The Use of Penis Pumps – Vacuum Constriction Device To Treat Erectile Disfunction

A penis pump is one of a few treatment options for the inability to get or maintain an erection sufficient for sex (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 (constriction ring).

Erectile dysfunction pumps, which are also known as vacuum pumps, vacuum therapy, vacuum devices, and sometimes vacuum constriction devices, are one of the oldest medical erectile dysfunction treatments. The first patent for a vacuum pump was applied for in 1917.

With the introduction of oral medications for erectile dysfunction, vacuum pumps became less popular, as they are a more cumbersome, less discreet treatment. But they continue to be useful for treating erectile dysfunction in some men and have, more recently, become a product of interest in the process of penile rehabilitation following surgery or other kinds of penile trauma.

It’s important to distinguish penis pumps that you can buy online and at sex shops from vacuum constriction devices. The latter have been clinically tested, while the former will likely have had no safety or efficacy testing. Penis pumps can not be said to be offering treatment, and this article only deals with vacuum pumps, which have been developed and tested for treatment of erectile dysfunction.

A penis pump is sometimes called a vacuum pump or a penis constriction device.

But please do not ever think they will grow your penis in size permanently. They are not made to do that. They have temporary functions with long-lasting benefits in that they can help you fulfill your sex life objectives

Erectile dysfunction is a common problem, especially following prostate surgery and in older men. Oral medications prescribed to treat erectile dysfunction include sildenafil (Viagra, Revatio), vardenafil (Levitra, Staxyn), tadalafil (Cialis, Adcirca) and avanafil (Stendra).

Who Should Consider Using a Vacuum Constriction Device?

Vacuum constriction devices are safe and can be used by patients with ED caused by many conditions, including:

  • Poor bloodflow to the penis
  • Diabetes
  • Surgery for prostateor colon cancer
  • Psychological issues such as anxietyor depression

Other erectile dysfunction treatments include medications inserted through the tip of your penis into the tube inside that carries urine and semen (urethra), shots you inject into your penis (penile injections), and surgically placed penile implants.

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 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 noninvasive. They don’t require surgery, inserting medication into the tip 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.
  • Penis pumps might counter sexual effects of certain health conditions. In some men with an underlying health problem, such as diabetes, a penis pump might help regain or maintain normal sexual function. If you have Peyronie’s disease, a disorder that causes bent erections, using a penis pump might help you maintain the length and girth of your penis.
  • You’re at an increased risk of bleeding if you take blood-thinning medications. Examples include warfarin (Coumadin), clopidogrel (Plavix) and some over-the-counter pain relievers such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others), or naproxen.
  • A penis pump might not be safe if you have sickle cell anemia or another blood disorder. These conditions can make you susceptible to blood clots or bleeding.


Side effects

  • Pinpoint-sized red dots (petechiae). This is caused by bleeding under the surface of the skin of the penis.
  • Numbness, coldness or bluish-colored 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 may feel like your semen is trapped when you ejaculate, or ejaculation might be painful. Some manufacturers make constriction rings with a small cutout that might help with this.

Penis pumps have some other possible drawbacks:

  • Unnatural-feeling erections.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.
  • 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 use of the hands and fingers to operate, which can be a problem for some men or their partners.
  • You may need to shave.You might have to shave your pubic hair at the base of your penis so that the pump can get a good seal.

To determine whether a penis pump is a good treatment option for you, your doctor might ask about:

  • Any illnessesyou have now or have had in the past.
  • Any injuries or surgeriesyou’ve had, especially those involving your penis, testicles or prostate.
  • What medications you take,including herbal supplements.
  • What erectile dysfunction treatments you’ve triedand how well they worked.

Vacuum constriction devices should not be used by men who may have a significant congenital bleeding disorder or a disorder that predisposes them to a condition called priapism (a prolonged, sometime painful erection lasting over several hours). Examples include sickle cell anemia, some forms of leukemia, and other blood conditions.

Your doctor will likely do a physical exam, which typically includes checking your genitals and feeling your pulse in arteries in different parts of your body (peripheral arteries). Your doctor might perform a digital rectal examination (DRE) to check your prostate gland.

During a DRE, your doctor will gently insert a lubricated, gloved finger into your rectum to feel the surface of the prostate.

Make sure whatever model of penis pump you use has a vacuum limiter, which keeps pressure from getting too high and injuring your penis.

How Vacuum Pumps Work

The pump consists of a cylinder and pump mechanism. The cylinder is put over the penis and held tight against the body. The device works by creating a vacuum in the cylinder which draws blood into the penis causing an erection. Some pumps have a battery operated motor while others are manually operated to create the vacuum in the cylinder. If a man has erectile dysfunction, once he takes the pump off his erection will usually go away. For this reason most pumps are used with constriction rings, which are tight bands of rubber that go around the penis and hold blood in the penis. Essentially the pump gives a man an erection, and the rings keep the blood in the penis, maintaining an erection while they are worn.