Vacuum Pumps for Penis Enlargement: Are They Effective or Harmful?

Vacuum Pumps for Penis Enlargement: Are They Effective or Harmful?

​​Even though erectile dysfunction is a common condition, as over 30 million men in America have it, penis vacuum pumps are often misunderstood in the world of men’s health. What are penis vacuum pumps for? How do penis pumps work? Why would a man use a penis pump? And finally, do penis pumps work for penis enlargement?

First, it is important to understand that penis vacuum pumps are a treatment option for men who want to have stronger erections.

However, no penis vacuum pump can enlarge the size of your penis. Fortunately, there are nonsurgical penis enlargement procedures that are minimally invasive and reliable for male enhancement. Contact Prometheus by Dr. Malik to schedule your free consultation to discuss more.

In this article, we will answer the most significant questions men have about penile vacuum pumps, what they are used for, how effective they are, and associated risks.

How Do Penile Vacuum Pumps Work?

Penises use blood flow to create erections, pulling more blood into the penis when you are sexually stimulated and releasing it back into the body after you are no longer stimulated.

Vacuum pumps for penises are made from a plastic tube, a pump (this may be hand-powered or battery-powered), and a penis ring. The penis ring fits snugly at the base of your penis to help you keep your erection.

How Do You Use a Penis Vacuum Pump?

You will place the tube over your penis and engage the pump. The vacuum pump uses suction pressure to draw blood into the penis vessels, creating an erection. The penis ring will help keep the blood in your penis during sexual activity.

No. Unfortunately, vacuum pumps are not a solution for penis enlargement even though they are often marketed as penis enlargement devices.

Since the vacuum pressure only brings your blood into your penis, it does not enlarge the size of your erect penis. The apparent change in size is simply due to the change in state from flaccid to erect. The pump does not change the penis anatomy or add any actual size.

A penis pump can give you better quality erections and help with erectile dysfunction. Some men get a much stronger erection with a penis pump, so they see it as an enlargement in their size.

If you are interested in nonsurgical penis enlargement, read more about the unique procedure we use at Prometheus by Malik.

Are The Results After Using a Penis Pump Permanent Or Temporary?

The results from a penis vacuum pump are temporary.

Depending on how strong your natural erections are, your erection after using a penis vacuum pump may last the entirety of your sexual encounter or subside as the pressure wears off.

The penis ring can help keep your erection longer, but everyone’s bodies react differently.

A penis pump cannot permanently cure or improve erectile dysfunction over the long term either. It can simply help with erections in the moment.

Who Is a Candidate for Penis Vacuum Pumps?

Men who need help with their erections either instead of or alongside medication can use a penis vacuum pump.

Many men don’t want to use erectile dysfunction medication, or cannot use it due to some pre-existing medical conditions. Penis vacuum pumps are one of few treatments for erectile dysfunction that don’t include medication or surgery.

Additionally, men who have sickle cell anemia or other blood disorders may be advised by their doctors to avoid penis pumps. These conditions can make you susceptible to bleeding.

Do Penis Vacuum Pumps Have Side Effects?

Yes, there are some risks and side effects from using penis vacuum pumps.

Main Risks

Penis pumps are safe to use for most men, but there are some risks to be aware of:

  • Increased risk of bleeding if you are on blood thinners
  • Impaired sensation when using the penis ring for too long (the maximum recommended time is around 30 minutes)
  • Using a penis ring may also cause your erection to have less force
  • Damaged blood vessels may result from pumping too long or too hard

Side Effects

Using the penis pump can have a learning curve as you develop a feel for the right amount of time and pressure you need.

At first, some pain and bruising is a common complaint. For most men, this goes away with experience and practice.

You also may develop petechiae, which are red dots that are caused by bleeding under the skin. These usually resolve on their own.

What Are The Long-Term Effects Of Using A Penis Vacuum Pump?

When used appropriately, there are no long-term effects of using a vacuum pump. However, if you mishandle the device, regularly pumping past the point of pain or keeping the penis ring on too long, you could cause damage to the penile tissue. Pumping too long and too hard can damage the blood vessels, possibly causing worse erectile dysfunction.

What Does It Feel Like During And After The Penis Pumping Process?

Most men say that they can feel the pressure on their penis, but it is not painful. It is important to never pump past the point of pain. There is no benefit to pumping after you feel pain; you will not get a bigger penis this way.

Some men report that their erections after using the penis vacuum pump feel “unnatural” due to the process. However, most of this is a psychological block and can be remedied with a caring, patient partner and time to get used to the process.

How to Get Nonsurgical Penis Enlargement?

Since penis vacuum pumps are not used for penis enlargement, you might be looking for other options. While many men think they have to relegate themselves to surgery for penis enlargement, that is thankfully not true.

The modern solution to penis enlargement is nonsurgical, minimally invasive, and only takes a couple of hours in our state-of-the-art medical clinic. Dr. Malik is a double board-certified medical doctor who prides himself on offering a unique procedure to help men meet their sexual health goals.

How Does the Prometheus by Dr. Malik Procedure Work?

Our procedure utilizes your body’s own collagen production to increase the size of your penis. Collagen is the most prevalent protein in the body; it is present in tissues throughout your body including your penis.

We use a proprietary dermal filler that harnesses this collagen power. Instead of simply filling up the space with the filler, like facial dermal fillers, our filler encourages your body to replace the filler with new collagen. This creates a natural look and feel because it is your body’s own protein.

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Penis vacuum pumps are an important treatment tool that make living with erectile dysfunction easier and more satisfying. However, no matter how they are marketed penis vacuum pumps will not make your penis bigger.

If you are interested in penis enlargement but do not want surgery, contact us for your no-obligation consultation. We are here to help guide you to a solution fit for your goals.

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Dr. Malik is a renowned expert in men's health and enhancement. With degrees in Chemical Engineering and Medicine, he developed the St. Francis Sports Medicine fellowship and published a notable statement on steroid use.

Now Dr. Malik is Atlanta’s leading penis enlargement expert. His influential blog provides practical advice and reliable insights for men seeking enhancement solutions.