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 Average penis size

Penises come in different shapes and sizes. When the penis is soft, it can be anywhere from 7–15 cm long. Most adult men have an erect penis 14–17 cm long. Boys and younger men may have smaller penises. Many guys worry that their penis is too small, but the fact is that penises come in all different sizes.

There are 4 important things to remember about penis size:

  • When it comes to sex, penis size doesn't really matter. Some guys worry about penis size because they've heard that "bigger is better". This is a myth. Girls (and other guys) don't need a big penis to get sexual satisfaction. They need someone who likes and respects them, and who cares about their sexual pleasure.
  • When erect, penises of different sizes tend to "even out", meaning that most erect penises are about the same size. A guy may have a small penis when it's soft but a big penis when it's hard. The guy with the biggest soft penis may not have the biggest erection (hard penis).
  • Penis size and body size don't necessarily go together. A small guy may have a big penis and a big guy may have a small penis.
  • Males of different ages have penises of different sizes. If you are a boy or younger guy (i.e. in your teens), you are not finished growing yet. As a result, your penis may have not yet reached its full adult size.

 Penis enlargement

There are plenty of ads out there that advertise size increases and stronger penises. Some of the methods advertised include pills or supplements, penis pumps, exercises, hanging weights off the end, and enlargement surgery. These methods all have one thing in common—they don't work!

A quick review of how a penis is put together might help explain why penis enlargement doesn't work. Enclosed in a case of skin, the penis is made of nerves, blood vessels, fibrous tissue, smooth muscle, and three cylindrical bodies of spongy tissue that fill with blood when a guy has an erection. There is no bone, but there is some skeletal muscle at the base of the penis.

Penis exercises

Books and websites that advocate exercises to lengthen the penis have no effect on penis size. These exercises all operate on the premise that the penis is a muscle that can be toned and buffed like your biceps, but the penis is made up of smooth muscle that can't be exercised. Using weights is also talked about as a possible penis lengthening technique. Hanging weights from the penis, however, has been confirmed not to be effective—the penis doesn't stretch!

Pills and medications

Although you may see pills, medications or "supplements" advertised as enlarging or increasing the size of the penis, this is false. There is nothing that is actually successful in doing this. Lots of people have heard of the drug Viagra, but it does not increase penis size. Viagra just helps men who are unable to get an erection (e.g. a guy who is impotent) to get one.

Penis pumps

Penis pumps were also developed to help men who have trouble getting and keeping erections. These erection devices are plastic cylinders that are placed on a penis, helping produce an erection by drawing blood into the penis. This temporary effect is produced by creating a vacuum by pumping air out of the device. When an erection results, the cylinder is removed after placing a specially designed rubber band at the base of the penis. The rubber band holds the blood in the penis and keeps it erect during sex. Penis pumps do not permanently increase penis size. To increase the size of a penis, you would need to increase the quantity of tissue—something no amount of vacuuming or exercising will do.

Penis surgery

Finally, there is surgery. There is a lot of controversy about penis enlargement surgery. Though some surgical techniques are available, they're not well researched yet. Penis enlargement surgery is a very new procedure, performed by only a few surgeons. It is still an experimental technique without reliable results. Maybe the state of penis enlargement surgery will change in the future, but in the meantime is that really a part of the body you want someone experimenting on?

In summary, you can waste your money on any of the things described above, but your penis will remain the same size. If the concern about penis size is about pleasing a sexual partner better, as the saying goes, it's not the size but what you do with it that counts!

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 Penis bending

Many guys worry about their penis shape, but penises come in all different sizes and shapes—some are straight while others bend different ways. Penis bend or curve doesn't matter much at all. It is common for a penis to have a curvy bend upward or a bit of a bend to the side. This natural bend makes no difference to how your penis might go about its business, including weeing, masturbating or sex. There is a very rare medical condition called Peyronie's disease, which is when the penis has an extremely big curve and causes pain when erect. If you have pain when you get an erection, go see a doctor or a nurse.

 Circumcised versus non-circumcised

About half the world's population of males are circumcised, and the other half are uncircumcised. Circumcision is usually done for cultural or religious reasons. In Australia today, it is very uncommon for babies to be circumcised because there is rarely any medical reason to do so. The head of a penis that still has a foreskin is slightly more sensitive to touch than one without a foreskin. If you're uncircumcised you need to make sure you clean under the foreskin properly. Apart from that, both work the same in all activities!


Hygiene is important with foreskins. A whitish deposit tends to collect in this warm, sweaty area, so wash regularly. Pull the foreskin back and clean under it properly to prevent any bacteria growing.

There is a condition called phimosis where the foreskin doesn't fit the penis properly and cannot be pulled back over the head (glans) of the penis. This is either because the foreskin is too tight or there is too much foreskin. In this case, the guy would need to be circumcised.

 Using condomssomazone - how to put on a condom

Semen (cum) or pre-cum may leak out as soon as the penis is erect, so put the condom on before the penis goes near your partner's genitals.

Putting it on

  • Open the packet, being careful not to tear the condom with your teeth or fingernails. Don't unroll the condom yet.
  • Make sure the condom is the right way up. Squeeze the teat on the tip of the condom so there is room for it to collect semen. If you are not circumcised, pull back the foreskin.
  • Hold the condom against the tip of the penis. Unroll it all the way down to the base of the penis then add a small amount of water-based lubrication.

Taking it off

  • Withdraw the penis immediately after ejaculation and before it goes soft.
  • Hold the condom at the base of the penis and slip the condom off. Be careful not to let the condom or the penis touch your partner's genitals.
  • Tie a knot in the end of the condom and put in the rubbish bin. Don't flush it down the toilet because condoms are not biodegradable and can cause a blockage.

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This fact sheet was developed for Somazone by Robyn Drysdale, Manager of Education Research and Development, Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 November 2013 09:40 )
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