Last updated on: August 17, 2016
Do you feel that your penis is too short or too thin? Do you wish you had bigger erections? If so, like many men you may be wondering if it’s possible to increase your size.
Of all the various questions guys typically have when it comes to their bodies and sex, penis enlargement is probably the most difficult to find a clear answer to.
Despite a huge amount of supposed techniques, pills and devices for increasing penis size, at the moment there isn’t any one method which is widely accepted as being the most effective.
So in this article I’ll be taking a look at all the main approaches to penis enlargement, and assessing how effective and safe they are. Hopefully it will shed some light on the different methods and help you decide what might be right or not for you.
You’ll also discover ways you can feel better about your size, and even make it look bigger to yourself and others. This is a great place to start as you can make a difference to how big it appears right away, without having to do much at all.
What’s the average penis size?
Before getting into the ins and outs of penis enlargement, you might find it interesting to check out the statistics of what’s considered average.
Many guys feel like their penis is too small, but in actual fact they’re totally within the normal range. So let’s take a quick look at two research studies from well respected Universities.
In 2015, researchers at King’s College London University looked at 17 previous studies involving over 15,000 men. This is what they found:
- The average flaccid length is 9.16 cm (3.6 inches)
- The average stretched length is 13.24 cm (5.2 inches)
- The average erect length is 13.12 cm (5.1 inches)
- The average flaccid circumference is 9.31 cm (3.6 inches)
- The average erect circumference is 11.66 cm (4.6 inches)
Of course some men do have shorter or longer penises than others – that 5.1 inches is just the average.
Another study of 1661 men by Indiana University in 2013 found the following:
- The average erect penis size is 14.14 cm (5.6 inches)
- The range of sizes was between 4 cm and 26 cm.(1.6 inches to 10.2 inches)
Finally, it’s important to note that in medical terms a penis is only considered to be abnormally small if it measures less than 3 inches when erect.
So before you decide to go ahead with any penis enlargement methods, you may find your penis is actually very much within the normal range.
What do women think about penis size?
How you feel about your penis size is one thing, but it’s also good to consider what women actually want.
In 2007, researchers in the UK looked at more than 50 research projects spanning 60 years with information about over 50,000 men and found the following:
- 85% of women are satisfied with their partner’s penis size, but only 55% of men were satisfied.
- 90% of women prefer a wide penis to a long one.
In 2015, researchers at the University of California found that women might prefer wider penises only for short-term sexual experiences. However, they prefer their long-term partner to have a more average size penis. They conclude that it’s only the “novelty factor” that might drive interest in larger sizes.
The reality is that women often find that a very large penis can be painful during sex. So in most cases, despite what you might see in porn films for example, most women don’t find a giant 7 inch stallion the best experience.
As they say, it’s not the size of the boat, it’s the motion of the ocean!
How you can make it look bigger
Before getting into any of the enlargement techniques, you might find some of the following ideas help you feel better about the size of your penis, and even make it look bigger.
- Shave your pubic hair – if you have a lot of hair down there, it’s going to make your penis look smaller.
- Lose weight – if you’re overweight, the extra padding can make your penis appear considerably smaller.
- Don’t look down – when you look down at your penis, the angle always makes it look smaller. Look at yourself in a mirror instead.
- Don’t compare your downward angle to other guys – if you’re in a shared changing room for example, when you look at yourself and then other guys, you’ll look smaller for the same reason as above.
- Push the ruler in – if you measure yourself with a ruler, don’t just rest it against the skin – push it into your bone on top of the penis and you’ll find extra length that counts.
- Remember your age – it’s common to worry about your penis size when growing up. Remember though, teenagers develop at different times, so there’s little point comparing yourself to others. And your penis may keep growing until your early twenties.
- Don’t compare yourself to porn actors – guys in porn films are chosen for their larger size. They don’t represent what’s considered average, so try not to compare yourself to them.
- Consider counseling – research has shown that in many cases counseling is effective in helping men feel good about their size. So before trying enlargement techniques, it may help to speak to your doctor about how you feel.
Penis enlargement methods
Even though it’s the only medical solution in this article, it’s also the most controversial. There are very few surgeons who offer penis enlargement procedures, and most doctors will do their best to help you understand that it’s not necessary and very risky.
Generally, surgery to change penis size is reserved for men with birth defects or abnormalities. There’s little research available about the risks and benefits for men who are considered to have a normal size.
In a 2010 study in Italy, researchers concluded that surgery had a “high risk of complications and unwanted outcomes.”
If this is something you’re thinking about, do speak to your doctor about it though. They can help you understand why it’s not a good option, and provide you with advice about other options to try.
Penis vacuum pumps
Penis vacuum pumps are sometimes used as a treatment for erectile dysfunction, especially if medication like Viagra doesn’t work.
They work by creating a vacuum which then draws blood into the penis, and because of that are also sometimes marketed as helping increase penis size.
The problem is, they only really make the penis look bigger for the period of time just after using them. There’s very little scientific research into their effectiveness for increasing size permanently.
Some guys do say in forums and customer review sites that they’ve had some success in increasing their size, but others have said they didn’t notice any effect at all.
Importantly, they can cause tissue damage if used too much, leading to erection problems. Whilst there’s no doubting that they can help with erection strength and help your penis look bigger when you use it, this isn’t an approach which will actually can reliably increase your penis size on a permanent basis.
Pills & supplements
In a similar way to the penis pumps, there are many different pills which are sold online with claims to help with erections and penis size.
The main selling point is usually to help guys with erectile dysfunction or low libido, but a secondary effect can be an apparent increase in size until the pill wears off.
The main problem is that they are only intended to help for short periods of time. So even if you do notice an increase in size, it won’t be permanent.
A second problem is that some pills and supplements have ingredients which can be harmful. The regulation of this industry isn’t very tight, so you often just don’t really know what the pills contain.
And finally, many of them simply don’t work. There’s very little scientific testing done on the various pills available, and what tests are done usually reveal that they don’t have a significant effect on penis size.
Penis stretchers are kind of like a version of the middle ages torture rack, but for your penis. They work by exerting traction on your penis and slowly stretching it over time.
There’s not much evidence that they work, but one or two studies have shown modest growth of between 1 cm and 2 cm after several months of regular use.
The main problem is the amount of time you have to use them for to see any results – up to 6 months. Add to that the fact that they can be quite expensive, and penis stretchers don’t really measure up as a very efficient approach.
Natural stretching and jelqing
Stretching and jelqing both involve penis exercises you can do using just your hands to encourage growth naturally.
Jelqing is similar to stretching, using specific actions similar to milking a cow to force blood into the penis, slowly expanding the parts which hold the blood. This in theory then leads to penis growth.
As far as I can tell, there isn’t much scientific evidence proving that these techniques definitely work. However, medical websites like mayoclinic.org say that stretching and jelqing are at least safer than other methods.
Despite a lack of scientific evidence, there’s quite a lot of anecdotal evidence from guys – particularly on sexual health and body building forums – saying that the exercises do work.
If you’re interested in trying stretching techniques, you might find my penis enlargement guide reviews useful.
Penis enlargement is something which many men are interested in, but unfortunately there’s no quick and easy way to permanently increase the size. There are several different approaches to increasing the size, but they each come with some risks and no guarantee of success.
It may be then that the best option is to remember that most men do have a normal size, and to be proud of your body.
There are some things you can do to make your penis look bigger, which are relatively easy to do. But if you still don’t feel satisfied, I’d recommend natural stretching exercises above any of the other options.