Though use common sense when searching for these mythical "hands-free" devices... many make the claim, but the literal weight of the device makes it impossible to secure. We'll call out a lightweight suction device that is truly hands free later in the article.

Benefits Of Clit and Pussy Pumps

Although the idea of a suction in your nether regions may seem intimidating at first, there are a few benefits to them when you know what products to look for and how to use them:

1. Increased Blood Flow = Increased Arousal

Unlike other products like vibrators or products that produce movement or thumping sensations, the suction is more deliberately designed to bring blood flow to a particular area. Increased blood flow has been known to be associated with increased arousal, which could help people reach climax.

Some users of clit pumps also report experiencing increased sensitivity and tenderness in the areas where they use the suction. So you can use the product to help you feel more aroused and experience heightened pleasure, or use certain products on their own if you want to reach climax with them.

2. Novel Sensation

Most sex toys either stimulate through vibration or through moving an object that is design to rub on the g-spot or p-spot. Suction devices, well, suck for a lack of a better term, and produce a different sensation that could be very arousing! It may be great on its own if you prefer it to other sensations, or as a way to switch up your experiences for increased pleasure through novelty.

3. Orgasm! (and enhanced pleasure overall)

The prior two benefits sort of lead up to this, but it deserves its own call out. Basically clit and pussy pumps can be a great way to prime your body and mind to potentially have an orgasm. If you are keen on exploring new things and are looking for a prescription medication-free way to try arousing your body for better pleasure, these products are worth a second look.

How Does A Clit Pump Work?

Basically, the silicone (or other rubber) suction cup is attached to a motor. The suction stimulates the genitals, increasing blood flow towards the clitoris and surrounding tissues, which promotes engorgement and erection.

It's similar to penis pumps that also use a suction sensation to bring blood flow to the penis to enhance erection and appearance.

For many clit pumps, applying some lube on the silicon cup and on the clitoris and/or vulva will help create a better seal between the suction cup and the clitoris/vulva.

As mentioned earlier, some clit and pussy pumps are designed for just arousal. Some are for arousal AND orgasm. And for some people, they may use clit pumps to help produce a larger, more sensitive clitoris or vulva.

Tips For Starting Out

1. Start Slowly And Lightly

If you were to go skydiving, you probably would go tandem skydiving first with an instructor versus by yourself — and get some training beforehand to know what to expect.

While using sex toys is not quite like skydiving, the principles hold true that you should start carefully before going straight to 10 in intensity. While there might be some excitement in trying something new, some pumps can be more intense than others so you'll want to get a feel for what you're getting yourself or your partner into. There have been reports of not only the larger pumps causing pain or tissue damage, but also smaller suction toys from being too intense that you may not expect to be problematic, so that's why I'm urging caution here.

2. Test It On Your Arm First

If you want to dip a toe in the water and get a feel for the general sensation, try a lighter setting on your arm first to get a feel for how the device works and what the sensation feels like. While it won't be quite the same as putting it on the clitoris or the vulva, it can help you learn how the device works and how different settings feel before you put it somewhere more sensitive.

3. Use Caution With More Intense Pumps

Some pumps are designed to be stronger — particularly if you're looking to engorge your genitals for a larger look. If you are interested in that, use caution with these larger pumps because if it becomes too strong, you may inadvertently cause tissue damage to your genital area — and that's not fun to recover from.

4. Be careful with pressure

Early on when I was trying out a clit suction vibrator, I put so much pressure on it with my hand and body that it actually made my clitoris bleed (and no, it wasn't period blood). It wasn't too bad like the above account of the person who experienced longterm tissue damage with a similar brand of toy, but it was enough to scare me away from trying clit pumps, much less enjoying them, for years.

And while I do make my own sex product the Lioness and you can take this with a grain of salt, I'm open to sharing other brands I do like that are not my own (even if Crave never wants to work with us or other sextech brands... but hey, doesn't mean I can't mention them). It's hard not to mention because this is the only type of toy that not only has been not pleasurable before, but also literally hurt me for a little bit, made me bleed and scared the crap out of me.

