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Facts and Myths About Penis Exercises

Penis Exercise

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common condition among men who are treating diabetes, hypertension, and other physical as well as psychological issues. Fortunately, ED is treatable.

It is possible to manage erectile dysfunction with a range of treatment options.

Several proven ED treatments include oral medications like Viagra. Injectable solutions such as Caverject or Edex. External non-invasive medical penis pumps are over 90% effective. Penile implant surgery is by far the most invasive and expensive solution, but a very effective procedure. But what about exercises and penile health?

Facts and myths about penis exercise are difficult to separate. How do penis erection exercises impact erectile dysfunction? Can penis exercises enlarge your penis? Is there any exercise helpful for premature ejaculation? Do pelvic floor exercises benefit men with sexual performance issues?

Penis Exercises Help You Have Better Erections                                                                                    

Kegel ExercisesPelvic floor training as a form of penis exercises can have benefits for penile health in men who suffer from erection problems or premature ejaculation. Men who simply want an improved sex life may find penis erection exercises in the form of Kegel exercises (KE) to be an effective and relatively easy long-term solution.

Pelvic floor muscles, nerves in the penis, and blood circulation are critical components of strong erections.

Pelvic floor exercises improve erectile function by increasing the tone and bulk of pelvic floor muscles. Pelvic floor training (KE) will strengthen pelvic floor muscles. Strong pelvic floor muscles are vital for holding blood in penile tissues while preventing it from leaving the penis during an erection.

Good blood circulation is known to improve general health. Penile tissue like other tissues and organs in the body benefit from increased oxygenated blood flow.  Erections are blood filling events that stretch penile tissues. 

For this reason, proven ED treatments have the potential to be useful as tools for penis erection exercises.

Oral medications, injections, and penis pumps create erections. While these treatments directly produce erections, they also increase blood flow to the penis. Penile expansion and the stretching of penile tissue simultaneously improves circulation which also exercises the penis and creates penile health. This is particularly true if a treatment allows a man to create and release multiple erections in one training or exercise session.  

However, men who desire to use these treatments as a potential form of penis exercise do have variables to consider.  One will naturally evaluate recurring costs. Also, the repetitive ingestion of medications or cyclical use of needles could come with side effects that can have negative health consequences.

Limitations around the use of a traditional ED treatment for training or exercising the penis for penile health will eliminate most medications.

Kegel exercises do not directly exercise the penis.  In spite of this, pelvic floor exercises create ample blood flow to the groin area and according to published articles can play a confirmed role in treating or preventing erectile dysfunction.

More blood flow will produce harder erections. Here are some of the benefits of Kegel exercises as a form of penis exercises:


Improved hardness of erections


Training pelvic floor muscles boost the flow of oxygenated blood in the groin area. Greater blood flow can be a critical component in harder erections. Exercises that strengthen the muscles in the pelvic floor are a long term approach to penis health compared to drug or device interventions that focus solely on the penis.

Studies conclude strong pelvic floor muscles make erectile function possible. Pelvic floor exercises promote healthy penile tissue and penile health by putting pressure on veins and muscles that are active during the formation of erections.

The benefits of pelvic floor exercises as a form of erectile dysfunction exercises have been the subject of several reports.

In one study conducted in the United Kingdom, participants ranging in age from 22 to 78 years old were divided into two groups. The intervention group was advised to engage in pelvic floor exercises along with suggestions for lifestyle changes.

The control group only received advice on lifestyle changes.

Six months later, men in the intervention group who engaged in pelvic floor training exercises showed significant improvement in erectile function compared to men in the control group.


Increased pleasure during sex


Strong Pelvic floor muscles and improved blood flow as a form of erectile dysfunction exercises allow a man to have more intense orgasms during sex. According to a published report in the Sexual Medicine Review, Authors concluded: “Strong muscles that are exercised by KE (pelvic floor training) may enhance and intensify orgasmic pleasure during ejaculation/orgasm.”


More control over erections


Penis exercises such as Kegels strengthen the muscles within the perineum which contribute to control over erections, the contractions of orgasm, and ejaculation. These muscles help blood to stay in the shaft of the penis during an erection.

Strong pelvic floor muscles help maintain penile health, giving a man more control over harder erections with improved probability of preventing premature ejaculation.


Penis Exercises Help You Delay Ejaculation


Ejaculation and orgasm are not quite the same thing but occur simultaneously. Ejaculation control plays an essential role in sexual enjoyment for men and their partners. Premature ejaculation affects up to 40 percent of men with a peak incidence between ages 25 and 40.

Untreated premature ejaculation can lead to distress, frustration, and avoidance of sexual intimacy. In addition to improving erectile dysfunction, penis erection exercises in the form of Kegel exercises can delay premature ejaculation.

Studies have found that pelvic floor rehabilitation is a promising and cost-effective treatment for this complex condition.


Improvement in premature ejaculation


Therapeutic Advances in Urology published a peer-reviewed paper focused on the benefits of pelvic floor rehabilitation in men with lifelong premature ejaculation. 

More than 80 percent of study participants gained better control of the ejaculatory reflex with significantly improved ejaculation time, showing that pelvic floor exercises are an effective alternative to the treatment of premature ejaculation, which is typically treated with SSRIs (oral antidepressant medications).


More staying power and energy


Kegel exercises for men are a workout for muscles that support the penis as training for the pelvic floor muscles which are strengthened by contracting and relaxing specific muscles on demand. During sex, the increased ability to control these muscles provides more staying power and energy.

There are specific techniques for doing Kegel exercises.

Locating the pelvic floor muscles to exercise is the first step, the Mayo clinic has a good diagram on its website that provides clear direction.  Then follow 4 simple steps:

  1. Sit or lie down after you empty your bladder or when you are certain your bladder is empty.
  2. Consciously squeeze or tighten your pelvic floor muscles. Hold in a tightened state for 8-10 seconds.
  3. Breath out and release the muscle for 8-10 seconds.
  4. Repeat the above 3 steps 10 times. Conduct these training sessions three times per day.


Penis Exercises Enlarge Your Penis


Penis Exercise

Advertisements for devices, supplements, and exercises that claim to enlarge your penis should be viewed with considerable skepticism.  There is more myth than fact in unproven penis enlargement claims. Surgical procedures are the only way to enlarge your penis. Only one surgical procedure for male enhancement has valid FDA acceptance of medical claims.

Penuma is the first FDA cleared procedure for penile enlargement or enhancement.  It is a surgical implant designed to provide men with an additional 2.5 inches in length and girth.

Interestingly, Augusta Medical Systems routinely receives reports from men who claim regular use of a Soma Therapy ED product enlarges the penis.  It is important to note that Augusta Medical Systems does believe this to be true and does not make these claims. We do not promote unsubstantiated hearsay.  User comments have no medical basis, FDA claim, or proven validity.

However, it is believed that erectile dysfunction can be a progressive condition. Clinical sources believe that without regular erections, the penis in its flaccid state (non-erect) state has very low levels of oxygen. Over time the lack of oxygen to the penis is harmful to the tissues that make up the organ.

Because the use of a vacuum erection device pulls oxygenated blood into the penis, repetitive use of a VED to create erections overtime allows the user to experience their fullest natural erection. This is due to regular full erections, not the device that creates the erections.

If regular full erections have not occurred in a number of years, the user may “perceive” their erections as larger or enhanced. In these cases, a return to full penile engorgement and erectile function using a VED is often mistaken by the man or couple using a vacuum erection device as penis enlargement.   


Sources say without regular erections; the penis can actually shrink


penis shrinkageSupporting the belief that ED is chronic and progressive and that vacuum erection device users understandably “perceive” their erections as larger or enhanced after regular usage, sources claim erectile dysfunction leads to penis shrinkage.

The Journal of Sexual Medicine published a 2014 study citing evidence that chronic lack of erections equals a lack of oxygen in penile tissue. Researchers believe lack of oxygen results in hardening and scaring of penile tissue and consequently a decrease in stretched penile length or a decline in penile size. 

Organic (caused by an underlying medical disorder) erectile dysfunction is characterized by a lack of nocturnal erections which are thought to decrease the size of the penis.

To learn more about nature’s way of keeping penile tissues healthy readNocturnal Erections and Penile Health.


Penis Exercises Help the Penile Rehabilitation Process


The Sexual Medicine Society  describes penile rehabilitation in the following way:

  • Exercises that can help men recover erectile function by inducing erections to exercise the penis.

Dr. Run Wang published an article In the 2017 Journal of Sexual Medicine titled “Vacuum Erection Device for Rehabilitation After Radical Prostatectomy” in which he made many interesting observations around the use of a penis pump for penile exercise.

