September 11, 2021

Types of Penises

Even though anatomy books often show just one type of penis, many penises actually look different than what’s presented as “typical.”
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Emily A. Klein
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Like any body part, each penis is unique. Even though anatomy books often show just one type of penis (usually medium-sized, circumcised, and straight or curved slightly upwards), many penises actually look different than what’s presented as “typical.”

According to a 2015 study, the average penis is just over five inches long and four and a half inches around when it’s hard — but penises come in an endless variety of sizes and shapes. If you’ve ever wondered whether your penis is normal, or just what different types of penises look like, check out the list below to see a few of the penis types that are out there:

1. Curvy

curved penis

Many penises sport a curve and may have a hooked or c-shaped appearance. The curve can be upward, downward, or to either side.

2. Uncut

uncut penis

Penises that haven’t been circumcised have a foreskin, which is a thin membrane of skin that covers the glans (head) of the penis and may retract (pull back) when the penis is erect.

3. Circumcised

circumcised penis

Some people have had their foreskins removed. In some cultures, this happens during infancy; in others, circumcision is connected to a coming-of-age ritual and may happen later in childhood or adolescence. 

4. Short and stout

short and stout penis

Some penises are short and thick.

5. Micro

micro penis

A micropenis is defined as one that’s 3.6 inches or smaller when erect. People with micropenises can—and do—have great sex that feels good for them and their partners.

6. Short and slender

short and slender penis

Some people’s penises are both short and slim.

7. Long and lean

long and lean penis

Penises can be long and on the thinner side.

8. Thick head

thick head penis

Some penises may have a head that is noticeably bigger than the shaft, like a mushroom.

9. Tapered

tapered penis

Penises can be wider at the base and narrower at the tip, with a tapered appearance.

10. Long and thick

long and thick penis

Some people have penises that are long and wide.

11.  Reconstructed

reconstructed penis

Some transmasculine people, intersex folks, and those whose penises have been injured choose to have a procedure called phalloplasty to repair or construct their penis.

Do women prefer a certain type of penis?

Every person who enjoys sex with penis-owners has their own preference. Depending on vagina or butt anatomy, or favorite positions or sex acts, small, big, curved, straight, cut, uncut, thick, and slim penises all have their fans. 

The most important thing to keep in mind, though, is that what makes a sexual experience great is not the specific size and shape of someone’s penis, but consent, communication, and chemistry. If you’re able to listen to your partner’s wants and needs and share your own, check in about what does or doesn’t feel good, and keep a sense of humor and an open mind, you’ve got the ingredients for great sex, no matter what your penis looks like!

The bottom line

When it comes to penis types, the only thing that’s “normal” is variation: Each penis is unique. Sexual connection, pleasure, and intimacy can be experienced by people with any type of penis!

Reviewed for Medical Accuracy

Emily A. Klein is a freelance writer with deep interests in science, culture, and health. As a student of cultural anthropology, she researched and wrote about kink, reproductive rights, cross-cultural medicine, and humans’ relationship with technology. She has designed and implemented a sexual health curriculum for adolescent girls, worked with foster youth and people experiencing housing insecurity, and volunteered as an emergency first responder. Her writing has appeared in The Establishment, Edible magazine, The Seattle Lesbian, Slog, and elsewhere.

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