In March I ran a preliminary 21 day challenge using a hydro pump, to determine whether I should restart my pumping challenge. It turned out well enough to get me back in the game, and since then I've been documenting the experience in monthly reports where I share the good, the interesting, and the ugly.
It didn't take long for it to evolve into a full-blown pump and stretch challenge, where I've employed the use of a stretcher, creams, and pills.
This is the 2nd report in what is now the pump and stretch challenge series - a series that will be seen through to 12 months - totaling 12 reports in all and documenting a full year of attempting enlargement.
- A vein that became painful to touch earlier on in the month no longer hurts
- Reached mid-tension on the stretcher towards the end of the month
- Hit a 90 minute session with the hydro pump
- Penis feels much more spongy and elastic
- Pearly papules and fordyce spots continue to shrink in size
- Hacked out a mod that makes it even simpler to use the hydro pump anywhere
- Had first cases of edema
- Pin prick hematomas hit pretty hard early on in the month
- More problems with the stretcher
- And finally, no results.
That last item may make it sound like this report will be uneventful, but that would be far from the truth.
With this report you can learn from my mistakes and note what's working so you can be more successful should you choose to take a leap into the crazy world of enlargement.
If a list were to be made with all the life questions a man will have at some point in his life, the question of increasing his size would be on it, probably even towards the top. Eventually, it becomes something a man gets curious about, and rather than falling victim to clever marketing messages with grandiose promises delivered at the right time, now you can use these reports as a way to arm yourself with a realistic idea of what to expect, so when they do come around you are more prepared and not just another victim of well placed hype.
What Numbers to Expect
In each report you will see these stats:
- Time pumped (average session time and monthly total)
- Results (length and girth growth of erect and length of flaccid)
- Thoughts on how to improve results
Other things will be tracked too, because every little bit counts.
- Morning Wood
Kegels are important for lasting longer and can help with the strength of an erection, with the added benefit being if you kegel strong enough you can literally "flex" your meatus inside of her, giving even more to blow her mind.
Morning wood is my indication of a healthy libido. I like to know everything is in order and working as it should by maintaining a healthy number of morning wood. It tells me everything still works, which can be important when you take on a potentially damaging challenge like penis enlargement.
This month followed April's trend of pushing into unexplored territory, beating last months numbers and my record length of pumping. Can you spot it? I've never pumped so long in one setting till now.
- Number of times used: 27 (+5)
- Monthly total time used: 12.83 hours (+50 minutes)
- Average session length: 28.52 minutes (-3 minutes)
The pushing of limits didn't last long, and I went from pumping longer at first to dropping down to 15-20 minute sessions halfway through the month. Of course, I added a 40 minute session in there towards the end to make sure my measurements were good.
The first session of the month I tested 4tbsp of epsom salt in the pump, while at low pressure, and ended up pulling out a 50 minute session, because I wanted to keep my numbers up. I'll admit my penis was pretty sore at this point, and I was worried about a vein that had darkened and become sore to touch. After 2 more sessions of low pressure pumping with 3tbsp of epsom salt I decided to drop pressure, and go back to shorter sessions till the vein healed.
Alongside this I supplemented vitamin C, pine bark extract, beet root, and vitamin E. Food-wise I increased my intake of garlic, which is high in dietary sulfur.
By mid-month the pain had subsided, and now it as I am writing this it feels normal. It is lightening in color, but it still remains a concern, and only time will tell if I'll be able to pump in longer sessions again.
This round is all about pushing it to the limits, within reason. I've never pumped to these lengths before because I considered it too risky.
In doing this, I have learned the key to a long session is to pump in slow progressing intervals, where you contrast between lower pressures the first part of the session, then contrast between mid and low ranges, and finally contrast between peak and mid range. When progressing to the final peak stage a rapid succession of 10 false erections can bring in fresh blood and improve expansion. This is called cycling the pump, and it entails going from a lower pressure to full false erection, then back to down and back up, over and over. A quick cycling of the pump 10 times to achieve 10 false erections really helps in getting past a current peak. The handball that comes with the Xtreme makes it a breeze to do, and you can complete a wider cycle of contrasting pressure more easily.
