Penile Pump

This image depicts a penile pump used to produce an erection. The elements show include the cylinder, a pump to create a vacuum, and a constriction ring to be placed at the base of the penis after an erection has been obtained in order to maintain the erection. Source: Medscape

A penile pump is a noninvasive treatment that helps to achieve and maintain an erection.   A penile pump is a plastic tube that fits over the penile and either has a hand or battery powered attachable pump and a band that encompasses the base of the penile during an erection.

Most men with ED can use a penile pump to maintain a lasting erection, specifically those that can’t take oral medication options.  Penile pumps can also be a good erectile dysfunction treatment for the following reasons:

  • Effective – Most men can get an erection good enough for sex with the use of a penis pump.
  • Few risks – Penile pumps have the lowest risks associated with any erectile dysfunction treatment option.
  • Low cost point – Once you have purchased your penile pump, there are no other costs associated with this treatment type.
  • Noninvasive – Penile pumps do not require surgery.
  • Can be combined with other treatments – Penile pumps can be combined with other erectile dysfunction treatment options.

Possible penile pump side effects may include:

  • Increased bleeding if you are currently on blood thinners, have sickle cell anemia, or have any other type of blood disorder.
  • Pinpoint sized dots called petechie due to bleeding under the penis’ surface.
  • Numbness, coldness or bruising.
  • Painful ejaculation

The most common complaint among ED sufferers regarding penile pump treatment is the lack of sexual spontaneity, comfort, and the awkwardness associated with using a penile pump during intercourse.  Becoming comfortable with applying and using your penile pump to have and maintain an erection requires patience and understanding from both you and your partner, but once successful, most of your initial concerns will disappear.