Vacuum Erection Devices

Vacuum erection devices (VEDs) or vacuum constriction devices (VCDs), have been effective for many men with erectile dysfunction (ED), enabling them to get and maintain erections. 

Vacuum erection devices approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) typically have three main parts. 

1. A clear plastic cylinder with an opening at one end to place the penis. 

2. A pump that creates a vacuum in the cylinder by drawing air out. The reduced air pressure increases blood flow to the penis, which causes an erection. FDA-approved devices have pop-off valves to limit the amount of vacuum pressure, thereby lessening the chance of penile injury. The pump could be battery or hand-operated. 

3. An elastic ring, which is placed on the base of the penis once an erection is achieved to reduce blood flow out of the penis and help sustain the erection. Much like condoms, the rings come in different shapes and sizes for comfort and individual fit. Most VEDs/VCDs makers suggest taking off the ring after 30 minutes to minimize risk of injuring the penis. 

Before You Buy One 

It is important to consult a doctor before buying or using any VED on the market. Ask if a device is right for your specific needs, even if it is one you don’t need a prescription to purchase. It is a good idea to ask your doctor which device he or she recommends, since many, mainly sold on the Internet, have not been approved by the FDA and may result in penile injury. Check with your insurance company to see if a device will be covered by your plan. Vacuum erection devices, or VEDs/VCDs, typically cost between $300 and $500. Battery-operated devices tend to be more expensive. 

Risks in Using a Vacuum Device 

The risks or side effects from these devices are usually minor. However, bruising, skin irritation, numbness, and/or loss of sensitivity, pain or general discomfort have been linked to the constriction bands. Others have reported cold or pinched scrotum while wearing the constriction rings.


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