WTF Is... A “Vagina” Pump?
Should you say hello to this new little friend
The term vagina pump is actually a misnomer, “you don’t pump the vagina, more the vulva,” explains Dr Elna Rudolph, medical doctor, sexologist and clinical head of My Sexual Health. (Biology lesson: the vagina is the tube leading from your external genitals to the cervix of your uterus, not just everything between your legs). To use a pump, you place the cup over the vulva, making sure to create a seal. You then use the attached pump to create a vacuum, which leads to the lips and clitoris being filled with blood and appearing swollen. But why do this? Because the effects mimic what happens when you are aroused and can intensify your sensation during sex. They can also be used in BDSM play. “It’s part of normal arousal to become swollen,” says Rudolph. “Some people like the swollen look (mainly because they see it in porn) and some women use it to enhance sensation – you basically artificially create arousal by pulling blood into your genitals.” “The intense pleasure will last only as long as you keep the pump on. The swelling might last up to a day, but typically disappears within an hour. You might have a pleasant sensation from the swelling, in which case the pleasure lasts after removing the pump,” says Rudolph. While pain will usually prevent you from harming yourself, Rudolph cautions those who use pumps as part of their BDSM play: “You could push yourself beyond your pain barrier, in which case you could damage the tissue by overfilling it with blood.” Women who suffer from skin conditions should use with caution, as well as postmenopausal women not using local oestrogen.