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Mechanical Aids for Erectile Dysfunction

Being able to get and sustain an erection can be an issue for men with spinal cord injuries. The good news is that there are several options that can help, including mechanical aids.

Mechanical Aids for Erectile Dysfunction

Get helpful information on erectile dysfunction aids.

If you have a spinal cord injury and have erectile dysfunction (ED), oral medications or injections aren’t your only options. You may be able to use mechanical aids to treat your ED successfully, and get and sustain healthy erections. Let’s explore what’s out there.

Your mechanical options

Penis or vacuum pump:

  • This method involves putting a plastic cylinder over your penis. A battery-operated pump connected to the cylinder produces a vacuum that pulls blood into your penis, prevents backflow, and creates an erection.
  • You can follow up with a penis ring (detailed below) to help maintain the erection after removing the cylinder
  • It is important to learn how to use this aid safely and properly, so make sure you consult with your medical team


Penile implants

  • If non-surgical treatments are ineffective, a prostheses can be surgically implanted inside your penis.
  • There are several types of prosthesis. Two common options are an inflatable system, and a rod implant.
  • With an inflatable system, you simply squeeze a surgically-implanted pump device that inflates the prostheses inside your penis. This allows for quick erections on command.
  • A rod implant prostheses keep your penis relatively firm all the time, but may be bendable or semi-rigid to allow you to adjust for comfort


Penis or erection ring:

  • This device is only useful as an enhancement; you must be able to get an erection first
  • After your penis is erect, you place the ring at the base of the shaft. This will keep the blood in your penis so that your erection can last longer.
  • It is important to limit the use of the penis ring to no more than a half hour to ensure adequate circulation. Longer than that and you can risk skin breakdown and other issues.


What’s right for you?

These devices, or any others that your medical team may recommend, are a great alternative to ED medication. Finding the best mechanical aid sometimes takes experimentation, so be patient. You should always get approval and direction from your doctor before using any of them. And, as with all surgical procedures, such as penile implants, you should discuss any risks, including the risk of infection, with your doctor.