Every man has worried about his penis at some point in his life.
They fear that it’s too small, too soft, or not performing as well as it should be in the bedroom.
Most men will struggle with a performance problem like erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation at some point in their lives, and it can be downright embarrassing to deal with.
Looking for a solution, many turn to male enhancement products, but can these actually give you the results you want?
A simple web search of “male enhancement” brings up millions of results – you definitely aren’t the only man interested in this topic.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of options you have when you’re looking for a way to effectively grow your penis or improve your performance in the bedroom, which is why we’ve put together this comprehensive guide to male enhancement.
We’ll take a look at the different types, their effectiveness, and if there are any negative side-effects associated with them so that you can decide which solution is best for you.
We’ll also show you how to avoid common scams and compare the prices of the different types of products.
What is Male Enhancement?
The word “enhance” means “to improve the quality of something”.
As you probably already guessed, in the case of male enhancement, the goal is to “improve” a man’s penis.
But there are many ways to make a penis better, which makes “male enhancement” a term that encompasses many different things, not just penis enlargement as many people assume.
A male enhancement product can refer to any medication, supplement, or tool that’s purpose is to do any of the following:
Increase penis size
Increase erection firmness
Treats erectile dysfunction (ED)
Treat premature ejaculation (PE)
Improve stamina in bed
Increase libido/sex drive
Some male enhancement products only focus on one thing, like treating ED, and some claim to be capable of doing several things at once, such as increasing your penis size andfirmness.
The first step in choosing a male enhancement product that works for you is figuring out what you want from it.
A Brief History
You’re probably familiar with many modern male enhancement products and supplements, especially the heavily advertised blue pill called Viagra, but we have not always been blessed with the advances of modern medicine.
For a long time, men relied solely on natural home remedies for all of their penis problems.
Humans have been fascinated by sex and finding ways to make it more enjoyable for thousands of years.
In ancient Egypt some 5,000 years ago, it was believed that onions held the key to penis enlargement, and that eating them regularly could also increase a man’s sex drive.
There’s also evidence to suggest that prominent Egyptians would attach weights to their penises to stretch them out (a practice we know today to be unhealthy and unsafe).
While the days of biting into a raw onion to increase penis size are (hopefully) far behind us, ancient civilizations like those in Egypt weren’t all that crazy – many of the plants and herbs they relied on, such as ginger, pomegranate, and ginseng, have been proven to be powerful aphrodisiacs.
In addition to increasing sex drive, those same herbs are also the main components of many penis growth supplements.
Due to the cultural taboos that have long surrounded sex in Western society, it wasn’t until the 1980s that scientists began to take a serious interest in studying male enhancement and developing solutions to common problems like ED.
But even though they haven’t been around for very long, there has been a flood of different products on the market in the last 30 years.
With so many different products available both online and on store shelves, it can be hard to tell what’s truly effective from what’s just another scam.
What Are Your Options?
Today, you have a lot of different options when it comes to extending the size of your penis, increasing its firmness, or just upping your sex drive.
Most of the most popular methods are noninvasive and easy to use, but in any case, it’s recommended that you check with your physician before trying any new male enhancement method.
This is to make sure that whatever you use won’t interfere with any other medications that you’re taking or any conditions you may have. These are the most common male enhancement products and methods used today:
The most popular and easy to use form of male enhancement products are supplements and capsules.
You can find them at your local drugstore or buy them online for relatively cheap, depending on the potency you desire.
Supplements are most commonly used to improve libido, but some claim to be able to assist in penis growth and the treatment of ED.
They use a variety of natural herbs and plants to promote penis health.
Yes, we’re talking about the little blue pill that we all know, love, and frequently see on the commercials that run during a football game.
Prescription pills like Viagra can only be obtained through your physician and are the only form of male enhancement approved by the FDA.
While this makes them harder to obtain, they have the most thorough research and proof of effectiveness behind them.
There are a wide variety of lotions, sprays, oils and gels that can be applied topically to aid in penis growth, but they are more commonly used to treat premature ejaculation, or PE, and help men last longer in bed by temporarily desensitizing the penis.
These glass, plastic, or acrylic cylinders use suction to draw blood into the penis, and are a very commonly prescribed treatment for erectile dysfunction.
However, there’s no evidence to suggest that they’re effective at promoting penis growth, despite some men claiming results with consistent long-time use.
While they look a bit more like a medieval torture device than a male enhancement product, penile extenders are another popular penis elongation method.
The device uses rods and rings to physically stretch the penis over time, and are almost exclusively used to enhance length, doing very little to increase girth.
