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Concerns About Your Genitals

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Questions about your penis

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penis size
curvature of your erect penis
the angle your erect penis makes with your body
bumps, pimples, spots, hair, or different-colored areas on your penis
abrasions or dry skin
circumcision or the foreskin
none of the above



































• the size of your penis
1. What's the average penis size for someone my age?
2. Is my penis abnormally small or large?
3. Will my penis grow any more?
4. How can I make my penis bigger?
5. I heard that Mountain Dew, or certain food colorings, can make your penis shrink — is it true?
6. None of the above





What's the average penis size for someone my age?
For an adult, the average erect-penis size is somewhere in the vicinity of 6 inches (15 centimeters). For information on average penis growth as a male passes through puberty, your fellow readers can answer that — see the JackinWorld Puberty Survey. (For more, see JackinQ&A — Questions About the Penis.)


Is my penis abnormally small or large?
There is no real border between what's considered "normal" and what's "abnormal." Unless your penis is really small (like shorter than 3 inches for an adult, or longer than 10 inches), consider it normal. If you're worried about being able to please women sexually, you should know that a small penis in no way prevents a man from pleasing a woman. As the old saying goes, "It's not the size of the wand, but the magic in it." (For more, see JackinQ&A — Questions About the Penis.)


Will my penis grow any more?
If you've reached the age of 18, it's unlikely to grow any more. If you're younger than that, it very well may continue to grow, depending on where in the puberty process you are. If you're younger than 15 or so, it very well may have quite a bit of growing to do. Relax, and be patient! Puberty takes a long time! (For more, see JackinQ&A — Questions About the Penis.)


How can I make my penis bigger?
With the exception of an expensive and serious operation involving plastic surgery, there really isn't a safe method to increase your penis size. You might see ads for products that claim to be able to make your penis grow. These people are capitalizing on one of the oldest concerns men have, and some of the products are downright unsafe. If I were you, I'd steer clear of anything that puts your penis at risk. What would you rather have — the penis you currently have, or one that doesn't work at all? It's just not worth taking a chance on a body part that's so important to you.

Part of growing up is learning to be comfortable with your body and accepting your penis the way it is — something all males have to deal with. (For more, see JackinQ&A — Questions About the Penis.)


I heard that Mountain Dew, or certain food colorings, can make your penis shrink — is it true?
No, that's ridiculous. This is a huge, crazy myth with no grounding in reality. (See JackinMyths for a bunch of masturbation-related myths.)


None of the above
Check the JackinIndex for your topic, and read JackinQ&A — Questions About the Penis. Please do not e-mail questions about your penis size — we get dozens of these per week, and they're all ignored. If you'd like to try a different path through the FAQtree, go back to the top.





































• the curvature of your erect penis

1. How normal is a curved penis, and will it affect my sex life?
2. Is there any way to straighten out my penis?





How normal is a curved penis, and will it affect my sex life?
No penis is perfectly straight. That's because when it's growing, it's near impossible for both sides (or the top and bottom) to grow at exactly the same rate. As a result, it ends up having a curve when it's erect. Of course, some or more curved than others — but then again, some people are short while others are tall. This variation is what makes human beings interesting, and it's nothing to stress over. When you have sex you'll find that a woman's vagina is very flexible and will conform to the shape of your penis. the only exception might be if it's really curved — say, it makes an angle of greater than 45 degrees when erect. In this case you should probably consult a doctor about possible things that could be done to fix it.


Is there any way to straighten out my penis?
No, unless the problem is really severe (see above). In this case, only a doctor could answer your question based upon your particular condition. (For more, read JackinQ&A — Questions About the Penis.)





































• the angle your erect penis makes with your body

1. What is the normal angle an erect penis should have?
2. Is there any way to change the angle of my penis?





What is the normal angle an erect penis should have?
This varies a lot from person to person — probably even more than the size. For some people, the erect penis juts out from the body at a downward angle; for others, even when they're standing, it's flat against their stomach. Or, naturally, any position in between. It can also angle to the left or right somewhat. Regardless of the angle, you'll notice that it can still move around. When you have sex, or when you masturbate, it will find the proper position and you'll have a good time. (For more, read JackinQ&A — Questions About the Penis.)


Is there any way to change the angle of my penis?
There isn't. And there's no reason to change it. Relax!





































• bumps, pimples, hair, or different-colored areas on your penis

1. I have white bumps or pimples on my penis. What are they, and how can I get rid of them?
2. There is hair growing up the shaft of my penis. Is it normal, and how can I get rid of it?
3. My penis is not all the same color. Is this normal, and is it a result of masturbating?





