Many men come to a point when they start feeling anxious about the size of their member. For some it happens in young adulthood, when sexual discovery is at its height. For others it comes later on, during more mature relations with the opposite sex.
Some men find it difficult to be seen naked for fear of what other men might think. Although some men find it hard to believe, many of us have been concerned about how we look ‘down there’. It’s a point of male pride, to be well hung. And the better hung, the more of a man you are – most of us have felt this at some point.
But there comes a problem when we try to compare, as most of us haven’t seen another mans erect penis, unless it was in an adult film, which does little to comfort us. Most of these guys have enormous members that just don’t compare with the real world.
The end result of all the above factors is that we go looking for ways to enlarge our penis.
We encounter a whole host of different ways to go about it, from exercises to pills, pumps to traction devices, and of course, penis enlargement surgery. Each method has its costs and benefits, but the most committing and possibly most controversial is penis enlargement surgery.
Do I need surgery?
So what is the average penis size? Various researchers over the years have accumulated data on average male penis size, with relatively similar findings.
Dr. Alfred C. Kinsey of the Kinsey Institute for Sex Research, a classic source for penis size information, determined that over 90% of men fall within the range of 5 to 7 inches, with the average being just over 5 inches.
Masters and Johnson completed a study in 1966 that found that men’s average erect penis size ranges from 5 to 7 inches.
In another study done at the University of California at San Francisco, researchers studied 60 men and determined that the average size of their erect penises was around 5.1 inches in length, and 4.9 inches in girth.
A urologist from Brazil measured 150 men, reporting the average size as size was 5.7 inches in length, and 4.7 inches girth.
There is no lack of results showing what researchers have found over the years, and with the sheer number of records on file, it makes sense that the average man’s penis falls at around the 5 inch mark, give or take an inch or so.
The truth is that unless your penis falls under the 2 inch mark, whether from birth or as a result of illness or injury, you really shouldn’t even consider penis enlargement surgery. The risks are fairly significant, and with other penis enlargement methods available that may be as effective (or even more effective) for a fraction of the cost.
Missing information – what aren’t they telling you?
The growth in popularity of plastic surgery over the past few decades is astounding. Penis enlargement surgery has been offered since the early 70’s, but at that time it was limited mostly to men with penis size issues due to birth defects, severe trauma, or illness (Peyronie’s disease or cancer).
In the US, penis enlargement surgery for increased length and thickness began in the late 80’s. Since that time over 10 000 American men have had some form of penis enlargement surgery, but remarkably, there has been a surprising lack of published results, as might normally be expected with new surgical techniques after their introduction.
Normally, one would expect to see results published in a peer-reviewed journal, where the quality and content of the new research would be checked by independent experts in the field.
The lack of medical publication on the subject of penis enlargement surgery is unusual and disturbing, given the number of operations performed. Why aren’t they talking about it?
What if it fails?
The answer may lie in the high-risk nature of the surgery. Although operations cost anywhere between $3000 and $8000 US dollars, there appears to be little in the way of guarantees that they will be successful. In fact, most of the available information speaks of the surgeries that went wrong, and the horrible pain and disfigurement men have suffered since having the surgery. The ‘success rates’ aren’t published, while the horror stories are available to anyone who surfs the net.
Although there may be many explanations for this information bias, the consensus remains that the results can and do vary. The male sexual organs are delicate, and even the best candidate for surgery still has the potential for complications. The risks are high no matter how competent and experienced the surgeon.
The cost is further expense on additional surgeries that must be taken to reconstruct the problems that were created by the first surgeries.
What are the alternatives?
Luckily there are several different, less committing methods available for penis enlargement and enhancement than surgery. Of all the available alternatives, it is often best to start with some of the less committing ones first.
By starting with pills or extenders first, men seeking sexual improvement have a way to test the waters before getting in too deep. Many men with non-medical erectile concerns find erection improvements they are interested in gaining through supplements while those looking for increased size are more and more looking at traction devices.
Whatever path you eventually choose, it should be made with the greatest possible knowledge of the costs and potential risks. Safety should be the number one concern. Make sure to consult with your physician to be sure a given method is suitable for you, especially if you are thinking about going the cosmetic surgery route, for it is probably the most risky.
In the end, you have only one penis – take care of it!