Clit Pumps Are Sexy, Useful, & Very Underrated

Molly Longman
·6 min read

Back in her Hannah Montana days, Miley Cyrus sang: “Get up, get loud, start pumpin' up the party now.” Because my brain is broken from years of Disney Channel marathons, my mind automatically drifts to this bubblegum pop song whenever someone mentions clit pumps, an inclusive and, in my opinion, underrated sex toy. These suction devices are used for temporary genital growth, and to increase blood flow to the clitoris — a great way to make sex and masturbation feel awesome. As Cyrus sang, "Gotta make this party grow, together we can make it blow, right through the roof."

Clit pumps consist of a cylinder (typically made of plastic) and a pumping mechanism (usually a hand pump). They may come with a few different sized cylinders, so play around to find your best fit, suggests Lisa Finn, a sex educator at Babeland who uses she/they pronouns. "Some people on testosterone will see increased blood flow to that entire area so they may have more engorged mons pubis," they say. "So [cylinders with broader bases] may fit a little bit more comfortably."

The cylinder is meant to cover the clitoris. (This makes it different from a vulva pump, which covers the entire labia.) As you pump, blood is drawn into the clit. This mimics the body's natural arousal response, where blood rushes to fill the tissue of the vulva making it more sensitive to touch and other sensations, explains Myisha Battle, a certified sex and dating coach.

Aesthetics are another major reason people use these toys. Pumping makes the clit visibly engorged, which can look, well, pretty sexy. Transgender, transmasculine, non-binary, or gender non-conforming people may use pumps to experience temporary genital growth, Finn adds. "A lot of people find the idea of having a more pronounced clitoral head — or having their clit feel more phallic in shape — really hot," they say. "It can be important for someone's
gender affirmation, to have something that feels more like a phallus that's a part of the biological body, instead of something like a dildo."

"Being able to cause a visible erection through pumping can feel empowering to certain [transgender and gender nonconforming] TGNC people (and also to non-TGNC people for that matter)," confirms Dulcinea Pitagora, PhD, a sex therapist known as the Kink Doctor who uses they/them pronouns. Some products, such as Babeland's Trans Masc Pump are designed specifically for queer, transmascluine, and non-binary bodies.

But a clit pump can be a helluva a fun toy for anyone with a clitoris, who enjoys intense clitoral stimulation, says Dr. Pitagora.

Clit pumps are safe, as long as you’re following the directions that come with the product, and don't use it on areas with tissue damage. There is a small risk of vulvar tissue or even blood vessel injury, but this is very rare. To minimize even that tiny risk, before you test one out, make sure you know where the release valve is. This valve will quickly release the pressure if your pumping ends up getting a little too enthusiastic. You can also put lube around the clit before using the pump to make it more comfortable.

If you plan to have your partner use the pump on you, play around with it solo first to get familiar with the amount of suction you're comfortable with, and establish a safe word so you can quickly end the experiment if you feel any sort of discomfort, Battle says. “A clit pump is designed for arousal, meaning it should be removed prior to any sexual play,” Battle says. “It is also designed for external use only so the pump shouldn't be used inside the vagina.”

As Battle says, “Clit pumps are the underdogs of the pleasure product world." If you're curious, swipe through to find a pump that works for you.

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<h2>Clitoral Enhancement and Enlargement Cylinder<br></h2><br>A variety of acrylic cylinders, in an array of sizes that offer wickedly <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/how-to-clitoral-stimulation-techniques" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:good stimulation" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">good stimulation</a>. Just pair them with a hand pump (like the one in the next slide), and you'll be set. <br><br><strong>LA Pump</strong> Clitoral Enhancement and Enlargement Cylinder, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.lapump.com%2Fproduct%2Fclitoral-enhancement-and-enlargement-cylinder" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:LA Pump" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">LA Pump</a>

Clitoral Enhancement and Enlargement Cylinder


A variety of acrylic cylinders, in an array of sizes that offer wickedly good stimulation. Just pair them with a hand pump (like the one in the next slide), and you'll be set.

LA Pump Clitoral Enhancement and Enlargement Cylinder, $, available at LA Pump
<h2>LA Pump Deluxe Pump</h2>Attach this to your cylinder of choice (sold separately), and you'll be pumping like a pro in no time. It even comes with a pressure gauge for safety.<br><br><strong>LA Pump</strong> , $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.lapump.com%2Fproduct%2Fdeluxe-pump-w-psi-gauge" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:LA Pump" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">LA Pump</a>

LA Pump Deluxe Pump

Attach this to your cylinder of choice (sold separately), and you'll be pumping like a pro in no time. It even comes with a pressure gauge for safety.

LA Pump , $, available at LA Pump
<h2>Trans Masc Pump<br></h2>Made for queer, trans masculine, and non-binary bodies, this baby is easy to control with just one hand (leaving the other hand open to <em>wander</em>), and has a quick release valve for safety. Plus, it's less pricey than some other options on the market, making it great for beginners. <br><br><br><strong>Babeland</strong> Trans Masc Pump, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.babeland.com%2Fsex-toys%2Fp%2FBL41193%2Fnew-york-toy-collective-%2Ftrans-masc-pump" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Babeland" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Babeland</a>

Trans Masc Pump

Made for queer, trans masculine, and non-binary bodies, this baby is easy to control with just one hand (leaving the other hand open to wander), and has a quick release valve for safety. Plus, it's less pricey than some other options on the market, making it great for beginners.


