Erection pumps (also known as VCDs) are used to help achieve and maintain an erection by drawing blood into the penis via air suction. While these pumps are not a cure for erectile dysfunction (ED), for many men they are a first-line solution to help with symptoms. Vacuum pumps, especially when they are a Registered Medical Device like VaxAid, are easy to use and avoid potential drug interactions and serious side effects from medications.
Here are a few things to know about using an erection pump, as well as benefits of use and potential side effects.
What does an erection pump look like?
A vacuum pump is an external pump that helps men maintain an erection. The pump helps the penis to become erect, and a band attached to the pump helps to maintain the erection.
These pumps consist of an acrylic cylinder with a pump and a constriction ring or band, which is placed on the cylinder at the other end. The cylinder and pump are used to create a vacuum to help the penis become erect, and the band or constriction ring is used to help maintain the erection.
How do you use a vacuum pump?
Erection pumps work by creating a type of vacuum around the penis. This vacuum helps blood flow into the penis, while a constrictive band is placed around the base of the penis to maintain the erection. The process is completely scientific, and repeated use has shown to result in longer-lasting erections over time. While vacuum pumps like VaxAid can be an effective way to restore your sexual ability, they aren’t a cure for the conditions that may be causing your erectile difficulties.
Unlike other erection pumps, VaxAid doesn't require lubrication - it's designed to be used in the shower or bath for a more discreet, comfortable, and effective experience.
What are the benefits of using a Registered Medical Device pump?
It may take a bit of practice, but most men are able to regain their sexual ability after using a vacuum pump.Other benefits include:
- Lower risk of complications than with ED treatments
- Minimal cost after initial purchase
- Noninvasive treatment
- Can be combined with ED treatments, such as oral medications
Are there any side effects?
When operated correctly, there are few risks when using a penis pump. It can be used as frequently as your body responds to the treatment; some men may be able to use one multiple times in one day, while others may need to use it less often.
Most men with moderate ED can use a penis pump safely, though if you take a blood-thinning medication, such as warfarin (Coumadin), you may face a higher risk of internal bleeding complications. Blood disorders, such as sickle cell anemia, that put you at risk for bleeding events or blood clots, may also prevent you from using a penis pump safely. Be sure to check with your doctor before starting any new regimen.
It’s important to work with your healthcare provider to first determine the cause of your ED symptoms. Once you have done so, helping your physical symptoms through penile exercises and vacuum pumps can help.