Ready to try again.
I’ve been lurking for some time, reading, analyzing, getting confused, then reading some more. Finally I feel like I am ready to contribute something.
I’ve been inconsistently practicing PE for a few years, since first stumbling up a forum like this one, a forum which I’ve since come to doubt it’s integrity. In that time I’ve sporadically used a Bathmate, probably at too high of pressure, but discarded that device for manual stretching and jelqing approximately a year ago. For some time I wasn’t keeping track of my routine in a disciplined way, so I ended up doing too much too soon, I suspect. That’s based on what I’ve discerned from this forum, that especially in the beginning, less is more.
For the past year I’ve steadily scaled back the amount of stretching I do down to 10 to 15 minutes of manuals in all directions in a hot bath, between 4 and 5 days a week. So far from what I can tell, my best results have come since abandoning the jelq altogether and focusing only on stretches. After restricting my routine to stretching only, I reached my personal best BPFSL of slightly over 8.5” and my erect length was just shy of the 8” mark. 8” if I lay a tailor’s tape along the shaft, following it’s natural slight upturn. These measurement milestones were one month ago.
Since that time my EL varies but has remained about the same, I don’t actually break out the tape often, but my BPFSL has not reached that length since.
I am taking some time off, and reevaluating how to start a routine that will be more effective for me at this stage my practice.
Overall, I have definitely gained. I am longer, feel fuller in my hand, and in general hang a little better than when I first started. Although I was probably being generous when taking beginning measurements, I had always been around 7 inches erect prior beginning PE. PE works, this site works, and I am grateful for it.
I graciously welcome any input from those more experienced than myself, regarding how I may continue to progress at this stage in the game. I will share my progress or lack of it, and hopefully contribute something to this wonderful resource.
Side note: I own an X4 extender, and have been considering how I can take advantage of its potential, but do not find it as wearable as many seem to, and can only wear it at home, so at this point it has been collecting dust.