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Penile injury prevention: Why jelquing is a technique best left alone

Today, we hear from Travis, in Madison, WI. He asks,

“I’ve heard guys talking about jelqing for penis enlargement. What is jelquing, and does it really work?”

Travis brings up a great question, and he's not the only one who wonders about this. Jelqing is a technique that many men swear by, claiming that it leads to penis enhancement in both length and in girth. In fact, a search of the Internet will turn up countless how-to videos, ebooks and at-home courses for men who are looking to "grow" their penis.

Essentially, jelquing is a type of stretching exercise whereby a man forces an increased flow of blood into the penis. He uses a milking motion, mimicking the technique used to milk a cow, where he moves one hand up the length of the penile shaft, followed closely by the other. This forces blood to stay in the penis. The technique is thought to increase the capacity of the penis to hold blood, thereby increasing its size. Now, unfortunately there is no hard evidence – pun intended – that this approach actually creates substantial and permanent length to the penis -- and in fact, it can cause penis injury. The aggressive nature of jelqing can cause skin abrasions; it can also cause nerve damage and even damage the erectile tissue of the penis. So for these reasons, I can’t recommend that men engage in jelqing. Instead, focus on what you do have; make sure it is healthy inside and out, and rest assured that any partner who is interested in you will be interested in what you've got downstairs.

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