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By Dr. Jeff Ferrara

Updated on August 9, 2018

A penis extender on display.

So you're thinking about getting a penis extender, but you want to know how it would affect your daily lifestyle, right?

This is the right place because we give you the clear step-by-step procedure to wear one.

We also detail what it's like to wear one throughout the day, and give you a solid routine to follow.

Let's get started.

Penis Extender Types

Rod-based extenders

Penis extender devices typically consisted of a rod, noose, and spring system.

Longer rods and springs are installed when you want to change the amount of force applied to your penis.

typical example of a penis extender device
A typical example of a penis extender.

Pulling extenders

Pulling extenders use the instinctual nature of pulling to stretch the penis.

Typically, there is a part that grips the top of the penis shaft, and a belt that comes around that anchors to the base of the penis.

Demonstrating how a pulling extender works on a finger.

Why would you want to use a pulling extender instead?

A big advantage of pulling penis extenders is that they can be worn underneath any kind of pants without being detected.

Rod-based extenders hold the penis straight out which looks like you have an erection in public.

typical example of a pulling penis extender being used on a person
How pulling penis extenders are worn.

How to Use a Penis Extender

How to put on a pulling stretching system

  1. Make sure your penis is flaccid (ideally under 20% hardness)

  2. Fit the soft foam loop base against your pelvis, around the base of your penis.

  3. Secure the top of your shaft in the gripping mechanism.

  4. Hook the gripping mechanism to the pulling belt.

Demonstration of how to use a penis extender (pulling-type).
An example of the PhalloSan penis extender (Pulling-Type)

How to put on a rod based extender system

  1. Make sure your penis is flaccid (ideally under 20% hardness)

  2. Fit the hard base against your pelvis, at the base of your penis.

  3. Gripping your glans, fit it into the opposite end.

  4. While holding your glans there, tighten the noose so that it clamps onto the upper shaft.

Demonstration of how to use a penis extender (rod-type).
The top of the penis shaft is secured in the noose shown above.

Penis Extender Routine

How long should I use the penis extender each day?

That's a great and important question.

The typical recommended usage for each day is:

3 to 6 hours per day.
(Try to aim for at least 4 hours.)

Ane example of an all-day stretching routine: Start at 9am, Stop at 3pm.
Wear the extender during the orange highlighted times.

A Step-by-Step Daily Extender Routine

This is the most reliable, and easiest routine that you can follow, based on the 6 hour timing shown above.

It guarantees you get the necessary hours of stretching in and minimizes the burden.

  1. Put on the extender as part of your morning routine (like after brushing your teeth). Make sure to use the bathroom before putting the device on.

  2. Commute to work. Wear the device until lunch.

  3. Lunch break. Go to the bathroom and take off the device before you eat and keep it off while you eat. Feel free to relieve yourself at this point as well.

  4. A man in a bathroom stall managing his penis extender in private.
    Man managing penis extender in the privacy of a bathroom stall.
  5. Lunch break over. Go to the bathroom and put the device back on.

  6. Commute home. (The device is on until you finish work!)

  7. At home. Take off the device and relax! You're done with the routine. You don't have to worry about it for the rest of the day!

  8. Bonus step: Clean the device. Doesn't have to be done everyday just once every two weeks or so.

  9. Running water and soap over a penis extender to clean it.
    You should clean your penis extender at least once every two weeks.

The good thing about this routine is that you don't have to worry and count the hours stretched.

That's because it was designed to revolve around your schedule.

This routine is typically for a regular weekday workday, but can be used for weekends as well.

In fact, it's even easier to do on weekends (more privacy)!

What is typical extender device usage like on a daily basis?

While some devices are still inhibiting because they can't be used in public, they still allow you to have access to the use of your hands so that you can operate a computer or do cooking.

You do have some mobility in that you can walk around but you have to be careful to limit your movement so that it doesn't slip off.

Most guys that try to use the devices at work generally visit the bathroom and use the bathroom stalls to monitor and maintain the device.

You could also check the penis extender while inside your car, in a parking lot.

What to Expect From Wearing Penis Extenders

Now that you know how to put on the penis traction device, what can you expect when wearing it?

After all, you're going to have to wear these things for hours each day.

How does the base part feel against your pelvis?

For all extenders, they have a base part that goes against your penis.

base part of extender
Typical example of foam loops for penis extenders.

This part can be a foam loop (as shown above) or a rigid frame.

Because it is one of the parts that is making contact with your body, you can expect that there will be some force applied to your skin at that point of contact (Newton's Third Law).

Newtons third law as it applies to penis extenders.
How force is generated by penis extenders.

Because the penis extender is applying a stretching force, it needs to stabilize itself at this base part.

For some guys, this will be slightly annoying or irritating.

Some guys will be more sensitive to the force applied to the base of the penis shaft, compared to others. However what we find with most guys is that as they use the extender device more often, they will adjust and eventually won't be affected by the force applied to the base part.

Generally, when you apply a higher force, the force applied to the base of your penis will also be higher.