I have white bumps or pimples on my penis. What are they, and how can I get rid of them?
This is very common — more than you think. It's especially common for guys who are going through puberty. You've probably heard that puberty changes your body chemistry, causing you to sweat more, right? These bumps have to do with sweat glands, and they're entirely normal. Other bumps are the follicles of hair that has not yet appeared, and still others are acne, just like the pimples you get on your face. In all cases, there's nothing you can do about them. However, if you are sexually active and have bumps on your penis that resemble little clusters of grapes, there's a chance it could be condyloma accumulata (venereal warts). Though relatively harmless, venereal warts are viral and contagious and you should have them checked by a doctor.


If you're worrying about how someone might react when they see your penis in an intimate situation, relax — they have their own insecurities about their bodies and are probably thinking very similar things. As you get older you'll learn that everyone's body has imperfections, and when people get close they learn to look past that. If they don't they're probably too young to be having sex anyway. (For more, read JackinQ&A — Questions About the Penis.)


There is hair growing up the shaft of my penis. Is it normal, and how can I get rid of it?
It is normal. We've heard of guys who have some hair growing almost all the way up the shaft. For others, it stops at the base. Shaving (be careful!) works on a temporary basis, but don't pluck the hair — it will likely grow back darker and thicker. Our first recommendation is that you try not to obsess about natural features of your body, especially your penis. However, if it's really a problem for you, you can explore various methods of permanent hair removal. The most discreet method would be to buy one of personal hair removal products that work like an electronic pair of tweezers. They can be found through mail-order services (try searching the Web for "permanent hair removal") and cost somewhere around $100. It takes some time to remove each hair, and the hair may grow back a few times, but it supposedly becomes permanent eventually. (For more, read JackinQ&A — Questions About the Penis.)


My penis is not all the same color. Is this normal, and is it a result of masturbating?
It's very common to have a ring of slightly darker skin around the middle of the penis. It's also normal to have a spot here or there, like a birthmark, of a lighter or darker skin color. Neither of these has anything to do with masturbation, and there's not much you can do to change it. (For more, read JackinQ&A — Questions About the Penis.)





































• abrasions or dry skin

1. I have abrasions or little cuts on my penis from too much masturbating. What should I do?
2. The skin on my penis is dry and cracked. What should I do?





I have abrasions or little cuts on my penis from too much masturbating. What should I do?
You'll find that if you continue to masturbate the way you're doing, those abrasions won't heal very quickly. So, first of all, try not to masturbate so much for a while. Second, use a lubrication! No-lube masturbation is the surest way to give your penis a friction burn (ouch). We recommend a water-based lube like K-Y Jelly, although some people like to use things like baby oil or Vaseline. (Don't use such oil-based lubricants with a condom — the condom will weaken and could break.) Hand lotion is another favorite. Third, when you're done masturbating, wash off your penis and apply a first-aid ointment or zinc oxide. It will heal before long. But continue to use that lube! (For more, read JackinQ&A — Questions About the Penis.)


The skin on my penis is dry and cracked. What should I do?
A lot of times that results from using soap or shampoo in the shower as a lube. We don't recommend that — for this very reason! It can be frightening for the skin to get all leathery and to peel away like paper — but it's only temporary, and your penis will be fine in a few days. In the mean time, apply some lotion and try to masturbate less until the problem is over. (For more, read JackinQ&A — Questions About the Penis.)





































• circumcision

1. What is circumcision? Am I circumcised or uncircumcised?
2. I cannot retract the foreskin of my penis. It hurts when I try. What do I do?
3. I'm uncircumcised, but I think I want to be circumcised. What should I do?
4. I'm circumcised — is there any way to get my foreskin back?
5. None of the above





I cannot retract the foreskin of my penis. It hurts when I try. What do I do?
Some foreskins are loose and some are tight. However, no foreskin should be so tight that it hurts to try to retract it. If this is the case, it's best that you discuss the condition with a doctor. There is a simple procedure, which can be done right in the office, that involves making a small incision in the foreskin, with a Novacaine-like anesthetic. (It's not nearly as extreme as a circumcision.) Moderately tight foreskins that are not quite as tight can be loosened slightly by daily gentle stretching and massage exercises with a lotion or petroleum jelly; unfortunately we don't have any specifics on how to do this. But as always, with any kind of medical condition, your best bet is to check with a doctor and get a personal opinion. We cannot personally advise you on medical matters. (For more, read JackinQ&A — Questions About the Penis.)


