Is your penis normal?
5 of the most common penis questions answered.
Sure, everyone is unique but what is considered ‘normal’ when it comes to size, shape and colour? Our sexologist, Gabrielle Morrissey, answers five of the most commonly asked penis questions.
What’s the average penis size?
I say there are only two types of penises: ‘grow-ers’ and ‘show-ers’. Grow-ers are those men with short flaccid penises. As their penises becomes erect, the shaft grows much longer. The difference between their penis size soft and hard can be several inches. Show-ers are those whose penises tend to hang long, even when flaccid. When their penises go from soft to hard, their length may hardly change. The penis simply fills with blood and becomes stiff, rather than longer. Never judge a softie! As far as size of the erect penis, the general range is between 5-6 inches, with a wider range of self reporting men stating sizes between 4.8 inches to 7 inches (12-17.5 cms). Circumference of an erect penis is between 3-5 inches (7.5-12.5 cms).
What do girls think about penis size?
Girls don’t spend nearly the amount of time or attention thinking about penis size as guys do. Girls are far more concerned with other relationship issues, and being treated well outside the bedroom as well as in it. If she feels satisfied, pleasured, respected, cared for, desired and adored … ask her the penis size of her partner and she’ll say she doesn’t know and doesn’t care!
What if I have a bend in my penis?
A penis with a bend is very common. The penis, contrary to popular myth is not a ‘bone’ or a muscle. It is erectile tissue that fills with blood to get hard, as and as such, can take on variation in whether it bends to the left, or right, or angles upwards or straight out. Age can also determine the angle of erection too.
What does a normal penis look like?
There is a great deal of emphasis on penis size, by both men and women. There is pressure from our increasing interest in porn and visual sexual stimuli to try to “measure up” to what we see. However representations in pornography do not reflect the real world. “Normal” in the real world is a range. There is no magic number, shape or size. Just as everyone has a unique face, everyone’s genitalia is unique too – and that goes for men and woman alike. No one looks the same or has the identical shape and size. The opening at the tip of the penis, the urethra, can also vary in size and location. Skin colour isn’t always uniform across a penis and there can be varying shades of colour on the shaft and head of the penis. Some penises can have protruding veins, while others not at all. Men can be circumcised or uncircumcised, pierced or unpierced. Some men even get decorative penile tattoos. Every penis is wonderfully different!
How can I get around a small penis size?
The size or shape of your penis isn’t the most important factor in pleasuring your girlfriend. The vagina is what is called a “potential space”. This means is stretches to accommodate what is placed inside it. It will snugly wrap around whatever size you are, and it’s the motion that will stimulate her physically. What’s more, the pleasurable nerves are only located on the outer one third of the vagina – any deeper and she’s not feeling it anyway! And even more: the average vagina is only 4 inches long to begin with. Many women report men who are too long can actually feel uncomfortable or even painful. More still: the most nerve endings – eight thousand of them – are not even inside the vagina – they are in the clitoris, which is where you want to be spending more of your attention!