Since the dawn of time, or maybe shortly after, men have craved ways to "enhance" their manhood. Many differing methods emerged, some fruitful, others less than so.
One of the methods that have recently been circulating with much more vigor is penis weights. The logic behind the idea is that by attaching weights to your penis, you will increase the length and size of your member.
The idea behind this is sound at surface level, but results are pretty inconclusive.
While it is true that you can increase the size of your corpus cavernosa (the two chambers that fill with blood during sexual arousal) by stretching them, attaching weights to your penis is not the best way to go about changing the size of your penis.
What are Penis Weights?
Penis weights are small weights that are attached to your penis through the use of a band. The idea is that the weights will stretch the tissue of your penis and increase the size of your corpus cavernosa.
Many men who have used penis weights have reported mixed results. While some have seen increases in length, it's typically pretty minute. Others conclude that this doesn't change the actual size of their member at all.
Penis weights are a type of traction device, a popular branch of penis enlargement solutions. However, the umbrella of devices that fall into traction devices all point to the same result: very little change in length, but a high risk of permanent damage.
How do Penis Weights Work?
Penis weights work through traction. Traction is a process of stretching the penis in one direction to cause stress to the tissue. Over time, this stress then increases the size of the corpus cavernosa, the spongy tissue of the penis that fill with blood during an erection.
The theory is that, over time, the stretching of the penis by the weights will increase the size of the corpus cavernosa and increase the length of the penis. However, there is very little conclusive research that can prove that this is effective.
Everything about penis weights is filled with a lot of uncertainty. There is no research that supports the idea that penis weights can increase the size of your penis. All that is supported is the effect of the traction, which will stretch your penis.
Stretching your penis is not a good idea. It's not a good idea because, as you're stretching your penis, you're putting a lot of pressure on a very delicate area. This can lead to scar tissue, which is permanent.
In some cases, the scar tissue can lead to erectile dysfunction. This is very common in men who have used penis weights.
In other cases, the scar tissue can lead to Peyronie's disease. Peyronie's disease is a condition that causes the penis to curve.
Can Penis Weights Harm You?
The short answer is yes, they can. The way penis weights work is by stretching your corpus cavernosa in order to increase their diameter.
The penis weights are typically attached to your penis through a band. This band has a certain amount of elasticity, and it's the elasticity that can cause damage to your penis.
By stretching your penis with a band, you are essentially putting a lot of stress on the tissue that makes up your penis. While this may lead to increased size, it also runs the risk of tearing the delicate tissue in your penis. This can cause damage that is irreversible.
Traction devices can cause Peyronie's disease, which is when scar tissue forms in the middle of your penis, making it bend or curve. The penis weights can also pull your urethra and damage your erectile tissue.
Many men, especially those who are using penis weights as part of treatment, may also experience swelling, inflammation, and bruising.
What the Research Says
This headline is almost misleading, but it's important for everyone to know. There is very little research, and that's because it's almost a preposterous claim, to begin with. The majority of those who claim to have had results from penis weights are all anecdotal posts on forums like Reddit. Anyone can post things like this, and plenty of people tell white lies online.
The truth is, you won't actually gain any new tissue from penis weights. That's not how your body works. It would be nice to think that your penis is like a muscle, and you can build it up to be bigger, but that's just not the case. The only thing you can do to increase the size of your penis is through surgery, which is both invasive, expensive, and very few surgeons will even try such a complex procedure.
The penis is made up of so many complex components and so much blood flow, that surgery is quite complex. Complications can arise, and you can lose the sensitivity of your penis. It's a last resort, and something to seriously think about before pursuing.
The best way to become happy with what you have is through acceptance. Of course, that's easier said than done. Just be aware you're far from alone, and that you may have a problem that really isn't solvable.
Acceptance and Moving Forward
This is the most important part of the article, and all similar articles you may read. Many men are dissatisfied with the size of their penis, and that's okay. The truth is, the average penis size is smaller than anything you'd see in porn or on TV. Most men are between 4-6 inches in length while erect, and that's both natural and healthy.
However, if you are still unhappy with the size of your penis, there are plenty of ways to stimulate your partner and please them. Sex isn't just about penetration, and every person has their favorite ways to be pleasured. If you still feel you're small, you can look into a penis extender, which might not maximize your own pleasure, but it could give you more confidence in your bedroom.
Being happy in your own body is the first step, and that's one of the hardest things to do. However, it's possible and totally worth it. When you're happy, your partner will be happy, and that's really the most important thing.
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