I just discovered this site a couple weeks ago—hell, I just discovered PE about then—but have started up with vigor. It reminds me of bodybuilding (which I’ve done for years) in a few ways: you want to get bigger, and bigger, with almost no limit; it breeds obsession; it’s sexy; and there are a zillion different approaches and techniques and theories about everything: blood flow, nutrition, over/under training, rest, pain, you name it.
But the most important similarity seems to be this: that it’s very hard to measure results quickly and reliably. In bodybuilding, it can take weeks to reliably tell if a given routine or supplement has actually done any good.. That extra quarter-inch could come from muscle-pump, or fluid accumulation, or a different angle of the tape or a different flex of the muscle. In measuring the penis, I’ve found a similar variability: erection strength, angle, tape-angle, line-of-sight along ruler, and how hard I press the ruler into the bone. If I measure and re-measure the same thing at the same time, I can get values differing by almost 1/4 inch.
This is a problem, because you have lots more potential influences than you have result-measurements (“the equation is under-determined”, in the language of us geeks).. It’s like trying to figure out “the cause” of a stock-market blip.
So here’s my point: because you need *really* reliable measurements to tell if you’re gaining or not (and why), and *ultra* reliable measurements to tell if one routine gains faster or slower, the weak link in the whole PE picture seems to be the measurement process.. In which case the advice around here to measure only very occasionally seems nuts, from a scientific perspective. When your data sucks, you should take as much of it as you can, not only to get a better average but to get a gut feeling for how variable the data is and how much to trust it.
For my part, I’m measuring several times a day: before, during, and after my sets, and sometimes just for fun. If there’s any systematic change, I’ll know it soon (I’ve already gained 1/4” girth in my first two weeks!), and if there isn’t, I’ll be able to switch-up my routine, or at least have an upper limit on what to expect.. I want to make the most informed decisions possible.
Either way, I’m much more interested in getting good information on the one thing that matters—size—than in psyching myself up or out by avoiding the ruler. Here’s to the science of PE!