In terms of penis exercise used for rehabilitation which focuses on the penis not considering pelvic floor muscles, Dr. Wang states in his article: “creating multiple erections is a unique advantage of VED therapy that other current rehabilitation methods cannot achieve.”

his implies that while oral medications, injections or other medical interventions create erections that bring blood flow to the penis, no other treatment has the therapeutic benefit or advantage of a vacuum erection device when it is used to create multiple erections in one training session.

Dr. Wang further states: “clear and significant benefits were demonstrated for the Vacuum Erection Device in preserving penile size” and in additional statements “These findings suggested that the antihypoxic, antiapoptic, antifibrotic mechanisms were related to VED therapy.

Based on these findings it is suggested that Vacuum Erection Device therapy targets the right physiological disorder associated with penile shrinkage and ED after radical prostatectomy.

Dr. Wang’s article further states “The International Consultation on Sexual Medicine recommends that the Vacuum Erection Device be used early in the postoperative setting to maintain penile length after prostatectomy.”


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Benefits of Using a Penis Pump Before and After Prostate Surgery

Penis Pump before and after prostate surgery


What Is a Radical Prostatectomy?


Radical prostatectomy (prostate surgery to remove the prostate gland) is most often done to treat localized prostate cancer. Less often, a simple prostatectomy is done to relieve symptoms associated with BPH (benign enlargement of the prostate gland). Radical prostatectomy involves removing the entire prostate as well as some of the surrounding tissue, including nerves and lymph nodes.

One of the side effects of prostate surgery is erectile dysfunction. In fact, several studies cite an 85% occurrence rate, which means about up to 9 out of 10 men who undergo this procedure end up with some degree of impotence. Penile rehabilitation refers to therapies that can help preserve penile tissue and restore erectile function in men who have undergone prostate removal.

A vacuum erection device or penis pump is an effective intervention to improve penis health in men with impaired erectile function after surgery. What are the benefits of using a penis pump before and after prostate surgery? Let’s find out.


Why does prostate surgery cause erectile dysfunction?


Why does prostate surgery cause erectile dysfunction?In men with prostate cancer that has not spread outside the gland itself, surgery is often the recommended treatment. Radical prostatectomy involves removing the entire gland along with the seminal vesicles and some surrounding tissue. There are several types of prostate surgery, including laparoscopic and robotic-assisted procedures.

In the retropubic approach, the surgeon makes an incision in the lower abdomen, from the navel to the pubic area. The prostate is carefully separated from surrounding nerves and blood vessels before it is removed along with adjoining tissue. In the perineal approach, an incision is made between the anus and the scrotum.

This is a shorter operation and is preferred when lymph nodes do not need to be removed. However, the perineal approach is associated with a higher incidence of post-surgery erectile dysfunction.

Erectile dysfunction is one of the most common side effects of prostate surgery. Nerves in the penis play a critical role in the development of erections. Two bundles of nerves are present on either side of the prostate gland. Although surgeons take great care to avoid cutting these nerves during the procedure, some degree of damage does occur. This is the reason that erection problems are common after prostate removal even with a nerve-sparing approach.

Not everyone suffers from loss of spontaneous erections after prostatectomy. The ability to have an erection after prostate surgery depends on a number of factors, including:

  • Age
  • Erectile function before the operation
  • The degree of nerve injury during the procedure
  • Type of surgery
  • Experience of the surgeon

Older men are more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction following prostate removal due to age-related effects. A man’s erectile function before surgery also plays a role, and men with good penis health are more likely to retain erectile ability post-procedure. The type of procedure performed is also important.

Surgeons do their best to preserve the nerves during the surgery, but as noted, the perineal approach is associated with a higher rate of ED. Erection problems are equally common following a laparoscopic approach versus an open approach. However, studies show that robotic-assisted prostatectomy has better erectile function recovery rates.


Should I use a penis pump to help improve penile health before prostate surgery?


A penis pump use is like exercise for the penis. Just like exercising the body is good for overall general health, regular use of a penis pump is good preparation for prostate surgery. Erections occur when an immense amount of blood flows into the penis and engorges it. When the penis remains flaccid for Penis Pumplong periods of time, penile tissue is deprived of oxygen-rich blood.

This leads to a loss of flexibility and scar tissue formation in the corpora cavernosa (the smooth muscles that relax and allow blood to flow into the penis during erections). The resultant inability of the penis to expand leads to erectile dysfunction Simply put, erectile function is a use-it-or-lose-it deal. Using a penis pump before prostate removal can improve penis health.


Why is it recommended to start using the vacuum device before the prostate surgery?


A penis pump or vacuum erection device (VED) consists of an acrylic cylinder that is placed around the penis. When air is pumped out of the cylinder, the vacuum that is created causes blood to flow into the penis, making it rigid and erect. Using a vacuum erection device before prostate surgery, therefore, improves blood circulation, which in turn helps to maintain a healthy penis.

Healthy tissue recovers faster from surgery. A common side effect of prostate removal is penile shrinkage in terms of both length and circumference. Penis pumps help maintain preoperative penis size and minimize the effect of shrinkage following surgery.


How do penis pumps help with penile rehabilitation after prostate surgery?


The nerves in the penis that trigger erections may be damaged during the procedure to remove the prostate. The neuropraxia (temporary loss in nerve function) takes time to recover. This means that the ability to have spontaneous erections after surgery often returns slowly. In fact, it can take several months to years to regain sexual function after prostate cancer. During this time, men are unable to experience even nighttime erections.

Rather than waiting for erectile function to return on its own, doctors feel that regaining erectile function after prostate surgery can be helped along by a penile rehabilitation program. Penile rehabilitation is a type of physical therapy for the penis. Following prostate removal, a penis pump helps recover erectile function by regularly exercising the penis.

This keeps the penile tissue healthy and allows the nerves in the penis to regenerate so that eventually satisfactory erections can occur. Studies show that penis pumps are a safe, well-tolerated, and effective method of penile rehabilitation.

A penis pump creates negative pressure and increases blood flow to the penis. Engorgement of the penis with blood is necessary for strong and long-lasting erections. In addition, the blood flowing into the penis carries nutrients that are essential for a healthy penis. By mechanically pumping blood into the penis, a VED helps preserve the tissue and minimize damage while allowing the nerves time to heal.


How long after the surgery may I start using the penis pump for rehabilitation exercises?


Most men are advised to begin using a vacuum constriction device within two months of nerve-sparing radical prostatectomy. A survey of more than 600 urologists from the American Urological Association showed that the overwhelming majority (97%) of physicians start rehab within four months of prostate surgery.

Authors Dalkin BL and Christopher BA published a clinical study in the International Journal of Impotence Research.  In an article titled Preservation of penile length after radical prostatectomy: early intervention with a vacuum erection device. Sep-Oct;19(5):501-4. Epub 2007 Jul 26. In this article, they describe when the participants of the study used a penis pump for penile rehabilitation.  Daily use of a vacuum erection device was begun the day after catheter removal and continued for 90 days.  It is recommended to work with your physician to determine when to start using the penis pump for rehabilitation exercises. 


How do the results impact penile tissue?


Fibrotic changes (scarring) lead to shortening and decrease in girth of the penis following surgery. Venous leakage from damaged tissues is also thought to play a role in the development of erectile dysfunction after prostate surgery. Penile rehabilitation with a penis pump helps maintain penile length and girth. It also helps with nerve recovery and overall tissue health for quicker recovery.

The authors of a 2016 clinical study determined that the average loss of penile length (penile shortening) after radical prostatectomy was 1.87 cm and 1.82 cm respectively. They further determined that men who use a vacuum erection device that no significant changes in penile length (penile shortening) were observed in men using a vacuum erection device after surgery.


How long does it take to see results?


Results are not immediate and it can take several months to notice a difference. One study found that 17 percent of men had a return of natural erections after using a VED device for nine months. Doctors typically recommend the use of a penis pump for at least 12-18 months after prostate surgery for penile rehabilitation.

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What men should know about high blood pressure and Viagra

What men should know about High blood pressure and Viagra


High blood pressure (hypertension) is a known cause of erectile dysfunction (any reading above 130 (top number) and 80 (bottom number) are considered high). Erection problems are also a common side effect of many drugs, including those used to treat high blood pressure. So, high blood pressure itself, as well as the medicines used to treat it, can cause erectile dysfunction.

