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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 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.

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.

different shapes and sizes

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).

Condoms
Different condoms in different shapes and sizes

Since most condoms are made for the average penis, here are some examples of smaller condoms and larger condoms.

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.

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.

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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.

 

 

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Hey Kennedy, this can be really frustrating for both partners. Unfortunately, ejaculating all at the same time can be challenging to achieve for most couples, many times one will climax moments before the other. To achieve this, what you may have to do, is to communicate during sex, take short breaks when either of you feels the sensation to climax, to delay the climax as much as possible for the other partner. THis may take time but with practice you will be able to achieve it. Having said that, partners can still enjoy sex even without ultimately ejaculating. Have a look at the following article;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/making-love/sex-problems-how-to-overcome-them/difficulties-with-sex-women

Hey Myk, circumcision is a process of removing the foreskin on the penis and this process doesn't encourage any further growth of the penis. However, if circumcision was done when a person is still in the puberty stage, it is natural to expect the penis to continue growing and reach its full growth by the age of 15 years. Have a look at the following;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/our-bodies/male-body/puberty-in-boys-what-to-expect

Hi Velo, this is not true. However the penis may appear small perhaps, because of the added weight including around the groin area. Even with overgrown pubic hair the penis may appear small. It is always a good idea to keep a healthy weight. Check out the following article;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/our-bodies/male-body/six-myths-about-increasing-penis-size

During sex I can feel to enjoy because im not sensitive I'm not sure, and sometimes it takes me for ever to cum or I don't even cum at all and I have to fake sometimes. what do you think?

Hello Joe, What you are experiencing is known as Delayed Ejaculation. Where you ejaculate much later than you want to or you don’t even get to ejaculate during intercourse. Other than age, it can also be caused by psychological factors. This could be fear of sex, stress or depression. If this is happening frequently it is important to get a check up. Have a look at the following article;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/making-love/sex-problems-how-to-overcome-them/difficulties-with-sex-men

Hey Daniel, this is completely normal. When a  guy gets aroused, he gets an erection and also a clear fluid called pre-ejaculate comes out of the end of their penis. this fluid helps to lubricate should they decide to have intercourse. Have a look at the following article;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/making-love/orgasms/his-orgasms

Hi Isaac, so sorry about this. Yes you can get a woman pregnant since producing sperm has nothing to do with your penis size or even the lack of the glans. If you are producing healthy sperms you can get a woman pregnant. Have a look at the following articles for more information;-

https://lovemattersafrica.com/our-bodies/male-body/penis-top-five-facts

https://lovemattersafrica.com/our-bodies/male-body/eight-tips-to-keep-your-sperm-healthy

Hi, the only way to permanently enlarge your penis is to get surgery done. This is also comes with different complications. Having said that, having a larger penis doesn't make one a better lover. It is important for one to talk with their partner to get to know what they want and like during this. This is what will help enhance the experience for both partners. Have a look at the following article;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/our-bodies/male-body/six-myths-about-increasing-penis-size

Hey Kabir, premature ejaculation 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 for more information on how your partner can try manage this;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/making-love/sex-problems-how-to-overcome-them/how-to-overcome-premature-ejaculation 

Hi there, there is no way to enlarge your penis other than surgery which may also present complications. Having said that, the size of your penis doesn't determine whether one will be a good lover. Getting to know what your partner wants and enjoys during sex goes along way toward making the experience better for both partners. Check out the following article for additional information;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/our-bodies/male-body/penis-enlargement-doesnt-work

Lameck Xaier
Thu, 05/02/2019 - 11:02
What do you if your girlfriend complain all the time that you div=ck is very big it make her feel pain?

It is important that sex doesn't cause pain for either partner. Penis size is one of the reasons for painful sex but also having dry sex sex is a major cause of pain. The position during sex can also cause pain. It is important to spent sufficient time in foreplay which helps to make the vagina moist making penetration easier and enjoyable. Have a look at the following;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/making-love/sex-problems-how-to-overcome-them/painful-sex-time-to-listen-up

Hi Ezekiel, penises come in different shapes and sizes including curved ones. It is therefore normal for a penis to be curved. It should only be a concern if the penis is curved to the point you can't have sex or sex is painful. A curved penis doesn't cause premature ejaculation, it 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. Have a look at the following article for more information;- 

https://lovemattersafrica.com/our-bodies/male-body/curved-penis-top-facts

https://lovemattersafrica.com/making-love/sex-problems-how-to-overcome-them/i-come-too-soon

Hi Dav, you could ask your girlfriend to see if they are satisfied. Talking about sex helps to improve the experience for your and your partner. I suggest you talk to your partner to get to know what they like and want during sex to help enhance your experience and chances of satisfaction. Have a look at the following article;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/making-love/ways-to-make-love/talking-about-sex

Hi Andrew, this is just a myth. Vaginal wetness during sex has to do with arousal and not the body size of the girl. Also, one can simply wipe off some of the lubrication during sex. Vaginal wetness is important for sex to be enjoyable for both partners. Partner can therefore still enjoy sex. Have a look at the following article;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/making-love/sex-problems-how-to-overcome-them/the-myth-of-the-wet-vagina

I have heard of penis sprays that numb the penis to last longer. Just want to know which is the best brand to use. Does it have any effect on the woman, will she become numb also when a man is using?

Hey Jaymo, there are different penis sprays out there and it is important to talk to your health provider about the options in your location and carefully ready the instruction for use. Also, it is useful to talk to your partner when using such a product. Using it correctly will ensure minimal negative effects. 

Hey Kariuki,  What you are experiencing is known 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. There are a few things one can do to overcome this;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/making-love/sex-problems-how-to-overcome-them/i-come-too-soon Also, overcoming this will take practice and time, and for this reason your partner will need your support and understanding.  

Hello Joab, this is also known as Monorchism, which means having only one testicle. This is often because the missing testicle is hiding inside the body, and hasn’t or never dropped down into the scrotum. Secondly, having one testicle doesn't mean one is infertile, one can can still produce enough sperm to get a women pregnant. Check out the following article for additional information;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/our-bodies/male-body/monorchism-top-facts-about-the-missing-ball

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