The 7 Dangers of Penis Pumps You Need to Know

The 7 Dangers of Penis Pumps You Need to Know

On February 21, 2018 by Chris Sabian, in Enhancement & Enlargement, Health & Well Being, Products and Services

In the world of penile devices, you’re essentially limited to two specific types of product – penis traction devices and penis pumps. There are varying versions of both types of product from a variety of manufacturers, whilst both types of product have there dangers if not used correctly.

In the case of penis pumps, not only does the wide variety and quality of products have an impact on how safe these type of devices are, given a penis pump uses a vacuum of pressure with the aim of increasing blood flow to the penis, this in itself opens up a whole new avenue of associated dangers and risks when using a penis pump.

So here are our top 7 dangers and risks of using penis pumps – dangers that you can watch out for and avoid to ensure you don’t get injured when using such a device.

1) Compromising on price

For any savvy consumer, price is always a factor when buying any type of product. The same goes for penis pumps; you don’t want to buy the most expensive product on the market if you can get the same quality and same results from something a little cheaper.

Unfortunately where penis pumps are concerned if you start cutting corners on cost, you could start running into problems especially if you’re serious about using your penis pump for the long term.

You can easily pick up a penis pump for $20-$30 via a sex toy shop or online through larger retailers such as eBay and Amazon. By paying more than this though, you can expect to get a much higher quality product – by scrimping on price this is where you fall into one of the first dangers of penis pumps.

Namely by not investing in a high quality durable product (given the fact we’re talking about creating a vacuum of pressure within a cylinder), if the components of a penis pump aren’t durable enough over prolonged periods of time and use, this lacking quality can potentially cause the cheaper, lower quality penis pump devices to crack and even break when used for even short periods of time.

Needless to say you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to realise that if you’ve got your penis in a penis pump, there are going to be associated risks if the plastic cylinder starts to crack or even breaks when you’re using it.

By increasing your budget and going for a slightly more expensive penis pump especially those that use water rather than air (which we’ll come onto in a minute), you can expect the quality of the penis pump cylinder to be of a much higher quality insuring your device literally doesn’t break under the pressure.

In our experience, penis pumps that have a higher price point also generally attract and benefit from manufacturing certificates and standards and are in some cases even classified as medical grade products given they’ve undergone suitable testing and checks to ascertain their level of safety. If you’re serious about using a penis pump for the long term, it’s these classification of penis pumps that you really need to focus on, as they will provide a level of safety and quality that the cheap, novelty type pumps simply can’t match.

On a final note where price is concerned, with the cheaper products they are generally a single sealed unit which cannot be dismantled or disassembled, bear in mind these types of products could potentially be harder to clean and as a result could carry a higher risk of containing germs and bacteria.

Think about not only how the price of a product can affect how you use the device and its associated durability and effectiveness, but also how it impacts the aftercare and cleaning of the device after use.

2) Choosing air rather than water

In the landscape of penis pumps there are two different types. The large majority of penis pumps and those types of pumps that generally have a much lower price point are vacuum pumps that rely solely on air pressure.

These are usually cheap, low quality products (although there are some higher quality, battery operated devices) that are more of a novelty item than a serious penis enhancement pump. They are generally mass produced at very low cost and are made from a variety of different plastic materials which vary in quality and durability. The main pump cylinder is then connected to a hand pump which allows pressure to be created within the cylinder.

At the other end of the spectrum you have what are called hydro pumps which essentially use water rather than air. The concept behind a hydro pump is that water is thicker than air and as a result can provide a more supportive and comfortable experience compared to the air only vacuum type pumps.

In the context of dangers and risks where penis pumps are concerned, although both types of air and water pump are effective in producing results, to reduce the potential dangers a hydro pump is always going to be safer than an air only penis pump simply as a result of the quality of the product and the fact that water provides a much more supportive and comfortable environment for your penis inside the cylinder.

By using water rather than air, not only is the penis better supported in the cylinder but the pressure exerted on the penis is considerably more equal. This combined with the level of comfort that water provides in the vacuum means that your penis is a lot less susceptible to bruising and other injuries when in comparison to an air only penis pump. It’s also worth noting that when using a water-based hydro penis pump the water you’ll be using will be warm – as a result these warm water will also help to improve blood flow to the penis and your circulation resulting in better overall results from using the device.

