How Effective are Vacuum Pumps for ED?

Vacuum therapy for erectile dysfunction is one of the most commonly recommended solutions, especially for those suffering from milder forms of the condition.

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Why choose a Vacuum Therapy Device from Farnhurst?

A vacuum constriction device is one of the easiest ways of managing ED and is often prescribed as a stand-alone option or along with certain medication as a part of ED treatment. The vacuum pumps and constrictor rings available at Farnhurst Elite for ED are made out of medical-grade plastic which is good quality and long-lasting. The Elite Vacuum Therapy Plus System has a Pressure Gauge which allows you to visually monitor the vacuum, which is especially important for individuals with little or no sensation at all.

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Myths Busted: Vacuum Therapy Pumps to Enlarge Penis

Vacuum therapy pumps can be used by anyone to treat medical causes of erectile dysfunction. But, as informative as it can be, the internet is also an amazing source of misinformation.

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Counselling for ED

Although underrated or simply ignored by many, counselling is an important part of ED treatment. It is a sensitive topic and it is common for those suffering from ED to avoid seeking help. However, it is important to remember that ED is not always due to medical problems, and can at times be psychological too.

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The Importance of Finding a Constriction Ring That Fits

Constriction rings form an important part of the vacuum constriction device. Once the vacuum cylinder helps achieve erection, the constriction rings are what helps maintain it.  Constriction rings are nothing but bands made of rubber that are worn around the penis to restrict the blood flow out of the penis. When a man becomes sexually aroused, the penis fills with blood which makes it firm enough for intercourse. For someone with ED, the process of blood flow isn’t experienced as normal which leads to soft erections, difficulty in getting an erection or problems maintaining one. ED may have an effect on the veins that work in this process, causing them to be unable to constrict enough, resulting in the loss of erection.

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What Are the Side Effects of Vacuum Constriction Devices?

Vacuum constriction devices are the safest of the available options for those suffering from ED. This device is for external use and can be used by patients that are experiencing ED caused by many different conditions. Vacuum therapy devices do not involve the use of any medication and are non-invasive.

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Does Peyronie's Disease Cause Erectile Dysfunction?

Peyronie's disease is a result of the formation of plaque, a type of scar tissue, under the skin of the penis which causes it to curve when erect. This plaque could be a result of an injury to the penis or could also be because of genetic factors. The exact cause of the disease remains vague. Without timely intervention though, Peyronie's disease may worsen over time and hence it is always better to consult your health care professional as early as possible.

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What are the diagnostic tests for ED?

For a person suffering from ED, if there isn’t an underlying condition behind the onset of the issue, a physical examination and answers about the medical history of a person is all it takes for a doctor to diagnose the issue and recommend a line of treatment. However, in the case of chronic health conditions or if your doctor suspects that an underlying condition might be involved, you might need further tests or a consultation with a specialist.

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Are ED and Impotence the Same Thing?

Erectile dysfunction and impotence are terms that are often used interchangeably. Although quite similar, there are certain differences between the two. While ED is specific to an individual’s ability to get or maintain an erection, impotence is a term that is broader than ED. It encompasses different sexual health issues like low sex drive or a complete lack of interest, ejaculation or orgasm issues, and reproduction.

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Importance of right sized Constriction Rings

To understand the importance of constriction rings first let us understand the importance of their function in vacuum therapy for dysfunction.

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Think it is ED? Do not Hesitate to Reach Out

Previously, we have discussed the various causes, possible lines of treatment and many more topics related to erectile dysfunction. But ED is a sensitive topic and often there are many who will choose to avoid seeking help. This is one of the preliminary issues that needs to be addressed. The emotional stress that comes with ED can be immense and have a negative impact on the psychological wellbeing of an individual. The experience itself is challenging and to decide who to turn to for treatment is another hurdle.

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Can Erectile Dysfunction Lead to Male Infertility?

