The Penis is arguably one of the creator’s gifts to man. Aside its sexual functionality, it is a conduit through which urine is passed from the body. Right from birth through adolescence and adulthood, the penis undergoes transition in terms of length, turgidity and girth. It is this change in size that seemingly amazes and amuses young lads just hitting puberty.
To further add to how attracted men are to their sexual organ, several myths and mysteries have been wielded around it. One of such myths describes the penis as one of few body tissues that survive for a while after man breathes his last. Another harps more on women’s preference for huge ‘genital’ when it comes to love making. In the last two decades, this has continually provoke questions like: “Does size really matter when it comes to sex?”
Interestingly, it is one heck of a question that generates interest from both male and the female counterparts. And there is that usual talk of “bigger is better”, but most adults, of course, know that this is not usually the case especially when it comes to deploying the penis to use during intercourse.
In truth, sexual satisfaction is due to a number of things and size is only one aspect of it. Being endowed with a gargantuan penis has no correlation to the satisfaction of both partners. At the instance of any coital activity, the vaginal wall contracts and tightens to accept an erect penis. Whether it is about 3 inches or above average, the phallus is often more than not determined by genetics. This however undergo transformation during puberty though.
What this article strives to address is the biggest mystery wielded around man’s best friend (forget the concept of dog being man’s best friend that the world is trying to force down our throats).
Does man’s genital truly stop growing at a certain age?
The Penis growth starts from ages 10 to 14 years of age. While some boys earlier at an early age (these guys often have high testosterone level and tend to lose their virginity), some others are known to be late bloomers. They always play catch. At such age, the testicles begin to enlarge first and hair grows in the pubic region. The penis grows in length first and girth slightly later. Teenagers have to wait one or two years after they have stopped growing in height before they will be able to know their final penis size.
Each penis is uniquely designed in such a way that during puberty (usually between the ages of 11 and 21), the penis and testicles develop more rapidly, although the penis doesn’t stop growing until the age of 21 (or 24 in some unusual case for some others).
You need not be!
As earlier mentioned, the penis stops growing at the end of puberty (often from age 11 to 21) and there is no normal size and no way to change it. Just as your hair and dentition, it is genetically wired to grow through phases.
When the male organ is still in a flaccid condition, it usually measures between 8.5cm (just over 3 inches) and 10.5cm (about 4 inches) from its tip to the base. This statistic should not be taken too serious though because some factors such as swimming activity or cold weather can cause a shrinkage of about an inch or more. Therefore you need not panic when you discover that you have fallen short of the average figure.
Early Signs of Anxiety, curiosity During Puberty
Right from school days, it is not strange to see young boys admiring and comparing their sexual organ to the other. Young men will always ask, “What is the average penis size?” This is more prevalent in boarding schools. Not wanting to take anything away, asking questions about male organ is a normal part of development, especially if your body is going through phases associated with puberty and when you are becoming sexually active. There is a tendency that you had also enquired how you “measured up” when taking a shower together with your classmates or you had probably seen your older brother naked.
One pertinent thing to note is that our bodies come in different shapes and sizes. That partly explains why each of us is special and different from the other. As said earlier too, it is important to understand that the length or girth of man’s penis is determined by genetic traits that he inherits from his parents – just as in the case of eye colour, nose, dentition, height, and skin tone.
At puberty, a number of changes become noticeable in the body starting from increased hair growth on certain areas like the chest, pubic region, legs, underarms and a husky voice.
This will be followed in quick succession by an increase in the size of a young man’s testicles and penis length. At it progresses, the male organ inevitably reaches its final size about four to six years later after the testicles enlargement.
Even boys of the same age grade can develop either more quickly or slowly. Be patient – late bloomers will eventually catch up to the rest of the pack. Most guys are fully developed between the ages of 18 and 24.