It's a risk I wish more people were aware of when using these types of products because while they can be great for many people and opens up a new world of possibilities, there can be risks based on how sensitive you are or how you use the product relative to more typical vibrators or other types of sex toys. And when there's so much hype (PR manufactured, regurgitated by the media without much critical thought) about supposed record-breaking, 1 minute, mind-blowing orgasms, and you get not only no orgasm — but also a bleeding clitoris from a toy that's supposed to be designed for pleasure — it only makes the bad experiences so much worse for those who experience them.

Fortunately, after a few years of avoiding them I've tried a couple new ones, am more careful, and am more cautious to find something lighter that what I tried before. I'm hoping to report on this in a future article here comparing a few different products.

But yeah, I mention this here because don't do what I did and press to hard, use it (including the smaller, travel-sized versions) between your body and a partner's, or be too haphazard with it until you have a sense of how it works and how your body responds to it. And start light! It's easier to amp up level by level carefully rather than go to much, too quickly.

Best Clit And Pussy Pumps

Want to try one of these yourself? Here are a few I’d recommend checking out, depending on what you're looking for.

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.

Get it here.

Doc Johnson Automatic Vibrating Rechargeable Pussy Pump

Doc Johnson Vibrating Pussy Pump

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

Get it here.

Womanizer

Womanizer

While the name might make you bat an eye and say "excuse me?" this toy is actually quite popular and very good at what it does. Womanizer is a brand that started the recent trend of stylish clit pumps that include vibration and are designed to not only arouse, but also to help bring people to climax. They come in a variety of different sizes and colors depending on your preferences.

Get it here.

Satisfyer

Satisfyer

As with all successful products, others will start to find ways to make their own versions of what’s out there. Satisfyer came after Womanizer and the two are very similar, but Satisfyer is generally cheaper than an equivalent Womanizer product. One of their bestselling products is the Satisfyer Pro series, and it is a great, easy introduction to vibrating suction toys for the clitoris.

Get it here.

Twitch Hands Free Toy

Twitch Hands Free Suction and Vibration Toy

Remember what I mentioned about a toy you can use for hands free stimulation? Well... here it is! Twitch is a small, lightweight toy that uses both suction and vibration to stimulate, delight, and stay attached, so you can use those hands elsewhere. This is one of my favorite, newer examples of suction toys at their best.

Get it here.

Tracy's Dog

Tracy's Dog

Ahh, Tracy's Dog. Or as they're called on Amazon (since I love those product names that try to capture every term ever to be picked up in search):

Tracy's Dog Pro 2 Clitoral Sucking Vibrator, G Spot Dildo Clit Stimulator with 10 Suction and Vibration Patterns, Popular Orgasm Sex Toys for Women, Rose Red (OG II)

Honestly, I didn't think there could be a worse name than Womanizer, but Tracy's Dog somehow did it. This is the sex toy that in 2019, became widely publicized because an Amazon reviewer wrote a long, impassioned review of this toy.

What makes it different than many of the other toys here is that it employs both suction and g-spot stimulation to help people have a blended orgasm. This new version of the product comes with a remote control for another layer of added fun. Maybe we'll hear again from the mysterious Amazon Reviewer. Or maybe she's still busy with Version 1. ;)

Get it here.

Clitoris Enhancer Clit Pump Kit Extreme Restraints

Clitoris Enhancer Clit Pump Kit

If you’re more specifically looking for clit pumps that are more intense than a gentle suckling and can enlarge the clitoris, Extreme Restraints makes clit pump kits that include everything you need. You get three sizes of suction so you can use the one that fits best for you. You can also detach the pump but keep the vacuum seal while you play so you can grab your favorite sex toy, a partner (or both!) to heighten the excitement.

Find it here.

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