Is It Possible to Actually “Enhance” Your Manhood? We Did the Research
Is It Possible to Actually “Enhance” Your Manhood? We Did the Research
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It’s no secret that men are obsessively concerned with their penises. They’re a source of both pride and shame, angst and anxiety, and a lot of those emotions revolve around one factor: size. Are you big enough? Long enough? Girthy enough? Do you measure up to other men?
It seems every guy either wants to tell you how huge his penis is, or make it bigger than it is. And there are lots of methods out there that claim to be able to help. From drugs and supplements to devices and injections and even surgery, there’s lots of options to make your penis grow. But do they actually work, and are they something you want or need to get involved in?
Depends. Some methods seem to be getting better responses than others. “Studies are being done to improve male girth through injections of hyaluronic acid, which is used as a filler (and is used in orthopedics to improve knee arthritis),” says Dr. Steve from SiriusXM’s Weird Medicine on FactionTalk. (Here’s a study that supports what Steve is talking about). “The average vagina is 4 inches deep, so girth is much more likely to enhance pleasure for the woman than an increase of length, given that the average male penis length is approximately 5.5 inches,” says Steve.
There’s of course surgery as an option, too. “Ligation of the suspensory ligament of the penis will afford approximately 1″ of increased apparent length, but with the downside that the erect penis will forever point DOWN thereafter,” says Steve. Studies show this is not necessarily the best method either, though.
Another simple non-surgical, non-medical way to increase apparent penis length is to lose weight. “For the obese, every 35 pounds of weight loss results in an approximately 1 inch gain in penis length. Note that this is ‘recovery’ of apparent length as the pubic fat pad regresses. This is known on our show as Dr. Steve’s Rule,” says Steve.
Sounding complicated? You haven’t seen anything yet. There are a whole lot of methods people are shilling out there, from products to procedures to treatments, to pills and injections and even diet changes, and it’s fair to ask: what will work for you? Will anything work? Let’s take a look.
Is the Penis an Actual Muscle?
Contrary to popular belief, your penis is not a muscle, nor does it contain a bone. It’s better to think of it as a kind of sponge, which, when flaccid, is soft and malleable, but can quickly become engorged when filled with blood. Two large cylindrical chambers, the corpus cavernosum and the corpus spongiosum (see?), fill with blood during arousal, causing your penis to harden and grow in size.
At What Age Does Your Penis Stop Growing?
For most people, the penis reaches full size shortly after puberty, between the ages of 14 and 17, but it’s also not uncommon for people to experience growth into their late teens and early 20s.
So, if you’re a young man reading this and insecure about the size of your member, take heart: you have plenty of growth years ahead of you.
Can You Make Your Penis Bigger?
Before we get into that, some experts chime in about how size doesn’t matter as much as you think it does and growth is not that simple, or necessarily effective in the way you think it will be — but there’s a lot of ways to go with the attempt!
“My advice to men is that before they try any potions, creams, pumps or surgery, improve your technique. You will feel more confident and women will like you a lot more, at least in the bedroom,” says Dr. David Shusterman, MD, the Medical Director of NY Urology. A lot of men don’t invest money into the right products that will improve the outcomes. “At every Duane Reade they have what I call a penis enhancement pack; it includes a penis ring with a vibrator on it. The pack is $10 and it will achieve what the men want to achieve without going through surgery,” says Shusterman. A lot of men want enhancement but it tends to only hurt your sex life, not help. “Most guys regret going through surgical enhancement,” says Shusterman.
How to Increase Blood Flow to the Penis
For most men experiencing soft or incomplete erections, or just looking to improve the hardness of their erections, the solution is simple: cardiovascular health. We know that probably isn’t what you want to hear, but the number one cause of erectile dysfunction is poor cardiovascular health – so much so, in fact, that there seems to be a link between ED and heart disease. What does that mean for you? Simple: lose weight, improve your diet, and improve your cardiovascular performance. If you’re a smoker, quit. Lifestyle factors are still the biggest threat to your erections, so get those in check ASAP.
What to Know About Penis Enhancement Surgery
Most penis enlargement surgeries work by inserting a medical-grade silicon tube into your penis, giving it a longer and wider appearance. The actual device has to be custom made, both to your desired size and to fit your unique penis. It has the potential to add one or two inches to the length of your erect penis.
But, before you get excited, there are some things to consider first. To begin with, this procedure only works on circumcised men, so if you aren’t cut, you’ll need to undergo a circumcision beforehand. Next, consider the cost: a $1,500 down payment is standard, with the actual procedure often reaching $15,000 in pricing, depending on how reputable and experienced your surgeon is. Finally, it’s going to be painful (even with anesthetic) and will involve a lengthy recovery time, during which you cannot masturbate, have sex, or even get aroused. If you still think this is the solution for you, proceed by first consulting your doctor.
