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Enhancement Pills
October 2002

Q. I've been hearing about pills that make your penis larger and thicker. Is that true, and is it safe to take those pills? Are there any side effects?

A. There are indeed lots of ads promising any number of enhancements to how we look or feel, and how we might perform sexually or otherwise. Keep in mind that items sold as food supplements do not have to undergo much testing as to effectiveness and safety, as do substances like prescription drugs. So you should consider such information as advertising, without proof of effectiveness. Keep in mind that the original Masters and Johnson studies on human sexuality showed wide variations in male penis size in the natural state, but noted the size differences were much less in the erect state.



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