Q. Do penile pumps have any side effects?

Answered by
Dr. Samer Sameer Juma Ali Altawil
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Aug 14, 2022

Hi doctor,

I used a penis pump recently because I am insecure about the size of my penis. A few days ago, I used it twice, once for like 20 minutes at 5 to 7 hg of pressure and 10 minutes at 5 hg of pressure, and now I have some dull and shooting pain in my pelvic floor and penis base. I am worried if I have permanently injured myself. I would like to know your opinion on this.



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I understand your concern.

Using pumps can cause congestion in the penis and urethra, resulting in the sensation you describe. Higher pressures might result in damage that will resolve on its own. My advice is to stop using the pump immediately since it is dangerous. It cannot cause any permanent damages, but you cannot be certain right now. You will need to monitor yourself for up to 6 months before ensuring no harm. The current acute problem is due to congestion, which will clear out in a few days.

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