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Penis Pump – Is it safe?

A penis pump, also known as a vacuum pump or vacuum erection device, is a device used in erectile dysfunction. It consists of three components – a plastic tube to place over the penis, an electric pump attached to the tube, and a constriction ring that fits around the penis to maintain the erection. A penis pump is an option considered by many men with erectile dysfunction.

Why Is a Penis Pump Used?

Erectile dysfunction is one of the most common sexual problems men face. It is common in older men and men who have had prostate surgery. Some men may have erectile dysfunction due to abnormal nerve function, low testosterone levels, and blood flow problems. In most cases, doctors recommend oral medications to treat erectile dysfunction. These medications include avanafil, sildenafil, tadalafil, and vardenafil.

Other treatments for erectile dysfunction include:

  • Penile injections – medical shots injected into the penis
  • Medications injected into the urethra through the tip of the penis
  • Penile implants

The doctor may recommend a penis pump when other treatment options do not work or are not safe for you.

Is the Penis Pump a Good Treatment Option for Erectile Dysfunction?

Penis pumps are a good treatment option for the following reasons:

  • Highly effective

For most men, a penis pump works effectively. With the correct use and practice, a good enough erection can be achieved.

  • Less risky

Compared to other treatment options for erectile dysfunction such as penile injections and surgery, a penis pump poses fewer complications and side effects.

  •  Noninvasive

Unlike other invasive treatment options such as surgery, penile medications, and injecting medications in the tip of the penis, a penis pump is noninvasive.

  • Goes well with other treatment options

In some cases, a combination of erectile dysfunction treatments works best. A penis pump can also be used with a penile implant or medications, as recommended by your doctor.

Along with all these reasons, a penis pump has been proven to restore the body’s natural ability to get an erection. This has happened in cases where a penis pump was used after radiation therapy or prostate surgery for prostate cancer.

How Does a Penis Pump Work?

To achieve an erection, the penis pump draws blood to the penis through suction. The blood gets in your penis, making it swell to become hard and big – temporarily. The constriction ring at the pump’s base makes sure the blood stays in the penis, helping the erection last.

The primary function of every penis pump device remains the same. Here is how to use a penis pump:

  • Place the plastic tube over your penis.
  • Use the electric pump attached to the tube to pump out the air. It will create a vacuum effect inside the tube.
  • Once you achieve an erection, remove the penis pump.
  • The constriction ring can be placed at the base of the penis to maintain that erection.

What Are the Risks and Side Effects of Using a Penis Pump?

For most men, penis pumps are safe. However, there are some potential risks of using a penis pump. The risks include:

  • If the penis pump is used with blood-thinning medications such as clopidogrel and warfarin, it may increase your chances of bleeding.
  • If you are suffering from blood-related disorders such as sickle cell anemia, a penis pump may not be safe for you. It can increase your chances of developing blood clots or bleeding.

When you visit the doctor, be completely honest with him/her while sharing the information. If you are on any supplements or medication for other problems, tell them that as well. Only when the doctor has all the information, he/she can warn you of the potential risks of using a penis pump.

The possible side effects of using a penis pump are:

  • Petechiae

You may develop pin-point sized red dots on the penis. This is usually caused because of the bleeding under the skin of the penis.

  • Numbness or blue-colored skin

This may develop around the area of the constriction ring at the base of the penis.

  • Bruising and pain

When not used properly, the penis pump can cause injuries to the penis.

  • A feeling of trapped semen

Sometimes, it may feel like the semen is trapped inside the pump. It can also make ejaculation a little tricky. To avoid this problem, some manufacturers have started developing the constriction ring of the penis pump with a small cut out.

Precautions to Take While Using the Penis Pump

To ensure easy use of a penis pump, you can take the following precautions:

  • Shave your private area

Ensure that you shave or trim – all the hair from your private area for a better sexual experience. The hair can also get stuck in the constriction ring, which can be painful while removing it.

  • Use the penis pump as directed

The basic functions are the same for any penis pump. But for effectiveness and safety, it is recommended to follow the manufacturer’s directions provided on the product.

  • Don’t leave the ring on for a long time

The constriction ring should not be left on for more than 30 minutes. It can cut off the blood flow and cause more damage.

  • Keep lube handy

For an airtight seal, apply a small amount of lube on the shaft and base of your penis. The lube will also make it easier for you to take off the constriction ring after use.

How to Choose the Right Penis Pump?

Some penis pumps are available in the market without a prescription as well. But it is always better to discuss your problems with a doctor and then opt for a penis pump. The doctor may assess and examine your problem clearly and recommend a penis pump that may work best for you.

A penis pump with a vacuum limiter is the best to use. It will help you maintain the desired pressure inside the pump and prevent injuries to your penis. When you use the penis pump for the first time, make sure you shave your private area so that the hair does not get caught in the device.

Can the Penis Pump Help with Penis Enlargement?

Many online markets and advertisements claim that penis pumps help with enlarging the size of the penis. But there is no evidence of this . Using a penis pump for penis enlargement will only cause injuries and pain. Penis pumps that are listed in magazines, advertisements and available online may not be effective and safe.

The penis pump helps you achieve and maintain an erection firm enough to have sexual intercourse. For satisfactory sexual intercourse, you can even  combine the use of a penis pump with erectile dysfunction medications.

The bottom line

If you face difficulty achieving an erection or are looking to purchase a penis pump, you should consult a doctor. He/she may be able to assess the problem well and recommend the best treatment option.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. How often can the penis pump be used?

As long as the penis pump is used correctly, you can use it any number of times in a day.

2. For how long do the effects of the penis pump last?

Generally, the effects of a penis pump last about 30 minutes. But it may vary for everyone. The effects may differ depending on your arousal level and when you use the penis pump during sex.

3. Is it safe to use a penis pump with medications?

For better results, your doctor may recommend using the penis pump with medications such as erectile dysfunction medicines. But make sure you do not take the medicines on your own, consult a doctor to avoid complications.

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