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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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im 15 and i have many small indentations on my penis. is this bad?





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I've got three veins with a spot like thing on my penis one facing my stomach then a then in the middle the spot then the two othe veins going off in a v shape what is that





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Hi! I am 16 year old. My weight is (75 - 80)kg approx. I am is 5 feet 8 1⁄2 inch tall. I am quite healthy. The size of my penis when flaccid is 5.5 cm and (10 - 11) cm when erect. My sperm count is good. My penis is quite fat. But I am not satisfied with my penis size. I have visited a doctor and I came to know that I am suffering from micro-penis. Please help me. Please give me some advices to grow my penis in standard size.





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I Am 16 years old and I masterbate when I was 12-13 years old but nothing comes out only a feeling like something is coming out and stopping but from few days come water like sticky substance is coming out but it not the sperm only 3 drops is it safe and my penis is also not so large is it safe please give me answers doctors or any specialist





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My penis bends when semi erect and then straightens out when fully Erect this had only happened over the last month or so and when it bends when semi erect I can easily straighten it out but I am very very worried that it might start bending more when fully erect this is making me very depressed as I have a girlfriend and I am 15 too please could someone reply to this Asap





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I am 15 and i have had a red spot on the tip of my penis for about a year. What is it and how do i get rid of it





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what is a normal size penis for a 14 year old can any one help????





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Im 14 and im 3 soft and 6 hard but I think for the age average is about 4-5 erect

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?





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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





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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?





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