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Anthony Quinlan: sausage

Kent Riley: The widgie

Girl 1: Trouser snake

Boy 1: Schlong

Hollie Jay-Bowes: Little Ricky

Boy 2: Purple Headed Warrior

Dr Dawn: Penises come in all shapes and sizes. Take these hockey players; no face the same, no penis the same. Each penis is unique. It’s during puberty, usually between the ages of 11 and 18, when your penis and testicles will begin to develop. Although the penis doesn’t actually stop growing until the ages of 18 to 21. And it’s normal for boys to develop at different ages and rates. Whether you’re going through puberty, are about to go through puberty or have been through puberty, I guarantee, nearly all guys have had the same willy worries.

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Kent Riley: I think what lads worry about the most would be size and most definitely shape.

Hollie Jay-Bowes: Every guy i’ve ever come across has always wanted to measure his penis – what is that about?

Boy 3: Something else that bothers boys my age is maybe if it’s bent or something.

Boy 2: When you grow up you always worry about it like a lot more than you should do and then when you get to like you know our age you think well it’s not really that important at all – it’s what you do with it, isn’t it?

Boy 4: Yep

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One of the main differences in appearance is between a circumcised penis and a non-circumcised one.

Circumcision is a procedure that surgically removes either fully or partially the flap of skin that covers the head of the penis called the foreskin.

About 20 percent of men in the world have been circumcised.Mainly for religious, cultural or medical reasons.

Not only can penises look very different from each other, but of course the same penis will look very different when it’s erect compared to when it’s flaccid.

An erection is when the penis enlarges and stiffens in response to sexual excitement.

A message is sent from the brain to release blood into the penis, making it lengthen and become firm.

Some guys have quite a large flaccid penis that when erect only grows very slightly.

Others will have a fairly small flaccid penis that increases in size quite a bit .

With the onset of sexual arousal, boys get erections more often.

And won’t always have control of them.

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Anthony Quinlan: It can be awkward sometimes having a penis as well. It can get in the way a bit and obviously growing up it can be slightly embarrassing when you get erections in class and stuff.

Kent Riley: No you never really ever get control of them, i mean i was on set the other day in white boxers, and you know, it started, err you know, doing it’s thing.

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On average a teenager has four erections every night and a wet dream, every three weeks.

A ‘wet dream’, is when you ejaculate in your sleep.

It’s totally natural – in fact over 80 percent of guys have had one in their lives.

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Boy 5: I think some teenagers worry about having wet dreams and others just think that it’s a natural part of the process of growing up and others, some of them look forward to having one because it shows that they’re finally becoming a man.

Anthony Quinlan: I think i masturbated too much to have wet dreams personally.

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More important than the size is the health of your penis.

So clean your genitals at least once a day and don’t forget under the foreskin.

Avoid applying aftershaves, talc or deodorants directly on the genital area as they can irritate.

Always wear a condom and remember unprotected sex will put you at risk of catching a sexually transmitted infection and some nasty consequences.

Read the video transcript

Am I Normal: Penis

Dr Dawn Harper discusses what is and isn’t normal when it comes to penis size and shape. It’s frequently the number 1 concern for guys when they are growing up, but with the help of a mens hockey team, Dr Dawn answers the most common concerns on everything from wet dreams, to troublesome erections and gets the opinions of the cast of Hollyoaks.

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With thanks to:
Hollyoaks
University of Birmingham Hockey Club
Llanelli Youth Theatre
Tetbury Hospital

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I'm nearly 17 and a virgin. I have some pubes but not a lot armpit hair. Is it good to masturbate 4 times a day? Also how do you shave your pubes? I'm also 8 inches hard and about 6 foot 4.





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As a 16 year old I personally don't masturbate that often, maybe once or twice per day, though it does vary depending on the person as to how frequent one masturbates. As for shaving, I usually use a buzzer on the pelvis area above the penis, then shave over it with a razer, I leave my balls unshaven, or I have a light go over them with scissors (NOT EVEN CLOSE TO THE TESTICLES). People have different methods for dealing with pubic hair, that's just my personal preference.

I'm 23 got some hair down stairs and under my arms but not shaving and my penis is 2 inch soft and 4.5 hard I am havin a tough time get embarrest a lot about this and the fact I'm so small and look young anything to help this ? Thanks





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Age--30 years.penis size flaccid --2 inchi and erected 3.5 inchi . Is it normal? Please help me.





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My penis is 5.39 inches when erect and 3.53 when flaccid is this the right size for a thirteen yr old boy.





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When erect my foreskin doesn't sit behind my bell end like normal. I don't think its tight (as par as i know) it just sits like half way back on my bell end. when i pull my foreskin back when floppy it pulls my bell end down as the connective tissue acts like an anchor. Is there anything i can do? Im 18.





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iam concerned about my penis size it 4 anda a half inches





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Hi I just turned 14 in August and my penis is 3.5 hard and about 2 inches soft, I can't ejaculate but I have some pubes and armpit hair and I was wondering if it's normal?





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I have a spotty penis and bellend what shall I do I don't want to go to a doctor because I'm 15 and it will be embarrissing???





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Hi I'm 14 years of age and I am really worried about the size of my penis. It's 8 cm soft and 11cm hard is this normal as I'm really scared . Please help me





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I am 14 years of age and I'm very worried about my penis size as I am 8cm flaccid and 11cm erect is this right please help me I'm very scared .





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For your age of 14, 8cm flaccid to 11cm erect is normal. I'm 21 and my penis when flaccid is around 5cm and 15-17.54 cm erect. When I was your age, I was 2.54cm flaccid to 8cm erect. So there is no need to be scared, your penis size is just right.





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