If you’re interested in learning even more about the technical side of air pumps vs water pumps, the following article on the physics of water pumping provide a fantastic level of detail on this specific topic and is a great read on the theory behind why water pumping is the recommended approach where penis pump devices are concerned [source].

3) Heath considerations

Some of us are lucky enough to be fit and healthy however others of us haven’t been quite so fortunate. In the context of health conditions and how these can affect whether or not you should or shouldn’t use a penis pump, we need to consider three specific factors.

Firstly medical conditions – if you have a blood disorder or you’ve been diagnosed with sickle cell anaemia, these types of conditions can increase the risk of bleeding and blood clots.

As a result if you suffer from either of these conditions, you should definitely take expert advice from your own medical practitioner before attempting to use a penis pump. The reality is you likely shouldn’t and won’t be able to use a penis pump purely because of the dangers associated with your condition.

Secondly medications – if you are on blood thinning medications you are at an increased risk of bleeding. Although using a penis pump should never cause you physical damage if used correctly, remember that by using a vacuum pump you’re essentially forcing blood through the penis and as a result of being on blood thinners this could cause some unforeseen problems.

Blood thinners such as Dabigatran (Pradaxa), Heparin, Warfarin (Coumadin) and Apixaban (Eliquis) are just a couple of examples of medications you probably don’t want to be taking when using a penis pump. Again the advice is pretty clear – ask a medical professional before you start using a penis pump if you are on any such type of medication.

Third and finally, penile surgery – there are numerous reasons to have penile surgery, from increasing the size of your penis, resolving erectile dysfunction to simply making a cosmetic change. Other than having had a circumcision, if you’ve had penile surgery or in fact any surgery relating to the penis, testicles or surrounding area it is highly recommended that as with all health considerations that we’ve discussed, that you check first with a medical professional.

At the end of the day if any of the above applies to you, or you’re simply just not quite sure whether its safe to use a penis pump, you should always consult a medical professional or consultant to better understand if your health concerns could potentially be aggravated by the use of a penis pump.

4) Using too much pressure

Like any product that you use that relates to your penis, you need to be careful and use it in moderation – this not only goes for the amount of time that you actually use the device for but also the amount of pressure that you achieve whilst pumping.

A penis pump should be used and approached with care and regardless of the type of penis pump you have (whether it uses air or water as it’s main means of generating a vacuum) ultimately using too much pressure can lead to some serious injuries.

There is the perception that if you push yourself and you try increasing the pressure in the cylinder as much as possible this will ultimately lead to better, faster results. Wrong!

Many users of penis pumps especially those that have never used such a device before, are often so eager to get results that they throw caution to the wind and end up pumping too hard in the early stages of using the device.

Like many forms of penis enlargement the route to achieving results is about long-term consistent use – as well as potential discomfort from over pumping or having attained too higher pressure when using the device, two clear indications that too much pressure is being used are signs of bruising and the appearance of red spots on the penis.

If you experience any discomfort whilst pumping, get bruises or red spots on the penis you definitely need to step away from the device and taking good for you rest days until you properly recover.

Simply continuing what you doing, pushing through the pain and discomfort, is not the answer as this can lead to long-term numbness, tissue damage, ejaculation problems and other negative symptoms.

5) Releasing pressure too quickly

On the flip side of putting too much pressure into the pump cylinder, at the other end of the spectrum releasing pressure too quickly from your penis pump can also have a very negative effect on your member.

If you’re continually noticing your penis is becoming bruised after a session using your penis pump, consider the speed at which you release pressure from the release valve.

Think of your penis as a deep sea diver – when diving to very deep depths in water, the deeper you get, the stronger the pressure becomes. When you rise too fast from deep water, you essentially suffer from decompression sickness (also known as DCS or, “The Bends”). In the same context releasing pressure too quickly from a penis pump although not fatal, due to the sudden and extreme change in pressure can and will cause bruising even to the point of causing permanent damage to your penis. Something you obviously want to avoid!

When researching and selecting a suitable penis pump for your specific needs, always take into consideration what sort of release valve mechanism the product has in order to allow you to release pressure safely and effectively.

