Genital size: a common adolescent male concern

Adolesc Med. 2002 Feb;13(1):171-80, viii.


Long before adolescence, males hear insinuations about adequacy of penis size. This concern may heighten during teen years and persist to varying degrees into adulthood. Men tend to underestimate their own penis size. This chapter provides objective information about anatomy and growth of the penis, including data about normal sizes. Published data indicate that, although full growth may be reached at different ages during adolescence, size is similar for most adult males. Hopefully, this information will provide the basis for teenaged males to develop a healthy perspective and to avoid intimidation by unfounded claims about sexual enhancement or size enlargement techniques.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Age Distribution
  • Body Image*
  • Body Weights and Measures / psychology*
  • Child
  • Child Development
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Penis / anatomy & histology*
  • Penis / physiology
  • Puberty* / physiology
  • Reference Values