Genital Growth & Maturation

Written by Lori Reichel, Ph.D.

  |  Reviewed by Hina J. Talib, MD

As a young person gets taller and wider, their genitals also grow and mature. Genitals are internal (inside) and external (outside) parts of a person. These parts can include vulvas, vaginas, clitorises, fallopian tubes, ovaries, testicles, the duct systems, accessory glands, and penises.

Typically, a young person’s genitals grow proportionately to their other body parts. How these genitals function depends upon what parts a person has. Many of these parts help a person with reproduction, in which a baby is created. Sometimes these parts can experience pleasurable feelings when they are touched in a certain way, or when a person thinks of a person they have a crush on or is attracted to.

Reminders about genital growth & maturation
  • Remember that your body will grow, including your genitals, to the size they are meant to grow.
  • Understand that the size of your genitals will allow each part to function as they are meant to function.
  • Remember that no size of a body part is better than another. All sizes are beautiful!
  • Talk with a trusted adult or your doctor if you are concerned about any part of your body, including your genitals. For example, if you feel a new or strange lump under the skin of a genital that was not there before or that hurts.
  • Allow yourself privacy if you choose to look at your genitals or touch them for pleasure.

For more information on taking care of your maturing genitals, visit BLOOM’s Healthy Body page.