Is DIY Penis Enhancement Jelqing Worth a Try or Harmful?

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The Doctors discuss jelqing, a penis stretching exercise, which some people believe will increase size, but is it even effective, and are there possible harmful side effects?

Urologist Dr. Aaron Spitz explains that jelqing is a stretching exercise, which involves massaging the tissue of the sexual organ and the stretching of the skin to cause micro-tears, which some think will increase the size.

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But before you start jelqing, Dr. Spitz warns there is no evidence to support the claims. "It does not work," he warns. 

People who partake will stretch for 20 minutes a day from 6 months to a year, which the urologist notes "does not work." He goes on to explain that the tissue of the penis "cannot be changed by yanking on it." He notes the size of an erect penis is not determined by scar tissue, but the chambers within the penis made from collagen and elastin, which he notes cannot be stretched or altered.

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And are there any possible longterm harmful effects associated with jelqing?

Yes, according to reports, this massage method can possibly lead to damage of nerves, veins, and arteries, a possible decrease in sensation, and even erectile dysfunction.

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ER physician Dr. Travis Stork adds, "Do not try to create scar tissue in your penis to make it bigger, that will not end well."

Do you have more questions about the penis? Check out Dr. Spitz's book, "The Penis Book: A Doctor's Complete Guide to the Penis--From Size to Function and Everything in Between." 

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