So many eternal questions concerning men and their nether regions: Boxers or briefs? Cut or intact? Hang left or hang right? And, of course, grower or shower? While these questions usually have little impact on penis health, they do have varying degrees of importance to a man - and the grower or shower one can be especially important. Despite the fact that erect penis size has nothing to do with whether a guy grows or shows, the myth that there is a correlation between flaccid penis size and erect size continues.


For the uninitiated, "grower" and "shower" (pronounced "show-er," rather than like the shower in a bathtub) refer to whether a man’s flaccid penis is relatively small. Two men might both have a penis which when erect measures, say, six inches. But the soft penis of Man #1 may be only two inches long, whereas the soft penis of Man #2 is five inches. Man #1 is a grower, because there is a significant growth between his flaccid and erect states. Man #2 is a shower, because there is little growth between his two states - in other words, he "shows" much more of his ultimate penis size when he is unaroused.

So what?

Since both men have the same erect penis size, what does it matter if one is a shower and one a grower? In physical terms it doesn’t, but it terms of self-esteem and psychological well-being, it sometimes does.

Since society is so obsessed with penis size and equates a large penis with desirability, many men (and women) place a disproportionate importance on the size of the organ when soft. Although men are somewhat loathe to admit it, they do a lot of comparisons between their own and other men’s penises. So if a guy who is a grower goes to the gym a lot, he is likely to do at least a little checking of other men in the locker room. Seeing showers sporting an impressive size can make him feel insecure about his own member.

Women also fall prey to judging a man by his soft size. If a partner steps out of his trousers with a long piece dangling, many women start to feel aroused. The expectation is that if the manhood is that long before he’s aroused, imagine what it will be like when the blood starts flowing.


But as mentioned above, a man who is a shower is not likely to double or triple in length, as is often the case with a grower. He may only add an inch or two to the final package. That’s nothing to complain about, but it does belie the fact that a shower is going to be enormous. (Of course, there are some rare showers who will end up with an erection of seven or eight inches - just as there are some rare growers who will do likewise.)

Most men would much prefer to be a shower than a grower, if for locker room bragging rights if nothing else. They may feel somehow less of a man because of their relatively short flaccid penis size. But many showers have to put up with unrealistic expectations from women who become disappointed if their erect penis size is only normal.

Men and women would do well to remember that, whether a grower or a shower, penis size really has very little bearing on sexual satisfaction. Skill matters much more. Some relatively small men are maestros of sexual engagement and some with monstrous equipment leave a partner very unsatisfied.

Beyond penis size (and whether a grower or shower), maintaining penis health via the regular application of a top drawer penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) is crucial. Be sure the crème includes L-arginine, an amino acid that plays a role in penile blood vessel dilation, essential for the blood flow that a functioning penis requires. The crème should also include L-carnitine, another amino acid, which does a good job of maintaining penis sensitivity by fighting peripheral nerve damage.