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23 December 2000
by George Atkinson

The various repetitive massage techniques that are claimed to build up the size of the penis have, for some reason, come to be known as jelqing. The origin of the word is something of a mystery, as is the lack of explanation as to why there's no letter "u" in it. Some observers say that jelqing originated in the Middle East (which may explain the peculiar spelling) where fathers would prepare their sons for sexual relationships by teaching them the technique (ewww). Others say the word is a corruption of "jerk-off" and was initiated by college students. Wherever the word came from, jelqing has come to be the most common term encompassing a number of natural enlargement exercises.

The exercises are referred to as "natural" as no external devices or equipment are involved. Two hands, some kind of lubricant and some spare time each day are all that is required. The technique has spawned a large number of tutorials, guides and programs - mostly Internet based - designed to assist men in implementing the exercises. Likewise, communities of jelqing devotees exchange messages in forums updating each other on their size gains and their own custom-developed exercises. No doubt because of the low cost involved, jelqing has become the most popular penis enlargement method in America.

The most comprehensive research into the effectiveness of jelqing was carried out in the late 1970s by Dr Brian Richards in the United Kingdom. His research was accepted for publication by the British Journal of Sexual Medicine and showed positive results for 87 percent of the test group. The results from his study showed an increase in penis length of up to 1.4 inches and an increase in penis girth of up to 1 inch.

The workouts themselves are based around a daily jelq session of around 10-30 minutes. The exercises usually start with a penis warm-up, which involves a warm bath or a towel soaked in warm water applied to the penis. The warm-up is to increase blood flow to the penis and prepare it for the jelq exercises. Once the warm-up is completed, the jelq techniques can be commenced. Jelqing should only be attempted with a semi-tumescent (semi-erect) penis, never on an erect penis. Some lubricant should be applied beforehand and the hand-grip should completely encircle the base of the penis thus ensuring that no blood escapes from the penis. The penis is then milked, with the hand moving towards the head and forcing the blood toward the end of the penis. The average workout usually consists of around 100-200 jelq movements.

The exercises can only be carried out in a semi-tumescent state as a flaccid penis will render the exercises useless and an erection will render them impossible. Ejaculation should not be allowed to occur and if the urge becomes apparent then a break from the exercises is recommended. Likewise, jelqing should be ceased should any pain or discomfort become apparent. After several months, penis size increases, both in girth or length should become apparent and long-time practitioners claim gains of several inches in length are possible.

Please note that the above example of a jelqing workout is intended for overview purposes only. To avoid possible injury, men interested in jelqing should review detailed instructions, background information, videos and pictures of the exercises before starting. Like any exercise, it must be done properly.

Most websites offering subscriptions to programs and tutorials about jelqing techniques charge around US$40-US$50. One of the better websites for effective jelqing material is the Penis Advantage website managed by Roger Miller. Miller says the key to his website's success is the range of condensed exercises they offer. "Other penis enlargement websites demand an hour or more a day for exercises. This is why many men fail to complete jelqing programs, there's simply too much time required. One of the options we offer is a condensed jelqing program that requires only 8 minutes per day. Men have no problem allocating 8 minutes per day and that's why our success rate is so good," said Miller. He also stressed the importance of support. "Men always have questions about the exercises. We answer all emails from members within 24 hours, that way, members don't find their exercise program disrupted while they are waiting for an answer."

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