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While some products contain ingredients generally recognized as safe , others contain questionable ingredients, sometimes undisclosed. Physical techniques involve extension devices, hanging weights, and vacuum pressure.
There is also significant overlap between techniques intended to enlarge the penis and techniques intended to achieve other, related objectives, such as reversing impotence, extending the duration of erections, or enhancing sexual climax.
Commonly called a "penis pump", a vacuum erection device, or VED, creates negative pressure that expands and thereby draws blood into the penis. Performed on the halfway tumescent penis, jelqing is a manual manipulation of simultaneous squeezing and stroking the shaft from base to corona. Also called "milking",  the technique has ancient Arab origins. Traction is a nonsurgical method to lengthen the penis by employing devices that pull at the glans of the penis for extended periods of time.
As of , the majority of research investigating the use of penile traction focuses on treating the curvature and shrinkage of the penis as a result of Peyronie's disease , although some literature exists on the impact on men with short penises. In in Vietnam, many Vietnamese men attempted self penis enlargement by injecting liquid silicone into their penises, and subsequently suffered from complications such as infections, necrosis , tumors, swelling, deformities, sexual dysfunction, and were hospitalized.
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March Learn how and when to remove this template message. This section needs expansion. You can help by adding to it. From medication to surgery" , J Sex Marital Ther , ; 36 2: Retrieved July 28, The Journal of Sexual Medicine. Retrieved July 14, In some cases, erectile dysfunction -serious. Still, common sense doesn't stop size-obsessed guys from trying very sketchy treatments on a vital part of their anatomy -- and risking a lot in the process. The typical erect penis is usually 5 to 6 inches long with a circumference of 4 to 5 inches.
There's more variation in the size of flaccid penises. Some guys are genuinely smaller than that. In rare cases, genetics and hormone problems cause a condition called micropenis -- an erect penis of under 3 inches.
Sometimes Peyronie's disease or prostate cancer surgery can reduce a guy's size. But studies show that most of the guys seeking penis enlargement are average-sized. They just think they're below average. Part of it is perspective. It's very hard to gauge the size of your own penis -- looking down, you've got a bad angle.
Psychology plays a role, too. Some average-sized guys become obsessed with the idea that they're too small. There's even a psychiatric diagnosis: It's similar to the perceptual distortion of anorexics who think they're fat no matter how thin they get. According to one study, the majority of men who get penis enlargement surgery have this condition. They're also the least satisfied with the results.
Losing weight will reveal more of that hidden shaft that's buried beneath belly fat. It doesn't actually increase your size, but it will look that way. For guys who would rather have a surgical procedure than eat less, liposuction of the fat pad around the penis can work.
Still, the effects aren't permanent -- if you don't change your eating habits, your penis will once again sink into your belly, like a pier at high tide. The American Urologic Association states that these procedures have not been shown to be safe or effective for increasing the thickness or length of the penis in an adult.
One newer -- and possibly lower-risk -- procedure may work for certain men. In some cases, the scrotum attaches high up on the shaft of the penis. Partially disconnecting the scrotum can reveal more of the shaft, making the penis look longer. The surgery takes 20 minutes and can be done on an outpatient basis, O'Leary says. Before you take out a penile improvement loan and unbuckle your pants, consider the risks of lengthening or widening surgery.
There are no well-studied approaches. No major medical organization approves of these surgeries. Some guys opt to travel to other countries for treatments that aren't approved in the U.
If that thought has crossed your mind, slow down -- it's time to have a frank talk with your doctor about the risks you'd be taking. The side effects of lengthening surgeries are numerous and include infections, nerve damage , reduced sensitivity, and difficulty getting an erection. Perhaps most disturbing, scarring can leave you with a penis that's shorter than what you started with.
Widening the penis is even more controversial. Side effects can be unsightly -- a lumpy, bumpy, uneven penis. The few studies that have been done aren't encouraging. Half went on to get more surgery. Wishing you were a little bigger is common. If it's becoming a fixation, stop and think before you do something rash. Talking to a doctor or a therapist can help.