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How Jelqing Works

The origins of jelqing are the subject of some debate and no one can really agree on where the techniques originated. Research into what actually occurs during jelqing has to date focused on what happens to the vascular tissue and smooth muscle components of the penis when they are placed under stress, as happens during a jelqing exercise.

In a recent study, the researchers found that it is simply a matter of the body adapting to the stress that jelqing creates. Stress your penis the right way and you have growth; stress it the wrong way and you won't see any gains - or worse, you may injure yourself.

The study, in the journal Circulation Research describes how changes in blood pressure induced "arterial remodeling that normalizes mechanical loads that are imposed on arterial tissue." Put simply, the increased blood flow in the artery forces the artery to remodel itself to accommodate the stress. This arterial remodeling, in the researcher's words; "involved tissue elaboration, [where] endothelial cell replication rates were increased by more than 50-fold and smooth muscle cell replication rates were increased by more than 15-fold."

So, that's how jelqing works. But what happens when you do it incorrectly?

Following Instructions

Bruising, swelling and little red spots that appear on the head and shaft of the penis are the most common issues that jelqers have to deal with. Typically, this is caused by overzealousness - doing too much too soon. Men just starting on jelqing routines go overboard and try and do too much too quickly, thinking it will yield faster results. The best way to avoid physiological problems is to simply stick to the routine that you've been set. Don't do more than is recommended. As your stamina levels rise you can increase your reps in line with whatever your program provider recommends but to go beyond these recommendations before you are ready is folly.

Common Issues


Rashes are usually caused by a lack of lubrication while performing the jelq. It may appear as a small red area or it may look like a burn. Cocoa butter and other mild skin creams and ointments are effective in alleviating rashes.


Much like the little red spots, bruising occurs from heavy hanging without enough padding in the hanger, or from hanging too long without a break. This can be serious if you've managed to cut off so much circulation that you've destroyed tissue. Treatments usually consist of rest, hot wraps and soaks, applications of "Arnica" to the penis itself.

Thrombosed veins

Thrombosed veins are not very common. A thrombosed vein is a vein that's been distended due to internal vascular pressure. It's caused by incorrectly performing squeeze-type exercises. Men who have suffered from this condition have said that it's relatively painless. The treatment? Rest and hot wraps and soaks. To prevent this from happening in the future, exercise moderation in the activity.

Strained Ligaments

Strained ligaments at the base of the penis can occur from hanging or stretching too often without enough rest. Most of the pain felt from strained ligaments can be felt at the base of the penis, and may extend to the interior of the pubis and even as far as the lower abdomen. Rest is required for strained ligaments. All penis enlargement exercises should be ceased as they may lead to actual tearing of the ligaments.

Jelqing Question & Answer

The website has a jelqing Q&A provided by Al Alfaro. Men can email questions to Al about their routines and any issues they are having.

Further Jelqing Information

This website is provided not as a complete penis enlargement program but as guidelines for men wishing to evaluate jelqing as a method of enlargement. Consult with a provider of proven and safe techniques before embarking on any jelqing routines.

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