Erectile dysfunction is a common problem, especially following prostate surgery and in older men. Oral medications include sildenafil (Viagra, Revatio), vardenafil (Levitra, Staxyn) and tadalafil (Cialis, Adcirca). Other erectile dysfunction treatments include medications inserted through the tip of your penis into the tube inside that carries urine and semen (urethra), shots you inject into your penis (penile injections), and surgically placed penile implants. A penis pump may be a good choice if these treatments cause side effects, don't work or aren't safe for you.

Penis pumps can be a good erectile dysfunction treatment for several reasons:

  • Penis pumps are effective. With practice and correct use, the majority of men can get an erection sufficient for sex.
  • Penis pumps pose less of a risk than other treatments. The risk of side effects or complications is lower than it is with any other erectile dysfunction treatment.
  • The overall cost is lower. After the initial purchase, using a penis pump costs less than any other erectile dysfunction treatment.
  • Penis pumps are noninvasive. They don't require surgery, inserting medication into the tip of your penis or penile injections.
  • Penis pumps can be used with other treatments. A penis pump can be used along with medications or a penile implant. For some men, a combination of erectile dysfunction treatments works best.
  • Using a penis pump may help you regain erectile function after certain procedures. For example, using a penis pump may help restore your ability to get a natural erection after prostate surgery or radiation therapy for prostate cancer.
  • Penis pumps may counter sexual effects of certain health conditions. In some men with an underlying health problem, such as diabetes, a penis pump may help regain or maintain normal sexual function. If you have Peyronie's disease, a disorder that causes bent erections, using a penis pump may help you maintain the length and girth of your penis.
Aug. 25, 2011