Erectile dysfunction (ED) is defined as difficulty in achieving or maintaining an erection sufficient for sexual activity. Vacuum erectile devices (VEDs), also called penis pumps, are nonmedicated treatment options for ED. These devices can help a person with ED have a satisfying sex life.
ED is most common among males between the ages of 40–70 years old. The following factors increase a person’s risk for ED:
underlying health conditions
taking certain medicines
mental health conditions
overweight or obesity
history of smoking
This article discusses seven of the best penis pump devices available today.
How do they work?
People with ED may experience:
occasional difficulty having an erection
difficult maintaining an erection during sex
complete inability to achieve an erection
A penis pump can address the symptoms of ED. The device consists of the following:
a seal ring
a battery powered or mechanical pump
The pump creates a vacuum inside the tube, which stimulates blood flow to the penis. Increased blood flow produces an erection.
To use a penis pump:
Insert the penis into the tube.
Turn on the device if powered by a battery or squeeze the hand pump to remove air inside the tube.
The blood vessels in the penis will start to expand as the pump extracts air from inside the tube. It may take a few minutes to achieve an erection.
Once the penis is erect, slide the constriction ring down to the base.
Remove the tube from the penis.
Mechanical and battery powered penis pumps are easy to use and result in an erection that can last up to 30 minutes.
A penis pump cannot enlarge the size of the penis.
Importantly, constriction rings should not be left on for more than 30 minutes at a time to avoid penile injury.
Manual penis pumps
This section covers some manual penis pump devices on the market today.
Several of these devices are available over the counter at most pharmacies. However, some penis pumps require a prescription, which people can get from their doctor or urologist.
1. Encore Standard Manual Vacuum Erection Device
Encore’s manual VED consists of the following:
a plastic tube
four tension bands
a hand pump
a cone shaped ring applicator
a ring ejector
a body shield
The body shield with t his device prevents the skin and pubic hair from getting pulled into the vacuum tube.
Although the tube should fit most males, people can choose the “oversized penis pump” if the regular tube is too small.