The penis pump is a device which many men with erectile issues use to help overcome these issues, and as such can be a valuable penis health option which can allow some men to more successfully engage in sexual activities. But penis pumps are also frequently used for non-medical reasons, by men who use the device for what are essentially recreational reasons, often to temporarily achieve a longer or (more typically) fatter member. There is nothing wrong with using a penis pump for either purpose. But whatever one’s reason for its use, it’s important to remember that there can be risks associated with its use (and especially with its misuse) - and one such risk is the development of a bent penis.

The penis pump

Also known as a vacuum constriction device, a penis pump can come in several forms. However, most frequently when discussing a penis pump, it takes the form of a cylinder (often acrylic, though some other materials may be used), the opening of which is encircled by a ring of plastic. The penis is inserted into the cylinder through this ring, which also acts as a kind of penis ring.

After the penis is inserted into the cylinder, the air is pumped out of it. Doing this creates a vacuum inside the cylinder (assum8ing it is appropriately sealed so that air is not leaking in or out). When the penis is in the vacuum, the air pressure is greater, and that acts to help draw blood into the penis, enabling it to engorge and become erect. For men who do not use the pump for erectile issues, this can sometimes cause the penis to "puff up", increasing in size in a way that can be pleasurable to many men.

After the penis is removed from the cylinder, it remains erect (or puffed up) for a limited amount of time - allowing a man with erectile issues to hopefully achieve penetration or whatever other sexual purpose is intended.

As with any sexual device - medical or recreational - it is important to properly follow instructions for its use. Knowing how to use the penis pump - and how NOT to use it - helps to prevent accidents which may cause damage to the penis.

The bent penis problem

One of the problems that can potentially occur due to improper use of a penis pump is a bent penis.

For example, many men really enjoy using a penis pump and may be tempted to use it more often than is appropriate or for longer lengths of time than is recommended. Overcoming this temptation is essential - and instructions do clearly advise one not to overdo use. The reason is that sometimes this can result in tears in the delicate penile tissue. Aside from the soreness this can cause, such tears heal by way of scar tissue. When there is a build-up of scar tissue in one area of the penis, it can cause a bent penis over time.

Similarly, sometimes a guy doesn’t pay enough attention to removing the pump. He is so excited to see and/or feel the engorged penis that has been produced that he pulls the pump off incorrectly. (The correct way is to slip the ring on the tube down to the base, then release the vacuum, and then take off the tube.) As with overuse, this can also cause tears in penile tissue, which over time can result in penile bending.

A bent penis from penis pump use requires rest and may require a doctor’s attention. A guy should also make use of a superior penis health creme (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin). The penis tissue will heal better if it is moisturized, so a crème with both a natural hydrator (such as vitamin E) and an excellent emollient (such as shea butter) is needed. And since scar tissue can diminish sensation in the penis, the crème should also include l-carnitine, a neuroprotective ingredient that helps retain penis sensation.