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Answers to Penis FAQs for Teens


Are you a teen with questions about your penis? You are not alone. It is safe to say that everyone with a penis has wondered at one time or another if their penis is normal. After all, many people don’t see the full range of different penises that exist in the world. Fortunately, “normal” covers a wide range of differences between individuals. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about the penis.

Is My Penis Normal?

For most people, the answer to this question is yes. Every penis is different, and that’s normal. Penises vary in length, girth, and color. Some have foreskins and some are circumcised. Some are curved upwards, downwards, or to one side when they are erect. Everyone’s penis is unique. Penis growth and other changes happen during puberty, so young teens can expect to see many normal changes in their bodies.

When Is a Penis Abnormal?

Several medical conditions can cause penis abnormalities. Rarely, when male infants are born their urethra (where urine comes out) is not located at the tip of the penis. The urethra can appear on the underside (hypospadias) or the top side (epispadias) of the penis. In some cases, this requires surgery to correct, but only if it is causing a deformity or interfering with urination. Another condition that can cause an abnormal penis is Peyronie’s disease, which causes scarring in the penis. Peyronie’s can cause the penis to change shape; this can include unusual new curves forming or an hourglass shape. Be aware of changes to your penis after puberty or after an injury to the penis. Additionally, foreskin problems can arise, such as phimosis (tightening of the foreskin preventing retraction), paraphimosis (foreskin gets stuck in a retracted position), and inflammation of the foreskin.

Is My Penis Big Enough?

Many guys wonder at some point during their lives whether their penis is big enough. Odds are that your penis is a perfectly normal size, despite what you may see on the internet. According to scientific research, the average adult penis length is 3.61 inches flaccid and 5.16 inches erect (when measured along the top of the penis from the pubic bone to the tip). The average penis girth was 3.66 inches flaccid and 4.59 inches erect. Based on an abundance of data, researchers found that 95% of penises were 3.94 to 6.3 inches in length when erect. In other words, most adult penises in the world are around 4 to 6 inches long when erect. Other research has found that many men who think their penis is too small are actually perfectly normal.

Is a Curved Penis Normal?

Yes, a curved penis is normal. Most penises have a slight upward curvature and may curve a little to the left or right. Downward curvature can occur with hypospadias and new, unusual, or extreme curvature can occur with Peyronie’s disease.

Why Do I Have Unwanted Erections?

Unwanted erections happen often during puberty and throughout adolescence. It can be inconvenient and embarrassing, but it is normal. The good news is that surprise erections tend to stop as you get older. You can also wake up with an erection, sometimes referred to as “morning wood”; this is normal for men of any age and is a sign of a physically healthy penis.

What Are Wet Dreams?

Wet dreams, or nocturnal emissions, are when you ejaculate semen while you sleep. During puberty, testosterone levels in the body increase, causing the testes (testicles) to mature and begin producing sperm. It is normal for boys to begin having wet dreams during puberty, and it can continue into adulthood.

Is Masturbation Normal?

Yes, masturbation is completely normal. It is a normal way to ease the burning sex drive fueled by adolescent hormones and can help you get to know your own body. Masturbation is something private and personal, so there are many mixed messages about it from peers, parents, and others. The honest truth is that masturbation is normal; most guys do it and you shouldn’t feel ashamed about it.

Are Spots or Bumps on My Penis Normal?

It is normal to have small bumps and spots show up on your penis. Fordyce spots, penile papules, and small lumps are common in men of all ages. However, warts, sores, or ulcers on the penis can be a sign of a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Unusual stiffness or hard lumps may be a sign of Peyronie’s disease. You should seek medical help if you are concerned about unusual sores on your penis.

How Do I Know if Something is Wrong with My Penis?

Unusual pain, itching, swelling, redness, foul odors, or discharge from the penis (such as pus) or problems urinating can be a sign of a medical issue. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can cause burning when you urinate, pain in the bladder, blood in the urine, and difficulty peeing even though you feel you need to. Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can cause burning with urination, sores on the penis, and discharge from the penis. If you have any of these symptoms you should seek medical help; UTIs and STDs can lead to serious complications. Additionally, STDs are contagious and can be spread to anyone who comes into contact with your penis.

Everyone Is Different

Every penis is unique and most penises are normal. During puberty, the penis grows and changes in ways you may not expect. Understanding what is normal — and what is normal for you — can help you recognize potential problems and feel more comfortable with your own body. If you still have concerns about your penis or recognize warning signs of potential problems, then you should seek medical advice from a healthcare provider.

Key takeaways

Every penis is different. Normal penises vary in length, girth, color, and curvature.

Penis growth and the development of secondary sexual characteristics begins at puberty and can continue through adolescence.

The average erect penis length is 5.16 inches. The vast majority of penises are between 4 - 6 inches long when erect.

Resources:

Urology Care Foundation. Hypospadias.

Urology Care Foundation. Epispadias.

Urology Care Foundation. Peyronie's Disease.

Cleveland Clinic. Phimosis.

Cleveland Clinic. Paraphimosis.

BJU International. Am I Normal? A Systematic Review and Construction of Nomograms for Flaccid and Erect Penis Length and Circumference in up to 15,521 Men.

International Journal of Impotence Research. Penile Length is Normal in Most Men Seeking Penile Lengthening Procedures.

Men’s Health Forum. Bent Penis FAQs.

Cleveland Clinic. Why Do Men Get Morning Erections? 5 Answers to Your Questions.

Nemours TeensHealth. What Are Wet Dreams?.

Cleveland Clinic. Erection & Ejaculation: How It Occurs.

JAMA Pediatrics. Prevalence, Frequency, and Associations of Masturbation With Partnered Sexual Behaviors Among US Adolescents.

National Health Service (UK). What Is This Lump on My Penis?

Urology Care Foundation. Sexually Transmitted Infections.

Urology Care Foundation. Urinary Tract Infections in Children.

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