penis-enlargement products and procedures are everywhere. A plethora of pumps, pills, weights, exercises and surgeries claim to increase the length and width of your penis.
However, there’s little scientific support for nonsurgical methods to enlarge the penis. And no reputable medical organization endorses penis surgery for purely cosmetic reasons.
Most of the techniques you see advertised are ineffective, and some can damage your penis. Think twice before trying any of them.
Penis size: What’s normal, what’s not?
The fear that your penis looks too small or is too small to satisfy your partner during sex is common. But studies have shown that most men who think their penises are too small actually have normal-sized penises.
Similarly, studies suggest that many men have an exaggerated idea of what constitutes “normal” penis size.
The length of a non-erect penis doesn’t consistently predict length when the penis is erect. If your penis is about 13 cm (5 inches) or longer when erect, it’s of normal size.
A penis is considered abnormally small only if it measures less than 3 inches (about 7.5 centimeters) when erect, a condition called micropenis.
How partners view penis size
Advertisers would have you believe that your partner cares deeply about penis size. If you’re concerned, talk to your partner.
Keep in mind that understanding your partner’s needs and desires is more likely to improve your sexual relationship than changing the size of your penis.
Don’t believe the hype
Companies offer many types of nonsurgical penis-enlargement treatments, and often promote them with serious-looking advertisements that include endorsements from “scientific” researchers.
Look closely — you’ll see that claims of safety and effectiveness haven’t been proved.
Marketers rely on testimonials, skewed data and questionable before-and-after photos. Dietary supplements don’t require approval by the Food and Drug Administration, so manufacturers don’t have to prove safety or effectiveness.