So here's what we recommend: If you're a penis enlargement newbie, you should probably not even focus on stretching for the first two days.

Take these two days to get used to wearing the device. You can do this by simply applying a very low force that gives a very light stretch.

Next, slowly try to increase the tension in the device to the point where you can wear it for the recommended four hours a day.

The actual stretching sensation that is felt in your penis shaft

Imagine doing a light leg stretch with your leg.

Now try to translate that sensation in your tendon, but 100 times less in intensity to your penis shaft - that's what it feels like.

It's not painful, in fact, some have even reported that it feels good.

a guy doing a basic leg stretch
The warm-up mentality also applies to penis enlargement!

Generally, you won't experience any problems with the actual stretching of your penis.

This is pretty ironic because you would think any pain experience would be on the part of the penis that is experiencing the majority of the force applied.

However, this isn't the case and it just goes to show you how flexible and adaptive the penis shaft ligaments are.

If you haven't bought a penis extender device, we recommend trying out the manual stretching penis exercises because this will give you a good idea of how the stretch will feel when it is applied to your penis with the penis extender.

Any pain and problems stretching are due to the common mistakes that guys will make when doing penis enlargement, especially beginners.

The specific common mistake here is overstretching from applying too much force. Guys will think that they have to configure their extender to pull really hard on their penis to get results.

This couldn't be further from the truth.

The fact is, all you need is a light force applied for long periods of time.

Stretching harder will not do much for you, and in fact may stunt your growth by toughening up your septum ligament too much - if that happens it won't respond to stretching desirably.

One way to tell if you're overstretching from too much force is if you feel a sharp pain anywhere in your penis area. This goes for both penis extender devices and manual penis stretching.

For a single stretching session, discomfort will increase the more hours you wear it

This is true for all penile traction systems.

What's happening is that your penis - your skin, tissues, and ligaments - are all getting naturally fatigued from the workout you've been applying.

Every guy will experience this: When you first put the device on for their daily stretching session, you will feel fine.

Then after about 2-3 hours fatigue will start to settle in and you will start to feel some discomfort. If your a beginner this discomfort may settle in quicker because you're not conditioned to penis training yet.

This discomfort may be one of the expectations that we discussed just above.

Again, penis enlargement training is all about pushing yourself with care to avoid overtraining.

It's just like working out - there's just so many similarities.

You may feel the urge to stretch for more than 6 hours a day, but you have to have control over yourself to not do that.

You have to have the discipline to start off easy and then slowly increase the intensity and force setting on the device.

Don't jump into the deep end. Listen to your body, it will alert you if something is drastically wrong through pain. If you experience sharp pain, simply stop and call it quits for the day.

A man grabbing his crotch because he wore his penis extender too long that day.
Wear it for too long and your crotch may be slightly irritated.

By combining the fact that you know discomfort will settle in the longer you wear it during the day with the amount of discomfort and pain that you're feeling, you can easily figure out when to stop stretching for the day.

It just so happens that this time happens to occur after 3-4 hours of stretching for most guys.

It's not surprising that discomfort settles in. After all, you're applying force to your penis, just like you're applying force to your muscles at the gym.

When you workout at the gym, it's not super comfortable, you're actively pushing yourself (causing yourself pain) to train yourself to become stronger.

Same deal with penis enlargement training.

Penis Extender Safety

Here is the only rule you need to understand when it comes to penis traction safety.

As long as you use extenders no more than 8 hours a day and do not stretch too hard, you will be perfectly fine.

That then raises the following question:

How hard is too hard?

At first this seems confusing and ambiguous because there isn't a force meter that tells you what the correct stretching force should be applied to your penis is.

However, there's a simple rule you can follow that will guarantee that you are applying the force that optimizes both safety and results.

The Optimal Force is the force that keeps your flaccid penis fully lengthened + a little extra.

A diagram showing how hard to pull your penis using a penis extender.
To apply the correct stretching force, apply just enough force to keep your flaccid penis fully elongated + half an inch more.

You can practice getting an idea for what this force is like for yourself, even without an extender.

Simply take your flaccid penis' glans (mushroom tip) in your hand and pull it out from your body, just enough so you're maximizing your flaccid length.

You do this by gripping your tip and slowly move your hand away from your body.

Once you reach the point where your penis starts resist that motion and pulls back against your hand, you've reached point where your penis is now fully elongated.

At that point, pull just a little harder by moving your hand out a little past it's current position to lightly stretch your penis and that will be the absolute correct force required for your penis extender.

This pulling force should not be painful.

This is another rule to follow.

If you feel pain, STOP what you're doing and reassess because you're doing something wrong and you need to fix it.

Penis Extender FAQ

How long do I have to wear the penis extender for, each day?

One of our most common questions, if not the most common.

The short answer:

4 hours daily, no more than 8 hours a day.

But why?

Given the scientific reasons for growth, you need to actually give your penis time to actually grow.

See, the penis can't grow during the time it's being stretched by the penis extender.

