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There are many different types of penis enlargement solutions. If you feel self-conscious about the size of your penis, you may be tempted to try one of the pills, lotions, and pumps on the market. But most of these solutions have little valid research or data to back up their claims.

Phallosan Forte, for instance, is a penis enlargement device designed to increase the length of the penis and enhance the quality of erections. However, despite company claims that users will get a larger penis quickly and easily, some medical experts are unsure of its effectiveness.

We’ve researched whether or not this device is safe, plus we explain how to use it and highlight possible safety concerns.

Phallosan Forte is an extending device made from medical-grade materials. The company behind this device claims it can:

  • increase penis size
  • correct Peyronie’s disease, a condition where the penis curves or bends
  • prevent side effects from urological surgery
  • enhance the quality of erections
  • improve self-esteem by increasing penis size

They also state that the device can be worn on all penis sizes, is comfortable, can be worn discreetly in public, and can be worn overnight or for up to 12 hours.

Phallosan Forte claims to work by applying tension and pressure to the penis to create cell division. Using a method that’s most commonly intended for skin transplants, the company states that the device temporarily stretches the skin to create more cells, thus lengthening the penis.

Correcting Peyronie’s disease

Peyronie’s disease is a condition that’s characterized by a curvature of the penis. The causes of Peyronie’s disease are largely unknown.

Phallosan Forte alleges that their device can help correct Peyronie’s disease by putting tension on the penis and breaking down scar tissue. They say that this method can help build new tissue, resulting in a longer and straighter penis.

According to R. Matthew Coward, MD, FACS, a doctor of male reproductive medicine and surgery, penile extenders like Phallosan Forte may help correct Peyronie’s disease. He says that “the best time to offer it to patients is when a penile deformity is noted and Peyronie’s disease has been diagnosed.”

Since penis extenders help remold the scar tissue, the device may improve function and penis length in people with penile shortening or curvature from Peyronie’s disease.

Increasing penis length and enhancing erections

Note that for people without Peyronie’s disease, Phallosan Forte may not be super effective at increasing penis length and enhancing erections.

In general, users say that the device works well and note that they saw results with consistent use within a few weeks. However, most of these reviews didn’t specify if they were using Phallosan Forte for Peyronie’s or ED.

With that being said, the results are largely anecdotal. Coward does note that “men with organic ED [erectile dysfunction] may already be lacking good blood flow, and trying to use a traction device could induce trauma to the tissue.” This could actually create a curvature or deformity or contribute to the development of Peyronie’s disease.

According to customer reviews, Phallosan Forte does work. However, Coward says that penile extenders probably aren’t too effective.

“It does appear that penile extenders improve erectile and sexual function with ED secondary to Peyronie’s disease,” he says. “This appears to be the only true subset of men with an organic type of ED that might benefit from PTT [penile traction therapy].”

Although penis owners with Peyronie’s disease may benefit from using Phallosan Forte, Coward also says that “the majority of men with ED would not routinely benefit from PTT.”

This is especially true for people who have ED from a common cause like metabolic syndrome, diabetes, or vascular disease, as penile extenders may create a new or worsening problem.

“I would strongly discourage men with ED from trying PTT without the explicit recommendations from a urologist specialized in the treatment of ED and Peyronie’s disease,” Coward says.

Before using Phallosan Forte, be sure to consult with a doctor. To use the device, you should:

  1. Be careful when rolling and unrolling the penis sleeve. If you stretch it with your fingers, you can accidentally tear it. Once it’s fitted onto your penis, connect the rod system to the adapter. The adapter will leverage up against your arm or leg.
  2. You should then use consistent, slow pumps until the desired length is reached. This will likely take some time.
  3. You’ll feel and see stretching during this part, but it shouldn’t be painful. If it causes any discomfort or pain, stop immediately.

Use lube — either water- or silicone-based — to get your penis into the device. When you order the gadget, you’ll also have to pick the proper size for the sleeve, so make sure that it’s a comfortable, snug fit without being painful.

If you’re using the device for penis lengthening, the company claims that you should wear it for 6 hours a day, 5 days a week. For ED, it should be used 5 hours a day, 3 days a week. To correct penile curvature, it should be worn 4 days a week.

The company also sells the Phallosan Plus+, an extension device that attaches to the Phallosan Forte. Phallosan Plus+ thickens and extends the penis by allowing the user to apply up to 10.5 pounds of pulling power (this just means that up to 10.5 pounds of suction power can be used for penile extension). The extender is designed to strengthen and lengthen.

There’s limited safety data on Phallosan Forte, so it’s hard to say how safe the device is. Coward states that he wouldn’t use it himself, nor would he recommend a patient use it. However, PTT is considered to be safe by many medical experts.

If you decide to use Phallosan Forte, Coward says to:

  • avoid using the device overnight to prevent any issues while sleeping
  • periodically remove the device to make sure there’s no numbness, blistering, or bruising, if you’re using it for the 6 hours recommended by the Phallosan Forte website
  • use the device in the privacy of your own home, despite claims on the Phallosan Forte website that it can be worn in public

Phallosan Forte costs $379. It comes with:

  • an elastic belt
  • suction bells in sizes small, medium, and large, with matching sized condoms
  • two protector caps
  • a tension clip
  • a suction bell with a three-way valve
  • a measuring template
  • a travel bag

You can also purchase spare parts that start at $20, including:

  • protector clamps
  • vacuum pump
  • sleeves
  • tension clips

The brand also sells the Phallosan Plus+, an extension device that attaches to Phallosan Forte.

According to the website, Phallosan Forte is “completely painless to use” and “is perfectly safe,” provided it’s used with care.