The first choice for treating erectile dysfunction is usually a class of drugs with an active ingredient called PDE5 inhibitors. These medications block the enzyme that prevents relaxation of smooth muscles in the penis. By allowing the smooth muscles to relax, sildenafil (Viagra) and other PDE5 inhibitors make it physically possible for a man to achieve an erection in the presence of sexual arousal. However, there are several side effects of Viagra, many of which affect the cardiovascular system. Does Viagra lower blood pressure? And is it dangerous to use Viagra with high blood pressure treatments?


How Does Your Blood Pressure Affect Sexual Health?


For the most part, hypertension is a medical condition with no signs or symptoms. But high blood pressure has an impact on many vital organ systems in the body. Uncontrolled blood pressure is associated with an increased risk of stroke, heart attack, kidney failure, and nerve damage.

Another danger of high blood pressure is its negative effect on sexual function. Studies show that hypertension and erection problems are closely related. Both are diseases of vascular origin. Severe erectile dysfunction is more likely to occur in men who have high blood pressure, and men with ED are nearly 40 percent more likely to be hypertensive or have heart disease.

Hypertension occurs when fatty cholesterol deposits, cellular waste products, calcium, and fibrin clog the arteries and limit blood flow to vital organs. Unregulated blood pressure further damages the lining of blood vessels. In addition, there is increased wall thickness and collagen deposition in the blood vessels in hypertensive individuals.

All this damage to the blood vessels is associated with a decrease in blood flow to the penis, which makes it difficult to achieve and maintain erections. In fact, there is growing evidence that ED is one of the first signs of high blood pressure.

Further complicating the relationship between hypertension and ED is the fact that many high blood pressure medications lead to erection problems as a side effect. First-line anti-hypertensive drugs such as diuretics (water pills) and beta blockers are known to decrease blood flow to the penis, leading to sexual dysfunction. Other classes of anti-hypertensive drugs, such as ACE inhibitors, angiotensin II receptor blockers, alpha blockers, and calcium channel blockers are less likely to cause ED.

The good news is that several oral ED medications are available, including sildenafil and other PDE5 inhibitors for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. But, is it safe for men with high blood pressure to take Viagra? Does Viagra lower blood pressure?


How Do Oral Erectile Dysfunction Treatments Interfere with Hypertension Treatment?


What men should know about High blood pressure and Viagra

PDE5 inhibitors such as Viagra, Cialis, Levitra, and Staxyn are often the first choice of treatment for erectile dysfunction. These oral medications all have a similar mechanism of action. They do not increase sexual desire, but they make it possible for a man to achieve an erection when aroused.

Following sexual stimulation, these drugs cause relaxation of smooth muscles and vasodilation (widening of the arteries) in the corpus cavernosum of the penis. This leads to an increase in blood flow to the penis. Engorgement of the penis with blood produces a strong erection.

Although they are an effective and convenient treatment for erectile dysfunction, PDE5 inhibitors are associated with several side effects. Viagra side effects include serious complications such as prolonged erections, sudden hearing loss, and sudden loss of vision. In addition, the use of sildenafil and other PDE5i is contraindicated in patients who take nitrates, a class of drugs frequently prescribed for chest pain (for example, sublingual nitroglycerine for angina). The combination of sildenafil and nitrate drugs can lead to a potentially life-threatening drop in blood pressure.

Does Viagra lower blood pressure? Studies show that ingredients in Viagra (sildenafil citrate) do indeed lead to a lowering of blood pressure, both systolic (top number) and diastolic (bottom number). In fact, sildenafil citrate was first developed by a British scientist as a treatment for high blood pressure. It was only when researchers noticed an interesting side effect, an increase in erections, that the drug was marketed as an ED medication.

The fall in blood pressure from Viagra is usually clinically insignificant in men taking concomitant anti-hypertensive medication. However, the risk of fatal hypotension (low blood pressure) and other serious cardiovascular events does exist. The use of alpha-blockers for hypertension and sildenafil is not recommended because both are blood-pressure-lowering agents and their combined use can lead to symptoms such as dizziness and lightheadedness. Because oral ED medications interfere with hypertension treatment, Viagra may not be the best option in men with high blood pressure. Men who are considering oral erectile dysfunction treatments should check with their doctor about combining these drugs with medications for high blood pressure.


Consider Penis Pumps for Erectile Dysfunction Treatment


For men who want an erectile dysfunction treatment that will not interfere with treatment for high blood pressure, a penis pump is an excellent option. It is an external treatment for ED that produces erections with a mechanical device. It does not interfere with any oral pills an individual is taking. Therefore, it can be used with anti-hypertensive medications without any additional risk.

Vacuum erection devices (penis pumps) are highly effective non-drug treatments for erectile dysfunction. These easy-to-use devices provide strong erections for up to 30 minutes. They have an excellent safety record and are not associated with any of the side effects of Viagra and other oral ED drugs.

A penis pump does not have to be used in advance like ED medications and it can be incorporated into foreplay just prior to intercourse, allowing for more spontaneity. It is also a cost-effective ED therapy in the long run with few recurring costs. Penis pumps are useful for penile rehabilitation in men who have undergone prostate surgery. With regular use, these devices allow men to achieve more natural erections. If you are worried about interactions between Viagra and high blood pressure medications, consider a penis pump for erectile dysfunction treatment.



















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Do Penis pumps really work?

Do Penis Pumps Really Work?

Women contemplating the truth about a penis pump


In general, there are usually three types of men who are interested in using a penis pump – men who are suffering from erectile dysfunction, men who want to use the device to have a bigger penis, and men who require penile rehabilitation. Penis pumps also called negative pressure or vacuum erection devices, are easily available online and through the medical community. There is a plethora of advertisements for these devices making all sorts of claims. Many manufacturers and distributors promise longer, harder erections and exceptionally satisfied sexual partners. What does a penis pump do? Does it increase the size of the penis? And do penis pumps work? Can they fix erection problems? Let’s find out what the scientific evidence shows.


For more information, check out our “Guide to Penis Pumps“.


Do penis pumps really work?



Yes, penis pumps really work, but the success of the device depends on two factors. First, the user’s expectations and goals, and second, whether the user is willing to spend some time learning how to use a penis pump correctly.

To understand this better, first let’s answer the question: What is the purpose of a penis pump? This is a vacuum device that draws blood into the penis and makes it fully erect. Therefore, its purpose is penile rigidity and a firm erection for up to 30 minutes. The process is quite straightforward. The system is applied over the penis, the pumping mechanism is activated, and once an erection is achieved, a tension ring is placed at the base of the penis to maintain the erection. In this way, the penis pump mechanically simulates a natural erection. The entire process takes a mere 2-3 minutes.

Do penis pumps really work? It depends. If the user expects a longer, thicker penis and enhanced sexual relations almost immediately, the device will almost certainly disappoint. On the other hand, if a user wants strong, sustained erections and is willing to practice using the penis pump a few times before sexual intimacy, the results are likely to be excellent. So, how does a penis pump work for penis enlargement, erectile dysfunction, and penile rehabilitation after prostate surgery? Read on to find out more.


Do penis pumps work for penis enlargement?


For many men, penis enlargement is a source of great fascination. On average over 60,000 searches are performed each month on the internet using the term “penis enlargement.” This interest may stem from a belief that penis size is linked to satisfying sex partners. It could be a cultural assumption that manhood and virility can be measured by the size of a man’s penis. Advertisements for pumps that increase or enlarge penis size are everywhere. However, the only proven procedure for increasing penis size is surgical. Even surgeries are questionable.

Do penis pumps work for penis enlargement? The answer is no. This is a myth. There is very little scientific evidence to support claims that anything less than surgery can increase the size of a man’s penis. And cosmetic surgery for penis enlargement is not endorsed by any trustworthy doctor or healthcare organization. Using a penis pump has no real benefit in terms of increasing penis size beyond natural limitations. The only application of increasing penis size using a penis pump with scientific merit is related to maintaining penile length following radical prostatectomy surgery or prostate removal. These findings are investigative and cannot be assumed to be a medical claim.

What does a penis pump do to make some men believe it can make their penis longer? These devices draw blood into the organ, making it temporarily erect and larger in size. If you have not had a full erection or only had partial erections before using a penis pump this may impact your perception. Proper use of a medical grade penis pump usually produces full penile engorgement. Men who use the device often comment that their erections are firmer and larger than before using the device. While it is not uncommon for men to claim they experience erections equivalent to those produced in their 20’s or 30’s no scientific studies support this.


Can penis pumps damage your penis?


Debunking common myths about penis pumps is not difficult. Clinical studies support the use of vacuum therapy for ED as both safe and effective. Medical grade penis pumps are one of the most reliable ED treatments available, so how can penis pumps damage your penis?

