Find out how this device can be placed on your penis to create an erection.
If you can't get or keep an erection firm enough for sex, it means you have a condition called erectile dysfunction (ED). A penis pump is one of a few treatment choices that might help. It's a device made of these parts:
A penis pump is sometimes called a vacuum pump or a vacuum erection device.
Erectile dysfunction is a common problem. It's especially an issue after prostate surgery and in older men.
Health care providers have a few ways to treat ED, though. Prescription drugs that you can take by mouth include:
Other ED treatments include:
A penis pump might be a good choice if an ED medicine that you take by mouth causes side effects, doesn't work or isn't safe for you. A pump might also be the right choice if you don't want to try the other treatments.
Penis pumps can be a good ED treatment because they:
A penis pump is used to draw blood into the penis to create an erection. You then place a rubber ring around the base of the penis to maintain the erection.
Penis pumps are safe for most men, but there are some risks. For example:
Tell your health care provider about all of your health conditions. Also let them know about any medicines you take, including herbal supplements. This will help prevent possible problems.
Side effects of using a penis pump can include:
Penis pumps have some other possible drawbacks:
See your health care provider if you have erectile dysfunction. Be ready to answer some questions about your health and your symptoms.
In some cases, ED is caused by another health condition that can be treated. Depending on your condition, you might need to see a specialist who treats problems of the urinary tract and reproductive system, called a urologist.
To figure out whether a penis pump is a good treatment choice for you, your health care provider might ask about:
Your provider will likely give you a physical exam. This often includes checking your genitals. It also may include feeling your pulse in different parts of your body.
Your provider might do a digital rectal examination. This lets them check your prostate gland. Your provider will gently place a smooth, slippery, gloved finger into your rectum. Then they'll be able to feel the surface of the prostate.
Your visit might be less involved if your provider already knows the cause of your ED.
You can buy some penis pumps without a health care provider's prescription. But talk to your provider before you buy one. They might suggest or prescribe a specific model. That way you can be sure it's right for you and that it was made by a trustworthy company.
Penis pumps sold online, in magazines and sex ads might not be safe or work well. Make sure the penis pump you use has a vacuum limiter. This keeps pressure from getting too high and injuring your penis.
Check your pubic hair before you use a penis pump for the first time. You might want to trim or shave any pubic hair near the base of your penis. That makes the hair less likely to get caught in the ring.
Many ads in magazines and on the internet claim penis pumps can be used to increase penis size. But there's no proof that they work for that.
Using a penis pump takes a few simple steps:
Don't leave the tension ring in place for more than 30 minutes. Cutting off blood flow for too long might injure your penis.
Using a penis pump won't cure erectile dysfunction. But it might create an erection firm enough for sex. You might need to use a penis pump along with other treatments, such as taking ED medicines.