Going to your GP can be nerve-wracking, especially when the subject is sensitive.
When it comes to what lies beneath, penises come in all shapes and sizes.
It’s normal to feel a little apprehensive when you think something doesn’t look or feel right.
Discussing your privates can seem like a tall order, and if you’re not ready to take the plunge, we’re here for you.
Speaking to The Sun, Dr. Philippa Kaye delves deep into the four penis questions you may be too embarrassed to ask.
1. Can you break your penis?
Technically, says Dr. Kaye, your todger doesn’t actually have any bones.
However, she said that on rare occasions you can have a penile fracture, which is generally the result of trauma.
She explained that when you get an erection, your penis fills with blood.
“There are two types of cylinder-shaped cavities called corpora cavernosa that fill with blood, and when you have a penile hernia, it’s the lining of these cylinders that can rupture.
“It usually happens because of trauma, maybe you’re coming out of your partner and then hitting back into their pelvis, or if the penis is suddenly flexing and when that happens there tends to be a popping or cracking sound.”
But how do you know if this happened?
dr Kaye said there could be sudden severe pain and you might notice the penis becoming discolored and swollen.
“In fact, some people describe it as looking a bit like a purple eggplant.
“If that happens, you have to go to A&E because the treatment is surgery to fix that lining,” she said.
2. What does normal sperm look like?
Sperm has a jelly-like consistency, a bit like egg white, and it tends to be white or even light gray, Dr. kaye
On average, you produce about two to five milliliters of semen when you ejaculate, which Dr. Kaye is about the equivalent of a teaspoon.
It usually has an alkaline odor, a bit like bleach, which Dr. Kaye to counteract the acidic pH in the vagina.
“If you notice a change in your semen, maybe it’s changing color, maybe it’s yellowish or green, or pink or bloody, have it checked by your doctor,” she said.
3. Is it normal for your penis to curve?
Penises come in all short shapes and sizes and you may notice that when your penis is erect it points straight up or straight down or has a slight curve or curve to the left or right.
dr Kaye said this is normal, but if your penis curves more prominently or is causing you pain or difficulty having penetrative sex, you should see your GP.
She explained, “There’s a disease called Peyronie’s disease that has a more definite flex and that has treatment options like suction machines and surgery – so get it checked out if you’re worried.”
4. What is a normal size for a penis?
dr Kaye said it’s important to point out that research shows people tend to underestimate the size of their penis.
“In the past, a large penis has been associated with the idea that it could make you more manly or more fertile, and that’s just not true.
“Now of course penis size will vary from person to person but on average a flaccid penis is about 9cm long but that doesn’t mean something is wrong if your penis is smaller or bigger.
“When erect, they tend to grow to between about 13 and 18 cm in length.
“Research has also shown that women are more likely to say they are satisfied with the size of their male partner’s penis than the man in that relationship.”
She said the last thing to remember when talking about male/female penetrative sex is that most women don’t achieve orgasm through penetration alone, so penis size may not matter.
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