Written by Dr. Shlomo Raz, MD

Updated on November 8, 2018

Not the ideal penis size and you want to do something about it?

So you've heard about (one of the many penis size techniques I teach) and want to learn it so that you can start gaining size.

In this guide, I'm going to teach you:

  • What jelqing is.

  • How to jelq.

  • Does jelqing work or not.

What is Jelqing?

Jelqing is a shaft-stroking penis exercise that trains the penis with the goal of increasing size.

Jelqing involves applying pressure and pulling the penis in a milking-like motion to cause the organ to grow in length and girth.

Jelqing is typically done with lubricants to make it easier and effective.

Jelqing performed on a dildo for demonstration.

Does Jelqing Work?

But a question our team literally get hundreds emails a week is:

"Dr. Raz, does jelqing work?"

screenshot of question asking whether jelqing works or not.

You may be surprised on my experimental results with 7 male subjects, below.

Data from jelqing plotted on a line graph.
Click the link above to view the full jelqing study results.

The short answer?

It's complicated.

I can say for 100% certain it is not the best size enlargement technique.

So if you want faster size results, I think there is a much more reliable method you should use instead.

Even Universities Recognize this enlargement technique is one that works.

In addition to certain medical communities recongnizing jelqing, there have also been thousands of testimonials on penis enlargement forums that can testify their results.

Here is a quote on Jelqing from Cornell University's medical school:

Jelqing description by Cornell University
Jelqing has even received the attention of medical communities, like Cornell University's medical school.

How to Jelq

  1. Lubricate your penis with olive oil, coconut oil, or water-based lubricants.

  2. Form an OK-grip with your index finger and thumb, around the base of your penis.

  3. With a light pressure applied, slowly slide your fingers up the shaft of the penis over the course of 3-5 seconds.

  4. Stop and release your fingers when you reach the glans.

the steps on how to do jelqing
The steps on how to jelq.
Image courtesy of

One jelq rep can also be summarized in these two photos below:

the starting position for a jelqing stroke rep the ending position for a jelqing stroke rep
First squeeze. Then stroke upwards.

Jelqing Variations and Considerations

Use a Lubricant while Jelqing!

You should use a lubricant when doing jelqing.

Dry jelqing, which is jelqing without a lubricant is highly discouraged.

Why not?

  • It's harsh on the skin (rashes)

  • You don't get an even, clean sliding motion.

Lubricants You Should Use for Jelqing

  • Olive Oil

  • Coconut Oil

  • Water-Based Lubricant (Commonly used with sex toys)

olive oil coconut oil sex lubricant

Here are three possible ideas for lubricants for jelqing.

Warning: Never use soap as a jelqing lubricant.

If the soap gets inside your urethra opening then it will be very painful.

Also, soap doesn't actually let your fingers slide that well on the penis.

Here is a good recommendation for coconut oil based on quality, affordability and the PHALLOGAUGE team's personal experience.

Erection Levels and Jelqing

Generally, you want to maintain an erection level between 70% and 80% when you're actually doing jelqing.

Diagram showing the different erection levels for jelqing.
It is highly recommended to stay in the 70-80% erection hardness level range for jelqing.

For most guys, as they do their jelqing session, they will naturally get a harder and harder erection.

That's not surprising - jelqing actually feels good.

Maintaining a 70-80% erection level is slightly challenging because it requires you pay attention to your body.

Also, never jelq with a 100% full erection -- it's not necessary, and might actually reduce gains.

Basic Jelqing Routine

Most guys typically jelq in their bedroom or if they live alone, pretty much anywhere in their house/apartment.

man sitting while jelqing
Your bedroom is the best place to jelq.

Here is the exact jelqing routine you should follow:

  • Do no more than 1 jelqing sesion per day.

  • Do at least 1 jelqing exercise session per day.

  • Do 100 to 200 jelqing strokes (reps) per session.

  • Experienced jelqers can increase their stroke count to 500 or 700.

Jelqing for Length

Read this article to learn how you can modify your technique to do jelqing for length.

Jelqing Devices

jelqing device tool
The Penilizer is one device that can provide more "work" force while jelqing.

Jelqing devices don't jelq your penis automatically, rather they provide more angles that you can hit your penis with.

This is because some may find it hard to stroke upward with the simple OK-grip. This jelqing device solves that problem.

Go here to learn more about these handy tools.

applying an upward stroke on penis with jelqing device tool
This angle can only be well-trained with the Jelqing Device.

Jelqing grip

You want to find a nice balance between strength, consistency, diameter, and stroke length.

Because jelqing is a physical exercise just like weight lifting, you want to always be challenging yourself.

Jelqing Demonstration (on a dildo)

Jelqing performed on a dildo for demonstration.

Jelqing is incredibly easy to do as we demonstrate for you in the video above.

At the same time, you don't want to be stroking it too lightly.

Remember to make sure that your stroke is going the full distance from the base of your penis to the base of your glans.

So many guys forget to do this, and end up just wasting their time.

So Should You Do Jelqing Exercises?

