Jelqing side effects can and do happen, especially to newbies who jump into it with a little too much enthusiasm.
The basic concept of jelqing should be familiar to anyone who has ever attempted to exercise or enhance their penis.
Like Kegels and edging, jelqing is a big part of many men’s penile health and enlargement routines.
Unlike the other techniques mentioned, jelqing is specifically associated with penis growth.
This is because it focuses on stretching one’s member to create “micro-tears” and then allowing those tears to heal, resulting in a longer, thicker penis.
Though many men still dismiss non-surgery penis enlargement as bunk, there is actually plenty of evidence to support the fact that jelqing works.
This includes many claims by men who say that adhering to a normal jelqing routine has helped substantially increase their flaccid and erect girth and length.
Of course, as with any sort of exercise, there is a proper and improper way of approaching jelqing.
Moreover, if you approach the exercise incorrectly, use too much pressure, or don’t allow yourself adequate time to heal, you might end up doing temporary or even permanent damage.
In the following article, we’re going to talk about the side effects of jelqing, what signs indicate that you might be doing something wrong, and how to prevent (and recover from) jelqing-related injuries.
The penis is made up of a spongy tissue intersected by a network of small and large veins.
These veins are responsible for carrying blood to and from the penis.
When you have an erection, blood flows through these veins and arteries into the chambers and attached blood vessels known as the corpora cavernosa.
When jelqing, you are physically aiding the movement of this blood in an attempt to expand how much these vessels can take in.
However, if you are not properly in-tune with your body, you can cause a condition known as thrombosis, which is severe inflamation of the veins or arteries leading to and from the penis.
This is an accute inflammatory condition that can be quite painful and take quite a bit of time to heal.
Most men report an initial sensation of “suction” inside the shaft, which later leads to either tenderness or pain.
Should this occur, take a few days off from your routine and cover the penis shaft in hot wrappings to aid recovery.
To prevent this occurring again, pay close attention to what your body is telling you and try not to push too hard for gains in the future.
Yes, unfortunately, you read that right.
As I’ve stressed time and time again, the penis is a very sensitive organ, and it must be treated as such.
Though jelqing, traction, and other exercise routines can have positive effects on your penis size when performed correctly, they can have disastrous consequences when done wrong.
For instance, if you jelq too long or too hard, your erection quality might actually start to decline over time.
And, if you push your body too far, you might actually end up with erectile dysfunction, meaning you’ll have serious difficulty getting and maintaining an erection (if you can get one at all).
To keep your erections intact, I suggest you closely monitor the quality of your erections after you exercise and in the moring as soon as you wake up.
If you see a decline, it’s time to back off until you start waking up with morning wood again.
The skin of the penis is extremely sensitive and comparatively thin in terms of the rest of your body.
For this reason, you simply can’t expect to manhandle yourself (for lack of a better word), and not cause potential damage.
By far the most common side effect of jelqing is skin irritation, which can develop into a serious rash or sore if not dealt with quickly.
As with all the other conditions on this list, however, this sort of irritation results from either an improper technique or a lack of attention to detail.
For instance, jelqing while fully erect is considered a huge no-no among those with proper experience.
The same can be said about jelqing too hard, too frequently, or neglecting to lube the penis up before exercise.
In short, lube up, cut back on the “reps,” and never jelq with a full erection.
I might not need to tell you this, but the penis is not designed to handle a large amount of pressure.
When it comes to jelqing, one of those things that can go wrong is penile bruising.
In nearly every single case, this is caused by gripping too hard and not paying attention to the signals your body is giving you.
Remember, jelqing should be a relatively painless exercise.
If you’re experiencing noticable discomfort, it usually means that you’re doing something wrong.
Many experts recommend that you use no more pressure while jelqing than it would take to crush an egg between your fingers.
That may be a little too conservative but it does suggest that you may be pushing the envelope further than you need to.
If you do manage to bruise yourself, take a few days off, apply heat and back off a bit once you get back to your routines.
The penis doesn’t manage to get erect completely on its own.
There is actually a series of ligaments that support the penis at its base, wrapping around the shaft while keeping it tethered to your pubic region.
These ligaments are completely invisible to us, but we can feel them.
Of course, improper jelqing can injure these ligaments as well. Most often, this occurs when you accidentally grip too hard near the base of your penis.
It can also occur if you become too erect while jelqing, and accidentally bend your penis forward / downward, putting undue strain on the tether.
It’s important to note that if you do suffer a strained ligament, you need to take more than just a few days off.
You should rest for at least a week before attempting sex, masturbation, or any jelqing exercises.
When starting a penis enlargement routine, it is extremely common to experience some slight discoloration.
The most common example is small red spots known as “petechiae,” which are just tiny bruises resulting from excessive compression of your penis.
These are nothing to worry about as they usually go away in a day or two on their own.
However, discoloration in the form of a blood-filled blister is much more serious.
This indicates that you are either pinching the skin or using way too much pressure during your routine.
Providing that the blister is not warm or seems to appear out of nowhere, it should go away by itself.
Be careful not to pop the blister, however, as it can result in a nasty infection.
Like any other form of exercise, jelqing and penile stretching can cause soreness, especially when you’re just starting out.
This can be mostly abated by warming up before you start your routines and applying a warm compress after you finish.
However, if you experience repeat bouts of pain and soreness, it might indicate that you’ve done one of the following:
As with most of these problems, the only prescription for soreness is rest.
Take a few days off, and be sure to pay attention to the information above once you start back up again.
So far, the majority of the problems we’ve discussed have been serious, but easily treatable.
In the case of penile fractures, however, your road to recovery will almost always include surgery.
This is due to the rupturing of the tunica albuginea, the thick membrane that keeps the penile tissue in place and separates it from the skin.
That said, it should be noted that penile fractures are quite rare, and are almost always the result of incidents that take place during intercourse, not penile exercising.
However, that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to cause a fracture while jelqing.
There have been cases of men exercising while erect who ignored all the signs from their body that they were doing damage.
Remember, stick to the rules of jelqing at all times.
Have rest days, don’t use too much pressure, don’t jelq when erect, and always stop immediately if you feel any pain.
Though very rare, it is possible to develop a condition known as Peyronie’s Disease from improper jelqing.
In essence, this is a build-up of scar tissue along the side or top of the penis from repeated over-stretching and unrepaired damage.
This scare tissue or “plaque” will eventually cause your erections to bend, which can look awkward and in some cases be quite painful.
To make matters worse, it can sometimes take between six months or a year for the scaring to build up and cause the curvature.
This means that by the time it happens, it’s already too late.
Once a patient develops Peyronie’s Disease, they will almost always need surgery to recover from it.
Even then, the curvature might remain.
Despite the proven benefits of jelqing safely and properly, it’s clear that a number of things can go wrong when men put too much trust in inexperienced hands.
Though many of these conditions are embarrassing, painful, and decidedly awful, the good news is that they are easy to avoid.