Please read the following information carefully before using your ErecAid.  While no serious injury has been reported from proper use of this device, it is still important to observe some simple precautions.  If you have any questions, call Timm Medical’s toll free help line at 800-438-8592.

Contraindications

External vacuum therapy is a proven way to treat Erectile Dysfunction, or impotence.  However, some patients should not use the device.  These include:

  1. Men with a previous history of spontaneous priapism (an erection that lasts more than four hours).  This may be extremely painful and may cause permanent damage to the penis.

  2. Men who have sickle cell trait or disease, or hypercoagulability (excessive blood clotting) are more susceptible to suffer from priapism.

  3. Men who have a bleeding disorder or who bruise easily.  Use of a vacuum device may cause painful bruising of the penis in these men.

For the general population, there is no inherent or significant risk in properly using a vacuum device.  Misuse of the device or tension rings, however, may result in painful or permanent injury to the penis.  Users should therefore read and follow instructions very carefully.

General Warnings and Precautions

Caution:  Talk to your doctor if any complications occur in using this device.  Stop using the device if complications continue.

Caution:  Do not leave the ring on your penis for more than 30 minutes.  Do not fall asleep wearing the ring.  Leaving the ring on too long may damage your penis by keeping blood from flowing into it.

Caution:  Allow at least 60 minutes between uses of ErecAid.  Using the rings too often may cause bruising at the base of the penis (where the penis is joined to the body).

  1. If you have symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction (not being able to get or keep an erection that allows you to have sex), talk to your doctor before using the ErecAid to prevent a delay in discovering and treating the cause.  Common causes of Erectile Dysfunction are heart disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, cirrhosis of the liver, chronic renal failure and alcoholism.

  2. Ask your doctors about using the ErecAid if you are taking anti-coagulant (blood-thinning) medicine; if you have a penile implant; or if you have Peyronie’s disease, leukemia or other blood disorders where bleeding or clotting may be a problem.  The effects of the ErecAid system on the components or implanted penile prostheses have not been adequately investigated.  Therefore, if you have a penile prosthesis, consult your physician prior to use.

  3. Do not use the vacuum pump under the influence of drugs or alcohol.  These substances may reduce your sensitivity to pain or impair your ability to follow directions properly.

  4. The vacuum pump may bruise the blood vessels just below the surface of the skin, which may cause petechiae (very tiny spots beneath the skin) when you first begin using your System.  This is a response to placing the penis under vacuum pressure too long, too quickly or after a long period of inactivity.  If this happens, discontinue use of the System until discoloration completely disappears – about five to seven days.

  5. Always use the least amount of vacuum pressure necessary to produce an erection.  Using to much pressure or increasing the vacuum pressure too quickly may cause discomfort, pain or bruising.  Release the vacuum pressure immediately if pain occurs.

  6. Improper use of the vacuum pump could result in the swelling of the penis and/or serious, permanent injury to the penis.  Improper use may also worsen pre-existing medical conditions such as Peyronie’s disease, priapism and urethral strictures.

  7. If you notice a bend or curve in your penis when you first use your ErecAid, talk to your physician.

  8. If your hands are impaired, you should not use this product.  You must have full use of your hands to safely use the rings and pump.If you do not have enough strength in your hands, you may not be able to remove the ring.  Delayed ring removal could damage your penis.

  9. The vacuum pump may not be safe for men who cannot feel pain in the area around their penis.  If you have diabetes, you may have a reduced ability to feel pain.  Pain may be a sign that your penis is being bruised.

  10. Tension rings are not a means of birth control.  Do not rely on tension rings to avoid pregnancy.

  11. Always use the lowest amount of tension necessary to maintain the erection.  Start by using the largest ring size with the lowest tension.  Add tension, if necessary, by using the next lowest tension level.  Do not skip a level when adding tension.

  12. After a period of inactivity when the pump has not been utilized, practice sessions will again be necessary to recondition penile tissue prior to resuming sexual activity.

  13. If you will not be having sexual activity on a regular basis, you need to continue therapy practice sessions on a regular basis.