Misuse and lack of experience with the device can be associated with mild discomfort and temporary bruising.  Because penis pumps are non-invasive, no drugs are ingested, or surgical procedures required so penis pumps are safe.  FDA regulations require medical grade penis pumps to pull no more than 17 inches of mercury (a measurement of vacuum) to prevent men from over pumping which is associated with temporary bruising of the penis.

Due to the vast amount of misinformation around the use of these devices for penis pump enlargement and increasing penis size, a manual safety mechanism is important.  Medical penis pumps help prevent over pumping and bruising.  For this reason and many others, it is important to purchase a medical device.


Do penis pumps work for erectile dysfunction?


A penis pump is an effective treatment for erectile dysfunction, commonly known as impotence. Men with this condition are consistently unable to achieve an erection that is firm enough for satisfactory sexual intercourse. How does a penis pump work in this situation? In healthy men, sexual arousal sets off a chain of events that ultimately results in an erection when blood engorges the penis. By drawing blood into the penis with negative pressure, a vacuum erection device replicates a natural erection. This device works well for men who have erection difficulties due to a variety of reasons, including nerve damage, circulatory problems, and psychological issues.

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Medical studies have found convincing evidence that penis pumps are successful in treating erectile dysfunction. In fact, these devices can work synergistically with medications such as Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra. Clinical evidence suggests that external vacuum devices are safe, well tolerated, and effective for erectile dysfunction. There are reports of more than 90 percent satisfaction with penis pumps in terms of both partner satisfaction and quality of erection (length, girth, and hardness). Vacuum constriction devices are the recommended first-line of treatment for men who cannot use or tolerate pharmacotherapy for ED. In fact, penis pumps are preferred over Viagra by a substantial number of men due to adverse side effects from the medication.

Practice and patience are the two things that are critical for the success of penis pumps for erectile dysfunction. Just like riding a bicycle is easy once you’ve learned how using a penis pump is a simple three-step process once you’ve had a little practice. However, if you are impatient and expect immediate results, it might result in dissatisfaction in the bedroom. Studies show that penis pumps really work for impotence. More than 85 percent of men attain full erection during the first training session. Most men need just one week of practice with the device. However, if normal erectile function has been absent for some length of time, it may take time to recondition the penis to handle the blood flow. Using a penis pump once a day for a couple of weeks should do the trick.


Do penis pumps improve penile health and penile rehabilitation?


In men with healthy erectile function, 3-5 nighttime erections occur during REM sleep every day. This nocturnal penile tumescence brings nutrient-rich oxygenated blood to the flaccid (soft) penis and prevents tissue atrophy. Without this naturally occurring blood flow to the penis through regular erections, there is a risk of tissue damage and penile shrinkage. The purpose of a penis pump in penile rehabilitation is to bring blood and oxygen to the penile tissues and stretch and support the blood vessels to keep them healthy.


Several studies have shown that the consistent use of vacuum systems is beneficial for penile rehabilitation following radical prostatectomy. There is a significant reduction in erectile function following this type of surgery. Patients report that the dedicated use of a penile pump is helpful in attaining successful erections. Penile rehabilitation with a penis pump is achieved through the increased inflow of arterial blood and prevention of hypoxia, fibrosis, and cell death.

In addition to postoperative use, research has shown that vacuum erection therapy for a month prior to a procedure can be beneficial. The use of a VED before implantation of penile prosthesis significantly increases the stretched penis length in the flaccid state. The preoperative use of a penis pump is associated with a smoother and easier surgical procedure due to improved tissue health and better dilatation of the corpora cavernosa.


Achieving the best results from penis pumps


When do penis pumps work best? Here are some tips to achieve great results from a vacuum system:

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  • Trim the pubic hair: A tight seal is necessary for the device to create suction and work properly. A smooth surface provides a better grip. Lubricant helps as well.
  • Choose the correct size: An appropriately sized penis pump cylinder ensures a snug fit for better comfort and improved efficacy.
  • Practice, practice, practice: A few sessions of learning to use the penis pump help with adeptness and confidence in the bedroom.
  • Consistent use: Vacuum erectile devices minimize penile shrinkage and promote recovery of erectile function during rehabilitation. Early and consistent use of the penis pump is critical for successful return to sexual activity during recovery from prostate surgery.



Things to consider when purchasing a penis pump


Now that you know penis pumps really work, here are some quick pointers on choosing the best vacuum erection device:

The FDA has approved the penis pump to treat ED

Are you purchasing the device for the right reasons? Penis pumps are effective for erectile dysfunction and penile rehabilitation, but they do not increase penis size or length.

Do you have realistic expectations from the penis pump? Great results come with practice. Expect to spend some time learning to use the device before using it during sexual intimacy. For penile rehabilitation following surgery, consistent use is the key.

Is the penis pump medical grade? Are all penis pumps safe? Yes, if they’re made by a reputed company. Manufacturers of medical grade penis pumps are required to meet certain design and quality standards and undergo inspections by the FDA. If the manufacturer of the VED is not registered with the FDA, this is a red flag as the device may not meet minimum standards. A non-medical-grade penis pump could end up being a waste of money and may even cause damage.



  • Pharmacotherapy: Treatment with medications.
  • REM Sleep: A type of sleep associated with rapid eye movements, dreams, and increased pulse and breathing.
  • Tumescence: State of being swollen.
  • Atrophy: Wasting or degeneration.
  • Radical Prostatectomy: A type of surgery for prostate cancer.
  • Hypoxia: Oxygen deprivation.
  • Fibrosis: Scarring in response to injury.
  • Dilatation: Widening.
  • Corpora Cavernosa: A pair of tubes in the penis that fill with blood during erections.


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How to increase blood flow to the penis

Oysters can improve blood to the penis

Blood flow to the penis is a critical component of healthy erections. Men achieve an erection when sexual arousal gives rise to nerve impulses that tell the muscle fibers in the penis to relax. The chemical that causes the muscle fibers to relax is called nitric oxide. Once the muscles relax, it allows blood to flow into the penis, fill the open spaces, expand it, and make it stiff. Therefore, penis blood flow is the natural process by which erections occur. How to increase blood flow to the penis? Do diet and vitamins help? Are there medications and mechanical devices available?

For more information, check out our “Guide to Erectile Dysfunction“.


How to increase blood flow to the penis?


Penis circulation plays an important role in erections. During an erection, the arteries that carry blood into the organ expand to increase blood flow to the penis. In the erect state, the penis contains 8 times as much blood as the flaccid state. The blood fills the corpus cavernosa (two tubes of spongy tissue) in the penis, causing it to swell and enlarge. At the same time, the veins that carry blood away from the organ become narrow, trapping the blood and thereby maintaining the erection. Following ejaculation or when sexual arousal is no longer present, the veins expand and allow the blood to drain out from the penis, returning it to the normal soft state.

It is not surprising that many treatments for erectile dysfunction focus act by improving penis blood flow. Some medications that help men achieve strong erections work by causing the muscles to relax, which boosts blood flow to the penis. In addition, there are natural ways to improve penis circulation and make erections easier and stronger. Certain foods, vitamins, and exercise are believed to dilate blood vessels and stimulate the flow of blood into the penis. For men struggling with erectile dysfunction, perhaps the most important question that needs to be answered is: How to improve blood flow to the penis?

Every device, prescription medication, or homeopathic treatment for erectile dysfunction should attempt to answer one question. How to increase blood flow to the penis when the body isn’t functioning as it should?  Supplements and different types of foods make various claims about properties they possess for improving blood flow. 


Increasing blood flow to the penis naturally


Treating erectile dysfunction with medications isn’t the only option available to men. There are a number of ways to naturally boost penis circulation and maintain male sexual health:


Foods:coffee can increase blood flow to the penis

  • Coffee: Studies show that men who drink 2-3 cups of coffee daily are less likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction compared to men who drink little to no coffee. It is believed caffeine improves blood flow to the penis by relaxing the muscles and arteries, thereby leading to stronger erections.
  • Oats: Wild oats are believed to be aphrodisiacs. Oatmeal contains the amino acid L-arginine that improves the effect of nitric oxide, the chemical that reduces the stiffness of blood vessels in the penis and allows blood to flow into it.
  • Dark Chocolate: Flavanols are known to lower blood pressure and increase blood flow. Men who habitually consume flavonoid-rich foods such as chocolate have been found to have a reduced incidence of erectile dysfunction.



  • Aerobic Exercise: Diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure are all conditions that affect blood flow and can result in erectile dysfunction. Moderate aerobic exercise for 30-40 minutes three to four times a week can improve cardiovascular health and prevent or improve ED.
  • Kegel Exercises: Pelvic floor exercises can help many men with erectile dysfunction regain normal sexual function by strengthening the muscles that allow the penis to engorge with blood during an erection.



