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Sohimi reached out to me recently and asked if I would be interested in testing their upgraded Electric Vacuum Penis Pump. Of course, I said yes! I don’t have a penis, but my husband does and we were both excited to test out this pump together.
Although we’ve used a few different male masturbators, we’ve never owned an actual penis pump before. When I asked my husband if he was interested, I’ll admit, he was a bit hesitant. He was afraid using a vacuum pump could possible damage his penis. I can understand his trepidation, I’m not sure I would want to vacuum my lady bits on a regular basis!
So, off to research!
Benefits and Risks of Using an Electric Vacuum Penis Pump
According to the Mayo Clinic:
Penis pumps can be a good erectile dysfunction treatment for several reasons:
- Penis pumps are effective. With practice and correct use, the majority of men can get an erection sufficient for sex.
- Penis pumps pose less of a risk than do other treatments. The risk of side effects or complications is lower than it is with any other erectile dysfunction treatment.
- The overall cost is lower. After the initial purchase, using a penis pump costs less than any other erectile dysfunction treatment.
- Penis pumps are noninvasive. They don’t require surgery, inserting medication into the tip of your penis or penile injections.
- Penis pumps can be used with other treatments. A penis pump can be used along with medications or a penile implant. For some men, a combination of erectile dysfunction treatments works best.
- Using a penis pump might help you regain erectile function after certain procedures. For example, using a penis pump might help restore your ability to get a natural erection after prostate surgery or radiation therapy for prostate cancer.
Although my husband doesn’t have erectile dysfunction, it’s still okay for him to use an electric vacuum penis pump to enhance his erection. Though, please don’t think using a penis pump will make your penis larger permanently. The effects of the pump diminish over time, so, you’ll likely get a bit more girth and possibly even more length right after using, it doesn’t remain.
Penis pumps are safe to use for most men, but there are some potential risks involved. Before using a vacuum pump, you should know:
You’re at an increased risk of bleeding if you take blood-thinning medications. Examples include warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven) and clopidogrel (Plavix).
A penis pump might not be safe if you have sickle cell anemia or another blood disorder. These conditions can make you susceptible to blood clots or bleeding.
Potential side effects:
Pinpoint-sized red dots (petechiae). This is caused by bleeding under the surface of the skin of the penis.
Numbness, coldness or bluish-colored skin. This can occur when the constriction band is in place.
Pain or bruising. Knowing how to use the penis pump correctly can help you avoid injury to your penis.
Feeling of trapped semen. You might feel like your semen is trapped when you ejaculate, or ejaculation might be painful. Some manufacturers make constriction rings with a small cutout that might help with this.
After reading all this, we decided it was worth a shot and set out to test our new toy!
Sohimi Electric Vacuum Penis Pump Specs
This pump comes with a plastic tube, two attachments to slide your penis into, rings to secure the attachment to the tube and for your penis, an electric pump, small tube of lubricant, charging cable for the pump, all enclosed in a nice bag for storage.
The attachments are a pocket pussy, which you can use alone as well, and a neutral one (for those who prefer a non-anatomical look). I was a little confused at first as to how to keep the attachments in place, but quickly realized the cock rings that come with the toy are dual purpose. We used the larger one to secure the attachments to the plastic tube (there’s a ridge on one end of the tube, which the ring is supposed to go around).
Please wash this item with mild soap before use. The manufacturer coats the pocket pussy in talc to keep it from getting sticky, and you’re going to want to wash this before you put your dick in it.
How it Works
This is a fairly simple to use toy. Pick your attachment, secure it to the plastic tube, attach the pump, lube up, and insert your penis. Once you’ve got your penis inside, turn on the pump and choose your settings. If you press the plus button, it goes from 1-4, which we figured out is the amount of time the pump suctions. The amount of suction can’t be changed, it starts slow and increases to a certain amount and stays there. If you flip through the settings, what you’re changing is how long the pump remains on before releasing air.
There is a quick release button, which you should find immediately, in case the pressure is too much.
My husband found he does not enjoy the suction from the electric vacuum penis pump for longer than setting one allows. We definitely had to use the quick release button a few times until we got the hang of how it functioned.
What Does it Feel Like?
According to my husband, it is very intense. I think where we made our first mistake, was getting him somewhat hard before inserting his penis into the toy. This isn’t necessary at all, and probably contributed to him feeling like it was way too much pressure.
Also, don’t be surprised if your penis is extremely red after use. It’s one of the potential side effects and isn’t dangerous as long as you don’t over do it.
The Bottom Line
Being honest, this isn’t a toy we will use very often, which says nothing about the company, just our personal preferences. It was pretty neat to watch his dick grow and thicken within the machine, but it didn’t last. I think because it was somewhat painful for him (because we overdid it), he lost his erection shortly after we stopped using the electric vacuum penis pump. We were able to get it back quickly, but the effects of the machine were lost when he lost his erection.
Overall, it’s a very well made product and at $46 USD, not a bad price point. From now on, for us, I think we’ll stick to male masturbators and leave the pumps to someone else.