Tempted by products that claim to increase penis size? Get the facts about what to expect from male-enhancement pills, pumps, exercises, and surgeries.
Ads for penis-enlargement products and procedures are everywhere. A plethora of pumps, pills, weights, exercises, and surgeries claim to increase the length and width of your penis.
However, there’s little scientific support for nonsurgical methods to enlarge the penis. And no reputable medical organization endorses penis surgery for purely cosmetic reasons.
Most of the techniques you see advertised are ineffective, and some can damage your penis. Think twice before trying any of them.
The fear that your penis looks too small or is too small to satisfy your partner during sex is common. But studies have shown that most men who think their penises are too small actually have normal-sized penises.
The length of a non-erect penis doesn’t consistently predict length when the penis is erect. If your penis is about 13 cm (5 inches) or longer when erect, it’s of normal size.
A penis is considered abnormally small only if it measures less than 3 inches (about 7.5 centimeters) when erect, a condition called micropenis.
Advertisers would have you believe that your partner cares deeply about penis size. If you’re concerned, talk to your partner.
Keep in mind that understanding your partner’s needs and desires is more likely to improve your sexual relationship than changing the size of your penis.
Companies offer many types of nonsurgical penis-enlargement treatments and often promote them with serious-looking advertisements that include endorsements from “scientific” researchers.
Look closely — you’ll see that claims of safety and effectiveness haven’t been proved.
Marketers rely on testimonials, skewed data, and questionable before-and-after photos. Dietary supplements don’t require approval by the Food and Drug Administration, so manufacturers don’t have to prove safety or effectiveness.
Most advertised penis-enlargement methods are ineffective, and some can cause permanent damage to your penis. Here are some of the most widely promoted products and techniques:
Studies of available surgical techniques to lengthen the penis have found mixed results in safety, effectiveness and patient satisfaction.
At best, surgery such as division of the suspensory ligament may add half an inch (1 centimeter) to the appearance of the flaccid penis but does not change the actual length of the penis. At worst, surgery can result in complications such as infection, scarring, and loss of sensation or function.
Many men feel better with the reassurance that they are “normal” or with advice about how to better satisfy their partner without resorting to cosmetic penis enlargement.