10 things about penises (and balls) you need to know

1. You can break your penis

Even though there are no bones in the penis, if it’s violently twisted when erect, it can break. How, you ask? Well, the tubes that fill with blood when you get an erection can burst. Blood pours out of them inside the penis and causes a very painful swelling. Our advice - make sure you take it easy and use lots of lube!

2. If it’s feeling sore, itchy or burns when you pee, you may have an STI

Other STI symptoms include discharge from the tip of the penis and sore, swollen balls. Visit Cobridge Community Health Centre for a full check up, or order a free chlamydia testing kit online if you’re between 16 and 24. And make sure you stock up on condoms too, to help prevent future STIs!

3. If you’ve got a foreskin, a bit of extra TLC is needed to keep things nice and fresh!

Gently washing your penis once a day with warm water is sufficient to maintain good hygiene (and that goes for everyone, circumcised or not) but make sure if do you have a foreskin, you’re pulling it back gently and washing underneath.

4. You should be checking your balls once a month

And guys, you really should be doing this. Testicular cancer is pretty rare, but it’s the most common type of cancer to affect men between the ages of 15 and 49. If you notice any changes, you should visit your GP.

Here’s how to check them properly:

5. Penis size isn’t all that matters

The average penis size is 5.17 inches, which is actually a lot smaller than most people think (thanks giant porn penises). There’s not much you can do to make your penis bigger, but it’s not always about size, it is sometimes about how you use it. The male G spot is only a couple of inches up, and the majority of women orgasm from clitoral stimulation, and so whatever gender your sexual partners are, you can satisfy them even if your penis is smaller than average.

6. If you think you ejaculate too soon, don’t worry, it’s pretty common

Statistics on how common it is vary but premature ejaculation is generally thought to affect about 10-30% of men at some point in their lives. That can be up to almost 1 in 3 men. It might come and go, but if it happens a lot and it’s bothering you, talk to your doctor about it and they should be able to give you advice and if necessary, prescribe medication.

7. …And so is not being able to ejaculate

A recent study claimed that about 50% of men experienced delayed ejaculation at least once in the previous year. ‘Delayed ejaculation’ is when you have no problem getting or keeping an erection with a partner, but then you can’t come (or it takes forever).

Lots of things can cause it — age, medications, alcohol, anxiety, other health conditions or even porn habits. It can be a tricky one to treat, but if it’s happening a lot or getting you down, have a chat with your doctor about it.

8. Look out for bumps, lumps and growths

Genital warts are the second most common STI in England, and small bumps, lumps and growths are a telltale sign of them. If you notice any changes, visit our sexual health clinic. They’ve literally seen thousands of balls and penises, so don’t be embarrassed, just check it checked out to make sure it’s nothing to worry about.

9. If you’re going to be putting it up someone’s bum, make sure you keep things clean

Shigella is a bacterial infection which can spread surprisingly easy from bum to mouth. If you’ll be partaking in some anal action, make sure you have a good stock of condoms, so you can replace with a new one if you change from anal to other stuff.

10.Taking steroids can mess with your testosterone levels (which can shrink your balls)

You may have heard about this one and wondered if it’s true. Well, we can confirm anabolic steroids do call ball shrinkage and not only that, it can reduce your sperm count too. A drug and alcohol counsellor visits Cobridge Community Health Centre giving advice and support on the first Tuesday of each month from 4.30pm. This includes advice and support on steroid use.