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Can a Penis Pump Help with Erectile Dysfunction?

Penis Pump

A penis pump is, interestingly, one of a few treatment options for the inability too get or maintain an erection that is sufficient for sex, otherwise known as erectile dysfunction. 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 is erect. Alternative names for penis pumps can be a vacuum pump or a vacuum erection device.

Why do people use them?

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

A penis pump might be a good choice if these treatments cause side effects, don’t work or aren’t safe for you. They 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 of a 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 tip of your penis or penile injections.
  • Other treatments can be used along with a penis pump. – 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.


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. – Examples including warfarin and clopidogrel.
  • It might not be safe if you have sickle cell anemia or another blood disorder. These conditions can make you susceptible too blood clots or bleeding.

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.

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