Male body

There's no such thing as a 'typical man' - everyone's body looks a bit different. But in this section we look at the things men have in common, like the changes that occur during puberty and the personal care that a healthy body needs.

Facts

Men's hygiene

When you kiss or have sex, its nice if you’re clean and smell nice. Brush your teeth, shower regularly and wear clean clothes.

Puberty in boys

Most boys notice that their bodies start to change anywhere between the ages of 9 and 15. Some boys start and end puberty earlier than others.

Ejaculation

If you get really aroused, you have an orgasm or ‘come’. You then ejaculate - semen comes out of your penis.

Circumcision

Men are born with a foreskin – a skin that covers and protects the penis head. When a boy or a man is circumcised, his foreskin is removed and the head of the penis is exposed.

Penis

The penis is able to get bigger and smaller because it’s made of erectile tissue – inside it’s like a sponge that can fill up with blood.

His anus

The anus is the opening of your bowel – where the stool comes out. There are little hairs around the anus, often spreading between the buttocks.

Testicles and more

Your testicles hang behind your penis in a bag of skin called the scrotum.

Penis shapes and sizes

Penises come in all shapes and sizes. And they all look different: straight, curved, long, thick, thin, circumcised, uncircumcised. One is no better than the other. Your penis usually hangs to one particular side inside your pants.