This jelqing article is meant to be a source of valuable information for the reader; however, it is not a substitute for direct expert assistance. Seek help from your medical specialist to learn more about this practice.
Despite the modern society pushing the fact that “size doesn’t matter” when it comes to the bedroom, most men still desire to have an “above-average” penis. Whether using pills, sexual wellness toys, or jelqing/penis stretching exercises, men who have “below average” penis sizes would do extreme lengths to get those extra inches.
We’ve given such inflated significance to penis size the same way we put importance to a woman’s virginity. It’s not necessarily relevant, but society has made us believe it is. Having a small dick is also an insult, which exacerbates men’s insecurity about the below-average penile length.
It may take some time for society to realize that having a long schlong isn’t everything, so we get that if you’re still searching for ways to lengthen your penis. This is why despite not being 100% being on-board with penile stretching, we’re still here to help you with everything you need to know about this practice. You’ll be able to do this safely and check other options if jelqing wouldn’t work for you.
What is Jelqing?
Jelqing involves light gripping and manual stretching of the penis. This exercise is designed to push the blood into the penis, giving various benefits to the penis, particularly with its length and firmness.
Promised Benefits of Jelqing
If you stumbled upon this article and never heard of the term jelqing, you probably wondered why men would do such a thing. Below are some of the promised benefits that one could get after regularly stretching their penis.
1You’ll have a longer and thicker penis.
The most mentioned benefit is that consistent jelqing can increase the length of your penis. Numerous websites claim that giving your member a daily workout can add a few inches to your penis, as daily stretching “extends” your penis.
2You’ll get a firmer erection.
Aside from having a longer dick, some websites claim that you’ll get a firmer hard-on when doing this exercise. Meanwhile, some websites say jelqing makes your penis softer and that it’ll be a “squishy banana” instead of its normal rock-hard firmness. However, both claims have limited studies to back them up; there’s no proof yet that jelqing can harden or soften your erection.
3It increases seminal fluid.
Want that thick and creamy ejaculation and shoot better loads? Apparently, jelqing can help you with that. Another promised benefit of this practice is that it increases semen volume.
4It boosts testosterone production, resulting in higher libido.
Some jelqing resources claim that consistently stroking and massaging your member can boost testosterone production, boosting your libido. Same with other benefits, there’s no study to prove this notion.
5Your erection is going to last longer.
Along with a longer member, penis stretching exercises are believed to increase one’s stamina in the bedroom. This is due to the person’s consistent massaging of their penis. Since they get used to touching it, they may not get as “excited” as they were in the bedroom, helping them last longer in bed.
Side Effects of Jelqing
Along with the pros are the cons. But unlike the benefits, the side effects of jelqing are backed by medical professionals. Here’s why you should consider steering away from this practice.
1You may end up with bruising on the penis.
The most common jelqing side effect is mild injury and bruising. This happens especially when the person stretched their penis waaaaay too much or if they didn’t use enough lube.
2You may feel penile pain or soreness.
Like any exercise, the focus area may feel pain and soreness, especially if you’re new to the practice. This can also happen if you’ve put too much pressure on the grip and stretched your penis way too much.
3You end up with skin irritation on your penis.
If you’re jelqing without enough lubricant, you may have skin irritation due to the friction between your hand and penis. To prevent this, always apply lube or massage oil to your hand and hard-on before stretching it.
4There may be scar tissues resulting from intense friction.
Aside from bruises, you may also end up with scar tissues from this practice due to friction. As mentioned above, use lube liberally to prevent this from happening.
5You may end up with permanent penile damage.
The worst-case scenario that one might experience after long-term jelqing is that it can damage the arteries and veins located on the penile shaft. And if this happens, permanent damage to your penis can occur, affecting your ability to stay erect.
There are also cases wherein a person’s penis doesn’t even respond to touch; it just feels numb. For those having difficulty keeping a hard-on already, be extra careful when doing this exercise or consider its alternatives.
Does Jelqing Actually Work?
You’ve learned the benefits. You’ve discovered the risks. After reading the first three parts of this guide, you’re probably wondering… Does this practice really work? Is jelqing effective enough to go through the risks? The answer is… Maybe.
Studies About Jelqing
There are still limited studies about jelqing, and not one of these papers ever solidified the claims that this practice can actually help you grow your penis. In fact, most studies related to jelqing involve traction devices, such as a penis pump. There’s still no study that only assesses people who are jelqing manually or without the use of traction devices.
For instance, a 2011 study shows that using traction devices during penile stretching exercises could increase schlong length up to an inch— if the device is worn for at least 9 hours a day for 3 months.
