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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:
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University of Birmingham Hockey Club
Llanelli Youth Theatre
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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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I have spots a lot of the way down my penis(i believe they are called fordyce spots)shaft, my penis is about 6.5 inches and has them a lot of the way down I am15 and almost sexually active with my girlfriend and I don't really know how she will take it I am also quite a nervous person so that is not going to help.dont really know what I should do





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That's extremely common. I don't think women really care about it even slightly, so you shouldn't either!

Umm Hello i am 14 and have a normally good penis but i have began to find excessive excma on my penis what can i do and does anybody have this





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Im 14 and was unable to fully pull back my foreskin until recently when I tried stretching it a little, now I can fully pull it back but the head of my penis and the bellend are sensitive and start to hurt after a while when the foreskin is pulled back. Is this normal or is there something wrong? I feel embarrassed and I don't want it to affect future sexual experiences..





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If you've only just been able to pull your foreskin back, the head will be extremely, extremely sensitive, but that will change over time. I'm not sure exactly what you mean though - if you're pulling the foreskin back, and underwear or something like that is touching the head, it's normal for that to be quite uncomfortable. If nothing is touching the head, and it's still uncomfortable, I'm not sure what that means. The obvious advice is if it doesn't feel good, don't do it!

iam 20, on my head, there is a black spot is present and some acne is formed differently, is it infection? what i do?





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Hi i am 14 years old and still not ejaculate. Sometimes i pre ejaculate. Is there anything wrong with me or should i wait and see. Please Replay Ben





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Is it normal for ejackulation to happen so quickly when fully erect, or is it possible to train the body to hold it until ready to use?





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I have hairs growing on the shaft of my penis (circumcised) is this normal and what is the best way of removing it permanently?





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Hair is normal, so it's not something to worry about. It's good you're keeping an eye on the health of the tool, though; many guys don't. More men should help maintain the health by using a superior penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil.

I'm 15 and I have a slight problem with my testicles, they seem to have small little spots, pop able if I try to, like little yellow heads, I don't know if this is a problem, another question is my penis when it is erect bends upwards, it is normal size 7 inches but the fact it bends up concerns me, hope you can put my mind at ease.





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Those spots could just be normal skin glands. Sometimes it's acne though (those spots are usually larger), just like people get on other areas of the skin. I wouldn't bother popping them - that would just invite infection. It's very common for the penis to bend upwards, and many women like that actually. It's not worth worrying about unless the bend is new, or is becoming more pronounced over time.

Hi am 16 years old and I'm insicur about my penis size . I had multiple chances to lose my virginity but I used to say no because I was scared if my penis is too small and my girlfriend won't be pleased . Can you please help me





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Some girls wont to try the big one but find out that thay are no all that grate 6-7 inches is just fine and normal if the girl cant love fore you then seh is not worth dating I no I hdated a girl like that after I let her go I found a gil that dosen care how big or long just that it feels good and she loves me the way I am





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