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Pump It Up


Sketch, illustration of man using a penis pump Sketch, illustration of man using a penis pump
"Penis Pump" by derek_ is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

Penis pumps, also known as vacuum erection devices (VEDs), were first invented in the early 1900s as a non-surgical treatment for erectile dysfunction (ED). The concept behind the pump is to create a vacuum around the penis, which causes blood to flow into the penis and create an erection.


The pump consists of a cylinder that fits over the penis and creates a seal around the base of the shaft. A hand or battery-powered pump is used to remove the air inside the cylinder, creating a vacuum that draws blood into the penis. Once the desired level of erection is achieved, a constriction ring is placed around the base of the penis to maintain the erection.

Color image of a manual handheld penis pump
"File:Water-based Penis Enlargement Pump.jpg" by Arkansas Health Care Access Foundation is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Penis pumps were originally developed for men who were unable to achieve an erection through other treatments such as medication or surgery. They are often recommended as a first-line treatment for ED before trying more invasive procedures. Penis pumps can also be used by men with Peyronie's disease, a condition that causes curvature of the penis during erection.


While penis pumps are primarily designed to treat ED, some people have claimed that they can increase penis size. However, there is little scientific evidence to support this claim. The vacuum created by the pump can cause temporary swelling and engorgement of the penis, which may give the appearance of a larger penis. However, this effect is temporary and does not lead to permanent increases in penis size.

Color photo of electronic penis pump Color photo of electronic penis pump
"File:Penis enlargement pump.jpg" by Arctic Sea Limited is licensed under CC BY 4.0.

These pumps can be effective for many men with ED, they do have some limitations. They may not work for men with severe ED or those who have had surgery or radiation for prostate cancer. Additionally, the constriction ring used to maintain the erection can cause discomfort or pain for some men. As with any medical treatment, it is important to discuss the use of a penis pump with a healthcare provider to determine if it is a safe and effective option for individual needs.

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