Some might think that circumcised men have it just a little easier when it comes to pumping because they have less to worry about. That may be true when just starting out, but once you understand how your penis responds to pumping, there’s really no disadvantage to having foreskin. In fact, the foreskin adds more girth which cut men can only hope to regain through pumping and other exercises.
Should you pump with foreskin forward or retracted?
This is a common question for men who are new to pumping. The answer depends on how you’re built: some guys have a foreskin that retracts during an erection (considered typical) and some have foreskin that stays forward. There’s no point in forcing the foreskin forward or back in order to use a penis pump. Simply allow your penis to function normally as it becomes extra hard during your pumping sessions. If the foreskin retracts then fine; if it stays forward then that’s ok too. The penis shaft will expand in all directions and your foreskin will develop proportionally as it should.
Keeping Foreskin Forward
Sometimes the pump is at fault for causing the foreskin to pull back when it normally does not. If this happens, then the opening of the pump cylinder is probably pulling the skin on your shaft rearward. Try using a lubricant around the base of your penis to allow the skin on and around it to move more freely. It may also help if you have an erection before it goes into the pump.
Foreskin Swelling and the “Donut” Effect
One potential issue can arise when pumping an intact penis regardless of the position of the foreskin. It’s referred to as the “donut” effect and it can happen when pumping too long or using too much pressure. The result is a foreskin that develops into a donut-like, swollen ring. Not only does the affected area become very puffy, but extra sensitivity or pain can be expected as well.
Even circumcised men are not immune to this problem. For them, the scarred area where the foreskin was removed may be a point of swelling.
Most who have experienced the donut effect say that it will diminish within a day’s time. While severe inflammation on your cock is alarming, it should be a warning that you’re exceeding your limits and you need to change how you pump. When you resume pumping, try doing so for less time, with less pressure, or both.
Wrapping may help reduce inflammation of the foreskin and the penis in general. Use a medical grade tape or self-adhering gauze and wrap the effected area making sure not to wrap too tightly. This treatment has been known to reduce swelling in as little as 30 minutes.
Some go as far as using various wrapping techniques to prevent swelling from even starting. Usually, a medical grade tape or sell-adhering gauze is used to wrap the penis and/or foreskin area prior to pumping.
Condom pumping is another technique used to minimize swelling of the foreskin and other related consequences of high pressure pumping. The theory is that by wearing one or two condoms, one can stop the accumulation of fluid under the skin that leads to the foreskin “donut” effect.
Even though wrapping and using condoms in this fashion seems extremely counter-productive, some say it helps avoid swelling and still allows growth building expansion; while others see no benefit.
Play it Safe
The main thing to remember when pumping is to pay attention to how your penis feels. Subjecting your penis to a strong vacuum (negative pressure) for more than 30 minutes can have bad consequences, and not all pumps have built-in safe limits (Bathmate does – get one here). If something doesn’t feel or look right then reduce the pressure or stop pumping. Resume your routine only after you’ve resolved whatever issue you were having.
If you’re a beginner, take your time and don’t try to match experienced pumpers. Doing so will only result in problems!