Many men feel anxiety with regards to the size of their penis. There are an abundance of treatments offered online which claim to help you enlarge your penis. However, these are scams – there is no scientifically proven and safe treatment which can increase penis size. Find out what constitutes an average size and how to protect yourself from harmful treatments.

What is a normal penis size?

The penis enlargement industry monetises men’s anxiety, which often stems from media depictions of large penises.
 
It is easy to be fooled by images in films, magazines and on the internet which portray unusually large penises as the norm. Many men overestimate the average size of a penis and wrongly believe that they are below average.
 
The average size of an erect penis is 14-16 cm (5.5-6.3 inches) in length and 12-13 cm (4-5 inches) in circumference. A penis is not considered small from a medical point of view unless it is under 7.6cm (three inches) when fully erect. Flaccid penis size varies greatly

Male enhancement products – are they safe to take?

You will probably be familiar with advertisements for pills, creams, ointments, supplements, contraptions, stretching exercises or surgery to increase penis size. Some sellers even offer a “money-back” guarantee.
 
Unfortunately, these treatments are at best ineffective. Since they are usually sold illegally, they have not been medically approved and they could pose a threat to your health.
 
Contraptions designed to stretch your penis are misadvertised – although penis pumps can help men with erectile dysfunction they do not increase the size of your penis. There is also no particular exercise which could cause permanent enlargement.
 
It is possible to increase your penis size with plastic surgery. However, there is a risk of side effects and according to a study conducted in 2006, only 35% of men who underwent penis enlargement surgery were happy with the results.

Do male enhancement pills work?

There are no legitimate medical studies to confirm the claims made by any of the manufacturers of “penis enhancement” pills. 
 
It’s important to remember that male enhancement is a big industry which reinforces men’s insecurities about the size of their penis. Penis enlargement pills do not work, and neither do creams, lotions, supplements or other male enhancement products. If there was an approved and effective treatment it would be available from pharmacies rather than illegitimate online pharmacies only.
 
Avoid buying unlicensed and potentially dangerous medicines – they are likely to do more harm than good.

Are there any options for natural male enhancement?

Do vacuum pumps increase size?
 
The vacuum penis pump is often advertised as a method of quickly and permanently increasing the size of your penis. However, this product is a false claim. The vacuum pump is a treatment for erectile dysfunction. While it can help you achieve and maintain an erection, it has no lasting effect on the size of your penis.
 
Stretching techniques
 
There are also various stretching techniques, such as “jelqing”, which involves repeatedly pulling on the flaccid penis in order to increase the size when erect. These techniques do not work and there is no scientific explanation why they could possibly work.
 
Penile extenders
 
Using penile extenders involves hanging a weight off the penis for hours at a time, which doesn’t increase size. To the contrary, this can cause tissue damage and there have been reports of it causing Peyronie’s disease (curving of the penis). Rather than resulting in enlargement, using penile extenders could cause injury and have a negative effect on your ability to get an erection.
 
Traction devices
 
There are also traction devices which have been observed to cause small increases in length (1-2 cm overall) in some men. However, these devices are highly impractical, as they need to be worn for several hours every day in order to have an effect. You should consult a doctor before experimenting with any device to enlarge your penis, as there is a risk of side effects and injury if you don’t use it correctly. Evidence that using a traction device works is still limited.
 
How weight loss can help
 
Often, men who find that their penis looks small to them notice that they perceive their penis as larger when they lose weight. If you are overweight, losing weight around the abdominal area may reveal more of the shaft and cause your penis to appear larger in relation to your body.