Before You PE: A Penis Inventory

Penis enlargement exercises are not without risk. PE can result in genuine harm to the penis, ranging from minor nuisances such as skin discoloration to major problems such as erectile dysfunction.

It’s important to be able to detect, as early as possible, any signs of injury in the course of a PE program. Unfortunately, most men are not well-acquainted with the nuances of their penises, and it’s common after beginning a PE program to notice normal features of the genitals for the first time and confuse these features for injuries. For example, only when I began PE did I notice my dorsal thickening/septum, and I mistook this for a nasty thrombosed vein.

By the same token, it’s important to be able to detect whether genuine progress is being made in the course of a PE program. Some men take poor-quality pre-PE measurements and fool themselves into thinking they have grown when in fact they have simply “improved” their measurement technique.

Before you begin PE — or, if you have already begun PE, before you continue in your program — you should take a full inventory of your normal genital health, so that you can track with confidence whether you are improving or harming your penis through PE. I’ll begin a checklist below. If you have further suggestions, post them in this thread, and I may update this post to include your ideas.

Before beginning PE, you should practice measuring for several days in a row. Make sure your erection is 100% solid, and experiment with your penis angle, the thrust of your hips, and so forth to absolutely maximize the length measurement you obtain. Be sure to jam the ruler as hard as you can into the pubic bone. The resultant “optimistic” measurement may not be the one you quote when stating your honest penis size, but it’s critical to establish a best-possible-conditions measurement so that you can sure, in the future, that any gains you record are real, and not merely the result of subtle variations in your measuring. Similarly, when measuring girth, take your base girth measurement at the absolute base of your penis; some penises get a lot thicker in the bottom 0.5” near the base, and it’s important to find your true maximum girth before beginning PE.

Erection quality and frequency. How often do you wake up with morning wood? Do you experience spontaneous erections during the day? How long does it take you to obtain an erection when stimulating yourself? Can you get erect by mere imagination, or do you need to touch yourself? How long does it take your erections to go away on their own, if you cease stimulation? How hard are your erections? To quantify the last question, you might try measuring your girth with a loose tape measure, and then tightenining the measure as much as possible, to see how “compressible” your erection is.

Glans and corpus spongiosum expansion. How hard do your glans and corpus spongiosum get, in comparison to your corpora cavernosa? No one’s CS and glans get as engorged/inflated/hard as the CCs — they aren’t designed to do so, anatomically — but some men have fairly consistent glans expansion during erections, while for others this is rare or only occurs when ejaculation is near. Take detailed notes on these matters before you begin PE so that you won’t wonder later whether you really have experienced a decline in erection quality, or you have simply adapted to seeing the “super-penis” that you acquire temporarily when jelqing, pumping, or clamping, and your normal erection now appears weak in comparison.

Flaccid variations. Examine your flaccid penis several times a day. How much does it vary in size? How much does it vary in firmness? Many guys become worried that they have developed a “firm flaccid penis” through PE, and it’s unclear in some cases whether their typical flaccid state has actually changed from their pre-PE days.

Texture. Palpate your penis thoroughly, in flaccid, stretched-flaccid, semi-flaccid, and erect states. Do you notice a hard cord-like structure in the middle of your penis? If so, this may be your septum. Take notes so that you don’t later confuse this for a hardened vein.

Vascularity. Take a photo of your best erection from several angles so that you know your pre-PE level of penile vascularity. That way, if you think later that you have developed more veins (a desirable change for most men), you will be able to verify whether this is the case.

Coloration. As with vascularity, your best bet is to take multiple detailed photos of your pre-PE penis in good lighting conditions, so that you can later verify any suspected changes in coloration.

Erection curvature and angle. Does your penis curve left, right, upward, or downward? Does it “tilt” in any direction when erect? Does your penis point toward the ceiling when erect, or is it closer to parallel with the floor? Once again, photos are essential to quantify these issues.

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