It’s common for a guy to wish his penis were bigger. But we have some good news for you, my dude: Research has shown that many men who worry about their manhoods are actually totally normal or average in size.
Unfortunately, there’s a common misconception that’s reinforced by mainstream porn that a bigger penis is necessary for pleasure. This couldn’t be more wrong. In fact, a study from 2017 concluded that a combination of deep kissing, genital stimulation, and oral sex are more likely to get a woman off—and none of those things require a man being well-endowed.
The takeaway? Your penis is probably just fine as is. That said, if you are curious about increasing the size of your member, there are a few options. They’re painful, expensive, and some of them are not even guaranteed to work; still, here are the currently available methods for making your penis bigger, ranked from bad to slightly less terrible. (Note: Men’s Health does not endorse any penis-lengthening technique without first consulting a physician.)
1) Getting a penile implant
Los Angeles-based surgeon Dr. James Elist claims to be the only surgeon in the world performing a specific type of operation that can increase penile length and girth using a silicone implant. Elist claims to add an average increase of 1.5 inches in length and 2.5 inches in girth, and he’s already inserted 1,300 of these implants. The problem: at $13,000, the surgery is costly, and patients are at risk of infections or implant breakage.
2) Plastic surgery on your penis
Some surgeons can lengthen the size of a man’s penis by cutting a ligament, which can help it hang out a little further. Of course, this comes with serious risks, like scar tissue, painful erections, infection or loss of sensation or function. Plus, it costs upwards of $9,000 and studies have shown the procedure adds roughly half an inch, which usually falls short of patients’ expectations.
3) Fat injections
With this procedure, surgeons can liposuction a patient’s own fat and transfer it into the shaft of the penis using a syringe. Guys could possibly end up with a slight increase of less than an inch in length, just over an inch in width, and a heavier member. The results are not permanent and your penis could shrink back to its original size over time. Additionally, as with any surgical procedure, there are still risks involved. Case in point: a 30-year-old patient died following a penis enlargement surgery after fat traveled into his lungs, causing his breathing to stop.
4) Platelet-rich plasma injections
A relatively new method, this procedure involves separating out your platelet-rich plasma and injecting it into your penis, supposedly stimulating blood flow to make your member appear larger. For now, there’s simply not enough research to make this a good long-term option.
5) Jelqing (penis stretches)
It’s unclear when jelqing was first developed, but it may date back to ancient Arab civilization. What we do know is that guys have attempted the stretching technique as a way to increase the length and girth of their penises.
Here’s how Men’s Health previously explained the process:
“Most guides suggest waiting until you’re almost erect. Once there, it’s time to lube up and grab the base of the penis, using just the thumb and index finger. Apply pressure, and slide your hand down the shaft, as if “milking the organ.” Release, and repeat.”
Does jelqing actually make your penis bigger? Most medical experts say no—and note that it could even do harm, like causing a curvature of the penis. Men’s Health contributor Grant Stoddard tried jelqing for two weeks, and found no change in his measurements.
6) Penis extenders
There are a few devices men can wear daily underneath their clothes to gradually stretch the penis and add length and/or girth. Two of the earliest devices, the Andro-Penis and the Golden Erect, are still used today.
Some experts think these devices may be effective, and a very small study from 2015 showed the Andro-Penis added roughly half an inch in length. In another Men’s Health story, Stoddard tried RestoreX, a penis extender designed for men with Peyronie’s disease (which he does not have). After using it for just under a month, he found his penis to be approximately half-an-inch longer.
Still, Jamin Brahmbhatt, MD, a urologist in Florida, doesn’t think the discomfort and possibility of scarring is worth the risk.
“The research on the benefits of penile extenders is scant,” he tells MensHealth.com. “Plus, you have to wear them for hours a day on a sensitive part of your body.”
7) Shaving your pubes
If you’re not up for stretching or injecting your way to a bigger penis (we get it), you can at least make your penis look bigger—and an easy method is shaving your pubic hair. Think about it: If your member is shrouded in a tuft of pubes, it’ll look smaller than if it’s visible in its full glory. Here’s everything you need to know about pubic hair, including tips for shaving it.