I've been testing hotter water than usual. It not only increases expansion, but also edema. Hot water also is harder to seal, which makes sense because at higher temps water expands into steam. Evacuating the air as much as possible helps, but for the most part I tend to re-pump when using hot water to maintain the seal. It's nice to use for short, 15 minute sessions, but it seems the longer the session the more likely edema is to show up.
Similar to last month, I hit my limit of baths I'm willing to take in any given month, and also found a new reason to pump more often outside of it. This reason comes in a spray bottle, smells like cleaner, and is something my girlfriend loves spraying the shower with because it's spray and forget.
Yet, the reality is, it's spray and forget until you fill up the tub and soak in it. I'm talking about the daily shower sprays that keep your shower and tub mildew free. Awesome for the bathroom, but maybe not so good to soak in.
As I sat in the water, odor of chemical, I couldn't help but think; Will i get sick? Maybe, but more importantly, will my results be affected?
I can't have bathroom cleaner soaking into my balls and rendering me impotent. That would ruin the challenge. So, to avoid this possibility I went back to pumping outside the bathroom, which is delicate balance between playing with a squirt gun and keeping the carpet dry.
With the Xtreme, the solution for pumping anywhere can be as easy as holding the handball over a bucket, or attaching the brake bleeder kit to it as I showed you in last months report. But,there are times I don't need to use the handball, and having started with a Hercules, I know there are plenty of Bathmate owners out there that could use a better way than a bucket or Gatorade bottle.
When I'm not using the handball, this will be my go to setup for out of the bath pumping. It works for the Hercules, X20, and X30. I haven't found a bottle big enough for the x40 or Goliath.
Aside from testing this mod, I also tested a cheap $16 air pump. I wanted to do this because I get a lot of questions about air pumping, and whether a cheapo air pump could be used as a water pump. I haven't tested water in it yet, but I have been testing it with air.
Testing a Cheap Penis Pump
My experience so far is it's garbage. If you don't "pack" the tube then your pelvic region gets pulled into it. The pressure pulls on the pelvis more than anything else, whereas with the bathmate the pull is exerted on the mass of the shaft, and absolutely feels balanced. With an air pump it seems you would need to use a pump sleeve to help reduce pressure on skin around the shaft.
This got me testing pump sleeves on my bathmate, and while comfortable, the average sized man will only find them usable when entering the pump erect. It's very difficult to get through the center ring when flaccid if your flaccid size is larger than the ring. On the other hand, a pump sleeve may be a great investment for someone under the size of the center ring that wants to get a more comfortable seal with the bathmate.
My foreskin kept getting caught between the comfort sleeve and the chamber when pumping with my hands, and not the handball. The pump is much slower with the handball, whereas forcefully compressing the pump with your hands can equate to 4 pumps of the handball. The change of pressure this generates is enough to catch foreskin in between the top of the comfort sleeve and the pump chamber. I've never had this happen so many times, and it's probably because I drop and increase pressure more than before. I'm doing this to encourage bloodflow so I can pump longer, and will probably stick to using the handball when doing longer sessions to avoid the painful pinching of foreskin.
Maybe May is just a bad month for foreskin in general, because the comfort pad wasn't the only thing that hated it.
- Number of times worn: 30 (+20)
- Monthly total time used: 61.5 hours (+42.25 hours)
- Average session length: 2.05 hours (+7.5 minutes)
The phallosan forte is remarked as one of the most comfortable stretchers on the market. While I haven't tested enough stretchers to know if this is true, I do know it's more comfortable than the $20 mini torture devices you find on Amazon and eBay.
With the phallosan, the feeling of pressure around the base of my penis, from forceful contact with the ring has caused some minor chafing, but also tickled the nerve in the most uncomfortable and unnatural way. This is more of an issue when sitting than walking around, and has resulted in the early removal of it more than a couple of times. Because of this I usually cannot go more than 2 hours, and that's even with the tension low. The sensation is a tingly, almost burning feeling.
The manual recommends wearing the strap up and away from the butt, which in my experience did little to improve comfort. If anything, it made it feel more like I was wearing a giant jock strap.
