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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Penis Enlargement: Myths and Facts

Results in seconds. Wow.

I don’t know about you but I am fast growing tired of the dozens of spam e-mails I get every day about the magic new penis enlargement pill, cream or device. But it is not limited to these anonymous e-mails. Now I have to watch or listen to these same scams on major prime time TV shows and radio. What amazes me most is that these advertisements must be making money, or they wouldn’t still be on the air week after week, month after month.

Here’s the kicker – there is no truth or science behind any one of them. They are all pure and simple scams, designed to separate out the foolish from their money. Nothing more than snake oil salesmen, and sadly as educated as we are, we still remain gullible. Hey, if I could find a way to feel comfortable stealing money from people I might too jump in and offer “Sheldon’s secret penile enlargement formula- but don’t’ wait, because organized medicine wants to shut me down, so order before midnight tonight and we’ll throw in a free spray-on window tinter”. And here is how they promote an age-old gimmick – now they call it male enhancement – kind of like a used car is now called pre-owned so they can charge more. If I sell my own secret formula, then I can lie but it is a new lie so it will take a few years for it to catch up to me and maybe by then I will have my millions hidden away in an off-shore Caribbean island. But my ethics gets in the way.

So many times people ask “why doesn’t the government step in an stop these quacks from making outright lies and false claims?” The reason is simple – the supplement industry has worked very hard to keep the FDA out of the supplement market. This way, they can sell anything to anyone and they don’t have to prove that it is effective, that it is even helpful or that it is even safe. So anyone with some money can create a fake treatment and sell it, making wild and extreme claims.

And what better way to trick people than playing to the secret wish of many men – to have a bigger penis? Because, after all, we know that men with bigger penises must be happier, more successful and have happier wives. And who will complain that his penis enlargement pill didn’t work? I would guess very few men.

But what is a normal sized penis? This is a subject that guys never seem to understand. First of all, the size of a non-erect penis has no relevance to an erect penis. Some guys who have small penises can get quite large and other guys who are large don’t change much, and everything in between. Somewhere about 4 to 6 inches erect is what a normal penis is supposed to be.

Let me explain this as simply as I can. The penis you have is the one you are genetically designed to have. It is because of the DNA you inherited from your mother and father. It is also the reason you are as tall or short as you are as well as the color of your eyes.

After spending more than 20 plus years in urology, it is clear that no pill or cream or vacuum contraption will change your penis size. It is not like the penis is elastic and can be enlarged. It is what it is. If you have extra weight, then you can lose a few pounds and your penis will seem bigger. You could opt for disfiguring surgery to cut the ligament that will let your penis fall down, and give you the appearance of maybe 1/2 inch more for a lucky few, but that is about it. And so you know, most men who have penile enlargement surgery regret doing so. It must be something about all the scarring and pain.

So here is what it comes down to. You can spend lots of money trying to change something that can’t be changed, or you can learn what is really important, be satisfied and save a few bucks.

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Posted by: Sheldon Marks, MD at 3:36 pm

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