Jelqing: Everything You Need to Know

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Jelqing is a traditional method for penis enlargement that has been around for centuries. It’s a hands-on technique that is claimed to increase penis size, but does it really work? And, is jelqing something that can be done to increase penis size?

In this post, we will examine jelqing, the technique, the results, and if it can be used to treat erectile dysfunction. Let’s get on with it. Can Jelqing increase the size of your penis?

A Quick Disclaimer

Jelqing involves creating micro-tears in the skin of the penis. It has very few scientific results that claim its efficacy. Do not try this method without a doctor’s guidance, and be sure to read and research Jelqing carefully before trying it.

What Is Jelqing?

Jelqing is a manual penis enlargement technique that originated in ancient Middle Eastern regions. It is an ancient technique that is said to increase penis size and girth. Jelqing is also known by other names, including: milking, pulling, and squeezing.

Jelqing has been around for centuries and is a method used in many cultures. It has spread throughout the world and has become popular in the Western World as of late.

It is a self-administered method of enlarging the penis. A man using the jelqing technique hopes to slowly increase the length of the penis through a repetitive squeezing and stroking action.

Jelqing involves stretching the skin of the penis over time by using your fingers. This creates tiny tears in the skin, which heal and become thicker. The repeated stretching and tearing process is said to increase the size of the penis, but there is very little scientific proof of the efficacy of the technique. Although different cultures have used this method over time, not much is known about how beneficial its results are.

What Are The Alleged Benefits of Jelqing?

Many claims are made about the penis enlargement process of jelqing. The advantages to jelqing are said to include:

  • Increased Length
  • Increased Girth
  • Increased Blood Flow (to the penis)
  • An increase in the amount of semen produced
  • A stronger erection
  • Increased libido
  • Increased testosterone production

All of these claims are made about the jelqing process, but the truth is, there isn’t much scientific proof that jelqing can do all, so take those “advantages” with a grain of salt.

How Does Jelqing Work?

The idea behind the jelqing technique is that by creating micro-tears in the skin of a penis, you cause it to increase in size while it heals. The belief that the skin of the penis will elongate as it repairs is flawed because the penis is more than just skin. It is filled with blood vessels, lymphatic vessels, muscle, and nerves. Even if jelqing stretched the skin of the penis, that would not make anything under the skin elongate.

It's vital for you to know that a penis is not a muscle; it does not act as muscles do. Meaning, stretching it won't make it stronger, longer, or change in circumference.

It is possible to damage the penis using the jelqing technique.

Jelqing is a Form of Traction Therapy

Traction therapies are methods of enlargement that use traction to lengthen the penis. The most famous traction device for enlargement is the penis extender.

The use of traction to enlarge the penis is believed to stimulate a series of cellular events that lead to cell division. This is the same way that bodybuilders use traction to build more muscle.

The process of cell division enlarges the cells, which causes the penis to become larger. This is the basic theory behind traction devices.

But Does it Work?

Take a look at this 2016 study from the US National Library of Medicine. There is little to no evidence that jelqing will make the penis longer or give it more girth. From that, we can assume it likely doesn’t do much but potentially harm the skin on the penis.

Another study in Singapore, published in the International Journal of Impotence Research, found that jelqing does not have any effect on the length of the penis. This study was done on 20 men who practiced jelqing for a 3-month period and had their penis' measured before and after. The study found that the length of the penis did not change, and jelqing was not practical for increasing the length or girth of the penis.

What to Try Instead

Instead of jelqing, focus on the quality of your erection. There are many things that play a role in having a solid erection, and if you are struggling to get a hard erection or maintain a hard erection, there are a few things you can do to help.

One option is to take a look at your diet. Your diet might affect the quality of your erection. A lot of men tend to eat fast food, which is filled with salt, fat, and processed foods. Try to eat a diet that is rich in whole foods such as fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and fish, and stay away from the processed food.

Another option is to look at your supplement routine. While supplements are not a substitute for a healthy diet, they can help you maintain your erections. Focus on a multi-vitamin and a supplement to boost your nitric oxide levels. Nitric oxide is a chemical that helps to relax your blood vessels, increasing blood flow to the penis. This will help to give you firmer, harder erections that last longer.

Many men have found successful temporary methods that slightly elongate the penis and make it feel harder by using penis pumps. These are a great way to stretch the penis and make it feel a bit longer. However, these are short-term solutions and are not permanent fixes.

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) medications can help you become erect, which makes a big difference in your sex life.

Do You Really Need a Fix?

Many women will inform you that pleasure has very little to do with the size of your penis and more about how hard it is and what you do with it. This isn’t a cliché! However, this does have a lot to do with her preferences. So, it’s essential to talk to your partner before you try any kind of remedy.

In the end, jelqing isn’t the answer. If you feel like you need to enlarge your penis, look at how a penis pump works. A penis pump can give you the length and girth that you’re looking for and won’t cause any harm to your penis.

Alternatively, try ED medications. They are a safe and effective way to get you hard, which naturally elongates the penis.


Most medical professionals do not recommend jelqing, and there is very little evidence to show that it is effective. Jelqing can cause damage to the penis, and many men have reported that they have experienced swelling and bruising on their penis after practicing jelqing.

If you want to increase the size of your penis, take a look at a penis pump. A penis pump increases the blood flow to the penis, which is an excellent pre-cursor to getting it up, and temporarily increases the size and girth of your penis.

In a nutshell, jelqing can be dangerous to your penis and can potentially cause scarring and loss of sensitivity.

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