The teen years are a time of many changes for both girls and boys. Girls develop breasts and experience their first menstrual periods. Just like breast development is a normal part of life for teen girls, penis development is a normal part of life for teen boys. As a growing male teen, you probably have a lot of questions about your body, such as:
- What is normal penis development?
- Will I experience any problems with penis development?
- Who should I talk to if I have questions?
- What should I do if I have problems?
Penis Development Stages
While baby boys are born with penises, rapid changes occur when a male enters puberty. Puberty is the stage when you experience penis development and the growth of hair around your genitals and under your arms. Your voice will also change as you go through puberty. During puberty, you may notice that the foreskin of your penis gets shorter. This exposes the glans of the penis, so it is completely normal. The skin of the scrotum also thins out and turns red during puberty.
Once these changes occur, the testes and scrotum increase in size and the penis lengthens rapidly. Once it develops fully, the average flaccid penis is three to four inches long, according to the Columbia University Student Health Center. When the penis is erect, the foreskin retracts and the glans is exposed. The average erect penis is five to seven inches long. The Kinsey Institute says that the average circumference of an erect penis is four to six inches.
Common Penis Development Problems
Some teens experience problems with their penis development. One common problem is micropenis, which means that someone has an unusually small penis. The medical term for this condition is microphallus. Sex hormones help determine the size of the penis. If you have a very low level of testosterone, penis growth can be inhibited. This is what causes micropenis. If you notice this problem early enough, you may be able to take hormones to correct it. If you do not notice this problem until later in life, then phalloplasty may be necessary. This is a type of surgery used to correct micropenis.
By the time you are 10 years old, the foreskin of your penis should retract. However, some teen boys experience problems retracting the foreskin enough to expose the shaft of the penis. This may indicate a problem like paraphimosis, which occurs when the foreskin is stuck at the back of the penis glans.
Solving Penis Development Problems
It is important to understand that the size of the penis does not affect your ability to produce children or your sexual activity. If you have a problem retracting your foreskin, this problem can be corrected with circumcision. It is important to see a healthcare professional if you have this problem, as trying to treat it yourself can cause serious complications.
Avoiding Male Enhancement Gimmicks
Certain television announcers promise bigger penises and better sexual performance if you take male enhancement pills or perform exercises using a special product. Penis enlargement exercises can result in torn muscles, which are very painful. These exercises will likely not produce any results, so you should avoid products that make outrageous claims. Male enhancement pills supposedly increase the size of the penis so that you perform better in bed. However, scientific research does not support this claim. Some pills expand the chamber of the penis so that it holds more blood. Other pills supposedly add new layers of cells over existing cells so the penis appears larger. However, the FDA has not approved many of these medications. Learn accurate facts about penis size so that you know if you need to ask a doctor for advice.