Anything under 30° is probably fine
...but not if the curve causes pain, is severe, or increasing with time
Disclaimer: This information isn’t a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should never rely upon this article for specific medical advice. If you have any questions or concerns, please talk to your doctor.
Is it Normal for a Penis to Curve?
Penis curvature is completely normal. In fact, a curved penis is pretty common. Some penises curve left or right, up or down. It’s totally normal for a penis to have a (moderate) curve. But what is a “moderate” curve for a penis? Doctors typically define a “moderate penis curved” as less than 30° and one that has never changed and is not painful.
Basically, your curved penis is normal if it:
- Isn’t greater than a 30° curve
- Isn’t steadily increasing
- Doesn’t cause any pain (especially during sex)
If you’re experiencing pain or your penis curve is increasing, you might have Peyronie’s Disease, a condition that causes painful erections, significant bending, and other complications due to fibrous scar tissue in the penis. Peyronie’s Disease can worsen with time, so talk to your doctor if you’re experiencing any symptoms of Peyronie’s Disease. But if you’re not experiencing pain or a worsening curve, you’re probably fine. And it turns out, a curved penis might even be a sexual advantage.
Are Curved Penises Better for Sex?
According to sexual health expert, Dr. Michael Reitano, a curved penis can be beneficial for some positions, depending on your partner. The G-spot requires “direct stimulation” to achieve orgasm, which a curved penis (sometimes) can achieve more readily than a straight shaft.
“The penis is designed to glide efficiently in and out of a fairly pliant, lubricated canal. It’s very efficient in terms of easing entry and the result is a male climax and ejaculation,” notes Reitano. “However, from the recipient’s perspective, the friction created, while pleasurable, isn’t focused on the point most responsive to sexual stimulation,” explains Reitano. “That area is the clitoris, which actually runs along the anterior or front wall of the vagina all the way back to the pelvis.”
“An upwardly and slightly curved penis allows it to move efficiently in and out of the vagina while, in certain positions, focusing the tip of the penis on the sensitive area of the front wall,” notes Reitano. If you find that your penis curve is giving you complications in the bedroom, use the natural curve to your advantage with these positions:
What are the Best Sex Positions for a Curved Penis?
Upward Curved Penis
- Cowgirl – Let your partner use your curve to her advantage
- Missionary – The upward curve is perfect for G spot stimulation and pressure on the anterior vaginal wall
Downward Curved Penis
- Reverse Cowgirl – Let her take control of the pace, penetration, and pressure of your curve
- Doggy style – Allows for deeper penetration, which is helpful if the curve is associated with shortening of the penis
Side Curved Penis
- “T” position – Place your partner on their back, legs spread, and enter from a perpendicular angle to maximize penetration with whichever way you curve. You basically look like the letter T. Bonus: The T position is a low energy (no one is propping themselves up). So you can both stay in it for as long as you need.
Penis Curvature and Sex
Talk to your partner about what they want and what feels good, and you’ll find the perfect position for any curved penis. Remember that extreme penis curvatures can make sex painful for either partner. If your penis curve is greater than 30° it can even be dangerous, as a curved penis makes it more likely you’ll break your penis.
Talk to a doctor if you experience pain or your curved penis is increasing to start treatment as soon as possible.