Male enhancement & Penis Enlargement
Male enhancement is the euphemistic term for penis enlargement, which refers to various methods and procedures for enlarging the girth, length, and hardness of the penis. With all the advertisements both online and on television, the term male enhancement, may more often than not lead to several misconceptions.
The proven success of such methods in the treatment of erectile dysfunction is usually presented via advertising, mostly anecdotes from the endorsers themselves. There has been no known absolute scientific proof of these claims, but there are indeed various ways to help men enhance their penises.
These procedures range from exercises, stretching devices, and medicinal remedies (both herbal and non-herbal) to temporarily enhance sexual pleasure with impotence, to more extreme measures such as permanent (yet sometimes risky) surgical procedures.
Erectile Dysfunction (ED): Symptoms
The most common symptom of erectile dysfunction is the inability to maintain a full erection, except during sleep. The leading causes of erectile dysfunction range from anti-depressants (SSRIs), smoking (nicotine), neurogenic disorders (e.g. Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke), psychological disorders (e.g. performance anxiety, stress, depression, personality disorders), a surgery that is likely to damage nerves and blood vessels that function in a male patient’s erectile state, and aging.
Erectile dysfunction: Viagra and other oral medications
Probably the most common treatment for erectile dysfunction is the blue and diamond-shaped pill called Viagra, mainly due to its attributions in popular culture, especially in film and literature.
Viagra (or sildenafil citrate) is a drug originally brought and tested by British scientists, who later marketed them to a leading pharmaceutical company, Pfizer. It simply acts by regulating blood flow in the penis, aiding in the treatment of erectile dysfunction by allowing afflicted men to complete intercourse (sometimes even long after that).
It has been available in the market since 1998 and has also had its competitors in the pharmaceutical industry with brands such as Revatio, Cialis, and Levitra. Some of the notable side effects of Viagra include headache, dyspepsia, blurred vision, and even congestion of the nasal areas. Of course, before taking this drug, patients are examined first for their heart rate mainly because it contributes to an increased risk of cardiovascular attack.
Some consumers have been known to resort to the recreational use of Viagra, particularly because of the notion that it is known to increase one’s libido and improve performance. However, there has been no known proof for this, and some users not requiring treatment for erectile dysfunction even report no notable difference in their virility and sex drive.
Other pharmacological treatments aside from pills include topical creams and injections.
In Canada, the cream Vitaros uses alprostadil in combination with DDAIP and has been approved for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. Another form of treatment is injection therapy, wherein papaverine, phentolamine, and prostaglandin E1 are injected into the penis to enhance sexual pleasure with impotence.
For some patients who are almost unresponsive to treatments from those as simple as aerobic exercises to more complex measures such as a pharmacological prescription, a penis pump may help them with their erectile problems and thus enhance sexual pleasure with impotence. An especially designed external vacuum pump with a compression ring fitted around the penis (although some pumps do not have one) to maintain one’s erection.
By applying negative pressure, more blood is pumped into the penis, therefore serving as a preparatory method before sexual intercourse. Some penis pumps vibrate to serve as an aid to masturbation and also increase pleasure during intercourse. Some users have even attested to the increased size of the penis after frequent use of a penis pump.
There are also more drastic methods such as permanently implanting an inflatable apparatus in the penis via a surgical procedure. Such mechanical methods rely on basic principles of hydraulics, which can be reliable, but of course, quite risky. Other surgical procedures involve prosthetic implants, wherein artificial rods are inserted into the penis. Such a method is also dangerous if not performed properly by a certified practitioner.
Of course, for those men who shun the use of chemically produced drugs, there is alternative medicine, although the FDA does not recommend using herbal remedies in the treatment of erectile dysfunction. There are popular products in the market these days that claim to naturally enhance sexual performance and increase virility in males.
Herbs for erectile dysfunction: Options, benefits, and research
However, some herbal drugs that claim to aid in the treatment of erectile dysfunction may also contain chemically synthesized compounds (sometimes called contaminants) that work just as well as prescription drugs. These herbal remedies can be applied or taken in the form of patches, ointments, and pills. Although there have been no known and approved therapeutic claims for such alternative aids, they are widely sold on the internet.
