Font Size
A
A
A

Vacuum Device


Picture of a vacuum device to help with an erection

A vacuum device is a tube made of plastic that fits around the penis to help a man achieve an erection. The man coats the base of his penis with lubricant and inserts it into the tube. The air is pumped out of the tube, which creates a vacuum. A tight band is placed around the base of the penis to maintain the erection. Then the tube is removed.

The vacuum helps blood flow into the penis, making the penis firm in about 5 minutes. The band should be removed after 30 minutes to prevent injury.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerChristopher G. Wood, MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology
Last RevisedMay 12, 2010

eMedicineHealth Medical Reference from Healthwise

This information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information. Your use of this information means that you agree to the Terms of Use. How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.

To learn more visit Healthwise.org

© 1995-2012 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.





Medical Dictionary