10 Top Penis Health Questions – Answered

Caroline Praderio, Mar. 7, 2019

The Insider – We spoke with urologist Dr. Aaron Spitz to answer a handful of questions on penis size, STDs, erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, injuries, and more.

Are there any pills that can really make my penis bigger?

“There are no pills that will increase the size of your penis, but pills will make that claim,” Spitz said. “What they’re really doing is they may increase some blood flow to your penis, so your penis is bigger on its way to becoming erect, but the actual size of the erection is not getting any bigger.”

Can I make my penis larger with surgery?

There are two types of procedures in this category: Those that claim to lengthen the penis, and procedures that claim to make the penis thicker.

In lengthening procedures, a surgeon cuts the suspensory ligament, which attaches the penis to the pubic bone and helps hold the erect penis at an upward angle.

“By severing that ligament, it allows the flaccid penis to drop down a little bit from the pubic bone, but only when it’s flaccid, not when it’s erect,” Spitz said. “[These] procedures are really optical illusions.”

There are procedures that can increase penis girth, he added, but they don’t actually change the size of the corpora cavernosa — the two side-by-side cylinders inside the penis that fill with blood and become rigid during an erection.

Instead, a surgeon adds to the soft tissue between those cylinders and the skin, using bulking agents or fat.

“The girth is increased whether it’s flaccid or erect, but it’s not actually making the chambers that become erect [any] larger,” Spitz said.

He also cautioned that surgeries that aren’t done skillfully could result in deformitiesBillionaire Diamond Trader Dies During “Unit” Enhancement

How big is the average penis, really?

The average flaccid penis is about 3.6 inches long, while the average erect penis was about 5.2 inches long.

In a statement about the research, lead author Dr. David Veale said he believed the results “will help doctors reassure the large majority of men that the size of their penis is in the normal range.” Read more. 

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