Dear Bearded Confidant,

Please give me info on how to use a vacuum pump.  I just bought one at a local adult bookstore, but no instructions were included.  I'm mainly wanting to use it to get an erection, since my hardons have been few and far between.  I masturbate on a regular basis and cum, but I want the erection, too.  I'm not a candidate for Viagra, so I'm trying the vacuum pump routine.

Dear Faithful,

Even though I know plenty of guys who use and love their vacuum pumps, I cannot personally recommend any model of pump for any purpose.  Pumps can seriously damage the erectile tissues and burst blood vessels, causing further problems in sexual performance as well as reducing penis sensitivity.  I suggest exploring other methods of sexual stimulation (see my archive on Enemas and Erections).