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On using a VED...


I did a Web search for VED and side effects. Most articles say no side effects or ignore all together. This article from WebMD was the most thorough:

Vacuum devices or external management systems are effective, safe, and simple to use for all forms of impotence except when severe scarring has occurred from Peyronie's disease. Studies have found that success with the vacuum device is equal to other methods, including injection therapy. Between 56% and 67% of men using it reported the device to be effective. The penis is placed inside a plastic cylinder; a vacuum is created, which causes blood to flow into the penis, thereby creating an erection. The cylinder is removed after a band has been tightly secured around the base of the penis, which retains the erection. Patients must receive thorough instructions in its proper use. Side effects include blocked ejaculation and some discomfort during pumping and from use of the band. Minor bruising may occur, although infrequently. In general, however, lack of spontaneity is this method's only major drawback; it takes about three to five minutes to produce an erection, the erection involves only part of the penis shaft, and the process will certainly seem peculiar in the beginning. When these psychological obstacles are overcome, however, many couples find the result highly satisfactory. In one study of men who had used the vacuum device for many years, almost 79% reported improvement in their relationships with their sexual partners, and 83.5% said they had intercourse whenever they chose. Devices include Erecaid, Catalyst, and the VED pump. Vacuum pumps are now available over the counter. It is very important to use a medically approved pump; there have been reports of injury from vacuum devices bought through catalogues that do not have a pressure-release valve or other safety elements.

[written 5/13/00]

[The article quoted from can be found at the WebMD Web site.]

[The views expressed are not medical advice but merely the opinions of others. Consult your physician for medical advice.]


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