You have probably named your penis but how much do you really know about it? You have to admit the penis is an odd-looking structure nonetheless it is vital to the survival of our species.

An author once wrote, “Even the world’s greatest actor cannot fake an erection.” So if there is one thing a man does not lie about, it’s that.

1. YOUR PENIS IS LONGER THAN YOU THINK

This must be a reassuring fact for many men. Phew!

Around half of your penis’s entire length is housed inside of your bodies.

As you can see from the diagram here, the mass of pink erectile tissue — which comprises the so grandly named corpus cavernosum and corpus spongiosum — extends well into the pelvic region, forming a sort of boomerang shape.

There is definite cut off as to what a normal sized penis should be. But on average, studies show that an average penis is approximately 13cm in length if measured right from the base of the pubic area(you’ll have to push away all the fat that surrounds the base) to the head of the penis in its fully erected state.

2. YOUR FIRST ERECTION WAS AS A FETUS

Penises are born ready.

According to a study from 1991, fetal erections occur most commonly during random eye movement (REM) sleep.

3. THE SHOE SIZE MYTH

Chuck that in the bin. Penis length is not corelated to your foot length.

An Iranian study concluded that “penile dimensions are significantly correlated with age, height, and index finger length,” but not foot size.

4. ‘EARLY MORNING WOOD’

Most men have 3–5 erections every single night — mostly during REM sleep.

Doctors call it nocturnal penile tumescence, it’s still not clear why it happens. Some believe that it helps to prevent bed-wetting; an erection stops urination.

Another theory is that REM sleep is linked with switching off specific cell in the brainstem that is responsible for inhibiting the tone of the penis.. So with these cells switched off, there is  reduced the inhibition and the penis becomes erect.

Doctors often ask this question,” Do you have early morning wood?” in a consult about erectile dysfunction. A man who lacks early morning wood might actually having a hormonal problem or a physical problem with the erectile mechanism of his penis.

If he faces some problems with strong vigour of erection during sex but reports having very frequent and good early morning erection then his problem is likely psychological.

5. YOU CAN BREAK YOUR PENIS

As I’m sure you have heard of reports of men fracturing their penis.  There is no bone in your penis. However, it is still possible to break your penis. It most commonly occurs during vigorous sex, although it has been documented to happen to men who fell out of bed with an erection.

Penile fracture, as it is known, is actually the rupture of the fibrous covering of the corpora cavernosa, which is the tissue that becomes erect when engorged with blood.

A fracture of the penis is often described as a pop or a cracking sound when it happens and it can cause significant haemorrhage into the penile fibrous and skin layer leaving you with frightening bruise and significant pain and swelling.

If it is treated swiftly, full function can be restored. So don’t hide in embarrassment if this happens. Seek medical attention immediately.

The sex position that greatly increases your risk of a penile fracture is the position with the “woman on top”

6. EJACULATION CANNOT BY FULLY CONTROLLED

Most men have very little control over exactly when they ejaculate. This is partly because it does not involve the brain. The signal to ejaculate comes from the spinal ejaculation generator. This region in the spinal cord coordinates the necessary functions.

7. THE ANGLE OF THE DANGLE

A man’s erection can point in virtually any direction. Straight ahead, left or right, up or down, there’s no right or wrong. There is no such thing as a unique angle.

 

The following data come from a study that measured the erections of 1,565 men.
In the figures below, if the penis pointed directly up, it was measured as 0 degrees, and if it was forward-pointing (horizontal), it would be 90 degrees:

  • 0–30 degrees — 4.9 percent of men

  • 30–60 degrees — 29.6 percent of men

  • 60–85 degrees — 30.9 percent of men

  • 85–95 degrees — 9.9 percent of men

  • 95–120 degrees — 19.8 percent of men

  • 120–180 degrees — 4.9 percent of men

So, if you’ve ever been concerned that your chap is a bit skew-whiff, don’t worry — you’re normal. While we’re on the topic of “normality,” very few penises are straight; they can curve in any direction. A curve of up to 30 degrees is still considered normal. Curves greater than 30 degrees might suggests abnormal curvature or Peyronie Disease.

8. GROW-ER OR SHOW-ER

A study on 274 men demonstrated that there is no correlation between the length of a flaccid penis and its erect size. Some start small and end up large (a grower), while some are large when flaccid and only grow a little when erect (a show-er).

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