What You Should Know About Penis Pumps

By on November 11, 2013

Men who are suffering from problems such as premature ejaculation or erectile dysfunction can choose using a penis pump as a way to treat their condition. In general, these conditions are not life-threatening, but they can and do cause anxiety, embarrassment, and stress. More often than not, people who suffer from these conditions also experience negative effects on their relationship with their partner because they can become so bothered or preoccupied with their sexual performance. There are also times when the partner themselves report not being satisfied with their sex life as a result of these conditions.

The penis pump is actually the colloquial name of this device. According to Dr. Irwin Goldstein, who is the director of Sexual Medicine at the Alvarado Hospital in San Diego, California, in the medical world, it is called a “vacuum constriction device”, or “VCD”. However, it is more popularly known as the penis pump.

What does it look like?

In general, a penis pump is a device that consists of a rigid tube (usually made from hard plastic, glass, or silicone) which fits over the penis. This tube is attached to a pump, which can be either manual or battery operated. At the base of the tube, there is a band that allows the tube to be placed snugly around the penis once it is erect.

How does it work?

The penis pump can be used to treat either erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation, although it is more commonly used in the former rather than the latter. It works by drawing blood to the penis so that the man can get an erection. Once the blood has been drawn into the penis, making it erect, you can then place the constriction ring from the penis pump onto the base of your penis to keep the blood there.

Men who are suffering from erectile dysfunction will be able to achieve an erection more easily and quickly using the penis pump. For those who are suffering from premature ejaculation, the penis pump can be used to harden the penis once more if the person is practicing the start-stop technique, which can cause the penis to become flaccid during sex.


Illustration: One of the first vacuum penis pumps

Where can you buy a penis pump?

You can purchase a penis pump through various means. There are many sex shops that sell penis pumps, or even order them online. You can also inquire through your sexual health provider.

Safety and Issues

While penis pumps have been proven to be safe and effective, one of the common side effects is that men who use penis pumps often become dependent on them, even if they are no longer suffering from erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation.

However, there are more pros than cons when it comes to using penis pumps. They are non-invasive, relatively cheap, and can even help with other sexual conditions, such as Peyronie’s disease. People who suffer from Peyronie’s disease experience having a curved or bent penis, and a penis pump can help straighten this curvature.


There are many advantages to using a penis pump, and the best way to know if this would be a viable option for you would be to ask your sexual health provider whether or not using a penis pump would benefit you.






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