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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.

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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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I'm 18 and my frenulum hurts when having sex. I all get small cuts on the foreskin and swelling at times on the inner foreskin. I have used a cream from my GP and antibiotics They didn't work. I ended up taping the foreskin back and it has helped a lot no more swelling or cuts but I haven't put the foreskin back down yet And the frenulum still hurts. I see a Dr at the hospital this month but don't want to he turned away. I truly think circumcision would work And would like it done but how to I get the Dr to say yes ?





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I'm am 16 going on 17 soon, my penis is like 2 inches & 4 erect I also am suffuring with psoriasis and kind of changed my life 😞, I am continuing to use medicine, but when the time comes to have sex I will probably get upset





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Hey Adrian! Every guy is different when it comes to penis size/shape. Some are huge, some are small. Unfortunately there's nothing anyone can do about it but don't let it get you down. Plus, you're still only 16, there's time for it to grow so try not to worry too much about it. When the time comes for you to have sex, hopefully it's with a person who you trust and are comfortable with and this will make your experience much more enjoyable and remember, size isn't everything, plenty of girls/guys don't care about size at all! So relax :)

i am 15 and have tiny spots on my penis (not the head) and scrotem, they have nothing in them and spot cream isn't working what can i do without going the the doctor?





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Hi I am 14 turnin 15 soon I can't put my forskin back what should I do ?





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Sounds like your foreskin is to tight and might need to be cut loose, go see your GP and ask to be referred to someone that can help

Okay so I'am 16 y/o going on 17 soon I have some genital hair etc I don't think my voice has broke yet as I still sound like a child, also I don't think I have went through puberty yet as it is worrying me because mentally I want to experience sex n stuff but I cant as I wouldnt be able to do anything and im also embarrassed, I also want to know whats a good soap when cleaning my penis that wont irritate and how to! and if there is anything that is a natural substance that would help me hit puberty faster.. Thanks!





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Unfortunately puberty hits people at different times, some quite young and for some it can take a bit longer and as far as I know there isn't anything out there that can help speed the process up sorry :-/ but don't be in such a rush to try these things they will come to you at the right time, enjoy your life while your young and free :-) so far as the cleaning things go it is best to use just plain water, most chemically trested products upset the PH balance witch cause the irritation so it's always best to use natural products or just plain water, hope this helps in some way

This also happens to me.





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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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Why live with discomfort if you potentially don't need to? Definitely go see a doctor.

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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It a little smaller than average, average is 6-7 but its no biggie

That is within the average range. Men often feel insecure about the size or shape of the penis, but the vast majority of men have penises that are more than adequate for their purpose and use. It does help to keep them in good health, of course. Regular use of a top drawer penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) can deliver amino acids and vitamins to help maintain its health.

dude the average is 5-6" 7 is in the large category.. 4 is in the short category... comes down to what your girl likes.. if she's into 7+... oh well, if all she's ever had was 4 and under you're doing great! I know chicks with rockin looks and bodies that run from large penis' cause it hurts them... so stop worrying about your equipment, as long as it gets hard and your a considerate lover... chicks will want to get to know you.

Men are always worried about the length of their penis. Consider the female side of things - the vagina is only about 4 inches long. And as a woman I can tell you, if the tip of the penis constantly batters my cervix, it starts to hurt after a while! All you need to do is stimulate the nerves at and just past the entrance of the vagina. And your penis is more than adequate to do that. You will be just fine, believe me!

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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