Let’s be honest here, as men living in the early part of the 21st century, we’re regular recipients of spam emails promising to endow us with the biggest, and most satisfying dicks on the planet. Sadly, we know all too well that those emails belong in our junk boxes. But don’t give up hope; penis stretching is one method of male enhancement that can deliver the permanent, noticeable size increases so many men crave. Penis stretching takes many different forms, but we’re going to take a look at some of the most common techniques.
We’ll assess each one and give you a frank opinion of how effective they are. We’ll also offer some advice on how to stretch your penis as well as maximizing your results and showcasing your new-found gains. But before we get to that, let’s take a look at some of the science and history of penis stretching.
The science behind penis stretching is sound, it’s not a scam or fake news—and it can work for you too. But there are some mixed messages and ‘bro-science’ that can cause confusion and lead to guys ending up with flawed advice. So let’s set the record straight.
To understand why penis stretching actually works (and the techniques that can legitimately help you to gain some size), we’re going to have to take a look inside your cock. Our dicks are made up of different tissue types. For our purposes, the most important are two columns of erectile tissue called the corpus cavernosum. They may sound like a spell from a Harry Potter film—and they are, in fact, pretty magical things.
When you get turned on, blood flows into spaces within the corpus cavernosum. Chemical, physical, and physiological processes kick in, ensuring that blood stays trapped inside your dick—making you harder and longer (and literally hotter).
So, is there a way to expand the spaces that the blood flows into? Would that mean more blood is trapped in your dick? And could that increase the size of your cock? The answer to those three questions is yes. Absolutely. And that’s the premise of penis stretching.
Many of the techniques we’ll look at, apply this logic—seeking to increase those gaps in the corpus cavernosum and, by so doing, increasing the size of your cock. So does penis stretching work? Let's take a look.
Some penis stretching techniques fail the science test, however, as they misinterpret what happens to the tissues in the corpus cavernosum after they have been stretched.
There are guys out there that think that their dick is a muscle and that you can pump it like a pec or a bicep to get the gains you’re looking for. But your penis is not a muscle—it’s an organ. It doesn’t respond to tension in the same way as your biceps or pecs might after a workout at the gym.
Exercising your muscles creates tension inside them. That tension tears the fibers—hence the term ‘getting ripped.’ After your workout, those ‘ripped’ muscle fibers fuse together again with additional muscle protein strands, causing your muscles to grow in size.
But there’s no such regrowth with penis stretching. The gaps in the tissue will expand after several months of dedicated work. They’ll hold more blood in, but they won’t regrow and get stronger—they’ll just stretch. Not to scare you but... at some point, because they’re constructed differently to muscle fibers, they’ll lose integrity. So, although you’ll have a long dick, you won’t be able to do very much with it. That is why it is very important not to overstretch. Always follow the manufacturers' recommended use.
With that in mind, it’s essential to understand that although penis stretching will work if you find the right method, the gains are finite, this is one care where it's not the more the merrier. You can only achieve so much before you cause physical damage. To give some context, the best penis stretching techniques should help you gain around an inch in length.
You might think that penis stretching is a new thing, but it’s not. History is full of permanent penis stretching or enhancement techniques. Maybe the most striking is the Topinama tribe in Brazil, who allowed poisonous snakes to bite them—believing the venom would make their dicks bigger[i]. At the other end of the scale, there’s a long-held tantric belief that guys can improve the size of their penis purely through the power of positive thought[ii] —now, wouldn’t it be great if we could all make that work!
Most ancient tribes and civilizations that practiced penis stretching, however, used a system of rings and weights (usually rocks) to stretch their cocks[iii]. You’ve probably seen photos of similar apparatus used to stretch earlobes, lips, and necks. The results of these early endeavors are dubious at best, and no modern healthcare professional would endorse them. But they’re interesting to talk about here as they show man’s never-ending quest to be the bearer of a bigger, harder, and more satisfying cock. So, you’re not alone, and you’re not the first.
With that in mind, let's take a look at some of the techniques that are around today, and see how they 'measure up'.
Jelqing is a precise penis massaging technique[iv] that claims to offer gains in girth and length. It’s sometimes called milking as it’s done in a similar motion to milking a cow, sheep, or a goat. Sexy eh? It involves messaging your cock with an 'okay’ style grip to stretch it and encourage more blood flow. Some people claim it’s an ancient middle eastern method handed down from father to son, while others say it's a modern social media fad. Either way, it’s recently gained worldwide popularity as it doesn’t need any medication or equipment. Except, maybe, a bit of lube.
Jelqing enthusiasts recommend to 4-5 sessions a week, with each session lasting no longer than 15 minutes. So that’s 75 minutes a week—quite a commitment. Those who endorse jelqing say you should see the first gains after a month or so—with full results visible around six-months[v].
It’s important to realize that although jelqing may look a bit like masturbation, it’s not supposed to be a sexual activity or to be sexually stimulating. In fact, one thing that everyone can agree on is that you should never jelq a hard (erect) cock—it should be done when you’re semi-erect. If you get hard, you should stop right away as you can cause bruising and irreversible physical damage.
At this time, there aren't enough formal medical studies to suggest that jelqing can actually increase your penis size. Some of the online testimonies we've seen claim that length gains of 1-4 inches are possible[vi]. But remember much of this enthusiastic, positive testimony is anecdotal—and that ‘before and after’ shots could be easily faked with a photo-editing app on your phone.
There is some good news, however. Some medical sources that say jelqing has a positive impact on general penis health. That’s because regularly stimulating blood flow to your dick can improve erection quality in the long-run. Especially if the stimulation takes more time than a quick wank.
