First the bad news: all those ads you see on the internet promising to lengthen your penis? All bogus. Every single one. You simply cannot increase the length or girth of your penis beyond what your genes and Mother Nature have endowed you with.
This is certainly true of any kind of pill, potion, or procedure being pedaled (via manipulated photographs) in advertising. It’s even true of the one surgical procedure that can be used to increase the appearance of the length of the penis. I’m talking about a procedure that snips what is called the “suspensory ligament” of the penis. It’s a ligament that normally helps anchor the penis to the pubic bone and helps support the penis when it’s erect.
Cutting this ligament lets the flaccid penis hang lower, providing an illusion that the penis has actually lengthened. But…no. The penis will be just as long, when erect, as before—except now the erect penis will be a lot more “floppy,” which may increase the changes that it’ll be injured during intercourse.
Now the good news: first of all, you’re probably perfectly well endowed already, so relax. Second of all: there are things you can do to increase the quality and duration of your erections.
Let’s talk about normal penis length for a second. The average length of an erect penis is a little more than 5 inches long, measured along the top side of the penis, according to many scientific studies. The average length of a flaccid penis is between 3 and 3½ inches long. Interestingly, shorter flaccid penises tend to enlarge proportionately more during erection than larger flaccid penises. So you really can’t judge a penis in its flaccid state.
But some men get irrationally obsessed with penis length—to their detriment. A study in 2005 illustrated this perfectly. The researchers evaluated 92 guys who had come to a hospital clinic complaining of a “small-sized penis.”
The researchers found that, in fact, not a single man’s penis was abnormally short. They all simply didn’t understand the reality of average penis lengths—possibly because the actors used in much pornography are chosen, in part, because their penises are on the longer end of the spectrum of penis lengths.
Of course, tiny penises do exist. The medical term is “microphallus” and it refers to guys with penises shorter than 1½ inches long when flaccid and shorter than 3 inches when erect. A penis this small may make intercourse difficult or impossible. But microphallus is a very rare condition and would probably be picked up in the course of a normal physical exam.
It’s also true that carrying around extra weight in your abdomen may make your penis appear shorter than it really is, “hiding” it under a roll of fat. When erect, the penis of an overweight man may be perfectly serviceable, but, when flaccid, it may appear shorter than normal. The solution of course, is to lose the extra weight—easier said than done, I realize, but certainly worth the effort.
More to the point, there is a great deal more to satisfying a woman sexually than the length of your penis. The old adage, “It’s not the size of the instrument, it’s how you play the tune,” is never more true than when it comes to the art of making love.
As I mentioned, although you can’t do anything about the length of your penis, you can improve the quality of your erections and ability to sustain an erection. The idea is that anything that will increase blood flow to your penis will help your erections. That means increasing the health of your heart and circulatory system. Whatever is good for your heart, is good for your penis.
That means attending to the basic components of good health: exercise regularly, lose excess weight, get enough sleep, avoid excess drug and alcohol use, and eat a reasonably healthy diet. Boring advice? Maybe…but it’s the truth. Which is more than you’ll get in any advertising for “male enhancements!”
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