I tested to see if the pain was less imposing when the forte was used before pumping, to see if pumping was increasing sensitivity, and this seemed true. Extended rounds of pumping did make wearing the forte more uncomfortable. Using the bathmate no more than 20 mins did help lessen some of the pain, but not all of it. The tingly, burning feeling of a rubbed nerve still came as the 2 hour mark closed in when using the phallosan before pumping.
When pain wasn't a problem around the ring, it was around my foreskin. I tried wearing the glans cover over my foreskin but that only made the bell of the phallosan slide off. At one point while wearing it this way, it felt like my foreskin was getting ripped off. My foreskin had been pinched between the glans cover and the bell. If you are circumcised, you won't have this issue. For me, the simple fix was to stop using the glans cover altogether. After that I had no more pain in that area.
Where the phallosan forte makes contact with the skin, an impression is left. If you are able to wear it for 12 hours you can expect a full on impression of the strap and phallosan attachment on your thigh, hip, and back. The easy fix for this is to wear the phallosan over boxers. This was great and made it even more comfortable to wear.
Then, after starting to get the hang of using it, the unexpected happened. It happened while I was putting it back on after a bathroom break, and over mental laughs of how it makes my penis look like packaged meat... it snapped.
A funny observation about the look of the condom when worn, followed by the realization I just lost money, because there's nothing to laugh about when you consider how much they cost to be replaced.
The True Cost of the Phallosan Forte?
In total this condom lasted 40 uses, or a total of 80 hours 45 minutes (April's 19.25 + May's 61.5 hrs).
If the manual says to use baby powder to protect the condom, then you should probably use it. I didn't, and I hope that's why it met an early demise, otherwise, the phallosan is about to get very expensive.
Reviews I read didn't mention this, but I should've realized that anything called a "condom" probably isn't going to last long.
Fortunately there is one left... but I will have to be more careful, because at this rate I'll be completely out by July.
Looking at the cost of a replacement, 1 condom is $26, so the phallosan forte may be one of those devices that cost more to use in the long term than upfront.
According to the research published by the company, I should expect to really see the bulk of my results around 8-10 months, so I have some time to go before I should start deciding whether it's really working. This is frustrating, because at this rate, to complete a 10 month term would demand a minimum of 6 more sleeves. At $26 a pop that's a total of $156, and I'm not OK with that!
What happens when I get up to 6 hour days? How long will they last then?
I just wish I knew this before I bought it.
Seriously. What was I thinking?
Oh yeah. I wasn't.
Pumping & Stretching Use Combined
Here you can see the pumping and stretching totals stacked together.
The final measurements were taken May 31st, and compared to April's final measurements.
- Flaccid Length: No increase
- Erection Length: No increase
- Erection Girth: No increase
- Kegels: 340/1000 (+125)
- Morning Wood: 15/31 mornings
Ways to Improve?
I am using the phallosan far less than recommended. The minimum recommended time is around 4-6 hours a day. Adding in more time should provide better results. In the meantime I'll try to bump up my average daily use to 3 hours, maybe 4, but when the last condom tears I'm probably going to test a stretcher that has a higher tension and doesn't have an expensive, long-term cost of using it.
Pumping will have to continue at it's current pace of 15-20 minutes. With so much time left in the challenge, I don't want to risk injuring a vein again and be forced to throw in the towel.
Pills? I plan on putting one of the major enlargement brands to test in June.
Creams? The only gel I've been trying right now is what you saw in the first picture. Haven't noticed much difference using it the couple times I have, but I plan to apply it daily in June.
Two Months Down
My member is more rubbery, elastic, and I do have more stamina in the bedroom, but there were no measurable gains at the time of measuring.
Despite these results, the entire experience isn't too far off from the last time I tackled an enlargement challenge. The major difference of course being the addition of a stretcher. I find it surprising though, that using a stretcher didn't produce more results this month. Whether that is because the phallosan forte has too weak of a tug I don't know.
But, I may be overlooking the fact that between April and the 21 day challenge results, I've measured a .5" increase in length, which puts me more than halfway of the .75" that what was achieved in my first year-long go at enlargement, where I only used the Bathmate.
This pretty much wraps up May's enlargement challenge report. Feel free to leave a comment or question below if you have one.