Male infertility is an issue faced by almost one-third of couples who are struggling to conceive. There are various causes of male infertility which can result from issues such as low sperm production, underlying sperm abnormalities, blockages in the sperm delivery etc. Erectile dysfunction is another problem faced by a number of individuals regardless of their age, and a common concern for many is that it can cause infertility.

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Finding the Right Constriction Ring

Constriction rings are available in 5 different sizes, however, determining the correct size of constriction ring can be a little difficult. For many. finding the right constriction ring size for the penis is a matter of trial and error. When choosing a constriction ring, there are two important factors that need to be taken into consideration:

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Erectile dysfunction and Covid-19: What are the odds?

Several studies have ascertained the risk of developing ED after a bout of Covid-19 amongst men. However, as the research relating to Covid-19 is still an ongoing process, it is too soon to determine whether the impact it has on the body is long term or short term. According to research, determining whether the damage will be temporary or permanent will take some significant amount of time and study.

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Counselling as a part of ED therapy

ED can be an issue arising because of stress and anxiety as much as it can be caused by physical issues. Counselling as a treatment for ED arising out of psychological issues is often suggested and can be highly successful. Individuals suffering from psychosocial stressors in their daily lives often experience ED. Alcoholism and marital discord can also have a strong effect on ED. Marital issues, substance abuse and living a sedentary lifestyle are common psychological triggers that could lead to ED.

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Heart Disease and ED

There is definitely a link between ED and heart disease. There have been quite a few studies so far that have shown that an individual suffering from ED, may also be at risk of having heart disease. Studies have also shown that 57% of men who have undergone a bypass procedure and 64% of individuals hospitalised for a heart attack have at some point in time suffered from ED.

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Constriction Rings for Erectile Dysfunction

Constriction rings can be used to improve the quality of erections. These can either be used independently or in conjunction with other forms of treatments:
·         Oral Medication
·         Penile Injections
·         Vacuum Devices

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Neurogenic causes of ED

Did you know that research shows 10 to 19% of ED cases are of neurogenic origins? An erection is a neurovascular event. Any medical condition or disease that affects the brain, cavernous and pudendal nerves, or spinal cord can induce dysfunction.

Pathological processes can affect regions that are the centres for sexual drive and sexual arousal. Conditions such as stroke, Parkinson’s disease, temporal lobe epilepsy or encephalitis are often associated with ED. Other brain-related ailments that are associated with ED are dementia, tumours, Alzheimer’s disease, trauma and Shy-Drager syndrome etc.

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Erectile Dysfunction in men with Parkinson's Disease

Erectile dysfunction is a common problem faced by many individuals irrespective of age. There could be various reasons behind the problem of erectile dysfunction such as physical, psychological, or a side effect of some medicine, etc. Medical conditions themselves could also cause erectile dysfunction in an individual. What are the medical problems that can lead to ED (Erectile Dysfunction)?

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Vacuum Therapy Devices under NHS

Vacuum pumps and constrictor rings available with us for erectile dysfunction are prescribable on NHS for ED treatment under the Selected List Scheme for men. These devices and products are listed in part IXA of the Drug Tariff.

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Spina Bifida and ED

Spina bifida (SB) is a type of neural tube congenital disability wherein the spinal cord and the spine do not form properly. A neural tube is a structure in the developing embryo that later becomes the baby's spinal cord, brain, and the tissues around them. The neural tube forms at the onset of the pregnancy and closes by the 28th day after conception. But with babies with spina bifida, a neural tube portion does not close or develop properly, which causes defects in the spinal cord and spine bones.

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Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction in Males

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is not only about getting an erection. The symptoms of ED can vary from person to person. 

Here is a quick look at the most common symptoms of erectile dysfunction:
· Difficulty in getting an erection
· Difficulty in maintaining an erection
· Soft Erections  
· Change in the angle of the erect penis 

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Multiple Sclerosis and Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disorder of the central nervous system that results in episodic and progressive neurological dysfunction which is a result of inflammatory and autoimmune reactions. Multiple sclerosis has an unfavorable impact on the sexuality of an individual. Erectile dysfunction is a common symptom of MS and accounts for almost 50%–75%, of the sexual dysfunction complaints.

