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.
However, many men might wonder how long they’ll need to use a vacuum pump for ED. And while the answer varies, long-term use is generally considered very safe for erectile difficulties.
Long-term vs. temporary erectile difficulties
Most males experience at least one episode of being unable to achieve an erection when desired. In extreme cases, they may be unable ever to have or sustain an erection. A majority of ED cases occur in men who were previously able to sustain an erection, meaning that once the underlying cause for it is identified, symptoms can be managed.
The underlying cause of ED can vary greatly, and will determine how long you might need to use a vacuum pump. Some of the most common reasons for ED include:
- Having a medical condition such as cardiovascular disease or diabetes
- Having a psychological condition such as anxiety or depression
- Being overweight
- Sustaining an injury to or having surgery on your pelvic area
- Taking certain medications, such as antidepressants or blood pressure medications
- Undergoing specific medical treatment, such as radiation therapy for cancer
- Using tobacco products, drugs, or alcohol
The treatment for ED starts with taking care of your heart and vascular health, if that is determined to be a factor. Your doctor may point out ‘risk factors' that can be changed or improved, or you may be asked to change certain food habits, stop smoking, increase workouts, or stop using drugs or alcohol.
If your erectile issues are being caused by emotional difficulties, such as relationship conflicts, life stressors, depression, or anxiety, it’s important to work with your doctor to determine the right treatment course of action for you.
Long-term ED solutions
Once you and your healthcare provider determine the possible causes of your erectile difficulties, consider helping your physical symptoms through penile exercises and vacuum pumps that can help restore sexual function and improve erectile difficulties.
When used, vacuum pumps create a vacuum around the penis, quickly drawing in blood, resulting in an erection. VaxAid delivers more vacuum power than other pumps, whilst also providing the unique advantage of effective hydrotherapy through using the pump in the shower or bath as part of a daily wash routine.
Many users report that this leads to quicker (and longer lasting) erections. Additionally, taking up healthy habits such as exercise (particularly aerobic exercise) have been shown to help with erectile issues and overall cardiovascular health.