Male Enhancement: Is It Worth a Try?
Nonpresciption methods of male enhancement and male enlargement range from the possibly effective to the downright dangerous.
The Quest for a Bigger Penis continued...
Richard, the mechanic from New York, got results faster than Bob, but still
wore the device under his clothes for about eight hours a day. Richard's wife
has also been supportive. "I see a more confident man in front of me from using
this product," she says. She also says the lengthening has enhanced their sex
life, though she had no complaints before.
Chicago urologist Laurence A. Levine, MD, director of the male fertility
program at Rush University Medical Center, tested the FastSize Extender on 10
men afflicted with Peyronie's disease, which can cause bending and shrinkage of
the penis. At the end of the six-month study, which was funded by the maker of
the FastSize Extender, Levine found increased penile length and reduced
curvature in every man and increased girth in seven of the men. Calling the
results "remarkable," Levine now prescribes the device to many of his
Peyronie's patients and reports no significant complications. (Levine has also
worked as a paid consultant to FastSize Extender.)
Could FastSize work on men of normal penile length? Levine says it might.
"If a woman can have a breast enlargement and it makes them psychologically
feel better," he reasons, "then perhaps we should have the same thing for
Penis-lengthening surgery is also an option for men, but it is a highly
controversial procedure. The American Urological Association says a common form
of lengthening surgery (involving cutting the suspensory ligament of the penis)
has not been shown to be safe or effective. The group also refuses to
endorse surgeries that inject fat cells in the penis with the goal of
increasing penile girth.
Many doctors question whether the benefits of lengthening surgery outweigh
the risks. A
2006 study found that only 35% of men were satisfied with the outcome of
surgery, which added only half an inch, on average, to length. Men who are
overly preoccupied with penis length tend to have unrealistic expectations of
surgery and should seek counseling instead, the authors wrote.
Herbs and Male Enhancement
Thousands of years before Viagra, men were consuming everything from horny
goat weed to powdered rhino horn in hopes of boosting sexual performance. The
remedies persist for men who can't get their hands on prescription drugs like
Viagra or who prefer "natural" cures.