Welcome to the world of jelqing – it’s an interesting one, for sure.
What is Jelqing?
Jelqing is a technique that doesn’t require any fancy pumps or expensive tools. In fact, all you’ll need is your hand, some lube, a private space, a semi-hard penis, and some free time.
What is jelqing? Jelqing is the act of stroking the penis in an attempt to increase the size.
How Does One Jelq?
Firstly, one should be warmed up (take a bath or use a warm washcloth) before attempting to jelq. A man should not be fully erect, but rather have an erection of about 70% in order to jelq.
They will then hold their penis with their hand in such a way it resembles the “OK” sign (the thumb and forefinger touching), and apply slight pressure (without squeezing) while stroking the penis upwards.
The act of jelqing is said to go back to ancient Middle East when fathers would teach their sons the technique in order to make them more attractive to women in hopes of finding a wife.
Today, the technique is still alive and well, with forums, videos, and step-by-step guides on how to jelq.
Does Jelqing Work?
According to professionals and a lack of concrete studies, jelqing has been found to have some disappointing results.
It is said that jelqing doesn’t actually work but rather, comes with a few negative side effects.
Dr. Jennifer Wider, M.D. and author, weighs in on the matter by saying:
“I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there’s not a whole lot of scientific evidence that proves that any of these penile enlargement techniques—from stretching to pills to creams—actually work.”
She goes on to say:
“And if they work a little bit, the side effect risk far outweighs any potential benefit.”
Negative Side Effects of Jelqing
If not warmed up before practicing jelqing, it could cause small purple or red spots on the penis. This is due to broken blood capillaries.
If one jelqs on a regular basis, it could cause the tip of the penis, in circumcised men, to appear a lot larger from a buildup of fluid. This then gives off the appearance of a ‘donut’. The swelling will however disappear after a few hours after jelqing is discontinued.
To prevent this, be sure to use enough lubricant.
But Actually, You Can Get Your Penis Looking Bigger…
In short—jelqing, penis pumps, and other marketed medications (like the companies that spam your inbox or the slightly hilarious animations you see on porn websites) don’t physically increase the size of one’s penis.
But, there are actually a few ways in which to make the penis appear bigger:
Lose weight: For those who are overweight, losing a few pounds around the stomach area can not only make one’s penis look bigger, but can actually improve erections.