However, the most recent report about jelqing and traction devices says otherwise. The 2016 report claims that traction devices don’t pose significant changes in the penis in terms of size. They’ve also included that a larger study may be needed to provide more accurate results.
You also have to take note of the fact that the penis isn’t a muscle. This organ only gets firmer because of the blood buildup when a person gets aroused.
Testimonials About Jelqing
As for testimonials, there are mixed answers in terms of the efficacy of the practice. Some say that it’s effective as long as you become consistent with it. Some claim that it has caused issues with their penis. Meanwhile, some say they had results, but they didn’t meet their expectations.
The thing with online anecdotes is that there’s no way to prove that these users are now fabricating a story or exaggerating their claims. Before practicing, remind yourself that there are still limited science-backed studies about jelqing. Keep things in moderation if you want to try penis stretching.
How to Jelq
After learning the practice’s pros, cons, and efficacy, some of you are probably hesitant to try this one out. Don’t worry; it’s okay to not engage in this activity for good measure. Besides, this practice has better alternatives; skip the next few sections to check. As for the lads trying out this exercise, below are the steps you should take to have a fun and safe jelqing session.
1Get into a comfortable position.
It’s up to you on how your starting position should be; some men like to stand up while doing it, while some prefer sitting down with their legs apart.
2Massage your penis to warm it up.
Like any regular exercise, it’s essential to warm your body up. Apply warming lube or massage oil in your palm and gently massage your penis. Do this for 10 minutes. Remember, this step is important in preventing any penile injuries.
3Start the jelqing exercise.
After the warm up, it’s now time to proceed with the actual jelqing.
- Apply lubricant liberally to your hand and shaft. Put your penis in the suggested erection level, between 40 and 75 percent.
- Use your thumb and index finger to create an “ok” grip around the penis’s base. Place that grip as close to your pubic bone.
- Apply light pressure to the grip and slowly move up your hand towards the glans penis. How to know if the pressure is good? It should feel like you’re stretching or milking your dick, but it shouldn’t feel uncomfortable or painful.
- Don’t let the grip reach the glans penis; never apply the grip nor put pressure on the head of your penis. That’s it, you’ve made one jelq!
4Repeat the same process until you reach your goal reps.
After that one jelq, use the other hand and repeat the process, from steps 2 to 4. Keep on doing this until you’ve reached the desired number of reps. Do not overdo it, especially if you’re new to the exercise. Start with 10-20 jelqs per session, then increase that number once ready.
Now that you’ve learned about the basic steps of jelqing, you’re now ready to try this exercise out. But before you do so, here are some tips that you should note to ensure safe and fun jelq sessions.
1Don’t forget the lube!
We cannot emphasize this enough, but lube is your friend, even for penis stretching exercises. Using lubricant minimizes friction, which minimizes the risk for bruising, skin irritation, skin redness, scars, etc. You can also use massage oils or oil-based lubes.
2Do the exercises when your penis is about 40-70% erect.
We’ve mentioned this step-by-step process already, but just to emphasize it, don’t do this exercise when your penis is fully erect. When you’re incredibly erect, the penile tissue is already completely filled with blood, so the jelqing wouldn’t be as effective since the point of the exercise is to boost blood circulation.
3Discontinue the exercise in case of pain.
In case of pain, soreness, or any discomfort in the penis during a jelq session, stop what you’re doing immediately and let your schlong rest. If the pain persists, consult your doctor for a checkup. As we mentioned earlier, jelqing, especially when incorrectly done, can cause nerve damage or permanent issues in your penis. Going to the doctor may help minimize the severity of the injury or issue and help your penis revert to its healthy form.
4Never jelq for more than two times a day.
Never ever have more than two jelqing sessions. This can cause harm to you in the long run. Remember, this exercise can result in permanent penile damage, so don’t wear out your penis for this activity.
5Try jelqing backward for a girthier base.
If you don’t necessarily want a long penis but more of a thicker base, you can also try bakward jelqing for that goal. Start at the point next to your head penis, then move to the base.
6Pull back the foreskin if you’re uncircumcised.
Uncircumcised and unsure if jelqing is a good idea? Don’t worry, as you can still do this activity. However, you may need to do extra steps in pulling back your foreskin. If you think the whole “pulling back” wouldn’t bother you, then proceed with doing this activity.
7Talk to a medical professional if you’re planning to do it long-term.
