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Penis Enlargement: Reasons & Risks

Penis enlargement surgery is possible, but not recommended.

Many men wonder if their penis is large enough to satisfy their partners. A typical penis measures between 3 and 4 inches when flaccid and between 5 and 7 inches when erect.

A number of remedies and products claim to enhance penis size, such as squeezing exercises and over-the-counter pills and lotions. Some men attach weights to their flaccid penis in hopes of lengthening it. But such methods are not FDA-approved and can damage the penis permanently.

Penis enlargement surgery is controversial. In rare cases, surgery is an option for men with functional problems due to injuries or birth defects.

However, surgery for purely cosmetic purposes is not standardized and not endorsed by medical societies, such as the American Urological Association,the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and the Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Sexual dysfunction, scarring, penile deformity, and problems with injected tissue are all common complications of penis enlargement surgery. Many men are not satisfied with the results.

Men concerned about penis size are encouraged to talk to their partners. For most partners, size is not an issue. In fact, a woman can have pain during intercourse if her partner’s penis is too long because it hits her cervix. And many gay couples find penis size a matter of personal preference.

Men can also improve their body image (and even their sex life) by exercising and staying healthy.