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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.

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).

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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.

micropenis

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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Comments
Hey Bornny, Not having sex will not affect your performance in marriage. When you do plan to get marriage, learn as much as you can about sex and once married be open to learning and talk about it with your partner so you can get to know what you both like and you will just fine.
Hello Josef, What do you mean when you say your penis has become weak? Having a big or small penis doesn't mean that you will have a better sex life. Better sex is achieved by understanding what you and your partner find pleasurable. Penis enlargement techniques dont work, actually that may damage your sexual organ. Check out this article: https://lovematters.co.ke/our-bodies/male-body/penis-enlargement-doesnt-work
Kibiba, for the family planning method, it is important that you seek medical advice for information on what to consider before choosing a method. In the meantime, check out this article: https://lovematters.co.ke/birth-control/choosing-the-right-birth-control

Hi Mafor, this means you get too sexually exited too soon leading to premature ejaculation. What you may need to do is to try and control this sexual excitement. This you can do by taking shot breaks when you feel the excitement is building, including deep breaths. Check out this article for more tips of what you can to manage this. https://lovematters.co.ke/making-love/sex-problems-how-to-overcome-them/how-to-overcome-premature-ejaculation

what cause not to have a permanent size of a penis? mine changes it apears 4'' but when erected is 5''6''and7''mostly 6'' is it normal

Hey Erick, it appears you get sexually attracted and arouse by the women who get you to erect when you look at them. Sometimes you can get an erection involuntarily and this normal. Try focusing on other non-sexual things and also take deep breaths to relax. Check out this article;- https://lovematters.co.ke/our-bodies/male-body/erection-top-five-facts   

John, Penises comes in different sizes and shapes including curved ones. This is normal unless it is curved to the point it makes it difficult to have sex or makes sex painful. Check out this article for more information;- https://lovematters.co.ke/our-bodies/male-body/curved-penis-top-facts

Hello Joshua, what you are experiencing is known as Delayed Ejaculation, where it takes prolonged stimulation for a man to ejaculate usually over 30 minutes with some men not ejaculating at all. Sometimes this maybe something that happens occassionally other times it maybe a lifelong experience. It's can be caused by anumber of issues including, psychological issues like stress, anxiety or even depression which supress sexual desire, effects of medication one could be taking including the use of alcohol or health issues. The first step is to find out what underlying issues could be causing the delayed or complete lack of ejaculation and then recommend necessary treatment. Consider visiting a Urologist, especially if you have never ejaculated in your life, who will listen to your challenge, cary tests and recomment possible treatment. We wish you well.

Hey Hazard, what you maybe experiencing is know as Premature Ejaculation where you ejaculate sooner than you wish. This is caused by a number of reasons including fear, anxiety or even stress. Anxiety that one will not perform can make him ejaculate much earlier or stress from home or work. In other cases, particularly in young men it could be the result of sexual inexperience, and so as the young man gets older he also gains more experience in controlling ejaculation. Check out this article with more tips ;- https://lovematters.co.ke/making-love/sex-problems-how-to-overcome-them/how-to-overcome-premature-ejaculation

Hey Kimiyo, penises come in different sizes and shapes and it is also common to have a bent penis. A bent penis should only be a concern if it id bent significantly to the point that you are unable to have intercourse or having intercourse is painful. This means that you can have sex and greatly enjoy it and your partner also. If the pain is too much that you can no longer have sex, then it’s time to seek medical help. Your doctor might prescribe medication, and in some cases surgery to correct the situation. Check out the following article;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/our-bodies/male-body/help-my-penis-is-bent

Hi Tito, having a bigger penis, doesn’t make one a better lover, and it doesn’t mean one will have better sex. Girls or women find foreplay, affection and relationship satisfaction as important as their partner’s penis size. Try focus on your partner, spend sufficient time in foreplay, get to know what she likes and work on having a great relationship. These will not only make your relationship better but also your sex life. Check out the following article;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/making-love/orgasms/her-orgasms

My partner feels that I have a very big penis. The last we were together she complained of pain and we had to stop because I didn't want to hurt her. I have not had such an experience and my penis is not huge as she thinks is there another problem. It getting very frustrating.

Hi Jose, penis size can cause pain especially if partners don't spend sufficient time in foreplay. Foreplay leads to arousal which inturns gets the vagina to lubricate making penetration easier and enjoyable. It helps to communicate with your partner during sex and to make sure she is relaxed and the vagina is well lubricated before penetration. The position during sex can also lead to pain, partners may have to change positions to find what works without discomfort. Be patient with your partner, eventually you will find what works and what leads to pleasure for you both. Check out this article for more tips;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/making-love/sex-problems-how-to-overcome-them/painful-sex-time-to-listen-up

Hey Lopz, what do you mean by coming in low speed? Do you mean it takes a long time before you ejaculate? In the meantime check out the following articles for information on ejaculation;- 

https://lovemattersafrica.com/our-bodies/male-body/ejaculation

https://lovemattersafrica.com/making-love/sex-problems-how-to-overcome-them/difficulties-with-sex-men

Hi Cherry, What you are experiencing is know as Premature Ejaculation, which is caused by a number of reasons including fear, anxiety or even stress. Anxiety that one will not perform can make him ejaculate much earlier or stress from home or work. In other cases, particularly in young men it could be the result of sexual inexperience, and so as the young man gets older he also gains more experience in controlling ejaculation. Check out this article with tips on how to control ones ejaculation;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/making-love/sex-problems-how-to-overcome-them/how-to-overcome-premature-ejaculation

Hi Obama, This is completely normal, there are, however, big variations in the size and angle of erections, which can be influenced by things like circumcision and genetics. Most people will have erections that point straight forward, but a significant number of people also have an erections that point nearly or completely straight up against their abdomen area. As to which sex position will fit this, it is important you talk with your partner and try out different positions to see which one you both enjoy and is comfortable for both of you. Check out the following article;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/our-bodies/male-body/overview-the-male-body

Hello Badger, it is important to begin by figuring out what is causing  low libido or low sex drive. Often times low libido is caused by psychological factors or by the body not producing enough of the hormone testosterone. Getting to know what is causing this helps to determine what steps should be taken. Check out the following article for more information;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/making-love/sex-problems-how-to-overcome-them/difficulties-with-sex-men

Hey JT, shedding a few pounds if you are overweight can help make your penis look bigger, it however won't make the penis grow. Fat makes your penis look smaller. The penis is anchored to your body at the base, which means that if you gain weight the bottom part of your penis disappears beneath the fat. So shedding some weight will help reduce this fat making the penis appear bigger. Check out the following article;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/our-bodies/male-body/can-i-make-my-penis-bigger

Hey, Not necessarily. Infact a big penis maybe a source of pain for your partner. The vagina, however, is elastic and can stretch to accommodate the penis. Check out the following articles;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/making-love/sex-problems-how-to-overcome-them/girlfriend-screams-with-pain

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Earnestine
Sat, 09/29/2018 - 10:57 am
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