Penis Enlargement Techniques

Last updated on: March 6, 2017

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Do you feel that your penis is too short or thin, especially compared to other guys? Do you wish you had bigger erections?

If so, like many men you may be wondering how to make your penis bigger, and probably as quickly and easily as possible.

Even though there’s a wide range of techniques, pills and devices for increasing penis size, at the moment there isn’t a clear method which is widely accepted as being the most effective.

Furthermore, many people say it’s either not possible to increase penis size, or that some of the methods can be harmful.

Personally, I think that’s a bit of a negative outlook as many guys do successfully increase their size. However, I do agree that there are some products and techniques which should be avoided.

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 your penis looks right away, without having to do much at all.

What’s the average penis size?

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Before getting into the ins and outs of penis enlargement, you might find it useful to look at some penis size statistics.

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 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 to make your penis appear bigger

There are some simple things you can do to make your penis appear bigger – even in just one day! So I recommend trying the following before any of the enlargement methods discussed below.

  • Shave or trim your pubic hair – if you have a lot of pubic hair, it can make your penis look considerably smaller. So if you cut it back, you’ll find your penis looks much bigger.
  • 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. So think how your penis looks in the mirror if you find yourself comparing your size to other guys.
  • Measure yourself correctly – 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 no point comparing yourself to others. And your penis may keep growing until your early twenties, so even if you think yours is small now, it might still grow considerably.
  • 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.
  • Lose weight – if you’re overweight, the extra padding can make your penis appear much smaller.
  • 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.

How to make your penis bigger

Penis vacuum pumps

bathmate penis pumpPenis vacuum pumps are often used as a treatment for erectile dysfunction as they can be very effective at improving erection strength.

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 downside is that they are only guaranteed to make the penis bigger for a short while after using them. There’s a lack of scientific research into their effectiveness for increasing size permanently.

Having said that, many guys do say in forums and customer review sites that they’ve had success in increasing their penis size on a lasting basis.

So while there’s no doubt that they can help with erection strength and make your penis look bigger when you use it, it’s not guaranteed to increase your penis size on a permanent basis, though it seems there’s a possibility.

One important safety note worth mentioning is that they can cause tissue damage if used excessively. So if you do decide to try one, make sure you read and follow the safety instructions carefully.

Stretching and jelqing exercises

Stretching and jelqing both involve penis exercises you can do using just your hands to increase your penis size naturally.

Jelqing is similar to stretching, using 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 again isn’t much scientific evidence proving that these techniques work. However, medical websites like mayoclinic say that stretching and jelqing are at least safer than other methods.

Despite a lack of scientific evidence, there’s a lot of anecdotal evidence from guys – particularly on sexual health and body building forums – saying that the exercises work well.

If you’re interested in trying stretching and jelqing, you might find my reviews of penis enlargement guides helpful.

Pills & supplements

malemax penis pillsIn 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 not much 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

penis stretcherIn theory, penis stretchers 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 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.

If you’re extremely dedicated, have a lot of time you can spend alone using one, and are happy with the idea of 1 or 2cm growth, it might be worth considering. But you need to know it’s a lot of effort for relatively small gains.


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 unnecessary and very risky.

Generally, surgery to change penis size is reserved for men with birth defects or abnormalities. There’s very 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.


There’s no doubt that many men would like to increase the size of their penis, even though they probably fall under the normal size range.

Unfortunately, there’s no quick and easy way to permanently increase the size of your penis. There are several different approaches to enlargement, 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, perhaps the best options are either natural stretching exercises or the careful use of a penis pump.

50 CommentsLeave a comment

    • Hi Etus
      I would recommend doing the start and stop technique when you masturbate. It’s a great method to use when you’re on your own to build your body awareness and gain arousal control.

  • I am 42 years old (I know it’s probably weird that I am that old and writing on this), but my size is .9 when flaccid and 1.4 when erect. My wife is not fond of this size and I was wondering if I should use any of the techniques you listed.

    • Hi Jared
      It’s not weird at all – there are readers of all ages that follow this blog! If you’re able to face going to the doctor, it might be a good idea to speak to a doctor about your size. They can give you advice on the options that are available to you in your particular case.

