How To Use A Penis Pump

Using a penis pump can benefit men who have erectile dysfunction (ED) and can also help prevent men from developing ED by maintaining good penis health, which, in turn improves the quality of erections and strength of orgasms.

Using a penis pump to treat ED can be helpful when medication and surgical interventions do not work or cannot be used due to safety reasons.

What Does a Penis Pump Do?

Penis pumps create a vacuum which increases penile thickness (or girth) by enlarging the volume of the corpora cavernosa, a spongy tissue that holds blood to produce an erection, as well as increasing the blood flow to the penis. It also lengthens the penis by stretching the suspensory ligament, making it more elastic and allowing the penis to grow longer during an erection. Using a penis pump on a regular basis can reduce the risk of formation of cavernosal fibrosis (abnormal fibrous tissue in the penis) which can cause ED. (Yuan 2010)

Why Should I Use A Penis Pump?

The saying “use it or lose it” is true and the penis needs to be exercised to keep it functioning properly, especially as you get older, take medication that may have sexual side effects or have a health condition that may impact upon your sexual function. Regular use of a penis pump can prevent or reduce the incidence of ED developing.

A pump is also a great way to increase to size and firmness of your erection whatever your age.

Penis pumps are also effective in helping the majority of men get an erection suitable for sex when they have ED. Often, a full erection is not required to achieve sexual intercourse.

Penis pumps have less side effects than other treatments. The risks of side effects or complications are lower than those of medication and surgery. Occasionally, slight bruising may occur around the base of the pump where it is pressed against the body, but this sensation disappears over time as you get used to using it daily.

Once the initial purchase has been made, using a penis pump is much cheaper than buying medication.

Penis pumps are completely non-invasive and do not have lasting side effects, unlike surgical treatments, injections or medication.

Using a combination of treatments such as a penis pump, medication or injections and male pelvic health physiotherapy to treat ED produces the best results.

Pelvic health physiotherapists are expert healthcare professionals who teach men how to exercise their pelvic floor to improve erectile function, prevent or overcome incontinence and help pelvic pain

Who Recommends Penis Pumps?

Penis pumps are often recommended by some urologists and surgeons after certain procedures, such as prostate surgery or radiotherapy for prostate cancer, as these treatments can cause shortening of the penis.

Raina et al (2006) conducted a trial on early penile rehabilitation in 109 men who had a radical prostatectomy. He looked at men who used a penis pump daily compared with men who did not use pump therapy.

He found that in the pump group, 80% of men reported to achieve erection sufficient for sexual intercourse compared to 37% of the control group. 32% of men reported that they could achieve a spontaneous nocturnal erection after 9 months compared to 29% of the control group, and 17% had spontaneous erections after 9 months without any additional aids.

In the non pump group, the remaining 71% sought additional treatment after the study closed.

The difference in men complaining about a decrease in penile length and circumference was significantly greater in the control group compared to the treatment group (63% v 23%).

From these results, the researchers concluded that the early use of a vacuum pump facilitates sexual intercourse, spousal satisfaction and earlier return of natural erections after radical prostatectomy.

Those men who did not benefit from pump therapy alone achieved better results using combination therapy.

Counteracting Sexual Side Effects of Some Diseases, Disabilities or Medication

Some medical conditions and disabilities can affect normal sexual function such as diabetes, heart disease, spinal injuries or Multiple Sclerosis due to either the progression of the disease, the nature of the injury or the side effects of medication taken to help symptoms of the disease. Using a penis pump may help to restore or maintain normal erectile function.

If you have Peyronie’s disease, whereby the penis is curved or bent, using a penis pump may help maintain the length and girth of your penis but should be treated with caution as over pumping can cause discomfort depending on the severity of the curvature of the penis. Using a hydro vacuum pump (water pump) may be more beneficial or comfortable than using an air vacuum pump.

Penis Pumps Can Help Overcome Psychological Effects of ED

Using a penis pump allows you to physically gain an erection, which for some men, helps them to overcome any psychological problems they may have causing their ED.

The actual sight of getting an erection when you have not been able to do so under your own steam can help to unlock whatever emotional or mental problem was preventing you from getting an erection.

Even if your erection goes down after the vacuum is released, a constriction ring can help prevent this, and for some men, knowing that their penis works can have a positive impact upon their mental health and well being.

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