Penis Enlargement Products
People get fillers and injections for all sorts of cosmetic reasons, but you can also get injections in your penis. Dermal fillers or surgery are a way to increase penis size. “I do a lot of dermal fillers simply because many men, understandably, don’t want to go under the knife. Consistent with other nonsurgical procedures which use dermal fillers, male enhancement works by way of injection. Depending on the patient’s goals, a filler is chosen and then injected into the corpus cavernosa of the penis. The filler is then worked through the penis to achieve a uniform increase in length and girth. Dermal fillers are an excellent option for male enhancement because they require no downtime and patients can return to sexual activity the same day. Filler are less of a risk than surgery and, because they are temporary, carry no long-term undesired effects,” says Dr. Mirza.
Penis Enlargement Pills and Supplements
There’s a pill for everything, whether you want to remove stress or ditch some weight. So it should be no surprise that there’s a pill for penis enlargement as well. “Men spend millions on these every year and it is a complete waste of money,” says Tiffany Yelverton, a Sex Educator, Sex Coach, Speaker, and founder of the Sexual Wellness company, Entice Me. “A pill is not going to make the penis larger. Neither are herbs or supplements. It may temporarily make the man feel like he has a stronger erection, but it won’t be longer or bigger. Calcium will not increase size or strength and actually too much calcium can cause the opposite effects,” says Yelverton.
Not all agree though. Male enhancement pills and supplements seem sometimes to satisfy men who are looking for something that will not be permanent but are worried more about performance. “Penis pills don’t require a device or consistency and practice. I’ve seen pills work at making the penis not only harder, but also last longer. I always say that men have never seen the full potential of their penis. Until you pop some penis pills or try a cock ring or a penis pump, you will have never seen what your penis is capable of,” says Leo Debois of AdamsToyBox, a male-focused adult toy store.
“Many men think that the hardest and thickest they can get it just by letting nature take its course and when that blood reaches the penis they get an erection and it ends there. I don’t think that’s the case. It’s like working out in the gym. You will have a whole different workout and your muscles will respond (and look) differently when you have taken a pre-workout, creatine or some other supplement — your pumps will be bigger and your muscles will look fuller. Well the same goes for the penis: if you pop a pill or pump it with a hydro or air pump, you will surely see a difference,” says Debois. The Extenze is one of those popular penis/erection supplements.
Testosterone injections — or making sure your testosterone levels are healthy — will help with erections and sex drive. “I am not sure if it can actually increase size. My opinion is that it could slightly increase size, if the man was severely deficient and then his testosterone levels were balanced. Mainly because he was probably not getting fully aroused with low testosterone, so when it is increased, he would seem bigger. Trans men do however experience clitoral growth when given testosterone, making the clitoris look like a mini penis,” says Yelverton.
“In terms of pumps, the best pumps we’ve seen do that are the Bathmate line and they work with water,” says Dubois. “Penis pumps don’t really enhance, they just put fluid in the penis so the penis is mushy and not really that hard. How they work is you pump your penis and then put a cock ring on,” says Shusterman. But it is a temporary thing and could create long-term damage.
“Some men are confused (or rather not as educated on the matter) and they believe that the outside skin get’s longer and thicker. That’s false. However, some men have false expectations; they think using a penis pump once will cause them to have a bigger penis permanently, and that’s false. As in the gym example before, you have to keep at it, and you have to practice to see results. Yes, early on you will see results like any newbie in the gym, but if you don’t keep at it you will see those results diminish,” says Dubois.
Penis Traction via Extenders
You can also try penis traction, a clinically tested method with a penis extender. “A penis extender applies traction to your penis and stretches it over a longer period of time — up to six hours per day. The constant stretch to which the penis is exposed, called cytokinesis, causes natural cell division, which results in a longer and thicker penis,” says Stacy Rybchin, founder & CEO of My Secret Luxury. Once your cells have grown and your penis size has increased, you will keep your extra penis length and girth forever.
There is a penis stretcher, but the stretching out doesn’t increase the volume; it will only increase the length and decrease the girth. “Most women want the girth, so the penis pump may actually reduce the woman’s pleasure,” says Shusterman.
How do penis extenders work? There are two fastening points: “One at the base of the penis and one just before the glans,” says Rybchin. These connect to bars or rods that “extend the length of the extender. The bars or rods are lengthened by the wearer to stretch the penis over time. Where design differences come into play is the mechanism by which the rods are lengthened and the comfort features (such as padding) of the device itself.”
Penis traction devices also have a positive effect on Peyronie’s Disease and penis curvature, effectively reducing the curve by up to 80%. “They can be used with circumcised or uncircumcised penises and growth will be whether you are flaccid or erect,” says Rybchin. An example to try would be the Jes-Extender penis extender.
Ways to Make Your Penis Bigger Naturally
Kegels for Men
When you do Kegel exercises, you can target, train and strengthen your pelvic muscles. “Strengthening your pelvic muscles improves sexual performance, reverses or prevents erectile dysfunction, promotes urinary health (incontinence and overactive bladder), and benefits prostate health by providing increased blood flow,” says Rybchin. “Once you achieve initial pelvic muscle strength, you then add the resistance training — a resistance ring and weights. As you get stronger, you then add the additional weight.”
