Common Vacuum Pump Side Effects

The Safety of Vacuum Pumps for ED

Vacuum pumps are generally incredibly safe and effective for a variety of erectile issues, including ED. A majority of men don’t experience any adverse side effects, and can easily use vacuum penis pumps regularly.

However, as with any device or piece of equipment, there are always potential side effects that can occur, especially if it’s used incorrectly. Here are a few possible penis side effects to keep an eye out for if you’re using an ED penile pump.

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Potential Side Effects of Using a Penis Pump

Blisters or bruising

If you pump blood into the penis too quickly, you might see some purplish bruising or blistering on the shaft or pin-point-sized red dots caused by mild bleeding under the surface of the skin (this is called ‘petechiae’).

These are not permanent, are usually painless, and subside with time. If you notice bruising or a blister, do not continue to use the pump until the issue has noticeably subsided.

Here’s what you can do to help avoid this issue:

  • Try leaving a few seconds in between each pump. Typically, the blood moves into the penis slower than the air leaving the cylinder, so it’s important to make sure the full potential of the blood coming into the penis is achieved by leaving a pause between pumps.
  • Using a manual exercise to move blood into the penis in between pumping can also help recondition the penile tissue and result in better erection quality.

Other possible side effects

Because an erection obtained by a vacuum pump device is not the same as an erection achieved naturally, there are some possible side effects that can occur along with the erection. Typically, these go away after time and do not cause lasting damage or ill effects.

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Blueish/purplish tinge to the penis or a ‘cooling’ sensation

This is a very normal side effect and is typically a result of both oxygenated blood being drawn into the penis when pumping and an indication that the constriction ring is too tight. Try using a larger ring to help alleviate the pressure

Lack of firmness

This is often most noticeable at the base of the penis.

Unnatural-feeling erections

Penis pumps can cause an erection that doesn't feel natural or spontaneous. You might have a lack of firmness at the base of the penis, which can allow the penis to rotate or pivot more than it would with a natural erection.

Feeling of trapped semen

You might feel like your semen is trapped when you ejaculate, or ejaculation might be painful. Trying a constriction ring along with the pump can help alleviate this problem.

Discomfort around the base of the penis

If you are using a tight constriction ring to hold blood in the penis and you use it regularly, you might see some bruising around the base of the penis over time. The easiest way to prevent this is by finding the best-sized ring for you – not too tight that it is uncomfortable, but not too loose.

Fortunately, the majority of men who use a vacuum device for ED do not experience side effects, but may have to adjust to the awkwardness or manual coordination required to achieve an erection. It is not uncommon for men to have to adjust to the fact that a vacuum device erection may not feel like a natural or spontaneous erection, as the skin temperature is usually lower and the base or shaft is not as firm.

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What symptoms can Vacuum / Penile Pumps address?

Penile pumps are typically used to help with erectile dysfunction symptoms caused by physical issues, including:

  • Poor blood flow into the penis
  • Excess blood flow out of the penis during erection
  • Damage to nerves that control the erection reflex
  • Because they are safe to use and have few long-term side effects, they are also sometimes recommended as a treatment for anxiety-based ED

There are dozens of issues that can potentially cause ED, including a number of potential physical and mental health problems like cardiovascular issues, stress, depression, anxiety, sleep apnea, low testosterone levels, and more – which is why it’s important to work with your healthcare provider to first determine the cause of your symptoms.

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Benefits of Using a Penis 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 other ED treatments
  • Minimal cost after initial purchase
  • Noninvasive treatment
  • Can be combined with other ED treatments, such as oral medications

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Compare our VaxAid Pumps

We offer two VaxAid pump models tailored to diverse needs. Below, compare the models and see what's included when purchasing directly from our website.

VaxAid Deluxe

VaxAid Deluxe

The best option for improving recurring erectile problems.

VaxAid Trainer

VaxAid Trainer

Ideal for anyone with occasional or mild erectile difficulties.

Help users get an erection.
Help users get an erection.
Help users get an erection.
Can be used in water or air.
Can be used in water or air.
Can be used in water or air.
Ideal for anyone with occasional or less severe erectile difficulties.
Ideal for anyone with occasional or less severe erectile difficulties.
Ideal for anyone with occasional or less severe erectile difficulties.
Ideal for someone who recently had prostate or pelvic surgery.
Ideal for someone who recently had prostate or pelvic surgery.
Ideal for someone who recently had prostate or pelvic surgery.
Helps users maintain an erection with included erection rings.
Helps users maintain an erection with included erection rings.
Helps users maintain an erection with included erection rings.
Includes a handball to achieve maximized performance.
Includes a handball to achieve maximized performance.
Includes a handball to achieve maximized performance.
Includes shower strap.
Includes shower strap.
Includes shower strap.
Includes accessories kit.
Includes accessories kit.
Includes accessories kit.
Available in 3 sizes for a perfect fit and best results.
Available in 3 sizes for a perfect fit and best results.
Available in 3 sizes for a perfect fit and best results.
 
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VaxAid Deluxe
$269.00 USD
$324.00 USD
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Help users get an erection.
Can be used in water or air.
Ideal for anyone with occasional or less severe erectile difficulties.
Ideal for someone who recently had prostate or pelvic surgery.
Helps users maintain an erection with included erection rings.
Includes a handball to achieve maximized performance.
Includes shower strap.
Includes accessories kit.
Available in 3 sizes for a perfect fit and best results.
VaxAid Trainer
$139.00 USD
$149.00 USD
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Help users get an erection.
Can be used in water or air.
Ideal for anyone with occasional or less severe erectile difficulties.
Ideal for someone who recently had prostate or pelvic surgery.
Helps users maintain an erection with included erection rings.
Includes a handball to achieve maximized performance.
Includes shower strap.
Includes accessories kit.
Available in 3 sizes for a perfect fit and best results.