Aside from herbal remedies are more natural remedies that can be found in food.
L-arginine is an amino acid in the body that makes nitric oxide, which causes smooth muscles around blood vessels to relax, thus dilating them and increasing blood flow, thereby a more sustained erection. This can readily be found in dairy, poultry, fish, and meat
Propionyl-L-carnitine and acetyl-L-carnitine, when taken 2 grams each per day together with Viagra, are both also known to significantly enhance sexual pleasure with impotence, and are considered to be more effective than when Viagra is taken alone.
Gingko is an herb known to help in the treatment of erectile dysfunction, especially when impotence is caused by antidepressant medication. This herb also helps relax the muscles and thus increases blood flow around the penis.
Zinc is also known to help in curing erectile dysfunction, as depletion in zinc contents in the body is said to lead to ailments such as diabetes, kidney and liver malfunctions, as well other digestive disorders that contribute to erectile dysfunction.
There is also another herb called Ashwagandha, which is sometimes referred to as Indian ginseng and is claimed to increase one’s stamina, energy, and sexual performance. Although no known proof is available for its effectiveness, this herb is still widely used and accepted by those who are suffering from and need treatment for erectile dysfunction.
There is also another herb called Yohimbe, which is known to be abundant in West Africa and is said to stimulate blood flow to the penis and decrease intervals between ejaculations. However, it is also said to be dangerous even in small doses, because of its side effects like dizziness, nausea, hallucinations, and even paralysis due to severe drops in blood pressure.
Some of the herbs previously mentioned may or not be readily available in the market, but are certainly worth researching thoroughly first before experimenting with them.
Devices for erectile dysfunction: Options, benefits, and research
Apart from herbal remedies, there are other known (although not very common) ways in the treatment of erectile dysfunction to enhance sexual pleasure with impotence. Stretching involves the attachment of a device to the penis to extend (hence the name “extender”) and stretch the penis to a supposed length.
The method claims to increase the girth and length of the penis but can be quite dangerous because of the constant traction applied to the penis, causing the cells to divide by themselves thereby expanding the penis.
Jelqing is another method that involves exercising or “milking” the penis in hopes of permanently reaching its full erect level. The method consists of wrapping the thumb and index finger around it and “stretching” it away from the body in a repeated manner, thereby increasing vascularity in the organ as well as the surrounding tissues.
Clamping is another technique that is thought to work well in the treatment of erectile dysfunction. Of course, as with other methods, the goal of this one is to permanently increase the size of the penis. For clamping, however, constricting the penis by securing a clamp, string, cable, or ring, firmly on its base during masturbation is the method used. This can be very dangerous since it can cause permanent damage to the penis due to the loss of blood flow in case the foreign object becomes difficult or impossible to remove.
Emergency interference by a medical practitioner is strictly recommended in this case, but since time is of the essence in such dire situations, one better not risk using such methods if no emergency clinic, hospital, or health center is nearby.
Hanging is also one of the methods used in the treatment of erectile dysfunction and involves attaching a rope, string, or strap that will grip the glans of the penis and allow a heavy device to be suspended to it. The weight is increased periodically so long as the penis can support it (i.e. a 1/16 pound weight is attached to the penis for no more than 5 to 10 minutes, increasing it to 1/4 pound, and so forth). This method can also cause serious damage such as chronic pain, scars, damage to the nerve endings, and ironically, impotence.
These are only some of the most common methods used in the treatment of erectile dysfunction. There are still some cures and procedures waiting to be explored. But, whether natural, mechanical, or chemical, the nature of the treatment for erectile dysfunction still needs to be carefully scrutinized before any form of experimentation or self-medication is attempted by anyone.
Of course, to ensure that the appropriate treatment is chosen for one’s needs, it is always best to consult an expert or certified practitioner to prevent being caught in risky situations in selecting the wrong treatment for erectile dysfunction.
Types of Penis Enlargement Products
Penis enlargement is the process of making the penis larger in width and length either through undergoing male enhancement procedures or taking products that are created primarily for penile enlargement. The increasing media coverage of penis enlargement products has led to an increase in the demand for such products in recent years.
