It’s the news that thousands of men have, secretly at least, been waiting for!
A review of medical literature has revealed that some non-surgical methods to increase penis size do actually work – although many result in disappointment.
A study published in the journal of British Association of Urological Surgeons found that Penis traction devices, sold by companies like SizeGenetics in the US, are most effective in increasing length.
The study was conducted by Italian scientists Marco Ordera and Paolo Gontero at the University of Turin. The pair examined literature on both surgical and non-surgical methods for male enhancement and found ten relevant studies.
The studies on penile extenders, which use mechanical traction to progressively elongate the penis, showed these devices can produce an “effective and durable lengthening of the penis,” the researchers write.
One study of the traction method reported an average increase of .7 inches (1.8cm) while flaccid. Another reported that the penis measured an extra inch on average when flaccid and three-quarters of an inch when erect.
The pair said that any increase in length did not increase the thickness of the organ, but also did not cause any decrease.
Other methods the scientists investigated included a ‘penis pump’ which uses a vacuum to stretch the organ. Penis pumps have been an FDA-approved treatment for erectile dysfunction for years.
The devices are easy to use, and it’s also a popular method among male strippers and porn stars. Mostly because the results are immediately noticeable.
Ordera and Gontero also reported that cock rings, which fit around the organ, may help to augment size and maintain erections. Penile-lengthening exercises on the other hand, had no science backing up their effectiveness.
One of the largest penis-size studies involved more than 3,000 men and found that most men seeking size enhancement were within the normal size range and overestimated the average penis size. That study was published in the International Journal of Impotence Research in 2002.
So what’s normal you ask? Anything greater than 1.6 inches (4 cm) flaccid and greater than 3 inches (7.5 cm) in a stretched or erect state. As for the average penis size, numbers vary depending on the study, but Mondaini says: 3.5 inches (9 cm) flaccid, 4.5 inches (12.5 cm) stretched and 5.9 inches (15 cm) erect.