On another level also consider how easy the release valve button is to use – if it’s small or fiddly and you have large fingers, you may struggle to release pressure when you seriously need to. You don’t want to be fumbling around trying to work a small release valve as this will prolong your discomfort not to mention causing you to potentially panic and again release the pressure too quickly (which we’re trying to avoid).

You ideally need to look for a product that has a release valve that can be gradually released so you can control the amount of pressure that dissipates so as to provide the best level of comfort for your penis.

6) Psychological erectile dysfunction

We’ve spoken about penis pumps and the physical nature of using this sort of device, however your mental health, and your psychological viewpoint can also in itself be a danger.

Erectile dysfunction can be caused by physical factors such as an injury however psychological causes in this case specifically from the use of a penis pump can also result in erectile dysfunction.

It might not be that you’ve had any pain or discomfort or bruising from using a penis pump however if you’re not seeing the results you were expecting or you’re simply not seeing any results at all perhaps because it’s simply too early in the process this can have a very detrimental and negative effect on your mental health.

Over the years I’ve heard of quite a number of people that have suffered from erectile dysfunction having used a penis pump or another penile enhancement product.

Although there are many reasons why erectile dysfunction can occur, it is understood and completely conceivable that on a subconscious level if you’re not getting the results you were hoping for or expecting, that added pressure and stress (perhaps even combined with your day to day life, commitments and stress) can and has been seen at least in part to be potentially responsible for causing erectile dysfunction.

In many cases if this happens, it’s something that is essentially completely outside of your control – you can’t directly influence or control how you think or feel on a subconscious level. That said, if you do start to suffer from erectile dysfunction or feel that your going backwards in your results rather than forwards,the best piece of advice we can give is to step away from the penis pump.

Put the penis pump away, in the back of a cupboard and give you mind, body and penis a well rested break. Give yourself time and come back in a couple of weeks and simply try again.

7) Going too fast and not taking breaks

Penis enlargement is by its nature a long, slow drawn out process (although some of you will obviously be buying your penis pump for the likes of premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction).

If you’ve ever seen banners or adverts relating to any means of penis enlargement where the claim is to give you 3 inches of gains in the space of a matter of weeks or a single month, then you’re set to be bitterly disappointed and likely severely out of pocket.

Unless you opt for invasive and painful surgery, natural penis enlargement techniques – and that is essentially what penis pumps are – provide a natural, safe but long-term solution to resolving conditions such as erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation whilst boasting the ability to increase both the length and girth of your penis.

Is very easy to get wrapped up in the hype of using such a product and the quoted potential results that you can achieve – in most cases these quoted figures are usually achieved after many months of usage, investing considerable time, effort and dedication.

That is why our final suggestion and recommendation where the dangers of penis pumps are concerned really relates to not the product that you’ve purchased but the person that you are.

The process of using a penis pump especially if you’re looking for penis enlargement is long and drawn out – penis pumps are not the type of product for fast, instant results. You need to have the mentality that this process is not a sprint to the finish but it is a long-term endurance race.

If you can take this concept on board, if you don’t push yourself too hard, if you don’t rush, if you don’t go too fast and if you remember to importantly take at least 2 rest days during every week you’re pumping, not only will what you do and how you use your penis pump be considerably safer but you’ll also reduce your risk of potentially catastrophic injury.

You’ll also have the positive mindset to get the most from your penis pump and ultimately achieve the results you’re looking for. Take your time and stay positive!

In Summary

There are many key dangers and risks to using a penis pump especially if you don’t use it correctly or if you try and push yourself too hard or too fast. With all that said, the advantages and benefits of using a penis pump far outweigh the negatives as long as you take ample steps to avoid the dangers that we’ve highlighted in this article.

Based on our recommendations aim for a penis pump that is built from high quality materials, a product that you can believe in, a product that you can have control over and you’re comfortable using.

Combine this confidence in the penis pump you’ve chosen with the understanding that this process does take time and effort – if you can achieve that, you’ll be able to reach the target you originally set yourself.

There’s nothing better than that feeling of satisfaction when all that time and effort that you put in over the last few months, leads to you producing the results you were looking for.


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Chris Sabian is the owner and author of the Penis Enlargement Resource website. Having researched, reviewed and tested numerous male health products over the years, it's his knowledge and findings that help our visitors decide which products are best for them!

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