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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).

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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.

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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.

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

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Comments

Hey Josh, different people enjoy different things during sex and some people will not make a sound and this doesn't mean they are not enjoying the experience. The way to get to know if your partner is enjoying sex is to talk about and get to know what it is they like and enjoy. Find a good time and talk about sex, get to know what your partner likes and have them tell you what they like and want. If you would like for them to respond verbal, do let them know. This will greatly enhance the experience for your both. Have a look at the following articles for more tips;- 

https://lovemattersafrica.com/making-love/orgasms/noisy-sex-why-women-moan-and-scream-in-bed

https://lovemattersafrica.com/making-love/ways-to-make-love/talking-about-sex

Hi David, this is completely normal. Getting night-time erections is a normal part of a healthy guy’s life, and one is not able to control whether they have them or not. The discomfort maybe as a result of the expanding and contracting of the blood vessels in the penis. If this pain persists for longer periods, it maybe important to seek medical advice. Check this out;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/our-bodies/male-body/the-truth-about-morning-wood

Ishmael
Thu, 08/29/2019 - 05:59 pm
I have been masturbating from when I was 13 years. I am now 23 but I ejaculate when we are still caressing and kissing. What should do to for my erection to last longer?

Hello Ishmael, it seems you get sexually excited to soon and you are unable to control your ejaculation. This is known as premature ejaculation. Controlling your ejaculation and lasting long is something you can learn to do. Sexual inexperience is one of the reasons for premature ejaculation, but with experience one is able to gain better control of their ejaculation. Have a look at this article for some tips on how to address premature ejaculation;- 

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

https://lovemattersafrica.com/making-love/sex-problems-how-to-overcome-them/how-to-overcome-premature-ejaculation

Hello Joe, having a bigger penis does make one a better lover. So first, you need to talk with your partner to get to know what they like and enjoy during sex. This way you know exactly what they want and enjoy. Sex is better when partner talk about it. Also, you will find that your girlfriend will enjoy an extended session of foreplay. Lastly, there little you can do to increase your penis size, hence, you best bet is to get to know the different things your partner enjoys. Have a look at the following article;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/our-bodies/male-body/penis-size-myths-busted

Rayarn
Wed, 09/04/2019 - 03:27 pm
I mastibate since teenager and now am 28 i observed that my penis dont stand too erect and a lost for sex urge unlike before and I fine it difficult to control pls I need your advice on what to do to restore my dick to former glory ....I have place order for grandex xls

Hello Rayarn, I am not sure what you mean by restoring your penis to its former glory...masturbation has no negative effect speaking from a medical point of view. When masturbating the only goal maybe to ejaculate and overtime one learns to to ejaculate sooner. This is something one can unlearn and learn how to control their ejaculation. If you need to use any medicines, ensure you get a prescription from a health provider to avoid negative effects of the medicines. Have a look at the following article for additional information;- 

https://lovemattersafrica.com/making-love/ways-to-make-love/masturbation-your-burning-questions-answered

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

Petronillah
Wed, 09/04/2019 - 04:04 pm
I heard that you can approximate if a guy has a big or small penis if you look at his height, shoe size or size of his hands. Please confirm if it is true because there is a guy who is into me and I need to know first.thanks.
I have noticed when I masturbate before I ejaculate another fluid comes out that is not sperm. I have never had sex with anyone. Am I ok?

Hey Kilo, 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 their ejaculation. There are a few things one can do to overcome premature ejaculation, have a look at the following article for more tips;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/making-love/sex-problems-how-to-overcome-them/how-to-overcome-premature-ejaculation

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

Hi Ben, this is not true. You body weight does make your penis shrink neither will it make it bigger. Weight may cause an accumulation of fat around the groin area making the penis appear smaller but this doesn't mean it has grown smaller. In some cases one just needs to shave the pubic hair to make the penis look bigger. Check out this article for more information;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/our-bodies/male-body/can-i-make-my-penis-bigger

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

Johnna
Fri, 11/01/2019 - 03:11 pm
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.

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