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Permanent vs. Temporary Enlargement Methods

Permanent vs. Temporary Solutions to Increase Penis Size

Men have always aspired to surprise their girl with a bigger and firmer penis, and this manly desire is the driving force behind the highly hyped penis enlargement industry.

Now, there are two ways to approach this entire size enhancement issue. The first one is to target the actual anatomical penis size (permanent enlargement) and the other is to focus only on increasing the erection size (temporary enlargement). Besides penile enlargement surgery (lengthening and widening procedures), there are alternative natural methods that men have tried in order to make their member bigger with varying efficacy and results.

In this article I'll briefly explain 5 of the best and most effective ways that you can consider to increase the actual size of your penis (length and girth) or just get an erection size boost by increasing blood flow.

1. Lifestyle Enhancement

Healthy Natural Foods & Exercise for Sexual Health

Apart from quick-fix solutions, the best truly natural way to improve your penile health and function is by improving your lifestyle. This can be achieved by exercising and consuming a healthy diet consisting of foods with known aphrodisiacal qualities.

The following is a list of some highly-nutritional foods that have been shown to improve blood circulation, stamina and libido. You don't have to eat all these at once or every day, just make sure you eat more of these foods on a regular basis and you'll start noticing stiffer and bigger erections alongside improved sexual performance.

  • Berries and cherries
  • Beetroot juice
  • Watermelon
  • Pomegranate
  • Bananas
  • Chili peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Ginseng
  • Celery
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Salmon
  • Oysters
  • Dark chocolate
  • Pistachios, almonds and other nuts

Another favor you can do to your penis is maintaining regular physical activity. Cardio and strength exercises are important for your heart function and blood circulation, and improve overall health. It is vital to remain physically fit and active in order to have healthy penile function and sexual ability.

Exercises that target the lower body dilate arteries and blood vessels that supply blood to the penis, and so they can help improve circulation to the penis both when flaccid and erect. The best of such exercises are running, jogging and walking.

And if you are overweight then the first step you should take to enhance your penis size is to lose weight. Obesity leads to low testosterone levels, poor circulation, and thick layers of fat in the pubic and abdominal area, all of which contribute to a small flaccid and erect size.

By losing weight your testosterone levels will naturally increase, your blood circulation and cardiovascular health will improve, and your penis will appear bigger as the extra fat layers around its base disappear. It is estimated that for every 30-40 pounds of body weight you lose, you gain about an inch in penis size.

2. OTC Nutritional Supplements

Herbal Male Enhancement Supplements

Dietary male enhancement supplements provide a natural route to temporarily improving erection size (circulation), stamina and libido. There are plenty of over-the-counter (OTC) herbal and natural compounds that can improve sexual function in men.

Now, I am not talking about miraculous penis enlargement pills that claim to make your stick grow by a few inches -- those are pure scams! But there are some herbs and nutrients that have a Viagra-like effect, i.e. they can improve blood flow to the penis resulting in stronger and fuller erection -- kind of a temporary erection enlargement during arousal.

The following are some of the most effective natural supplements that may help kick-start your erection with a boosted influx of blood down there.

  • Citrulline (500-5000mg daily): An amino acid that improves blood circulation. Similar effect to Arginine but more effective.
  • Pine bark extract (50-300mg daily): An herbal compound that improves erectile function when used together with citrulline or arginine.
  • Tongkat Ali extract (200-500mg daily): An herb that is used to increase testosterone levels and sex drive.
  • Maca root (200-500mg daily): A well-known herbal libido booster for both men and women.
  • Ashwagandha (300-1000mg daily): An herb that reduces stress and anxiety, and enhances virility.

You can buy these supplements over the counter from GNC, Walmart and other stores. They are also available from Absorb Health at affordable prices and worldwide shipping.

Pros of Male Enhancement Supplements

  1. Help improve blood flow, stamina, mood and energy naturally.
  2. May help men with mild erectile dysfunction (impotence).
  3. Safe natural nutrients that usually have no side effects.
  4. Affordable and available to everyone.

Cons of Male Enhancement Supplements

  1. They have no permanent effect on penis size.
  2. May not be effective for all users as results vary.
  3. Many products sold online are bogus and/or dangerous.
  4. Most brand formulas are marketed under false claims and promises.
  5. Less effective than prescription drugs.
  6. None of them is FDA approved.

