The reason I didn’t go into the “feeling” is that it will probably be different for everyone.
The feeling will only be valid if you notice when YOU get that feeling that you SEE gains, or LOSS during that time.
As Shiver is talking about, we need to shift away from just routines…and begin to look at results and early indicators of results.
So to get back to the “ache”, the only time I get that is when the tube is pressing to hard into my pubic bone, but I sure that is totally different from what you are saying. That is why going by subtle feelings are too difficult to get any real reproducibility.
One feeling that I think is important is pain, I believe it should ABSOLUTELY be avoided.
So, now to be of some use to you.
By pain I don’t mean subtle don’t know if it is pain or ache or what. What I’m talking about is “owww God bless it…that friggin’ hurts!” So I think you can agree, that is way too much of what ever you’re doing.
So short of that, you will have all kinds of different sensation. Pick what ever you want. I suggest starting with a minimum of discomfort, and actually “pleasant” is a good place to start as a guideline. But because you are a pumper, I would suggest starting at about 3 in hg. for one set of ten minutes. At this vacuum, it should fall in the “pleasant” range, but if it is “painful” to you, decrease the vacuum force.
This becomes your starting point. I would suggest to measure your erect size in the tube at 3 in hg (or whatever your starting point is), when you FIRST start. I believe this will give you a more accurate picture of where your gains are at. I think measuring after 3 hrs at 20 in hg will give you a very distorted view of true gains ( of course I’m being funny here, but I’m making a serious point).
Do this for one week and see what kind of progress you have made. Lets say you have made some progress, like 1/8 inch. Great, now you can look back and see that you had such and such feelings during the pumping…now it has meaning to YOU. You NOW know that those feelings indicate that you have it about right.
If you are making good progress with the above time and set, you can then either stick with it until it no longer gives progress or you can try increasing it. Either increase vacuum, time or sets. I really don’t recommend changing too many parameters at once.
It could very well be that 3 in hg is perfect for you, and adding another 10 minute set improves your results.
However lets say you go to 4 in hg and add another set…. and you lose progress! You won’t know what did it! See? So change one parameter at a time and use it for at least one week. Make sure it is a small change, not a big jump. For example go to 4 in hg, or add another 10 min set at 3 in hg…see?
This is a slow, deliberate process. It may take a while to find what works best for you, but it is a much surer way in my opinion to find it!
Overall I believe it is better to do a little everyday, than do a lot that takes a week to recover from. I have no proof of this, but seems to be what works best for most guys, and I believe it keeps scar tissue down to a minimum.
So to sum up;
1 Start with a minimum base line like 3 in hg for one ten minute set/daily.
2 Measure your penis length in tube at 3 in hg, erect. Measure BEFORE you start your routine. Measure daily. Marking the tube is a easy way to keep track.
3 Make incremental changes if no progress is seen after a week. Keep track of force, time and sets.
4. DO NOT GET CARRIED AWAY! Stick with your game plan. One over enthusiastic day can set you back a week or more, and invalidate your results for that entire week.
5. Pain should be avoided (indicates trauma, not stimulation) and if you are doing it correctly, you should have a normal or better than normal amount of nite and morning wood. Any decrease of nite or morning wood is an early indicator of over doing it.
Does that make sense to you now? Pain is a guideline of overdoing it, wood is a indicator also. So you are using physiologic guidelines to help you know if you are in the zone. You then use a systematic approach with your routine (within reasonable, known parameters) to develop a routine that works best for you. Do you see what I’m trying to set up here?
On the topic of #4, I took my own advise and measured myself erect in tube at 5 in hg ( my base line). I have regained over 1/4 in of the more than 1/2 of loss. Obviously it wasn’t a true loss, rather a reaction or tissue contraction due to inflammation caused by too much trauma that one day.
Whats interesting is, it is now about 4 days later, and I am still not back to where I was before. I goes to show how quickly we can react to overstimulation! Now remember, I didn’t really get any soreness, or didn’t really look that much smaller just eyeballing my unit…but a whole HALF INCH!
What I did notice was a decrease in morning and evening wood. I truly believe it is an excellent indicator of over stressing your unit.
Now if I had been measuring daily, it would have shown up the next day, so I now know that to be an excellent indicator also.
Imagine if you are over doing it for weeks or even months! Who knows how long it would take to recover. It is obvious to me now why some guys get terrible results, they are probably overdoing it from the beginning…and just add more trauma to an already overstress unit, as they get frustrated!