At Reddit, a growing number of men – especially young, white and frustrated – are discussing & # 39; jelqing & # 39 ;.
The assumed & # 39; old & # 39; technique consists of repeatedly stretching (& # 39; milking & # 39;) a half-stiff penis over time in the hope that it will enlarge the organ.
In theory, each tugboat gradually tears the penis tissue, leaving room for scar tissue to fill it up, making it look larger.
As observed in The cover piece of New York Magazine this week, there is a new buzz about online jelqing in a subredited forum of & # 39; incels & # 39 ;, celibate men who strive to be beautiful, irresistible and gifted.
Outside the internet and in the clinic, two urologists tell DailyMail.com that they have also asked more patients to ask about it last year.
But they warn, it's not a trend to jump creepily.
Jelqing, who milks the penis & # 39; & # 39; to make tears in it can cause painful curvature
& # 39; Those repeated, traumatic movements can translate into scars, but that can then translate into Peyronie's disease, where you form a plaque that can also be associated with erectile dysfunction and pain, & # 39; Dr. Jamin Brahmbhatt, a board certified urologist in Orlando Health, told DailyMail.com.
Specifically, this scarring can form the penis in a curve, causing uncomfortable erections, making penetration difficult and sometimes impossible.
For & # 39; incels & # 39 ;, sworn to celibacy, the penetration situation may not be an urgent problem.
But the discomfort associated with Peyronie's, during sex or not, is not worth it, says Dr. Brahmbhatt, who once had to advise a patient to hang heavy balls on his penis to achieve the same effect.
& # 39; It's a complete waste of boys' time & # 39 ;, he says.
& # 39; It can be very painful, and sometimes the scar can take three to six months or even a year to build up for you to notice the change. So you may think that you have not seen any negative side effects, but it may take a while. & # 39;
Dr. Premal Patel, a urology fellow at the University of Miami, agrees.
& # 39; All men with concerns about this should speak to primary care physicians or sexual health because there is no scientific basis for jelqing, & # 39; said Dr. Patel.
& # 39; Maybe it doesn't do anything, and it might not be safe. Penis bends can cause a lot of trauma to the penis. It is dangerous and meaningless. & # 39;
Both have seen more jelq-curious patients in the past year, mostly younger men.
& # 39; It is usually the younger patients who have not yet been sexually intimate and who come to talk about it, but they do not ask specifically, it is more a side issue that they bring forward, they want to know my opinion, & # 39; Dr. Patel explains.
& # 39; They are afraid that if they become intimate, they will be ridiculed.
& # 39; The penis size has always been linked to being masculine and attractive, but that is not true. Females and males find a much more attractive aspect for penises other than the size. & # 39;
Jelqing is hardly the only badly advised urology-related craze to reach the spotlight.
Numerous unofficial clinics are popping up in the US and offering unauthorized penis enlargement injections, which also entail a risk of Peyronie's disease, and more and more social media are being contacted by plastic surgeons to overcome erectile dysfunction.
Dr. Brahmbhatt believes that this is partly due to the fact that men talk more comfortably about their uncertainties than before, which opens the door for people to avoid those worries by promoting fake cures.
And every spark of treatment to get rid of our worst uncertainties is irresistible even to the most devout among us.
& # 39; We all want an easy way out & # 39 ;, says Dr. Brahmbhatt. & # 39; We don't want to go to the gym, we want liposuction. For most men it is important to remember: you are really fine the way you are. & # 39;
Go to the gym and eat well, he says.
But give up the hope of gaming in your own biology.
& # 39; In terms of ways to enlarge the penis naturally, there are no & # 39 ;, said Dr. Patel.
& # 39; If you are overweight or obese, exercise can help because that thick pad (on the abdomen) can make your penis to show up smaller than it is. But it won't change the size. & # 39;
THE PAINFUL & # 39; CURVED PENIS & # 39; ILLNESS CAUSED BY JELQING
The signs and symptoms of Peyronie may appear suddenly or develop gradually. The most common complaints and symptoms are:
- Scar tissue. The scar tissue (plaques) associated with Peyronie's disease can be felt under the skin of the penis as flat lumps or a band of hard tissue.
- A significant curvature of the penis. Your penis can be bent upwards, downwards or bent to one side. In some cases, the stiff penis may have constrictions, notches or an hourglass, with a tight, narrow band around the shaft.
- Erection problems. Peyronie's disease can cause problems with getting or maintaining an erection (erectile dysfunction).
- Shortening the penis. Your penis may become shorter due to Peyronie's disease.
- Pain. You can have penis pain, with or without an erection.
Source: Mayo Clinic
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