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Guide to Penis Enhancement

Most men have thought about their penis and wondered if it’s big enough. The porn industry is full of large, meaty cocks and it can easily make every-day guys feel a little inferior. Even though the average penis size is only about 5 inches long, it’s hard not to compare! Penis enhancement devices help with a number of things. They can build confidence in someone who is struggling with accepting their cock, they can introduce variety into the bedroom with penis sleeves that come in different sizes and textures and they can help with medical issues such as erectile dysfunction (ED), premature ejaculation (PE) or Peyronie’s disease.

In this guide we will teach you about different penis enhancement devices, how they work, which one is for you and share a selection of our most popular choices!

Guide to Penis Enhancement

Most men have thought about their penis and wondered if it’s big enough. The porn industry is full of large, meaty cocks and it can easily make every-day guys feel a little inferior. Even though the average penis size is only about 5 inches long, it’s hard not to compare! Penis enhancement devices help with a number of things. They can build confidence in someone who is struggling with accepting their cock, they can introduce variety into the bedroom with penis sleeves that come in different sizes and textures and they can help with medical issues such as erectile dysfunction (ED), premature ejaculation (PE) or Peyronie’s disease.

In this guide we will teach you about different penis enhancement devices, how they work, which one is for you and share a selection of our most popular choices!

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Table of Contents

What is Penis Enhancement?

Penis enhancement refers to anything that enhances the girth, length or function of the cock. There are a few devices that will help engorge the cock with blood and help maintain erection (penis pumps and cock rings), there are toys that are worn on the cock to add girth, texture or length without modifying the body (penis sleeves), there are devices that lengthen and straighten the penis through traction (penis stretchers), and there are creams, lubricants and sprays that have numbing agents in them so the penis isn’t oversensitized (this is great for men who suffer from PE).

Penis pumps or vacuum erection devices (VED) or vacuum constriction devices (VCD) are used to draw blood into the penis so make it erect. These can be used to help treat erectile dysfunction (ED) along with a cock ring (which should only be worn for approximately 30 minutes or less); people still use these methods today as an alternative to Viagra. Penis pumps that aren’t medically regulated are used to enlarge the penis. There is no solid evidence that enlargements are permanent; the swelling of the penis is temporary.

Some people enjoy the look of it and the confidence it gives them, while others enjoy the feeling of getting their genitals pumped. The vacuum pressure sucks the air out of the penis pump and engorges the penis and shaft with blood, making every nerve hypersensitive to touch. Use a vibrator on the pump while the penis is still inside and feel the deliciously jarring sensations being sent to a thick, throbbing cock!

In order to enlarge or lengthen the penis, many methods have been tried over time and throughout the world. Jelqing is one method originating in Arabic culture. The word is derived from the Persian phrase “jalq zadan” meaning to “masturbate” and to “strike, hit or throb”. The act of jelqing is similar to milking, but done by stroking and squeezing, pulling and yanking at the penis towards the glans in different directions.

Using traction to lengthen the penis has also been used for ages. People have even tied rocks and weights to the penis in order to stretch and lengthen it. Some kung fu masters will hang weights to their genitals to test their strength. Modern devices have a much safer and subtle method of traction by using penis stretchers.

Penis sleeves or penis extenders are different in that they aren’t solely focused on lengthening or thickening the penis. In fact, they don’t try to change the penis at all; they are worn over the shaft as a wearable sleeve. The interior of these sleeves can be textured so that the wearer can enjoy stroking themselves with them. However, for this guide we will focus on the way the enhance the penis for more enjoyable sex!

Some consider penis sleeves to be a type of ‘wearable dildo’. Depending on the product, they can add length, girth or texture to your cock. Like the penis pump, these devices were developed in the 1960’s for men who suffered from erectile dysfunction (ED). They weren’t limited to men with ED, however; some men enjoyed using them as sex toys to enhance their sex life. Imagine getting to choose what kind of dick you get to have each day? Additionally, some partners want a larger sized cock in their pussy and a small one in their anus. Others enjoy adding thickness or textures, or using the added girth or length from the cock sheath (penis sleeve) to stretch out their partner! Fairly quickly, something that was made as an alternative to Viagra became something fun to play with!

