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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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Hi iv been having trouble in pulling back my foreskin and its becoming a problom when I wash. My size is avrage so I don't know why its so tight. It also hurts when I try to pull it back. Iv tried everything pulling it back slowley but that don't work. PLZ help xc





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I'm 14 and have a one incher I'm 6 feet tall and have had pubic hair a long time and a tight foreskin, help!





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Ok I'm 14 and my penis is 4 1/2 inches erect and when I masturbate I can't ejaculate. I'm not producing any sperm but my friends are and I'm worried my penis is too small and embarrassed by this so I was wondering why I can't ejaculate and is there anything I could do?





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It's my boyfriends birthday soon and he's having a big party at his house and during this party we've said that we will have sex (protected) and my penis is only 3 inches erect and normal condoms are too big for me what should I do? Can you recommend any that would fit me? I'm not worried about the size of my penis as we've had oral sex before, I am just wondering if you could recommend any condoms that would fit me? Thanks x





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Every penis size is normal, and most condoms can fit any size of a penis.

Hi I'm 13 I'm going through puberty right know and my penus is 4.2 hard and 3.1 soft and I wanna know u could perdict how big it going doom be when I'm 20 or done with puberty





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Hey i was wondering the same mine is 4soft and 6 hard but i want to know how big it will get.

Hi, I shaved my pubes like a year and a half ago and now these really big spot full of puss and blood have been appearing there. Like do you know how to stop it? Thanks.





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Hi, well I am kinda worried about my penis size it's around 3 inches flaccid and 5.9 inches erect. I'm kinda worried cause I would like to know if it'll grow more and my voice is kinda half broke I have pubes but no facial hair..and it's like 5 inches in girth so yeah...and my balls have dropped but the sometime my scrotum will like get really hard and then my balls won't like hang. So just you know give be some answers. Please.





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I'm 15 my penis is 1.4in Soft and 5 erect am I normal





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hy my name is lucky am 13 and my penis size is about 3-4 when erect 7cm to 7.5 and I am nt happy bcuz I am always laughed at school what should I do





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I have dots almost like white spots where my hair grows from the stem of my penis is that normal?





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i have the same thing but i dont have any hair growing there

i found what there called they are Fordyce Spots.





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