What Are Venous Leak Symptoms?

What Are the Signs of a Venous Leak?

Venous leakage, also known as Cavernosal Venous Leak Syndrome, is a condition that affects men. It occurs when the veins located in the penis that are responsible for trapping blood and allowing for an erection, leak and allow blood to escape too quickly. 

This can lead to difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection, which can cause a significant impact on one’s quality of life, causing stress, frustration and embarrassment, and feelings of self-consciousness.. 

Symptoms and Causes of Venous Leakage

The symptoms of venous leakage can vary from person to person, and some individuals may experience no symptoms at all. It can affect men of any age and any ethnicity. Some of the more common venous leakage symptoms include having difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection, experiencing reduced sensation during sexual activity, having a decrease in sexual desire or satisfaction, narrowing or shortening of the length of the penis, and a soft erection.  

There are several causes of venous leakage that can contribute to the development of this condition. One main cause is aging, as the muscles and tissues in the penis can become weakened over time. Certain medical conditions such as high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, and diabetes can also contribute to venous leakage by damaging the blood vessels in the penis. Additional venous leak causes include lifestyle factors such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and drug use can also contribute to the development of venous leakage. 

Management and Treatment Options for Venous Leakage

Before diving into medical treatment options, making lifestyle changes can help manage the symptoms of venous leakage. Quitting smoking, reducing alcohol consumption, and incorporating regular exercise into one’s routine can all contribute to better overall health and potentially improve the symptoms of venous leakage. 

If lifestyle changes are not helping the issue, there are medical treatments available to help. One common venous leak treatment is medication, such as phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors, such as Viagra, which help to increase the blood flow to the penis and improve the ability to achieve an erection. However, medication may not be effective for everyone and may have side effects for some individuals. You should always speak with your healthcare provider before starting new medications.

Another treatment option is the use of penile injections, which involve injecting medication directly into the penis to improve blood flow and aid in achieving an erection. While this option may sound intimidating, it can be very effective for those who do not respond to other treatment options. 

Surgery is also an option for some individuals with venous leakage, particularly those who have significant damage to the blood vessels in the penis. These surgeries involve repairing or replacing the damaged veins to improve blood flow and help achieve an erection. However, surgery is typically reserved for those who have not had success with other treatment options, as it can be more invasive and have more risks involved.

Importance of Seeking Medical Advice

Seeking medical advice and treatment for venous leakage is crucial. While it may be uncomfortable to discuss this condition with a doctor, it can be a sign of an underlying medical condition that needs to be addressed. It may be worthwhile to speak with a vein doctor and vein expert, such as Dr. Susan B Fox at Fox Vein & Laser Experts, who may be able to treat venous leakage with less invasive procedures to help repair the damaged veins, and you may not need to resort to surgery.


As we know this can be a sensitive subject, our team is here to always make you feel comfortable and speak with you about your health in confidentiality. There is no shame in seeking treatment for venous leakage, as it is a common condition that affects many men. To book a consultation with Dr. Fox, call our office at 954-627-1045 or use our online scheduler to make an appointment.