October 23, 2019

How Does Penis Stretching Work?

Penis stretching, penis pumps, penis enlargement those methods actually work in increasing the penis’s size?
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If you’ve heard of penis stretching, you might be wondering if any method actually works and if you should try it. But before we get into this topic, first thing’s first: the average penis size is a little over 5 inches, not 7 inches — don’t be fooled by dicks in porn! And, sure, there are some people who prefer penises that are bigger than average, but most people are happy with an average-size one. Just know that whatever size your cock is, it’s fine just the way it is. But if you’re still curious about penis stretching techniques, read on. 

Insecurity about penis size is common, and people often worry that their dick may be smaller than average. If their dick actually is on the smaller side this can be stressful, and even those who know their dick is average, or even on the big side, may still wish it was bigger. There’s a whole industry that preys on this insecurity, selling medications, tools, and surgeries that promise penis enlargement. Penis stretching is just one of the methods out there.

Does penis enlargement work?

Spoiler alert: Not really. But that doesn’t stop people from trying all sorts of things including penis stretching. Here’s a run down on penis stretching techniques, as well as some info on other methods that people use to try to grow their penis.

How to stretch your penis

Penis stretching falls into two categories, “jelqing” and penis traction devices. The good thing about jelqing is that it’s free and “natural” — all it requires is your hands and your penis. Penis traction devices require a little more work to find and fit. However, as with jelqing, they have a safer record than surgical techniques. Since it’s free and easy to try at home, let’s explore jelqing.

What is jelqing?

Jelqing is a penis massage technique that some people do to try and increase the size of their penis. It involves using the fingers to stretch out the cock when it’s flaccid.

How to jelq:

Turns out jelqing sounds a lot like masturbation, but the difference is that it doesn’t involve an erection or orgasm. 

These are the steps to follow if you want to try jelqing:

  1. Hold your penis at the base making an “O” shape with your fingers, or a pincer shape with thumb on one side and index finger of the other.
  2. Hold firmly, but not super tight.
  3. Keeping this firm but gentle grip, move the fingers slowly towards the head, stretching out the penis as you go.
  4. This stretching motion should take about five seconds to complete, repeat up to 20 times per session. 

Is jelqing safe?

If you squeeze too tight, stretch too aggressively, or jelq too often it could cause nerve damage and potentially erectile dysfunction, so be careful! But if it’s not painful, and if you’re not doing it more than once a day it’s unlikely to cause damage. Pay attention to your body’s cues and stop if it’s painful, if you get bruising, or if your skin gets irritated.

Does jelqing work?

Well… um… probably not. Some people do say that jelqing has worked for them, but according to Healthline there’s no convincing evidence that it’s effective

Is it possible to make your penis bigger?

So, if penis stretching doesn’t really work, are there any other options to increase your penis size? To date there are no penis enlargement methods that are effective enough or safe enough to recommend, according to Healthline.

Do penile traction devices work?

These do kind of work a little bit if you put in a lot of effort. A penis traction device is a gadget you attach to your flaccid penis and it holds it in a stretched out position for hours at a time. These devices are mainly used to treat peyronie’s disease — a sometimes painful condition where scar tissue affects the shape of the penis — not for penis enlargement. However, a couple of studies indicate that traction can sometimes increase penis length (although by less than an inch) if used for 4 to 9 hours a day for 3 to 6 months — so you’ve got to be committed, to say the least.

Do penis enlargement pills work?

Short answer: No. There are no pills known to actually work to enlarge your dick. These pills are usually just vitamins and herbs that may help with erection or libido, but won’t do anything to change the size of your cock.

Does masturbating make your penis bigger?

No again. Imagine if penis size was a sign of masturbation frequency. You’d be able to tell who masturbated a lot or a little by the outline in their gym shorts. No, jerking off won’t make your cock bigger or smaller.

Does penis enlargement surgery work?

Um well not really there’s a little bit of evidence that some penis surgeries can increase size. However, there are a lot of risks, complications are not uncommon (such as erectile dysfunction), and the size increase isn’t usually very significant. Generally doctors only recommend surgery when a patient has a medical condition, such as micropenis. These surgeries are also expensive.

Do penis pumps make your dick bigger?

Nope, penis pumps don’t work either. If you have erectile dysfunction a penis pump can help with that, and they can be fun to play with just as a sex toy, but they won’t make your cock bigger.

So, in summary, penis stretching and other enlargement methods are not really effective. And if they do add size, it’s either not very much or it comes with quite a few risks to weigh up. 

Having a penis that’s smaller than you’d like can be frustrating, and worrying about your body — and whether it’s attractive to sexual partners — can be stressful. If you’re in this situation, or know someone who is, learning to accept your body, and working on your sexual skills rather than on changing your equipment, is likely to make you a more confident and appealing lover. Instead, why not upgrade your oral sex skills, work out the best sex positions for you, and consider getting some sex toys to enhance your sex life.

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