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07 Nov 2003

Penis size
How do I know if my penis is too small? Is there something I can do to enlarge it?
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01 Jan 0001

This is a common question at our phone switchboard -- a lot of men worry that their penis doesn't "measure up," or that they could give their partner more pleasure if only their penis were larger or thicker.

Let's first take a look at some facts about penis size: 90% of erect penises measure between 5 to 7 inches (12 to 17 cm) in length. In other words, nine out of ten guys has a penis in that range of length when it's erect. Yes, the guys in porn movies are larger than average.

These facts beg an important question: if you're concerned that it's too small, you need to ask yourself, "Too small for what?" Different people prefer different penis sizes for different activities -- one of our past volunteers observed that she liked large ones for oral sex, medium ones for vaginal sex, and small ones for anal sex. Other people we know like other sizes, if they care at all. So, it's really more complex than assuming bigger is better.

Another important question is, "Too small for whom?" That is, is this something that your partner has asked you about or complained about? Or is this just something that you're worried about on your own? Remember that old saying: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

"Okay," you say, "but I still want to know if I can get my penis enlarged." The answer is, "Yes, but you might not want to." There are surgical techniques for penis enlargement, but none of them are generally recommended. All of them are non-trivial surgery, and many often have unpleasant side effects or complications. Many men report unsatisfactory results from penis enlargement operations and, if given the choice to do it over, would not repeat the procedure. Risks include huge lumps, large scars, significant loss of sensation, and impotence.

Exercise and masturbation do nothing to increase penis size. While exercise develops muscle tissue, there are no muscles in the penis that effect size. There are no effective creams or ointments. There are no effective pills to do this either.

If you have questions about any of the above information, or would like to know more, please call the SA Sexual Health Association on 0860 100 262
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