Just, you know, in case you’re wondering.
1. We’re not pointing any fingers here, but apparently lots of people are turning to Google with questions about penis sizes.
According to a recent analysis of Google data by economist Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, the top penis-related search was “how to make my penis bigger.”
At BuzzFeed Health, we’re all about helping you achieve your goals. So we decided to do some research about how you can actually do this.
2. First, let’s talk about all those creams, pills, treatments, and surgeries that promise to give you a way longer, stronger boner.
They… probably won’t work. “You can only maximize your size to what you’re capable of achieving,” Dr. Harry Fisch, clinical professor of urology and reproductive medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and author of The New Naked, tells BuzzFeed Life.
Even those penile extenders and stretchers that claim to work over time would actually just be stretching your flaccid length, and that has absolutely no correlation to how big you get when hard, says Fisch. So don’t waste your money on a product or service that swears it can give you five more inches. “There’s no actual scientific study that they rely on.”
3. “Here’s the thing,” says Fisch. “You can increase the size of your penis — visually. The way you can do it is by losing weight.”
This is not a trap. When you have excess fat around your pubic area and stomach, it could make your penis seem smaller. “If you lose weight, you can actually gain an inch or two because the [pubic] fat would be less,” says Fisch.
So if you’ve noticed a little extra weight around that area, losing a few might come with the added bonus of looking bigger where you actually want to. If you’re not sure where to start, check out our Clean Eating Challenge and our 28-Day Get Fit Challenge for some inspiration.
4. Another way to look bigger: Trim your pubic hair.
Again, not a trick, just an aesthetic truth. Cutting back the hedges will make your penis look longer. Obviously, pubic hair grooming is a personal preference, but if you’re goal is to be bigger, this seems way less painful than some shady penile extender you can buy off the internet.
5. Then make sure your boner is at maximum capacity… because, it might not be.
“Whatever your maximal length or girth is, you can’t get it bigger than that,” says Fisch. “However, a lot of men don’t meet their potential.”
That’s usually because they’re not getting enough blood flow to the penis, which could be the result of being overweight, smoking, increased cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, or cardiovascular disease. So the first step in your penis-growing experiment should be to get the rest of your body healthy — especially your cardiovascular system. “What’s good for the heart is good for the penis,” says Fisch.
6. And OK, yes, there are some pills you can take.
Obviously erectile dysfunction meds like Viagra and Cialis are the most common. While they won’t necessarily add inches, they do increase blood flow to the penis. So if you’re not getting a firm erection on your own, these can help you hit your peak penis length. Talk to your doctor if you think you could benefit from a prescription.
Supplements can also help, like antioxidants to increase your vascular health or l-arginine to increase nitric oxide and blood flow — both of which can lead to stronger boners, says Fisch.
It’s worth noting here that if you’re having problems getting or maintaining an erection, or if your erections just aren’t what they used to be, that could be a sign of a bigger health issue, like heart disease. Definitely talk to your doctor if you’re experiencing problems like this. Don’t just borrow a few pills from your friend’s Viagra Rx.
7. ALL THAT BEING SAID, you really shouldn’t worry so much about your size anyway. Seriously.
First of all, if you’re feeling ill-equipped after watching porn — stop comparing your goods to a porn star’s. The average erect penis is 5.4 inches, and most men fall within an inch of that, says Fisch. Chances are, you’re actually pretty close to average.
And if you’re worrying about your size pleasing your partner, remember that penetration is just one part of sex, and everyone’s preferences are different. Many women don’t even orgasm from penile-vaginal sex, for instance, and other people don’t care very much about size or length. The size of your penis could possibly be unrelated entirely to your partner’s ability to experience pleasure.
Now, let’s have an honest conversation about those who do have a smaller than average penis.
Sure, you may encounter partners who may be turned off by that, as with any physical or sexual preference. But you’ll also find partners who are turned on by it, or who don’t care either way. It’s all about finding the right sexual compatibility with the right partner — and that might include adding more oral stimulation, manual stimulation, sex toys, and so on. It’s 100% entirely possible to have an amazing sex life with any size penis (or, you know, none at all).
8. Bottom line: You can’t magically grow a bigger penis… and that’s OK.
Yes, you can make some small health and aesthetic tweaks to have the biggest and hardest penis that’s physically possible for you. But in the end, the best thing you can do for yourself is to worry less about size, and instead focus on finding a partner who you’re sexually compatible with.