As a last resort, surgery can be used as a form of male enhancement.
Men suffering from ED can either have an inflatable or malleable prosthetic implanted in their penis, or have surgery to repair damaged arteries that are restricting blood flow.
There are also surgical options that can increase penis length and thickness, but all of these are very costly and potentially dangerous.
Most doctors won’t even consider surgery unless all other less-invasive options have been exhausted and failed.
How Do Male Enhancement Products Work?
It’s hard to believe that something works with no explanation of how it works – it’s a good habit to be wary of any product that uses hype in place of facts.
So how exactly do male enhancement products work?
Well, there are two ways, with the first being on a physical level (pumps, extenders, and exercises), and the second on a chemical level (prescriptions, supplements, and creams).
Physical methods are pretty straightforward and don’t require much explanation.
Sort of like how you can stretch your ears with gauges, you can gradually stretch your penis using a male enhancement device such as a penis extender.
Methods that work on a chemical level are a bit more complex, but usually involve relaxing blood vessels in the penis or inhibiting other chemicals in the body to allow more blood to flow in during an erection.
Common Supplement Ingredients and Their Uses
There’s no denying that supplements are big business, and the industry just keeps on growing with each passing year, with the largest growth in online sales.
The more you look at the different male enhancement supplements that are available, the more you’ll notice the same ingredients popping up over and over again.
Why is that? To find out, let’s take a look at some of the most common natural ingredients found in these products, what they’re used for, and the science behind them:
Often compared to Viagra in terms of effectiveness, L-arginine is an amino-acid that can increase blood flow to the penis by increasing the amount of nitric oxide, or NO, in the body. Without NO, your penis wouldn’t have any “GO”.
L-Arginine has been linked to stronger orgasms and firmer, more complete erections – no more flying at half-mast.
The main ingredient in most male enhancement supplements, this red perennial plant has been used for many years to increase sexual libido.
Like L-arginine, the purpose of ginseng is to promote increased blood flow to the penis.
The little research conducted so far on the effectiveness of red ginseng looks promising, but further investigation is still needed.
The leaves from this Chinese plant have many uses. Ginkgo supplements are most often used to improve cognitive function and memory, but the plant’s ability to improve blood flow has made it a common ingredient in penis enhancement supplements.
Horny Goat Weed:
Yes, you read that right. Despite its odd sounding name, horny goat weed (more respectably known as epimedium) has some serious health benefits.
Its ability to block the enzyme phosphodiesterase – you guessed it – improves blood flow to the penis, which in turn increases penis firmness and gives you a longer-lasting erection.
A chemical found in the bark of Yohimbe trees, Yohimbine has been suggested to improve sexual function in men, especially those taking anti-depressants.
Depression medication is a common cause of low libido, and Yohimbine might be able to help you get it up again, pun intended.
Scientists have reason to believe that the vitamin folic acid is related to erectile dysfunction.
A Turkish study found that men with ED also had low levels of folic acid compared to men who did not have ED, suggesting that folic acid can be used to effectively prevent or treat ED.
Folic acid can also be found naturally in leafy green vegetables like spinach and broccoli.
Have you noticed a trend among these supplement ingredients?
Nearly all of them excel at treating symptoms of ED, but don’t do nearly as much in the way of penis growth, which is something to keep in mind as you’re researching the different types of male enhancement.
If erectile dysfunction is your main problem, a supplement containing these ingredients might be right for you.
While it’s great that most of these supplements only contain all-natural ingredients like those listed above, keep in mind that they are not regulated by the FDA.
This means that unlike prescription drugs, the manufacturers don’t have to prove that their products effective or even safe to sell them.
But eventually, as people find out that they don’t work, natural market forces push bogus products out.
While this doesn’t stop new ones rom popping up and taking their place, it does give you an easy way to tell the good apart from the bad.
Just look for a supplement from a reputable brand that has been on the market for a considerable amount of time, and be especially wary of the “latest and greatest” products.
If something has managed to stick around for a while, there’s probably a good reason for it!
Are Male Enhancement Products Safe?
Before you try any new treatment you need to be sure that it’s safe, and male enhancement products should not be an exception.
You should never take chances when it comes to your health, so it’s important that you do your research first and make sure that the product you’re using is safe.
Luckily, experiencing life-threatening symptoms from any male enhancement product is extremely rare, but that doesn’t mean that they are completely side-effect free.
Most supplements and pills come with a list of rather mild and uncommon side-effects, such as the usual headache, upset stomach, and dizziness.
Still, you should always read the labels and go over the ingredient list with your doctor, especially if you’re taking other medications.
