Q&A: Is Penis Enlargement Surgery Safe?

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QUESTION: Do penis enlargement surgeries alter the function of the penis?

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Researchers have found that pleasurable, satisfying sex is linked more to a couple’s psychological connection, and to their relationship satisfaction, as well as sexual technique, than penis size.

Yes, they can. Most penis enlargement surgeries are not considered “safe and effective” by major mainstream medical societies.

Some penis surgeries can result in significant scar tissue that can cause painful erections or even a shortened erection, which is the opposite effect men who choose enlargement surgeries are going for.

As such, many surgeons will refuse to perform such an procedure on men who are anywhere close to the average range of erect penile length, saving them for more unusual cases in which men have a penis that is so small that intercourse is difficult or impossible to achieve.

Besides, researchers have found that pleasurable, satisfying sex is linked more to a couple’s psychological connection, and to their relationship satisfaction, as well as sexual technique, than penis size.

Truly, penis size is only one small piece of a more complex and, I think beautiful, picture of sexuality.

To learn more about enhancing your own and your partner’s sexual experiences, check out The New Male Sexuality or one of my newest books, Great in Bed.

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Read Dr. Debby Herbenick’s response.

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Dr. Debby Herbenick (M.P.H., Ph.D.)

is a sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, Associate Director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University and author of several books including Sex Made Easy and Because It Feels Good: A Woman's Guide to Sexual Pleasure and Satisfaction.
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