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Penis enlargement comes at price: Study

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Sun, May 19, 2019  /  12:03 am
Penis enlargement comes at price: Study

A study said penis enlargement surgery should only be considered a last choice for men who question their size. (Shutterstock/POJ THEVEENUGUL)

Does size matter? The majority of men think so and take the risk of being mentally and physically damaged by “ineffective and risky” penis enlargement surgeries.

In a study published in the Sexual Medicine Reviews journal, a research team from the King´s College Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience in London monitored 21 different types of surgical and nonsurgical procedures performed on 1,192 men in the United Kingdom and abroad.

Lead author Gordon Muir, a urologist at King’s College Hospital, described the treatment outcomes as “poor, with low satisfaction rates and significant risk of major complications, including penile deformity, shortening and erectile dysfunction".

The New York Post reported the study concluded that surgery should only be considered as a last choice and injectables outside of clinical trials are not recommended. 

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Furthermore, Muir said that “the vast majority of men who may wish to have their penis made longer have a penis of completely normal length, but they often feel that their penis is too small.”

While the authors found that nonsurgical treatments were able to increase the flaccid length by approximately two centimeters, they also highlighted that every procedure brings a “high complication rate” with it.

Therapy sessions, which deal with the men's perceptions, seemed to bring relief. “When provided, counseling was effective, with the majority of men coming to understand that their penis was normal and they ended up unwilling to undergo any further treatment,” the study said. (sop/wng)