I'm uncircumcised, but I think I want to be circumcised. What should I do?
Unless you have a specific medical need, circumcision is most likely not necessary. Consult a doctor and get a second opinion. We generally discourage people from seeking alteration of a penis that already works well. (For more, read JackinQ&A — Questions About the Penis.)


I'm circumcised — is there any way to grow my foreskin back?
We've heard several mentions of this kind of thing, but we haven't looked into it. We generally discourage people from seeking alteration a penis that already works well. (For more, read JackinQ&A — Questions About the Penis.)


None of the above
Check the JackinIndex for your topic, and read JackinQ&A — Questions About the Penis. (Sorry, we don't answer questions individually by e-mail.) If you'd like to try a different path through the FAQtree, go back to the top.





































• none of the above

Check the JackinIndex for your topic, and read JackinQ&A — Questions About the Penis. Or, submit your question for consideration for JackinQ&A. (Sorry, we don't answer questions individually.) If you'd like to try a different path through the FAQtree, go back to the top.





































Questions about your testicles or scrotum

1. One of my testicles is larger and hangs lower than the other. Is this normal?
2. I sometimes feel pain in one or both of my testicles. Is this normal?
3. When I masturbate, my testicles sometimes seem to pop up inside my body. Does this mean anything?
4. When I'm aroused for a long period of time, my testicles start to hurt. Is this normal?
5. None of the above





One of my testicles is larger and hangs lower than the other. Is this normal?
Absolutely. Nobody's are exactly the same size, and for most men the size difference is quite noticeable. (For more, read JackinQ&A — Questions About the Male Body.)


I sometimes feel pain in one or both of my testicles. Is this normal?
A very occasional not-too-intense pain may not be much to worry about, but if it's recurring and/or accompanied by other unusual or troubling symptoms, you should probably consult a doctor. (For more, read JackinQ&A — Questions About the Male Body.)


When I masturbate, my testicles sometimes seem to pop up inside my body. Does this mean anything?
No, that's absolutely normal. As you get close to orgasm, muscles inside your pelvis draw the testicles close to your body (presumably to get them out of the way for intercourse). For some guys they get pulled very close. They normally don't actually go inside your body, although it can feel and look like that. (For more, read JackinQ&A — Questions About the Male Body.)


When I'm aroused for a long period of time, my testicles start to ache. Is this normal?
Yes. It's caused by temporary congestion of blood in the scrotum. The medical term is testicular vasocongestion, but in the locker room you might hear it called "blue balls," since your scrotum can take on a bluish tinge. It goes away naturally in an hour or two if you stop being aroused; if you ejaculate it usually goes away much faster. (For more, read JackinQ&A — Questions About the Male Body.)


None of the above
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Puberty

JackinWorld has two puberty resources: the Puberty Survey, and a little Stages of Puberty illustration somebody sent in. (It's produced by the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan.) Except for that, questions about puberty are beyond the scope of JackinWorld — sorry. See JackinLinks for other puberty resources.






































 
Nocturnal Emissions ("wet-dreams")

1. What is a nocturnal emission?
2. I've never had a nocturnal emission — is that normal?
3. Is there any way I can make myself have a nocturnal emission?
4. None of the above





What is a nocturnal emission?
It's an ejaculation that happens when you're asleep, and it's usually accompanied by an erotic (sexy) dream. They are entirely normal, a way for your body to keep the "plumbing" working if you aren't having regular ejaculations when you're awake.


I've never had a nocturnal emission — is that normal?
It is, especially if you masturbate with any regularity. Many men who masturbate daily or every other day have never had a nocturnal emission in their entire lives. This is completely normal.


Is there any way I can make myself have a nocturnal emission?
The only way we know — and it can be a lot of effort! — is to not masturbate for a while. If you don't masturbate for 10 days or 2 weeks, your body may react with a nocturnal emission. However, we've heard from people who have gone close to a month without masturbating, hoping to experience a nocturnal emission but without luck. This varies from person to person.


None of the above
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Female Masturbation or Anatomy

Please see JackinForHer for female masturbation concerns.






































 
Sexual Orientation

JackinWorld doesn't counsel people on sexual orientation. We do have an article on homosexuality, though, for people with questions about what it means and what orientation they might be. If you are troubled by these questions, we encourage you to seek other resources, both on the Web and in person — they can help you much better than we ever could. Look in the phone book or newspapers for a help line you can call in your area. There are also numerous Web resources that can provide phone numbers and other info you need.



























 
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