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By Dr. Jeff Ferrara, MD

Updated on October 1, 2018

Quick 30 Second Jelqing Demonstration (on a dildo)

Jelqing is incredibly easy to do as we demonstrate for you.

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

So you've heard about jelqing (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 I literally get hundreds emails a week is:

"Dr. Ferrara, 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.

The short answer?

It's complicated.

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

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

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.
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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 session per day.

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

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

The Biggest Jelqing Mistake Most Guys Do

This mistake is none other than 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 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.

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