Babeland Trans Masc Pump, $, available at Babeland
<h2>Apollo Pump Kit<br></h2>This option's nice and cost-effective because you don't have to by the pump and the cylinder separately. It can be a great intro pump, but Finn says it's only recommend for larger anatomy.<br><br><br><strong>Babeland</strong> Apollo Pump Kit, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.babeland.com%2Fsex-toys%2Fp%2FBL13610%2Fcal-exotics%2Fapollo-pump-kit" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Babeland" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Babeland</a>

Apollo Pump Kit

This option's nice and cost-effective because you don't have to by the pump and the cylinder separately. It can be a great intro pump, but Finn says it's only recommend for larger anatomy.


Babeland Apollo Pump Kit, $, available at Babeland
<h2>Bloom Intimate Vibrating Body Pump<br></h2><br>A bit different than a traditional clit pump, this one's neat because it comes with a four different detachable suction cups so you can cover your vulva, clitoris, frenulum, or nipples, depending on your fancy. <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/best-waterproof-sex-toys" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:It's waterproof" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">It's waterproof</a> and also vibrates, as well as offering super suction. There's an "instant air release" button that’ll allow for a swift removal if necessary.<br><br><strong>Babeland</strong> Bloom Intimate Vibrating Body Pump, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.babeland.com%2Fsex-toys%2Fp%2FBL41219%2Fdoc-johnson%2Fbloom-intimate-vibrating-body-pump" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Babeland" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Babeland</a>

Bloom Intimate Vibrating Body Pump


A bit different than a traditional clit pump, this one's neat because it comes with a four different detachable suction cups so you can cover your vulva, clitoris, frenulum, or nipples, depending on your fancy. It's waterproof and also vibrates, as well as offering super suction. There's an "instant air release" button that’ll allow for a swift removal if necessary.

Babeland Bloom Intimate Vibrating Body Pump, $, available at Babeland
<h2>High Intensity Pussy Pump<br></h2><br>If you tend to shy away from intense clit stimulation, you might want to experiment with a pussy pump, which fits over your entire labia rather than solely your clit. This toy <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2018/12/219669/labia-vagina-fillers" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:stimulates your labia and vulva" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">stimulates your labia and vulva</a>, thanks to its wide-mouthed cup and pump ball. <br><br><strong>Hart's Desires</strong> High Intensity Pussy Pump, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fhartsdesires.com%2Fshop%2Ftoys%2Ffor-her%2Fclitoral%2Fhigh-intensity-pussy-pump%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Hart's Desires" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Hart's Desires</a>

High Intensity Pussy Pump


If you tend to shy away from intense clit stimulation, you might want to experiment with a pussy pump, which fits over your entire labia rather than solely your clit. This toy stimulates your labia and vulva, thanks to its wide-mouthed cup and pump ball.

Hart's Desires High Intensity Pussy Pump, $, available at Hart's Desires
<h2>Automatic Vibrating Vulva Pump<br></h2><br>Another vulva pump for those who don't want direct clitoral suction, this option offers seven vibrating settings and three suction options. <br><br><br><br><br><strong>Good Vibrations</strong> Automatic Vibrating Vulva Pump, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.goodvibes.com%2Fs%2Fsex-toys%2Fp%2FGV35601%2Fdoc-johnson%2Fautomatic-vibrating-vulva-pump" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Good Vibrations" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Good Vibrations</a>

Automatic Vibrating Vulva Pump


Another vulva pump for those who don't want direct clitoral suction, this option offers seven vibrating settings and three suction options.




Good Vibrations Automatic Vibrating Vulva Pump, $, available at Good Vibrations
<h2>RodeoH Womanizer Liberty Pleasure Air Clitoral Stimulator<br></h2><br>If you’re not sure whether you’ll like a clit pump, you might first try out suction vibrators, which offer gentler clitoral suction for arousal — it's the same principle as hand pumps, but the vibes are less powerful and can be used for longer stretches. This waterproof option offers suction at six different intensity levels. <br><br><br><strong>RodeoH</strong> Womanizer Liberty Pleasure Air Clitoral Stimulator, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Frodeoh.com%2Fproducts%2Fwomanizer-liberty-pleasure-air-clitoral-stimulator" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:RodeoH" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">RodeoH</a>

RodeoH Womanizer Liberty Pleasure Air Clitoral Stimulator


If you’re not sure whether you’ll like a clit pump, you might first try out suction vibrators, which offer gentler clitoral suction for arousal — it's the same principle as hand pumps, but the vibes are less powerful and can be used for longer stretches. This waterproof option offers suction at six different intensity levels.


RodeoH Womanizer Liberty Pleasure Air Clitoral Stimulator, $, available at RodeoH

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