  • Dehydration can reduce blood volume as well as lead to a constriction (narrowing) of blood vessels, thereby decreasing penis blood flow.
  • Mild dehydration is believed to cause anxiety and impaired mood in men. A man’s mental state has a profound effect on sexual drive. Therefore, mood changes due to dehydration can potentially cause erectile dysfunction.


Alcohol and Smoking:


Stress Management:

  • Constant stress is associated with damage to blood vessels and this can potentially affect penis circulation.
  • Anxiety can interrupt the messages from the brain that allow extra blood to flow into to the penis during an erection.


Increasing blood flow to the penis with penis pumps

Soma Therapy - ED vacuum pump system


A penis pump is a mechanical device that helps a man obtain and maintain an erection that is sufficiently strong for sexual intercourse. Also known as a vacuum erectile device, it works by using negative pressure to expand the corpus cavernosa and increase blood flow to the penis. It consists of a plastic tube that encloses the penis, a manual or battery-powered pump, and a constriction band that fits at the base of the erect penis to prevent it from collapsing.

Penis pumps are non-invasive and do not involve any injection or insertion. They are effective and less risky than some other treatments with fewer side effects. They can be used in along with other treatments, such as penile implants and medications, and combination treatment works well for some men.

The use of a vacuum pump can help rehabilitate damaged penile tissues. The increase in penis blood flow during pump use is associated with better nutrition and oxygenation of the corpus cavernosa, the tubes that engorge with blood during an erection. In men who have undergone prostate surgery, the use of vacuum erectile devices has been shown to help improve penis circulation, preserve penis length, regain erectile function, and improve sexual health.

For more information, check out our “Guide to Penis Pumps“.


Increasing blood flow to the penis with medication


An estimated 30 million men in the United States and 150 million men worldwide suffer from erectile dysfunction. A number of medications are available to men who are not able to get or keep an erection that’s hard enough for sex. Treatment with these drugs can solve the problem but may be associated with side effects. All the drugs used to treat ED work by stimulating blood flow to the penis.


Vasodilators: These drugs produce erections by relaxing the muscles, expanding the blood vessels, and allowing the penis to fill with blood. They can be used alone or in combination with other treatments. A commonly prescribed vasodilator, alprostadil, is injected directly into the base of the penis. It can also be inserted into the urethra in the form of a pellet. It is available under the brand names Caverjet, Edex, and MUSE.

Advantages of Vasodilators:

  • They work directly by dilating blood vessels and are therefore effective in men with damaged nerves.
  • Regular use may re-establish penis blood flow and promote the return of normal erections.

Disadvantages of Vasodilators:

  • Patients must learn the proper technique for administration.
  • Discomfort, scarring, and priapism (rare) can occur from the injections.
  • Urethral burning may be a side effect of the MUSE pellet delivery system.


Sildenafil: This medication, available widely as Viagra, is an effective treatment for men with mild to moderate erectile dysfunction. It works by enhancing the effect of nitric oxide, the chemical that relaxes the muscles and increases blood flow to the penis. Sildenafil needs to be taken one hour before planned sexual activity. It does not work automatically. An erection only occurs if sexual arousal causes the release of nitric oxide.


Advantages of Viagra:

  • Effective for mild to moderate ED.
  • Convenient (does not require injection or insertion).

Disadvantages of Viagra:

  • Lack of spontaneity due to short time of action.
  • Food in stomach can lower the effectiveness of the drug.
  • Cannot be used with alcohol.
  • Side effects such as flushing, headache, upset stomach, backache, visual changes, nasal congestion, nausea, dizziness, rash.
  • Rare reports of heart attack and stroke.



To check out the various vacuum therapy products available at Augusta Medical Systems visit our online store.  Or contact customer support at Augusta Medical Systems with questions at 800-827-8382.




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Best Penis Pump Results


Clinical education on best penis pump

For over the past 35 years we have worked directly with prescribing physicians, product users, and clinical educators around the world to manufacture, define and re-define the best penis pump.  Through the years, multiple new technologies created by the founders of Augusta Medical Systems have produced the following brands:

What is a penis pump

A penis pump is a class II medical device described by the FDA as an External Penile rigidity device.  These devices are also known as vacuum erection devices, a negative pressure device, erectile dysfunction pumps, vacuum constriction device or a vacuum therapy device. They are used to create and maintain an erection. 

The following components are assembled to create a penis pump:

 Vacuum HeadVacuum Head

The specially designed lever can be activated with one finger for effortless creation of vacuum or negative pressure.  It is called the Ultra Ease™ lever.  The vacuum head is used to create vacuum.

The black button featured on the back of the vacuum head is a release button which instantly releases all vacuum in the cylinder.     

The AMS Battery Negative Pressure Device is available for men who want to create vacuum with the touch of a button.

Penis Pump Cylinders Cylinder

The penis is inserted into the cylinder(s) and vacuum creates an erection.  Five cylinders are available to accommodate anatomical differences that naturally exist from man to man.  The Soma Therapy OTC Manual system and the Soma Therapy OTC – Premium both come with the most commonly used cylinder. SOMAerectStf and SOMAerectStf Plus both come with the 3 interlocking cylinders.  Additional cylinders are available via special order. Utilizing the cylinder that most closely matches your fully engorged erection allows for the most efficient use of vacuum and easy creation of full penile rigidity.  The unique Stf product line excels in vacuum efficiency!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Tension system for penis pumpTension System or Rings

Used to hold or maintain an erection. The precise balance of tension and comfort is necessary to maintain an erection.  The SureFit™ collection of tension systems comes with each vacuum therapy device.  In addition to the SureFit™ collection the following comprehensive selection is available:


SureEase Ultra

SureEase Comfort



Comfort Inserts for Penis Pump

Comfort Inserts

Soft adjustable inserts fit on the end of the cylinder.  Comfort inserts also slightly decrease the diameter of the cylinder to further customize the cylinder for a snug fit against the body then applying the system.

 SomaTherapy-ED® LubricantSomaTherapy-ED Lubricant

Specially developed for Augusta Medical Systems vacuum therapy systems.  To ensure optimal performance in achieving an erection.


How to use a penis pump







Erectile Dysfunction Pump containing flaccid penis

Apply the system over the penis







Cock Ring is moved from erectile dysfunction pump to erect penis Squeeze the lever 3-5 times, wait 10-15 seconds, repeat the process until the penis is fully engorged.







cock Ring on erect penis released by pulling tabs Once you have achieved a full erection, slide the tension system to the base of the penis, maintaining the erection while removing the cylinder.




Best Penis Pumps



Superior product performance, unequaled quality standards and well thought-through design features all make for a first-rate user experience and successful treatment outcomes. A commitment to continuous product improvement has evolved to create the finest medical penis pump products, known as the SOMA product line.

Physicians prescribe and continue to refer Soma Therapy-ED products to their patients on a daily basis to treat erectile dysfunction around the globe. Before Medicare discontinued coverage of the penis pump in the United States a.k.a as the vacuum erection device or erectile dysfunction pump in 2015, prescriptions were necessary for Medicare and private insurance reimbursement which has all but disappeared since 2015. 

Urologist at the following institutions have referred or prescribed Soma Therapy-ED:

* Prescriptions are not endorsements, none of the above intuitions are endorsing Augusta Medical Systems or Soma Therapy-ED

How to make a penis pump

Subject to the September 10, 1997 FDA policy modificationsPenile Rigidity Devices manufactured for sexual pleasure do not have to register or be listed with the FDA so long as their products “do not make medical claims.”  Those companies who do not list with the FDA, are not routinely inspected for Good Manufacturing Practices and the Quality System Regulation by the FDA, thus they are flying under the radar.

Prior to 1997 all penis pumps were required to strictly adhere to good manufacturing practices and the quality system regulation which required devices and the manufacturers that produced them to submit to audits of their devices and quality systems.  Strict adherence to design features and labeling claims were in place to prevent risks to the health of men who use these types of products.

It is now difficult for men to differentiate between medical devices and sex toys.  On-line sites don’t do much to help direct men toward medical devices and away from toys.

Top Rated Penis Pumps

Finding reliable unbiased ratings of penis pump products on-line is difficult.  Medical professionals who prescribe these products don’t normally participate in comprehensive product ratings.  Augusta Medical Systems distributes its products by physician referrals and/or prescriptions.  Otherwise you can buy direct from Augusta Medical Systems.