  • great tips! I tried the ones you said can make it look bigger and you are totally right! I know it’s a bit weird, but in the changing room at my football club i sometimes check myself out compared to my friends, and always thought i am just smaller. but the other day i did what you suggested, looked at myself in the mirror and then across at the others and saw that i looked much bigger! awesome!

    • Hi Owen
      It’s great to hear from someone who tried that one. I know from personal experience when I was younger that it works, so I’m glad you decided to try it yourself and feel happier about the way you measure up compared to your friends.

    • Hi there
      It’s very difficult to give an answer to that question for your age. Guys your age can have a very wide range of sizes depending on where they are in puberty, or not. So I really wouldn’t worry about your size at all.

    • Hi Meimo
      If your foreskin still hasn’t retracted by your age, then it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor about it. Don’t worry, they are very used to having that conversation with guys, so you’ll find they know exactly what to do to help.

  • Hi. I’m ramos. My age is 19 and my penis size is 3.0 when flaccid and 4. 7 when erect. Many girls say that its too small. Can u tell me a way to enlarge it. I want it to be 6. 5 inches

    • Hi Ramos
      To be honest, it might not be possible to increase it by 50%, but if you try some of the techniques, you could increase it a little hopefully. I’d start by trying the easy techniques I mention. They can really help how it looks, and how you feel about it. Secondly, I’d think about trying the natural stretching tehniques or perhaps a penis pump for some short term gains. Then you can decide which you prefer to try for a longer period of time.

  • Hey..
    My age is 17 and my penis size is 2.9 in when erect..Actually I had a hypospadias surgery when I was 18 months old..Will any in these help me ? And does masturbation stops penis growth ?

    • Hi there
      The most honest thing I can do is to tell you I’m not a doctor, so can’t competently tell you about your specific situation. And probably the best thing to do is to speak to your doctor about this. You can tell them you’re not satisfied with the size of your penis and want to know if anything can help. From what I know, most doctors err on the side of caution and skepticsm where penis enlargement is concerned, but it’s still worth checking if they think there could be any reason you shouldn’t try any of these techniques given your medical history.
      What you can definitely do though are the things I mentioned about making it appear bigger. They can be really helpful, so I recommend thinking about those tips too.

    • Hi Madan
      If you want temporary results, a penis pump will probably help you straight away, with the possibility (no guarantees though) that it will increase the size on a lasting basis if you use it the right way. Otherwise you can try the stretching techniques outlined in the guides I mention.

  • Thanks for the very useful article!! I love the ideas for making it look bigger and am definitely going to give them a try and see what happens. I was thinking to try stretching and jelqing and liked your reviews of the guides too, but after reading them am not sure if it’s what I really want. I guess i’ll have a go at these first and see!!

    • Hi Prince
      Good to hear the article was useful. I think trying those techniques first is a good idea. Most are very quick and easy to achieve, or just involve a change in perspective, so I highly recommend that before trying any other methods.

    • Hi
      Yes, it’s within the normal range for your age. It will probably increase in size over the next few years, so don’t worry about it.

  • Thanks for the really helpful article. I read it the other day, then went and tried the techniques you said can help it look bigger, and they really helped! Youre so right, when you look down or in the mirror it’s a different size it seems. And cutting back the hair also worked a treat. I still think I have a smallish penis and even though its in the normal range by those statistics, i want to increase the size. Im thinking of trying a penis pump, but am not sure if its worth it if i don’t get permanent results from it. But maybe its good if it can look bigger when i have sex.

    • Hi Ben
      You’re very welcome! I’m glad the techniques helped – that’s great to hear.
      I know what you mean about the penis pump – it’s such a shame that they can’t guarantee a permanent size increase! I think probably the best use is if you sometimes have trouble with erections and/or feel like you’d like to add a bit of size when you have sex. So as long as you have the right expectations of what they can do, they can be really helpful. Perhaps the combinations of the techniques you’ve tried so far and the extra size the pump will give you for a short while will help boost your confidence when you have sex, if that’s what you feel you’d like to achieve.

