Beware of Penis Enhancement Products
By Matthew R. Farrell, 18, Staff Writer
Originally Published: February 27, 2009
Revised: January 10, 2013
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You’ve seen something like this in your inbox and in ads on websites—whether you have a penis or not. The promises they make are a great big hoax. There is no pill, cream, pump or exercise routine that will really make your penis bigger. In fact, many of them are very dangerous.
You may be wondering how these companies can make money if their products don’t work. The answer is that there are many guys out there who are very uncomfortable with the size of their penises. It is a body image issue that is just as common as girls wanting to have larger breasts or be skinny. Companies try to take advantage of these insecurities and bet that most of us are so desperate for a solution that we’ll believe anything.
So before you let your fears get the best of you and start using potentially dangerous products on your body, relax and think about what you’re getting yourself into. Consider the risks of penis enhancement products and get the facts.
There is no pill, cream, pump or exercise routine that will really make your penis bigger. In fact, many of them are very dangerous.
Penis Enhancement Pumps and Pills
The truth is that there is absolutely no medical evidence to support the claims of the “male enhancement industry.” These products are not only useless—they’re harmful as well.
Most penis enlargement pills and creams are not drugs; they’re “herbal supplements.” This means that they’re not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, and manufacturers can put basically anything they want into them. Researchers have found all kinds of contaminants from lead to E. coli in penis enhancement supplements.
Another way that some guys try to make their penises larger is by using vacuum pumps. The idea is to put the penis in a tube, and then suck the air out of the tube. The pressure caused by vacuuming the air out of the tube makes more blood flow to the penis. I’ve never done it myself, but it sounds pretty uncomfortable! Forcing blood into the penis results in an erection that isn’t as hard and can be lost quickly. The results are temporary and nowhere near worth the suffering. Allowing the blood to flow naturally into the penis through good, old-fashioned sexual stimulation will give you a much more reliable erection. Also, pumps only make the penis bigger while it’s inside the pump. Once you take it out and the air pressure returns to normal, so does the penis.
While the enlarging effects of pumping are very short-lived, its negative effects can be severe and sometimes even permanent. In some cases, they can make it difficult to have sex at all. Pump too much or too fast, and you run the risk of popping a blood vessel. Personally, I don’t even want to imagine the pain of popping a blood vessel in my penis. Using a pump too often can cause damage as well. It can make it nearly impossible to get an erection or even leave your penis without any feeling at all.
Penis Size Doesn’t Matter
There is really no reason for teens to try to make their penises bigger in the first place. Size doesn’t matter. This is not just my opinion; it’s an anatomical fact.
If you’re worried about pleasing a female partner, you should know that the inside of the vagina is elastic. It gets bigger and smaller to fit whatever’s inside of it, so you don’t have to be a certain size to fit in the vagina or please your partner. And besides, most of the nerve endings in the vagina are closer to the opening. The rectum is pretty short and tight, so you don’t have to be a certain size to fit there either. And the idea of a penis too small for oral sex is ridiculous. You don’t even need a penis to get to the parts of the human body most sensitive to sexual stimulation: the clitoris and G-spot for females and the prostate for males. And as teen guys, the vast majority of us aren’t done going through puberty. We are still growing and so are our penises.
We have been conditioned by society to think that size can make or break our sex lives. But if you let me explain, I bet you’ll find that the truth makes a lot more sense. While we can’t choose the size of our penises, the things that really make sex great are completely in our control. It’s all about getting to know your partner and finding out what he or she enjoys.
It’s important to remember that sex isn’t some competition where you need the latest equipment or the finest supplements to come out on top (no pun intended). It is the ultimate physical and emotional bond that people can share. And no matter what your genitals or body look like, as long as you communicate openly and effectively with your partner and do your best to make your partner happy, you can have great sex, when the time comes.
If you do choose to have sex, make sure you use condoms or latex dental dams each and every time you have oral, vaginal or anal sex. And remember that the only way to completely avoid sexually transmitted diseases or unplanned pregnancy is to not have sex.
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