You’ve seen it in your email spam box, and advertised on the…um…”documentary”…sites you visit.
Male enhancement creams to make your wang grow three times its size overnight!
You’ve seen the pictures. You’ve read the claims. You may even have clicked through to see a few more details of what those ads promise.
But do they work?
Let’s take a look….
In case you’ve never seen them, here are a few literal headlines from actual male enhancement cream ads on the internet today:
Add 4 inches! Know the secret porn stars use! Get huge overnight!
Those are pretty representative. They claim you can add multiple inches, immediately, with no risk or work.
Unfortunately, there’s been no serious scientific research into these claims. The best we can do is look at what research exists for other penis enlargement methods and make a comparison.
Studies into penis extender devices are the most common, with research like Nikoobakht’s team in Tehran finding gains about 1 inch being what you can expect.
Reports on penis enlargement forums (not as scientific, but with enough data to consider seriously) also give an average range in the 1-2 inch range.
Keep in mind, also, that those studies and reports are after months of rigorous, dedicated adherence to a penis enlargement workout regimen.
Compared to what other methods are getting, claims of multiple inches instantaneously seem pretty far-fetched.
I’m not saying male enhancement creams can’t make a penis larger, I’m just pointing out that they’re unlikely to make your penis as much larger as the ads suggest.
How do they make your penis larger, then? Basically in the same way you do.
When you get an erection, blood floods the tissues in and around your penis. It engorges with blood, in a mechanic not unlike what happens when your ankle swells after you sprain it.
Your engorged penis is several inches longer than your flaccid penis, because it’s engorged with blood.
Male enhancement creams include topical ingredients that improve, enhance, or stimulate extra blood flow to the areas where you apply it.
In theory, you could rub some on your biceps to make them get all vascular like a bodybuilder’s.
That extra blood flow to your penis as you get hard means more blood enters your unit. More blood equals more expansion.
More expansion equals a larger penis. For as long as the topical medication lasts, that is.
Once the cream wears off, your blood flow returns to normal. Your penis goes back to its original size.
Simply put: yes and no.
Here’s what I mean by that.
Yes, male enhancement creams can make your penis temporarily larger by increasing blood flow to your penis when it’s “show time.”
In this way, they work the same as a penis pump (and foreplay, come to think).
No, male enhancement creams won’t double the size of your penis like some of the ads imply. You can expect noticeable size gains, but nothing truly dramatic.
And no, the gains aren’t permanent. They last as long as the effects of the cream.
When considering any possible technique or treatment to make your penis larger, the real question isn’t “does it work?”
The real question is “does it work better than _______?”
For my money, the best point of comparison for any penis enlargement method is enlargement exercises using a penis extender.
That’s because penis extenders are the only technique that’s been repeatedly proven and tested in clinical trials.
So we have actual points of data to provide a baseline.
So let’s look at how male enhancement cream stacks up against penis extenders.
Although you’ll see some outliers for much more or much less, you can expect to spend 30-60 on a jar of male enhancement cream.
That’s a lot less than the $100-$300 you’ll spend on most penis extender devices.
On the other hand, you only have to buy the extender once…so price will be pretty even after a couple of years.
Ease of Use
There’s a learning curve to penis extenders…
You have to strap your member into it, get it tight enough (but not too tight), and continue to adjust it from time to time.
enhancement creams you pretty much rub on like sunblock or massage oil, then let it do the work.
Winner: Male Enhancement Cream
Permanence of Gains
Male enhancement creams work by temporarily increasing blood flow to your penis.
Penis extenders work by stretching the tissue in your penis until it literally grows.
Creams are good for up to an hour. Extenders, if you cement gains after the growth phase, can last the rest of your life.
Winner: Penis Extenders
Used correctly, penis extenders are very safe. Just don’t fall asleep while you’re wearing one.
Male enhancement creams can be safe, but they are sold as nutritional supplements.
Nutritional supplements are not well-regulated by the FDA, meaning a surprising amount of weird stuff can be in that cream, including toxins nd prescription drugs (source).
Winner: Penis Extenders
Like most penis size questions, this boils down to what you want to accomplish.
If you’re happy with temporary size gains just for the half-hour or so you’ll be…”on stage”, some male enhancement creams are a good choice for that.
But if you’re looking for permanent gains you can count on even for unplanned, spontaneous sex…male enhancement creams aren’t your solution.
You’ll want to commit to a course of regular, consistent penis enlargement exercises.
Those are the only route to what you want.
At the end of the day, listen to your grandmother’s advice. “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.”
And yeah, guys. I hate to break it to you, but “gain multiple inches permanently forever by just rubbing a cream on your junk” is too good to be true.