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If you are struggling with erectile dysfunction, and oral medications do not work, it is worth talking to a urologist and a sex therapist about some other alternatives that might help.

Contraptions that suck blood into the penis have been around since the 1980s. They are called “vacuum constriction instruments,” and they are available by prescription from a physician.

They are made up of a vacuum chamber, a pump, and a strong rubber band. The pump forces blood into your penis, making it erect. You then put the rubber band at the base of the penis, which holds the blood in and makes intercourse possible.

I have had several couples who have been successful in using these pumps. One case was so long ago that Viagra had not even been invented. For this couple, the pump was a godsend. But it should not just be a unilateral decision. There are couples where one partner is not interested. Thinking about investigating these tools should be a joint decision.

Of course, in life, nothing is guaranteed, so you may or may not be pleased with using this device. They don’t come cheap, so bear that in mind. There are two main caveats that patients have told me about.

First of all, some men find wearing the band uncomfortable. Secondly, the erection you get with a vacuum pump is not anchored deep in your pelvis the way an erection would normally be if you were not having trouble or if one of the oral medications worked. So the erection can pivot back and forth.

Many couples find this second issue quite minor. If you read this and think this might be worthwhile for you, get a referral to a urologist to discuss it.

There is another apparatus on the market now that I did not know about. It is called the Viberect, and it is FDA approved to help men with erectile dysfunction. It vibrates on two sections of the penis at once, and it purportedly stimulates reflexes that encourage the blood flow that causes erections.

I did look on the internet, and the reviews of this device are mixed. But some are very good.

Couples wrote in reviews saying that they found the Viberect helpful after surgery for prostate cancer and in other situations where there was nerve damage.

Again, the cost is about $300, so it does not come cheap.

Thus far, I do not have any patients who have used this. If you are curious, why don’t you begin by reading some of the reviews and see what you think.

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