The penis extender is simply the tool that is used to stimulate the penile tissues, but the it's the human body that actually grows more tissue.

Think about what happens when you lift weights.

The exercises you do with weights stimulates the muscle tissue, signaling the body to adapt to increased workloads.

But it's the nutrition, sleep, and time not spent training that actually grows your bulging biceps and huge chest.

It's the same principle here.

How many days off can I take?

There may be emergencies or rest days that you need to take.

Or the logisitcs are simply not in your favor to wear a penis extender for a given day (meetings, intense travel, etc.).

But what's the general rule to follow when it comes to how many days a week you should wear the extender?

Aim for 6 days a week or more (At most take only 1 day off per week).


The power of averages.

Remember, you need to stick with the penis extender for 4 months or more.

Take too much time off in a given week and your weekly average for results and time spent goes down.

This average accumulates and affects your overall monthly results.

This means don't stretch 7 days a week, but then take one whole week off (Advanced users can actually modify their schedule to mix it up, but this highly discouraged for beginners).

You want to keep your rolling average on schedule.

You also don't want to give your body an excuse to not adapt and respond to the treatment training.

Taking a whole week off, then resming normally will interrupt your training and momentum and actually make results appear behind schedule.

When will I notice my first significant results?

In actuality, you're growing all the time, little by little.

However any growth from one day of training is so small that you cannot see it with the naked eye.

Therefore, the big prize (no pun intended), is more than 4 months.

However! You will start to notice size gains coming in as early as two weeks after using a penis extender.

We define this event as, when you say to yourself while looking in the mirror: "Hey, now that you mention it, I'm looking kind of bigger...!"

Will I get a "pencil penis" after using an extender?

The short answer?

Yes if you overdo the usage of the extender, no if you use it correctly.

So what does it mean to "overdo" using a penis extender?

It means you're doing one of two (or both) of these things:

  1. You're stretching too hard.

  2. You're stretching for too long each day.

How hard is too hard?

First of all, why shouldn't you stretch too hard?

Because it starts to toughen up a ligament in the penis called the "tunica ligament".

This ligament is basically a thin-but-durable, film-like material that wraps around the corpus cavernosum.

It is located inside your penis shaft and runs along it.

By physically stretching too hard - with lots of force - you're actually "toughening" it up.

Remember how we said that the body naturally adapts to external enivronmental changes?

Well, this is one way that it does so - the tunica actually hardens.

You do not want this to happen.

Why? Because you want your penis to grow longer, not stiffen up and have it's growth stunted.

Imagine that this part of your penis is now hard, it is effectively preventing the rest of your penile tissue from growing.

Sort of like a shackle or brace that is holding your penis bondage.

While tunica hardening is a good thing because it makes your penis more durable and stronger, it is not the best thing for actually increasing penis length.

Don't worry, there is one simple rule to follow to prevent tunica hardening:

Only stretch as hard as it takes to keep your flaccid penis fully lengthened + a very small amount more.

We've come up with this rule so that there's absolutely no confusion for you going forward.

This ensures that you're supplying enough force to actually do useful stretching work (keeping the penis fully lengthened, as that's when stretching actually starts happening).

And it also ensures that you don't overstretch by obscene amounts (by limiting the maximum stretch to a small margin above the threshold that penis stretching starts to occur).

How long is too long?

The general rule in the penis enlargement community is that you should not use a penis extender for more than 8 hours a day.

We here at PhalloGauge recommend you aim for 4 hours a day (a very practical and easy goal to strive for).

Why is this?

You have to remember, penis growth through hyperplasia does not directly happen from penis stetching.

Penis stretching is the method that allows hyperplasia to happen.

In other words, penis growth happens due to hyperplasia.

This means that more stretching does not equate to more gains.

In fact, you cannot let your penis tissues engage in cell hyperplasia while you're stretching, i.e. wearing a penis extender.

So you need to give your body a sufficent amount of hours in the day to switch over to hyperplasia events.

By not stretching for more than 8 hours a day, you meet this requirement.

Does it matter which extender I use?

Yes and no.

The answer is "no" if we make the following assumption:

You use the penis extender religiously and never miss a day.

If you satisfy that requirement, it really doesn't matter which brand extender by whatever company you use.

But that's a big assumption to make.

Because in reality, not all penis extenders are that easy to wear.

The following factors may affect your ability to wear the penis extender consistently everyday:

  • Comfort. Does it pinch, cut or scratch you?

  • Stealth. Can it be worn 100% hidden with people around you?

  • Ease of use. Is it a hassle to put on and take off? Does it take minutes or seconds to put on?

If these factors above are negative, they will effectively prevent you from wearing the penis extender every day.

So it's practically a requirement that the penis extender satisfies these factors above.

Therefore, we can modify the answer to the question, "Does it matter which extender I use?" to:

Yes, it matters - it must be comfortable, stealthy, and easy to use.

If you're looking to add a reasonable .7 inches to your penis through natural stretching, hyperplasia, and traction principles already used in plastic surgery methods - you may be interested in our extender that thousands of men already use.

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