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Does Penis Enlargement Hypnosis really work?

Dear Dan and Jennifer,

There are many hypnosis CDs out there that are supposed to enlarge the size of the penis after listening to them. Some of them are sold by some reputable hypnotherapists. Do they really work? Shall I try them?

Thanks a lot!

Arnika (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

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Check out Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy - CDs, mp3s for weight loss, stop smoking, better grades, etc.. Sign up for his free newsletter and wait for the sales he has every couple of days because you can get a downloadable penis enlargement mp3 for $2.99.

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I have found a lot of affirmations and "guarantees" that penis enlargement hypnosis works, but they all come from websites that sell those mp3s!

I haven't found a single serious research paper that demonstrates that hypnosis is successful at enlarging the penis size, and I posted the question here because Dan and Jeniffer seem to know a lot of professional people...

Does anybody know a serious medical site that approaches this issue?

Thanks in advance!

Arnika

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Arnika: Let me complement you for asking these questions. First, to say something "works", there has to be placebo-controlled clinical trials. There is currently no hard evidence that any method of penis enlargement works, other than surgery. The level of satisfaction with the surgery is moderate, at best. There is pretty good experiential evidence that exercises that "stress" the penis work. There are also documented instances of ruptured blood vessels and permanent damage from these exercises. You need to be aware that there is risk is these behaviors, however.

Hypnosis is not going to change the size or physical characteristics of any body part. It can change perception and behavior. The reason people say hypnosis works is that they were suffering from a condition known as "Body Dysmorphic Disorder." In this condition, people believe their body is somehow abnormal, despite evidence to the contrary. Studies have shown that the vast majority of men who seek treatment for a perceived small penis actually are within normal limits. The female equivalent is anorexia nervosa, where women actually see themselves as fat despite being underweight. There is strong evidence that people actually see their penis as small, despite it appearing normal to anyone else. The same way that people with anorexia see themselves as actually larger than they are. What is happening with hypnosis for penis size is that is is simply altering the person's perception. Changing visual perception is actually something that you can do with hypnosis. Hypnosis is just correcting the psychological problem.

Frankly, you can't believe research studies that are only done by the people selling the product. They're not independent researchers. If you ask a car salesman if you need to trade cars, you know what answer you're going to get. A "treatment" cannot be said to work until it's effectiveness has been demonstrated by independent researchers.

If anyone disagrees, I invite you to show me verifiable evidence to the contrary. If you decide to proceed with this route, just know that you're going into an area that has absolutely no degree of oversight. I can legally sell dandelion extract for "Enhancement" so long as I don't make the claim that it diagnoses or treats any disease. The term "Enhancement" is not regulated. Promoters of these products are careful never to make claims that are testable, which would subject them to false advertising litigation. For example, they never say "60% of men using our product for 90 days experience a 20% increase in penis volume." That would be testable, and they'd get sued if their product didn't measure up. For example, the company manufacturing Listerine was sued successfully for their statement that Listerine produces "Fewer colds; milder colds" a testable statement.

The Romans used the expression "Caveat Emptor" "let the buyer beware." That is exactly the situation you're in. You can research these topics for no charge at PubMed Home

Be careful.

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Thanks!

Actually I knew the answer, but I guess sometimes is easy to think about "magical" solutions and oversee what logic and common sense indicates.

Thanks again!

Arnika

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Beagle is right. These ads are like those that promise larger breasts by applying lotions or creams. There are ways to have larger breasts but not through the means promoted online so often.

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Stop looking for other people's approval and do it.

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To people who have actually DONE it. Ignore people who only read studies.

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Harry: I think my skepticism is largely a product of where I am in life. by the time we reach middle age, we've ordered the great appliance from the TV only to find out it didn't do what the promises said. I'm always open to accepting a procedure if it has evidence to back it up. Obviously, not everything that hasn't been studied scientifically is worthless. However, we don't know for sure until we have done that. The majority of men who seek penis-enlargement surgery are actually within normal limits.

I think the thing that concerns me about the penis enlargement strategies not being studied is that we don't know the risks. It is changing a bodily function, and that can only be at the cost of something else. I suspect that in enlarging the area that is "inflated" by increased blood flow, that the penis enlargement techniques may be thinning and weakening the walls of blood vessels. That would be an interesting MRI study. I recently had surgery to correct functioning of a joint, and one thing I researched was the various risks. II weighted my options and decided that the potential benefits were worth the risk.

I understand that you got excellent results with these techniques, and that indicates that they can be effective. However, would men perform that procedure if the risk of an injury that would make them impotent was 5%? How about 2%?

I'm glad you got excellent results. We do have to keep in mind that not everyone may have the same outcome. When we don't study these things, we aren't aware of the risks and of the likelihood of success.

An analogy is chiropractors claiming they can treat depression and allergies and charging people to do so. Under controlled studies, chiropractic for those conditions, despite people swearing it lead to improvement, was no better than placebo. It did work well for back pain and mobility, however.

I still stand by my original statement. This is an unstudied area, and anyone choosing to pursue this course of action needs to be aware that we may not have identified all the risks. I have a normal to slightly above penis size, so I've never been confronted with this choice and I can't relate to what lengths someone who felt inadequate in this area would go to in order to feel "normal." I think, as someone trained in research and statistics, that I do have an obligation to point out what we don't know about these procedures.

FYI, hypnosis to change physical characteristics has been thoroughly debunked. What is happening is that it alters the person's perception of those characteristics. Hypnosis has it's place in the treatment toolbox, but it's not going to change physical characteristics. It has been shown to do well with anxiety disorders and pain control.

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Tell him his a liar and prosecute him for fraud.

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