Many men have anxieties and insecurities around what they’re packing in their pants. A steady diet of professional porn that over-represents the straight, circumcised, smooth model of the tool doesn’t help. Most men aren’t likely to see a penis that looks like their own on the screen; they may think that the porn pecker is a "normal penis," whereas their own are strange and even unappealing. Not likely. Along with basic penis care advice such as practicing proper hygiene, it’s just as important for a man to cultivate confidence in and appreciation for what he’s got. The following natural variations may be present in a man, and he has nothing to be concerned about if so.


Foreskin is nature’s way of protecting a man’s sensitive glans (the head of the penis) and providing lubrication to the member. Men may feel that the sheath is unsightly or unclean, but there’s nothing inherently ugly about foreskin; that’s a subjective matter, and men can learn to appreciate what they have. Plus, it’s certainly not unclean, so long as a man takes care to retract the sheath and wipe away smegma buildup as needed. Most men in the world are uncircumcised; while the surgery is a common practice in the U.S., intact men hold a worldwide majority.


Penis curvature may concern a man, but it’s very common for the penis to curve up, down, left or right when it’s erect. In general, there is nothing wrong with this. Unless the curvature is severe and interferes with a man’s ability to have sex or pleasure himself, he has no reason to fret. On the bright side, a man with a curved tool can stimulate areas of the vagina that the man with a straight penis can’t as easily. So it could even be a plus in the bedroom!

Pearly Penile Papules

Some men - an estimated quarter, to be more precise - have one or more rows of white or flesh-colored bumps lining the ridge of their glans. These are called pearly penile papules, because they resemble a pearl necklace around the penis. These bumps are a natural anatomical variation that cause no harm. Some men feel they are unsightly, but they should try to enjoy the unique arrangement of their pearl necklaces as a special feature rather than a blemish.

Fordyce Spots

Fordyce spots are small yellowish or white dots that may be found on the penile shaft; they can also appear in the mouth and on a woman’s vulva. They aren’t contagious or harmful in any way and, like pearly papules, they are a natural anatomical variation. Men with peckers speckled with Fordyce spots need not worry themselves.

5 Inches

Many, many men think their penises are "too small." A recent study of 15,000 penises around the world found that the average length of an erect member is 5.16 inches - a far cry from the "8 inch average" myth. The vast majority of men have penises near this length, and slightly more or less makes no difference in terms of functionality. Since insecurities about penile length can deter a man from using what he’s got, it’s important for him to cultivate respect for his length.

So, men, take a deep breath and relax. From spots to curves to length, most men have the perfect penis for them. If they want to do something special for their tools, they can consider adding a penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) to their care regimens, particularly if they experience issues with dry, chafed skin on the member. A crème with Shea butter and vitamin E will provide and lock in moisture so the tool stays pleasant to the touch and ready to go.