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Advice on pump and tension rings

Posted 30 March 2017 14:12:37(UTC)

I wondered if anyone had any advice on using the pump, especially the tension rings. I received the Somaerect response II at the end of last week and have been using it daily since last Sunday. I seemed to get the hangof the pump straight away and on the third session decided to try what looked like the largest tension ring.
That didn't hold my erection, so I tried the next size down. That worked great for holding my erection but it felt uncomfortably tight, then the fun started when I tried to get it off!
Pulling the tabs did not result in my erection going down and after a 5 minute struggle and a lot of pain I got it off.
It was a somewhat off-putting experience and I am now wary of trying again.
Any advice/recommendations on size, types of rings and techniques would be welcome.

Posted 30 March 2017 19:07:30(UTC)

I have the same pump as you. Did you get any of the soft gel type rings with the pump, they are far easier to use than the white rings. On my first attempt using the rings I got a testicle inside the ring and the OH had to cut it off. I followed CJs suggestion about buying the durex gel rings, I found that they were more comfortable than the rings supplied with the pump. They perhaps do not hold the erection for as long but the sensitivity is greater. Some guys suggest using two larger rings rather than one small ring. I did finish up with a black and blue penis when the ring would not come off, use plenty of lube and the ring should come off without​ too much trouble.

Thanks Chris
Posted 30 March 2017 19:38:04(UTC)

Great advice above. I only use the durex rings now I have a reasonable election with medication. I have exactly the same pump as you. As Chris said I was told not to use the rings supplied with the pump. I was given some very tight but super stretchy jelly rings on a separate prescription. Remember for exercise you don't need rings. Just leave the pump on. But for sex you do need a ring. Keep your pubic hair very trimmed is best. With the jelly rings you can usually squeeze a finger in and ease them off. Visit the imedicare.co.uk site who supply the pump and rings. I think they have prescription codes also.

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Posted 30 March 2017 19:49:06(UTC)

Sounds like you are not using enough lube markac, and/or did not pull the wings out sideways far enough. The other possibility is that you were actually maintaining a natural erection - what happens when you pump and then release the vacuum? Does the erection hold by itself for a while or does it droop immediately?

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Posted 30 March 2017 20:58:51(UTC)

Thanks for the replies everyone, I will look into the durex ones. I tried a few different ones tonight, included in the pack I had with the pump was a clear gel one and that seemed to be the best one, if a little tight. It seems quite hard to get the balance between comfort and sustaining an erection.

Lyn - I had no nerve sparing and expected to have no erectile function at all after the op. This was true at first, no amount of physical stimulation seemed to do anything for me. However after some weeks I seemed to get a little response. Then I was given viagra to try and on second use I actually got a semi erection. It wasn't enough for normal intercourse but it was certainly encouraging. Bearing this in mind - yes I think you may have a point there. When I release the vacuum my erection does reduce immediately, but I do hold a semi-erection for about 5-10 minutes.

Another question if I may, all instruction says that you must take the ring(s) off after 30 minutes. However I cant see any info on when you can use the ring again afterwards. Do you have to wait fr a while or can you 're-inflate' straight-away and start again?

Posted 30 March 2017 21:47:27(UTC)

You are creating a tourniquet so it would be a good idea to leave at least a short while for normal blood and oxygen flow before using the ring again.

The warning about having the ring on for no more than 30 minutes is an absolute maximum - I don't think John could ever bear it for more than about 15 - 20 minutes! If you can have sex for a full 30 minutes with a ring you may actually be superman!

"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." Soren Kierkegaard

Posted 31 March 2017 12:02:11(UTC)

Shortly after posting I went on to the durex site to have a look at the gel rings, it says on there to wait 60 mins between uses.
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