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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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University of Birmingham Hockey Club
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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

Hi I am 16 years old and I am worried about my pens size . My cousin is 2 years younger and has a bigger penis (he measured it and told me ) I'm just worried that my penis is too small





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Penis size is something a lot of guys worry about. Just know that a) we're all individuals, so guys are just naturally bugger than others and some guys mature faster than others, b) size isn't all that matters (honestly i think men worry more about it than their partners do) and c) you still have years of growing to do. Don't sweat your size, dude. It's just not worth it. It's not a competition. Your size has nothing to do with how "manly" or awesome you are. Anyone who says different isn't worth wasting your time or energy on. Hope that helps.

My chest muscles are not visible, but most of my friends have fully developed abs. Am i abnormal? Oscar,13





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Oscar, everyone develops at different rates. I was small for my age until I hit 16 and now I'm a bit taller than average and have put on muscle. You have about another 12 years of growing to do! Don't sweat it. You're normal. Just be you buddy.

im 21 but you won't notice that I've got a problem with my penis it doesn't grow since i was born and i don't have testers am i going to get help? I'm so embarrassed to my friends because i don't go with them when we go to pee, they tease me plz help





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I would suggest consulting a physician about this and what can be done to help you.

Hi im 16 and my foreskin is to tight to pull back when my penis is erect and the head of my penis is very sensitive when i touch it, should i be worried?





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If you foreskin is tight or painful when you are erect, it may be that you need to see a doctor about it. This is nothing to be embarrassed about and I would suggest talking to your parents or guardians about it. Good luck.

I'm 14 and my head hasnt come out on my penis yet and it's still quite small





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If your foreskin is very tight and you cannot pull it back then it might be a little bit of a problem. If it hurts when erect then perhaps have a word with your dad, don't be shy and don't think you have something nobody else has. It's quite common actually. It should normalky be free by the time you are about 8. Before then it is usualky attached or partially attached to the head of your penis. There are things you can do to help yourself that you may wish to try first. The best place is in a nice warm bath as it relaxes the skin. Pull your foreskin forward and gently try to insert your small finger into the hole. You need to keep this up and gradually use your next biggest finger and so on. It may take a while but you shoukd see some results in a couple of months. If there is no change at all and masturbating is painful then get checked out to put your mind at rest. Regarding the size of your penis and given your age, don't be too concerned right now. Your body develops in very strange ways during puberty, your voice may break before your penis begins to grow for instance and the opposite is true as well. The average adult male penis can be anything between 5.5 and 6.5 inches when erect. The size of it when not erect can vary a great deal. Some may be 4 inches when soft but only 5.5 inches erect. Others may be 2 inches when soft but 6 inches when erect. There is a condition called micro penis but unless yors is only 1 or 2 inches when erect my advice would be to give yourself a little more time before you start to worry about it. I hope this helps you.

Hi I am 15 years old and my penis curves to the left quite a lot when erect, I have kept it to myself for a while now as I am unsure of what to do. What is your opinion as to what I should do?





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It's not an unusual problem so don't worry first of all. Very basically the penis becomes erect by blood rushing into it filling lots of small sacks in the shaft and it uses blood pressure to do that. If one side fills with blood more than the other side or there is a slight blockage or weakness on one side, then yes it will bend towards the weaker side. The problem can usually be completely repaired and only needs a small operation that leaves no damage to it. If you are too shy to discuss it with your dad then you may have to wait until you are 16 at which age you can go to see your GP by yourself. My advice.... talk to your dad, he'll reassure you. It shouldn't make any difference to any sexual activities you part in so don't worry about that either.

my penis is bent downwards and to the left when erect it is about 6inches long is this normal?





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Some curvature is absolutely normal in many, many men. If the curvature is extreme, it may cause some issues with sexual activity. Extreme curvature is sometimes called Peyronie's disease. Consult a doctor if you believe your penis curvature is of a degree that might require attention. Sometimes curvature results from scar tissue building up, which can have the effect of causing the penis to lose some sensation. Using a quality penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) with a neuroprotective ingredient like acetyl L carnitine can help restore lost sensitivity.

I am 21 and I have had problems with my foreskin splitting since I was 13 I was circumcised a few months ago the doctor said my foreskin was tight because of the size of my penis when it's erect is 9 inches wich I think is a normal size I think the doctor was just trying to be nice but since I've been circumcised my flaccid penis lunch has gone smaller it used to be 4.5 inches when I had a foreskim but now I'm circumcised when I'm flaccid it's about 2 inches sometimes about an inch and one more question why is one of my testicles in my scrotum and one up Inside my body now





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9 inches erect is actually quite large. I wouldn't worry about flaccid length at all if i were you. You're a "grower".

Hi i am 18 and my penis isn't "normal" you could say. The head of the penis is still very "child like", however i feel like i have fully developed every where else, including size, hair etc. Just wondering if you could put my mind at ease, or is it a problem?





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The glans or head of your penis doesn't have to conform to a given size or shape. If you can reach the point of ejaculation either whilst masturbating or during a sexual encounter, with the associated feeling of pleasure, then I wouldn't be too concerned about it. You refer to it as being 'child like' but there are many stages in a boys life where the penis starts to grow. Several times between birth and puberty when it growth is maintained through to maturity. So you may well be worrying about unduly. But ... if in doubt get it checked out and the GP will if nothing else, put your mind at rest.





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