Donate Now
  New Poll  
my profile | directory login | search | faq | forum home

  next oldest topic   next newest topic
» Scarleteen Boards: 2000 - 2014 (Archive) » SCARLETEEN CENTRAL » Bodies » Your Average Penis Question

 - UBBFriend: Email this page to someone!    
Author Topic: Your Average Penis Question
TheFlash
Activist
Member # 33089

Icon 1 posted      Profile for TheFlash     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I see lots of penis questions on here (and this one is not about size or shape, I promise), but I don't see one about having a stripe going lenghtwise on the underside. I can't say if it's always been there, but I noticed it a few years ago. Since it's on the underside, I wouldn't have seen it while going to the bathroom. I'm certainly not concerned about it, but just wondering if every penis has one. If so, what's that about, why is it there and did I always have it but just never saw it before?

It looks almost like a a suntan - and I promise you it's not a suntan [Smile] - but only in one stripe less wide that a pencil.

I even tried looking around the internet and not a word about it. So maybe I'm the only one with the stripe? I'll resist asking if other's have polka dots, plaid, or any other funny jokes that come to mind.

Posts: 98 | From: Seattle | Registered: Mar 2007  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Heather
Executive Director & Founder
Member # 3

Icon 1 posted      Profile for Heather     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
My guess is you're just asking about the raphe, which is exactly as you're describing, and usually extends from the underside of the penis, vertically, through the perineum to the testes. It can also be a little more sensitive than the areas around it.

It's there and looks like that because of the way genital development happens in utero when it comes to the fusing of your penis and testicles.

--------------------
Heather Corinna, Executive Director & Founder, Scarleteen
About Me • Get our book!
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead

Posts: 68290 | From: An island near Seattle | Registered: May 2000  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
TheFlash
Activist
Member # 33089

Icon 1 posted      Profile for TheFlash     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Now that I have the word (seems to be "perineal raphe" overall or "penile raphe" in specific), I am able to look it up. With the word stripe and google, I was getting all sorts of hits about weird stuff, including zebra penises (I am not joking here).

Although have to admit, I am a bit disappointed because I had a small thought that maybe I had something special going on. Now I know what I suspected, nothing special. Although the picture I found was pretty interesting which looks like it explains how it forms...

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d6/Gray1119.png

Thanks.

Posts: 98 | From: Seattle | Registered: Mar 2007  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Heather
Executive Director & Founder
Member # 3

Icon 1 posted      Profile for Heather     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Yep.

And actually, if you've ever changed an infant boy's diaper, you'd also have seen that it's way more visible and kind of sticky-outy in many babies.

--------------------
Heather Corinna, Executive Director & Founder, Scarleteen
About Me • Get our book!
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead

Posts: 68290 | From: An island near Seattle | Registered: May 2000  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
   

  New Poll   Close Topic   Feature Topic   Move Topic   Delete Topic next oldest topic   next newest topic
 - Printer-friendly view of this topic
Hop To:


Contact Us | Get the Whole Story! Go Home to SCARLETEEN: Sex Ed for the Real World | Privacy Statement

Copyright 1998, 2014 Heather Corinna/Scarleteen
Scarleteen.com: Providing comprehensive sex education online to teens and young adults worldwide since 1998

Information on this site is provided for educational purposes. It is not meant to and cannot substitute for advice or care provided by an in-person medical professional. The information contained herein is not meant to be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease, or for prescribing any medication. You should always consult your own healthcare provider if you have a health problem or medical condition.

Powered by UBB.classic™ 6.7.3