Erectile Dysfunctionpenis-pump-for-erectile-dysfunction

Penis pumps for erectile dysfunction are a little different from those pumps intended for elongation of penis. Out of several different treatment options for erection problems, penis pump is one good treatment method that works without any medicine. However, it has its own drawbacks which we will see in a later part of this article.

Penis pump, also called a vacuum pump has mainly two parts:

  1. A cylindrical tube into which your penis goes. The tube has a ring at the end which needs to sit at the base of your penis. 
  2. A pump to suck out the air inside the tube.

Can everyone with erectile dysfunction use penis pump?

Well, this is one such question whose answer is ‘it depends’. Doctors recommend penis pump for those men who are suffering from moderate ED. Men with mild Ed can be treated with on-demand medicines and those with severe ED will not find penis pump helpful. 

However, if you are suffering from mild ED and don’t want to take any medicine and if you are well aware of the cons of using penis pump, you can surely try.

Steps to use a penis pump:

  1. Insert your penis into the pump.
  2. Push the pump so that the end of the pump reaches the base of your penis (abdominal area)
  3. Start pressing/pumping out the air with the manual or electric component of your pump.

As a result, the air inside the pump is removed. To fill the vacuum, the blood from your body rushes into the erectile tissues and blood vessels inside the penis making it larger. Once the erection is achieved, you can use a penis ring to fix it at the end of your erect penis so that the blood doesn’t go back into your body quickly. If it does, your erection will be gone.

You should not use the penis ring for more than 30 minutes. You need to let that blood go back into your body, otherwise, you may damage the tissues inside your penis shaft.


Penis pump benefits

  1. You don’t need any medicine to get an erection. That is a better thing for your body. If your doctor recommends to use medicines along with the pump, you can do that with no side effects.
  2. You can use the pump before beginning the foreplay or you can have a little fun first and then when you are ready for intercourse, you can pump it up.
  3. Most of the devices are safe as they are non-invasive, provided you buy from good brands. (Unless you pump it up too much.) 
  4. Penis pump is found to be helpful even in patients who underwent prostate surgery (for prostate problems or cancer treatment.)

Penis pump drawbacks

  1. If you pump up your penis before foreplay and if your erection can last till the session, great, that may not be a big problem. But if you want to get it erect just before intercourse, you will need to take a break for a few minutes. How many of you want to take a break during the act? Ask your partner if she/he likes that.
  2. You should be happy once you get a strong enough erection. Pumping it more than necessary can hurt your penis. If you see blood from under the penis skin, that means you are pumping it too much.
  3. Most often the penis is softer at the base than at the tip (compared to normal erections).
  4. Some electric pumps may seem to be a little expensive but in the long run, compared to the cost of medicines, pump cost may look economical.

Are there any other treatments for erectile dysfunction?

Again, it depends on whether your ED is a psychological or physiological problem. Both types of problems can be cured, at least almost, except in cases of severe ED where you will need penile implants

  1. Psychological issues may need a little help from a therapist and you too need to put in your efforts to sort out the problems happening in your personal or professional life. Once the stress and anxiety is out, your body and brain will start functioning normally.
  2. Physical problems include ED that may be from birth or acquired recently. Remember, ED affects most men once they cross certain age and there are medicines that can help them remain active in their sex life.


Penile pumps are a good treatment method for moderate erectile dysfunction. However, if you and your partner are aware of the issue, then, using it when needed may look pretty normal for you. Don’t get depressed if you are suffering from erection problems, help is only an appointment away. Talk to Chennai’s top rated sexologist, Dr. Karthik Gunasekaran at Metromale Clinic & Fertility Center to get rid of your erectile dysfunction problem forever.

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