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Penis Extenders (Traction Devices)

A penis extender is any device that exerts a constant tension on the penis with the aim of stretching it longer. This can take the form of weights that hang from the head of the penis or any of several manufactured devices that hold the penis in traction.

How Do Penis Extenders Work?

The theory is that tissue cells, when exposed to a constant tension, tend to divide, allowing the tissue to expand. A moment's thought reveals that this would have to be the case. If it wasn't, any differential growth in body parts would result in horrible malformations. Growing fat or getting pregnant would be like the hatching scene in the movie Alien. Flesh can, indeed, be coaxed to grow.

It's a long established fact that epithelial (skin cells) do in fact divide when exposed to tension. But the penis is made up of several very different tissue and cell types. From our perspective, the two most important components are the corpus cavernosa and the tunica albuginea that encases them. With sufficient tension can these tissues be made to grow? And if so, what is the mechanism is behind this growth?

In truth, nobody knows yet. The tunica albuginea, which is the primary determinant in penis size, is made up mostly of protein structures, collagens and elastins. It is the elastins that allow the tissue to stretch when erect. The cells that produce these proteins are fibroblasts. When the tunica is injured, fibroblasts proliferate and produce more connective tissue. In cases of penile fracture, the tissue generated is collagen which is non-elastic. This is why one often experiences penile curvature (Peyronie's disease) after such an injury.

But penis extenders have been used to successfully to treat penis curvature and the obvious explanation is that, subject to tension, the tunica fibroblasts produce more elastin. Whatever the underlying mechanism, penis extenders do appear to work.

What Kind Of Gains Can I Expect?

It's hard to say. According to the "Tractive Elongation of the Penis by Means of Stretching" study presented at the 1st International Interdisciplinary Symposium on Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgery in Barcelona, Spain (1998), 18 patients who wore a traction device 12 hours a day for six months achieved an average gain of 24 percent.

Bear in mind, however, that this study was presented by Jørn Ege Siana, MD, inventor of the JES extender device and that the study was not peer reviewed. That's not to suggest Jørn was fudging his data, but it does mean we have to be careful in assessing its veracity.

For one user's perspective, I refer you to the reportage of an intrepid dick stretcher reviewer. After wearing the stretcher on and off over the course of a year for about four hours a day (one third of the suggested 12 hours/day), our correspondent achieved an erect gain of about half-an-inch (about half the gain suggested by the 1998 study). The flaccid gains were considerably more impressive - over one inch - and this is in line with the gains reported by Dr. Siana. But as our correspondent observed, a taffy-like dick isn't going to help you score with chicks.

If worn long enough and consistently enough, the results from extenders are reputed to be impressive. Certain members of a Hindu sect known as the Sadhu, who are famous for hanging rocks from there penis, have stretched their dicks to such lengths that they can tie them in a knot. It's worth noting though that by the time they get to this length, these penises are good for little else but tying in knots.

Ultimately the gains achieved are likely to reflect the time you are willing to put into this. The more you wear it, the longer it gets. This is a long-term project. It is likely though that even in the long term there is a limit to what you can gain.

How Many Hours A Day Can I Wear The Extender?

Twelve hours a day is considered the upper limit. Unless you're very dedicated you'll find it hard to max out your daily allotment. You'll find it much easier to maintain your commitment if you set a goal of 4 - 6 hours a day.

Can Extenders Be Worn In Public?

Yes and no. In the "up" position they tend to bulge at the belt line. In the "down" position they can be worn under loose-fitting clothing, but they can be visible when the wearer is walking. When the person is sitting, they can actually be disturbingly obvious (unless they're worn in the "up" position). They can only be worn for an hour or so at a time before they start to hurt, which precludes any activity which lasts longer than that, and perhaps most worryingly, they have an annoying habit of allowing the penis to slip out. When that happens, the device is no longer secured to the body and can come tumbling out at the least opportune moment.

Can Extenders Be Worn While Sleeping?

Yes, but you won't get a whole lot of sleeping done. Either the pain of extended wear will wake you up, or the discomfort of wearing it will preclude your actually falling asleep.

Are Extenders Safe?

Yes for the most part. You have to use common sense, though. The mantra "no pain, no gain," does not apply to penis extenders. If you start to feel pain it means you're strangling your dick. Take the damn thing off and let your dick breath a bit!

You should also avoid wearing your extender while performing any activity involving speed. That means, sports, driving, biking, etc. You've got to remember that you've got your soft vulnerable dick strapped inside a hard metal cage. An unexpected blow in just the wrong way and you could rip your dick right off. Just letting you know.

Are The Extender Gains Permanent?

That's the claim, but in truth, nobody knows. When the aforementioned dick stretching correspondent stopped wearing the stretcher for three months he reported a small amount of shrinkage, but this lost length was reclaimed very quickly when he began wearing the stretcher again. The body and its myriad tissue are constantly in flux. Skin, when not exposed to tension, tends to shrink. That's why overweight people can lose weight without excess skin sagging over their beltline. But as I pointed out earlier, the tunica albuginea, which largely determines the size of your erect dick, is not skin. Your flaccid dick doesn't shrink, so maybe your expanded dick won't either.

How Much Do Penis Extenders Cost?

Anywhere from US$200 - US$400. The prices vary from seller to seller. Some offer extra silicone straps and foam cushions. Others offer more expansion pieces. Generally, the whole package is considerably less than the sum cost of its parts. If you cheap-out on the initial package, you could end up paying more in the long run for the extra bits.

Is The Price Worth It?

A bigger dick for the price of a 8 gig Ipod? Where do I sign? Compared to surgery, the extender is vastly more cost effective. And nobody is slicing your dick open.

More: The diary of an extender user

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