  • Hi I have a very embrassing question my size is 9.75 but I can’t seem to stay hard for very long so I just go semi and my gf loves my size and thickness an she is 25 and I am 32 so it’s like she can’t get off bc I usually get off in fast but i wanna keep going. Please help

    • Hi Kyle
      I’ve heard other guys who have larger penis sizes complain that they struggle with their erection quality. I think that regardless of size, the best thing is to research ways to deal with erectile dysfunction in general – scary as that term might sound. If you regularly struggle to get or maintain an erection during sex, then this is something to look into.
      However, it sounds like you manage to stay hard enough to ejaculate yourself, but then can’t keep going for her, if I read that right? In which case, it might be more of a question of working on your arousal control generally so you last long enough for her to orgasm too. So you might find it helpful to look at my main article about pemature ejaculation.

    • Hi Seth
      That’s a very good question! The honest truth is that I think any results should last, but I don’t know of any proof or research saying that this is definitely the case, nor that they will last for the rest of your life. But I imagine that if you continue to exercises your penis, through masturbation and sex, then there’s no reason to believe the penis would shrink back to its original size.

  • Hello, thanks for taking the time to write the article and have the site. I’m not necessarily worried about size as much as having a curvature. My penis is about 7.25 in if I don’t have a “strong ” erection, basically I can straighten it while it’s still semi hard, once I’m totally hard it’s about 6.75 in. In your research have you seen any ways to “straighten ” a penis. Thanks I’m advance.

    • Hi Cory
      I’m glad you found the site useful. As far as I’m aware, penis stretching devices have shown some promise for correcting curvature. The main downside though is that it can take a lot of usage, over a long period of time. But apparently they can help.

  • I’m 15 and my penis is 6 inches long and 4.5 inches in girth.if my penis does not grow any more is this an ok size? Thanks

    • Hi there
      Yes, your penis is a normal size, so there’s no need to worry at all. Even if it doesn’t grow any more, it still still be a normal size for an adult.

    • Hi Isaiah
      That’s a very healthy size, so you can relax about it – no need to even think about enlargement! It might grow a little more, or might stay as it is now.

    • Hi Jason
      Yes, that’s completely normal, so you have nothing to worry about. There’s no need at all for you to look any further into penis enlargement!

    • Hi Shabbir
      You’re welcome – I’m glad you found it interesting. Your size is completely normal, so don’t worry about it!

  • I am 26 year old. I have a small penis 2.5 inches that gets 3 inches on erection. Can I use these methods, will they increase my penis also and will my penis touch 5 inches in length?

    • Hi Afey
      You can definitely try to increase the size if you want to – there’s nothing stopping you. I can’t promise that you can grow it from 3 to 5 inches using any of the techniques, but with some time and dedication, you might be able to make some gains at least. Have you tried the ideas I recommended for making it appear bigger too? That’s a good place to start before trying any of the products or guides, which ultimately cost more money and time. Once you’ve tried those ideas, if you’re still keen on trying to increase the size, you could have a go at one of the enlargement methods.

  • Thanks for the interesting article. I always think my penis is too small and get embarrassed when i meet a girl for the first time especially. I will try some of your techniques and see if I can improve how it looks naturally.

    • Hi Jamie
      You’re welcome – I’m glad you found the article useful. Good luck with the techniques, and try not to be embarrassed by your body – we all have things we don’t particularly like, but at the end of the day we have to learn to be proud of who we are.

  • Hi man i wrote this comment to an another article too but this one has less comments so it would be easier to you to reply…
    I think my penis is too big for my is 13.2cm…Do you think i’ll have a problem in the future or sth?

  • Hello, thanks for this interesting article. I’m 22 and my penis is only 5 inches. I know it’s a normal size but I still wish it was bigger. I will try the ideas you say and see what the effect is.
    Thanks again.

    • Hi Jack
      I’m glad you found the article interesting. Hopefully those ideas will help you out. If you can make it look bigger without actually having to buy any products or do anything extreme, that’s great. It’s definitely the right approach to start off with.

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