1 June 2019
Performed on the halfway tumescent penis, jelqing is a manual manipulation of simultaneous squeezing and stroking the shaft from base to corona. Also called “milking”, the technique has ancient Arab origins. Despite many anecdotal reports of success, medical evidence is absent. Journalists have dismissed the method as biologically implausible, or even impossible, albeit unlikely to seriously damage the penis. Still, if done excessively or harshly, jelqing could conceivably cause ruptures, scarring, disfigurement, and desensitization.
31 May 2019
They stretch their penis in a process known as ‘jelqing’…
On Reddit, a growing number of men – particularly young, white and frustrated ones – are discussing ‘jelqing’.
The supposedly ‘ancient’ technique involves repeatedly stretching (‘milking’) a semi-erect penis over time in the hopes that it will enlarge the organ.
In theory, each tug gradually rips the penile tissue, allowing space for scar tissue to fill it out, making it look bigger.
As observed in New York Magazine’s cover piece this week, there is a fresh buzz about jelqing online in a sub-Reddit a forum of ‘Incels’, celibate men who strive to be beautiful, irresistible, and well-endowed.
Out of the internet and into the clinic, two urologists tell DailyMail.com they, too, have had more patients asking about it in the last year.
But, they warn, it is not a trend to jump on whimsically.
Jelqing, ‘milking’ the penis to create tears in it, can cause painful curvature
‘Those repeated, traumatic movements can translate into scarring, but that can then translate into Peyronie’s Disease, where you form a plaque, that can be associated with erectile dysfunction and pain as well,’ Dr Jamin Brahmbhatt, a board-certified urologist at Orlando Health, told DailyMail.com.
Specifically, that scarring can start to shape the penis into a curve, causing uncomfortable erections, making penetration difficult and sometimes impossible.
For ‘incels’, vowed to celibacy, the penetration situation may not be a pressing issue.
But the discomfort associated with Peyronie’s, during sex or not, isn’t worth it, says Dr Brahmbhatt, who once had to counsel a patient out of hanging heavy balls on his penis to achieve the same effect.
‘It’s a complete waste of guys’ time,’ he says.
‘It can be very painful, and sometimes the scarring can take three to six months or even a year to build up for you to even notice the change. So you may think you haven’t seen any negative side effects, but it may just take some time.’
Scores of unofficial clinics have been popping up across the US offering unapproved penis enlargement injections, which also carry a risk of Peyronie’s, and more and more social media plastic surgeons are touting penile implants to overcome erectile dysfunction.
THE PAINFUL ‘CURVED PENIS’ DISEASE CAUSED BY JELQING
Peyronie’s disease signs and symptoms might appear suddenly or develop gradually. The most common signs and symptoms include:
- Scar tissue. The scar tissue (plaques) associated with Peyronie’s disease can be felt under the skin of the penis as flat lumps or a band of hard tissue.
- A significant bend to the penis. Your penis might be curved upward, downward or bent to one side. In some cases, the erect penis might have narrowing, indentations or an hourglass appearance, with a tight, narrow band around the shaft.
- Erection problems. Peyronie’s disease might cause problems getting or maintaining an erection (erectile dysfunction).
- Shortening of the penis. Your penis might become shorter as a result of Peyronie’s disease.
- Pain. You might have penile pain, with or without an erection.
Source: Mayo Clinic