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How effective are penis pumps in treating erectile dysfunction (ED)?

Penis pumps, or vacuum cylinders, are mechanical devices that help some men with erectile dysfunction (ED). They are simple to use, but can be uncomfortable. A constricting band is wrapped around the base of the penis to hold the blood in. This creates a poorly-supported, floppy erection that may not be satisfying to you or your partner. About 80% of men who try a pump decide it's not for them. Some doctors offer free demonstrations of high-quality vacuum devices in their offices.

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