Male Enhancement: Men Risk Serious Injuries for the Sake of Penis Enlargement

There is always this silent or voiced out desire in most men to enlarge their penis in girth and length. The thing is, there are a lot of myths surrounding penis enlargement. It is hard to separate facts from fiction.

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Male Enhancement

There are lots of unsafe ways guys go about it, which can cause injuries to the penile shaft. Read on to discover what is obtainable, what is not obtainable, safe ways, as well as unsafe means, men go about penis enlargement and its consequences.

Why penis enlargement

The average length of an erect penis is between 5 and 6 inches long, while the average length of a flaccid penis is 4 and 5 inches long. Over 90% of males fall within this range but research shows that 45% of men are not satisfied with their penis size. (Lever, 2006)

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There are a lot of reasons people push for larger penises. Top of that list is the belief bigger penises will satisfy their partner, the pop culture and pornography buzz on social media, poor body image, low self-esteem.

Most urologists would recommend sex therapy for people who believe that their penises are not big enough, because in the end what matters is the quality of intimacy and sexual function.

About 1 in 6000 men have a micropenis, which is a penis below a length of 2.8 inches. These are the group of people that actually require medical attention to live a sexually fulfilling life.

Getting a larger penis: how safe is it?

There are more than a dozen methods that have been said to enlarge the penis, few as effective as the marketers make them sound. A lot more are risky in that they can cause varying degrees of injuries to the penis.

Some of the most known male enhancer methods include:

  • Mechanical methods like traction, jelqing, vacuum pump, penis stretching.
  • Surgery
  • Lotions, Supplements, and Over-the-counter medications
  • Losing weight
  • Manscaping

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Penile traction devices Such as ProExtender 

To perform surgery to increase the length of the penis is quite costly, not only that but the aftermath is plagued with possible complications such as scarring, shrinkage, infections, erectile dysfunction, and the like. In addition, a greater percentage of men (65%) that went under the knife in the search for bigger penises were unsatisfied by the results, according to a study published by the European Urology medical journal.

As such, we have to look for better alternatives, and penile traction is at the very top of that list.

Penile traction devices are safer alternatives to surgery and a natural way to increase your penis girth and length. Not only is the penile traction useful in elongating the penis size but also in correcting abnormal curvatures of the penis.

National Library of Medicine corroborates these prospects saying, “It seems that penile extenders represent the only evidence-based technique of penile elongation.”

The traction device you use must be medical grade. This cannot be overemphasized as using unapproved penis extenders can predispose you to erectile dysfunction, desensitization, etc.

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Success Rate

A 2010 review trusted Source revealed that a good number of men who used the Andropenis stretching device six hours per daily for about four months saw an increment of about 1.8 to 3.1 centimeters (cm) in length.

Another report in a 2011 study trusted Source revealed that men who used traction devices for nine hours daily for about three months saw an increment of about one inch.

A 2013 Trusted Source review on penile traction discovered better at correcting penile deformities and curving than at increasing penile length or girth.

However, if you were to consider using a traction device for your penis enhancement needs consider a medical-grade traction device like ProExtender with a good safety profile, customer reviews, and that guarantees satisfaction.

ProExtender Review

With over 565,000 ProExtenders already Sold it is one of the most popular penis traction devices in the world. ProExtender is made out of medical-grade steel, it is easy to use and can be worn under underwear. Expect a significant, measurable increase with consistent usage. Furthermore,  ProExtender has received numerous recommendations and appraisals from prominent urologists and penile enlargement surgeons on prominent magazines including MensHealth and GQ.

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Surgical Methods

There are several surgical penis enlargement procedures all of which bear their attendant complications. The most common ones include:

Suspensory Ligament Release

In this procedure, the doctor cuts the suspensory ligament, to improve the length. Suspensory ligament release only helps the length of the flaccid penis but does little or nothing to help the length of the turgid penis. This can still disturb sexual function.

Seth Cohen, MD, a urologist with NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City, said. “But I really don’t recommend it, because your erection will never point north again.”

The AUA has also shown doubts over the efficacy of cutting the suspensory ligaments to increase the penile length, saying that the results are not impressive and hence not efficient.

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Penis Augmentation

In this treatment, fat cells are injected or grafted into the penile shaft. Injected fat cells come with a lot of complications which can leave the penis deformed. This procedure has largely fallen out of favor.

Success Rate

It is hard to tell as a good number of fat cells can disappear over time hence reverting the penis to the pre-surgery size.

The American Urological Association (AUA) and the Urology Care Foundation have described the fat injection for penile enlargement as not safe and inefficacious.

Risks and complications of surgical methods:

  • Scarring, which will cause penile shrinkage down the road.
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Infection
  • In the hands of a quack or unlicensed doctors, the results can be disastrous.

Other surgical treatments modalities include:

  • Injection of Silicone Gel
  • Injection Of Dermal surgical implants

Lotions, supplements, and over-the-counter medications

There has been a surge in medications that claim to increase the length of the penis. Truth is, there is little or no evidence to back such claims.

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Dr. Michael O’Leary a urologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and a professor of urologic surgery at Harvard Medical School commenting on this issue said, “All of the ads on TV that promise any treatment will add inches to your penis? None of them work. They’re a total sham.”

Vacuum Pumps

This is commonly known as the “penis pump”, a vacuum erection device [VED].

The penis pump is essentially a cylindrical, air-filled chamber that is attached to your penis

The VED working principle is creating negative pressure that draws on the penis thereby improving the penile blood flow as well as elongating the shaft. There are FDA-approved VEDs, which aid in the management of erectile dysfunction. These VEDs have specific limits that are well below the pressure that customers require for penis enlargement. This means that customers can buy unapproved VEDs elsewhere which can up the pressure to dangerous levels which can lead to tissue damage

As a word of caution, if you plan to use a VED make sure you constrict the base of your penis, this will help your penis retain tumescence. Wearing VED longer than 30 minutes can damage the penis irreversibly and as such impair erection. While vacuum therapy is excellent in stemming penile deterioration and shrinkage, clinical trials are yet to prove its efficacy in penile enlargement.


Jelqing is a manual manipulation of the penile shaft by continuous squeezing and stroking from the base to the head of the penis.

The principle behind this is that manual manipulation causes microtears in the tissue of the penis, which causes the cells to multiply and as a result causes the penis to grow in length and in girth.

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Risks and Complications

You must be consistent to boost the chances of this technique working for you. There have been significant success reports from customers in the part, but there has largely been no concrete medical evidence backing the efficacy of the technique. While the efficacy of this technique is in doubt, there hasn’t been medical damage resulting from it. However, if overzealously done, it can lead to serious complications like scarring, desensitization, disfigurement, etc

Losing weight

Another way to improve the overall appearance of your penis is to lose weight. It is common for a fat belly to protrude over the pubic area in overweight men. This makes their penis look smaller hence the name “Buried penis syndrome”. To ‘unbury’ such penis you might have to make a lot of lifestyle modifications starting with choosing a properly balanced diet routine, exercising regularly, and the like. These modifications are sure to improve the erectile function and appearance of your penis.


Manscaping is another excellent way to make your penis look bigger. It involves trimming your pubic hair area. You need to be very careful in this area to avoid nicks and cuts that can make your skin exposed to infections.

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Social media is awash with all sorts of ads promoting medication and techniques that claim to make the penis get bigger. But the fact is that most if not all do not work.

More importantly, some of those treatments can cause more harm than good. Some of them causing erectile dysfunction, disfigurement, penile rupture, desensitization, etc.





  1. Greg Warren


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