By far the riskiest solution is surgery, which should only be sought out as a last resort due to the high possibility of complication or infection.
Penis pumps and are generally the least risky options available.
When used correctly, a vacuum pump shouldn’t result in any side-effects at all.
If used improperly or for too long, a penis pump can cause pain and bruising, but these are temporary and generally there are no adverse long-term effects.
Common Side-Effects of Prescription Male Enhancement Pills
Not to sound like a commercial voice-over, but if you’re considering going the prescription route to improve your sex life, you should be aware of the following side-effects:
- Muscle aches
- Heart attack (in men with a pre-existing cardiovascular disease)
- Priapism (the cause of the infamous “erection lasting more than 4 hours”)
Overall, prescription male enhancement drugs are relatively safe with only minor side-effects.
Men suffering from cardiovascular disease should not take these pills because of the increased risk of heart attack.
It’s important to note that you can only get these drugs with a prescription from a physician – any pill being sold online claiming to be Viagra or something similar is a scam and could even be dangerous to your health.
Are Male Enhancement Products Expensive?
It depends on what you buy. Prescription male enhancement products like Viagra and Cialis are covered by most private insurance policies, making them affordable and accessible to men with an erectile dysfunction diagnosis.
However, without the right insurance, the price of prescription male enhancement drugs can skyrocket up to $60 per pill.
Supplements can range anywhere from just $10 to hundreds of dollars depending on what you buy. Supplements tend to be priced on their potency, or strength, rather than what ingredients they’re made up of.
Penis pumps have a similarly wide price range.
Depending on the material used, with plastic being the cheapest and glass and acrylic pumps being more expensive, a pump can cost you anywhere from $15 to several hundred dollars.
However, if you have health insurance and an ED diagnosis, you may be able to have a pump prescribed to you at no cost.
If you’re serious about going under the knife, you’re going to need some serious cash. Not surprisingly, penis enlargement surgery is the most expensive male enhancement option, costing anywhere between $3,500 and $9,500 dollars.
You shouldn’t have to shrink your wallet to grow your penis and improve your sex life.
But while there are plenty of inexpensive options available, many men have squandered thousands of dollars on bogus supplements and high-risk surgeries trying to improve their sex life with absolutely no results to show for it.
You don’t have to be one of them if you do your research and choose a solution carefully.
How to Avoid Scams
When a lot of people hear the words “male enhancement” or “penis enlargement”, they immediately think of spam e-mails and ads in the sidebars of porn websites that push bogus products with flashy benefits.
While it’s true that these kind of scams exist, it’s also true that you can find legitimate products if you know where to look and what to look for. So how can you be sure that a product will do what it says it can do?
First, make sure there is evidence that the product works and positive testimonials from those who have actually used it.
Then, make sure the benefits of the product are backed up by facts – if something claims to be great without explaining how it’s great, it’s probably not.
Lastly, use extra caution when shopping online and keep your expectations realistic.
Choosing the Right Male Enhancement Method
While we’ve come a long way over the last few decades, we are still a ways off from a perfect male enhancement solution – if there was a magic pill to make your penis bigger overnight, there wouldn’t be so many different competing products on the market because everyone would be using the same thing!
Now that you’re familiar with the types of male enhancement, which one do you think is best for the problem you’re trying to fix?
Because it’s such a common problem, erectile dysfunction sufferers have the widest variety of treatment options, including supplements, prescription pills, and penis pumps.
It’s safe to say that a prescription approved by your doctor is the most effective option.
Topical creams and sprays are best for treating premature ejaculation.
Supplements with ingredients that increase sexual stamina, such as Yohimbine, are another good option.
Unfortunately, very few male enhancement products excel in penis elongation, and those that claim to are often not very effective.
Penile extenders stretch the skin, which can add length, but they do not promote growth at the cellular level.
If a more exciting experience in the bedroom is what you’re after, products that increase penis firmness such as supplements and pumps, are probably going to be your best bet.
No matter what form of male enhancement you choose, you need to know what’s in it, how it works, and how it’s going to affect your body before you start using it.
Once you understand the options that are available to you, look for products backed by research and results.
There are a lot of scams out there, but you can keep yourself from being swindled if you remain vigilant.
To Wrap Things Up
It is possible to have firmer, longer lasting erections and beat frustrating problems like erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation.
And while there is still much research to be done regarding penis enlargement, it is possible to add inches to your size and have more satisfying sex.
Whether it’s using one of the methods described above, combining three of them, or doing something completely new and different, you should be able to find a male enhancement solution that gives you the results that you deserve.
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