Erection Alert: handling the ups and downs

A boy's penis is usually soft but it can get hard, stiff and stand away from the body. This is called an erection. After a while, the erection goes and your penis becomes soft again.

Men and boys and even babies have erections. They can happen while you are asleep, when you touch or rub your penis, or when you are excited. Erections can go away on their own or after ejaculation (the release of sperm through tip of the penis). During puberty, erections can happen for no reason at all. If an erection happens unexpectedly in public it can feel embarrassing.

Don't worry too much about this. You may find that nobody else really notices it. However, you can try a few tricks to hide it until it goes away:
  • Push your erect penis close to your body using a hand in your pocket.
  • Use big things to hide your penis area (like a jacket or book)
  • Sit down, it's easier to hide your erection than standing up.
  • Tie a jersey around your waist
  • Hold something cold in your lap without anyone noticing.
  • Distract yourself, think about something else until it goes away (like school work or your parents)
  • Don't worry about the erection. The more you worry about it, the longer it will last.

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B-Wise User Anonymous 31 October 2016 12:47

Does frequently having erections have to do lack of sex or the amount of sperm in me??

B-Wise Expert Expert 31 October 2016 14:00

Hi Anonymous, Erections usually happen when you are sexually excited by seeing or thinking of something sexy. They also happen from touching or rubbing your penis. But during puberty, erections can happen for no reason at all. Unless your erections are causing you pain, don't worry about how many you get. It's normal for you to get them more often when you are young.