Penis sleeves also help men with premature ejaculation (PE); the sheath itself is thin enough for the wearer to feel the pressure and thrusts of sexual penetration, but it does limit some sensation. This can numb the sensitivity just enough so that men with PE have found they last longer during sex.

Penis extenders or penis stretchers are different than sleeves; they are devices worn to extend the penis and straighten curvatures, but are not worn during sex. They are corrective devices that are far less invasive or as expensive as surgery. They cause traction on the penis, gradually stretching it over the course of approximately six months. The stretching causes micro-tears in the penile tissue and as the body heals these tears, cells fill in where the tears were made which incrementally adds more length and girth to the cock.

Cock rings are toys usually made out of stretchy silicone, rubber, metal or leather that restrict blood flow in the cock so it stays engorged. As the penis fills with blood, it gets erect. For centuries, cock rings have been used all over the world to limit the flow of blood back out of the penis so it would stay engorged longer. This was typically used as a medical treatment for ED (erectile dysfunction). Many people with ED pair cock rings with a penis pump to help them achieve and maintain an erection. To learn more, read our Guide to Cock Rings!

Why Do You Need Penis Enhancement Devices?

There are several different ways to enhance the sizes or length of a penis. Not all reasons are the same. Some people want to lengthen or stretch their penis for aesthetic purposes to gain confidence. Others have medical issues that they are seeking a non-invasive solution for. Here are some of the reasons you might want to consider a penis enhancement device!

  • Longer Erections Many men struggle with ED (erectile dysfunction); it is especially common in men following prostate surgery. Medications can be costly and have negative side effects. A penis pump is one of the few non-invasive ways to help with ED.
  • Added Girth and Length Penis sleeves and cock sheaths offer different options to add girth or length to your cock! If your partner wants to experience deeper, fuller penetration in their pussy or ass, this is a great way to give it to them!
  • Help with PE (premature ejaculation) Cock sleeves not only add girth or length, they also make it so penetration is less sensitive. Many men find they can last longer because they’re not oversensitized. Additionally, numbing sprays can be used instead or in addition to the toy!
  • Non-Invasive Alternative to Surgery For many men, the idea of having surgery on their penis is daunting and scary. It is not only expensive, there also has not been any solid evidence that suggests these surgeries help. In fact, if done incorrectly the surgery can actually make it harder to get and keep an erection. Talk to a doctor if you’re wondering what the right option is for you.
  • Alternative to Viagra or Other Prescriptions These options are also great alternatives to pills or other drugs that may have unwanted side effects to the individual.
  • Peyronie’s Disease Some men suffer from a disease that causes their penis to curve. Penis extenders have been used to help correct the curvature and straighten out the penis as it lengthens it.
  • Confidence and Fun! Men don’t have to try to solve a problem or fix anything to enjoy these devices. Some just enjoy the feel of a pump. Others want to give their partners a diverse experience in the bedroom and add different sleeves to their penis! Finally, some simply want to lengthen their penis with an extender to build confidence.

Types of Penis Enhancement Devices

  • Penis Pumps These devices use a vacuum chamber to create a seal around the cock and then slowly suction all the air out of the chamber. This causes the tissue to engorge and become erect.
  • Penis Extenders, Sleeves and Hollow Strap-Ons These devices are worn over the cock and are a type of ‘wearable dildo’. Choose one that adds length, girth, texture or all three!
  • Penis Stretchers These are corrective devices that lengthen and straighten the penis over time.
  • Cock Rings These limit the backflow of blood from the cock which helps maintain erection.
  • Ejaculation Delay Sprays and Numbing Creams These products numb the penis so that it doesn’t get oversensitized. It helps to maintain an erection and is frequently used by those with PE (premature ejaculation) to keep from cumming.

