Myth Busting Male Enhancement: Does It Work?
If you think your penis is too small, you may be considering one of many penis-enlargement techniques available today. However, the first thing you should know is that most men who think they have a small penis actually have a normal-sized penis. The second thing is that most penis enlargement claims are false—and some can actually cause harm to your penis. Knowing the facts can help you avoid unpleasant and unnecessary side effects.
A penile extender is a noninvasive device that uses traction to stretch the penis. A few studies show growth of ½ to 1 in (1 to 2 cm) and other studies show a slight increase in diameter. Testimonials reveal that many men are pleased with the result.
However, despite a few positive studies, there’s not enough data to conclude that penile extenders are safe and effective. The apparatus can be cumbersome and uncomfortable, and excessive stretching can cause bruising, nerve damage, and vein thrombosis.
An exercise called jelqing involves hand-over-hand rolling motion to move blood to the head of your penis and stretch it. It is a fairly safe practice, but can lead to scar formation if overused. There aren't enough medical studies to suggest that jelqing increases penis size.
Pills, Potions, and Lotions
There’s no shortage of pills, herbal preparations, vitamins, hormones, and lotions marketed for penile enlargement. There’s also no evidence to support the claims that these products are effective. In fact, some may interfere or react with other medications and may be harmful to your health. Check with your doctor before taking oral remedies and make sure you purchase from reputable sources.
Vacuum pumps, or penis pumps, are sometimes used to treat erectile dysfunction. They are occasionally used to "exercise" the penis and may result in a statistically insignificant increase in size. A pump may temporarily make your penis appear larger. However, overuse of the pump can cause tissue damage and lead to erection problems. The vacuum pump is not considered to be an effective method of elongating the penis.
Surgery on the penis is generally recommended to correct a defect or injury, or to improve function. However, surgery to increase penis length or width is rare and controversial. Penile enlargement surgery comes with risk of infection, scarring, and loss of function, and may only add a ½ in (1 cm) to overall length. There aren't enough studies about the potential risks or benefits of penile enlargement surgery to conclude whether it is safe or effective.
Clamps and Rings
A variety of clamps and rings are used in an effort to stretch and elongate the penis. The ring is placed around the base of the penis after erection is achieved. These devices are meant to prevent blood from flowing out and may result in a temporary enlargement of the penis. However, wearing this device for more than 30 minutes, the ring can cut off blood flow and cause damage to tissues.
Make The Most out of What You Have
Do you carry too much weight around your midsection? That can make your penis look smaller. Maintaining a healthy weight will make your penis appear longer in proportion to your body. It may also enhance your sexual pleasure. Your penis may also appear small if you have a lot of pubic hair. Trimming the hair may make your penis look longer, and could potentially increase sensitivity.
Points to Ponder
- For the most part, penis enlarging products and techniques don't work—and some can actually cause harm.
- Most men who believe their penises are too small are actually of normal size.
- The average penis is between 3 and 5 in (8 to 13 cm) when flaccid and between 5 and 7 in (13 to 18 cm) when erect.
- Don't take marketing schemes at face value. When in doubt, check with your doctor.