9 things you should know about penises

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9 things you should know about penises

It is probably safe to say that there are plenty of things we don’t know about the penis.  We know the very basics of its workings but aside from that we are in the dark, mostly because most guys are ashamed to talk about it.

If you fall in the category of not knowing much about this mysterious organ then here are 9 things you should know about penises:

1.    They can break

Ouch, can you really break a penis?  Given that there are no bones in the penis, you can fracture it, the injury is called ‘penile fracture’. It happens when a man has a bending injury to the erect penis and tears a membrane. It results in bruising, swelling and severe pain with mandatory time off sex. Should this injury happen it is important you seek emergency care.

2.    Size

Despite a lot of hype about varying penis size most  penises are about the same size – between three and four inches when flaccid and five to six inches when erect.  There are obviously exceptions and according to condom manufactures, only 6% of the population needs extra large condoms.

3.    How does it stay hard

The penis is a hydrostatic skeleton, which means it uses the pressure of fluid and the action of surrounding muscle to change shape. The other factor that gives the penis its ability to stay erect is its highly organized layers of collage fibers; find out more by watching this video below:

4.    Orgasms and ejaculation don’t necessarily happen at the same time

Orgasm and ejaculation in men can happen without the other. The term used for this condition is know as ‘ejaculatory anhedonia’ where men ejaculate without the feeling of release and pleasure often as a result of illness or injury. However, there are some talented blokes out there who can orgasm without ejaculating by learning to isolate a muscle in the pelvic area, and squeezing it at just the right time.

5.    Surgery doesn’t dissolve form responsibility

Vasectomy seems like the perfect solution, no devices, condoms or contraceptive pills. However, for at least two months after post-op, men should still use protection, as sperm can still be present for a while. This procedure can also fail in about 0.02% of cases as sperm can re-route in a process called recanalization.

6.   Appearances are deceiving

There is no consistent relationship between the size of the flaccid penis and its full erect length. Basically, You can’t assume that a dude with a big, limp penis gets much bigger with an erection. And the guy whose penis looks tiny might get a surprisingly big erection. Fun fact: A penis that doesn’t gain much length with an erection has become known as a “show-er,” and a penis that gains a lot is said to be a “grower.” These are not medical terms, and there aren’t scientifically established thresholds for what’s a show-er or a grower.

7.    Vibrators work on the penis too

Vibrators aren’t only for women. They work on the penis, too. Usually it is used for men with ejaculation problems, but you don’t have to have any kind of medical condition to use one. You could use it just for fun by placing the vibrator usually against the underside of the head of the penis.

8.    Most men aren’t circumcised

Apparently, only 30% of men in the world are circumcised. There are various reasons why circumcision is performed, religion, health and aesthetic. Some research shows that there may be health benefits from circumcision. For instance, circumcised men may be less likely to pass sexually transmitted diseases to their female partners.

9.    Foreskin doubles in function

Not a lot of people know that doctors can now grow skin for burn victims using the foreskins of circumcised infants. Turns out an infant’s foreskin have special cell properties similar to those in stem cells. They can be used to cultivate skin cells.  It is grown to treat burn victims and other serious skin injuries.


Pretty amazing facts about the penis and to add to these each and every penis is also unique.


Tina is a DailyStar senior writer. She graduated from Edith Cowan University. Writing has always been something she enjoyed. Her positive outlook colours every aspect of her life. Her motto -Life’s too short so get living.

When she’s not busy writing, Tina is exploring the city she adores, running in her local Park every day, drinking an absurd amount of coffee, taking care of an adorable pup, kids and traveling.

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