When it comes to treating erectile dysfunction, an increasingly popular option is a vacuum penile pump or a “penis pump.” This option can be enticing to men who can’t take – or don’t want to take – common ED medications such as Viagra. But this leads to questions: Do penis pumps work as well as pills? And, can you use them if you have other health issues? The answer is yes. The following is why.
First, the pump is often an option when pills aren’t.
Prescription medications can treat erectile dysfunction, but they are not for everyone. Experts note that medications may not be advised for men who have:
- Severe heart disease
- Recent history of stroke, heart attack, or arrhythmias
- Hypotension (very low blood pressure) or uncontrolled hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Uncontrolled diabetes
- Certain genetic diseases
In addition, medications may not be effective for men who have been treated for prostate cancer. Pills like Viagra or Cialis may not be advised for men who take nitrate drugs for heart disease or alpha-blockers for prostate problems or blood pressure.
The vacuum penile pump on the other hand can be used if you’re on these medications. It can also be used if you’re in prostate surgery recovery, or you have been diagnosed with diabetes. Regardless of other issues you may be experiencing, an FDA-approved penis pump is a way to safely treat ED.
Second: Penis pumps can work without side effects.
Vacuum therapy is an external treatment. It applies vacuum pressure to the penis to stimulate the flow of blood into the penis, mimicking the process the body goes through when it is aroused. The treatment does not involve surgery, injections, or medications. As such, there are no medical side effects that can come with prescription ED medications, such as headaches, stuffy nose, muscle pain, or upset stomach.
Do penis pumps work as a non-prescription, natural way to treat erectile dysfunction? The answer for many men is a confident yes. In addition, they often are an effective option when other treatments simply don’t work. Learn more in our free ebook, A Beginner’s Guide to Natural ED Solutions.