Affiliate marketing sites  or one-line retailers use product ratings as a popular way to give high ratings to the products that they earn a commission on or promote a sale of.  Examples of sites that rate penis pumps are:

Does a Penis Pump Work?

Clinical studies clear medical penis pumps for two primary labeling claims:

  1. To create penile rigidity
  2. For penile rehabilitation

Do penis pumps actually work?

When a novelty product or sex toy begins to make medical claims and venture outside of the intent of the 1997 non-prescription FDA ruling, with claims such as treating erectile dysfunction, they maybe unadulterated or unapproved claims. Over-promising and under-delivering has become common in the market for penis pumps.  As soon as you see claims that are in fact medical, buyer beware!

The following medical claims associated with a penis pump in the United States are not backed up by science and depending on the context of the claim may in-fact violate the FDA claims guidelines:

Are penis pumps safe?

Penis enlargement pumps may intentionally or unintentionally encourage a user to over pump to gain penile length. The FDA lists the following outcome that can be directly related to over-pumping.

FDA Precautions

Device use may bruise or rupture the blood vessels within the penis or scrotum, resulting in petechiae (a small purplish spot on a body surface, such as the skin or a mucous membrane, caused by a minute hemorrhage), hemorrhage (flow of blood from ruptured blood vessels), or the formation of a hematoma (localized swelling filled with blood resulting from a break in a blood vessel).

Devices that meet FDA design features have a manual safety release mechanism.  Further, FDA design features mandate that vacuum pumps draw a vacuum of less than 17 inches of mercury.  This also can prevents damage to the penis caused by over-pumping.

Increase blood flow to the penis

Penis pumps are designed to increase blood flow to the penis.  The best penis pumps can achieve this efficiently, comfortably, and with high levels of consistent predictability. Augusta Medical Systems has proven that it manufactures the best penis pump.  Our testimonials are from men just like you.  For more information please give us a call at 800-827-8382.

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What Should You Do If ED Drugs Don’t Work?

When oral ED drugs don't work

When ED Drugs don't workSince it was first approved by the FDA for treatment of erectile dysfunction ED in 1998 Viagra, also known as the little blue pill, and other oral medications have offered hope to millions of men and brought in billions of dollars in revenue for the pharmaceutical companies that manufacture them. However, oral ED medications do not improve erectile function in all men. There are a number of reasons why ED drugs don’t work. Read on to learn about how to make ED drugs work better and alternative treatments for ED when medications like Viagra are ineffective. What should you do if ED drugs don’t work?


Realistic Expectations from ED Drugs


Viagra and other pills for erectile dysfunction are not miracle cures. Before concluding that ED drugs don’t work, it’s important to ensure you have realistic expectations from these drugs. Here’s what to expect from oral medications for erectile dysfunction:

  • ED drugs don’t work without arousal. The medication restores and improves blood flow to the penis, but sexual stimulation and foreplay are still required for an erection to occur.


  • ED drugs don’t work immediately. In most men, it takes at least 30 minutes for Viagra and Levitra to become effective. The effects typically last for 4 hours after taking the pill. Some medications like Cialis are most effective 2-3 hours after taking the pill.


  • ED drugs may not work the first time they are used. If a medication doesn’t work even after a few attempts, the doctor may need to prescribe a higher dose or a different ED drug. Studies show 100 mg Viagra is effective in many men who fail to respond to the 50 mg dose.


  • ED drugs may not work if you have certain underlying medical conditions. Frequently men who have diabetes, prostate cancer, or are taking medications for hypertension do not achieve positive results with ED drugs.


How to Take ED Drugs: The Correct Approach


Psychological factors can sometimes play a role in erectile dysfunction. However, underlying causes are usually medical in nature. Beyond medical factors, there are other considerations which can make for a positive sexual health experience using oral medications to treat erectile dysfunction.

Food: Some ED drugs like sildenafil (Viagra), vardenafil (Levitra), and avanafil (Spedra) are not as effective if they are taken with food. To ensure that these drugs work, it is necessary to wait at least 2 hours after a meal before taking the medication. In addition, fatty foods and sour fruits like grapefruit can make these medications less effective. The only exception to this is Cialis (tadalafil) which can be taken with food.

Alcohol: It’s a good idea to avoid alcohol when taking ED drugs. Drinking can worsen some of the side effects of the medication, such as headaches, dizziness, and flushed skin. Alcohol is also known to worsen erectile dysfunction, counteracting the benefits of the medication and leading to the belief that ED drugs don’t work.

Timing: Men with erectile dysfunction need a little more planning before sex. The best way to take Viagra is 30-60 minutes before sex, although it can be taken up to 4 hours prior. Studies show that erections last longer when Viagra is taken two hours before sex compared to four hours. Cialis should be taken a couple of hours before anticipated sexual activity and its effects can last up to 36 hours.

Contraindications: Never mix ED drugs with nitrates which are used to treat chest pain and other heart conditions as this can lead to a dangerous drop in blood pressure. In addition, ED drugs may interact with a number of medications. Talk to your doctor about taking Viagra while on other medications such as those used to treat high blood pressure, antifungals, blood thinners, and anti-seizure medicines.


Alternative Treatments When Oral ED Drugs Don’t Work


When oral ED drugs don't workSometimes erectile dysfunction medications do not work even if they are taken as directed. In fact, these drugs are ineffective in for large numbers of men with ED. One thing to consider if ED drugs don’t work is instituting lifestyle modifications including diet and exercise. A review of current medications might prove useful because some medications can interfere with oral ED treatments. Alternative treatments for ED when oral medications don’t work include:


Vacuum devices: The simplest non-medication treatment for ED is a penis pump or vacuum erection device (VED). This device pulls blood flow into the penis by creating a vacuum. A ring at the base of the penis maintains the erection for up to 30 minutes. Penis pumps are also known to promote penile health and improve erections in men who have undergone surgery for prostate cancer.

Vacuum devices (penis pumps) are increasingly being used along with other treatments to improve the results of oral medications, injections, and surgical implants pre-operation.

Learn more by reading a “Guide to Penis Pumps.”

Injections: If ED medications are ineffective, injection of a drug called alprostadil directly into the penis may help, although this is frequently associated with problems such as pain, bleeding, scarring, low blood pressure, and prolonged erections. 

Compounding pharmacies routinely prepare bi-mix and tri-mix injectables for erectile dysfunction. This refers to either two or three chemicals. Bi-mix is often a reference to papaverine and phentolamine, while tri-mix adds prostaglandin also known as alprostadil.


Transurethral pellets: Muse is a type of alprostadil that is formed into a medicated pellet.  It is inserted into the urethra via a specially designed applicator.  The onset of effect is within 5–10 minutes after administration. The duration of effect is approximately 30–60 minutes. However, the actual duration will vary from patient to patient.


Surgical Implants: A penile prosthesis is surgically implanted in the penis to treat ED. The basic models are either malleable (bendable) or inflatable, inflatable or hydraulic designs are popular because they are easy to conceal. Costs can range from $ 10,000 – $ 30,000.  In general surgical implants are considered the treatment of last resort due to the invasiveness of the procedure and cost.

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Tips for stronger erections

Exercise for Strong Erections

Erections are the result of a complex interplay within the body. External factors such as emotions are also involved. Psychosexual arousal, nerves, muscles, blood vessels, nitric oxide, and hormone levels all play a role. Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to obtain erections sufficiently strong for satisfactory sexual intercourse.

Erectile dysfunction is a common condition. Especially among men that are suffering from an underlying medical disorder. Some of the most common medical disorders associated with ED are diabetes, heart disease, and prostate cancer.

How can you get stronger erections? What manageable factors impact erectile function? Is it possible to treat ED without erectile dysfunction medications? Here are some lifestyle changes and tips for stronger erections.


Foods that help erections


Foods that help erections

An unhealthy diet leads to high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Diet can also affect your performance in the bedroom. Research shows that eating patterns that clog the blood vessels and cause heart attacks also affect arteries in the penis.

Healthy erections require a vast inflow of blood into the penis. The first tip to make your erection stronger is to eat a heart-healthy diet and consume red meat in moderation. This should include lots of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and a limited amount of saturated fats, processed foods, and fried snacks.

A Mediterranean diet is rich in olive oil, nuts, fish, and red wine. According to clinical studies, the Mediterranean diet is associated with a relatively lower incidence of erectile dysfunction. Eating healthy also helps maintain a healthy weight. Too much body fat is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes can lead to nerve damage in the penis and problems with erections. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes can be potentially avoided or managed with healthy dietary choices. Less body fat through a healthy diet can make for stronger erections.


