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What is a normal size for a penis?


Concern about penis size and shape is pretty normal. Penises are similar to other parts of our bodies ….they are same but a little different between people.

The penis starts growing in puberty, when other body changes also start to happen. That usually happens anywhere between 9 and 18 years of age.

The average adult penis is between five and seven inches long when erect, and much smaller when soft. Some are wider and some thinner.

The penis can get much bigger or just a little bigger with an erection. The size of the penis when it is soft does not relate to size it will be with an erection.

The size of the penis usually has little to do with how sex feels or what kind of sexual partner you are.

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