The clitoral pump

The clitoral pump is a sex toy for women that is applied directly to the clitoris, and sometimes the labia, that works via the suction effect. This suction increases blood flow to the area, and is modelled directly on the male equivalent of the penis pump. Some women use these pumps to increase vulva size temporarily, but permanent increases in vulva size are rare.

Sexual pleasure

The clitoral pump can be used on any area of the vulva (clitoris, labia), and is primarily used during masturbation. The women who most frequently are thought to use these devices are female body builders with enlarged clitorises (clitoromegaly) due to the use of testosterone or other anabolic steroids. The clitoral pump shouldn’t be used inside the vagina due to its potential to cause damage.

Medical use

The clitoral pump can also be used for treating female sexual disorders, including an inability to orgasm. Improved blood flow can result from using the device, which can be useful for treating any number of conditions, including potentially circumventing the after-effects of cancer treatments and atrophic vaginitis.

The pump

The clitoral pump is a cylinder and a bulb that is squeezed. The cylinder (or cup) varies in size and shape depending on the area it is designed for, with some so small as to only fit over the clitoris or clitoral hood.

It works by creating a vacuum between the flesh and the pump, and blood fills the area being sucked, creating pleasurable tension. The pump can be controlled, being released at any time using a valve. The pump is usually made out of gel, silicone or rubber, or a mixture, with cups varying in their materials.

Types of pump

  • The simple pump is simply the cup and a hand pump, connected via a tube.
  • Teaser pumps are the same as simple pumps, but they also have the added benefit of specially-made clitoral teasers, which consist of small bumps. This device may have an interchangeable set of sleeves with different stimulators.
  • Vibrating pumps include this element set up as a vibrating bullet inside the cylinder, most often separately operated and removeable.

 

 

Jessica Lloyd - Naturopathic Practitioner, BHSc(N)

Jessica Lloyd - Naturopathic Practitioner, BHSc(N)

Jessica is a degree-qualified naturopath (BHSc) specialising in vulvovaginal health and disease, based in Melbourne, Australia.

Jessica is the owner and lead naturopath of My Vagina, and is a member of the:

  • International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease (ISSVD)
  • International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health (ISSWSH)
  • National Vulvodynia Association (NVA) Australia
  • New Zealand Vulvovaginal Society (ANZVS)
  • Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS)
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