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Penis Enlargement: Does It Work?

Every guy knows pumps, pills, exercises, and surgery won't build bigger penises -- Or do they?

By R. Morgan Griffin
WebMD Feature

Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

Don't deny it. Ever since you first saw those penis enlargement ads in the back pages of a porn magazine years ago -- the pictures of sinister-looking devices, the big letters screaming "Add Inches to Your Penis!" -- you've always wondered: Could I be bigger?

"Guys ask me about it all the time," says Michael O'Leary, MD, a urologist at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. "They say they'll do anything to have a bigger penis." So is there anything they can do?

Not really. "It's pretty much bunk," O'Leary says wearily. After all, if simple, effective penis enlargement were possible, every other guy in America would be a foot long.

Yet common sense isn't enough to stop some of us. And thanks to our culture's restless drive for self-improvement, information about penis enlargement is everywhere. Liberated from the classifieds of behind-the-counter smut, penis enlargement pills are hawked on TV. Without even requesting it, you might have ads conveniently delivered to your email inbox every day. More than 10,000 men in the U.S. -- probably many more -- have gone on the operating table to get highly controversial penis enlargement surgery.

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