Conclusion: Some male supplements contain proven herbs and other natural compounds that may help you boost your penile circulation, hardness, stamina and pleasure. Good quality supplements are worth trying if you want to add extra excitement to your sex life and improve your performance, but keep in mind that most promoted male enhancement pills are overhyped and overpriced.

3. Penile Traction Devices

Penile traction devices - also called penis extenders - use the principle of penile traction therapy in order to stimulate permanent growth. A sustained, gentle pulling force is applied to the shaft, which may (upon extended use) force the organ to respond to this external stimulation and create new cells and tissues. It also helps pull out the hidden root of the shaft from inside the body, resulting in increased visible size.

This form of traction therapy is sometimes used by plastic surgeons to promote expansion and prevent shrinkage of the penis after certain types of genital-related surgeries. However, it is not an approved treatment option for penis enlargement.

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Pros of Penis Extenders

  1. Most effective non-surgical method to lengthen the penis.
  2. Results are permanent.
  3. It has been clinically proven to work (not for all though).
  4. Some men successfully added 1 inch or more to their length in less than a year.

Cons of Penis Extenders

  1. In order to gain noticeable results with this method, the device needs to be worn for several hours a day over a period of several months.
  2. Results vary and depend on individual compliance. Some users may not be able to gain significant results.
  3. The process is slow and long. Not everyone may have the patience to go through.
  4. No change in girth, but manual exercises are often done alongside for girth enhancement.

Conclusion: Many men have increased their penile length to some extent using a traction device, however, it takes a lot of effort and endurance to make it work, and sometimes it just doesn't! Unless you have a really short dick - less than 5 inches long when erect - I'd say put your time and money to better use.

4. Penis Exercises

Penis Exercises Benefits

There are a few penis exercises like kegel, jelqing, and others that can enhance your erectile function. Many men stretch and exercise their penis daily in hopes of increasing its size, and some say it really works.

Advantages of Penis Exercises

  1. Naturally boost blood circulation in the penis, and help it maximally expand during erection.
  2. Stretching, bending, and other exercises can promote growth in length and girth.
  3. Completely free and you can try them at the privacy of your home.

Disadvantages of Penis Exercises

  1. You must do them for a long time (typically more than a year) before seeing improvement, if any at all.
  2. For some men, it may just be a waste of time and effort with no significant results.
  3. There are some complaints about the safety of such exercises. Some users reported pain in their erectile tissue, which may be a sign of internal damage.

Conclusion: Penis exercises may improve erectile function and strength if performed properly and persevered with for a long period of time. Some men combine exercises with an extender device and/or hydro pump to gain long-lasting length and girth enhancement in both flaccid and erect state.

5. Penile Hydro Pumps

Bathmate Penis Hydro Pumps

An instant increase in erection size is best achieved using air vacuum pumps. But, lately there has been a lot of hype about penile hydro pumps. Bathmate and Penomet are the two most popular brands of water-based pumps that claim to deliver more than just a vanishing bigger erection.

Benefits of Penis Hydro Pumps

  1. Improve your erection size and capacity on the spot.
  2. Most effective for girth enhancement.
  3. Improve erectile function and strength.
  4. Can be used to train yourself to control premature ejaculation.
  5. Can be used in the bath for self-pleasure!

Drawbacks of Penis Hydro Pumps

  1. Over-pumping can cause damage to penile tissue and blood vessels.
  2. No clinical trials have been carried out to prove their benefits.
  3. Claims that they promote lasting penis enlargement are mostly made by people selling these products.
  4. The popular brands available on the market are very expensive; $100-$300 for such a very simple tool.

Conclusion: Hydro pumps are a fast and effective way for getting it up. With a regular routine, they may help improve erectile function and girth by forcing more blood into erectile tissue, but there is no proof that they cause any permanent growth. These devices have not been scientifically studied and most positive testimonials online seem to originate from marketers and affiliates trying to mislead consumers with their pitching and BSing skills!

Enhancing your penis size and health will not just boost your sex life, but will also bring about a qualitative change in your personal life by injecting a high dose of self-confidence in your system.

Remember: The suggested remedies may not work for ED patients with a severe case, who may be better treated using a prescription drug. Talk to your doctor if you have a serious constant difficulty getting an erection or if your penis is abnormally small in size.