The vacuum-based penis pump has been around for years and many men use it with great enjoyment. But those who are concerned about their penis health may wonder if its use can result in an uncomfortably raw penis. Men who are curious to experience the penis pump should definitely take precautions to avoid a seriously raw penis.

Vacuum is key

It’s important to emphasize that the phrase "penis pump" in this article refers to devices which are vacuum-based and designed to promote an erection and/or temporarily increase the size of the manhood. In recent years, "penis pumping" has in some instances referred to injecting silicone or another substance into the penis in order to increase its size. This latter activity is quite dangerous and should be avoided at all costs.

The vacuum-based penis pump is considerably safer, though it does carry some risk. For example, here are a few side effects which can occur from using a vacuum penis pump.

- Bruising. Sometimes the penis pump can cause penile bruising, especially when used over-enthusiastically or for too long a period of time.

- Red dots. Some men find small red dots appear after penis pump use. These are called petechiae, and they are caused by bleeding under the skin. Sometimes the pump ruptures tiny capillaries, causing the bleeding.

- Numbness. Overuse of the pump may result in numbness in the penis. This effect should be temporary, but it can be disconcerting to many men.

- Rawness. A raw penis is one of the more common side effects related to penis pump use. This is especially true for men who employ the pump for purposes of inflating the penis to an abnormally large size.

Recreational use

There’s no question that many men obtain a sexual benefit from using a penis pump. For men with erectile dysfunction, it can serve a vital function and allow them to better enjoy sex.

But many men use the pump for more recreational purposes. As mentioned above, it can be used to inflate the penis (and balls) to a truly surprising size. The effect is temporary, of course, but it can give a man an impressive member.

However, because recreational use often requires extended use of the pump, it is more likely to result in rawness and soreness. While penis skin is remarkably stretchy, it is not intended to stretch beyond a certain size. By the same token, penis tissue is "spongy" and has a lot of "give," but over-extending the tissue can also be problematic. Most men don’t feel raw or sore while they are pumped up, but when the penis returns to its normal size, the skin and tissue can feel distinctly uncomfortable.

Improper use of the pump can also result in nerve damage which can diminish feeling in the penis. The penis may not experience sensation as keenly as it has in the past. Since sexual satisfaction is influenced by penile sensations, this can be very problematic.

Following instructions and using the penis pump properly is key to protecting the penis.

Curing the raw penis

Sometimes even with proper use, a penis pump may result in a sore or raw penis. Regular use of a top notch penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) is therefore advised as a means of providing soothing relief. The skin needs to be replenished and moisturized, so using a crème that includes both hydrating agents and essential vitamins is essential. Shea butter (a high end emollient) and vitamin E can help hydrate the skin and aid it in regaining suppleness. Vitamins A, B5, C and E can also help to heal penile skin. For best effect, the crème should also include acetyl L carnitine, a neuroprotective ingredient that can aid against peripheral nerve damage and the resulting loss of sensitivity in the penis.