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Why has penis enlargement become more popular recently?

Penis enlargement has become a source of apprehension for men of late. We are inundated with magazine advertisements and commercials on television saying that women are yearning for a man with "more". These advertisements talk about pills, pumps, exercises, and surgery. What is a man to do?

By feeding on every man's insecurity regarding the size of his penis, it seems that the marketing machines end up feeding on the weak and insecure. The sad part is that there is no FDA approved or any scientific body of evidence showing that this is a surgery or procedure you should engage in. Potential side effects include impotency and urological dysfunction.

By feeding into the fears of some men, they create not only a physical issue, but a festering psychological one as well. It can have far reaching effects not only sexually, but on a level that affects all personal relationships.

What are some of the methods being touted by so called penis experts?

Many times non surgical treatments will have somewhere on the bottle a statement that reads, "These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration". This should be a sure fire way of telling if the potential "solution" will be more of a problem. It is important to note that the FDA has never endorsed any type of treatment for penis enlargement.

Jelquing is a form of non surgical penis enhancement. It is a series of exercises performed for 30 minutes a day for an indefinite length of time. This seems to be the safest method around, but can lead to pain and potential disfigurement. Penile weight lifting is another approach, but seems like it is a potential disaster in the making.

Vacuum pumps make the penis swell and are useful in treating erectile dysfunction. This may create the appearance of a larger penis, but results are indefinite. Repeated use may result in damaged elastic tissue in the penis and less than firm erections.

Pills and lotions have promised everything from the ability to create length and girth, but do very little than moisturizing the areas.

Surgical methods of penis enlargement include suspensory ligament surgery which involves snipping the ligament that attaches the penis to the pubic bone to move the skin from the abdomen to the shaft. The suspensory ligament attempts to stabilize the penis and gives an upward tilt and appearance to an erect penis.

Surgeries in an effort to thicken girth involve suctioning fat from a fleshy part of the body and injecting it into the penis. Another technique is simply to graft fat cut away from the buttocks or abdomen onto the penile shaft. It is questionable when a procedure such as this is preformed without suctioning one's own fat.

What are some potential ill effects following penile enlargement surgery?

The ill effects that will need follow up surgery include scarring, shorter penises, abnormal hair growth, loss of sensitivity, or bumps, lumps, and clumps of fat. Other potential effects are impotence, urinary incontinence and persistent pain.

It is important to have a realistic view of what the surgery may accomplish for you. Your doctor can advise you on potential treatment options, but it is important to realize that when procedures are not FDA approved, there is a chance of irreparable damage. Always consult your physician prior to engaging in any type of procedure that will affect your body and health.

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