Eating the Right Foods
Being fit and at a healthy weight has a lot to do with how a penis appears and performs (more on that soon) but it also has a lot to do with what we eat. For example, foods like onions are said to increase healthy blood flow and circulation — including to the penis! Salmon is known for this as well, and so are bananas (we’re trying not to make a pun here) and dark chocolate. Also, foods high in protein (say, like eggs or low Greek yogurt) and proper hydration can only work in your favor.
Jelqing looks something like jerking off, but it’s actually an ancient method that is supposed to increase penis girth and length. Check out some videos. There’s no scientific evidence it actually works, however, and it could actually harm you, so probably not a great idea.
The best ways to make the penis bigger naturally are to lose weight in the groin area and for men to do Kegel exercises. “There is almost as much penis inside the body (as an anchor) as there is visibly outside of the body. When a man loses weight, the exterior portion will actually be longer. I believe it is about 1/2″-1″ for every 10 lbs lost. It is why often skinny guys seem to be more well-endowed,” says Yelverton. Kegel exercises strengthen the pelvic floor and the majority of men in studies report longer and stronger erections (which men often equate to size).
A high-quality penis sleeve can provide extra length and girth. “It can also be of help when a man has difficulty maintaining an erection. The problem with many sleeves […] is that they are made of toxic chemicals and/or are porous, so they can hold bacteria and germs, even HPV. If a man is with multiple partners, these would not want to be shared. My client with lifelong ED swears by his silicone sleeve. Even with his penile implant, he says his wife enjoys the extra length,” says Yelverton.
Get a Trim
Similarly, some grooming can make a difference in how the penis appears. “Trimming pubic hair will make your penis look a little larger and can help keep it smelling better, too,” says Antonia Hall, MA., a psychologist, relationship expert and sexpert and the award-winning author of The Ultimate Guide to a Multi-Orgasmic Life.
Flex Your PC Muscles
“The penis extends for two to three inches inside the body in the pubococcygeus (PC) muscle, which can be strengthened in order to achieve stronger erections and orgasms. It also helps a great deal with obtaining better ejaculatory control,” says Hall. “The PC muscle, which surrounds the prostate gland, is like a valve around the genitals. Orgasm builds from the prostate, so learning to develop these muscles is highly beneficial. Doing PC muscle exercises helps to strengthen the muscle, and men can even add weight to help build it up,” says Hall.
How do you do that? Take a breath and focus on your PC area. “As you exhale, contract your PC muscle around your prostate and anus. Inhale and relax, releasing the PC. Repeat 9-36 times. Begin with lower reps, and work your way up, as this is also a muscle that is uncomfortable to have overworked for men,” says Hall.
Sex Positions That Make Your Penis Feel Bigger
While the right sex position won’t actually make your penis bigger, it may make it feel bigger when you are having sex. And isn’t that part of the point? If not the whole point? “When a woman is curled up, like in child’s pose or the fetal position, it reduces the length of her vagina, making the penis seem larger,” says Hall.
It can really help to put a pillow under her hips and have him adjust as necessary. “It’ll allow him to utilize every inch he has, and being taken from behind can allow for some incredible g-spot and clitoral stimulation at the same time to maximize her pleasure,” says Hall.
Cowgirl And Reverse Cowgirl
She has all of the control over speed, depth and angles in this position. “If she leans forward a little it should angle him so that his penis is rubbing against her clit and g-spot,” says Hall.
Begin in the missionary position, then have her raise her legs so that they are bent toward her chest, or she can elevate and put her ankles on your shoulders. “This can really maximize how he feels inside of her, and he can hit her G-spot, and A-spot at the same time,” says Hall. It’s also super sexy.
The man can sit either crossed-legged or with his legs outstretched, or he can sit at the end of the bed or on a couch. “The woman sits on his lap, facing him. This is an intimate position for partners to really connect. The penis is maximized and men also tend to last longer in this position,” says Hall.
Does a Man’s Penis Size Actually Matter?
Not really. “My personal belief, experience and view: There is a way to make the male penis bigger, but there isn’t a single universal technique that would equally add X amount of inches to every man equally. Men, in their capitalistic frenzy to super-size everything in existence while ignoring the variety of insight offered from alternate possibilities of power, identity and potency, are fiendishly focused on having the biggest *insert protruding masculine status symbol here*, and miss out on so much more,” says Malcolm Lovejoy, who is based in Toronto and is an adult film performer.
“Knowing how to have skillful hands, a powerful and passionate tongue, generous lips and even maybe some gyrations in the hips can matter as much, sometimes more, than having a huge dick,” says Lovejoy. But most men aren’t listening.
“Seeing as how I have some history with a naturally large dick, do I believe in penis enhancement? Yes, I do. To a degree! Do I believe in magical creams, overnight lotions, Spanish Fly-type things, and what not?” says Lovejoy.
“Lots of them are placebos and gimmicks that are sometimes semi-poisonous. But I also do believe that extended time exercising the penile muscles will lead to increased blood flow, and over time, this increase may not diminish. Permanent damage has been done in the pursuit of modification to the body that is not the one we were born with!” says Lovejoy. Male pride is a rascally creature, isn’t it?
All illustrations by Carlee Ranger.
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