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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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Hello , I Am 15 Years Old & Have A Very Small Penis . My Doctor Has Told Me My Puberty Has Ended, So Will I Have A Small Penis Forever? Or is There Something I can do Too Make it Bigger, like at least 6" . Please Help





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Mate you haven't said how big it is. Sometimes people think that it is small because it may look that way when you are looking down on it. I wouldn't stress to much. I'm no Dr but I think at 15 you still have some growing to do.

I recently had a circumcision and my penis is only 2 1/2 to 3 inches even when erect. Is there anything I can do to make it bigger? I am overweight....would losing weight help increase the length of my penis?





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How old are you? Depending on your age it may be just right.

I'm nearly 29 years old.

What should I clean under my foreskin with?





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I have a white spot in my penis is it normal.. I'm worried about it I'm only 13 and I have never had sex before





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I'm 13 and my penis is 8" when erected is it normal?





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The opening on my penis is not at the very top it's on the underside and I was wondering was this normal I also have a tight foreskin





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Hi im 16 year old boy and when i am hard i cant see my bellend. My foreskin is tight. I can see the shape of my bellend on me but it doesn't show when i pull the foreskin back or when i'm hard, i want to have this sorted without circumcision is this possible?





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Lots of men have a penis like yours. I'm gay, so I've checked. Lots of people, both sexes, find it a turn on. The foreskin is, after all, skin. And skin stretches. I've read that, by taking it slow and working to get underneath the foreskin to clean each day, it does stretch and get looser. It's important to do that cleaning because, since its a warm, moist environment, some of our body's external flora and fauna like to grow there. And who needs that? So relax and take it easy. All is well.

I am 15 and my frenulum is attached to my head high yo and when errect I can hardly pull my foreskin back. Please help ASAP.





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The first and most important thing to remember is that your penis is great just the way it is. In fact, it's even better than great because it's yours!!! And you are absolutely the best "you" ever! As I suggested to Cory, daily peeling the foreskin back when you clean this area will gradually stretch the foreskin and it will peel back further. So relax, take a deep breath, and go to work peeling back that foreskin! That sounds like fun; I might start doing it myself.

I am 15 and my frenulum is attached to my head high yo and when errect I can hardly pull my foreskin back. Please help ASAP.





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