Materials & Cleaning


  • Most preferred material used for sex toys
  • Longer shelf life than most materials
  • Easily cleaned before and after use
  • Hypoallergenic and non-porous

To Clean: Wash with an antibacterial soap and warm water. Wipe clean with a soft cloth. To disinfect, boil the toy for 5-10 minutes and then wash with an antibacterial soap.

Safety: Do not use with silicone-based lube.


  • More affordable than silicone, but also more porous
  • Can’t easily be disinfected

To Clean: Rubber is very porous and the chemical composition of each brand varies. Some rubber products contain phthalates which can be harmful to your health. Wash with mild soap and warm water and let air dry. Keep in a cool, dark place once dry.


  • Non-porous, phthalate-free, body safe & easy to clean
  • Durable and long-lasting
  • Compatible with any lube

To Clean: Use warm water and soap to get initial dirt and debris off. Soak or boil in a solution of 10% bleach to 90% water for 10 minutes, then place in the dishwasher.

Metal: Zinc alloy, Copper, Stainless Steel, Aluminum: These are a few of the most common metals used in toys and equipment. Read the product description for more information on which specific metal is used.

To Clean: Can be boiled, or disinfected with medical grade body-safe disinfectants.


  • Non-porous, phthalate-free, body safe & easy to clean
  • Durable and long-lasting
  • Compatible with any lube

To Clean: Use warm water and soap to get initial dirt and debris off. Do disinfect, soak or boil in a solution of 10% bleach to 90% water for 10 minutes, then place in the dishwasher.

ABS Plastic (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene): A thermoplastic polymer that has a low melting point (can easily be melted and molded into different shapes).

To Clean: Use warm water and mild soap and wipe with a soft, cotton cloth.

Safety: Prolonged use and exposure to chemicals (used in cleaning or disinfecting) can cause the plastic to crack or become more porous. Replace these items more regularly than silicone or metal. Keep out of extreme heat or the plastic can become misshapen.

Polypropylene: A type of plastic commonly used to make bottle caps, bottles, fittings and other shapes.

To Clean: Wash with warm water and mild soap.

Safety: Use a soft cotton cloth on the material to avoid scratches. Do not share toys if there is a risk of sharing STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections aka STDs).


  • A versatile thermoplastic that is easily molded during production
  • Can be made to look like glass
  • Stronger than conventional plastic

To Clean: Wash with mild soap or detergent and warm water. To avoid scratching the acrylic, spray the soap and water mix onto the item and then gently wipe clean or blot until dry with a damp cloth or chamois.

Polycarbonate (PC) Plastic

  • A versatile thermoplastic that is easily molded and multi-colored
  • Similar in transparency to glass
  • Stronger than conventional plastic

To Clean: Wash with mold soap and lukewarm water using a damp sponge or soft cloth to avoid scratching. Do not scrub or apply heavy pressure. Rinse water often and blot dry with soft cloth or chamois.

Buyer’s Guide to Penis Enhancement Devices

We’ve broken it down into a few key categories. After reading about what these devices can do for you, now you know a little more about which one to start with! It can be daunting trying to find the best products, so we’ve included our most popular items below to choose from!


The SMP Beginner's Penis Pump Simple, easy to use and affordable. This is a great option for beginner’s interested in pumping.

Premium Penis Pump Set This option includes a hand pump with a pressure valve. Great for serious pumpers, this high quality set is ready to go when you are!

Penis Extender

Clearly Ample Penis Extender This penis extender is see-through and is held in place by a cock ring. It adds slight length to your penis.

Black Mamba Cock Sheath Ever wanted a BBC? This huge, black cock will add girth and length to your penis and have your partner begging for more!

Penis Stretcher

Size Matters Penis Enlarger This device is easy to use and comfortable to wear. Start your journey into penis stretching today!

Cock Rings

3-Piece Silicone Cock Ring Set Great for beginners, this set has wide rings that won’t cut into the skin so they are comfortable to wear. Comes with three different sizes so you can find out which size fits you best!


