WARNING: This site features very frank discussion and occasionally explicit images of medical conditions.
Parental guidance is recommended.

Embarrassing Bodies, 12:45am Monday 15th February 2016 on Channel 4. Catch up for free on All 4 »

Video

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.

******

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

*******

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.

*******

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.

*******

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.

*******

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.

*******

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.

If you’d prefer to watch this video on your mobile, then download our specially produced version for your mobile phone from the Channel 4 Mobile site.

Just text Normal to 84444

Texts and data are charged at your standard network rate.
Terms and Conditions at channel4.com/mobile

Explore Am I Normal? >

Am I Normal?: Sex And Relationships >
Am I Normal?: Mental Health >
Am I Normal?: Drugs And Alcohol >

If you think your child may be going through early puberty, check our guide especially for parents on Embarrassing Bodies: Kids website.

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

Did you find this useful? YesYes NoNo

3226 of 3888 people said they found this useful

Comments and Questions

You can share your experiences and thoughts with other Embarrassing Bodies site-users below. Comments & Questions are reviewed by moderators, but if you see anything on the site that worries you, please report it and one of our moderators will look at it as soon as possible.
Please note: Unfortunately Channel 4 cannot respond to individual inquiries. If you have any concerns, you can check out NHS Choices, but ultimately it is always best to check with a health professional.

Hi, I'm 17 and my penis is just under 3 inches when soft. I feel as if this should be larger and I am very worried what girls will think. Is this normal? I want it to be larger, is there anything I can do ? Also, when erect I am not able to pull the foreskin back all the way because there is a bit of skin attached to the top of my penis stopping me from pulling it down. Is this normal?





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your answer.


Please don't swear or be rude in your answers, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting answers. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

Questions submitted to the site will be answered by other site users, not by medical professionals, so if you have a medical concern, please book an appointment with your GP.

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

I am 17 and my penis is 6 inch soft and about 9inch erect. I keep getting erections even though I'm not masturbating and I ejaculate even I'm not doing anything. But when it comes to having sex I cant ejaculate when I'm at my climax. It's really embarrassing and I need advice





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your answer.


Please don't swear or be rude in your answers, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting answers. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

Questions submitted to the site will be answered by other site users, not by medical professionals, so if you have a medical concern, please book an appointment with your GP.

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

I'm 20, my penis is a decent size when erect but I sometimes have trouble keeping it erect during sexual contact. This is obviously very embarrassing! Is there anything that will help?





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

i am 16 and my pennis is small i masterbate from 12-13 but from that time it does not eject but from few days sone water like sticky substance is comming not like





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your answer.


Please don't swear or be rude in your answers, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting answers. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

Questions submitted to the site will be answered by other site users, not by medical professionals, so if you have a medical concern, please book an appointment with your GP.

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

Its normal every one does but if you don't do it that frequent you will see the difference and will cum a lot more 😂

I'm 17 I'm 3 inch soft and 5.7 inch hard but I'm not sure if the thinkness of my penis is normal. I have looked at other sites and there was a test that if you could fit your penis in side of a paper roll, mine fits but there is not a lot of room left is that normal size?





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

I am currently 16, when my penis is 4 inch when not erect and 8 inch when erect, is this normal?





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your answer.


Please don't swear or be rude in your answers, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting answers. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

Questions submitted to the site will be answered by other site users, not by medical professionals, so if you have a medical concern, please book an appointment with your GP.

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

I'd say that's very normal, you're known as a grower rather than a shower Grower: when the penis looks small when flaccid and looks big when erect. Shower: when the penis looks big flaccid but the size doesn't change much when erect.

I'm 14 and I have small lumps on the bottom of my penis and ice had two larger spot in the last 6 weeks and they popped on there own but it's looked like pus from facial spots and a bit of blood the they slowly went smaller but I'm really worried to talk about it to anyone even my girlfriend and even my family has anyone got and solutions or ideas what they are and what I can do to get rid of them?





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

Im 21 im 6ft1 and my penis when limp is like the size of a kids penis and when my penis is erect i cant pull my foreskin back, my skin is tight its very embarrasing that i am still a virgin as dont want girls to see how small my penis is and that i cant even pull my foreskin back. I have became bisexual in the mean time as needed some sexual contact but wasnt wanting any with a girl unless i manage to get my penis sorted.





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

i'm 19 and i think i have pinhole phimosis, could i go to the doctors and could they fix it? idk what would i say to them if i did go





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

Check out this site. Lots of good information here. http://www.network54.com/Forum/244184/

I am 42 I have a 2inch penise when hard it goes to 5inch I am well imbarressed when I have sex I cum really quick and it doesn't go hard after





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.



Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

It looks like no one else has asked this question, so please fill in the rest of your details below.





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your answer.



Please don't swear or be rude in your questions, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting questions. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

Questions submitted to the site will be answered by other site users, not by medical professionals, so if you have a medical concern, please book an appointment with your GP.

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines


More Information

  1. Tinnitus

    In Conditions - Sufferers of tinnitus can hear noise within their ear or head that…

  2. Varicocele

    In Conditions - Varicocele are formed when varicose veins appear around the scrotum.

  3. Problem Piercings

    In Conditions - People have been piercing their bodies for thousands of years, but…

  4. Vulvodynia

    In Conditions - This unpleasant condition causes chronic pain and discomfort in the…

  5. Doctor Responses: Eczema and Skin Conditions

    In Videos - Dr Dawn advises on the most common questions sent in to the Embarra…

  6. Quick Health Advice: Unwanted Facial Hair

    In Videos - Dr Harper explains the causes of unwanted facial hair and some of t…

  7. Trichotillomania

    In Conditions - Trichotillomania is a compulsive disorder that results in sufferers…

  8. Dr Dawn Harper

    In Videos - Find out more about Dr Dawn Harper

  9. Vaginal Tearing

    In Conditions - A vaginal tear most commonly occurs during the birth of a baby, whe…

  10. Am I Normal?

    In Episodes - Episode 2 of Embarrassing Teenage Bodies looks at conditions includ…

  11. Doctor Responses: Diabetes

    In Videos - Dr Dawn Harper answers your common questions about coping with diab…

  12. Doctor Responses: Penis

    In Videos - Dr Christian answers your most frequently asked questions about the…

  13. Bodies Behaving Badly

    In Episodes - Episode 1 of Embarrassing Teenage Bodies examines conditions includ…

  14. Seasonal Affective Disorder

    In Conditions - Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is a type of depression that o…

  15. Marine Creature Stings

    In Conditions - A number of sea creatures can sting or bite you when swimming in th…


Am I Normal?

Share, explore, vote, watch… Am I Normal? is a bold new Channel 4 project that will redefine what you think of as ‘normal’.

Visit Am I Normal? >

Important Notice

The information provided on this website (including any NHS Choices medical information) is for use as information or for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical care by a qualified doctor or other qualified healthcare professional. We do not warrant that any information included within this site will meet your health or medical requirements. This Embarrassing Bodies site does not provide any medical or diagnostic services so you should always check with a health professional if you have any concerns about your health.


If you want to embed our videos in your site, read our embedding T&Cs here