A common mistake people have with jelqing is that it’s okay to do it in the long term. Well… maybe it is. But just to be safe, consult a medical professional such as a urologist about jelqing. Ask them if it’s safe to do it long-term or if it isn’t safe, ask when you should stop and how long is the resting time.
8Consider safer alternatives to jelqing.
Frankly, jelqing is incredibly risky and doesn’t even provide proven results. If possible, go for safer alternatives instead. Putting your penis in a semi-erect state and stretching it every day may harm your member. If you’re looking for items or activities that could make your pp bigger, check the list in the next two sections.
Decided not to take the plunge? It’s alright; there are different ways to extend your penile length. The following alternatives below may only provide temporary results, but they’re safer than this exercise.
1Use penis pumps.
Penis pumps are designed to bring firmer and thicker erections. Because it increases the firmness of your penis, it gives that illusion of extension.
It consists of the following parts: a plastic tube is worn over the penis, a manual or automatic base pump that provides the sucking sensation, and a stretchy band that fits around the base of the penis, prolonging the erection.
To use it, just put your flaccid, semi-erect, or erect penis inside the tube. Using the push-button control or the ball pump, start pumping the tube. Do this until you feel the desired pressure; avoid too much tightness as it can cause injuries or damage to your hard-on.
Hold the penis for 3-5 minutes in the tube before removing the pressure. Then, gently slide out your rock-hard dick and proceed in the deed.
2Try wearing cock rings.
Another sexual wellness toy that could help you have firmer and thicker erections is the cock ring. As the name implies, it’s designed to be worn on your penis, specifically at the base of your dick. Aside from a firmer hard-on, this tool can also make you last longer in bed. There are penis ring variations that have clitoral vibrators in them, providing extra stimulation to the female partner.
3Use penis sleeves to extend your erection.
If your partner wants to experience getting rammed with an 8-inch dick, but you’ve got a 6-inch one, there’s a way to still fulfill that sensual fantasy without risking your penis to injuries. Use penis sleeves! They’re worn on the shaft and usually have nubs and ridges on the inner sleeve for enhanced sensations. Once worn, your penis will be 2-3 inches longer.
4Say yes to a healthier lifestyle.
Another way to make your penis “grow” without any risks is by having a healthy lifestyle. If you’re overweight, you might not realize a fat pad surrounding your penis. And because there’s the pad of fat, your penis isn’t as exposed and looks shorter than it really is.
By losing a lot of weight through a healthy diet and exercise, your penis will protrude more. You can also regularly trim your pubes to show more of that schlong.
5If all else fails, go for corrective surgery.
This option is for people who have micropenis (3 inches and below). If you’ve done all the steps and your penis isn’t even adding a half-inch, it’s best to do corrective surgery.
However, most medical organizations are still not endorsing penile elongation surgery due to limited studies and extreme risk to the patient. So if you’re in the 4-6 inches range, steer away from this option— your penis is in normal length; no need to do risky surgeries just to add a few inches to it.
Best Sexual Wellness Toys to Replace Jelqing
After reading the benefits of cock rings, penis pumps, and penile extenders, you’re probably interested in trying one. Check out our top picks for product alternatives to jelqing.
Frequently Asked Questions
As you’ve reached the end of this jelqing guide, you now have all the basic information regarding this practice. May this article help you create an informed decision on whether to try it or not. If you still have questions about the art of jelqs, then check the section below.
1Is jelqing safe?
It’s safe when done properly and in moderation. However, if done incorrectly, it can bring harm to your private area.
2What kind of lubricant should I use when jelqing?
It depends on your preference. If you want something easy to wash and non-greasy, go for a water-based lubricant. If you don’t want to reapply often and prefer a thicker lube, your best bet is silicone-based lubes. As for peeps who want a smoother glide and don’t mind a bit of oil, go for oil-based lubricants or massage oils.
3I get fully aroused when touching my penis. How can I keep a 70% erection?
Relaxation is the key. If you feel like your penis is fully up, stop the exercises and breathe in… and breathe out. Remove any sensual imagery on your mind. Proceed with the exercise once you feel that the erection level has lowered.
4How long should I jelq per session?
It’s best to start with 5 to 10 minutes, then increase the time if needed. Do not have jelqing sessions more than two times a day.
5How long should I jelq to see visible results?
Jelqing results don’t happen overnight. It may take weeks or months to see changes in your penis. But as long as you’re consistent with it, you’ll soon see the fruits of your labor.
All sizes matter, but we also believe that it’s your body, and you have the right to what to do with it. If jelqing adds one to two inches in your penis and makes you more confident and happier in bed, kudos to you. However, don’t ignore the possible risks and side effects that come with it.
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