Men with a history of priapism, congenital blood disorders (such as sickle cell anemia or leukemia) should not use penis pumps.
Conditions like these can make you susceptible to blood clots or bleeding. Consult a doctor to know what is safe to use.

Slight bruising is normal.
After using a pump, it is possible to experience some bruising. Generally, this should go away in one to three days. However, extreme pumping can lead to tissue damage. Use device with discretion.

Side-effects of penis pumping:

  • Bruising or pain
  • Numbness in the penis, or cold or bluish colored skin
  • Pinpoint sized red dots called petechiae
  • Unnatural feeling erections
  • Feeling of trapped semen after ejaculation
  • Learn more about penis pumping and side effects here

Choose a pump with a quick-release nozzle.
It is possible to overpump by pumping too quickly. The air pressure level rises too high and in doing so it pulls the blood to your vessels too quickly. This can cause bruising and tissue damage. It also makes getting the pump off more difficult. Make sure to choose a pump with a quick-release nozzle and know how to use it.

Do not use a pump on skin that has abrasions or open wounds.
The suction will only make any open or still-healing wounds worse by re-opening them. Any skin that is not healed over can also pose a risk or be at risk for STIs (sexually transmitted infections or STDs).

When using a penis sleeve or penis extender, be gentle with your cock.
In extreme cases where people are being too aggressive with the penis sleeve or extender, there have been instances where individuals have fractured their penis. This is highly unlikely for anyone who is simply using the toy mindfully and not forcing anything.

Do not use a penis extender for more than the recommended daily time.
You can wear it between three to six hours a day. For most people starting out, this is too long to do without a break, so they’ll take a break, take it off around lunchtime and sit down (sitting down with it on can be uncomfortable). However, those who are trying to rush the process and wear it for longer durations during the day will only end up causing themselves pain and potentially injuring their cock.

Only use gentle tension; don’t force the stretch!
When using penis extenders, it shouldn’t feel painful. It will be uncomfortable, but not to an unbearable degree.

Expert Tips & Advice

When using a pump, build the pressure up slowly.
Slowly pumping the penis is far more pleasurable than doing it quickly. Additionally, it’s safer and feels good to go slow! Getting used to the speed and intensity at which the pump will cause pressure to increase in the pumping chamber can be tricky; going slow will gradually intensify sensation and decrease the risk of bruising and tissue damage.

Combine penis pumping with a cock ring.
After the pump engorges the penis with blood, help maintain the erection with a cock ring! This combination is commonly used for people who have ED (erectile dysfunction).

Please consult a doctor if you are suffering from ED (erectile dysfunction).
There are many factors (psychological and physical) that contribute to ED. See a doctor and talk about which options are safest and most helpful for your specific situation. They can let you know if it is safe to use one, if medication may be interfering with your body and causing ED and may even prescribe a penis pump that is covered by insurance.

Shaving or waxing the hair around the base of the cock helps the seal.
A little grooming goes a long way. First of all, it will help avoid getting any hair stuck in the cock ring or containment ring. Secondly, smooth skin and some lubricant will help ensure a tight seal between your skin and the pumping chamber for a better fit.

Take a warm shower before using the pump.
This will only help increase bloodflow even more and you’ll be relaxed and clean before sex!

Don’t use the penis pump for more than 15-20 minutes at a time.
While there is no set rule on how long a person can or should use the pump, this is a good rule to start with so you don’t overdo it.

When using a penis sleeve, it is normal to experience less sensation.
The thickness of each penis sleeve differs, but it does tend to be enough to dull sensation to the shaft and head of the cock. This can be beneficial for those who struggle with PE.

If you want more sensation with a penis sleeve, attach a vibrator!
If dulling sensitivity to the cock isn’t what your goal is, attach a vibrator to the toy itself! Both you and your partner will enjoy the added sensation!

When purchasing a penis sleeve, measure your erect penis.
It’s important that the penis sleeve fits snug but not too tightly on the cock. Measure your erect penis and compare that to the dimensions of the cock sleeve.