Simply put, jelqing is better than doing nothing.

If you could do something to gain fractions of an inch - would you do it?

Most men who truly want it, will.

Here's how your penis can benefit from jelqing exercises:

  1. It primarily targets girth gains (not length). Women prefer girth for pleasure over length.

  2. Minor length gains can be observed due to the pulling-nature of the exercise.

  3. It provides stronger, fuller, healthier erections.

  4. It promotes delivery of nutrient-rich blood to all of your penile tissues, which is directly responsible for cell hyperplasia (increasing number of cells in your penile tissue).

  5. An example of cell hyperplasia in the penis.
    More cell mass means more size. Jelqing is a technique to accomplish this.

Jelqing is a form of penis stretching that causes micro tears in the penis tissue and promotes strong blood flow in the penis.

Why Jelqing Works

Jelqing works because it uses the positive pressure from your OK-grip to pump blood into your Corpora Cavernosa in the shaft of your penis.

It's like a penis pump made with your fingers.

Think of it like what happens when you squeeze a semi-inflated balloon.

jelqing diagram showing how the jelq works
How the penile tissues are "trained" - like squeezing a balloon.

If you squeeze one side, then all the air will be pushed into the other side and the balloon will expand outward.

Now when you apply this pumping force to your penis over many hours of jelqing sessions and thousands of reps, your body adapts and penis size is gained.

The Biggest Jelqing Mistake Most Guys Do

This mistake is none other than NOT doing each jelqing rep for the full 5 seconds.

Why is this such a big mistake?

These are half-assed reps.

a girl not exercising very hard
If your intensity is too low - don't expect much results.

It's easy to start getting into the bad habit of doing quick jelq reps (bad) because you get impatient or you're distracted.

You have to form good habits when you're first starting out.

We highly suggest going as far as timing each rep using a stopwatch.

This will allow you to commit the full 5 seconds to muscle memory.

The Pros and Cons of Jelqing

Pros (Advantages)

Jelqing is essentially free.

There isn't a special "club" that only certain men have access to, like stock market insider secrets.

Or if you want you could spend about $30 on jelqing devices - (not required, though).

Jelqing primarily targets girth.

Majority of women prefer girth as it creates the physical pressure that stimulates their vaginal walls.

So if you're targeting girth, do jelqing is preferred over penis stretching exercises.

It's Safe.

Most of you already know how I feel about on penis surgery.

Becauase of this, I'll recommend jelqing over surgery any day.

Cons (Disadvantages/Non-Idealities)

It requires about 20 minutes of effort every day.

A man frustrated with his penis enlargement routine.
Not everybody has the discipline. Do you?

If you can't keep to a solid gym-workout routine, or even simpler tasks like brushing your teeth every day, you're probably going to find it hard to stay disciplined with jelqing.

Unfortunately, results don't just come in one or two sessions - it takes many months.

Your ability to multitask is severely limited.

While jelqing, you can watch TV or listen to music - pretty much anything that doesn't require your hands.

That's why it's limited multitasking.

But you can't operate a computer or do anything similar because you need the use of your hands for the exercise.

There are other penis enlargement methods that do not require your hands - like this one.

It requires 100% privacy.

Kind of another big point.

You can only do jelqing in the privacy of your bedroom (or house if you live alone).

Not ideal if you're in college with roommates. Bathroom stall might work - but it really depends on your logistics.

I bring this point up, because there are penis enlargement methods, like wearing extenders, that allow you to stealthily do them in the middle of public - all without anyone noticing one bit.

It requires some clean-up.

This is a big one for guys who tend to be lazy.

Because you're using a water-based lubricant, you're going to have to wash it off when you're done. Unless you don't mind your crotch being sticky afterward.

I personally cannot stand the stickiness, so I have to wash my crotch after every jelqing exercicse session.

Again, for some this may not be a problem, but for everyone else, you're better off just using a penis pump.

Cleaning up after jelqing routine completed.
Most like to get clean off the lubricant after a routine because it's sticky (even water-based ones).
Cleaning lube off the floor after a jelqing session.
Jelqing always drips lube on the floor, which I have to clean-up.

In Conclusion

Jelqing is one of the "bread-and-butter" exercises for penis enlargement.

Not only that, but it is probably the easiest exercise to get started with, and one that is highly recommended for beginners who have never done any penis enlargement before.

Jelqing primaily targets girth, but can be used to achieve some length gains due to the naturally pulling motion of the exercise.

However there are much better options for length gains.

Regardless, spending about 15-20 minutes a day jelqing not only feels good, but the confidence you get from doing it will also rise - a crucial element that is commonly overlooked when it comes to having sex.

woman impressed by man's size after jelqing
Jelqing is the single-most important exercise to do for overall penile health and size.

Have you tried it? What do you think about jelqing?

If you're also interested in gaining length, you may be interested in our extender that thousands of men already use.


Weisman C. Does jelqing actually work? A stretching technique that is said to increase the size and length of your penis Mens Health 2018 Apr 24

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