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Can High Cholesterol Cause ED?

Our previous post spoke about the interrelation of Atherosclerosis and Erectile Dysfunction (ED). Atherosclerosis is nothing but a build-up of cholesterol and other substances in and on the artery walls. This is known as plaque and a severe build-up of this plaque may obstruct the blood flow.

Cholesterol in the body is essential, but too much of it can cause health issues.

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Erectile Dysfunction & Atherosclerosis

Atherosclerosis is the build-up cholesterol, fats, calcium and other substances in and on the artery walls that is reffered to as plaque. A severe build up obstructs the blood flow, and can increase the risk of blood clots and other asscoiated medical complications. Atherosclerosis does not show symptoms until the plaque either restricts the blood flow or ruptures, leading to other conditions.

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Can Nerve Damage Cause Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to achieve or maintain an erection that is satisfactory enough for sexual performance. For an individual to get an erection, the nerves must function properly since the stimulus originates from them. Damaged or pinched nerves can lead to erectile dysfunction issues. There are several reasons that could cause damage to the nerves - diabetes, spinal cord or specific nerve injuries, multiple sclerosis, alcoholism, prostate surgery pelvic operations etc.

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Can Extreme Cycling Cause ED?

While cycling is an excellent form of low impact exercise, those who are into professional cycling or cycle for long hours on a daily basis may be at increased risk of experiencing Erectile Dysfunction ED issues.

Cycling and ED is a well-discussed issue. It differs from person to person, is mostly dependent on the number of hours spent cycling, but also affected by other biomechanical and physiological factors including the saddle choice, the cycle sport undertaken, and the bike fit to the rider.

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Pelvic Surgery and Impotence

Pelvic surgery is amongst the common causes of erectile dysfunction (ED) in men. Pelvic surgery may have an impact on the nerves leading to an effect on the sexual function. ED after pelvic surgery has always been an under-reported cause of ED. 

The reasons for sexual dysfunction following a pelvic surgery could be either due to vascular or neurogenic factors independently or due to a combination of both. Pelvic Surgeries that could lead to ED are:

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What are the early signs of ED?

Is erectile dysfunction only about getting an erection? No. The early signs of the onset of ED can be many. It can even start with the inability to get but not maintain an erection.
What are the most common early symptoms of erectile dysfunction?

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What is the connection between diabetes and ED?

The medical condition of (Erectile Dysfunction) ED may be experienced by a person suffering from diabetes. However, this problem is not inevitable and does not happen in every case.
How are the two problems related?

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Erectile Dysfunction (ED) and Aging.

Erectile dysfunction is far more common than you would think. Although an individual can suffer at any time in their life, it is more common as you grow old. When it is age-related, appropriate treatment at the right time can help curb the issue and also ensure that it does not worsen further.

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What are the general causes of ED?

ED or Erectile Dysfunction can be the result of several different reasons other than the better known physical causes. These are the kind of causes that can be easily treated with lifestyle changes or simple non-invasive solutions such as vacuum therapy.
There are quite a few drugs that as a side effect can cause ED. If you have started taking any new medication, even something as common as blood pressure or pain medications, it could very well be a cause of ED. If you are suddenly going through this problem, are on or have started taking medication, talk to your doctor about the possible side effects.

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Sets of Constriction Rings

Constriction rings are used in order to improve the quality of erections. 

These can either be used independently or in conjunction with other forms of treatments:
· Oral Medication
· Penile Injections
· Vacuum Devices

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Available Erectile Dysfunction Treatment Options

There are many erectile dysfunction (ED) treatments to help treat this issue. These can be non-invasive and non-surgical or can involve penile implants depending on the severity and needs of the patient.

For all the options, it is essential that you discuss the options with your doctor who will help you understand the pros and cons of each, or refer you for appropriate guidance or treatment. Depending on the extent of the problem and any related medical conditions, your doctor can often advise the right treatment for you.

