THE HARD TRUTH ABOUT PE­NIS EN­LARGE­MENT

Mandate - - Ground Rules - By Tay­lor Kub­ota

As you might sus­pect, many of the prod­ucts that claim to make a man big­ger, longer, or wider are scams. Some can even be danger­ous. Far too many com­pa­nies are look­ing to make a quick buck off men who want to im­prove their sex­ual per­for­mance while the re­al­ity is that size is over­rated and, even if it’s what you’re wor­ried about, pills aren’t the best way to ad­dress it. Here’s what you need to know.

BIG­GER IS NOT NEC­ES­SAR­ILY BET­TER

Size is an out­dated, over­rated way to rate your sex­ual abil­i­ties. In sur­veys that ask what mat­ters to sex­ual part­ners, hard­ness (not size) tops the list, says Dr. Mark A. Moyad, direc­tor of com­ple­men­tary and al­ter­na­tive medicine in the Depart­ment of Urol­ogy at the Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan Med­i­cal Cen­ter and au­thor of The Sup­ple­ment Hand­book. It may also help to re­mem­ber that the av­er­age pe­nis is about three to five inches long when not erect and five to seven when it is.

For those who can’t help want­ing to be big­ger, there is one proven op­tion that’s cheap, safe, and healthy: Drop some pounds. When guys have ex­cess belly fat it can re­tract the pe­nis into the ab­domen, mak­ing it ap­pear shorter. The gen­eral rule is for ev­ery 35 pounds of ex­cess fat a man car­ries, that ex­tra pad­ding ob­scures one inch of his pe­nis.

PE­NIS EN­LARGE­MENT PILLS CAN BE DANGER­OUS

Sup­ple­ments are an at­trac­tive so­lu­tion to sex­ual woes be­cause they are gen­er­ally af­ford­able, eas­ily avail­able, and many boast allnatural in­gre­di­ents. The down­side is that herbal sup­ple­ments are largely un­reg­u­lated. Moyad says that over-the- counter pills for erec­tile or sex­ual health is­sues have some of the most FDA re­calls of any cat­e­gory, usu­ally be­cause they con­tain un­listed in­gre­di­ents. An in­ter­net sur­vey con­ducted by the FDA in 2009 found that one-third of sup­ple­ments that claimed to im­prove sex­ual func­tion con­tained undis­closed pre­scrip­tion drug in­gre­di­ents or sim­i­lar sub­stances, a po­ten­tially se­ri­ous health haz­ard.

Moyad says there are some sup­ple­ments out there that might have prom­ise in the area of im­prov­ing sex­ual func­tion. More re­search is needed but, so far, L-argi­nine, pro­pi­onyl-L- car­ni­tine, and Panax gin­seng have shown pos­i­tive re­sults in stud­ies, although each has pos­si­ble side ef­fects that users need to take into con­sid­er­a­tion. Moyad says the cit­rulline has also shown po­ten­tial, as ev­i­denced by a small 2011 study, which found it in­creased erec­tion hard­ness in half the men who took it—com­pared to im­prove­ment in eight per­cent of the men on placebo.

Any­one think­ing of try­ing out sup­ple­ments should be care­ful. Moyad’s tips in­clude do­ing re­search, talk­ing with your doc­tor, con­sult­ing with a phar­ma­cist, look­ing for qual­ity con­trol cer­ti­fi­ca­tions (like those from the U.S. Phar­ma­copeial Con­ven­tion, NSF, or the Nat­u­ral Prod­ucts As­so­ci­a­tion) and buy­ing only what you need. “You want to buy a prod­uct that has the ac­tive in­gre­di­ent in there, by it­self, with no fancy ex­tras,” says Moyad. It may be tempt­ing to get that added vi­ta­min D, but the more in­gre­di­ents you in­volve, the greater your risk of tox­i­c­ity.

HEALTHY HEART, BET­TER EREC­TION

When it comes to mat­ters of the pe­nis, Moyad likes the anal­ogy that men are like cof­fee stir­rers. This comes from the fact that the artery that sup­plies the pe­nis is ap­prox­i­mately the size of a cof­fee stir­rer. So, if your car­dio­vas­cu­lar health is poor, your pe­nis is likely to suf­fer. “The first thing that above all else will help func­tion is to re­duce your heart dis­ease risk to as close to zero as pos­si­ble,” says Moyad. A cheap, nat­u­ral, sim­ple pill that makes a man big­ger and harder is no- doubt an at­trac­tive idea, but the best op­tion for su­pe­rior sex­ual per­for­mance re­mains stay­ing in shape and talk­ing with your doc­tor.

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