Sex and Lifestyle


Foods are not the only things we consume that can impact the quality of erections. Lifestyle choices also can affect our sex life. The toxins in cigarette smoke can damage blood vessels carrying blood throughout the body. This includes the penis.

Heavy alcohol consumption can affect erectile function. It has the potential to cause nerve injury. Alcohol can also interfere with male sex hormones, this can lead to erectile dysfunction or weak erections. For harder, stronger erections, stop smoking and drink alcohol in moderation. 


Exercise for Strong Erections


Exercise for Strong ErectionsThere is a direct correlation between a sedentary lifestyle and erectile dysfunction. Men who exercise regularly are less likely to suffer from erection problems and are likely to experience an improved sex drive. You can reduce the risk of erectile dysfunction by making small changes. Start by parking at the far end of parking lots, taking the stairs, and walking instead of taking a taxi.

An important tip on making erections stronger is doing the right kind of exercise. Aerobic exercise such as running and swimming helps prevent ED. Kegel exercises (repeated contraction and relaxation of pelvic muscles) may help some men regain normal erectile function. 


Can stress cause erectile dysfunction?


Stress causing erectile dysfunction has been the focus of clinical studies. Nerves play a critical role in triggering erections. Stress affects the nervous system and increases the level of cortisol and adrenaline hormones in the body.

This can result in low libido and might create a contraction of the penile arteries, possibly leading to problems with maintaining an erect penis. Managing emotions, easing tension, and dealing with relationship issues may all help with making erections stronger. Psychogenic impotence is not uncommon and is often misunderstood.


Can lack of sleep cause erectile dysfunction?


A good night’s sleep is important to make erections stronger. Men without organic ED have 3-5 nocturnal erections every night. Night time erections work like an exercise regimen for the penis.

This naturally keeps blood flow, muscle tissue, and nerves within the penis in good working condition. Nocturnal erections are thought to occur during R.E.M sleep. R.E.M sleep usually happens 90 minutes after you fall asleep.

Without adequate sleep, nocturnal erections can be disrupted. In addition, sleep deprivation is known to cause a dip in testosterone levels and libido. Good sleep is helpful for strong erections.

For more information, check out “Nocturnal Erections and Penile Health.”


Penis Exercise


Exercises for the penis is often referred to as penile rehabilitation by Urologist in the medical community. There are accounts of penis exercise that focus on penis enlargement or penis exercises for permanent growth. For this reason, some clarification is necessary. 

After reading popular websites, one can’t help but ask, does penis enlargement exercise lead to permanent growth of the penis? As it stands, men looking for permanent penis growth exercises are going to be disappointed. No non-surgical options have been proven effective to create a permanent increase of girth or length of the penis.

However, there is good evidence that a penis pump used for exercise can have positive benefits for penile health. Recent studies on penile rehabilitation following radical prostatectomy demonstrate the therapeutic benefit of a vacuum erection device. Many physicians believe that this research applies to all men suffering from ED who do not achieve nocturnal erections.

Pulling blood flow into penile tissues using a vacuum erection device is like exercise. The process stretches tissues in a manner similar to any other form of physical exercise that builds strength. Oxygenation of tissues that are otherwise in a non-erect (flaccid) state prevents penile atrophy, programmed cell death, and penile shortening. 


What is penis exercise?


Penis exercise using a vacuum erection device for therapy is nothing more than the process of creating and releasing multiple erections. Using a penis pump for penis exercise is thought to mimic the benefits of nocturnal erections in men.

Men suffering from organic ED often don’t achieve nocturnal erections naturally. The simple process of creating and releasing multiple erections is therapeutic. A single exercise session with a penis pump creates full penile rigidity. This is a unique attribute of a vacuum erection device (also known as a penis pump).


For more information, check outHow to use a penis pump for penis exercise.”

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How to get an Erection on Command with a Penis Pump

Erection on command

Erection on commandThe physiology of erectile function is not simple. It involves nitric oxide pathways. Nerves and hemodynamics (dynamics of blood flowing) must work together to produce an erection. If you’re a man with normal erectile function, you may wonder how to get an erection on command. The best time for sexual intercourse can occur without a plan or schedule. A man under 30 without ED is not always able to get an erection on command. If you have sexual health challenges or experience erectile dysfunction, it is a more difficult question. How do you achieve an erection on command?

Is timing important when choosing a sexual health aid? What is the quickest way to increase penile blood flow? How do you achieve a harder erection in the least amount of time? Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra are popular. Do they work on command or quickly?

Sex Pills for men

Oral medications are a very common treatment for ED. The best sex pills for men are prescription. Prescription medications for sexual health often impact nitric oxide synthesis. As a result of the medical findings around nitric oxide, l-arginine is found in many over the counter supplements.

Usually, over the counter medications are unregulated by the FDA. Many are not safe to use. Others only work for men without erectile dysfunction if they work at all. These are best described as performance enhancement supplements.

Depending on your medical condition, prescription oral ED medications may not work. Half of the prescriptions for oral ED medications are not refilled. This may speak to effectiveness. If you are a man who can take a prescription pill for ED that is great. Even then it usually takes 30 to 60 minutes after taking the medication to produce results. So if you want to create an erection on command, a pill might not do the trick.

Harder Erections

One of the common complaints among viagra users is the low quality of erection produced. Most men must wait 30 minutes to an hour after taking the pill for results. Many men then only experience a semi-erect penis. This is one of the advantages to correct use of a medical grade penis pump. Used properly you can achieve an erection that is your fullest natural erection on command.

How to use a penis pump for erections on command

With a minimum amount of practice, you can create an erection using a penis pump. It only takes 2-3 minutes. As you ingest Viagra and nitric oxide causes smooth muscle tissues in the penis to relax you could have easily created an erection with a penis pump. By the time the drug begins to take effect, you are having sex with a penis pump. The process involves 3 simple steps:


Erectile Dysfunction Pump containing flaccid penis


Apply the system over the penis.





Harder erections


Activate the pumping mechanism. This will draw blood into the penis, causing an erection.





Harder erections


Once the penis is fully engorged, the tension ring is placed at the base of the penis, maintaining the erection.






Penis Exercise

As you learn the process of how to get an erection on demand, penis exercise is possible. Penis exercise is a process prescribed by sexual health physicians. Following prostate surgery, men often lose nighttime erections. These are called nocturnal erections. Nocturnal erections occur 3-5 times per night. They are considered to be associated with penile health.

Creating erections draws oxygen-rich blood flow into penile tissues. The process of blood flowing into a non-erect penis stretches tissues. This prevents tissue atrophy and maintains penile length. You can use a penis pump to mimic nocturnal erections. To use a penis pump for penile health do the following:

  1. Apply the system over the penis.
  2. Activate the pumping mechanism. This will draw blood into the penis, causing an erection.
  3. Release the erection in the cylinder and perform the first and second steps again.

Repeat penis exercises using a penis pump 3-5 times per week. Each session should last for approximately 20-30 minutes. You don’t have to be a prostate cancer survivor to lose nighttime erections. Diabetes and hypertension medications often cause a loss of nocturnal erections. Other medical conditions are associated with the loss of nocturnal erections. Even severe lack of sleep can be associated with this loss.

Repetitive erections keep the penis healthy. This can improve your erections. Harder erections can then become more likely.

Can a penis pump assist with premature ejaculation?

What is premature ejaculation? This is when men are not able to keep an erection without releasing semen. After semen is released the erection is lost. Erectile dysfunction is defined as the lack of ability to achieve an erection and maintain it. Premature ejaculation prevents men from being able to maintain an erection.

When you use a penis pump, a penis ring is placed on the base of the penis. This is what maintains an erection after it is created. When you learn how to use a penis ring you learn how to maintain an erection. You can keep an erection up to 30 minutes with a penis ring in place. In some men, this is a confidence booster. In other men, this is a way to maintain an erection to please a sexual partner.

Penis Pump Results

Over 90% of men who suffer from erectile dysfunction can achieve an erection with a medical grade penis pump. For best results, you can buy directly from the manufacturer. Augusta Medical Systems is the premier manufacturer of American made vacuum erection devices. No prescription is required. Regardless of non-prescription status, it is important to discuss sexual health issues with your physician. Erectile dysfunction can be the first symptom of an undiagnosed medical condition.

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Erectile dysfunction and diabetes: the connection

millions of people are affected by erectile dysfunction

millions of people are affected by erectile dysfunction


Why do so many men diagnosed with diabetes also suffer from erectile dysfunction?  Are their ways to avoid erectile dysfunction if you have diabetes?  Why are risk factors for ED present when you are diabetic?  In this article, we will explore these topics. We will also consider treatment options for ED and answer some of the most common questions around erectile dysfunction and diabetes.

