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Are penis pumps bad for you?

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A penis pump is one of a few treatment options for the inability to get or maintain an erection sufficient for sex. A penis pump consists of a plastic tube that fits over the penis, a hand or battery powered pump attached to the tube, and a band that fits around the base of the penis once it’s erect. Penis pumps are sometimes called vacuum pumps or a vacuum erection device. 

Why It’s Done

Erectile dysfunction is a common problem, especially following prostate surgery and in older men. Oral medications can be prescribed to treat erectile dysfunction. Other erectile dysfunction treatments include medications inserted through the tip of your penis into the tube inside that carries urine and semen, shots you inject into your penis, and surgically placed penile implants

A penis pump might be a good choice if these erectile dysfunction treatments cause side effects, don’t work or aren’t safe for you. Penis pumps can be a good erectile dysfunction treatment for several reasons:

  • Penis pumps are effective. With practice and correct use, the majority of men can get an erection sufficient for sex.
  • Penis pumps pose less for risk than do other treatments. The risk of side effects or complications is lower than it is with any other erectile dysfunction treatment. 
  • The overall cost is lower. After the initial purchase, using a penis pump costs less than any other erectile dysfunction treatment.
  • Penis pumps are non-invasive. They don’t require surgery, inserting medication into the top of your penis or penile injections.
  • Penis pumps can be used with other treatments. A penis pump can be used along with medications or a penile implant. For some men, a combination of erectile dysfunction treatments works best.
  • Using a penis pump might help you regain erectile function after certain procedures. For example, using a penis pump might help restore your ability to get a natural erection after prostate surgery or radiation therapy for prostate cancer.

Risks of using a penis pump

Although penis pumps are safe for most men, there are some potential risks. For example:

  • You are at an increased risk of bleeding if you take blood-thinning medications.
  • A penis pump might not be safe if you have sickle cell anaemia or another blood disorder.

Tell your doctor about all of your health conditions and any medications you take, including herbal supplements. This will help prevent potential problems.

Side Effects

Side effects of using a penis pump can include:

  • Pinpoint-sized red dots. This is caused by bleeding under the surface of the skin of the penis.
  • Numbness, coldness or bluish coloured skin. This can occur when the constriction band is in place.
  • Pain or bruising. Knowing how to use the penis pump correctly can help you avoid injury to your penis.
  • Feeling of trapped semen. You might feel like your semen is trapped when you ejaculate, or ejaculation might be painful. Some manufacturers make constriction rings with a small cut out that might help with this.

Penis pumps have some other possible drawbacks:

  • Unnatural feeling erection. Penis pumps can cause an erection that doesn’t feel natural or spontaneous. You might have a lack of firmness at the base of the penis, which can allow the penis to rotate or pivot more than it would with a natural erection
  • Awkwardness. Use of a penis pump requires patience and understanding from both you and your partner. It might take some time to become comfortable with the device.
  • Manual coordination is required. Penis pumps require the use of the hands and fingers to operate, which can be a problem for some men or their partners.

If you’re suffering from erectile dysfunction then the best thing to do is get it treated by a professional. Why not contact us to book a consultation?

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