As such, jelqing could actually give you fuller erections. It could also create the appearance of greater length and girth—so you may end up feeling better about the size of your dick as a result[vii]. Other doctors say that, even if practiced with care, jelqing can cause permanent damage[viii]—so consider this option wisely and carefully before giving it a go.
Stretching is straightforward. It’s focused more on length gains and doesn’t claim to provide greater girth. Most guys tend to want both, so they opt for jelqing. But there are instances where men may want to just work on length.
Hold the head of your cock upward and gently stretch it for 10 seconds are so. Stretch to the left and then to the right—and repeat up to twice a day. It's optional, but some techniques suggest applying gentle pressure on the base area too.
Some guys take things a step further by hanging weights off their flaccid dicks to achieve far more noticeable gains. But for most of us, that's a step too far. It strays into the realms of fetish and even self-mutilation. However, if you want some tips in this area, there are sites you can check out for the ‘safest’ methods[ix].
As with jelqing, don’t attempt penis stretching when you have a boner. It’s also irreversible, so remember to be very sure, very specific, and very realistic about what you want to achieve before you start.
Unfortunately, most results of manual stretching are anecdotal—science hasn’t wanted or needed to get involved. There are plenty of pictures from the past of ancient tribes with stretched dicks. However, we can’t tell from the photos if they could still achieve an erection or deliver sexual gratification. Furthermore, as the contemporary accounts aren’t backed up by any medical studies, it’s tough to get a full answer and an understanding of the actual results or any side-effects.
Kegels work your pelvic floor muscles bringing extra control when it comes to shooting your load. They also help with ED by stimulating blood flow to your cock as the muscles contract and expand. The logic goes that increased blood that’s flowing to your cock not only treats ED but also helps your dick reach its full potential size (in fact, that’s technically HOW it treats ED). In some cases, this means men who Kegel could see an increase in length and girth. So, even if you don’t have ED or PE, Kegels are worth a try.
If you’ve never isolated your pelvic floor muscle before, stop yourself mid-way through a pee. Or wait until really need to pass wind and hold it back. You need to use your pelvic floor muscle to do both these things.
You can isolate those moves and perform two kinds of Kegels—in a variety of positions—if you get really good at them. The first needs you to contract the opening of your butt (that's the move that feels like trapping gas). The second requires you to move your dick vertically with moving the rest of your body (that's the one that feels like you're trying to hold in a pee).
You should aim for two sessions of Kegels per day, with each session made up of 10-30 individual contractions and relaxation exercises. Each exercise should last for 10 seconds.
Researchers suggest that you’ll need to complete a three-to-six month program like this to see some gains[xi].
So long as you identify the right muscles, build stamina slowly, and don’t over-do it, then Kegels are safe. Basically, apply the same basic common sense as you would when exercising any other muscle.
Those who support the use of Kegels for permanent size gains say that they work in a similar (but far less harmful way) than jelqing. Kegel enthusiasts claim the exercise stretches the same connective tissues as jelqing, but from the inside. The jury is out on whether Kegels will improve the size of your dick—or just make it appear bigger because it holds more blood when it’s hard. Either way, you can be confident they will improve your stamina and the quality of your erection. You’ll certainly be more impressive in the bedroom as a result.
Penis extenders (or penis traction devices) work by slowly and gently stretching your dick while it is flaccid. They were first created for medical-use after penis-enhancement surgery—to keep things straight and secure while they healed. Extenders are also used to treat Peyronie's disease (crooked penis). Similar to having your leg in traction after a break. But doctors and patients soon noticed that the device was capable of delivering size gains in its own right. The rest, as they say, is history.
Penis stretching with an extender needs patience, months of focus, and dedication. You will need to wear one for between four and nine hours a day—and it takes between three months and a year to see results. There are many different kinds of penis extenders available at a variety of price points and with various accessories. But all of them follow the same design principle.
Check out how to use a penis extender in our latest post!
The higher-end models generally offer more comfort and more discretion—so you can wear one at work, for example, without anyone knowing. Still, you need to be aware that, although designers do their best to accommodate you, penis extenders can be uncomfortable in some situations.
It may be more challenging, for example, to stick to the required routine if you spend a lot of your day driving (getting in and out of a car with one on can be tricky). You should also consider whether to use one if you have a manual or labor-intensive job. Manufacturers also tend not to recommend wearing a penis extender in bed, especially if you’re a restless sleeper. But, from what we’ve read, the most significant danger seems to be if you have had open surgery near the top of your dick—in that situation, you should avoid them.
Out of all of the options we looked at, penis extenders are the only non-surgical penis stretching method that delivers proven and permanent length gains. Indeed, a growing body of research has persuaded many doctors and healthcare professionals to recommend traction ahead of surgery [xii] [xiii]. One study we looked at reported a 100% success rate[xiv]. Another concluded that men who wore a penis extender every day for at least four hours, over six months, were able to increase the length of their cocks by up to 32%[xv].
Check out how to use a penis extender in our latest post!
Penis stretching definitely does work if you use a penis extender. But remember that although you want to add length to your dick, you also want to have great sex. With that in mind, there’s a finite increase in length and girth that you can achieve—even with this kind of device. Once you go past that point, your dick may get longer, but you’ll permanently damage it. This can make sex painful and, in some cases, impossible. So, with any kind of penis stretching—even the safest and most well-researched methods—it’s essential to start with the right expectations and know your ultimate limitations.
As a final thought, you owe it to yourself to make the most of any size gains. That means trimming your pubic hair, losing some weight around your belly, and generally getting fitter. If you enhance the overall appearance of your body, you’ll present your newly-enlarged cock in the best light possible. You’ll give your overall confidence a boost too.