Penis pump: Pump your way out of erectile dysfunction


Last Updated June 13th, 2021

What is erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction is the inability to attain or maintain a firm erection for sexual intercourse or coitus. This can be due to premature ejaculation, delayed or no ejaculation. It is a common problem for older men and for those who have had prostate surgery.

What is a penis pump and what does it look like?

One of the options to treat erectile dysfunction is by the use of a penis pump. It is also called as a vacuum pump or a vacuum constriction device or an erectile dysfunction pump. A penis pump incorporates the following 3 things:

  • A plastic tube that fits over the penis
  • The tube is attached to a pump and is powered by hand or a battery
  • A band that fits around the base of the penis once it is erect (constriction ring)

The erection will be attained by air suction which draws blood into the penis. A penis pump is not a cure for erectile dysfunction but it minimizes the symptoms of this condition and enhances sexual performance. It is noninvasive, safe and has no side effects. It can be used for masturbation as well.

What are the advantages of using a penis pump for erectile dysfunction treatment?

  • They are effective. Many men can get a good erection for coitus when they use it correctly.
  • It is less expensive compared to other erectile dysfunction treatment.
  • Penis pumps can be used along with other treatments or medications.
  • You can use a penis pump for some time to re-establish your natural erection ability. This is very useful especially in cases of any prostate surgery or radiation therapy for prostate cancer.
  • They also help in curing erectile dysfunction caused due to certain health conditions. In cases of diabetes, the use of a penis pump helps in maintaining a normal sexual function. It is also useful for conditions such as Peyronie’s disease where the erections are bent.
  • The penis pump helps in maintaining the length and the girth of the penis.

How should you use a penis pump?

  • Create a watertight seal by applying the water-soluble jelly (lubricant) to the base of the penis.
  • Place the penis in the tube.
  • Pump the air out slowly. This causes your penis to fill with blood. It takes about 10 to 20 minutes to attain a full erection.
  • Maintain the erection by placing the band around the base of the penis.
  • You can obtain bands of various sizes and tightness levels. You can decide which band is appropriate for you via a trial and error.
  • Remove the band after intercourse. Do not wear the band for more than 30 minutes as it can cut off the blood flow or cause injury.
  • Remove the pump after releasing the vacuum.

Who all must exercise caution while using a penis pump?

People with the following conditions must consult a doctor first before using a penis pump.

  • Those who have a history of prolonged erection.
  • Those who have a history of blood disorders such as sickle cell anemia (a condition where the red blood cells become sickle-shaped), etc.
  • Those who are under blood thinning medications cannot use a penis pump.
  • Decreased sensation of the penis
  • Spinal cord injury (especially the ones at the sacral area of S2 – S4. This is involved in the reflex erection and damage to this, can damage your erection abilities).

Inform your doctor about any health condition you may have and the medications you are consuming to rule out any potential problems. Depending on your medical conditions or the medications you are taking for erectile dysfunction (including herbal supplements), your doctor might advise you if using a penis pump is safe and advisable for you.

Are there any side effects?

There are some probable side effects but none of them are lethal.

  • The occurrence of red dots due to bleeding under the skin’s surface (petechiae)
  • Numbness or coldness
  • Bluish-colored skin
  • Occurrences of wounds
  • Pain
  • Painful ejaculation
  • Feeling of trapped semen

A doctor’s prescription will fetch you penis pumps that are approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Though you can easily buy penis pumps online, or from drug stores or sex shops, not all these products are approved by the FDA or are safe for use.

Disadvantages of using a penis pump:

  • The erections you get with a penis pump might feel unnatural. It does not feel spontaneous and there might be a lack of firmness at the base of the penis like it would in a natural erection. Oddly, you can move the penis which is not possible in a natural erection.
  • You and your partner need to be aware and have an understanding of a penis pump as it can be awkward for both of you. It will take some time for you to get used to a penis pump.
  • The use of a penis pump requires the operation to be done manually. This might be weird for some men or their partners.
  • You might have to shave your pubic hair at the base of the penis to enable a good seal for the pump.

How to choose a suitable penis pump?

  • Make sure that the penis pump you choose has a vacuum limiter. This helps in regulating the air pressure preventing it from getting too strong.
  • Choose a ring that fits the base of your penis. It should fit well enough for better functioning but it should not be too tight that it is uncomfortable.
  • Do not choose the ones that claim to enlarge your penis as they might not be safe.

Do penis pumps increase the length and size of your penis?

No. Obviously not! The effects of using penis pumps for increasing the length and size are short-lived. They indeed improve sexual performance and erection. The penis pump draws blood towards the penis yielding an erection and the constriction ring maintains the erection during the intercourse. This can give you the effect of an increased length and size.

Tips to help with erectile dysfunction and using penis pumps

penis pump worksThere is no safe way of penis enlargement. There are a few factors you can focus on to enhance your sex life.

  • It is important to communicate with your partner. It brings in better understanding. Neither of you must feel hesitant to discuss sexual preferences or problems with each other. A good understanding brings in more spice to your sex life.
  • Make certain lifestyle changes to help with not just your sex life but the way you live in general.
  • Exercise regularly and be fit. Lose the belly fat.
  • Maintain your blood pressure within the normal range .
  • Consume a balanced diet.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Refrain from alcohol and cigarettes.
  • Manage your stress and try to relax and take rest.
  • Communicate with a doctor or a counselor. Your psychologist will advise you on these aspects. They could tell you how common this situation is and how it can be rectified without resorting to any penis enlargement surgeries.

What are the myths associated with the use of penis pumps?

  • Penis pumps damage the penis – Many are of the notion that penis pumps can cause irreversible damage if used continuously. The truth is these pumps work externally and are non-invasive in nature, the risk of damage is low if you follow the instructions properly. These pumps are also easy to use.
  • Penis pumps are not good for those with diabetes or those with low blood circulation– This is obviously not true. Conditions such as diabetes result in poor blood circulation to the penis leading to erectile dysfunction.
  • Penis pumps are expensive – Many are of the perception that penis pumps are way too pricey. This is not true. Penis pumps are affordable and are cheaper than other products that are used to treat erectile dysfunction.

The final takeaway…

Penis pumps are non-invasive pumps that can be used to treat erectile dysfunction. They are designed in such a way so as to increase the blood flow to the penis and also maintain a stable erection for about 30 minutes.

They are easy to use and are cheaper in price as opposed to a doctor’s consultation and medications for treating erectile dysfunction put together. Apart from this, you can also make some impactful lifestyle changes such as being fit and getting rid of belly fat to boost your sexual life. Regular use of a penis pump can help minimize erectile dysfunction to a large extent and can also help in bringing back a good erection naturally.


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