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Using ED Pumps and Constriction Rings safely

An erectile dysfunction pump is a simple device that helps an individual get and maintain an erection. This device is straightforward to use, is non-invasive, does not need ingestion of any medication and is safe to use.

To ensure complete safety, there are a few things we suggest a user should remember.

  • First and the foremost, if you are using an ED pump for the treatment of erectile dysfunction, it is always better to consult a doctor. (ED pumps can be used for non-medical purposes as well)
  • Always read all the instructions carefully if you are using a pump for the first time, or just to check you are using it correctly.

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Can Using an Erectile Dysfunction Ring Treat Impotence?

Erectile dysfunction (ED) or impotence as it is also commonly known, involves difficulty in getting erections or maintaining them long enough for sexual intercourse. The reasons can be many, not always physical.

Very often, medications alone do not help all cases of ED, and these can also come with unwanted side effects. In some cases, prescription medications can be inappropriate due to other medical conditions present too. In such cases, medical devices may be particularly helpful for ED.

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Find stock of vacuum therapy lubricant

Lubricant is an essential part of vacuum therapy for erectile dysfunction.

We have already seen in the previous post how a vacuum pump works. The role of a lubricant is very important in getting the constriction ring in place without causing discomfort to the user. Once the penis is erect with the help of the pump, the application of lubricant makes it easier to slide the retaining band down onto the base of the penis. In the absence of lubricant, sliding the band into place can cause discomfort due to friction.

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Erectile Dysfunction (ED) Vacuum Devices - Do They Really Work?

Vacuum erection devices work by assisting the user in getting and maintaining an erection for the purpose of having successful and pleasurable intercourse.

But, do they help in treating erectile dysfunction completely?

For a mild or moderate condition, a penis pump is usually a successful and long term solution used on its own.

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What are vacuum erection assistance devices?

Vacuum erection assistance devices provide a simple solution to erectile dysfunction. These devices are non-invasive, simple to use and do not have any side effects.
Mechanical vacuum pumps are used to help men with erectile dysfunction to get and then maintain an erection. Erectile dysfunction occurs when the brain fails to send the right signals to fill the blood vessels in the penis. Usually, a male gets an erection when the brain sends a signal relaxing the arteries and allowing blood to flow into the penis. The veins then close to trap the blood in the penis, causing it to expand and harden. Erectile dysfunction results when these impulses are not right or when there is a restriction to the blood flow to the penis due to another reason.

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What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?

Prostate cancer may show different symptoms amongst different men. But these symptoms can be caused by other problems as well, such as prostatitis which is an infection and swelling of the prostate, benign prostatic hypertrophy, diabetes or due to side effects of certain medicines.

Similarly, erectile dysfunction which can be a symptom of prostate cancer can also be caused by factors such as diabetes, smoking, cardiovascular disease or just because of age. 

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What is Vacuum therapy lubricant and what are its advantages

A vacuum therapy lubricant is used with the erectile dysfunction device to form a seal with the pump. A small quantity is placed on the inside of the pump to form a seal which makes it easier to achieve an erection.

A water based lubricant is always the best option to use with your vacuum therapy system. There are quite a few oil-based lubricants available, however these can react with the materials in the support rings..........

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How is Erectile Dysfunction (ED) Treated?

Erectile dysfunction is a problem that is very commonly faced by many men of all ages. The causes can be different, and the issue can be temporary or permanent.
Erectile dysfunction can be caused by both physical or psychological problems and can be cured by medical and surgical treatments. However, these solutions are invasive, time-consuming and costly.

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Physical causes of Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

Erectile dysfunction, also known as impotence is a problem which involves difficulty in achieving or maintaining an erection.

Of all the sexual health conditions in men, this is one of the most common problems. There can be many reasons for the occurrence of this problem, and it can affect men of any age. Causes can be anything ranging from anxiety and stress to surgery, tiredness or lifestyle choices and a number of physical issues.

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