If you want a larger penis, you have three routes to choose from:
- Stretching your penis with equipment like a penis extender
- Undergoing penis enlargement surgery
- Taking penis enlargement pills
We can eliminate enlargement surgery right away.
That stuff costs thousands of dollars and puts you under general anesthesia — which can kill you. It’s for extreme cases only, and yours isn’t an extreme case.
That leaves penis stretching and penis enlargement pills. So let’s compare the two.
For pills, the comparison is easy. We’ll look at the methods, costs, risks, and results of taking penis enlargement supplements as advertised on the web.
For penis stretching, we need to choose a method to make a meaningful comparison.
For that method, we’ll go with using a penis extender. It’s the only penis enlargement exercise that has been repeatedly proven to work in clinical trials.
Let’s get started…
Penis Extender vs. Penis Enlargement Pills: How they Work
Before we can compare them, we should make sure we all know what each of these two options means, and how they work to grow your penis.
Penis Extenders are plastic devices that go over your penis and hold it in an elongated position. Over the course of wearing one the tissues in your penis permanently stretch out to a longer state (think about an older rubber band).
Penis Enlargement Pills work with your body chemistry — usually blood flow — to increase the size of your penis. The specific physiological mechanism differs from pill to pill, but usually they stimulate hormone production or improve blood flow.
Despite anything else we talk about moving forward, the best penis enlargement method is the one you’ll use regularly enough to see results. If either of these methods is a deal-breaker for you, you should use the other one.
It beats saying you’ll do something you actually won’t, because then you’ll never grow your penis at all.
Extender vs. Pills: Gains
According to more than one study, adding an inch of length to your penis in six to twelve months is what you can expect to gain on average from using a penis extender (source).
Some studies have found larger gains, but that one-inch mark shows up again and again.
You’ll see emails and “reports” claiming you can add four inches or more to your penis by using the right kind of pill.
That said, no study has confirmed any permanent growth from taking pills. Word on PE forums and the like report some growth, but usually less than an inch.
Winner: Penis Extender
Extender vs. Pills: Duration
Using a penis extender provides permanent gains after a period of a few months where you cement your gains using a different set of exercises.
Age, nutrition, and other factors may reduce your size, but those factors would have an impact whether or not you did any penis extension work. The loss would come from whatever baseline you established.
Most penis enlargement pills work using the same mechanism as Viagra.
They increase your blood flow temporarily, giving you a larger erection than you would normally experience. It works for an hour or two, but then the gains vanish.
Hormone-based enlargement pills work by stimulating your body to produce hormones that can increase the size of your member (usually testosterone). These have impacts that last longer, but only as long as you keep the supplement in your system.
Once you stop taking them, the residual presence vanishes after a few weeks and you lose your gains.
Winner: Penis Extender
Extender vs. Pills: Convenience
Wearing a penis extender means putting your penis in the extender device for 6 to 8 hours most days in a week, and continuing to do so consistently for weeks and months.
You can wear the penis extender under loose clothing, but it is a commitment of time and does restrict your motion.
Taking penis extension pills is like taking any other supplement you use for your health. You find a way to remember to take them regularly, then you down them with one or two of your meals.
The rest of the time — assuming you have no side effects — you don’t have to think about them.
Learning curve is also an issue here.
It takes a little while to figure out how to strap your unit into a penis extender. The devices are unfamiliar to most men, and a little complicated. You’ve known how to swallow pills since you were in grade school.
Winner: Penis Enlargement Pills
Extender vs. Pills: Cost
This one’s simple to analyze.
A penis extension device will set you back $100 to $300, depending on the make and model, and what features you want.
Penis enlargement pills cost less: expect to pay $30 to $60 for a month’s supply, though some cost much less or more.
However, you have to keep buying them. It takes less than six months of taking enlargement pills to pay the cost of even the most expensive penis extender.
And you have to take those pills consistently, for the rest of your sex life.
Winner: Penis Extender
Extender vs. Pills: Risks
The truth is that while neither of these methods are dangerous, there are some risks to be aware of when using either method.
Penis extenders have been studied thoroughly and are proven to be safe. However, you can still damage your penis by overtraining or cutting off circulation. But, this can really only happen if you use an extender wrong and ignore the safety instructions.
On the other hand, recent studies have shown that penis enlargement pills can come with some possibly more serious health risks (source).
The main issue with over-the-counter enlargement supplements is that these substances are not regulated by the FDA or any other organization.
That means there’s no oversight or scientific verification of proper dosage. This also means that the ingredients in these products are not regulated, and the true health effects of many ingredients are unknown.
Worse still, scientists found that many of these supplements contained traces of phosphodiesterase-5-inhibitors (PDE5Is) – that’s the active ingredient in prescription pills like Viagra.
In one study, 81 percent of tested samples of over-the-counter male enhancement supplements bought in the United States and Asia contained PDE5Is.
This drug can have serious health risks for men with certain medical conditions like heart disease or kidney disease, so taking it without knowing it can be a big problem.
You can reduce some of your risk with supplements by doing the appropriate research ahead of time, but with so little regulation it can be hard to know who is telling the truth.
Many supplements don’t disclose what is truly in them so it can be tough to know how much you should take, or whether or not it will play nicely with medications you’re already on.
Winner: Penis Extender
Penis Extender vs. Penis Enlargement Pills: Conclusion
Let’s run the numbers.
In the analysis above, we rated penis extenders vs. penis enlargement pills on five measures. Penis extenders one three categories. Penis enlargement pills won one.
They tied for risk, as both are very safe if you use them right.
The winner is clear: men who are serious about penis enlargement should choose a penis extender.
There really is no substitute.