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Penis shapes and sizes

Penises come in all shapes and sizes. And they all look different: straight, curved, long, thick, thin, circumcised, uncircumcised. One is no better than the other.
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When soft, a penis is usually between 6 and 13 centimetres long. An erect one is usually somewhere between 7 and 17 centimetres long. The average erect penis is about 12 centimetres. Smaller penises grow more in size when they become erect compared to large penises.

Some boys and men joke a lot about the size of their penis or other people's penises. It’s often because they feel insecure, or because they want to look tough, or they want to make up for lack of knowledge.

If you want to measure your penis, do it when it’s erect, on the top side – the side closest to your belly.

Bananas in different sizes and shapes arranged vertically

Does size matter?

If you have a bigger penis, it doesn’t make you a better lover, and it doesn’t mean you’ll have better sex.

Girls or women find foreplay, affection and relationship satisfaction as important as their partner’s penis size.

Related: Do Women Prefer Big Penises?

Do condoms come in different sizes?

Yes. When you buy condoms, it’s important to find ones that fit you. Most condoms are made to fit average erect penis sizes (4.7 to 5.9 inches/12 to 17centimetres).

Different condoms in different shapes and sizes

Related: Vagina Shapes and Sizes: Are They All The Same?

Do people from some ethnic groups have larger penises than others?

There is no conclusive evidence to prove that certain ethnic groups have larger penises than others.

However, some organisations such as the World Health Organization’s have reported slight ethnic differences in average erect penis size that men of:

  •     African descent have slightly longer and wider penises
  •     European descent have medium-sized penises
  •     Asian descent have slightly narrower and shorter penises

Can you tell the length of someone’s penis by the size of his hands or feet?

No. There is no relationship between having a bigger shoe size or larger hands and having a larger penis.

Can you make a penis bigger in length or width?

There are no non-surgical techniques that can permanently make a penis bigger.

Other penis enlargement products like pills, weights, and stretching devices don’t usually work in the long term. At worst they can be very dangerous to your health.

Related: Does Penis Enlargement Work?

What is a micropenis?

A micropenis is a penis that measures less than 2.75 inches/7centimetres in length when erect. It happens if the level of the male hormone testosterone is too low when the baby is developing in the womb. Most boys and men who are worried they have a micropenis and who see a doctor don’t actually have the condition.


Most often, the penis looks smaller than it really is because it’s hidden by fat around the genitals. In other cases, if a boy has not reached puberty just yet, his penis may appear smaller compared to his body size. This is not something to worry about, because once puberty starts, the penis will also grow in length and width.

Related: Testicle shapes and sizes: What's Normal?

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Did you learn something new?


Hello Mose, thank you for your question. While there's no scientific reasoning behind food increasing sexual desire, it can still help in the bedroom. A healthy diet will lead to higher energy levels and help you keep your sex life thrilling for the both of you.

This article has more information on the topic:

Fruits like mostly banana daily make sure or try and take two banana,eat well even if it's ugali,take water as much as u can coz the more u take water make u urine,and that help the veins in your dick to be tight, always try and do some home work exercise,like roller and push up 50 or more everyday....

Hi Dan, thank you for reaching out to us. Unfortunately, the fact is penile size cannot be increased without surgery. While there are a lot of people out there trying to sell you all kinds of products – pills, pumps,  patches, creams, gels, sprays and stretchers – most of it is hocus pocus. And experts say that is because the penis is made of spongy tissue which cannot be lengthened or stretched. Even surgeries offer only a small increase in size.

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Hello Anonymous, thank you for getting in touch. What about rice do you feel is relevant to the discussion at hand? 

I have a problem. I've once double dealt two girls. When it comes to sex. I would last even 25 mins in one round with one of them. But here comes another one that I just last like 5 mins or less and at times I go for close to 10 mins but rarely happens. I don't understand what the problem is. Help. I also see my Penis small. It's. About 4.5" But ladies tell me I'm good in bed. I'm confused as well.

Hi Anon, thank you for reaching out to us. It is perfectly normal to take longer with one person over the other. This is particularly true if you are used to having sex with one over the other. Typically you will take longer to climax while having sex with a person you are used to.

i had such issue with my penis size but it grew with time and also eating healthy food that promote it growth. and truly it never about size but how well you can use it.
Have learnt something important ... have a problem in erection..I can't have sex since I erection only for a minute or three minutes then it goes off...I don't understand why . please help..

Hi Ladiki, we are so glad that you have learnt something and are always here to help. Thank you so much for reaching out and opening up to us. What you are describing is known as Erectile dysfunction (ED) which is the inability to get or keep an erection firm enough to have sexual intercourse. Do not worry though, occasional ED isn’t uncommon. Many men experience it during times of stress. Frequent ED, however, can be a sign of health problems. It can also be a sign of emotional or relationship difficulties that may need to be addressed by a medical or psychological professional depending on what you beleive might be the root cause. Please check out the link to this article for more information:

Good Luck!

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