A penis pump is one of a few treatment options for erectile dysfunction, the inability to get or maintain an erection sufficient for sex. 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). A penis pump is sometimes called a vacuum pump or a vacuum constriction device.
Why it's done
Erectile dysfunction is a common problem, especially following prostate surgery and in older men. Oral medications include sildenafil (Viagra, Revatio), vardenafil (Levitra, Staxyn) and tadalafil (Cialis, Adcirca). 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. A penis pump may be a good choice if these treatments cause side effects, don't work or aren't safe for you.
Penis pumps can be a good erectile dysfunction treatment for several reasons:
Battery-powered penis pump for erectile dysfunction
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. ...
Although penis pumps are safe for most men, there are some potential risks:
Tell your doctor about all of your health conditions and any medications you take, including herbal supplements. This will help prevent potential problems.
Penis pumps have some other possible drawbacks:
How you prepare
When you see your doctor about erectile dysfunction, be prepared to answer a number of questions about your health and your symptoms. In some cases, erectile dysfunction has an underlying cause that can be treated. Depending on your condition, you may need to see a doctor who specializes in treating urinary and reproductive disorders (urologist).
To determine whether a penis pump is a good treatment option for you, your doctor may ask about:
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 may perform a digital rectal examination (DRE) to check your prostate gland. During a digital rectal exam, your doctor will gently insert a lubricated, gloved finger into your rectum to feel the surface of the prostate.
If the cause of your erectile dysfunction is already known when you see your doctor, your appointment may be less involved.
Choosing a penis pump
Penis pumps for penis enlargement
What you can expect
Using a penis pump requires a few simple steps:
It will probably take about two to three minutes to get an erection once you're accustomed to using the device. Don't leave the tension ring in place for more than 30 minutes — cutting off blood flow for too long may injure your penis.
Using a penis pump won't cure erectile dysfunction, but it may create an erection firm enough for you to have sexual intercourse. You may need to combine use of a penis pump with other treatments, such as taking erectile dysfunction medications.
Last Updated: 2011-08-25
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