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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.

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.

 

 

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Hey Didi, the only way to successfully enlarge your penis with permanent results is to get a surgery done. This, like any surgery when done is likely to come with complication. Penis pump among other products do not work to enlarging ones penis. Have a look at the following article;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/our-bodies/male-body/penis-enlargement-doesnt-work

Hello Dixon, sex after pregnancy and child will not be the same, but this doesn't mean that vagina is big to the point that partners will no longer enjoy sex. Remember, the vagina has muscles so that it stretches to allow the passage of a baby during birth but relaxes back to allow for enjoyable sex. Check out the following article;-

https://lovemattersafrica.com/pregnancy/sex-after-pregnancy-myths-and-facts

https://lovemattersafrica.com/pregnancy/sex-after-pregnancy-top-five-facts

Every time I get an erection I feel pain in my penis I can't event enjoy sex at all. What is the problem? I have tested for STI but it was negative.
Hey Johnna, sorry about this. It is important that you seek medical attention especially because this happens each time you have an erection. It maybe a case of Erectile dysfunction, do talk to your health care provider who will further advice. Check out the following article for more information;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/making-love/sex-problems-how-to-overcome-them/four-signs-you-have-erectile-dysfunction
What is the problem if a boy pouts sperm when yoh are still romancing and then the penis falls and refuse to stand again even if you caress him and kiss him everywhere?

Hello Dona, this means that your partner get too excited too quickly and he is unable to control his ejaculation. This 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. 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

Secondly, it is completely normal for men to have what is called a refractory period, where the cannot get hard after ejaculation. Honestly, the body is just telling them that it needs some time. There is no real way to change it or make it happen less, so one has just try to and work with their own body. If you are really hoping to have more sex, then your partner needs to take the time to recharge and focus on you. They can give you pleasure in other ways. They will become hard again in no time and continue.

Hey Husna, just try and eat healthy meals and avoid alot of unprocessed meals. Lasting long also depends on what is causing it in the first place.  Premature ejaculation is caused by a number of reasons including fear, anxiety or even stress. Anxiety that one will not perform can make them ejaculate much earlier or stress from either the relationship or work could also affect how soon they ejaculate. In younger men, it could be the result of sexual inexperience, as one gets older however and also gains more experience they become better at controlling their ejaculation. There are a few things one can do to overcome it, see the following article;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/making-love/sex-problems-how-to-overcome-them/how-to-overcome-premature-ejaculation 

Hello Simon, what you maybe 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 the following article for what you can do to better control this;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/making-love/sex-problems-how-to-overcome-them/how-to-overcome-premature-ejaculation

Hi Priscah, intercourse only may not get you to orgasm since it doesn't give sufficient attention to one of the most sensitive parts - the clitoris. Your partner needs to give the clitoris attention by for instance stroking it for you to perhaps orgasm during sex. Get to know for yourself what will get you there and share that information with your partner. Remember, sex is better when partners talk about. Check out the following article;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/making-love/orgasms/her-orgasms

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