Penis enlargement procedures can range from manual exercises, penile stretching devices, pills, injections, and surgical procedures. While not all male enhancement products work as well as they claim, there are a few that have been proven to work. Male enhancement procedures can be divided into two categories:
Penis enlargement surgery
This procedure involves the release of the fundiform ligament and the suspensory ligament that is responsible for attaching the two erectile bodies to the pubic bone. The suspensory ligament is the one responsible for making the penis arch under the pubic bone. When this ligament is released, the penis protrudes to a straighter path giving the outward appearance of a longer and bigger penis.
Not many men undergo this kind of surgery due primarily to the expensive costs and the high risks involved. The only safe male enhancement procedure is the implantation of penile prostheses in patients suffering from erectile dysfunction and Peyronie’s disease. Urologists that specialize in penis enlargement surgical procedures use Ligamentolysis, skin redistribution, and liposuction in the penile area.
Another method of penis enlargement is the replacement of the corpora cavernosa with inflatable penile implants. Men who are suffering from impotence undergo this kind of surgery. Implants are pumped into the groin or scrotum, which are manually manipulated by hand to fill up the cylinders. These cylinders are typically the same size as the corpora cavernosa, though larger ones can be implanted upon request.
Self-Applied methods of penis enlargement have been gaining popularity, especially with the wide array of options available in the market.
Below are some of the most common methods:
Penis enlargement pills make up the majority of male enhancement products on the market today. These kinds of pills may be chemically manufactured, though most men prefer those that are made of all natural ingredients, as those that are mixed with chemicals are notorious for their detrimental side effects when it comes to health. Penis enlargement pills can be purchased in drug stores, specialty stores, and over the Internet. While the efficacy of these pills has been subject to much debate, there are a few that have been clinically tested and have been proven to work.
Penis Pump and Penis Extender
A penis pump comes in the form of a cylinder that is fitted over the penis. It comes equipped with a manual motorized pump that is operated manually to create suction. Penis extenders are also popular for penis enlargement, as they have been used for hundreds of years. Some doctors also recommend the use of penis extenders in the treatment of erectile dysfunction, in some cases.
Patches have also gained popularity in the male enhancement industry. Patches are placed on the skin, where all the nutrients and absorbed until an increase in penile size and girth is achieved.
Penis enlargement products may also come in the form of a topical gel solution, which is transdermally applied and absorbed by the skin. Penis enlargement products that are applied topically are said to work better than pills because the body absorbs more of the nutrients that are lost during the digestive process when pills are taken.
With the number of penis enlargement products available in the market today, it can be rather difficult to choose, especially since not all products are marketed for penile enlargement works. When it comes to these kinds of products, it is always better to stick to those that are made of all natural ingredients since those that are chemically manufactured pose a lot of health risks and side effects.
There are a lot of herbal ingredients that are used in the creation of penile enlargement products. A lot of these ingredients have been used even in ancient societies. When choosing penis enlargement products, it is important to exhibit caution to avoid various health risks.
Below are some tips that you can follow when it comes to choosing which products are safe to take:
- Research as much as you can: Before trying out any penis enlargement product, it is important to first check what the product is made of and the kind of effects it promises to give you once you have taken it. The best place to research is online, as you can find a lot of online resources about most penile enlargement products.
- Check out testimonials by those who have tried it: This will give you a general idea of how the product works. However, you must be careful as to which sites to trust because there are a lot of scams available online. It would be useful to check out unbiased websites, as these sites generally have the most useful information about these kinds of products.
- Do not resort to prescription drugs unless otherwise prescribed by your doctor: While prescription drugs are strictly regulated, there are some sites online that offer these kinds of products. It is important to note, however, that prescription drugs are only given to those suffering from impotence, erectile dysfunction, and other sexual disorders.
- Free trials can be helpful. If you can avail of a free trial first, do so: Free trials can not only prove how effective a product is, but saving you time money, and effort. Most penis enlargement products that offer free trials are generally reliable.
There is nothing wrong with enhancing yourself physically, provided that you know what you are doing. Some men try product after product without seeing any positive results. If you want penis enlargement products that work, your best bet is to ask for recommendations from people you know, as they would most likely be honest about the results.