A lot of men wish their penis was a bit bigger – regardless of how well-endowed they currently are.
In fact a recent study by the University of Kentucky which polled more than 14,000 people found that 45% of men want a longer schlong.
While some men resort to getting penis enlargement surgery or penoplasty in a bid to boost their confidence in the trouser department, it’s not the only option out there.
Here are a number of natural remedies that claim to boost your penis size:
1. Ginkgo Bilbao pills
Would you pop a pill to get a bigger penis? One tablet you can swallow is gingko bilboa pills, a herbal remedy made from tree leaves, traditionally used in Chinese medicine to boost memory.
The idea is that ginkgo increases blood flow to the penis, so particularly men with poor circulation will feel like they’ve got a bigger trouser snake.
Although scientific evidence is not conclusive, researchers at the University of California found that Gingko is most effective in helping men suffering from sexual dysfunction as a side effect of using anti-depressants.
CAPSULES: Gingko bilboa pills increase blood flow to the penis
Zinc is associated with increasing sperm count, testosterone levels and functioning of the prostate.
The mineral helps the body to heal and can speed up recovery time. Interestingly 5mg of zinc is disposed of when you ejaculate.
A study published in the Journal of Human Reproductive Sciences looked into the effects of zinc supplements on rats’ sexual behaviour.
Scientists found that it improved the rodents’ sexual competence by “increasing penile thrusting and prolonging ejaculatory latency without disturbing arousability and motivation”.
3. L-Arginine cream
This cream contains the amino acid L-arginine which makes blood vessels dilate giving the appearance of a bigger penis.
It does this by increasing the quantity of nitric oxide in the body, which widens the blood vessels and causes increased blood flow to the penis.
FRUIT BOOST: Watermelon could help to increase penis size
Surprisingly watermelon has certain properties that may increase penis size and boost erections. The fruit contains an amino acid called citrulline, which gets converted into L-arginine by the kidneys.
It’s a pretty new discovery so no-one knows how much watermelon you have to scoff to get a longer schlong, but you can be sure not to get any bizarre side effects from eating watermelon – as long as you don’t have an allergy.
SURGERY: Men are asking for injections to boost their girth
But do these non-surgical options work?
Speaking exclusively to Dailystar.co.uk, certified plastic surgeon Dr David Alessi revealed that these natural penis primping procedures might not actually be very effective.
He said: “Suction devices, pills like gingko and creams have been studied and there is no evidence that any work.”
Dr David also revealed that a new cosmetic trend is seeing men opt for surgery to increase their girth down below.
Explaining the procedure, he said: “Fat injections to increase girth involve taking fat from the belly and injecting it deeply into the penis.”
The medic, who founded the Alessi Institutes and Face Forward, a charity offering free procedures for victims of domestic abuse, warned that lads’ obsession with penis size could be a symptom of a serious psychological problem.
He said: “Most men who think they have a small penis actually don’t. Studies vary, but research suggests that the average erect penis ranges from under five inches to just under six inches.
“Most men who think their penis is too small have penis dysmorphic syndrome and would be better off seeing a shrink and not a surgeon.”