What is Male Enhancement (Penis Enlargement)?

What is Male Enhancement?

Male enhancement, or penis enlargement as it is often called, is the process of increasing the general size of a man’s genitalia through the use of pills, creams, devices, surgery, or exercise techniques.

While some products are sold more to prey on the customer, others have clinical studies to support their claims. To better understand how different items can affect the penis, it is important to explore male enhancement on a deeper level.

Male Enhancement Pills

Of the penis enlargement products on the market, pills make up the majority of the options. These pills can be broken down into three main categories.

They are the prescription grade pill, non-prescription grade pill and generic online enhancement pills. Not all these pills are the same, nor are they all as equally effective.

Prescription grade pills are those that can only be recommended and given by a physician. Traditionally, these are medications, like Viagra, that increase blood flow to the genitalia.

Non-prescription medications are those that can be purchased over the counter in the store. They often contain herbal substances that make them a safer alternative. The innovative enhancements are those found online that have no clinical studies to support their claims and they often are not effective or they have dangerous side effects.

Before taking any male enhancement pills, it is best to consult with your doctor to determine the safety of the supplement.


Topical gels are growing in popularity for many men. These gels are applied to the penis and the skin absorbs the contents of the gel before sexual activity.

While promoted as a safer alternative, these gels can still cause an allergic reaction or damage to the reproductive organs of both partners.

It is generally a good idea to research a gel in advance and determine the overall effectiveness and safety prior to application.

When possible, test a small amount on a tip of your finger and your partner’s finger to avoid causing an allergic reaction in a sensitive area.

Pumps and Extenders

Penis pumps and extenders have also become increasingly popular in recent years. While some medical tests have been done on some of these tools, they are still a risky way to increase the size of your penis.

With the stretching and pumping action, there is a possibility of increased blood flow and some temporary increase in the size of the genitals. However, when used improperly, they can cause severe tissue damage.

If you are considering these products, make sure you go over reviews for each product and follow the provided directions to ensure safe use.


Among the penis enlargement techniques that require no harmful drugs or devices are penis exercises. These exercises can be found online and the techniques are believed to help increase the overall size.

The most common exercises are the Kegel and Jelqing exercises.

No matter what approach you take, you should remember there will be pros and cons with each of the different male enhancement options available. It will be up to you to determine the best option for you and be certain you do your due diligence to find an option that will work for you.

Of course, always speak to your healthcare provider before taking any supplement as they aren’t always right for certain medical conditions and some may even interact with medications.

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