Penis extenders can be uncomfortable to wear while seated, but are more comfortable to wear while standing up.
We suggest wearing loose clothing and stay aware of the device. Try to wear it while standing, not while sitting down or driving. A lot of extender kits are easy to travel with, so it shouldn't be a problem to take it with you on the go!


How do I use a pump?

  • Prepare the penis by shaving or trimming any excess hair and lubricating the shaft and base of the penis near the pelvis.
  • Slide the pump over the shaft and press the base onto the pelvis.
  • Attach the pump if not already attached.
  • Begin to pump the air out of the penis pump until a vacuum seal is created against the body.
  • Adjust slightly by sliding the pump over the lubricated skin if there is any discomfort.
  • Slide the constriction ring or cock ring down over the penis (if applicable) to help maintain an erection after pumping.
  • Remove the pump and release air-pressure before removing the pump from the penis.

Will a penis pump make my cock bigger?
There is no medical evidence suggesting that pumping will permanently enhance your penis size. However, it will help maintain an erection and increase sensitivity and sensation!

Why do people use penis pumps?
People use them most commonly for one of two reasons; either they want to treat ED (erectile dysfunction) with it and maintain an erection, or they enjoy the pleasurable feeling of getting their cock vacuum-sucked by the pump.

Do I need lube when using a penis pump?
It’s not necessary, but it will make the experience much more comfortable. Putting lube on the shaft of the cock and on the skin where the pump will seal helps reduce friction. If you need to adjust the location of the pump or keep the penis from rubbing against the inside of the chamber, a little lubricant will make adjusting the chamber without breaking the seal easier.

Can I overuse a penis pump?
Yes, but there’s no set rule on how many times are too many. Listen to your body; if you are noticing achiness or soreness in the shaft or getting bruises, take a break. For beginners, try to limit it to no more than three times a week to start with.

How do I know when to use a constriction ring?
A constriction ring is something that is often paired with a penis pump. Another term for it is cock ring. Finding the right sized cock ring is important. If it’s too tight, it can cut off too much circulation and cause numbness. If it’s too loose, it won’t work. Read all about cock rings in our Guide to Cock Rings!

Why would I get an open-ended penis sleeve?
These sleeves are for people who are happy with the length of their penis but want more girth. Some women don’t want more length to the penis because a cock that is too long will hit the cervix as the man thrusts which can be painful. Talk to your partner about what they desire for best results!

Can I use a penis sleeve if I have already ejaculated?
There are some penis sleeves that are hollow strap-ons; these sleeves stay rigid even when you aren’t hard anymore. Keep thrusting until your partner is satisfied or until you get hard again; no need to take a break!

How do penis extenders work?
These devices slowly stretch and pull the shaft to elongate it. As they stretch, there are microscopic tears that occur within the penis itself. The body heals and fills in these tears with new cells, gradually increasing the size of the penis.

Does penis extension hurt?
While there are microscopic tears, most people don’t consider it painful. However, it can be uncomfortable to wear since it’s on the penis for up to six hours a day. If it is excruciatingly painful, consult a doctor.

How long does it take for penis extenders to work?
It depends on the person, but it is a device that is used regularly for small and gradual results. It is not immediate.

How long can I use a penis extender?
Most people wear them between three to six hours a day for up to six months.

Can penis extenders help with Peyronie’s disease?
There is some evidence to suggest that these devices help with the curvature caused by this disease. Consult a doctor more for information.

I think my penis is too small. Will one of these methods help?
Penis size is highly overrated due to the porn industry. Men have become very sensitive to the size of their penis. In actuality, the average penis size of adult men is about 5 inches. Worrying about penis size can be psychologically harmful and lead to other issues, as well, such as anxiety induced erectile dysfunction or performance anxiety. While using penis enhancement tools, it is recommended to work on your self-confidence, as well. There are many ways to please your partner that have nothing to do with the length or girth of your cock.

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