The penis pump is a lifesaver for men whose erectile issues prevent successful sexual interactions with a partner. It’s also a familiar option to men whose quest for a larger penis is intense. But whether using a penis pump for purposes related to penis health or for purposes that are more in the recreational or decorative mode, the risk of a sore penis is real. Knowing about these risks is important before starting the practice of pumping.

The vacuum penis pump

First, it’s important to know that this article refers to the use of a vacuum penis pump. In recent years, some people use "penis pumping" to refer to the practice of injecting silicon (or other materials) into the penis, which is extremely dangerous and should be avoided.


As mentioned, there is a risk associated with penis pump use which can result in a sore penis or other issues. Among these problems are:

- Simple soreness or pain. Overuse of the penis pump may cause soreness during and/or after use. The purpose of the pump is to force the penis to stretch and grow. It’s like blowing up a balloon. As the balloon grows larger, the material stretches tighter and tighter. Sometimes this happens with the penis, especially for those using the pump to grow the penis beyond its normal length. All that stretching can overwork the skin, tissue and muscles, resulting in pain and tenderness.

- Bleeding. Often tiny little dots of blood appear on the penis or near the base from use of the pump. This occurs because the pump stretches out tiny capillaries beneath the skin, causing them to burst. In addition, and of greater potential concern, is that this bleeding may be more intense if a person is taking blood thinning medication (including aspirin).

- Bruising. Sometimes the capillaries spout more blood than just tiny dots. When this occurs, particularly on the shaft, the fluid gathers beneath the skin and causes bruising. In addition to being unattractive, the swift movement associated with intercourse may bring about some pain.

- Blisters. Blistering is also not uncommon, especially on the head of the penis. This again makes for a sore penis, which may interfere with the enjoyment of friction-based sexual activity. But it may also cause some discomfort from everyday contact with clothing.

- Cyanosis. Cyanosis refers to a type of discoloration of the skin that can occur when using a penis pump. Instead of being a healthy reddish color, the skin may start to take on a blue tinge. This results from the pump trapping blood in the penis. Over time, with no new blood entering the penis, it starts to lose its oxygen - which causes the discoloration. Use of the pump should be discontinued if this occurs, as long time deoxygenation can seriously damage the skin and penile tissue.

- Blood vessel damage. Sometimes more than the capillaries receive some trauma due to misuse of the pump. If a major vessel is damaged, it can have serious consequences. Beyond bruising and swelling, it can impact the manner and effectiveness with which blood enters and leaves the penis.

Men who use a penis pump should be on the lookout for warning signs of potential problems and should stop if such signs are present. Visiting a doctor if damage does occur is essential.

Hopefully, a sore penis from use of a penis pump will be a transient issue and not cause for concern. One thing that can help soothe a sore penis is the application of a top notch penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) . Skin that has been stretched by the pump will respond to a crème that features both Shea butter (a high-end emollient) and vitamin E (a natural hydrator), which will help repair damage to the skin. It is also wise to use a crème with pantothenic acid (aka vitamin B5), which is reparative of damaged penile tissue and can help relieve soreness from overuse.