Keeping the erection after pumping.

What you need to know :

  • The Vacurect system from A Touchy Subject comes with 5 different sized openings. This is because everyone will need a different size. We recommend gradually going down sizes. Remember, you only need to place the glans/head into the opening and start pumping to draw the rest in.

  • You will probably need an opening tighter than you think. Remember, this has nothing to do with actual size, it’s all to do with constriction. The veins and arteries constrict and stop blood flowing out of the penis during a spontaneous erection, you are mimicking this mechanism but with a tight band around the base of the shaft, so to do a good job, it’s got to be tight!

  • Keep all the openings. Even when you find the one that fits you best, don’t chuck the rest. Some people find their size/amount of constriction needs change over time.

  • The mechanism for creating and keeping an erection using a VED is of course quite different to a spontaneous erection, therefore expect the result to be different too. As one of my client’s puts it, the erection he gets is more of a ‘stuffable’ than rigid variety. It is still fun to enjoy with his partner, but requires some tweaks to what they were used to beforehand (some ideas below).

  • 30 MINUTES MAX! This is the only health and safety moment we will have together (apart from also not pumping too furiously- it’s not a camping mattress - take your time). It’s important that the constriction is removed after 30 minutes. During this time the oxygen from the blood drawn into the penis has circulated and needs more oxygenated blood again to return to baseline.

Most asked questions :

What do I do if the erection does not stay up? (gradually ‘deflates’ even with a tight ring on)

The first suggestion is to try a tighter ring. It might seem obvious but if you can comfortably go down a size, that’s sometimes the easiest fix.

Results may improve by combining pumping with Viagra or Cialis (if your doctor has recommended this for you as part of your rehabilitation- please always consult medical advice before proceeding with this).

In my experience talking with clients, stress levels can make a difference. Pumping when you literally feel ‘under the pump’ (sorry, I had to) does not lead to the best results. You might find a warm shower and more arousal before pumping also helps by encouraging more blood flow.

Also, make sure the opening is pushed right up against the base of the shaft before removing the device. This will help keep the erection stronger and at more of an upwards angle.

If all that still leads to the ‘deflated balloon’ look and feel (my clients’ words there, and not a good place for morale to remain), then please get in touch and I will troubleshoot you a more suitable constriction ring. It is rare but very occasionally a different constriction ring system gets better results. I have helped clients troubleshoot this situation before, so do not lose hope, there are systems we can try instead, and please email me at:

The erection is more ‘stuffable’ than rigid, what can I do?

Often the erection made from pumping is engorged, but not ‘stiff’, especially at the root of the penis (this is termed ‘The Hinge Effect’).

This is very normal, although usually bizarre at first. It happens when the device draws more ‘venous’ blood into the penis (into the veins) than deeper arterial blood. This is likely to be the case in the instance of chronic ED from nerve trauma.

Intercourse tips post-pumping: try plenty of lubricant that feels good (one designed for pleasure, like Uberlube). It is also recommended to 'guide' the erection in with a hand and to not thrust too vigorously to avoid slip-outs. Having your partner 'on top' is often a preferred position for extra control.

How do I get the ring off?

Squeezing the erection to encourage blood to flow back into the body is the first suggestion. You might also find that lifting the opening up at one side and pulling the opening to the side slightly can help begin blood flow back into the body. Remember to only leave the ring on for 30 minutes. Your body needs to reinstate oxygenated blood flow after this time.

Can I use this with injections?

Yes you absolutely can, and the two can produce a great result together when you find the right formula. Using the VED beforehand may help reduce pain from injections by keeping the tissue stretched and supple. Using the VED afterwards can draw more blood into the erection. If you currently use injections but find your get a ‘7/10’, then using a VED with a tighter opening might take you to a 10/10.

Can I use this with PDE5 inhibitors (viagra/cialis)?

Yes, in fact a few studies highly recommend it for best results. Please see this separate guide. Medical disclaimer time, please always seek professional medical advice before attempting this path.