Penises are important for many reasons – as the man’s organ for procreation, as a symbol of his manhood, and as a barometer of his overall health, among others.
Perhaps the last one comes as a surprise but many of the things that every man should know about his penis will come as surprise, too.
#1 5-inch Penis
While many men aspire for a porn star-sized penis (read: 13 inches in length), keep in mind that studies have shown that the average length of the penis among American men is approximately 3.5 inches when flaccid and 5 inches when erect.
Yes, you read that right so there’s really no cause to worry unless you have a micropenis, which experts say has a 3-inch erect length and 1.5-inch flaccid length.
#2 Growers And Showers
And then there’s the case of the growers and showers, two types of penis that reinforce research that flaccid and erect penis length are unrelated –or just because you have a relatively small flaccid penis does not necessarily mean that your erect penis will be a subject for mockery.
Growers refer to penises that are small when flaccid but significantly grow when erect and showers pertain to penises that are long even when flaccid.
#3 Just Like Skin
The skin on the penis is just like penis everywhere else on the body, thus, it can also be subject to skin issues including vitiligo, eczema, and even pimples.
Cleanliness is then a must even for the penis. But when you observe unusual skin growths, such as lumps, on your penis, then it’s time to see your doctor.
#4 Foreskin Issue
It is usually caused by inflammation, infection or scarring especially among children although it must be said that it typically resolves with age or treated with circumcision.
#5 Abnormal Curvature
In most men, a certain degree of curvature in an erect penis is generally harmless; the curvature can lean slightly to the right or left.
But when your penis has at least a 15-degree curvature from the midline, then you may have Peyronie’s disease (PD) that can affect your sexual performance as well as self-confidence.
Fortunately, you can discuss medical and surgical interventions with your doctor.
#6 Zipper Injuries Are Common
While zippers can protect male modesty, these are also the common cause of injuries to the penis in adults.
In case your penis was injured by teeth, be honest about the kind of teeth that bit it – zipper teeth or human teeth – because the treatments are different. Think of it: Human teeth harbor bacteria that zipper teeth do not have.
#7 Penises Can Fracture
While the penis has no bones, it can fracture although not in the usual sense of the word. The signs of a penile fracture closely resemble those of a bone fracture – a popping or cracking sound, extreme pain, and visible bruises, among others, usually during vigorous sex.
Yes, a penile fracture requires a trip to the emergency room.
#8 Health Issues Affect The Penis
Many penile health issues including erections are caused by underlying health issues, such as diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol. So, if your penis is apparently acting abnormally, then it’s time to consult with your doctor.
#9 Indicator Of Cardiovascular Health
Your penis and your heart are more connected than you think. When your erections are changing, you should talk to your doctor about it. When you want your penis to stay healthy, you should adopt measures to ensure that your heart stays healthy, too.
#10 Penis Size Does Not Matter As Much As You Think
Does penis size matter to you? If it does not, then you are one of the lucky few who knows that while penis size is also important in sexual attraction and performance, it is not the be-all and end-all of the sexual game, much less of relationships.
Your physical appearance and mental maturity can make or break your sexual desirability, too.