For more information, check out our “Guide to Erectile Dysfunction“.

Erectile Dysfunction and diabetes : the connection

What Causes Diabetes?


There is no single cause of diabetes.  Any number of the following can contribute to the condition:

  • Family history
  • Obesity
  • Dietary choices
  • A sedentary lifestyle
  • Increasing age
  • Chemical toxins in food
  • Viral or bacterial infections
  • Smoking, drinking, illicit drug use
  • Unidentified component causing an autoimmune reaction


The underlying causes of diabetes are numerous. The factors mentioned above are common. The health of nerves, muscle function, and blood vessels can all be affected by diabetes. At its foundation, diabetes occurs when the pancreas does not properly produce insulin. Insulin is one of the main hormones that help to regulate blood glucose levels.  Diabetes can also occur when the body does not respond appropriately to insulin and blood glucose levels are irregular.


Do you suffer from Erectile Dysfunction?


What is Erectile Dysfunction?


Erectile dysfunction is the repeated inability of a man to achieve or sustain an erection.  It is characterized by the inability of the penis to expand from the flaccid state to the erect.  In addition to engorgement or expansion to the erect state, blood must stay in erectile tissues long enough to maintain an erection for sexual function.


What Causes erectile dysfunction

  • Heart Disease
  • Clogged blood vessels (atherosclerosis)
  • High Cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Metabolic syndrome- a condition involving blood pressure, high insulin levels, body fat around the waist and high cholesterol
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Certain prescription medications
  • Tobacco use
  • Peyronie’s disease – development of scar tissue inside the penis
  • Alcoholism and other substance abuse
  • Sleep disorders
  • Treatment for prostate cancer or enlarged prostate
  • Surgeries or injuries that affect the pelvic area or spinal cord.



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Why Do Men with Diabetes Develop Erectile Dysfunction?


A normal erection is a complex interplay of sexual arousal, increased blood flow to the penis, and healthy nerve, muscle, and hormone function. Diabetes is associated with poor blood sugar control. When blood glucose levels become high this can cause damage to blood vessels. If blood glucose levels remain high for extended periods of time the damage can become severe or worsen.

High blood sugar can also injure nerves that control the penis.  This is called diabetic neuropathy, or more specifically, diabetic penile neuropathy. Damage to penile nerves can interfere with your body’s ability to send messages related to sexual stimulation through the nervous system to and from the brain and penis, which can lead to ED.

When blood sugar levels get too high, lower levels of nitric oxide are produced.  Nitric oxide triggers the arteries and the muscle tissue in the penis to relax, which encourages blood flow to the penis in healthy erectile function. Erections occur when neurotransmitters in health penile nerve tissue release nitric oxide.  Low levels of nitric oxide can prevent healthy erectile function in men with diabetes. 

Diabetes is often known to also accelerate a condition known as atherosclerosis.  Atherosclerosis creates a state in which blood vessels become narrow or harden.  Blood flow is reduced when narrowing or hardening of the blood vessels prevent blood flow from moving into and out of your penis.

The primary effect of diabetes on erectile dysfunction can be found in damage to blood vessels and nerves. Poor blood flow to the penis and nerve problems will contribute to ED regardless of whether the cause of ED is related to diabetes or not.  If a man experiences complication from Diabetes It is not surprising that he can find it difficult or impossible to create and or maintain an erection. Hypertension is a secondary condition to diabetes and kidney function as well as medications associated with hypertension that impact erectile function.


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Diabetes and Hypertension

Arteries that are damaged by atherosclerosis, a complication of diabetes, can cause high blood pressure. High blood pressure is also known as hypertension. Diabetes and hypertension can lead to narrowing of blood vessels going to the penis. Hypertension and Diabetes are both predecessors to erectile dysfunction.

In addition, diabetes causes kidney disease that can lead to hormonal changes. Some of the medications used as a treatment for diabetes and its complications (hypertension) are known to cause ED. Even if a man has normal amounts of male hormones and adequate sex drive, a firm erection may not be possible due to diabetes-related nerve and blood vessel damage. Other conditions that commonly co-occur in diabetic men, such as high blood pressure and heart disease, are also known causes of erectile dysfunction.


How Common Is Erectile Dysfunction in Diabetic Men?


Erectile dysfunction is a common condition that affects 30 million American men. In fact, diabetic men are three times more likely to develop ED compared to men with normal blood sugars.  Diabetes is estimated to reach 322 million cases worldwide by 2025.  The third most common complaint registered among diabetic men is erectile dysfunction. Diabetes and erectile dysfunction are so common, they go hand in hand.

Up to 75 percent of men who have diabetes experience problems with erections. ED is age-related and occurs in 7 out of 10 men by age 70. Men with diabetes develop erectile problems at a younger age than non-diabetic men. In addition to ED, diabetes can also lead to other types of sexual dysfunction, including retrograde ejaculation, penile curvature, poor libido due to low testosterone, and fertility problems due to reduced sperm mobility.


Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction in Diabetic Men


Lifestyle Changes for Diabetic Men with ED: Studies show that modifying certain risk factors can reduce diabetes symptoms and improve sexual health in men. Adopting a healthier lifestyle to improve erectile dysfunction without medication treatment includes:

  • Balanced diet
  • Regular physical exercise
  • Weight reduction
  • Smoking cessation
  • Limiting alcohol
  • Stress management

Drugs to Treat Erectile Dysfunction: Oral medications for erection problems include:

  • Sildenafil (Viagra)
  • Tadalafil (Cialis)
  • (Levitra)
  • Avanafil (Stendra)


ED pills are taken by mouth and increase blood flow to the penis to produce rigidity. Some common side effects of oral ED medications include stuffy nose, headaches, and prolonged erections. However, these are usually mild and self-limited. Medications are effective in up to 60 percent of diabetic men with erection problems. Other treatments for ED include suppositories and injectables for men in whom oral medications are contraindicated or not tolerated. Alprostadil shots (Caverject) cause blood vessel dilation and help up to 90 percent of men with diabetes who are experiencing trouble maintaining an erection. Suppositories (Muse) have a lower success rate of about 35 percent.

Surgical Treatment for ED in Men with Diabetes: Procedures that improve blood flow to the penis and help with impotence symptoms are technically challenging, expensive, and not always effective. However, surgeries for erectile dysfunction are a treatment option if severe diabetes has caused permanent damage to the blood vessels of the penis. Procedures include vascular reconstruction (bypassing blocked arteries) and placement of permanent penile implants.

Sex Therapy for ED: Short-term couples or individual counseling can help men with erection problems acquire better sexual communication skills and overcome performance anxiety. This type of treatment for erection problems is usually prescribed when the underlying cause is determined to be psychological in nature and physical examination and blood tests are normal. However, counseling can be effective in diabetic men with erectile dysfunction as a more holistic approach to treatment.

The best solution for erectile dysfunction in diabetic men depends on a number of factors, including the severity of the disease, associated health conditions, and the ability to tolerate treatment. Men with diabetes who are experiencing difficulty maintaining an erection should consult a urologist, a doctor who specializes in treating ED, to determine the best treatment option for their particular situation.


Erectile dysfunction pump



Diabetic men who utilize a vacuum erection device, also known as an erectile dysfunction pump immediately see positive results.  This treatment is non-invasive, affordable, and over 90% effective. Erectile dysfunction pumps are the only FDA approved treatment available without a prescription or visit to the doctor, every diabetic man should have Soma Therapy ED.


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Clinical Studies conclude that combined use of Viagra and an erectile dysfunction pump often work when Viagra fails on its own.  Therefore, combination therapy of oral medications and an erectile dysfunction pump can be effective, or Soma Therapy-ED can be effective without oral medications. 

For more information on purchasing Soma Therapy-ED, you can contact customer support at 800-827-8382 or see our product page to place your order.


How to increase blood flow to the penis


Poor circulation, nerve damage, or both are the underlying conditions for men with diabetes who are suffering from erectile dysfunction.  Men with type 2 diabetes are subject to a higher risk of reduced blood flow to the penis, because of diabetes associated bodily changes, that can inhibit sexual intercourse.

Blood flow reduction to the penis must be overcome once peripheral artery disease or Peripheral neuropathy have become advanced.  As reported in Diabetes Self-Management Viagra is not an effective ED treatment for a significant number of men who experienced advanced cases of diabetes and erectile dysfunction.  Effective and popular ED treatments that increase blood flow to the penis are available when Viagra fails.

For more information on purchasing Soma Therapy-ED, you can contact customer support at 800-827-8382 or see our product page to place your order.