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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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After having intercourse I found I had split my banjo string, ever since I have had bits of skin just underneath the shaft like a few extra bits of skin and whenever I have intercourse I catch them and they bleed sometimes. Should I go to my gp to see if I can get them removed? Help me please





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I'm 18 and my penis is 4.5 -5 inches (when erect) give or take half an inch is it normal?





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I'm 14 and it looks like my belled has two holes instead of one is this normal or should I be worried





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I am a virgo and have for the last year had a strong smell coming from my penis, i thoroughly wash my penis and pull my foreskin back when washing too. I can smell the smell coming from my genitals regularly when fully dressed. I also seem to have a yellow colour stain in my underwear and that too smells. Also after masturbating i need to urinate straight away.





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Hi,sometimes after maturation my penis head feel pain os there any problem with my penis I am really worried.





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i cant get a erection





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I am thirteen year's old an when I am erect my foreskin does not cover the head of my penis all the way and still reveal's a bit of my penis, please help me fast I'm really worried.





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Don't worry ur penis must just be big and the skin might not cover it that's fine or u might not have that much skin there it's compleatly fine:)

Hey i am 14 and my penis is small and i look at my friends bulges when we are getting chnged and there bulges are a lot bigger than mine is this normal





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Don't worry people develop at different rate's it might also depend on what time you wen through puberty or if you've got puberty yet, nothing to worry about.

I'm 16 and my penis hasn't grown in size, all of my friends penis' has grown and I'm scared mine won't, I'm comming on to 17 and worrying that it'll never grow. Is this normal or is something wrong with me???





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Hey, Ive found that I cannot pull my forsaken all the way back over the head when erect, and I'm not sure if this is normal or if it's something I should be concerned about and trying to solve, if so, what can I do about it??





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