Male Pumps: How to Use, Where to Buy, and What to Expect

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How do you use a penis pump?

Using a penis pump may seem a little awkward at first, but it’s a fairly simple device to operate.

  1. Start by placing the tube over your penis. You may want to use a lubricant to avoid irritation from the tube.
  2. Turn on the pump if battery powered or use the hand pump to start removing air from inside the tube. The change in air pressure will cause blood to start engorging the blood vessels in your penis. It may only take a few minutes for you to achieve an erection.
  3. You can then remove the tube and engage in foreplay or intercourse.

What are the benefits of a penis pump?

Penis male pumps are effective at producing erections for the majority of users. Duration of the erection depends on the individual, but 30 minutes or so may be expected. Some men may use the pump prior to foreplay or wait and use it just prior to intercourse.

The devices are generally safe and have none of the side effects that can accompany ED medications. It’s also noninvasive, compared with penile implants which require surgery.

A penis pump is usually less expensive in the long run than medications or other treatments, because it can be used repeatedly without any recurring costs.

A penis pump has the added advantage of being effective after procedures, such as prostate surgery or radiation therapy for prostate cancer.

One other benefit of a penis pump is that it can be used along with ED pills or other treatments without any additional risk. For some men, regular use of a penis pump may help lead to more naturally occurring erections.

How to get a penis pump

If you’re interested in purchasing a penis pump, talk with your doctor. A prescription will ensure that you obtain a penis pump that’s approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Not all pharmacies carry these devices, however, so you may want to call around to find a store that sells them. Your urologist’s office may know of pharmacies in your area where FDA-approved penis male pumps are available.

What to look for when choosing a pump

When choosing a penis pump, be sure it has a vacuum limiter. This feature makes sure the air pressure inside the tube doesn’t get too strong, which could potentially injure your penis.

The size of the ring that fits around the base of your penis is also important. It needs to be tight enough to work, but not too tight that it’s uncomfortable. You may need to try different sizes to find the right one.

Also, be careful about making sure the penis pump you buy is specifically for ED. It should be designed to create a temporary erection and not to enlarge your penis.

You may see ads in magazines and online or see vacuum devices in stores that promise to enlarge your penis. There is no evidence that such devices are effective. You may risk injuring your penis using one.


A penis pump is one of several non drug treatments for erectile dysfunction (ED). These devices can be relatively easy to operate. It’s important that you take precautions, however, as there’s a slight risk of damage or side effects from improper use.

A penis pump is also known as a vacuum pump or a vacuum erection pump. The device consists of:

a tube that fits over your penis

a seal or ring that fits around the base of your penis

a battery-powered or hand-powered vacuum pack that removes air from the tube, triggering an erection

A penis pump may not be the right choice for someone with mild ED, and it may not be effective for severe ED. But if you’ve been diagnosed with moderate ED, a penis pump may be a nondrug treatment option to consider.