Some side effects that may occur include:

  • reddening of the skin
  • small blisters
  • sight swelling

The company instructs users to avoid using a strong pull during the first week of use. They explain that the tissue may gradually become accustomed to the sensation, but you should still set the belt to minimal tension at first.

Phallosan Forte is Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved. The company is not Better Business Bureau (BBB)-accredited.

There are no existing lawsuits against the company, nor have there been any recalls.

The device has largely positive reviews from users. Some describe it as “the best extender” they’ve ever used, noting that they’ve seen results within a month of use.

Other users wrote that they wear the extender at night. Some note that it’s not the most comfortable, but it’s wearable, especially if you’re committed to seeing results. Many people say that consistency is the most important factor of using this device.

Generally, more research is needed to confirm the effectiveness of penis extenders. Many users find them to be uncomfortable to use.

Other common devices include vacuum pumps (also known as penis pumps), which may temporarily make the penis larger but may cause tissue damage if not used safely. Clamps and rings can also stretch and elongate the penis, but wearing one for more than 30 minutes may cut off blood flow and cause damage to the penile tissue.

Vacuum pumps are also often used in conjunction with PDE5i medications, or medications commonly used to treat ED.

Male enhancement pills

There are many male enhancement pills on the market. They’re typically labeled as dietary supplements that may include some of the following natural ingredients:

  • ashwagandha, a shrub used in Ayurvedic medicine. Current findings have concluded that it may help reduce inflammation, reduce pain, and boost energy, but more research is needed.
  • maca root, a Peruvian plant. Maca has been used for centuries to enhance fertility and sex drive.
  • yohimbe extract, a western African herbal supplement. Yohimbe has been found to alleviate symptoms of ED, but more research is needed.

However, many male enhancement pills are not approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Generally, there’s a lack of evidence to support claims made by male enhancement pills.

If you’re thinking about using male enhancement pills, consult a doctor prior to introducing any new supplements into your diet.

Jelqing exercises

Jelqing is an exercise that some people use to naturally increase the size of their penis. It involves using a hand-over-hand rolling motion to move blood to the head of the penis and stretch it.

Although it is an organic way to potentially relieve symptoms of ED, there is limited research that supports its effectiveness. Results are primarily anecdotal, but it may:

  • increase the girth of the penis when it’s flaccid or erect
  • increase the length of the penis when it’s flaccid or erect
  • make erections last longer

If you decide to try it out, it’s recommended to:

  • lube your penis so you don’t create too much friction or chafing
  • avoid getting too hard, so you’re still able to gently massage and move blood through the tissues — instead, try to get about two-thirds of the way there

Stop if the exercise feels uncomfortable or painful, and avoid doing it more than twice a day.

Lifestyle changes

Some evidence suggests that lifestyle changes may help you get better erections. These include:

  • eating more fruits, vegetables, whole foods, and legumes. The nutrients found in these foods improve blood flow throughout the body, including the penis. Additionally, eating a diet that’s high in fatty, fried, or processed foods may increase your risk of conditions that can affect your sexual well-being, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
  • cutting back on your alcohol intake. Heavy alcohol consumption is associated with a higher risk of sexual dysfunction. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises limiting alcohol intake to one to two drinks per day.
  • get at least 20 minutes of moderate exercise every day. Research suggests that physical activity can improve erectile function. But be mindful of cycling and how much you do this activity, as putting pressure on the blood vessels and nerves can lead to ED.

You can also talk with your partner to open up communication about how you’re feeling, both emotionally and physically. If you’re both willing, you can also try new things in the bedroom like:

  • new positions
  • sex toys
  • other forms of sexual contact
  • different entry points

While these aren’t necessarily solutions to ED, they can help emphasize pleasure for all parties.

If you buy Phallosan Forte, there are a few things to keep in mind prior to purchasing:

  • Talk with a doctor. Penis pumping, extending, and stretching all come with safety risks, so it’s important to talk with a doctor about any concerns you may have. You should also tell them about any symptoms you’re experiencing so that they can understand your medical history.
  • Make some lifestyle changes. Try to get plenty of daily exercise, manage your stress levels, and sleep 6 to 8 hours every night. These factors can all have an impact on erectile function.
  • Discuss over-the-counter medication or natural supplements with a doctor. ED medications like Cialis can help curb common symptoms, while herbs like L-arginine, a naturally occurring amino acid, and ginseng have been found to improve libido. Again, make sure to talk with a doctor about any potential new medications or supplements before introducing them to your diet.

How can you get Phallosan Forte?

Phallosan Forte is available for purchase on the company’s website. You don’t need a prescription for it.

When should I talk with a doctor about erectile function issues?

If you haven’t been diagnosed with ED, talk with a doctor if:

  • you’re frequently concerned about the firmness of your erections
  • you’re unable to maintain an erection
  • you’re stressed or concerned about your sexual performance

Is there a cure for ED?

There isn’t one sole cure for ED, but rather different types of approaches to treatment that may improve symptoms. Common treatments include:

  • medication
  • testosterone therapy, or TRT, if you have low testosterone levels
  • talk therapy, since psychological factors such as stress, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and depression can affect erectile function

Phallosan Forte is an FDA-approved penis extender that may help with ED, penile curvature, and lengthening of the penis. When used according to the company’s instructions, it may provide steady results, although they’re not permanent.

If you decide to use Phallosan Forte, do so safely. Stop using the device immediately if you experience any pain, discomfort, or blistering.

Melissa Lee is a market wellness editor at Healthline. She’s based in Pittsburgh, PA. When she’s not trying out new skin care or researching wellness product trends, she can be found buying books to add to her TBR pile. Follow her on Instagram.