What researchers discover about the human Penis
In a recent survey carried out on over 300 men by famous American researchers – Masters and Johnson, the largest penis measuring about 14 cm (5 ½ inches) in flaccid state belonged to a very slim man (names withheld) of about 5 feet 7 inches tall. On the other hand, the smallest male organ measuring about 6cm (2 ¼ inches) belonged to a fairly built man of 5 feet 11 inches.
Interestingly, the larger percentage of men researched measured between 15 cm (6 inches) and 18 cm (7 inches) in the erect position, with the average figure being about 16.5cm (6 ½ inches). The survey has equally indicated that from age 25 onward, sensitivity starts to decline. The sharpest decline in sensitivity is seen between age 65 and 75.
Can Penis size be increased or enlarged?
There have been several unsubstantiated claims by herbal product sellers, Viagra vendors and penis enlargement experts that they have solution to natural penis enlargement. In the face of countless gentleman products, exercise techniques and herbal remedies in the market, none seems to have successfully live up to expectation. At best, whatever concoction the vendors is offering tends to bring a rush of blood to the phallus leading to full erection (albeit painful in some instances).
What you need to remember though is that even herbal substances often cause bad side effects, especially when high doses are administered. It must also be noted that medicines such as Viagra, which allow men with erectile dysfunction to maintain an erection, do not increase the size of a man’s penis and can be extremely dangerous to take without a prescription from a health care provider.
How safe is Penis enlargement surgery?
It is an open secret that in the past one decade or so, the drive for penis enlargement has developed into a multi-million dollar investment.
Surgery has been described by some of its victims as the worst option because it involves going under the knife and obviously, taking a huge risk. Aside being expensive, the procedure is quite expensive and you may or may not get the results needed. Another thing to consider is that once surgery is completed, you may need to be on bed rest for at least a month and while it lasts, you will need somebody to help you go to the bathroom and if the surgery doesn’t go well, you will not be able to go to the bathroom without crying out in pain every time.
Another slant to this trend is that many of these self-styled sex surgeons are not running a licensed surgical practice. While a handful of such surgery and consumption of pills have been reportedly successful, others have become somewhat embarrassing to say the least.
The sad thing about it too is that most of the victims are not usually interested in reporting the fraud.
What is the average girth of a man’s genital?
The challenge with most men with small penises is that they tend to get worried over the size of their male organ. This often leads to self-esteem and subsequently depression. When you get to this stage, you need to consider the fact that men are born with an active penis that allows us to urinate and engage in sexual activities hitches.
However if you are still having doubt or passing through a late puberty stage, it is advisable that you talk to your doctor. He is in a better position to offer you counselling and guidance.
Medical research has placed the average girth of a penis to 4.7 inches. It is, however, important to point out that a penis is considered small only if it appears smaller than 3 inches in length.
Is it normal to have a bent penis?
Some penises point straight down (this has nothing to do with low esteem), others point straight up. In another instance, some penises are slightly bent to the right while some others point to left. A slight bend is perfectly normal, unless it causes you pain when having sex.
At this point, you may request to see your health care provider just to be sure that it has nothing to do diseases like ‘Peyronie’s disease.’
Does having more sex leads to increase in penis size?
Over the turn of the century, there has been one proven secret to achieving a natural penis enlargement (if we may borrow that word) – the need to keep exercising it. This has been discovered to help organ grow because the more often the phallus is filled, primed and ‘fired’, the more stimulation it gets to reached its peak (largest size). You should never be afraid to demand sex from your spouse from time to time and do what you think is best.
When does a woman’s clit stop growing?
I know this may elicit silly grins in some quarters. But hey… this is what a team of researchers from the United States discovered. “The average clitoris of a woman keeps growing in size and power until she hits 32 years of age, where it is expected to quadruple in size than when she started her puberty.”
Please don’t ask me how possible this is. I am equally as shocked as you are.
Compiled by Adebayo Folounsho-Francis with contribution from Reddit, young men health site and steady health