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08 December 2008

Penis enlargement methods: do they work?

Is there something you can do to enlarge your penis? Health24 looks at non-surgical and surgical methods.

Most men worry about the size of their penis at some point in their lives. And most do come to terms with what they’ve got. But for some men, the anxiety about size continues to grow until it becomes a serious disability, impacting on their sexuality, relationships and their perception of themselves as men.

  • Vacuum pump devices. These lower the air pressure around the penis, causing blood to flow into it and allowing it to become engorged, and, yes appear larger – but only temporarily. These devices can be damaging: used too often, they can harm the elastic tissue in the penis, resulting in less firm erections.
  • Jelquing. This strange word refers to exercises that involve manual stretching or squeezing of the penis. Jelquing can be painful, and even disfiguring.
  • Attaching weights to the penis to stretch it. Because the penis is elastic, this may produce small, temporary increases in size.
  • Magnetic or electrical devices to stimulate penis growth. Another clearly bad idea.
  • Pills, potions, creams and lotions. These may contain vitamins, minerals, hormones like testosterone or steroids, or herbal mixtures. There is no evidence that any of these can increase penis size, and its always unadvisable to risk unregulated remedies.

NONE of these methods has been shown to be effective (or safe) by any reputable scientific studies, and none have been approved by medical institutions or government agencies. Some of the ads punting such products may claim that they are backed by scientific research, but a little digging will quickly show that such research is highly dubious. You can’t trust customer testimonials either.

  • Lose weight. A large belly makes your penis look smaller, especially if it actually hangs over the upper part of the penis.
  • Trim your pubic hair. Thick pubic hair may make the penis appear smaller.

 
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