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What Are the Benefits of Vacuum Therapy for Erectile Dysfunction?

By C.B. Fox
Updated May 17, 2024
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There are a number of reasons that men may choose vacuum therapy for erectile dysfunction. This treatment is inexpensive, easy to use, and effective for most patients. Additionally, vacuum therapy is safe and can be used as needed. Removing the vacuum chamber and the constriction ring from the penis will also immediately reverse the effects of the therapy.

The main benefit of vacuum therapy for erectile dysfunction is that it can effectively help a man achieve and maintain an erection. A vacuum chamber pulls blood into the penis which causes a man to have an erection automatically. Under normal circumstances, there are a variety of hormones needed in order to create the dilation of the blood vessels needed to have an erection. Vacuuming blood into the penis allows this biological process to be bypassed so that a man can have an erection even though he may have hormonal, emotional, or even some physical problems that would otherwise prevent him from attaining one.

Another reason that men use vacuum therapy for erectile dysfunction is that it is completely non-invasive. The vacuum chamber can be used whenever it is needed, and the level of suction can be completely controlled by the patient. If a patient tries this therapy and experiences pain or apprehension as a result, the vacuum chamber can be removed and there are no lingering effects. Drug therapies that treat erectile dysfunction can have side effects, interfere with other medications that a patient is using and may cause serious health problems, including cardiovascular problems. Vacuum therapy does not cause any of these potential problems and can be safely used by most patients who can safely engage in intercourse.

The cost of using vacuum therapy for erectile dysfunction is another benefit of this type of treatment. Vacuum chambers can be quite inexpensive, especially those that rely on a hand pump to create suction. More expensive models cost more upfront but these devices will work for many years, making them quite cost effective over time. In many cases, these devices may be paid for by a patient's insurance.

Though the use of vacuum therapy for erectile dysfunction is considered to be very safe, patients should seek medical advice before beginning this type of treatment. Patients will usually learn how to use these devices from their doctors before they are able to successfully use them on their own. Once a patient learns how to use the device, however, it is simple to operate.

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Discussion Comments

By anon933180 — On Feb 14, 2014

One of the drawbacks of vacuum therapy is that it can lead to considerable soreness in the penis; for many men, it is well worth the risk and the inconvenience. Regular use of a top drawer penis health cream (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) can help to soothe a sore penis. Look for a cream with an exceptionally good emollient, such as shea butter, as well as with vitamin E.

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